The Season Opener That Wasn't

Paige Pennington

Those of you who know me will understand how difficult it is for me to say that I was truly looking forward to the PBA season opener in Wichita Kansas last week. For those of you who don't know me, the reason it is so difficult for me to say that is: I HATE TO TRAVEL. Yes, I know, I married a man who travels for a living. I have been on the road nine months out of the year for the last 14 years. But I really am BAD at it. I get really cranky after being in the car for about 600 miles. Anything over one day of driving and you might as well put me on the plane, because you do not want to be sitting next to me in a vehicle. However, in spite of that, I really was looking forward to the first tournament. The PBA has implemented a lot of changes for this swing and I have heard from several people who have seen it that the new set for the television show is fabulous.

After the tragic events of the 11th, we wondered if the tournament would take place. It is about 1500 miles from our house in Florida to Wichita, Kansas. We had to leave Tuesday afternoon. Calls to North Rock Lanes and the PBA office left us with the impression that the tournament would happen. We left for Wichita. We arrived in Wichita on Thursday evening around 8pm. Imagine how surprised we were when we were told the decision had been made to cancel the tournament at 5pm. So there we were in Wichita, for no reason at all! I, personally, believe that the PBA office made the right decision. It just would have been immensely more convenient for me, personally, if the office had made the decision a little earlier in the week.

If you are going to be somewhere for a week for no reason, North Rock Lanes in Wichita is not a bad place to be. Everyone from the bowling center was incredibly nice. They all went out of their way to make our unexpected vacation in Wichita as pleasant as possible. Cindy Classen found a doctor to give me an allergy injection. Frank DeSocio got us movie passes and set it up for the guys to play golf. There was some excellent shopping available in the area. It turned out to be quite a pleasant week for us and about 70 other guys who didn't get the message in time and arrived thinking they were going to bowl a tournament.

We would like to take this opportunity to let everyone who was touched by the tragic events that occurred on the 11th know that they are in our thoughts and prayers.
God bless you all.

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