I know if you’re a “real” bowler this won’t impress you, but I bowled a 141 tonight!
That’s me on the top: four strikes, two spares, and one foul (my first bowling foul!)! All of this from a girl who usually just shoots to hit something, and gets excited about a three-digit score! Across the bowling alley was a group of girls wearing semiformal attire — maybe some kind of pre-dance party? With a motherly-looking chaperon? God bless the suburbs.
At least their wine was acceptable. Here is a short guide for ordering wine in a place that doesn’t normally sell it (like bowling alleys and dive bars):
- Note that your choices will be limited to two or three varietals (usually Chardonnay and Merlot and/or Cabernet Sauvignon… Sauvignon Blanc is a remote possibility). More often than not, these are simply referred to as “red” and “white.” It’s like dive bar code.
- The best places (such as the AMF bowling alley in Littleton and the Hi-Dive) will open a brand-spanking-new one-glass mini bottle for you right when you order. I know this doesn’t sound like the classiest thing, but at least you know that bottle’s history of “breathing.” Plus a mini bottle is a decent sized glass.
- Usually, though, they’ll just un-re-cork something rank that was opened the last time you came in, back in May or whenever, and serve it to you. If your wine smells like a dirty dishrag, this is probably the reason. More discerning customers (i.e. most people) should send this glass back and ask for something else — say, a Bud Light. I, on the other hand, drink it, and then make sure to ask for the other type of wine for my next glass, unless I saw that they finished the bottle with my first order — the strategy is not a matter of taste or pairing* in these places, but a matter of freshness. Go for whatever you suspect has been “breathing” for the least amount of time.
*what are you pairing with, anyway — popcorn? French fries? corndogs? soft pretzels? (Answers to pairing quiz: white; red if there’s ketchup, white if mayonnaise or no sauce; red unless you go heavy on the mustard; white)