My standard response whenever someone asks me about bowling or how my golf game is: If I could reverse my bowling and golf scores, then I might be in business.
Yet, the last time I went bowling, it was at Inlet Square Mall for a friend of the family’s kiddo birthday party, and I was on fire.
Bowling the best frames of my life, racking up strikes and spares…we had to leave early because my infant son had reached his breaking point, was flipping out, and we had to make a quick exit. Damn it!
Disclaimer: I was not responsible for copyediting the signs - that's at least one too many exclamation points.
Fast forward to Saturday’s Striking out Cancer Bowling Tournament at Little River Lanes – an event organized by the Stooge Sisters, the wives and girlfriends of local classic rock outfit the Sick Stooges, which includes Surge contributor Roger Yale.
Alas, the bowling gods did not shine on me on Saturday – I had a great time on a rainy Saturday afternoon with my teammates, but completely stunk it up on the lanes.
I absolutely never found my groove – and you can laugh all you like (my teammates sure did), but I never found my release point. I never got that confidence going – and after the second pitcher of Yuengling, I guess I stopped caring – but even that didn’t help.
But enough about me and my pathetic bowling performance…
We were there to raise money for cancer awareness, most specifically for Relay for Life, a matter that became all the more poignant when cancer survivor Scott Mann, of local classic rock station WAVE 104.1, took to the bowling center’s microphone and got the ball rolling. Check out a quick video excerpt of his remarks here: www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200197920203466.
For more about Mann’s battle with cancer, check out this Surge cover story from 2010: www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2010/08/05/1619847/working-manns-deadhead-local-deejays.html.
I do have to set the record straight regarding Mann’s remarks, where he thanked me and Surge for being a title sponsor of the event. I had nothing to do with the sponsorship and that credit should go to my colleague Diana Zipko, our marketing and promotions manager. I did, however, try to spread the word the best I could via social media, and in our On the Fly report in print, online and on WBTW.
The real, nitty gritty work was done by the Stooge Sisters – and I was impressed by how well-organized it was – you really never know what you’re going to get when you agree to participate in a benefit, especially a first-time event.
Anyhow according to Stooge Sister Tonya Auerbach, the overall winner of the bowling tournament was Bloomingail's Consignment of Calabash, N.C., with a combined team score of 1715 – that’s an aggregate score from three, four-person games.
Oh well, maybe next year, Team Surge.
And most importantly, the event cleared $2,400 (after expenses), according to Auerbach.
I’m betting the snack bar and lounge did pretty well, too.
I have to post this blog quickly because many fish are frying on my work-related burner, but need to throw out a couple of things to keep the masses sated until another fresh batch of Surge content hits the Interwebs starting today and print destinations (on Thursday).
And speaking of fresh content, this week we’re taking a look at the new unreal reality series set in Durty Myrtle, “Welcome to Myrtle Manor,” and we’ve got new A Gay in the Life and Working 4 a Living columns, along with the best best-bets feature on the beach, yours truly’s On the Fly, and fresh helpings of Becky Billinglsey’s An Open & Shut Case, a new Hot Pour bartender profile and another Happy Hour Heaven exploration.
As for the beginning of this arduous work week (aren’t they all?), here’s a little something to chew on to stay sane.
Dining out is entertainment, isn’t it? Hell, with more than 2,000 places along the Grand Strand to grab a bite, it might even be considered a sport. It is my civic duty to remind you that as minutes are ticking off the calendar, this evening is the last Monday that you can take advantage of 2-for-1 dinner entrees at Liberty Steakhouse and Brewery. The deal starts at 4 p.m. today (and also at 4 p.m. Wednesday), so this is your last chance, as the deals expire when February does. Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery is at 1321 Celebrity Circle, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach. Call 626-HOPS or go to www.libertysteakhouseandbrewery.com.
I have been rounded up to judge the Hard Rock Rock Rising Battle of the Bands at Hard Rock Cafe again - my slot in the ivory tower perch is not until Friday, but the competition begins Wednesday.
What was a month-long, kind of drawn-out battle the last time I judged it has been condensed somewhat so that much of the action is taking place this week.
It all kicks off Wednesday as Dreamkiller from the Greensboro, N.C. area, local reggae rockers Below the Bassline from Pawleys Island, and Kid Cool from the Charleston area duke it out. The competition starts at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Then at 8 p.m. Thursday, the second round will feature Pawleys Island's Paperwork, Fallen Child from Florence, and Swain, which includes members from Myrtle Beach and the Fayetteville, N.C. area.
On Friday, when I'm up there being all judgmental, we'll get to see who has the best chops amongst Aunt Polly's Revenge from the Leland/Tabor City, N.C. area, Space Truckers from the Asheville, N.C. area Carl Cordova from the Fayetteville, N.C. area
The winners of each round will square off in the local finals on March 7. The ultimate prize includes $10,000 in new equipment and a slot performing at the Hard Rock Calling 2013 festival in London.
Hard Rock Cafe is at 1322 Celebrity Circle, Celbrity Square, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach. Call 946-0007 or go to www.hardrock.com.