Did I ever tell you about the time I bowled a 279? The alley was buzzing....people were cheering....time stood still as I rolled that tenth strike in a row. Strangers hugged and grown men wept as I celebrated my new career high. Well, maybe the way it played out in real life was a bit different than what I just described. I guess a better description of the scene might be that I rolled my last ball while everybody else in the league focused on their own games - and as I finished a few people said "good game" and went about their merry way. The point is......this pandemic sucks and I miss bowling.

Technically, Westside Lanes is open for bowling, things are just a little different with the social distancing measures and mask mandate. It's still fun to roll a few balls once in a while but it gets hot and sweaty under a mask. But if you get the urge to bowl - I will say they do a good job of enforcing the safety measures. Masks must be worn, they limit the amount of bowlers on a lane, the only let people bowl on every other lane to ensure 6 feet of distance between bowlers, they have hand sanitizer available, and they have bowlers leave the balls on the lanes so they can clean them after each use.

All of the safety measures will continue to be enforced as they celebrate the New Year at Westside Lanes. If you're looking to get out of the house for a bit to celebrate the fact that 2020 is coming to an end - you can reserve a lane with unlimited bowling for up to 6 people for less than $20 per person.

I might just have to reserve a lane. I've never come close to that 279 again - but who knows what can happen with a couple beverages in me to celebrate the New Year.

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