Mixed Messages

Yesterday we went bowling at Russell’s suggestion — which turned out to be a good thing because it caused us to miss the Ohio State debacle.  

But I was struck by the mixed messages we got as part of the kegling experience.  Outside, the sign says bowling is fun, fun, fun!  Inside, the screen above the lane presents a grim warning about the dangers and risks of bowling and sternly advising us that by proceeding we were accepting the “conditions of play.”  I’m surprised we weren’t required to sign a waiver and release form, too.

The disclosures made me chuckle, because I’ve been bowling for about 55 years now and I’ve never seen anything close to an injury.  It’s a sport where people who may be complete novices put on strange shoes, hurl heavy balls down slippery surfaces, and frequently drink a pitcher of beer while doing so.  What could go wrong?  But I’ve never seen anything worse than a pratfall.  I agree with the outdoor sign — bowling is fun.

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