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In my last post I mentioned we celebrated my g'son's 9th birthday at the bowling alley.
Astrid says they don't print their names on their bowling balls in the Netherlands.
We do when we own our balls and play on teams (as I did 12 years ago).  Is this just an American thing, I wonder?!


In my last post I mentioned we celebrated my g'son's 9th birthday at the bowling alley.
Astrid says they don't print their names on their bowling balls in the Netherlands.
We do when we own our balls and play on teams (as I did 12 years ago).  Is this just an American thing, I wonder?!

comments (46)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 Jul 2009, 00:20
I don't think I have my name on mine Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: HA! I guess only you would know, Chris??! grin
  • alex
  • United States
  • 22 Jul 2009, 00:25
You know those Americans, Ginnie, so possessive about their things! wink
Ginnie Hart: It's MINE, MINE, MINE! What do you mean, Alex??? grin
Show off!! smilesmile But I do love ur composition and colour tones.
Ginnie Hart: What can I say, Fotografa! I actually think it was done for free when I bought the ball. smile Thanks.
  • Nathan
  • California, United States
  • 22 Jul 2009, 01:23
Yeah, I thought everyone personalizes their own bowling ball. Great shot, and nice ball too!
Ginnie Hart: I think in some leagues it's just what everyone does over here in the States, Nathan, right? It's actually kinda fun. smile Thanks. It's only a 10-pounder!
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 22 Jul 2009, 01:33
Regardless, it makes a very nice picture!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Larry. It was a fun shot for me. smile
nice private ball...."Ginnie" // Good composition // Regards From Yogyakarta City, Indonesia //
Ginnie Hart: It does make it a "personal" ball, Bram, doesn't it. smile Thanks.
Oh you're a bowling player Ginnie?

So you probably know the Great Lebowski lol!

Nice picture!
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Remi. smile I don't remember the movie very well but I did see it years ago. How fun to remember that connection. Merci.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 22 Jul 2009, 03:55
What a great shot, Ginnie! I am sure you can play a good game.
Ginnie Hart: Well, to be honest, Kay, I'm very proud of my average. That birthday it was 156 and my high game was 184. Once years ago I bowled a 214. smile HA! But I must have been a on roll that night...when in the league. I LOVED it. And it's just a 10-pound ball. It has done me proud. Thanks. Nicholas was so cute because he told me up front that he wanted me on HIS team. And I did end up as the high scorer. We both had so much fun with that!! smile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 22 Jul 2009, 05:34
Well composed Ginnie, another lesson in making the mundane appealing
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. The minute I saw my name on the ball, I said, "The SCers will get a kick outta this!" grin
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Jul 2009, 05:37
......well....I just googled 'bowlingballen' and saw that the price is around the €200 for a good one, I think if I pay that much I want my name on it too.
Great picture, wonderful composition.....'mirage'.... 'luchtspiegeling'....and I can assure Ken that you have tiny mouse fingers....LOL...
Ik zou je graag eens willen zien bowlen, maar dan wel in mijn team.
Ginnie Hart: OMG, MLMA! I'm guessing I paid less than $50 for my ball and the name was probably added for free. It's only a 10-lb ball, for one thing, but I sure have made it my own. It's making me want to go bowling today. HA! And about the size of my fingers...we all know that size IS important. grin One day we will go bowling together...just as we will play tennis together. We'll each have our different strengths!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
  • 22 Jul 2009, 05:42
Nicely composed. I've never been bowling. It's okay to laugh nowsmile
Ginnie Hart: OMG, Sherri. Are you kidding me??? One day, before you kick the bucket, please do yourself the favor of trying it at least once. You may even have beginner's luck! Then you'll be hooked. smile
  • rem_la
  • France
  • 22 Jul 2009, 05:46
superbe ce gros plan !
Ginnie Hart: It was fun, Rem. Merci.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Jul 2009, 06:09
You are a classy lady Ginnie. Lovely Tones smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Flattery will get you (just about) everywhere, SAVO. grin
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 22 Jul 2009, 06:50
Are you left-handed, Ginnie?

You have made these bowling spheres look very elegant...
Ginnie Hart: No, Ray, I'm not left-handed. Now I need to go look at the ball to see if the holes really ARE different in size like that...or if it's an illusion!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 22 Jul 2009, 07:35
We also don't engrave our names on our balls. We believe if you don't part with them you don't need a tag to identify them.

The need to identify your balls must be a gender thing.

You made a great picture of yours smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I think we could take this a long way, Louis.... grin How fun. My remembrance is that the name was added for free when I bought the ball for my league. I'm quite sure I paid way under $50 for the 10-pounder 12 years ago. I have great memories! smile
  • Jane
  • United States
  • 22 Jul 2009, 07:50
Fun shot. Almost like hieroglyphics. Nice colors in the line-up.
Ginnie Hart: You're so right, Jane. I thought the same thing and wonder what they mean, if anything? Thanks.
A left handed ball Ginnie?
Superb composition!
Ginnie Hart: No, Richard. Not that I know of, since I'm not left-handed. But now you and Ray have my curiosity...,about those holes. Is that just an illusion, I wonder?? Merci.
  • kiji
  • France
  • 22 Jul 2009, 08:31
Hi Ginnie

Good Idea! In France I don't know because I don't play bowling. Only "Pétanque" as many french people wink)
Ginnie Hart: Well, at least you play something, Kiji! smile Merci.
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Jul 2009, 08:49
Maybe, Ginnie.. I guess is a bigger sport than in the Netherlands. At least there is no mistaking your ball. I've not been ten pin blowing now for years and years.
Ginnie Hart: I think it's something the leagues do, Alan, and since I was in a league and bought my own ball (more cost-effective!), I think they added the name for free. smile
lovelyy crop, creative subject
Ginnie Hart: I guess just about anything can be photographed, Chantal, right? smile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 22 Jul 2009, 10:36
It happens in Australia to manly if you play in a team
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Vintage...a league/team thing, for sure.
I thought it was an Astrid type addition to the photo at first. Sounds sensible to me ;o)
Ginnie Hart: I had a feeling people would think it was an Astrid thing, Mike. smile But, no, I would never steal her thunder!! grin
  • Chad Doveton
  • did I ever tell you the one about a man who though
  • 22 Jul 2009, 11:22
It looks as if he is having a ball Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I'm sure of it, Chad.
Like Mike I also thought it was an Astrid type signature at first but the realised it was real!
Ginnie Hart: As I told Mike, I would never steal Astrid's thunder! grin Thanks, Bernie.
After 12 years then Ginnie...has this just become an ornament now?..Good fun days I bet. Well captured.
Ginnie Hart: Well, not exactly, Ron. Once or twice a year we go bowling...sometimes just Nicholas and myself. We should do it more often, since we love it! Thanks.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 22 Jul 2009, 13:18
my parents got a bunch of trophies in bowling in the philippines.. i never got the hang of it though.. and yep, they do have their names on their bowling bowls too..
Ginnie Hart: I think the only trophy I ever got, Rian, was Most Improved. grin Once I even bowled a 214, but I think that day I was really in my groove. I usually only averaged 165 during my league days...with my 10-pound ball. It sure was fun. smile
I think that name is just a mirage Ginniegrin
Ginnie Hart: Maybe so, Bill. Maybe so. To my family it is...they never use it but you do NOT want to know what they do use! smile
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 22 Jul 2009, 16:24
I don't own any bowling balls, so I wouldn't know but if its yours, why not?! The Dutch have funny ways, what can you say tongue just kidding. Like the composition and desaturation here, Ginnie. We should go bowling when I'm down where you are.
Ginnie Hart: When will you be down here, Mia? I hope it's BEFORE I move to the Netherlands!?!
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 22 Jul 2009, 16:53
Very creative image. Personally - have never seen bowling balls with names engraved..but what do I know???
Ginnie Hart: I think you'd have to be part of a league to see it, Marcie. Then you'd get your fill. smile Thanks.
I have no idea...but yours is so NICE!
Ginnie Hart: I think this is a league thing, Heather. It sure was fun while it lasted. smile Thanks.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 22 Jul 2009, 18:49
Hah! Unfortunately I have not played one game yet. I have to remedy that soon.

I guess you could personalize everything you want smile
Ginnie Hart: Are your serious, Maria??!! Then YES. You'll find out how fun it can be. smile And yes, I think we could personalize everything...even our cameras. grin
A clever shot ! Hope it's not a self portrait smile
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHAHAHA! You are so funny, Zeb. grin
  • namaki
  • France
  • 22 Jul 2009, 20:29
Nice shot ... but I wouldn't be able to tell you what the custom is here in France about having one's name on the bowling ball ...
Ginnie Hart: We'll both stay in the dark, then, Namaki. smile Merci.
awwww, lovely composition...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Toni, for stopping by and commenting!
I had never seen that here in Barcelona. Great shot.
Ginnie Hart: I have a feeling it's more of an American thing, Albert. smile Thanks.
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 22 Jul 2009, 21:53
haha your bowling ball! you must be some kind of pro at doing it, go you!
Ginnie Hart: No pro, Liang, but I sure had fun when I was on a league many years ago. My average the other day was 156, which isn't bad but it's not anything like a pro! Thanks anyway. smile
  • Andy
  • United States
  • 22 Jul 2009, 22:26
Cool shot. This whole debate about names on the bowling balls reminds me of a Simpson's episode where Homer got Marge a bowling ball for her birthday named Homer because he wanted the ball! smile
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! Don't know that episode, Andy. I would have loved seeing it. smile Thanks.
Ginnie, this image is awesome. I myself have a bowling ball but i don't have my name engraved on it. maybe i should! ::wink:: This image just reminds me of all the fun games/frames I've had. Nicely shot.
Ginnie Hart: If I remember correctly, Brian, the name was engraved for free when I bought the ball, so it was a no-brainer. Glad to meet someone else who enjoys the sport. smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, I know. grin
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 23 Jul 2009, 11:21
Err, no, not the amount of time we go bowling.
If somebody plays regularly or has it as their sport I'd imagine they'd be sure to label the balls.
Ginnie Hart: It does help in making sure you pick up the right ball when it's time to go home, Ellie. smile
ta photo vient de faire Strike!
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. How very sweet, O-P. smile Merci.
It looks at first glance like some sort of strange planetary convergence. I've always heard bowling leagues were "a different world"!
Ginnie Hart: I really like that thought, Linda..."strange planetary convergence." I guess bowling could be seen as "different"...like almost sport with balls, right?! grin
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 23 Jul 2009, 23:11
My mother-in-law have been bowling and I have never seen her name on the bowling balls smile
Ginnie Hart: Well, it's probably more of an American thing, Frida. smile Thanks.
I must say you are an expert at photography!
Ginnie Hart: You humble me, Bhavesh. Thank you kindly...but I still have so much to learn!
  • Marie
  • France
  • 25 Jul 2009, 10:27
beau détail.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Marie!
Cool shot Ginnie.

I like the colors and composition.

This would make a great business card back. You could be a professional bowler photographer.

Oh and I have somebody elses name on mine. Opps. I guess that is because I got it at a Thrift store? smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! You've got my mind rolling on this one, John. I guess it WOULD make a nice business card. grin How fun.

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