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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Stratoman10, Jun 18, 2016.
Expecting a wintry mix this Christmas!
Candlepin bowling on a pier over Boston Harbor
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Covey of quail over on the neighbor’s roof back home:
The trail of the last SpaceX launch from SoCal:
...aaand, its gone!
Here's a shot that attempts to show where this actually is. The second picture shows from the bar looking out alongside the candlepin bowling lanes' exterior wall on the pier.
Pretty cool bowling alley/lanes. Water World.
Bonus points for getting the old school pencil sharpener in there!
Old-school lanes. Push a button to reset the pins and score yourself on paper, thus the pencil sharpener. We've got four lanes there and each has it's own, um, personality.
That place looks pretty awesome. There are a few special gems around here that still use the overhead projector. There’s nothing quite like the old lanes. Hardly oiled, boards are raised, rickety and uneven. Your ball starts off on course, but intermittently will hit a bad spot and jump off target. Most of the places are kept up to par the best they can be, but a few are more or less “play ‘em as they are”. Whole new dimension to your game when you’ve got to play the crack! Ball sounds more like a shopping cart coming down the aisle with 3 wheels. And one of them is wobbly and another is locked up.
Because of that, they redid the lanes two or three years ago, so now they have new personalities. But no cracks.
This could work to my advantage as I'm a horrible bowler.
I'd have said "incorrigible bounder" .
That's punny. Hahaha
Sunset from the end of my driveway
The other cool thing here is that it's not a pay-by-the-game place. It's part of my sailing club, so we can grab a lane for $15 for as long as we like for as many people that want to use it. Not only is it a great deal, but we're not focused on games and turns, unless we want to be. Candlepin allows three balls per frame, but we'll do whatever if we're not scoring. We recently played "how many balls to drop all ten pins", more analogous to golf. You can't do that at a commercial bowling alley.
Can’t go wrong there. $15 would definitely be worth it. There used to be a retro, coin operated video arcade here with sort of the same idea. On a particular Sunday I’d meet one of my childhood friends there. We each had a son that was the same age (started taking them when they were 6). $14 for adults and $8 for the kids. Unlimited game play (free mode), but only for 2 hours. Walk up, hit the 1 or 2 player button and start banging. It was a blast reliving those old memories and sharing them with our kids. We each had our favorites, but eventually we’d all end up on a 4 player game like TMNT or Gauntlet and run it out. “Red Elf enters the game”... man it was awesome.
It permanently closed its doors last May. There are other arcades in town, but none are like that one. That one had “80’s” written all over it.