Thursday, July 16, 2009

Bronze, Baby

The good news from the day is that my doubles partner, Jim Lewis, and I won the bronze medal in today's Doubles event. We're really excited to have brought home the first (of what we hope well be many) medal to the USA.

On a very challenging day when only one male finished above par (go Phil!), Jim bowled near the top of the pack as well and his effort really helped keep us near the top of the standings sheet. I had one good game (222 in the fourth game) but finished the day at 1070. Overall, while it was very joyous thing to win a medal, I can't help but be a little disappointed about my day on the lanes. Thankfully, we get a few more chances next week to pick it up.

In the All-Events, I'm currently in 10th, so I have some room to grow but can't be too sad, all things considered. You can see PDFs of all the results here.

So to put a big exclamation mark on day (and to shake off all the bad vibes from the bowling center), Eric, Jara, and I went to a Maccabiah party at a club in Tel Aviv. It was loud and packed and so much fun. Just what we needed to make the day complete.

Our troubles with the bowl continue but people are advocating for us and we do appreciate it. Special thanks to Jed Margolis, the executive director of Maccabi USA, who joined us for a little while at the center and heard our perspective about the challenging accommodations both at the hotel and at the bowl. Thanks to Lou Moyerman, our assistant team manager, for working on our behalf as well.

The bowling center has been gracious and is now providing free water bottles to all the bowlers but food still remains a challenge. Even though our team management thought everything had been worked out, such is not the case. It's so bad that on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, all the bowlers will be going for lunch at a restaurant off-site. Way to lose a LOT of business, Netanya Bowling Center!

Tomorrow is an off day (thank goodness) and then we'll roll into Shabbat. We all need a little break and nothing beats Shabbat in Israel.

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