Friday, 15 May 2015

Gutter Balls.

As I continue to challenge my fatigue, try to discover the underlying cause, I thought it might help if I travelled back in time.  Back to a time when I was one of the greatest athletes in the world you have never heard of. 

Oh yeah, a bit of reminiscing, way, way back in time, back to the early 80's.  And I mean the early 1980's.  

I was a five pin bowling star.  A game rather unique to Canada.  A game that takes some adjustment if you are used to ten pin bowling.  You try five pin bowling after ten pin bowling and five pin makes you feel like you are in some kind of a marbles competition.  

For more insight into five pin bowling you can always visit Jo at: JO ON FOOD, LIFE AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

Here is our five pin bowling team.  Been so long that I cannot remember all the names of the team members.  I can tell you that the incredibly good looking guy on the back right of the photo with the tacky green spotted shirt and 1970's porno movie type moustache, is, yes, actually me!  Of course, I've never seen a 1970's porno movie.  I assumed the reference to my moustache must be correct. The young lady I'm placing my hands on her shoulders is the young lady I ended up marrying. Maybe she divorced me because I was a better bowler than her.  Moving on to the next photo.....
I realise it's difficult to see, but this is the trophy I received for being part of the Varsity Ridge, Vancouver Bowling champs, 1980-81.  This brings back some fond memories and will be a catalyst as I continue to battle this chronic fatigue.

I recall the first time I went five pin bowling.  I was about fourteen.  The person trying to teach me told me to, "Try to avoid getting gutter balls!"  I was curious about that statement.  I had a very long shower when I went home.

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  1. Good memories for me too! My hubby and I started dating after we'd bowled in the same league for a few years (10 pin though). I got used to the fact he was the better bowler so we're still married :)
    5 pin is a whole different ball game - so hard!
    Stay strong!

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    1. Hey Jemi,

      Sorry for my delay in replying. I've had another bad bout of exhaustion. Must keep battling this.

      I bet you and your hubby make for a striking couple. You never know, if you played five pin with your husband, you might find you are the better bowler.

      Thanks, my kind friend.

      Gary :)

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  2. Never played it, but I know the game through Jo,
    Great photo, Gary!

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    1. Hey Alex,

      All you need to know is over at Jo's, for sure, eh. I know how much she and her hubby love five pin.

      Glad you liked the ancient photos.

      Gary :)

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  3. Never played. Always had images of my fingers being stuck in the ball and me following the ball down the lane...

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    1. Hey Bish,

      No holes in five pins balls :) As for ten pin, yep, I could see that happening! :)

      Gary

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    2. Actually Gary there are. I was recently introduced to 5 pin palls that had a thumb hole. I tried them, did not like. Weird.

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    3. Hey Jo,

      Shows how long it has been since I played five pin. A ball with a thumb hole does indeed sound weird. Thanks for the info.

      Gary :)

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  4. Way back the late 1960's, I bowled in a ten pin league. I thought I was fairly good until my Dad talked me into going with him to bowl duck pins. Dang, those little suckers were hard to hit. He beat me bad. I went back to ten pins (grin).

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    1. Hi Dizzy-Dick,

      Those little suckers can be sure hard to hit when they decide to take off and go for a swim in the pond :) I'm lucky enough to be okay in either game.

      Thank you, good sir.

      Gary :)

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  5. It's been 2 or 3 years now since I last went 5-pin bowling but I can assure you that I am still the QUEEN of Gutter Balls! And yes, nice pornstache.

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    1. Hey Debra,

      So, what happened to the Calgary Flames, eh! :) I quite like a lady who is a QUEEN of the Gutter, um Gutter Balls!

      Yep, the tache that never gives up and never grew in the middle. The tache, that is.

      Gary :)

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  6. Between that and curling, Canada has some odd sports. The only bowling I've done since the 80s is on the Nintendo Wii.

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    1. Hey Pat,

      Indeed and Canada has a better form of um Football than you guys, eh. I'd rather wee on a Nintendo. Thanks, dude of Detroit.

      Gary

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    1. Hey Weekend-Windup,

      Thanks! Great comment! Thanks for sharing!
      Gary

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  8. How lovely to see you back in my reader. Love your header, and am tickled by the photo of the younger you.
    I hope that fatigue does an Elivis. Soon.
    Hugs.

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    1. Hi Sue,

      Delighted to be back in your reader. Then, I got very ill again. This is getting silly. I like my header also. Thanks. Ah yes, not the younger dude with the moustache and the tacky shirt :)

      Fatigue must leave the building. Cheers, my dear friend.

      Gary :)

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  9. Wonderful memories Gary, you must be proud of yourself.
    Hope you're feeling better, I had a big upset late last year which has caused me many feelings I don't like plus my kids don't speak. I hope I will soon get over it.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Hi Yvonne,

      It was a nice stroll down Memory Lane, or is that Bowling Alley :) I was quite proud of my bowling prowess.

      I'm having a terrible time, my kind friend. I know you are going through such emotional trauma. May love and common sense come knocking on your door. Dear Yvonne.

      Gary

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  10. Daaaaaaaaamn! Look at you, all swarthy with your shirt unbuttoned down to the navel and whatnot. I love it, and I'm jealous of your exquisite mustache (currently too). Early 80's and five pin bowling, I probably could have gotten high snorting the remnants trapped in your mustache.
    I've only heard about five-pin bowling recently along with candlestick bowling, both elude me. Next stop, lawn bowling.

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    1. Hi Pickle crossed with an Antelope :)

      Only thing missing is the cheesy, sleazy, gold medallion. My moustache still refuses to grow in the middle. A bit of a Charles Bronson thing happening. The stuff growing in my tache was all part of a science experiment. Those who snorted remnants suddenly discovered they were my starstruck fans.

      Candlestick bowling involves dripping wax on your belly button. Lawn bowling and strip bingo.

      Thank you, my esteemed friend.

      Gary :)

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  11. I keep forgetting you are Canadian and not British. Never heard of 5 pin, although in this part of the country candlepin and duck pin were very popular. I never liked 10 pin b/c the balls are way too heavy. I could never get them to roll, so much as slide, down the alley cause I'm not strong enough. Now I have a torn rotator cuff. Last time I went bowling, which was in California, my arm was unusable for days.

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    1. Hi JoJo,

      I'm Canadian and British. Was born in London, England but lived a good portion of my life in Vancouver. Sorry to read about your unfortunate experience with ten pin bowling. They should of had a variety of different weight balls. Torn rotator cuff must be most painful.

      Thank you, JoJo.

      Gary

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  12. Being athletically challenged, I have only bowled a few times in my life and made a fool of myself each time. However, I did have fun.

    Five pin sounds very difficult and only for very good bowlers.

    I like your stash. It is very Magnam, PI.

    I hope you get your mojo back soon, Gary.

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    1. Hi Arleen,

      The main thing was you had fun bowing. I got better once I remembered to let go of the ball once the balls were set back in place :) Five pin, I thought, was actually the easier game.

      Tom Selleck asks me for tache trimming tips :)

      Thank you, Arleen. I hope my mojo will stop being on the go slow.

      Gary

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  13. I've only ever played ten pin bowling, never even knew there was five pin. Teaching the cat how about that

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    1. Ah Pat in the Hatt,
      What the f**k
      Thought you were a Canuck.
      Five pin in the law
      From Canadian shore to shore.
      Get the cat to put back the pins
      Don't want a multiple of sins.

      Thank you, good Pat.

      Gary :)

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  14. Handsome chap there Gary, still got it now too *winks*.

    Re the fatigue, might be worth asking for a blood test to check your cortisone levels in case you have adrenal fatigue, I asked recently after looking up the symptoms and made the doc do the test and bingo (but no cash prize), I've had it for years and years and didn't know. That's why I crash out at a certain point every day. Might not be I know, but worth asking methinks. X

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    1. Hi Michelle,

      Why thank you, dear lady. The cheque's on the way :)

      I have had blood tests for my blood tests. They have tested for cortisone levels and adrenal levels. Still haven't pinpointed the problem. Just had another blood test to try an figure it all out. Maybe it's all in my head. I'm hopeful knowing you had a bingo of a result :) Thanks for your suggestions, dear Michelle.

      Gary x :)

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  15. I have a trophy from the mid seventies for flat green bowling. . . I was in a works team and we were rubbish, but somehow one year we managed to win the works cup, much to the annoyance of all the other teams. . . . . Time does fly.

    Hang in there Mr G . . . and Penny

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    1. Hi Rob,

      I've no doubt you cherish that trophy, my good friend. I'm glad you could reminisce. Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future....

      Thanks and I'm hanging around with the bats.

      Gary

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  16. Thank you for sharing your cherished memories, Gary.
    I hope your fatigue gets better soon.
    I'm sure your physician has checked your B12 levels, your Vitamin D and so forth. Cortisol, good point (To check for Addison). I hope your physician is already on the ball!
    Hope and peace,
    Julia

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    1. Hi Julia,

      Thank you for having a note of my cherished memories, Galia.

      Still struggling and my absence, yet again, shows it's really getting frustrating. I've had my various vitamin levels checked out. Even more frustrating is that according to my past blood tests, I'm in pretty darned good health. I have been in close communication with a number of medical professionals, my lovely friend.

      Hope all is well with you.

      Hugs and hope, your way,

      Gary :)

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    2. I will be thinking of you and hoping that you feel better soon, Gary.
      Blessings your way.

      Love and hope,

      Julia

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    3. Hi Julia,

      Thank you, dear friend, for your follow up response. Your kindness and concern are treasured. I shall continue to challenge and seek the answers.

      Love and hopeful wishes to you, my amazing friend.

      Gary :)

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    4. Feel free to contact me if you need to discuss anything.
      And it is good to know that you trust those health professionals, Gary.
      Take care.
      Julia

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    5. Hi Julia,

      I appreciate your kind, thoughtful offer, my friend.

      The health professionals, although at times, find themselves in rather hectic situations, are doing their utmost to find a diagnosis for me.

      In peace and hope,

      Gary

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  17. Five pin is great fun. We used to take our daughter. Now all we have is ten pin in Guelph.....Like doing the shot put after five pin. Do they have five pin where you are?

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    1. Hi Delores,

      Thanks for your five pin bowling recollections of the past with your daughter. The two games are sure different. Sadly, no five pin over here. Plenty of ten pin.

      Thank you, dear Delores.

      Gary :)

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  18. I'm pretty good at 9 pin: meaning I always leave that one standing consistently. Maybe I'd convert that to 4 pin, lol. Your 'stache is bushy Gary.

    Have a happy weekend Dude.

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    1. Hi Donna,

      I remember being good at zero pin. Gutter Balls, here I go :) You'd love four pin bowling!

      Hope you had an awesome weekend as I type this message on a Thursday morning...

      Gary :)

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  19. Since I am dismal at 10 pin bowling, I imagine I would be worse at 5 pin.
    In 1996, I was brought low by chronic fatigue. While teaching, I sat on a stool most of the time. When summer came, I followed the health supplement advice and was better by Christmas.
    I hope you will get some relief and restoration with this, bless you.

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    1. Hi Susan,

      You might be half as bad at five pin :)

      Trying to do all the right things in so far as healthy eating and trying to get more exercise. I'm heartened by your experience, Susan.

      I appreciate your kind words. Must keep trying to figure this out.

      Thank you, dear Susan.

      Gary :)

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  20. Of course the balls are much smaller in 5 pin and so easier to handle. They don't go to the right place any more easily though. I can at least say I don't throw gutterballs, or very rarely. The game was invented by a Canadian about 102 years ago now. Did you ever play when you HAD to get the 2 pin or you got no score Gary? I am glad I missed those days.

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    1. Hi Jo,

      I'm really pleased you added your input. I know how much you love such a uniquely Canadian game. I do vaguely remember playing that version of the game you refer to. Only messing around at the time.

      Thank you, my kind friend.

      Gary :)

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  21. I used to bowl, play tennis and golf. Try doing all that with square balls and you'll know how I feel. That didn't sound right, but I'm old and age has its privileges.

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    1. Hey Dana,

      If you have square balls, I want to be your agent! Once again, you are NOT OLD. How many times do I have to tell you? You are only a couple of years older than me!

      Let me see, reach a certain age and you suddenly have to like bingo and line-dancing. Well, bollocks to all of that.

      Take care, Dana.

      Gary

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  22. Steady on Gary I’m not a young woman you know! I came over all unnecessary with your talk of 1970s porno movies and gutter balls! Thanks for making me laugh – you just made my morning, hugs Barbara

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    1. Hi Barbara,

      I'm staying steady :) You might of thought I was almost trying to put in some innuendoes within the post! I'm very pleased this could make you laugh. That's a positive result. Strike!

      Hugs to you, my young friend.

      Gary :)

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  23. A bowling champion! I'm impressed. I can barely lift a bowling ball.
    I recently went bowling for the first time in my life and had to use "the ramp" a contraption where you place the ball at the top and push it so it rolls down the curved ramp section then travels along the lane.

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    1. Hi River,

      Yep, me, the ever so shy bowling champ. A five pin ball is a lot lighter than a ten pin ball.

      I know of the ramp contraption you mention Reminds me of the cage I once used when I tried to ice skate. Thank you, dear River.

      Gary :)

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  24. Gary, I always want to walk down that path on your header...it captures me for a few moments as I wonder what adventures are on the road ahead. I just want to jump in the screen..haha..

    I have never heard of 5 pin bowling..I have done some 10 pin bowling.

    Thanks for sharing this story with your readers...a champion too...impressive..

    Have a great day my friend...

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    1. Hi Truedessa,

      Aha, I see you strolling down the path. Way down there in that newly realised adventure.

      Five pin is very much a Canadian pastime, eh :)

      I always think I'm sharing a story with the one reader on the other side of the screen. Of course, you are strolling about on my pathway header :) Yes, I'm a champion in the ideals of that all different, all equal world many of us want to make a wondrous reality.

      A peaceful, positive, poetic day to you, my kind friend.

      Gary :)

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  25. love & hugs from Minnesota, darling Gary and Penny. xxxooo

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    1. Hi Kim,

      Ah, we both thank you for that, our Minnesota Marvel :)

      Hugs,

      Penny's alleged human,

      Gary :) xxx

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  26. I didn't know you were a bowling champ. I've never played 5 pin bowling. Maybe I'd be better at that than 10 pin? I'll just pretend the answer to that is "yes." ;)

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    1. Hi Chrys,

      Yes, my bowling champ amazingness has been kept a well-kept secret, until now :) Half the amount of pins to knock down might just mean a "yes." :)

      Thank you, my kind friend.

      Gary :)

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  27. I'm terrible at bowling, which stinks since it looks like fun (for those who actually can knock the pins down). Great pic.

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    1. Hi Medeia,

      Bowling becomes a lot more fun when one learns to bowl underhand and not like a baseball pitcher :) Yes, great pic of the trophy :)

      Thank you, Medeia.

      Gary :)

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  28. Hi Gary - I can manage squash, or tennis ... but bowling no ways .. .I've only ever tried lawn bowls and that defeated me ...

    It's good being part of a league and having fun, while getting some exercise in ... they look a happy bunch ... with you as a macho detective ... a very typical 1980s photo - but good to see.

    I hope you are improving and feeling easier ... and with longer days and good walks etc ... you'll be enjoying life a little ... perhaps join a bowling team?

    Cheers and take care - Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary,

      I guess one could compromise and take up croquet.

      It was a fun time and being part of a team was indeed a most beneficial experience. Some folks have thought I might be stuck in the 1980's. I probably should go and listen to some Duran, Duran :) Macho detective, a bit of Magnum PI, perhaps.

      I'm still have a terrible time with this exhaustion. It's taking me ages just to get here and comment. A bowling team would be nice. Just not sure of who to approach about such a situation.

      All the best for a lovely weekend. Thank you, my supportive, kind friend.

      Gary

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  29. Yeah, that's a cheesy 70s porn star stash. According to a friend. Who's seen 70s porn. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.

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    1. Hi Al,

      You noticed the cheese in my tache! You mean your friend who discreetly left you a bunch of 70's porn videotapes.....

      Gary

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  30. Lol at gutter balls. Yep, that's all the comment I can give... hehehehe!

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    1. Hi Annalisa,

      Gutter balls, evidently, is caused by a dude's lack of attention to personal hygiene. Thanks, Annalisa and have a nice weekend.

      Gary :)

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  31. I just went 10 pin bowling about a month ago (after a decade or more of no bowling). As you can imagine, I was terrible. Just awful. That ball seemed determined to find the gutter. Obviously, the ten years I spent (mostly) lying in bed with a migraine hasn't served me well in many ways (bowling being merely one of them). Also, the muscle in my right forearm ached the next day (apparently it hadn't been used since I last bowled).

    The thing I learned is that we can't take ourselves too seriously and become upset at things like lousy bowling scores. Instead, celebrate that we are able to bowl at all. As you move toward that place of better health it's so important to appreciate even the small successes. I can't wait to hear that you are bowling again (and loving it.. no matter what the number on the card).

    Take care, my friend, and be well.

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    1. Hi Robin,

      I applaud you for going bowling, my dear friend. I actually imagine, based on the length of time since you bowled thanks to your debilitating migraines, that your bowling experience was one of triumph.

      I, like you, always have a perspective on my own situation. I know we both understand that we have much to be grateful for. Sometimes, we have to search a bit more in our hearts and souls. Each small success does indeed lead to a momentum of more successes. No matter the size of the success, it is important in the ongoing road to not let our concerns overwhelm our lives. You speak wisely, dear Robin.

      A peaceful, hopeful weekend to you.

      Gary

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    1. Hi Sherry,

      Yes, welcome to the 1980's. Yikes!

      Have a nice weekend, Sherry.

      Gary :)

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  33. Ever try one pin bowling? That shit is tough. And gutter balls are very itchy.

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    1. Hey Mr. Toast,

      How long has it been? Rectum? Damned near killed him. My regards to your stink finger.

      Have a bummer of weekend.

      Gary :)

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  34. I grew up in Canada with five pin bowling. Now all the lanes are changing to ten pin. It's a little sad.

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    1. Hi Christine,

      No way, eh. There has got to be a petition we can sign. It's very sad. I prefer five pin bowling.

      Have a good weekend, dear Christine.

      Gary

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  35. Chronic Fatigue is not fun. After a year of test after test after specialist after specialist (oh, did I mention test?) and money? Yeah, they found "fibromyalgia". I call that the doctor shrug. You know, can't figure it out so let's lump it in here and give it a name even though we can't treat it. I feel for you on your journey! <3 So, now that I have "it," I wonder if it's not anything more than caregiver fatigue.

    I'm glad to see you reminiscing. We have a whole 2 car garage filled with things that trigger TheHubs' memories. I can't bear to throw them away and get anxious when he starts bringing that up. It is a double edged sword for him. Yes it brings back memories of good times, when he was well. And then, it brings up the fact that he's now broken and not the same man as he once was. It is frightening.

    Glad to see you back in the feed and I <3 <3 <3 the header image.

    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
    Caring for My Veteran

    PS: love your "gutter balls" for they shall better your game! :P

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    1. Hi Lady Jai,

      Delightful to see you, my thoughtful friend.

      At least we still manage to have universal healthcare here and I don't have the added stress of paying to see specialists. You have most certainly gone through an awful lot. You and the care giving aspect to your life will be a contributing factor to your potentially debilitating ailment. Huge respect to you.

      You have put my own recent, ongoing experience into a different perspective. Your husband and those memories of the past stored in the garage, must bring on such emotional dilemmas. Torment and a sense of the happy once was. It must be tough for the both of you.

      Almost, sort of back in the feed, my amazing friend. Delighted you like the header image :)

      Gutter balls keep me on my toes, so to speak.

      A peaceful weekend to you and your husband.

      Gary

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  36. Yes, staying out of the gutter is always a challenge!! Love your blog header photo, it is a perfect entrance to your blog.... down that winding path to something ... who knows what lay ahead!!

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    1. Hi CraveCute,

      Lovely to see you come along that path, dear Diane :) Thankfully, no gutters near the pathway. A better pathway ahead for all of us, I truly hope.

      A positive weekend to you and your loved ones.

      Gary :)

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  37. Way back in the 80s, RR & I were on a team. I think RR put his elbow out and I decided to stay home and eat ice-cream hiding in my bedroom. What can I say? Three of our sons were teenagers. I've been sleeping since early Thursday and that's why I'm late to the party. Trying to get over a cold and dawn out the sounds of helicopters. Still hoping you feel energized soon.

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    1. Hi Joylene,

      Eating ice-cream in a bedroom sounds like a lot more fun than me having the prospect of getting "gutter balls."

      I know there had been an ongoing situation near where you live. Have the flames subsided, I wonder. Certainly hope so.

      Thank you, my lovely fellow Canadian friend, eh.

      A more peaceful weekend to you and your family.

      Gary

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  38. Love the picture. I love 10 pin altho hubs used to do somthing called...candle pin bowling. Sounds sort of like what you're speaking of. Light ball. I couldn't get the hang of it--I was ok but much, much better with 10 pin. We all go bowling now and then and I still enjoy it.

    You have Chronic Fatigue? Oh, man, that totally sucks. I had it in '89-'93. Nasty stuff. Mine came from a form of environmental poisoning (long story).The hardest thing was nobody knowing what it was, at first, or how to treat it. Most doctors, at the time, hadn't a clue what do for it. Fortunately, I was in California when I got it and had some great natural health practioners around, since standard meds don't work for it. Even dealing with the depression (which is standard with this as is fibromyalgia, and with me that's where my agoraphobia started) I couldn't take full dosage anti-depressants. . Body can't handle the meds with CF.

    Took me 4 long years to beat it into remission. It is autioimmune. My medical doctor worked with my natural health practioner (who also had her Medical degree and chose to go natural health instead). Once in remission, it can reoccur if the body gets too stressed. So far I've been fortunate. But I will tell you, being outside and in the sunshine was something I was told to do on a daily basis. Also, and this sounds weird, but my natural health practioner was firm on sitting (or walking) outside, barefoot, feet in contact with the earth. She told me that it had to do with the earth's magnetic forces and the fact that earth heals. There was a whole lot more techie jargon to it but it did work. Hey, you can beat it. Just takes some adjustments like learning to pace myself and what I eat I was on some very good natural remedies. And patience. Not my forte. :-)

    Anyway, don't give up the fight. You will win! I'm cheering you on my friend.

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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    1. Hi Sia,

      Firstly, sincere apologies for the lengthy delay in my reply. It's all to do with this ongoing bout of chronic fatigue.

      I want to sincerely thank you for you thoughtful, comprehensive response to my post. And bowling, no matter the version, having fun is really what it's all about.

      I can so relate to what you allude to. The environmental angle can be a hugely contributing factor. No, I wont go into the nature/nurture debate. Depression, as you note, is often a dominating aspect when you have chronic fatigue with the anxiety of having the diagnosis confirmed, one way or another. The not knowing plays on the mental and physical well being.

      Your words, dear friend, I cherished. I know of agoraphobia. A bit of a reluctant recluse living a double life. I also know of the merits of attempting to get outdoors and become in tune with the true balance of nature. The name of my blog is a Chinook tribe word basically meaning, "the great outdoors." We do indeed challenge ailments and the underlying causes. You have discovered your own pace and know that a healthy lifestyle with healthy choices. is conducive to getting better as best one can.

      As you cheer me on, I cheer you one and bestow that wondrous gift upon you, the powerful gift of empathy.

      Thank you, my incredible friend. Your words resonate and inspire.

      Gary :)


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  39. So you're in beautiful Canada. For some reason I thought you were in the UK. I bowled a lot in the 80s too, but never won a any awards or got very good. Ha...Now I bowl with the game console Wii. (I hope Sia's advice above helps. CF sounds awful. Don't give up!)

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    1. Hi Sharon,

      Actually, I'm presently in the UK. I did, however, do a lot of bowling in Vancouver in the 1970's and 80's. You should of got an award just because you bowled. Virtual bowling sounds like a plan. I am most assuredly paying heed to the wonderful Sia's advice.

      Thank you for you supportive comment. A peaceful weekend to you.

      Gary :)

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  40. Gutter balls definitely sounds like a serious issue to have. ;) I've never been five pin bowling, just ten pin.

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    1. Hi Shannon,

      Ten pin bowling causes twice as much gutter balls aggravation :)

      Have a great weekend, dear Shannon.

      Gary :)

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  41. Love the photo and I picked you out even before I read the post. I've never heard of this kind of bowling but I suck at all kinds so I feel safe in assuming I'd suck at this too.

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    1. Hi Julie,

      You managed to pick me out even before reading the post :) Yep, there I am with the Charles Bronson type moustache. You might just be half as bad at this type of bowling...

      Thank you, Julie. Have a lovely weekend.

      Gary :)

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  42. I'm not a good bowler at all, but it is a fun game, this one though, I've never played. Love the photographs - was easy to pick you out.

    I hope the fatique takes flight soon! I reallly liked Sia's advice - barefeet - I'll try anything, how about ou?

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    1. Hi Yolanda,

      Five pin bowler and one is half way there. Whatever the hell that means :) Yes, I'm easy to pick out. Me and my silly grin, along with a questionable tache! :)

      I shall walk barefoot through the park. Indeed, we must both attempt to utilise positive resources as catalysts to make us feel better about ourselves.

      Thank you, dear Yolanda. A happy weekend to you and your loved ones.

      Gary :)

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  43. I am by nature a rotten bowler, and practice did nothing to change what nature intended--that I drink sodas and cheer the team on. However, on a first date when I was about sixteen, a handsome dude (not quite as handsome as yourself, mind you) offered to teach me how to bowl. My reputation as being lousy in the lanes preceded me by miles. I accepted his kind offer. He handed me the ball, showed me the technique and said, "Now just do your best." I made three strikes in a row. He glowered at me more with each strike, and then gave me a ride home. Never saw the bloke again. Bowling is not my sport, but it did save me from a poor sport. :-)

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    1. Hi Lee,

      Yet, by nature, you are a gifted writer and a darned nice lady. A good alternative to any lack of bowling skills, methinks.

      So, the young dude, instead of praising your achievements, felt a seething jealousy of your three strike prowess. In his case, he struck out as I loosely use a sporting analogy.

      I could of got stuck on that bit out the dude not being as handsome as me, yes me, shy, humble me! :)

      Thank you, Lee. Have a nice weekend and I hope you guys get loads of rain!

      Gary

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  44. I have never gone 5 pin bowling- but I do enjoy bowling and used to go duck pin bowling all the time with my friends. I have never won any championships- nor was I very good- but it was a ton of fun. Awesome to learn a bit more about you. Congrats on that championship. It is so cool that it is your inspiration now. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Hi Jess,

      Ah, duck pin bowling. A game I'm not familiar with. I do note it is similar to ten pin. The fun is the main part of it all, for sure. Of course, being incredibly shy, it's tough for me to share such um, amazing achievements with your good self :) The inspiration of what I have done in the past shall be a catalyst for the now and beyond.

      Thank you, dear Jess. A great weekend to you.

      Gary :)

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  45. I've never heard of that type of bowling, but there are probably all kinds of bowling I don't know about! I just know the kind where you go bowling with friends and whatever pins are there, you knock down!

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    1. Hi Stephanie,

      Ideally, the pins you knock down are in the same lane as you're bowling on :)

      Have a wonderful weekend, Stephanie.

      Gary :)

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  46. What a great pic! I don't know how we all made it through the 70s with our funny hair, bell-bottom jeans, and "Age of Aquarius" lifestyles. And it looks like having a porn-mustache was a prerequisite for 5-pin bowling since all three guys have them! Thanks for sharing and congrats on the trophy!

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    1. Hi Lexa,

      Thanks for liking the pic :) Not forgetting elevator shoes. All three guys in the photo were sporting a porn-moustache. I wont mention the dark shadow above my girlfriend's top lip :)

      Glad to share and yay to me and my trophy!

      Have a good weekend, dear Lexa.

      Gary :)

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  47. The clothes and your mustache are a definite indicator of the time - the late 70's or very early 80's (I love the 80s!!!). My mom was on a bowling league. She rocked it just like you. Me? I'm terrible. Hope life keeps looking brighter for you, dear friend!

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    1. Hi Elsie,

      I might be stuck in a late 70's, early 80's time warp! Help and time to play some Culture Club!

      Nice to know your mum like to rock and bowl. Trying bowling underhand. Works better and does a lot less damage :)

      Thank you for your kind words, dear Elsie.

      Gary :)

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  48. Reading about you and Jo and your bowling experiences is fun! I knew which one was you in the photo right away. I do hope your journeys back in time will help. I'm so sorry you are still suffering from the fatigue. I think your body is still trying to process and eliminate all the stress you went through last year, because that was A LOT for you, the decision, then the waiting, then finding the right place, then the possible move, then not moving, then waiting again, then moving, then living without Tristan, then little Missy Internet Star having a conniption fit. It's time for a bit of rest, no? Hugs to you and the little Miss! Sorry I've been gone sooooo long. Just got back from one child's wedding and am still preparing for the next one at the end of June! Life is just full of surprises!

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    1. Hi Lisa,

      Thanks and Jo brings back some memories of the fun times I had. Ah, you noted the Tom Selleck tribute moustache :) The reminiscing has been of help, thank you.

      You are most perceptive, Lisa. Indeed, there has been a huge amount of upheaval in my life, my son's life and the beloved Penny's life. It's been overwhelming and in my 3D reality, I've had to make the adjustments with little help. Yes, the exhaustion is a collection of situations combined all at the same time. I'm going though a huge swing in emotions. All shall be better and support from dear people like you has been more powerful than I could of ever imagined.

      Wow, weddings. A tug at your heartstrings, no doubt. Congrats to the one child and here's to the wedding on the next one at the end of June. A hopeful surprise as the adventure continues for you and your family.

      Thank you, dear Lisa.

      Gary :)

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  49. As someone with Fibromyalgia, I can appreciate your annoyance with constant fatigue.

    The mustache, on the other hand, is a pure delight!

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    1. Hi Elizabeth,

      I'm so sorry to read that you have that all-consuming Fibromyalgia. The pain and fatigue you may experience must be most frustrating.

      Ah yes, my moustache, a legend on my upper lip! Thank you, kind friend. Have a lovely weekend.

      Gary :)

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  50. Love the mustache! I hope you kind the cause of and cure for the fatigue soon, my friend.

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    1. Hi Riot Kitty,

      Thanks for loving my moustache :) Still trying to work out what the hell is wrong with me, well, in regards to my ongoing fatigue. Might be caused by the weight of my tache! :)

      Thanks and have a great weekend.

      Gary :)

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  51. Hi Gary. I haven't been Bloggin' for a while. (Been too busy!) I'm glad to see you are back and haven't lost your fan club. I had not heard of five pin bowling and just read a long Wikipedia article about it. I really enjoy tenpin and will try to find five pin when I am in Vancouver again - maybe next year.
    CLICK HERE for Bazza’s fabulous Blog ‘To Discover Ice’

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    1. Hey bazza, old chap,

      Nice to have you surface, my esteemed friend. There are a few five pin bowling alleys still operating in Vancouver. I reckon you would be a natural talent at the game. Just mind having gutter balls.

      My um, fan club, is very patient. Have you seen Sir Tom? He can visit here again if he so wishes.

      Cheers and enjoy the rest of the bank holiday weekend.

      Gary

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  52. Were you Burt Reynolds' stunt man? Congrats on your bowling trophy! Great last line!

    Julie

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    1. Hi Julie,

      Nope, Burt was my stunt man. The number of times he'd phone me and ask for fashion tips...I had to change my phone number!

      Thanks for the congrats and I'm off to have a shower. Too much info.....:)

      Gary

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  53. Never tried it, but congrats and have a great week!

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    1. Hi blogoratti,

      Thanks and you have an amazing week.

      Gary

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  54. I hope the wonderful memories cheer you up!

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    1. Hi Dixie,

      Thanks for that. I'm really struggling but I shall get there. I always do. Have a peaceful week ahead, Dixie.

      Gary

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  55. Gary, Gary, ne'er contrary
    Such a studly dude
    I'm sorry for the insomnia
    It's a beast and so damn rude.
    But you'll get there
    Because you care
    To do the work for growth
    And five pin bowling
    Or ten? You excel at both
    I can't even knock one pin
    'Less gutter blockers are put in.
    Hugs to you and good thoughts too
    For peacefulness and calm
    You deserve the best
    And nightly rest
    And whatever else rhymes with calm. But not bomb - that's no good. Prom? Nah, that stinks too. Pom pom? Eeh, that's weird. I got nothin'.
    xo

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    1. Hey Robyn
      Nice to see you bobbing
      Along with the prose
      It's good you knows
      Lack of sleep
      Makes me a creep
      Not sure what's wrong
      Maybe sing a song
      Ten pin or five
      I'm staying alive
      With memories of a gutter
      And the times I mutter
      Thanks for your words
      Nothing like turds
      Peace and calm
      Can do no harm
      Thanks for that
      I doff my hat

      Hugs and hope
      We all can hope

      Gary :) x

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  56. Gutter balls... a dreaded condition. Never done five pin bowling but it's got to be harder with less to hit. That's a fantastic trophy!

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    1. Hi Nick,

      Very nice to see you here, good sir. And very well done on your book. Kudos to you, my remarkable friend. Five pin is fun once you realise that they are not just oversized marbles :) Ah yes and thanks for noting my amazing trophy!

      Gary :)

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    2. Hi Nick,

      Very nice to see you here, good sir. And very well done on your book. Kudos to you, my remarkable friend. Five pin is fun once you realise that they are not just oversized marbles :) Ah yes and thanks for noting my amazing trophy!

      Gary :)

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  57. So many of us are fatigued, lately. Here's wishing your energy returns!

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    1. Hey, The Happy Whisk,

      That's why I'm amazed how prolific you have managed to stay. Hope we both get our energy back soon. Thank you.

      Gary :)

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I do try to comment back to each commenter individually. However, I might have to shorten my replies or give a group thank you. That way, I can spend more time commenting on your blogs. Thank you and peace, my friend.