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A story that was passed down in the family is that daddy played football in high school. He was the a quarterback and the team captain. He loved playing football so much that he flunked his senior year on purpose so he could play another year. Of course, I don’t remember that. What I do remember is daddy watching football on TV. He also watched boxing and bowling – obviously his three favorite sports. Bowling was the only sport in which he was able to continue to participate as a married man with a family to support. He never joined a league, and was only able to take part sporadically, usually with at least one of his six girls in tow. But I remember bowling with daddy. Things were different back then. The pins were set up manually by pin boys – and if they were cute, the local teenage girls would sometimes go bowling so they could flirt with the boys. The only way to keep score was to write your score down on a score card as the game progressed. Eventually, automatic pin setters took the place of teenage boys and digital scoreboards were introduced to keep score automatically. Anyone who goes bowling now knows that it has changed dramatically since that time. Many bowling alleys offer laser bowling, satellite screens, arcades, birthday parties, mini bowling lanes, miniature golf, bounce houses, pro shops and even food. Father’s Day is not far off – you might consider taking you dad bowling. There are a couple of modern bowling establishments in Brunswick County, NC as well as a good, old fashioned bowling alley. Check these out:

Thunder Alley in Leland, NC (

Planet Fun in shallotte, NC (

Brunswick County Bowling Center in Shallotte, NC (

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