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Best Bowling Alley: Providing surreal mercy on the morning after 

Albany Bowl

Scene: 11 a.m. on a Sunday. Situation: A bit hungover, but still willing to make good on promise to bowl with friends. Scene: Interior of dimly lit Albany Bowl. Sounds: Hundreds of ten-pound balls thudding onto wooden lanes, racks of pins exploding from every direction — crash! ka-boom! ka-blam! — scores of children screaming — it's a bowling alley filled with children's birthday parties! Situation: Hangover escalates to Stage 5. Scene: Walking out of lounge, Bloody Mary in hand, eyes barely open, only to see a six-foot-tall bowling pin named Mr. Pin standing in doorway. He is smiling. Situation: Mr. Pin offers a gentle hand, as if to say, "May I lead this dance?" Scene: Children surround Mr. Pin, all laughing at this proposition. Situation: Utter confusion. Red Zone, Stage 10 Meltdown. Scene: Mr. Pin casually slides to the left, sashays to the right, and elegantly makes his way toward intended target, the Birthday Girl, who gets a fun dance with Mr. Pin. Situation: Relief ensues. Friends are located at lane. Bloody Mary takes effect. Albany Bowl is recognized, at that moment, as perhaps the sweetest bowling alley ever.
(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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