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An appreciation of bowler Adrienne Roseberry

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Adrienne Roseberry was told this week by a reporter that she was missed by her colleagues at her Los Angeles bowling center while she's been sidelined with a painful nerve condition.

Oh, said Adrienne, her friends must certainly miss her "loud voice and sarcasm." Then she laughed.

That's Adrienne for you.

As a recent examiner.com headline said of her, she's "sassy, brassy, fun and funny." Adrienne faces retirement from the sport because of a bout with radiculitis, a condition in which nerve pain radiates from the spinal column.

That would be a huge loss for L.A. bowling because Adrienne is a true icon who's participated in leagues in her own inimitable style for more than 40 years, often coordinating the poker competition.

She's bowled at virtually all the bowling centers around the L.A. area.

Adrienne is an outspoken sort who doesn't hold back when she has something to say -- which is often.

But what is often overlooked about Adrienne is that beneath a rather rough exterior rests a lot of sweetness in a person who truly, truly cares about bowling and her fellow bowlers.

She may have rolled her last ball but her passion for the sport will never cease. "I don't even want to come back and watch because I'd want to bowl," said Adrienne, who turns 76 on Dec. 23. "I didn't realize you need a whole lot of strength to bowl."

Adrienne's affection for her fellow bowlers was chronicled in an examiner.com story last year when she consoled a player who talked about quitting the game after struggling through a multi-month slump.

Adrienne gave her friend a pep talk at the bowling center, stressing that bowling is more than scores. She cited all the social benefits and other reasons to stay with the sport.

Not convinced she got her message across, Adrienne then emailed her friend a note that she titled "Change Your Attitude."

Adrienne's note read: "Most of us bowling are there for fun and being with the people, not trying to become professionals. Most of us are single, living alone and not dating or unhappily married and need to be around people. If you win, it's even better. If not, let it roll off your back. And don't get too emotional about it. Yes, it's a competition, and a challenge is good for you."

Adrienne's friend got the message. If one isn't bowling up to standards, it's time to roll with the punches. The message came courtesy of one Adrienne Roseberry, someone who knows about the ups and downs of the game and is more than happy to pass on her knowledge.

Her fellow bowlers will miss her. Said Mike Hahn, who bowls with Adrienne on the "Guys and Dolls" League at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills: "She is such a wonderful person. The league will not be the same without her."

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