by January 9, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

From Scott Leibowitz. Find Scott on Twitter @Lebodome. Email him at [email protected].


Bowling alleys, DC? (Scott Leibowitz)

I want to start this off by wishing everyone a belated Happy New Year. Glad we all made into 2013 with no help from the Mayans or our elected officials in Congress.

Over the holiday break, I spent a considerable amount of time in my hometown suburb located in the south of North New Jersey and had a fairly quiet week working from home. When I was in school at George Washington University (GWU) and would do these breaks, I would always come back the district and complain (often and loud) that DC  will never be considered truly great till we get some real, 24-hour, full-blown tri-state diners.

Where Are the Bowling Alleys?

I still stand by this statement and refuse to call “The Diner” in Admo an actual diner (my hometown diner menu is a binder with no limits and everything tastes good). Upon this return, I realized DC is missing another key ingredient; casual bowling alleys.

Now, I am no Roy Munson, but I do like to gather with a few friends, a cold pitcher, and chuck heavy balls at pins. It’s relaxing, very social, and the game doesn’t actually matter so need to care about the score.

DC Bowling Alley Options

Growing up there were plenty of places to go, some reeking more of smoke than others (remember indoor smoking?), and no one turned down a night at the lanes. In the entire city of DC there are TWO, thats right TWO, bowling alleys. One is Lucky Strike in Chinatown which is nothing more than a horrible overpriced club with lanes and a dress code (My older brother was once denied access because he had a baseball cap on).

The second is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW and you need a special invite to use it (obviously). GWU used to have one on campus but, after an awkward phone call with their front desk, I discovered it was gutted due to lack of use and replaced with offices for the Career Center.

Why Not Georgetown?

I later discovered there are plans in the works for an alley in Georgetown, but it hit serious road-bumps from their local ANC with concerns of noise and other annoying Georgetown issues.

With that in mind, I call upon the DC entrepreneurs,  the city shakers and landowners of large facilities to give us some lanes. For inspiration, I have channeled my inner Lebowski and hope this gets everyone thinking.

“Obviously you’re not a golfer.” Bowling is a great indoor sport, good all year round unlike golf and kickball.”

“F*ck it dude, let’s go bowling.”  There is nothing better for forgetting an awful day than taking it out on the lanes. A great way to blow off steam, especially for a city as stressed as ours.

“Smokey, this is not ‘Nam. This is bowling. There are rules.” What rule is there that DC can’t have a bowling alley? Common, elected people, we need these.

Now everyone go home, watch The Big Lebowski a few times, and lets see if we can get the ball rolling on bringing some lanes to DC.

Great Effort Redskins

From 3-6 to a division title, as a rival fan I must admit I was quite impressed with their resolve. Serious concerns about RG3 and what he was doing playing late in that game, but as they say, “You play to win the game!”

Links! Links! Ice Cold Links!

  • New Yorker’s 100 lists of lists. Great time-wasting stuff here.
  • Hockey is back! Get your Caps gear back of out storage!
  • For soccer players, the coolest training tool I’ve ever seen.

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