October 31st, 2013

krazy koati

I found my mind in a brown paper bag, but then ...

There's a furry group in the mid-Michigan area that hosts, among other things, bowling every so often. It had been holding events monthly in Grand Rapids, which is about an hour away, but with our tours and such the past couple months I don't think we've been to one of them since May. The group does manage occasionally to hold an event in the Lansing area, though, and we went to that despite some hesitation. What we were hesitant about mostly was that we found out about it at the last minute, and there's always the temptation to just stay inside where it's comfortable instead of going out to stuff, particularly as the bowling alley was one of the more distant ones that's still in the Lansing area. This was silly, of course, and once we actually got going we were glad to, but there's always the struggle to start doing a thing.

We were worried we got there late, and were more worried that the bowling alley wasn't actually going to let people bowl in costume because apparently the group had to relocate from one (more convenient for us) alley due to vaguely-described inconvenient rules. It's hard to think what rules there could be that would relocate a furry gathering other than ``no, you can't wear your costumes'', and we suspected that the new alley's staff might not know what was going on.

They were cool with it, though. The problem we did have was low attendance: only a handful of folks turned up, and the person who was nominally hosting the affair managed to get completely lost and only appeared about two and a half hours into the three hours the bowling all took. But we got to meet a couple folks in the area, and we had the chance to bowl, and even had a couple of frames that weren't awful. (Well, the first game I managed to actually hit something with a pin only one time out of every two, but the second game I did better.)

We missed the next bowling night, as we failed to check the calendar for when it was until two weeks after it came and went.

Trivia: At Rome's first Grand Jubilee celebration, in July 1300, Pope Boniface VIII announced the discovery of a new element in the material sphere, one that ``feeds, clothes, and governs us'' and ``indeed appears to rule the world'': Florentines. Source: The Fourth Part Of The World: The Race to the End of the Earth, and the Epic Story of the Map that gave America its Name, Toby Lester.

Currently Reading: The American Newsreel, 1911 - 1967, Raymond Fielding.