Sitting on the bench is no fun.

On September11, when I arrived home a little after 9 p.m. after finishing my weekly bowling league, I had a little accident.

The parking spot where I normally park that’s right in front of my door was taken and I had to park next door. It was a muggy night and I had the car’s air conditioner on. When I exited the car, my glasses were fogged up.

Instead of taking them off, I left them on as I walked up the incline of my neighbor’s driveway to get to the sidewalk.

I never made it to the sidewalk. Because I couldn’t see, I misjudged my steps, lost my balance and fell face first onto the pavement. Two women (a mother and her daughter) who were driving by, saw me fall and stopped to help.

They picked me up, walked me to my door and helped me in. I wish I had gotten their names so I could have thanked them properly, but I had blood running down my face, broken glasses, a very sore hand, was probably in a little bit of a shock and I didn’t think of it until the next day.

I hope they know I appreciate the help and kindness they showed me that night.

I called my rock, Dan, who came and took me to St. Luke’s emergency room. Because I had a head injury, I was seen almost immediately. My hard head was okay, but I had to have eight stitches to close the wound on my forehead above my left eye. X-rays of my left had showed a broken knuckle of the index finger.

I am right-handed, thank goodness, but I didn’t realize until I couldn’t use my left hand, how important that hand really is.

Take for instance, writing this column. I usually type in excess of 100 words a minute using both hands.

With my left hand in a non-removable splint for two weeks, I couldn’t use my left hand to type.

For two weeks, I typed this column with just the index finger of my right hand. Usually it takes about two hours to type the column depending upon the length of it.

With the leagues just starting for the season, those two columns were bigger than they had been all summer and it took me about 10 hours to complete the column. Very tedious work and I thought my right index finger was also going to be in a splint when I was done.

The third week after my fall, I was fitted with a custom-made removable splint. Yay! The doctor said I could only remove the splint to shower. I pleaded with her to let me remove it to type. She thankfully said yes, but the splint was to go back on when I was done.

That week typing the column was better. I was down to about five hours and each week is getting better.

The doctor also said she didn’t want me bowling. I don’t know why since I bowl right-handed, but I guess she didn’t want me to fall again.

I took three weeks off and they were the longest three weeks ever. I watched my team bowl each week and I really hated sitting on the bench and seeing a vacancy score next to my name.

My team did really well without me and bounced from first to second place and back to first.

I took myself off the injured reserve list last week without asking my doctor whether I could or not. I hope she doesn’t read this column.

I felt strong enough, took off my splint and proceeded to bowl.

I bowled the best game I have bowled in a couple of years, a 184. It was downhill after that, though, as I ended up with a paltry 405 series, but I was back and my team won five points.

I still have to go for physical therapy and will probably have to wear the splint for four more weeks (except for bowling, typing and showering), but I am mending nicely and back doing what I love to do, albeit a little more slowly.

Bowling and writing.

UPCOMING EVENTS

A N.A.T. Handicap Singles Tournament is today at Westgate Lanes in Brockton. Squads are at 10:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. Entry and re-entry fee is $65 per bowler. Bowlers must bowl four events to be eligible for the December 15 and 16 Year-end Handicap Singles and Doubles events. With only three tournaments left until the December events, bowlers with one event bowled this year, must bowl the remaining three to be eligible. For more information including the remaining schedule, visit www.natbowlsite.com.

The Massachusetts State USBC Youth Committee has its 36th annual Singles Tournament November 4 with a check-in time of 10 a.m. at AMF Auburn Ten Pin. The event is open to all certified bowlers in the state who have not reached their 20th birthday by August 1, 2018. Entry fee is $26 per bowler and entries close on October 17.

The 2018 Massachusetts State Senior Tournament is October 27-28 at AMF Auburn Ten Pin. The format is six games over two squads. Handicap is 100 percent of 240. The event is open to all certified bowlers age 50 and over. There is a women’s and an open division. Entry fee is $40 per bowler and mail-in entries close October 20. Walk-ins are welcome based on lane availability.

A Handicap Singles Tournament is October 21 at Kingston Ten Pin. Registration is 9:30 a.m. Competition begins at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. followed by head-to-head match play. Entry fee is $45 per bowler. For more information, call tournament director, Bob Goulart at 781-844-0311.

HIGHLIGHTS

The Junior Classic League at Wonder Bowl points winners for September were division 1, David Napier and division 2, Jonathan Lawrence. Both division winners will receive a paid entry into an upcoming Junior Bowling Sport Challenge Tournament.

Ozzie Oswald, in the Sunday Goodtimers League at Wonder Bowl, bowled a 290 game that was 110 pins over his average.

Joey Cabral, in the Twilight League at Wonder Bowl, bowled a 300 game on October 5. In the same league, on the same night, Jayme Silva Jr., bowled an 824 series that included 298 and 295 games.

Blake Brewer, in the Hit or Miss League at Wonder Bowl, bowled a 300 game on October 3.

Senior scores:

AMF Somerset Lanes

John Grobe Mixed Seniors: Margaret Monteiro, 200; Diane Letourneau, 202; Ron Nadeau, 201; John Zeb, 200, 202; Kelly Van Hees, 214, 228/610; Bob Borges, 215.

Wonder Bowl

NFL Seniors: Bob Thibeault, 226, 226/653; Steve Sirop, 222; Wayne Venancio, 222, 201/603; Dave Flint, 211, 201/610; John Oliveira, 214, 205/611; Peder Sivertsen, 213, 200/601; Ernie Bourque, 213; John Zeb, 212; Karl Thompsen, 209; Dennis Paquette, 209; Steve Millette, 203 George Roy, 201.

Friday Senior Mixed Tournament (Oct. 5): 1st, Bob Thibeault, 692; 2nd, Theri Francis, 675; 3rd, Don Mendes, 665; 4th, Len Bithel, 659; high woman out of the money, Lucy Langlois, 618.

Other scores:

DUDEK’S, WARREN, R.I.

Jolly Seniors formerly of Bowlmor Lanes in Mattapoisett: Moe Goudreau, 118; Diane Borges, 116; Russ Hotte, 141; John McNamara, 131, 130/357; John Ross, 115; Butch McNamara, 124.

HOLIDAY LANES, WESTPORT

Friday Morning Goodtimers: John Zeb, 207; Joe Barboza, 269, 220/684 John Camara, 237, 235/651; Ken Pelland, 222; George Roy, 202; Wayne Raedel, 207; Marc Fournier, 217, 214/618; Mike Monast, 245/620; Steve Raymond, 203; Mike St. Don, 222; Leighton Harrington, 213.

Westport Trios: David Arruda, 225, 256, 242/723; Kevin Baptiste, 224; John Camara, 246, 243/700; Noah Carroll, 234; Donie Corneau, 279, 259/745; Jason Correia, 258; Josh Corum, 259, 258; Diane Couture, 204/585; Ralph Dahlgren, 236; Matthew DeMello, 225; Ronald Faria, 247; James Ferguson, 258; Nicholas Ferreira, 227; Bruce Graves, 269/702; Matthew Guerreiro, 254, 256/685; Kyle Hinchliffe, 224; Ryan Hoesterey, 237, 232; Amanda LaBossiere, 269/646; Shane Lavoie, 280; Craig LeBlanc, 236; Bruce Lipson, 246/663; William Mailloux, 207; Charlie McConnell, 249; Matthew Medeiros, 233; Andrew Mendonca, 233; Stephanie Millward, 244, 246/726; Joey Nereu, 280/743; Andrew Oliveira, 279, 258/740; Steve Oliveira, 235, 231/680; Jeffrey Palmer, 244, 269/739; Robert Przewozeny, 285/703; David Saucier, 279; Michael Sedoma, 228, 223; Jayme Silva Jr., 258/726; Michael Silva, 247; Peter Simmons, 202; TJ Souza, 259/719; Reks Thim, 241; Gregory Watson, 268, 254/734.

WONDER BOWL

Center League: Clem Amaral, 255/711; Justin Avylla, 225; Tony Avylla, 289/666; Kevin Baptiste, 257/689; Roger Berche, 242; Joey Cabral, 250; Josh Claudio, 234, 245; Michael Constant, 223, 221; Ryan Conterno, 251; Michael Correia, 234/662; Nicholas Ferreira, 267; David LaFlamme, 242, 234/702; Todd Letourneau, 226; Paul Lord, 207; Paul Marchessault, 232; Charlie McConnell, 246; Steve Millette, 225; Emanuel Morales, 269/690; Jon Norton, 264; Brett O’Connor, 238; Jesse Pacheco, 231; Jeffrey Palmer, 257, 268/709; David Saucier, 244; Jayme Silva, 279, 279/783; Peder Sivertsen, 222; Ryan Souza, 254, 267/746; TJ Souza, 279/720; Daniel Wales, 254; James White Sr., 215.

Early Birds Junior League: Austin Blanchette, 194/517; Noah Digregorio, 120; Alexandra Fiano, 152; Jillian Giroux, 124; Landon Patrico, 133; Juliana Rivera, 161, 166.

Gems: Joan Foster, 147.

Hit or Miss: Karen Allerdt, 514; Brad Bouchard, 235; Bruce Bouchard, 206; Brent Brewer, 226; Mitchell Craveiro, 201; Norm Daniels, 208; Matthew Franco, 219, 232, 201/652; Ronald Guilbeault, 212; Dylan Hernandez, 245; Melissa Leblanc, 235/620; Kelly Luiz, 203/551; Shane Ramos, 221; Brett Rowan, 233; Jayme Silva Jr., 244, 278/760; Stephen Szymanski, 204.

Junior A.M. Program: bantams/preps, Jason Vasquez, 156; juniors/seniors, Ross Backstrom, 168; Maisen Borges, 236; Jacob Gorman, 201; Madisyn Leavitt, 546; Kobe Souza, 268, 256/674; Zachary Souza, 246, 211/616.

Junior Classic: Samuel Blanchette, 213; Jonathan Lawrence, 214; Danielle McKerracher, 211; David Napier, 215; Hannah Novo, 196; Zachary Souza, 210.

Monday Mixed: Paul Boudreau, 232; Steven Camara, 216; Kandra DaCosta, 204/555; Bob Eldridge, 235; Zachary Kirby, 210; Ryan Massoud, 233, 234/658; Tyler Moraes, 225; Joshua Pimental, 219, 232; Gunner Sinagra, 269.

New Bedford Women’s City League: Sandi Charis, 212/545; Jackie Coucci, 202; Gayle Koczera, 202, 212.

Pioneer League: Jonny Acabou, 222; Nick Athaide, 268; Dan Avila, 249, 248, 235/732; Paul Bennett, 205; Marc Bernat, 222, 224; Cory DeTerra, 203, 209; Alan Fisher, 222; Sean Gamache, 201, 200; Mike Jesus, 288; Patrick McGonagle, 200; Mike Murphy, 200; John Rapoza, 214, 211; Ken Roderick, 200.

Southeastern Mass. Junior Scratch Travel League: Glenn Catt III, 237, 219/648; Jody Donnelly Jr., 203; Jonathan Lawrence, 233; Madisyn Leavitt, 208; Cailyn Lopes, 212; Danielle McKerracher, 223; David Napier, 230; Hannah Novo, 188; Craig Souza Jr., 221, 206; Zachary Souza, 207; Evan Thro, 210, 246/673.

Splice Girls Mixed: Jody Souza, 257, 210; Bobby Rebello, 249; Mike Copeland, 237; Brent Brewer, 236, 203; James Manchester, 236, 215/649; Nick Rosario, 235; Thomas Rua, 234; Tony Medeiros Jr., 233, 214; Tyler Fontes, 227, 214; Scott King, 220; John Fernandes, 215; Dave Flint, 215; Paul Bourque, 214; Jerry Contois, 213, 204; Scott King, 213; Blake Brewer, 210; Patrick McAuliffe, 206; Willy Dupuis, 203; Ronald McCuen, 202; Cortney Rebello, 231.

Sunday Goodtimers: Dan Amarante, 245; Roger Berche, 278/700; Ray Colvin, 212; Dave Hebert, 226; Nikki Ingham, 540; Bruce Kimball Sr., 201; Kevin Loranger, 209, 214; Cade Maciel, 247; Mike Maciel, 248; Artie Peirce, 227; Roger Pires, 214; Dave Saulnier, 226; Tim Sousa, 204, 221, 265/690; Barry Szczupak, 215; Joe Szczupak, 220.

Sundowners: Julie Eldridge, 215; David Florent, 213; Tony Furtado, 258; Cory Henriques, 226, 224/643; Karen Henriques, 214/571; William Holland, 215, 203; Kelly Luiz, 511; Rachel Maciel, 202/552; Carlos Magalhaes, 246, 220; Karen Vieira, 197.

Teddy Bears: Stephanie Costa, 111; Justin Haskell, 210/552; Paula Reis, 112.

Thursday Nite Strikers: Craig Bouchard, 213; Luis DeSousa, 210; Dan Fairclough, 200; John Girouard, 267/683; Jake Gonsalves, 235; Larry Heard, 203; Steve Lewin, 203; Robert Luebke, 204; Ron Medeiros, 201, 216; Torry Medeiros, 543; Ernie Plante, 205; Josh Plante, 234, 227.

Tuesday Nite Mixed: Ray Colvin, 209, 218, 214/641; Matt DeMello, 216; Mike Gendrin, 221; Mike Lake, 234, 209/638; Rob LeBlanc, 208; Curtis Moreira, 247, 279, 248/774; Ozzie Oswald, 202; Arthur Peirce, 204, 213; Dave Saulnier, 205, 205; Don Smallwood, 205; Tim Sousa II, 204; Tim Sousa, 227, 214/623; Brandi Souza, 518; Ryan Souza, 269, 246, 233/748; Bernie Williams, 235.

Twilight League: Clam Amaral, 223,233; Joshua Anderson, 245, 243/667; Justin Avylla, 242. Tony Avylla, 244; Christopher Baker, 267/733; Robert Brown, 222; Eric Camara, 247; John Camara, 263; Reggie Carreiro, 232; Shawn Childs, 231, 225; Nick Dean, 274/714; Eric Dobson III, 259/693; Robert Faria, 238/662; Alan Fisher, 213; Michael Furtado, 245; Vinnie Furtado, 268; Derek Hamm, 267; Michael Harrington, 242; Jared Houde, 244, 258/717; Louis Lemmertz, 249; Tommy Machado, 243; Joey Nereu, 279; Daniel O’Brien, 249, 236/690; Andrew Oliveira, 258/705; Matt Rayner, 279; Robert Rebello, 220; Ryan Sanchez, 247; David Saucier, 255; Michael Sedoma, 221; Jayme Silva, 299; Sean Sweeney, 256; Cole Szczkupak, 255; Robert Travers Jr., 246; Jason Venancio, 233/655; Wayne Venancio, 235.

Vicki Prevost covers bowling for The Standard-Times. She can be reached at jefgor24@comcast.net