Sunday, May 19, 2019
Sunday, May 12, 2019
At about the time the PBA Playoffs began, Focused TV aired a mini-documentary on the PBA Tour. It includes interviews with PBA Commissioner Tom Clark, current PBA members Jason Belmonte, Bill O'Neill, Kyle Troup and Norm Duke.
If you don't follow the PBA, or haven't in some time, the interviews will help you bridge the old versus the new PBA. If you have about 20 minutes, it's worth a watch.
Sunday, May 05, 2019
|source: Columbus Dispatch|
L to R: Larry Siegfried, Mel Nowell, Joe Roberts, Jerry Lucas, John Havlicek
On April 25, 2019, Boston Celtics legend John Havlicek passed away at the age of 79. While best known for his prolific 16-year NBA career entirely in Boston, he was also an integral part of the 1959-60 NCAA Championship team with my alma mater, The Ohio State University.
His number 5 jersey at Ohio State and 17 with the Boston Celtics are both retired.
He remains the all-time leading scorer in Celtics history with 26,395 points.
Sunday, April 21, 2019
|source: Motor Trend|
No no no no no!
Currently, other German sedans in the same class, the Audi A4 and the 'C' Class Mercedes have also stopped offering manual transmissions.
I am on my 3rd BMW 3 series. All in various shades of blue.
1. 1997 318ti E36 (hatchback)
2. 2004 325i E46 (sedan)
3. 2012 328i F30 (sedan) - my current ride
I took great pains to ensure above all else, my BMW would have a stick shift transmission. It's a long shot, but perhaps by some miracle when the next generation is released in 2026 or so, they'll bring back the stick shift.
Fat chance. I can only hope.
Oh well. There's always the 2 Series coupe.
Monday, April 15, 2019
|Lakeside, San Francisco|
For now, I've made the decision to remain until the roommate has moved out. My best option would be to find another roommate. But after 5 roommates in 5 years (all but the current roommate were temporary), I don't want another roommate. Yet I can't afford the full rent. In 2 years or so, I might.
I met with the property manager last weekend to discuss a few options. She's agreed we'll chat again once the roommate has moved out.
I have looked at other places that I can afford but run into the following:
Most 1 bedrooms I can afford are too small. Ideally, I'd like a living area at least 700 square feet. I gave up a beautiful dining table that seated up to 8 because I didn't think I'd have room for it. In hindsight, I should have kept it. If I am going to move again, I am not giving up any more furniture.
2. Minimum income requirement.
I saw a 2 bedroom flat in the Inner Sunset I really liked. But the income requirement was 3 times my gross monthly salary. My official monthly salary doesn't meet the minimum. I do have other sources of income, but for privacy reasons won't disclose them.
3. Parking and non-coin operated laundry facilities.
Yes, I'm being very nit-picky about both. I gave up a garage to move to where I am. Although I have the option of driveway parking, I only use it when it's absolutely necessary. (Don't even get me started on roommate's girlfriend's car parked nearly every fucking weekend in the driveway).
A few Saturdays ago, I looked at 2 places. One had parking but no laundry facilities. The other, laundry facilities but no parking. I haven't used a coin-operated laundry machine since 2010. I'm too old, spoiled and lazy to have to go back to one.
Surprisingly, one of the places I looked at last month has not yet rented. The homeowner/landlord emailed me yesterday asked if I'd reconsider with a reduced rent rate. I explained as much as I like the place, it's too small.
My vent about rent must come to an end. Gotta get cleaned up, showered and ready for work tomorrow. Stay tuned.
Sunday, April 07, 2019
|source: San Francisco USBC|
Teams can be comprised of all men, all women or mixed. If you are not a San Francisco USBC league bowler with membership and bowl in another SF Bay Area sanctioned league, you will be required to pay a $10 local association fee. Click here to download a tournament entry form.
Dates and squad times:
Saturday, April 27:
1:00 pm Doubles/Singles, 5:00 pm Team.
Sunday, April 28:
11:00 am Team, 3:00 pm Doubles/Singles
Check-in begins 1 hour before squad time.
Entry fee: $30/event. Please note Doubles/Singles are considered separate events but you are required to bowl both events.
I will be there both days. On Saturday, I'll be fulfilling my Board of Directors duties helping Stephanie with the tournament. On Sunday, I will be bowling all 3 squads with my team.
Hope to see you there.
Sunday, March 31, 2019
|source: Trip Advisor|
Grand Sierra Bowling Center
Since the Orleans renovation, the number of lanes has gone down from 72 to 52. Not yet official, the venue for future Hawaiian Classic tournaments will likely move permanently to Gold Coast.
This year's Asian tournaments in Reno, the Reno Asian (July) and Labor Day (September) will move to Grand Sierra due to renovations at National Bowling Stadium.
National Bowing Stadium has 78 lanes. Grand Sierra, 50.
For frame of reference, a few other well-known bowling centers in the United States:
- Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Michigan. 90 lanes. Site of last week's World Series of Bowling, 90 lanes. Largest in the United States.
- South Point, Las Vegas, Nevada. 64 lanes. Where I bowled Women's Nationals in 2016 and former PBA World Series of Bowling venue, 32 lanes on 2 sides.
- Red Rock Lanes, Las Vegas, Nevada. 72 lanes. Site of numerous PBA events and a popular destination for tournament bowlers.
Compared to where I regularly bowl Sunday practice and Wednesday night league:
- Classic Bowl, Daly City, California, 60 lanes.
The largest bowling center in the world is 116 lanes, Inazawa Grand Bowl in Inazawa, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
|source: pinterest, bowlingdigital.com|
Inazawa Grand Bowl