Friday, December 02, 2011

Bohemian Rhapsody, a la Jake and The Muppets

With the recent release of The Muppet Movie, I had to go to YouTube over the Thanksgiving holiday and watch again their cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody".  And now, reading on today's SFGate that ukulele maestro Jake Shimabukuro will be in San Francisco tomorrow night at the Warfield Theatre, I thought it'd be fun to put side-by-side both covers of this classic rock-opera song.  I love both versions immensely.

Monday, November 14, 2011

New look from something familiar

After a former co-worker linked a December, 2007 blog entry of mine on Facebook today, I decided after 5 years it was time to give my neglected blog a new look.  The colors are completely different, but for those of you who know my roots, it's all too familiar.

With 2011 nearing an end, I look forward to a new year.  I've had better years. And, for those of you who call 2011 "two-thousand-eleven", please give some thought as to why we didn't call 1999 "one-thousand-nine-hundred-ninety-nine."  Prince Rogers Nelson can tell you why.  Because he certainly wouldn't be singing it.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Palo Alto Bowl to close

A teammate (a USBC SF Peninsula Association officer) from my bowling league last night told me Palo Alto bowl is slated to close at the end of August, 2011.  As blogged in my last entry, Mel's/Redwood Lanes closed this past May.  This will be the second bowling center closing on the San Francisco Peninsula this year. 

For someone like me where bowling has been an obsession/passion for the past 3 years, this is very sad.  It's clear the demand has waned in this part of the SF Bay Area.  The dreamer in me would love to see someone with the resources and knowledge to build a members-only bowling center.  I still have Serra and Classic Bowls nearby whenever the mood strikes.  

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I'm back / The end of Mel's Bowl (Redwood Lanes)

It's been another long, long gap between blog entries.  After my last entry in October 2010 AND the San Francisco Giants becoming World Champions (woo hoo!), Jeff and I had a lot going on.  A new baseball season has started as well as learning one of my favorite hangouts will be closing.

Last Sunday, I bowled at Mel's (Redwood Lanes) Bowl in Redwood City for the first time in several months.  I took advantage of an AMF coupon of $1.49 games.  It was evident I hadn't bowled there in awhile as I had practice games ranging in scores from 117 to 203.  Mike, one of the general managers at Mel's came over about halfway into my visit to tell me Mel's will officially close May 8. 

The closing didn't come as a surprise to me.  Rumors had been circulating for several years that condos would replace the lanes.  My Monday night league at Bel Mateo already have 14 additional teams signed up for league this coming fall.  Most of them are bowlers from Mel's.  I know overall league bowling has been in decline for several years, mostly because lanes shifted their focus to attract casual bowlers to help increase revenue.  Personally, I find many casual bowlers to be a nuisance (see July 14, 2010's blog entry on Bowling Lane Courtesy).

While it'll be fun to have a bunch of new/returning bowlers this coming fall, the closing of Mel's still saddens me for these reasons:  1)  Mel's was the place that started my bowling obsession (work league).  A 12-lb. house ball with scores of 129 and 132.  I bought my own ball and shoes 2 days later.  2)  I could almost always get a pair of lanes and practice without much interruption or distraction.  3)  Discounts and specials given out all the time.  Every time I paid for my games I always got more coupons for future visits.

The good news is that 2 new bowling alleys are slated to open in San Francisco sometime next year as venues geared toward entertainment.  The bad news is that it won't do much to attract folks to pursue bowling as a sport.