Monday, November 24, 2008

Weekend update

It was a busy day yesterday. After working out in the morning, we went out for brunch with spouse's mom and her boyfriend and then they took us bowling. I've bowled before but never like this. I don't know if it has a different name, but the pins and the balls are like half the size of "regular" bowling balls and pins. The scoring was the same except that you bowled two of your ten turns at a time (resulting in five turns per game). I did awful, though I did come in second place on one of the games. MIL skunked all of us all three times. They kept saying I was throwing the ball too hard.

There's spouse in action with his tiny ball and those miniature pins.

It was a lovely time and as a bonus I got to play with the dog Tigars (not tiger, this is short for petit gars or "little guy" in French) who is just the cutest little schnauzer ever. Then we came back home and got some tools to go over and finish up a couple of tasks over at the triplex. We had new flooring installed in the top unit and we had to do a little finishing on the moulding and the little plates you put down in doorways. This took longer than expected (as always) and required two jaunts to the hardware store. Spouse and I had a bit of a row when he paid over twenty dollars for a box of screws. (He chose them for the fricking color, for chrissakes.) Anyway the flooring came out fabulous, it's this great vinyl product called Trafficmaster Allure. It's the second apartment we've used it in and the results are really impressive.

It looks just like wood, but it's not. Then we finally came home and were too tired to cook, so it was left over ham sandwiches for dinner.

22 comments:

John said...

I believe that's called "duckpin bowling" in the US and it's popular for taking the kids bowling (smaller balls easier for smaller people to handle). I have no idea if it's called that in Canada, or what the origin of "duckpin" is though.

Birdie said...

That's called duckpin bowling here. We have an alley that's been here for about eighty years. When I went we threw three balls per turn for ten turns. (Maybe the rules change according to region.) Feels odd, though, doesn't it?

Nice flooring. You guys do a decent job of home repair, screws notwithstanding.

Word ver: counoure - Canadian spelling of conure, a small parrot.

Anonymous said...

Is there a difference between Candlepins and Duckpins? Wikiped says Candlepins are older, but???
BobVT

Anonymous said...

The floor looks fab. So Spouse choose style over substance when buying the screws, he must be Gay. I've heard of but never seen Duckpin bowling. When in need of a quick meal I go soup and sandwich at subway. The Broccoli and Cheese soup is delicious. ed

David said...

Hmmm, Duckpin bowling sounds like an animated show on the Disney network. I'd heard of Candlepin bowling, but never Duckpin.

David said...

Wait, Spouse's tiny ball? I thought you mentioned in a previous post that...

Patricia said...

The only way I bowl well is with bumpers. And if I can find a child to take bowling, I'm not afraid to use 'em. The bumpers that is, not the child.

I, too, go ballistic when an enormous amount of money is spent on some sort of tool or hardware when a "reasonable" alternative is available for less. But then that's just my problem for going and trying to be reasonable in the middle of Home Depot. They have shields up against that sort of thing.

Verification word: houseri

Apropos.

GayProf said...

I had a friend who used to have the vinyl "wood" flooring. You really wouldn't know it wasn't actual wood.

Anonymous said...

Now Torn, admit it don't the screws look better than the cheap ones? ed again

Frank H said...

Up here both the larger and smaller versions are called "quilles" (pins) while apparently some people do make a difference between the two. I've never seen the smaller version before in the Midwest. Here's an explanation I gave a while back and here is a shot of the two versions side by side. I found the smaller version a bit tricky and also was beat (not smoked) by my MIL. That was a bit tough for someone who tends to be good at skill sports.

BTW, the floor looks great.

christopherc said...

Never been a good bowler... I always went along for the fun of it and for everyone else's entertainment (laughter). It wasn't unheard of for my finger to get stuck in a ball and I would end up half way down the chute before I would know what was going on!

We've used a ton of laminates for flooring in our units here too... much easier to clean and work with than actual hardwoods and carpets. Not seen the vinyls around here yet... maybe by the next project we will have them as an option as well!

-C

Mark in DE said...

I've never been any good at bowling either, but I always have fun when I do it.

That vinyl floor does look like wood. How cool!

Mark :-)

La pequena retardo said...

Love the floor! We used it in our kids' bathroom and anyone who doesn't know what it is, automatically assumes it's wood. So easy to install too!

Summer said...

I've never seen bowling like that before. It looks harder than regular bowling. Your floor looks great!

Todd HellsKitchen said...

OMG! I didn't even know Duckpins even existed anywhere anymore... It was a huge sport in Baltimore back in the 1960s of my youth...

A Lewis said...

Nice ass, spouse...in spite of the tiny balls.

Greg said...

They have that size bowling here in town, though I've not been yet.

Love the floor: "It looks like wooden, but its' not: it's Vin-yl!"

(to the tune of the "Chiffon" margarine jingle...of course)

dykewife said...

i wonder if duck pin bowling in quebec would be called canard bowling... :D

David said...

You lead a fabulous, charmed life.

I'm jealous.

Word Verification: pling

Java said...

Does Trafficmaster Allure live up to its name? I seriously need some really sturdy flooring in my house. Some days I wish we had concrete floors.

Were those ham sandwiches left-over, or were they sandwiches made with left-over ham. There's a difference. One is good, one is kinda icky. Oh, that would be that chocolate ice cream ham, right? Probably very good.

dailybriefing said...

duckpin bowling is so fun. sadly all of the lanes nearby have gone extinct.

Butch said...

I don't think I have ever seen that game played. I used to bowl when I was younger.

Nice job on that floor and I like the colour of the wall in red as well.