For the maybe 1 person who doesn’t know yet, I am the proud owner of Afton Bowling Lanes. You heard me right, I paid money for that place we all used to bowl in growing up. And being totally selfish and mean, I promptly shut it down the day I signed the note. The main reason I did this was to deprive all other young SV people of the wonderful smoke filled memories that randomly dot my childhood.
Wasn’t it the greatest? I mean let’s talk about this for a minute. You could hardly see in the windows because of the smoke and steam from hot sweaty bowlers. Wasn’t it amazing the amount of smoke ONE person could create? AMAZING. But when the only movie house in town was playing a PG-13 movie and your mom wouldn’t let you go, the only thing left was bowling. Of course this was after you ate your fill at Pizza Hut, or The Elkhorn. I love that everything was within walking distance in Afton. Before you were old enough to drive your mom would drop you off on main street for the night with $5 and you were set. I even remember watching Randa and my brothers drag main. Randa in the big red suburban, Ralph in his white truck with those giant whip antennas. Sorry I totally got off track.
OK, here is what the bowling alley looked like when we bought it, lock, stock, and cigarette still burning in the ash tray.
Look close and you can see Doug himself.
Ok see there by the pool table, you see that blue door? Well I never even noticed that door before when I was younger.
I have a ton of pictures, so check back tomorrow to see the cleaned up version, and hear about the horror of it all, and then on Wednesday I will show what it is today. Oh by the way, if you want to buy this beauty, or know someone who does, just let me know 🙂