Sunday, May 19, 2019

Eight Years Ago

For the past 8 years, May 19 will always bring me back to Spock's quote to Kirk, "I have been and always shall be your friend."

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Focused: Conversations with Fran Healy - PBA episode

Hoping all moms out there enjoyed their day.

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

Remembering John Havlicek

source: Columbus Dispatch
L to R: Larry Siegfried, Mel Nowell, Joe Roberts, Jerry Lucas, John Havlicek
No blog post from last week as I was at the San Francisco USBC City Tournament all weekend.

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

2019 BMW 3 Series - No Manual Transmission

source: Motor Trend
I'm 6 months late to this news. It was announced in October 2018 that the next generation (G20) 2019 BMW 3 series released last month will be the first not to offer a manual transmission.

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

Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Lakeside, San Francisco
On May 31, 2019, the current 1-year lease my roommate and I signed will end. Roommate will be leaving the San Francisco Bay Area for the East Coast to be nearer to his aging parents. Date not yet set. His current work set up is remote, so relocating out-of-state will not be an issue for him.

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:
1. Size.
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

San Francisco USBC Open Tournament - Apri 27 and 28, 2019

source: San Francisco USBC
For all San Francisco Bay Area league bowlers, the San Francisco USBC is hosting our 13th Annual Open Championships at Classic Bowl in Daly City on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28.

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

Bowling Tournament Venues Downsized

source: Trip Advisor
Grand Sierra Bowling Center
Reno, Nevada
It started in with the Hawaiian Tournament in Las Vegas. Usually held at the Orleans with 72 lanes, it was moved to Gold Coast Bowling Center. No real change, as Gold Coast has 70 lanes.

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:
The largest bowling center in the world is 116 lanes, Inazawa Grand Bowl in Inazawa, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
source: pinterest,
Inazawa Grand Bowl