Duckpins for dollars.


If you’re from around these parts, you know what Duckpin Bowling is. The balls are 5 inches in diameter, and weigh a maximum weight of 3 pounds, 12 ounces. They have no holes. The pins are smaller too. They’re 9 13/32 inches tall, with a maximum diameter of 4 1/8 inches, and a minimum diameter of 1 3/8 inches at the base.

The best part of duckpins is that you get three rolls each turn. 2 balls roll off a strike. 1 ball rolls off a spare just like in ‘regular’ bowling. But you get that extra umph!

When I was a kid, there was a show on TV, Duckpins for Dollars. Un other, non-Bawlmer markets, hon, the show was called Bowling for Dollars. But I digress.

Today, we went bowling to raise money for MMCF. For a flat fee, each person could bowl for 3 hours, eat pizza and drink soda. We went with my mom. I drank a lot of soda. But that’s a different conversation. One that I may well have with someone at 3 am – since they had no decaffeinated diet soda.

I bowled great! Well, not really, but greater than anyone in my lane. I scored in the 90’s all three games. It could be worse. Well, actually it was worse, because we had the bumpers on our lane for the kids. Without them, who knows WHAT I would have done. Anyway….

I didn’t win the raffle for the trip to Hawaii. Nor did I win the yacht dinner cruise or the weekend at the beach house in Ocean City. I did bowl a lot, eat mediocre pizza and drink too much Diet Pepsi.

And I felt great about taking the kids to raise money for this amazing organization. Nice way to spend a dreary Sunday, I’d say.


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