Bowling!Posted: January 25, 2010
We took Madaghan for her first bowling experience to Hoe Bowl in Walden. You read that right…”Hoe” Bowl.
While searching for images of Hoe Bowl, I discovered that Hoe Bowl is actually a chain. I thought the Walden location was the only one. Shows you how much I know. We arrived around 12 noon and made our way throught the nice parking lot. Inside, our eyes were assaulted by wood paneling everywhere. To complete the “were-barely-hanging on” motif there was plastic patio chairs, one pool table, 3 out of date games and a sticker vending machine. If everyone was wearing bell bottoms, and the place was smoke filled, I would have sworn we time traveled to 1976.
The one in Walden looks eerily similar to the picture of above. The only difference is the one in Walden has a nicer parking lot. Otherwise, this building from the 1970s is it.
Madaghan did really well and seem to enjoy herself. She had her own special green, extra light ball. She started off with some metal apparatus that I imagine people in wheel chairs use to bowl . It was about her shoulder
height, and she placed the ball on top and pushed it down the lane.
She even scored a strike! All that combined with the bumpers made Maddie a happy girl. In the second game, Maddie forgot the metal ramp all together and just threw the ball down the lane with a vengence.
A few words about Hoe Bowl in Walden. It seems a nice enough place. The potential is there. An update here, an update there and it’ll rival most alleys.. It is not all that hard to replace wood paneling. The mechanic is wonderful. How often does one say that about their local bowling alley? Maddie got her fingers jammed between two bowling balls and was crying. He came to the rescue with ice in a zip lock bag. Nice touch, impressive. If it was not for him, we would probably not be going back there.
The other employees. There were not mean, not at all. They were not anything. The ladies were barely polite, barely acknowledging any customers. No smiles, no friendly “Hello’s”. Nothing. Felt as if we were bothering them from hanging out in the back room. Embroidered on their black collared shirts was:” Hoe Bowl, Family Fun Center”. Really? I mean, really? At least smile. I know the economy sucks, Massachusetts is now Republican, the world is upside down. But, can you fake it? I bet it sucks to be at work on a Saturday. In fact, I know it does. Been there, done it. I realize you might be having a bad day. However, you chose to be in the “Family Entertainment” business. So smile dammit.