I am curious if anyone else has had some strange occurence happen to them or could help offer me a sound explanation, or any explanation, for
something that I experienced many years ago.
I have experienced many strange occurrences, seemingly more than my fair share, of very weird events, sightings, coincidences, and the like. Most of
these I can just attribute to coincidence or rare events but one in particular stands out in my mind that I have never been able to explain away.
At the time I thought I was being pranked and it may be comforting to continue believing that but this event happened several decades ago and no one
ever came forward to tell me so, and my inquiries about how it may have been done have answered that it would be "impossible" to pull-off. That's OK,
but I wasn't the only one to see it.
I was 15 at the time and was in a bowling alley in Vallejo, CA. I had been given a new, my first, bowling ball and was there with my uncle and a
neighborhood friend. We had been bowling several games when the other two decided to take a break and play some pinball so I was left alone to keep
practicing my game. I appreciated the time to myself as I had been frustrated with my game, barely breaking 100 while my uncle consistently bowled
So, there alone, I bowled two more game by myself. In that time, during the course of about three frames consecutive for five pin spottings, I had
several pins lifting up and going back overhead into the spotter mechanism. Two or three pins at a time would lift up, some moving steadily and others
floating wobbily back up and out of sight before I would release the ball, one of the last to do this began to lift but then stopped and fell knocking
over a couple more pins.
As this would happen I was in start position, ball raised, aiming and ready for initial throw or to pick up a spare. Once I recall taking a step when
the pins began to lift, not always simultaneously but within the same moment, and aborted my approach momentarily.
When this first happened I was for a second shocked but recalled a bowling alley stunt on Candid Camera with shattering pins, so I thought not to
react but just go along with the gag. I heard girl bowling in the adjacent lane calling attention to her date, "Look! Did you see that?" I remember
thinking, good, the camera can fix on them, I am not going to react. I continued.
Many things crossed my mind during that time like, was I doing this somehow? Nah! Again, I would take my position, then see the pins lift again, smile
to myself, and go on with my game like nothing was happening. The girl, older than myself, came up to me apparently shaken and with trembly voice
inquired, "Does this always happen to you?" To which I replied calmly, "Well, not usually." I continued with my game but after throwing the next ball
the two that had been bowling next to me were gone.
This all happened during about five pin settings and stopped just after that one pin had fallen. I continued on with my game somewhat expecting Allan
Funt to approach me and ask me about what had happened but no one ever mentioned another word nor did that activity continue again. My uncle and
friend returned another fifteen or twenty minutes later and said nothing about it either. I told my uncle in few words what happened but he only gave
me a stupid look like he thought I was jerking him around. He obviously knew nothing about it.
To other persons who knew me somewhat I was considered a sort of kookie nut-job because of my interest in the occult. No one else I knew was
interested in that sort of thing so anyone I mentioned it to would just blow me off and considered it just part of my quirkiness so I did not tell
many people about it at all.
It was a couple years later I saw and handled an actual bowling pin. Having only seen them from the usual distance I was surprised by their size and
weight. After I had met someone who was working in a bowling alley and knew the equipment I suggest a gag of that sort using a black thread or fishing
line but they told me it would not be possible with automatic pin setters and knew of no place that might still use manual setters. Others told me the
Other psycho-psychic types I met and told that to suggested mind-over-matter sort of explanations, suggested my frustration about my poor bowling
skills gave the emotional trigger to levitate the pins, etc., but I could never completely buy into that even though I have had some tele-kinetic
experiences, but never anything else on that scale. It remains a mystery to me.
If it were some kind of occult phenomenon, why not something practical?
I would love to hear anyone else's strange experiences like this.
edit on 15-12-2010 by Erongaricuaro because: typo