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November 17th, 2004

Cosmic Bowling

When I was in high school, Cosmic Bowling?that is, bowlingwith crazy florescent lights, fog, and loud music?seemed like athing of the past, something kids in the 80s would enjoy. But morethan ten years later, it’s still going strong. In fact, I went cosmicbowling this past weekend and even though I’m a bowling purist (inother words, I use the loud music as an excuse for a bad cosmicbowling score), I still rolled a 173.

Something else that struck me: bowling “culture” really hasn’tchanged. All the same kids hang out at the bowling alley enjoying thesimilarly crappy music. And that’s probably a good thing… with allthat’s changed in the last ten years, it’s kind of nice to know thatbowling is still one of those so-uncool-its-cool things to do,complete with annoying florescent lights.

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FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday November 17, 2004 -- 8:32:32 am
I can't believe kids today can afford to bowl. We did a family bowling outing recently and it was about $40 for 4 of us to bowl 2 games each and have a snack.

It is a brand new, smoke free bowling alley though.



FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday November 17, 2004 -- 9:51:36 am
Cosmic Bowling? Liked the concept, but like Ryan, I'm a purist. Play loud music? Ok. But don't dim the damned lights so I can't see the boards.

The lanes near my house have committed an unforgivable sin: For their Cosmic Bowling, they pull down giant projection screens, so they can show music videos to you while you bowl. Problem is, if you are bowling on one of the lanes that has a screen near it, YOU CAN'T SEE THE PINS!

I agree with Chris, too. waaaaaay too damned expensive to try and bowl at night anymore. Nice not having to breathe smoke the whole time, but still...$7-8 a game? Forget that.



FROM: jk
DATE: Wednesday November 17, 2004 -- 10:14:32 am
It's called Glow-bowling here....and I am very very bad at it.



FROM: Dave
DATE: Wednesday November 17, 2004 -- 3:12:30 pm
I've actually DJ'd one of those cosmic bowling nights in my area. they had me run around with the MIC and ask trivia questions and give away free games, play music, and also some music videos on the screens (they didnt cover the pins)



FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday November 17, 2004 -- 5:51:38 pm
Bowling always was cool. Professional bowling never was.



FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday November 17, 2004 -- 6:24:32 pm
(to the other) Dave,

Awesome! I've subbed in at a few bowling alleys before, and that was always a fun time.

I've seen a few bowling alleys, however, automate their music, which is an unforgivable sin. Besides, it sounds weak. (Yo, I wanna give a shout out to all my peeps at the Stuckey Bowl!)



FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday November 17, 2004 -- 10:21:23 pm
You can have the Stuckey Bowl, I'll take Carol Vessey



FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday November 17, 2004 -- 10:31:37 pm
Preach on, brother Chris....preach on...



FROM: vicky
DATE: Friday November 19, 2004 -- 7:16:16 am
We have $1 cosmic bowl, but it starts at 11:30pm on Friday. (Much too late for this old bird.)



FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday November 19, 2004 -- 9:11:29 am
vicky --

That's pretty darned cheap at any time of day, let alone for Cosmic Bowling. Where might the $1 lanes be?



FROM: vicky
DATE: Tuesday November 30, 2004 -- 2:09:29 am
$1 lanes are in Tampa



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