|2019 Hawaiian Invitational|
Gold Coast, Las Vegas
I went into this tournament with little expectations. I have yet to bowl a series at my average. This year wasn't any different. My overall 8-game average was about 10 pins below my entry average.
What was different this year was a couple of minor, but notable inconveniences.
Upon arriving in Las Vegas, I got my luggage from baggage claim. Grabbed my suitcase and my bowling bag. Found the retractable handle on my bowling bag was stuck. After a few tries of moving the handle back and forth, I got the handle to lock. When I got to the cab, the release wouldn't retract the handle. The cab driver was very accommodating and put the bowling bag in the trunk as is.
Now at the hotel, it takes me less than 10 minutes to check-in. Got my room keys (see photo) with the tournament's logo. Enter my room and immediately notice the room is stuffy. I try to turn on the air conditioning from the wall thermostat and nothing comes on. Thermometer reads 79F. I call the front desk, woman on phone tells me Engineering will be in about 45 minutes to look at the air conditioning unit. They're currently working on another issue.
Almost an hour later and no one's come. I call the front desk again and tell them I want to be put in another room if this can't be fixed. As soon as I get off the phone, 2 men from Engineering knock on the door. They get the fan turned on, tell me to wait about 15 minutes for the room to cool.
I leave the room for about 20 minutes to give it time to cool down. Thermometer has gone down to 75F but won't get any cooler. There's barely any air coming from the unit. I really didn't notice until I saw the bedside clock radio read 2 am. I was too occupied trying to fix the bowling bag handle.
Damn. Suck it up, Lani. The handle is broken. Go to sleep. Buy a new bag at the pro shop before the 2 pm squad. It's the second accessory I have to replace in less than 2 years (replaced my shoes 3 weeks earlier - see September 22 entry).
I wake up around 8:30. Text my Bel Mateo teammate Ronnie to make sure he made it in from his drive from Redwood Shores to Vegas. Grab breakfast at TGIF's. Come back to the room. Thermometer now reads 78F. Time to call the front desk again.
Within 15 minutes, a different person from Engineering knocks on the door. Walks over to the unit, puts his hand above the vent. Tells me right away he's got to take the unit apart to fix it. Perfect time to head to the pro shop.
At the pro shop, I immediately eye the bag in the new color I saw online after I knew I'd have to buy a new bag. It's the same price as the lowest priced one I saw online. I play with the retractable handle to make sure it works, then bring it to the register to buy it. I casually mention to the pro shop guy I'm here for the Hawaiian Tournament. He gives me a 10% discount.
|Storm Rolling Thunder 2|
Bag is the same size and dimensions as the current bag. It'll be an easy transfer to move everything from the not-so-old bag to the new bag.
After the Saturday afternoon squad, I join my Bel Mateo Monday night league mates Ronnie, Will and Julina for a fun Cantonese dinner.
When our 2nd and final squad ended late Sunday morning, I tag along with my teammates Jason and Darrick to the airport. We were on the same incoming and outgoing flights. Hang out for the first time before our flight at The Centurion Lounge, thanks to a recent upgrade to an American Express Platinum Card. Buffet style menu and wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. For FREE.
Nice way to end the weekend trip.