Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Bowling Tournament (Part One)

I never like it when the annual Enterprise Bowling Tournament comes round.

Riker's side always beats us easily.

His side has Data in it; with his programming, he always gets a strike, and with that, they have an advantage. Deanna, another member of his side is pretty good as well.. Ro Laren is sharp also.

As for us, well, the talent is much to be desired. Jadzia Dax is hopeless at it. Whenever she delivers a bowl, it either ends up in the side lane or goes leaping off into the adjacent one. Worf isn't a good one to have either. His short temper means he throws the machine far to heavily, which usually means he smashes the skittles or the bowl itself when it hits the wall behind.

Beverly is pretty good, and is our best player. I'm fairly average, but it's not good enough to beat Riker's team, who always come back holding the cup and wearing smirks.

We have substitutes of course; Geordi is on mine and Guinan is on Riker's. No wonder we are useless.


T'Pol and Seven march up to me.

"Locutus." says Seven, "I should play in this bowling tournament. It would be good experience for me as a Borg drone."

"So should I!" demands T'Pol, "In the Terran Empire, I.."

"T'Pol and Seven." I say to them sharply, "Neither of you are capable of playing in a ten-pin bowling tournament. You have both been bought up in environments that have no previous history of this sport."

"You will lose as always, Locutus." Seven tells me, and the two of them march off.


As the tournament arrives, we gather at the holodeck. Jadzia hasn't turned up yet. Beverly comes to me.

"I've just taken Jadzia to the SickBay. She has injured her bowling arm during judo practice with Worf. She should be here in a moment after she treated. Worf is with her"

Riker overhears and steps forward.

"In the rules, a player cannot be treated before a match." he says "You must play your substitute."

"We are two players short." I protest, "As Worf is looking after Jadzia."

"I guess you have a problem, Captain." Riker answers with his familiar smirk, "Do you want to give us the cup now."

"Not so fast, Number One." I tell him, and turn to T'Pol and Seven, "Would you two care to be in my team?"

The two look at each other.

"Very well, Captain Picard." says T'Pol with some smugness.

"These two!" laughs Riker, "We'll win by an even larger margin than ever!"

We step into the holodeck, which displays a typical ten pin bowling area.

"Let's play!" I announce.

To be continued....

Authors Note:

Curmudgeon has kindly send me this Award:

Thaks so much for this; it is greatly appreciated!

I've also had the following meme from Novy

The idea is to list one fact that is relevant to your life for each letter of your middle name. Here we go:

P: Precise. Yes I'm a very exact person and like to get everything just right.

A: Amiable. I like to think I am, particularly with those I consider my friends.

U: Understanding. I try to listen to the problems my friend have and understand what they are going through.

L: Loving. I like to think I am to those I care about.

I'm supposed to pass this meme on to thers, but I won't do that.


The Curmudgeon said...

I think you may pull this out yet, Captain. And won't Riker be surprised!

Jana said...

It's a good thing those are holographic bowling lanes - think of the damages you'd have to pay every time Worf played!

I bet Riker has to eat his words soon!

Titania Starlight said...

I am not a great bowler but I would just love to sit on the sidelines to watch this tournament!

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

I always thought Spock would be good at pool. He could probably calculate the angles and spins of the balls easily.

Linda said...

I used to love bowling myself but since having back problems I haven't been able to play so I shall just have to kick back, relax, and enjoy your tournament instead!

Duchess-General Amelia Cartwright said...

Bowling you say? Isn't that the archaic and primitive earthen sport that humans used sometimes to court each other?

That's interesting. I will have to make sure to read for more information on how this sport is played.

Jane said...

Sounds like it's going to be a great tournament. I agree it is good that it is a holographic bowling alley! No muss, no fuss!


Waiting to see the results. I think it is cheating to have Data on a team though.

craziequeen said...

I reckon T'Pol and Seven could be ringers here, Cap'n.

Riker will taste defeat, I feel....


Amanda said...

I'd like playing ten pin bowling in the holodeck. Don't like it in real life because I can't stop thinking about where the fingers that have been in those little holes on the balls have been previously.

The Mistress of the Dark said...

Oh this should be a very interesting game of bowling now :)

susan said...

When you said bowling I thought you meant crown green bowling!

Can't you tell I'm from Lancashire then?

Batman said...

distract Riker with a doughnut.

Leon said...

Well Seven, with her borg implants, should have almost the same advantage as Data. And T'Pol with her Vulcan logic, will be able to concentrate more, not swayed by illogical emotion. Unlike Worf. Riker's in for a big surprise.

Archibrarian said...

And poor Ensign Britney's left out of the fun? Or is she in the brig...again?

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Archlibrarian, yes, Britney was in the brig!

Leon, T'Pol and Seven might well be super players.

Batman, that is good thinking, Caped Crusader!

Susan, err, no, it's ten pin bowling!

Amelia, sometoimes I'm not sure how to play it, either.

Jon, Spock would not see such sport as logical.

Jana, we have to have a holographic lane, otherwise Worf damages them!

A Army Of (Cl)One said...

You would thing that Jadzia should be ale to bowl well, what with several hundred years of experience floating around her brain.

Also beware that Seven does not try to assimilate your balls (I meant his bowling balls, you dirty minded fiends)

M. C. Pearson said...

I think seven will do just 'perfect'ly. LOL.

Okay, how can you be precise and amiable at the same time? ;-)

Barbara said...

I surely hope that Seven or T'Pol have some bowling ability.

lala said...

I used to bowl when I was 12. I was on a bowling league! But I can't get past 75 these days. =) No tournaments for me!

Justice said...

remember its not if you win its how you play the game


Galen said...

Well I would help (we never loose in games) but seems you have already chose your replacements

TX said...

Cheers for 7

Now you will be victorious

7 assimilate them if you don't win


Bowling! Hmmm,...that reminds me of my younger years when I used to join bowling tournaments where I used to work. They usually organize inter department bowling tournaments annually. It was much fun. Thanks for making me remember. Congratulations for the blogging star award. I love your meme of middle name,. That was just very informative and I think you're all of them.

sfgirl said...

I'm so looking forward to seeing what happens next!

November Rain said...

great job on the meme

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Novy, thanks for your meme comments.

Friday, I appreciate your thoughts of the descriptions I chose.

TX, Seven sends her best wishes to you.

Justice, I don't think T'Pol & Seven would agree there!

Lala, welcome to my Journal. You were a young bowler!

Random Magus said...

I really suck at bowling :(

slskenyon said...

The possibilities are even better than they were for "Captain Picard Day."

HollyGL said...

I hadn't bowled since I was in junior high when my department at work decided to have a bowling party. Apparently, I'm right on par w/Random. It was more than a little embarrassing...

By the way, I can tell you are all of those things you listed in spades! Why do you think - aside from the very entertaining posts - I come back and back again, even though I have never seen one single episode of Star Trek Next Generation. I know the original Star Trek by heart, but that's not really relevant here. ;)

Real Life Drama Queen said...

Sorry I am late in posting.. Glad I did get here..so far great. Off to read part two.

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