Wednesday, June 11th -- about ready to go to bed.
The day went quite well. Breakfast, all the normal morning routines that we all go through to get out of the house and on with our day.
Mermaid Beach LBC -- if only we had greens like theirs. But more than that, if we could provide the restaurant, the (hey, it’s true) alcohol, the slot machines -- my, oh, my. Just about everybody would take up lawn bowling.
The practice went well. Joining us for practice, Loren Dion, Bill Brault, and Neil Furman. Great to have eight of the ten of us together for some bowls and laughs.
Lunch was good, served right there at the bowls club. Another 12 ends of fours, and then we were off to Helensvale LBC, for the semi-final rounds of the Australian Open. (Team USA is over here to play in the Asia-Pacific Championships. The Austrailian Open is … well, like our
US Open. They’re in the final rounds of that tournament.)
W\e watched Ryan Bester play the semifinal match in pairs, and right next to his game, there she was, Karen Murphy, skipping her women’s fours team. Along with at least 300 people surrounding the greens, watching these games. Awesome!
Alexis Vanden Bos is doing the driving of one of our cars, Anne Nunes the other. I am designated co-pilot for Alexis. We have decided that our car should have a warning on the back of it: DANGER! The neat thing about it is that I have never laughed so hard. If you’ve never tried it (driving on the left side of the road) … well, may the Force be with you. You’ll need it.
Here’s Alexis’s take on the whole thing:
Driving in Australia on the other side of the road: So Mel is my co-pilot. Jackie sits in the back with her head down. Guess she believes she's had a long life, so has accepted her fate. Mel vacillates "between you’re doing great" and -- "MOVE OVER! You’re going to hit the curb!" "Did you see that car?" I move over, using the windshield wipers instead of the turn signal. Mel’s going: "Turn Left. Turn Left." Me: "It's not legal." Mel: "Just do it!” Then being thanked for following skip’s instructions. I suggest notice in window: American driver. Mel suggests instead to read: “DANGER DANGER WILL ROBINSON." Alice refuses to drive with us.
One more day of general practice, and then the team starts three days of structured practice at the upcoming venues for our events: Broadbeach, Helensvale, Musgrave. All within 30 minutes of the house. I figure my life is only in danger for 100 of the hours I’m here: one hour a day total to the venues and 10 days of bowling … yeah, I think I’m good.
Jackie Tucker gave all of us USA-themed cover-ups, an engraved key chain, and a lapel pin.
Scott Roberts, Aaron Zangl, and Phil Luth arrive tomorrow, Thursday, June 12th.