Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bowling with the Country Folk


Sam and I took the kids bowling tonight at a bowling alley that one of our friends recommended. We honestly can't remember who recommended it which is a good thing because it was trashy! The place was called "Karen Pullman's Pro shop and Bowling Center."

To get to the bowling alley you walk through this full-service embroidery shop:


And then through this "pro shop":



I tried to get my camera out to take some pictures of the crowd and Sam scolded me. Suffice it to say, the woman in the lane next to us had "Throttle Girl" written across her lower back. I don't know what that means, but it can't be good.

Another guy a couple lanes down had every square inch of his skin covered in tattoos (except his face.) The back of his head was even tattooed.

Then the die-hard bowling teams showed up wearing stuff like this. Notice the hats:



The family next to us brought bags with bowling shoes and bowling balls inside. The dude behind Ryan is actually polishing his ball before his game:



This other guy behind Luke had a towel in his back pocket for wiping his ball or hands or something:



We got the heck out of there as quick as we could. The funny thing is--Sam is a remarkably good bowler. He rolled a 158 and he did most of that with Buster in his other arm.



I'm not ashamed to say that I rolled a 56 and that was using the bumpers--worse than my kids. Somehow, after seeing that crowd, I don't feel too bad.

15 comments:

Ashley said...

Maybe the pictures don't do it justice but that place looks clean next to the place we went yesterday. The best parts are the name (Karen Pullman? The Sausage King of Chicago?) and the fact that you had to walk through an embroidery shop. Tyler's a good bowler too--he says he blew Sam's 158 out of the water. Sounds like a match is in order this summer . . . .

brooke said...

Ed Fromon was the sausage kind of Chicago.

Sam said...

Abe Froman was the Sausage King of Chicago. To quote Ice Cube, "I messed around and got a triple double...today was a good day."

Ashley, I bowl for recreation. Tyler has probably been bowling professionally in between miniature golf seasons.

katie said...

I think the best part of all this is your exploitation, I mean strategic placing, of Luke and Ryan for the photo evidence. It was a genius idea for not getting caught in the act.

Linda said...

First-- is that a helmet on Sam's head? second -- that was brilliant to put Luke and RyRy in front of those bozos. I could use them as decoys over here in Hawaii to document the unbelievable stuff we've seen on people strutting down the beach!

Sam said...

It may look like a helmet because of its sleek lines and velvet-like appearance, but it is a Mitchell & Ness fitted cap (size 7 7/8) featuring the colors of the Pittsburgh Steelers (aka, "Black & Yellow," as sung by Wiz Kalifa).

Pandy said...

I must be your po white trash relative because I come from a long line of bowlers. I'm not one of them, however, no matter how hard I try. I find people interesting and a Bowling Alley is a great place to feed that interest. I do find the embroidery shop a curious addition. In my hometown BA there was only a pool room (that's as in billiards, not water) - oh, and a snack bar with great fries. Kinda miss those days. Final question is - did you have fun?

alexandra said...

I hate bowling. Brigham was once in a league and actually misses it. We went as a family right before Christmas and it was like going back in time to the 1980s. I felt like we should roller skate afterwards (which actually is fun). I love that you took photos!

The Mostess said...

Sam for the win!! He busted your incorrect Sausage King name AND spit lyrics from Cube. He is a fine man. Gangsta rap from the late 80's and early 90's is totally unappreciated.

TRASH. I can't even begin to figure out the embroidery shop in the bowling alley. what is that all about?

A few years back we went ugly sweater bowling, and goofed off the whole time, which angered the real bowlers. One even asked me not to take photos because it was throwing off his game. Um, okay.

You should either never go back there, or go back every weekend. Did they serve lukewarm pizza? If the answer is yes, go every weekend.

Brandi said...

We went bowling last week too. We went to a much classier joint. We went to Cougar Lanes. It was clean and smelled nice. Tell Sam to bring it on. I bowled a 151. Lets get together for a "BOWL OFF" Hawkins style.

Megan said...

The embroidery shop was probably for a quick addition to someone's bowling shirt, lest their bowling identifier unravel or something. We can't have that.

Jill said...

The thought of you in such a place is hilarious! I'm disturbed by what "throttle girl" could mean.

I am a notoriously bad bowler as well, whether I use bumpers or not, I have no skills.

Stephanie said...

I have a picture I wanted to share but I guess I'll have to e-mail it to you. Speaking of embroidery in bowling alleys. Sounds like that bowling alley was only for serious bowlers. I guess they would have kicked me out for getting all strikes...on my Wii. I think I prefer bowling without the actual ball--ha! My family laughs at me for using my same bowling form on the Wii--but hey, it works. Xbox is pretty fun too :) By the way, I love the fact that Abe Froman came up!

Linde said...

That is hilarious!!

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