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Who in America Is Bowling Alone?

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Posted By: GustoGrabber, 1/24/2023 7:13:51 AM

SOMERSET, Pennsylvania — When you walk into the Terrace Lanes bowling alley on Pennsylvania State Road 31, the first thing you will see is Althea Shaw’s broad smile. Her warm greeting has a way of making customers, both regulars and first-timers, feel as though they belong. “The Sleek Family opened up their doors in November of 1995,” Shaw told me. “I started exactly one year later, and I have been here ever since. As far as I am concerned, it is the best job I could ever hope for. I get to meet new people all the time, see regulars almost every day,

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Reply 1 - Posted by: downnout 1/24/2023 7:40:16 AM (No. 1385965)
Salena Zito is a gem, a journalist in the true sense of the word. Her articles on what the left snobbishly refers to as flyover country give one a sense of the real America…the one we oldsters remember. Perhaps all is not lost…
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Reply 2 - Posted by: NancyD 1/24/2023 8:36:53 AM (No. 1385993)
Lovely article. Refreshing 1st read for the day. We belonged to a bowling league when we were first married, our kids also bowled with us and their friends. During Covid the lanes where shut down and the owner of the lanes for 50+ years couldn't afford to sit idle, he sold them and the developer tore them down and built yet another building for office space, which I believe isn't full...What a waste
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Reply 3 - Posted by: berthabutt 1/24/2023 8:54:57 AM (No. 1386006)
Parents bowled so we learned how on youth leagues & then as a date option in teenage years. Married USAF 2nd Louie and was nearly mandatory to be on couples team at base alley. Hubs was good at it; I was tolerable, but became a professional cheerleader to support all the other's efforts. Our kids learned how, first with bumpers, then with the tears, in the gutters, until they got it right down the center--left or right of the head pin. Bags got donated a few years back from sitting dusty in closet with him advancing in myasthenia gravis & too unsteady to get out or pick up his ball. I can hear the clatter tho when I drive by & it's a good memory! Go Bowling!!
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Laotzu 1/24/2023 9:05:54 AM (No. 1386019)
"You will all be part of the team. You can't go bowling alone to succeed, you must go bowling together." Tom Perez speech to get elected DNC Chairman, 2017.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Flyball Dogs 1/24/2023 9:06:04 AM (No. 1386021)
Great article. Thanks for posting.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: czechlist 1/24/2023 10:39:25 AM (No. 1386120)
I haven't bowled a frame in 50 years but I often drop in because I will always find old freinds on the lanes or in the lounge. I can't find many anywhere else - even in Church.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: GustoGrabber 1/24/2023 10:44:35 AM (No. 1386130)
The bigger takeaway I think is that we are rapidly losing our ability to socialize in groups. All of us here are in Ldot to find common spirits, but we now need NEED to reconnect to people in person, socially, apolitically. Our nation's soul depends on it. Anybody in Southeastern Wisconsin and beyond want to set up a social event in person?
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