Yesterday, I threw a little birthday get-together for Becky. I invited some of our friends over to go bowling at the Bowl-O-Mat in Beverly, and then back to our apartment to hang out and have some food.
This was the first time we had visited Beverly’s Bowl-O-Mat, and I have to say that it’s definitely a lot more fun than it looks from the outside (I failed to take any outside pics, but suffice to say, the place looks pretty run down). The Bowl-O-Mat does [candlepin bowling](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candlepin_bowling), the traditional New England bowling style. It’s quite a different game from [ten-pin bowling](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten-pin_bowling), for those of you who have never experienced it. Being from Ohio originally, I was pretty weirded out when I first played a game of candlepin several years ago. Bowling balls that you can hold in the palm of your hand, skinny little pins, three balls rolled per frame, dead pins not being cleared away between rolls… weird. It’s actually a more difficult game than ten-pin, because the ball is not able to knock over as many pins at once. It requires a bit more precision. Anyway, the overall feel of the game and the atmosphere it creates is more or less the same as ten-pin bowling, so it’s still lots of fun.
In attendance at the party were [Chris, Naomi, and Carl](http://members.verizon.net/mocasonline/), [Jenny](http://www.livejournal.com/users/raingirl3179/), [Corey](http://corey.prwdot.org/), [Jeremy and Angela](http://www.thebiggspicture.org/), and, of course, Becky and I. We have [the evening’s photos](http://prwdot.org/gallery2/v/events/2006/bowling_with_becky/) online, as well. Becky had a great time getting to hang out with everyone, and of course she loves bowling, so all in all it was a great day!
Jenny [blogs it](http://www.livejournal.com/users/raingirl3179/108042.html).