Since when does bowling count as cardio? I’ve never before broken a sweat on the lanes. Not until this weekend, that is. Joey and I are avid bowlers. Blame it on our student budgets, blame it on my genetics (Bri was on the Youth Bowling Council in South Mountain, circa 1978), we just plain love it and let me tell ya, it isn’t for the smell of those old stinky shoes or the nails I’ve broken throwing 10-pin balls. Bowling is a fun activity that most people forget about once they’re out of the birthday party stage of their life. It’s cheap, easy (even if you suck you can still do it), and good old fashioned fun.
I had this very same conversation with Janice recently. Janice was an advisor of mine in my years as a manager in student government. She’s the friendliest lady you ever did meet and could strike up an hour long conversation over just about anything. She’s the wild kind of gal who keeps vines growing in wine glasses in the window sill of her office. I popped by her office for a visit the other day and the conversation was rolling. Don’t ask me how it started but we got to talking about bowling, shooting pool, and darts. “Stick to those blue collar sports! You meet the nicest people,” she laughed. But it really struck me. It’s true! Sports like pool, bowling, and darts are those intramural-type games that anyone can do and with a little practice, can become a master. People who play them are generally looking for a social outing, maybe even a beer, and a little friendly competition. The stakes are low but the reward is high!
Like I said, Joey and I love bowling. We sometimes go twice in one weekend. On Friday night we paid for an hour of bowling. Typically we just do the shoe rental and two games. This costs us somewhere in the ballpark of $25 and is good for a couple hours of entertainment. This weekend, though, we opted to do the unlimited hour for $30 (in the name of birthday celebrations). This gave us as many games as we could squeeze into 60 minutes.
5 full games later and I was sweating up a storm. Granted we’re both extreme when it comes to useless competition, five games of bowling in 1 hour is a LOT. It was achieved with minimal conversation, zero dilly dallying, and literally running up to the line while the machine cleared the lane of fallen pins. We were getting our money’s worth!
I had found the perfect ball and I have it to thank for the fact that I cleared the lane more often than not. My aim couldn’t be shaken! Kare is so proud to have not only married a blue collar sportsman but to have produced a bowling prodigy.
In the name of “giving presence” Joey and I are considering buying eachother bowling shoes for Christmas so if anyone has any leads on where to buy a couple slick pairs we’d be stoked. Not only will they save our feet from future unknown fungi, but maybe it will encourage us to hit the lanes even more often than we do. At the risk of sounding like a retired couple attending afternoon seniors bowling leagues, I will leave it at that.
Whether you're 23 , 43, 63, or 83... bowling is a fun way to get moving. Whether or not you break a sweat is up to you! There's nothing wrong with using it as an excuse to get together with friends, have a couple drinks, and jam to some old school tunes.