So we haven’t talked much about this, but we are bowling again this year. The reason we haven’t talked too much is because we’ve been bowling poorly. But this week, it was quite a bit better. We won 5 points out of 7, and looked strong, at times.
On November 8th, the Snakes on a Lane Bowling Club took a field trip to the Bowling Hall of Fame, which just so happened to be the last day that it was open in St. Louis before moving to Arlington, Texas. We had been talking about going ever since we heard it was closing and we figured that the last possible day was as good as any. Plus, it is in the STL 101 list:
51. By bowling at the classics (Saratoga, Tropicana or Olivette Lanes) and the retro newbies (Pin-Up, Flamingo). Then visit the International Bowling Museum to see what you could have been.
The museum itself was equal parts awesome and insane. For example, the early history of bowling really is left to conjecture. A part of the conjecture, evidently, is Satan bowling with a human skull:
My favorite part was a big banner of achievement patches:
There were several vignettes of awesome moments in bowling history:
There was also a computer with all the perfect games in it. We were able to find Jen’s dad and his 3 perfect games, which was pretty awesome.
Then, we headed into the Hall of Fame wing, where we found Brandon’s cousin, Norm Duke:
Then, we went into the women’s wing, where instead of bronze castings, they have awesome oil paintings:
After that, we went down to the basement to see the pin car, in addition to the Cardinals Hall of Fame and the rest of the collection. All in all, a pretty awesome day, but a tad bittersweet to see this one of a kind attraction leaving town.
Meat meat meat meat, meat meat meat meat.
(Snap out of it!)
OK, so tonight we went to Bacana, a Brazilian meat-on-a-stick joint in Chesterfield as my reward for winning the first half bet with the bowling team and the evening was meaty. For those who don’t know, waiters come around to the table with meat on large skewers and cut of hunks for you while you sit there and bask in the meatiness of it all. The highlight was the beef tenderloin, but we also enjoyed the filet, garlic filet, top sirloin, pork tenderloin, sausage, chicken wings, bacon-wrapped chicken, shrimp, lamb, and block steak.
All in all, it was a meaty evening.
Another year, another Thanksgiving weekend. Thanksgiving has really never been about family or food for me, I mean, we see family all the time (I’m spoiled, I live in the same town with my family so I can see them any time I want) and we eat all the time. What I look forward to when this time of year rolls around is the four day weekend! Four days of relaxation and no work…what am I saying? It’s going to be a crazy busy weekend. Bob and I started off our weekend Wednesday night with a 9 pin no-tap tournament up at Olivette Lanes. We had attended last year and it was pretty fun so we decided to do it again. I’ll actually let Bob post more about this event so he can pat himself on the back. :-)
Yesterday we actually slept in, bummed around the house and was generally lazy until about 4:00 when we went over to meet my mom and some family friends for dinner. We decided to celebrate Thanksgiving the Asian way: casino buffet followed up with a generous serving of gambling! My mom had never played slots at Ameristar so Bob, Chris and I took her over there after dinner and played for a bit. She didn’t get the concept of slot machines and we couldn’t really explain to her what it was about except that if you were lucky, you got money.
Tonight, we made the trip out to New Town to have dinner with Bob’s parents and some of the extended family. My goodness, I was so full, I’m full even now as I’m typing this, but it was worth it. And we even got leftovers sent home with us so I can relive dinner for the next couple of days. Woo-hoo!
Not sure if everyone knows this, but we keep a group blog for our bowling team over at Snakes on a Lane. Just in case you are interested in our bowling.
That is all.