At the Bowling Alley
Last night I went on my semi-annual bowling excursion with my guy’s night group. I rolled a couple of decent games, which wasn’t bad considering I haven’t played in months. The scores were unimportant though as this group of guys is not competitive, giving out high fives after every strike or spare. We ate greasy cheese burgers from the snack bar, downed several beers and generally had a blast. It made me miss playing in a league, something I used to do a lot in my 20s. It also filled me with nostalgia for bowling lanes in general. They remain one of my favorite parts of Americana.
Curiosity got the better of me and so I did some searching for bowling statistics. My town has been lucky to only lose a couple of alleys in the last 30 years, but I have heard that other cities have been less fortunate. With that in mind I was pleased to learn that bowling remains the most popular sport in America. There are 4,650 commercial bowling centers in the United States and the industry reported a slight uptick in profits for 2012.
This post really has no large point other than to say that bowling is pretty awesome and I wish I got myself to the lanes more often. Since we had no jukebox today, I’ll take this opportunity to throw in my favorite song from Grease 2 (and this is what I find myself humming every time I hit the lanes).