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And we were tied for second place, dammit!
About an hour ago I got a phone call from my good friend Heather, who happens happened to also be the president of the Sunday bowling league lady_curmudgeon and I belong to. H and her husband both quit the league tonight, as did the two other members of their team. When I inquired what would prompt such action I was told it was all thanks to the house's unwavering assertion that the jerks on the league now following us (dubbed the "Sunday Night Strikers") are more important that we are. It's an interesting position to take, really. Our league has three times the number of teams, drinks three times the alcohol (we keep that bar swimming in cash all night long) and generally treat the staff better. Despite the fact that the other league is the group that broke contract and changed the night its bowling on for no good reason... despite the fact we're on contract and have done nothing wrong... despite the other factors I've already mentioned, my league is being told to either suck it up or start an hour earlier to avoid having the Strikers chomping at our heels and harassing us in the later part of the evening.

I've been with this league for three years. I've dealt with the Strikers and I know from experience exactly why we set our bowling dates specifically to avoid them, bowling every other week when they're not there. Yet strangely enough, sometime each year, the Strikers find some excuse to break their contract and end up on the same Sunday night as us. Every year the owner of the alley tells us to suck it up and bullies us when we try to push back. Well, not this year. When the edict came from the owner, Heather had enough and quit. Her husband had pretty much had his fill already and quit at the same time. The other members of their team didn't really like the direction this was going and so they tendered their resignations as well. BAM, one team down. I decided I had zero desire to keep bowling in the face of such rampant stupidity, so I quit for lady_curmudgeon and myself. I called the remaining members of my team and they quit as well, so my team is out for the count. BAM, now team #1 and team #2, two of the "founding teams," have decided that enough is enough and we're outta there. So of the 18 teams that comprise the Brew Crew, two have folded in the last hour and a half. All signs indicate that another team is quitting in protest as well but we haven't heard a formal answer from their captain yet. There were about nine other individuals in tonight's meeting who also got completely bent at the news. I think the league will be spared from complete implosion but it's going to be hurting when this exodus is said and done.

What a pisser, man. After last week's sweep we were tired for second place.

Ratt shit is better than cat shit.

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daf666 From: daf666 Date: October 16th, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude, that suffers from massive suck.

I hope you can find another league that works for you as well as the last one. Our alley has been undergoing some management changes, and not for the better. They even outsourced the management of the bar and food service to another company. They installed an entire electronic system to make sure you don't get more than that ounce of booze in your drink, because, don't you know, that's just a recipe for waste, and let's just remove all the human factor from the bartender...

I still like the bowling alley there. I hope you can find another place or league that the alley doesn't feel free to shit all over.

feren From: feren Date: October 17th, 2006 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)
The ultimate pisser in this is we run unsanctioned because our primary purpose is to be a fun league. Hell, that's item one in our charter and rules each year, "Have fun and don't bring others down or you'll be asked to get out." Who knew we'd have to get ourselves out because the alley we're in apparently loathes us for reasons unknown?

And yeah, we got the electronic metering system last year in the alley's bar. What a load of crap that thing is. But it was easier for the alley's owner to cut "theft" by good bartending and punsih the customers than to actually, you know, fire the employees who were stealing whole cases of booze from the storage room. What a raging dick!
genevra From: genevra Date: October 16th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
What you guys need to do is just move the league to another alley, and make sure the owners of the current one know it! And let them know why, too.
feren From: feren Date: October 17th, 2006 01:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I suspect the gestalt that is Heather and her husband (and, by extension, her husband's sprawling family) will end up forming a new league next summer at one of the other alleys in the area. I say this with a lot of confidence because we've already been talking about taking our "just for fun" bowling a bit further North to another alley we've been to before.
yotogi From: yotogi Date: October 16th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's right. You call that fucking Kraut and tell him you don't roll on Shabbos.
feren From: feren Date: October 17th, 2006 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)
yotogi From: yotogi Date: October 17th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Goddamn right.
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