MOST WONDERFUL THING
For all SMSS alumni bowlers, everything came to a crunch today,
on Sunday, July 07, 2002 at Sunway Pyramid and as they say it, the
proof of the pudding is in the eating. With battle flags flying
and teams garbed in colorful jerseys, the SMSS Alumni 2002 Bowling
Tournament got under way as planned. Batches stretching from the
70's to the early 90's were represented. Whooaaaa, batch '90, I
mean, those guys were twelve years later than us. First thing I'd
do is find them guilty, guilty of making us feel not so young anymore.
But take heart you guys, feel blessed that we met batch '90 and
not batch '01. Now, those guys, I'd indict, prosecute and find guilty
faster than you could say hook ball.
Glad to say that the training binges we had the preceding three
weeks were not in vain. Come on, are we supposed to believe that
the others did not do the same? Hang on, hold on to your horses,
the main reason we had those training sessions were to see if the
fingers would still fit. I mean, hey, fingers grow, OK? In the eleven
months between July 2001 and last month, our fingers could have
grown, yah? So, the main reason that we had the training sessions
were to see if the fingers would still fit in the holes. I swear,
scout's honor. Hey the fact that I was never a Boy Scout should
not be held against me, OK?
pardon for the sidetrack but getting back to our topic. First thing
Raof and Zambri asked about was the name of our team, i.e. Chap
Beruang. So I told them that when I saw Liwauddin ('77)a few days
before, he said that since we did not furnish him with a team name,
he'd give our team a name based on color, flowers or something like
that such as the Blue This or Green That or Whatever Thing. Now,
I wasn't too crazy about being part of something called White Lotus
or something like that. For some reason, sardines was on my mind
at that time. Mind you, I like sardines, to the extend that my wife
is pleasantly surprised once in a while when I'd ask her to cook
sambal sardin for me. Hey, all SMSS alumni were exposed to the exquisite
Damped Bread topped with Oily Sardines Au Gratin at the dining hall
for breakfast and as all of us would attest, it is a treat that
even Julia Child herself might smack her lips in appreciation.
when we think of sardines, we'd think of ayam brand. Now, Chap Ayam
is not really that catchy and we do not have the appropriate team
member (here's taking a shot at you, Yas!) and I'm sure M Cloquet
and Sons (brand owner of Ayam Brand sardines) wouldn't appreciate
us using it. Another option was Harimau Bawah Pokok Kelapa but all
of us have been sober all these years and it is a rather inappropriate
name for the squeaky clean soprts of bowling. So the next best thing
was a bear, of which the logic eludes me, frankly. It was too late
to change it to a name that they have in mind.
the dust settled, we came out sixth out of 18 teams, which is, come
to think of it, not bad. Had there been 9 teams, we would have been
third. Now, had there been 3 teams, we would have been the champion!
Hey, we're good! If de Bono has his lateral thinking to peddle around
the globe, we might have something here too, except that we'd have
to call it warped logic or something like that. Anyway, we think
that we do have a thing or two to pick with Liwauddin on the matter
of this handicap thing. Now, that is simple, blatant and unabashed
Handicaps should be based on something more logical, such as, such
as age! We'd just have to deal with the '77 batch (the only batch
more senior than us) then and they did not do very well, bowling-wise
that is. That's a plus. Now, we could base handicaps on something
more illogical, like looks but then some teams would win hands down.
Hey, some of the guys who are in their 40's are really good looking,
do you know that? Anyway, we'd lobby for a more rational handicap
classification for next year. Failing which, someone would really
have to start learning how to wear a tudung.
to our supporters, Kamal, Sabri, Rusihan, Sherry, Majdi, a spouse
or two and others who were at the bowling alley, especially the
others. Well, today, we have a new champion. Which simply means
that, next year, after taking care of the Dragon Slayers today,
we have a new champion to slay. The most wonderful thing is that,
next year; we'll be competing against each other again. And something
much much more wonderful than that, I have a feeling that a team
named Dudae Simboyo (pronounced Dhu-dak-ei Sim-pho-yo) will spring
a surprise or two. We'll teach you guys to pronounce it properly
come next year's rumble. So loosen those tongues and see you again
you all not see the news on NTV7? Check out who was on the primetime
evening news. (You can't can you?) The News is done...anyways,
he got his 30 second of fame...
Hail to the new King!!
thinks, therefore...did he?!