Do It Virtually.

One of my favorite sports of all time is bowling. I love it so much that when I was a senior in high school, I co-founded The Bowling Club. We had about 20 club members and bowled maybe 2 times together over the course of a year. Needless to say, it was a lot of work managing that kind of activity. We wrapped gifts for donation, sold Christmas Trees at the high school tree lot, and we may have even washed a car or two all to raise money in the name of bowling. But once we discovered Virtual Bowling at the Metreon arcade in downtown San Francisco, we never went to the bowling alley again. The Metreon didn’t smell like foot, we never had to wait for an open lane (since no one wanted to bowl virtually but us), and it was a legitimate workout- you’d work your arms so hard you couldn’t help but sweat. Recently, I went with some friends to the local Dave & Busters and I darted straight to the Virtual Bowling stand and introduced them to my favorite teenage pastime. What is virtual bowling, you ask? Let me show you!

Virtual Bowling(It’s a podium with a real bowling ball that you spin like an old video game controller)

Virtual Bowling(You maneuver your bowling ball across the streets of San Francisco or which ever level you choose)

Virtual Bowling(You try to knock down the pins at the end of the level)

Virtual Bowling(It’s fierce competition)

Virtual Bowling(It’s hard not to attract spectators)

Honestly, it’s so much fun. And now that we are older, we can’t make it through one full game, we need a serious break. It’s that hard. If you have a fun arcade nearby, check it out. I promise, you won’t leave smelling like a dirty shoe but with a lot of sweaty memories with your friends.

Bowling For/With Dummies


Remember this post? Well, once we got to the top I showed my friend the local bowling alley called Sea Bowl. He promptly started walking towards it (across the highway) and I realized we were going bowling. I don’t like to brag but I was a co-founder of my high school’s Bowling Club so I know a thing or two about the sport. I have put together a simple “how to” to get you started.

Walking Sign(Step 1: If you are walking across the street, follow the guide;  it will keep you safest)

Make Friends(Step 2: Make friends, say hello, and be jolly in general. It will help you to get a lane faster)

Spongebob Squarepants(Step 3: Put on those snazzy bowling shoes. Thank goodness I was wearing my Spongebob socks, that could have been embarrassing…)

bowling balls(Step 4: Select the ball color of your choice, the color is very important)

smile(Step 5: Smile and get ready to bowl, for if you are not smiling you are not truly bowling)

bowling(Step 6: NEVER LOSE FOCUS!)

If you follow these easy steps, I GUARANTEE you will be the next Lebowski. My bowling how-to guide will be hitting the bookshelves this Fall so look forward to that!