New York, New York
March 16, 2003
After we were given our lane and shoes, we wandered over to our lane. After a couple of frames, when I was feeling quite content that I had not yet bowled a ball into the gutter, I realized that the bumpers were still up on the lane--it would have been impossible to get a gutter ball with them up!
After finding out how to put the bumpers down, I didn't break my goal of 100, but I was just warming up. In the next game, I bowled a 133! I was so proud of my score that I asked the desk employee to print it out as a keepsake. He was kind enough to do so but asked that we keep it under wraps as staff are not really supposed to print scores out for customers. We traded in our shoes and decided to sit at the bar for a bit.
The bartender was a very nice woman who quickly got us our drinks. As we were sitting at the bar, an announcement came over the PA system telling everyone that they needed to leave the premises at once and that there was no time for anyone to exchange his or her shoes. As Mark and I left, we were glad that we had already gotten our shoes and could leave the bowling alley in my nice, warm car while the others were forced to wait outside. We never found out what happened that night but did hear rumors of a fire. I have since been back, so the alley is still fully-functioning.
From journal Not Quite Bored in Northern New Jersey