So, a couple months ago, I went bowling for the first time in a very long time. I think the one thing that stood out from that date was how much fun I had. Don’t get me wrong, I always enjoyed bowling but it’s not something I’ve done a ton of, especially as an adult.
The other childhood bowling memory came from spending summers with my grandmother near Elkin, NC. There was a tiny shopping center near her house that had a laundromat in it. She’d go there to wash clothes and most days I went next door to the tanning bed place to browse the VHS tapes to rent. But every once in a while, she’d give us ten bucks and my brother and I would wander over to the bowling alley that anchored the shopping center. It’s wild when I think about it now, I’m not sure how such a small town had a bowling alley like that. It must have been a holdover from the 60’s or 70’s, like the drive-in.
Back in Orlando, I was supposed to enter a bowling league one year. My dad’s friend ran the league and he convinced me to sign up and I’ll never forget him slinging a bowling ball across the regular floor, onto the actual lane, and almost getting a strike. Well, shortly after joining the league I broke my collarbone. So, I’d come hang out on the weekends, but I didn’t really do anything although they called it “coaching.” Actually, I think I spent most of the days organizing my footballs cards. But at the end of the year, my dad’s friend presented me with a trophy, one made from one of his old bowling trophies that had its arms broken off and it was covered in gauze. It was quite funny at the time.
That date a couple months ago gave me a bit of bowling fever. I think that, combined with reading this article on Variety about how Fox was attempting to rejuvenate the PBA got bowling in my head. Then a few weeks ago, a buddy of mine convinced me to watch Kingpin, then I watched The Big Lebowski and suddenly I got bowling fever. Of course, I can’t go bowling right now, but that doesn’t mean I can’t research it some.
I honestly don’t know anything about bowling. Heck, I don’t even think I know how to manually score a game. I don’t have a proper technique nor can I name a famous bowler (although I can recognize the guy with Bob Ross type hair.) It’s something completely new to me, but something I’m thinking I might like to do. I think it can be affordable, fun, and easy to get into but hard to master. I don’t know for sure, but I’m thinking about learning a little more about the sport and maybe once the world stops ending, I’ll spend a little more time at the lanes. Who knows, maybe I’ll even join a league. Ya know… if the world doesn’t end.