Proper Bowling Etiquette

We do a lot of bowling.  Living in a small town, there’s not a lot you can do as a family.  It’s too cold to take the kids to the park.  It’s too cold for camping.  We all like to bowl, so that is what we do.  When you are bowling, there are certain things that are considered proper bowling etiquette.  There are also certain things that are unspoken rules.

First, when you are done bowling, put away the house balls that you used.  If you don’t, then the next players have to do this.  I find it very irritating to have to put back 10 balls in order to have a place to put down our bowling balls.

Second, when you are bowling next to another group, please don’t just run up and throw your ball when the person next to year is lining up and getting ready to throw their ball down the lane.

Third, when you are done bowling, leave the area.  Don’t hang around the counter where you were bowling.  There are tables and chairs you can socialize at.  If you feel you have to continue hanging out at the counter, move around to the other side.  It’s very irritating to have someone standing, and blocking the way, to us trying to put your bowling balls back and preventing us from storing our purse or bowling bags.  We like to place them under the counter, under the racks of bowling balls.  We also like to have something to drink while we are bowling.  We could not do that yesterday, because the previous group was hanging around, and had the counter filled with their stuff.

I know this may sound petty.  But when you have an autistic child, it’s not.  We have our routine at the bowling ally.  It makes things a lot easier when other people are courteous of others.  Even when my son isn’t with us, it makes our bowling experience better when the people around you are respectful.

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Making New Year’s Eve a Family Celebration

Bowling Picture From 2010

My family has always stayed at home for New Year’s Eve.  This year, we are going to do things different.  My husband and I thought it would be nice to take the kids bowling.  The local bowling ally is doing a special family New Year’s Eve celebration, from 6:00pm to 8:00, and including a countdown and dropping of the ball at the end.  I think that it is a great idea to have a celebration that includes children, and is early enough that I won’t be dealing with tired and cranky kids.

There’s also an adult party that will start later, but we will not be attending that.  One thing that I know the kids will like about tomorrow night will be bowling with the lights off.  They plan on turning off the main lights, and putting on the disco ball lights.  We will also be joined by a group of friends.  My husband reserved our favorite lanes, as we are expecting the place to be filled to max bowling capacity.

There are a number of events going on around the Carolinas, but that would involve travelling.  I would love to take the kids down to Wilmington.  We’ve attended night time celebrations there in the past, and have had a great time.  They know how to throw a party.  Best of all, the ones we attended were family friendly.

Whether you are staying home, or going out, please be responsible.  Don’t drink and drive.  If you plan on drinking, have a designated driver, or stay the night where you are doing your drinking.  Losing your life, or causing the loss of another’s life, isn’t how you want to end the year.

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve.