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May 15th, 2006 (11:17 am)
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Each weekend, cvirtue and I do one-on-one time with the kids: each of us takes one kid (we take turns) for some activity. The idea is to get them more individual attention. They like it a lot.

This weekend, I took Arthur to Harvard Lanes to play candlepin bowling. I'd never done candlepin before (I've done large-pin bowling a few times, most recently about 12 years ago), and the first pleasure was to find that it didn't hurt my hands. (The balls are lighter, and my RSI surgery a couple of years ago has made a huge difference.)

The next nice touch was that we got a "bumper lane", where the gutters are blocked off by slightly springy bumpers. It's meant for kids, to keep them from getting discouraged by gutter balls; but I liked it, too, because, well, I'm seriously prone to gutter balls, too. Plus, for bumper lanes, they charge by the hour instead of by the game, since kids are likely to take longer. The upshot was that we got to have fun bowling without any of the annoying details like scoring or running out of time. Oh, and I was playing without somebody who didn't outshine me...much. I bowled faster than Arthur did, and usually straighter, but I'm pretty sure he knocked down more pins than I did.

Now, if only I didn't have to wear those rental shoes, or if they had some with arch support, it would've been a perfect bowling experience.

Comments

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: May 15th, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)

Regular folks buy special shoes. Doesn't that sound exiciting?

Posted by: Amy Knauer / Violet Coleson (violet_amy)
Posted at: May 15th, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)

Why don't you bring Dr. Scholl inserts with you? I become mesmerized at the drug store by how many types there are now.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: May 15th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
That's a thought

I actually use Dr. Scholl's in my work shoes. If I go bowling again sometime in the next 10 years, maybe I'll remember. ;-)

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: May 15th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
Re: That's a thought

Arthur might want to go visit the bowling machines again, after all. Maybe you should think of some other machine-oriented place to take him, too.

Posted by: kvirtue (kvirtue)
Posted at: May 16th, 2006 11:59 am (UTC)
Re: That's a thought

Krispy Kreme when then donut machine is running.

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: May 16th, 2006 12:10 pm (UTC)
Re: That's a thought

Oh, you can watch it do its thing? Hmmmm.

Posted by: kvirtue (kvirtue)
Posted at: May 16th, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
Re: That's a thought

Ya- when they are in production mode, they have a spectacular one-machine-does-it-all. Best to call the specific store to see when they do their production runs. It doesn't go constantly.

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: May 16th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
Re: That's a thought

That's definitely more impetus to get off my butt sometime when we're visiting, and go to the one in cranston. speaking of which, when would you like a kid drop-off weekend?

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