LsTiF: Bowling

Oh, hey. It’s almost 11am on Friday. I know I’m forgetting something. Huh.

Anyway, it’s been an age since I’ve been bowling, but the kids got free passes from the school at the end of last year, and the other day, we decided to bowl. Why? Because, like Everest, it’s there. Here’s a picture essay to tell the story:

This is Light, rolling the ball between her legs the way kids have for… well, since people started bowling. 1950? Or so?

… and this is also Light, urging the ball to move to the right, as we all do, every time, as if the ball will look back, see us waving our arms, and say, “Oh, you wanted me to go that way? On it!” For the record… it worked.

 

Sweetness, showing us the new bowling craze, laziness. “Just because it’s technically a sport doesn’t mean I have to be active!” That’s the spirit!

Okay, I’ll admit… I bowled way better than I ever have, and I have no idea why. Up to this point, my best-ever real-life bowling score was maybe 65. I think it’s because of Wii bowling. I’m really good at Wii bowling.
And yes, that’s the Bangles on the other screen, walking like Egyptians.

All in all, it was a great day, and we had fun. Alastair and I had sore wrists by the end of the second game, probably because we were doing it wrong, but who cares? We went BOWLING, and had an awesome time with the kids. Recommended!

20 thoughts on “LsTiF: Bowling

  1. I took my kids bowling when it was raining at the beach while we were at the cape. I didn’t bowl (I had to drive back to the house and get my wallet because I’d forgotten it). but the kids had a fabulous time.

    I too recommend it. And next time I’ll even try. I’ve never bowled!

  2. We had a horrible couple of gloomy rainy days on one visit to Australia and one of the B-I-L’s said lets go bowling. I’m from a huge family and several carloads of us arrived at the tiny bowling alley. We just about took over the place. It’s one of my fondest memories.

    Love the photos. Oh, and the fabulous video of Krissie. What a nice gift for her.

  3. Maine Betty says:

    Yay for bowling!
    The only sport I know where you mostly sit down, and can drink beer.
    It really is a great thing to do on a raining day.

  4. Maria says:

    It’s always my thumb that gets sore from bowling. I think it’s because I have fat little thumbs and the balls don’t fit quite right. Oh well, fabulous times were had by all.

  5. Hey, as long as you remember to let go of the ball, you’re doing it right. This ain’t caber tossing, people… have some greasy pizza and warm beer and your form will automagickally improve! Looks like you guys had fun, and that’s the most important part, plus not too shabby overall in the bowling score department either 😉

  6. Catherine says:

    I love the concept of the Shake and Bowl in New Orleans… Where you can listen or dance to live music, bowl, eat drink… They even have Zydeco dance lessons. That sounds to me like bowling to the power of ten:)

  7. The bowling alley here offers summer passes for 2 free games a day for kids so we’ve been bowling a lot lately. Super fun until one or the other of the kids starts to lose, LOL. My DD and I went on our own earlier in the week and bowled without bumpers for the first time and did better than we do with the bumpers. I always have more fun than I expect to 🙂

  8. ChelSierra Remly says:

    I’d always wished I was rich enough to have bowling lanes in my own home. And a year or so ago, I realized you don’t have to be rich to have a couple of lanes in your basement, a barn or shed, or just outside in the back yard.

    It was a photo of a couple of bowling lanes from a time before electricity that made me realize it was within budget of people with not much money. Doh! I haven’t done it yet, myself. But I still have it in the back of my mind that one day I just might have me some of my own lanes.

    So, how about making that a project for the back yard … or in one of the rooms of the house? Take pictures if you do it.

    http://www.google.com/search?q=Build+Your+Own+Bowling+Lanes

    http://www.google.com/search?q=Build+Your+Own+Manual+Bowling+Lanes

    http://www.google.com/search?q=Build+Your+Own+Manual+Home+Bowling+Lanes

    http://www.google.com/search?q=Build+Your+Own+Non+Electronic+Home+Bowling+Lanes

    http://www.ehow.com/how_6547184_build-bowling-lane.html

    Pretty cool, but too much work for me. lol

    http://www.uberreview.com/2007/03/build-a-bowling-alley-in-your-living-room.htm

    What gave me the idea that I can have my own bowling lanes without being super rich:

    http://www.scoutingny.com/?p=1227

  9. cleo says:

    I love Light urging the ball to move. I do that too. And really, if a butterfly flapping it’s wings can cause a hurricane, why can’t shifting to the right make a bowling ball change direction?

  10. Kelly S. says:

    I grew up in Wisconsin and therefore was on a bowling league in junior high. High point was when my folks bought me my own ball. I got a pretty green one with my name engraved on it. It was 12 pounds because that was the lightest weight if you wanted a ball that wasn’t black. It was too heavy for me so when I would release it, my wrist would twist and I get a wicked spin on the ball. I learned how to use that to my advantage. I eventually got up to an game average of 162.

    Hmm, I think I may have thought of a good Betty/Cherry name. Midwestern Geek Betty.

  11. Kim says:

    I went bowling for the first time this summer. My daughter and I met a friend and her daughter and we had a great time. I had fabulous beginner’s luck and won the first couple of games. So glad that you guys had such a fun time.

    Love the Bangles, “Walk Like An Egyptian”. 🙂

  12. I love bowling, although I haven’t in years. Even used to have my own ball: green and sparkly with my name engraved in it. Mine was 10 lbs, which was the most I could manage. Used it up even into my 20s or 30s, whenever I last bowled. Sold it at a yard sale eventually.

  13. Micki says:

    I’m sports-impaired, so bowling makes me hyperventilate — although it’s a lot of fun when you go with people who don’t care what your score is (-:. How fun!

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