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Let's Roll A Few Frames

Let’s Roll A Few Frames

I had not been to a bowling center for many years but that all changed this year.  I have been to four different bowling centers so far.  The bowling center has changed drastically since I was a kid.  When I went they were typically smoke-filled, dirty and run down.  You also had to keep score with a pencil and paper.  Today they could be nothing further from that as the facilities I have gone to are very upscale. They are also free of any smoke hanging in the air and you don’t have to keep score!  It is done automatically to enhance the bowling experience.

The way you are charged for the experience has also changed, in the past you paid for shoe rental and a set fee per game.  Based on the four different locations I have been to it appears, you pay an hourly rate for the lane.  If you are with four people and bowl for an hour (about 3 games) the charge is about $11 per person with shoe rental which is reasonable – especially since the facilities are so much better than the old days.  At one of the centers the manager said they just went through a renovation and they spent over a million dollars.  It looked like it to me.

My message for you today is if you have not been bowling in a while try it out.  It is not what you are expecting – it is better.  I found some interesting facts related to bowling that I thought I would share:

Fact 1: The first indoor bowling lanes were built in New York City in 1840.

Fact 2: 70 million people bowled at least once in 2011.

Fact 3: There is no minimum weight for a bowling ball.

Fact 4: Bowling balls were made out of wood until the early 1900s.

Fact 5: The largest bowling center is located in Japan. It has 141 lanes!

Fact 6: Bowling raises over $225 million a year for charity.

Fact 7: The maximum number of holes allowed in a bowling ball is 12.

Fact 8: Bowling is the number one participation sport in America.

Fact 9: The youngest person to bowl a 300 game was Chaz Dennis at the age of 10 years, 2 months in Columbus, OH.

Fact 10: The origins of bowling can be traced about 5,000 years back to Rome and Greece.

Have a great week and do something different.  Go bowling and roll a few games.

Not Smoke Filled!

Not Smoke Filled!


Written by pacelinebiz

September 9, 2013 at 8:01 am

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  1. I met my spouse in a bowling alley “center”. ‘Nuff said.


    September 9, 2013 at 10:14 am

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