|The Patterson Bowling Center is one of those places where you can get a good feel for what the Baltimore spirit is like. Its bowling variation, duckpin bowling, was (allegedly) invented right in Baltimore and it's known almost exclusively on the East Coast. Oh, by the way, we are soon going to try candlepin bowling, a bizarre variety specific to New England and the Canadian Maritime provinces.|
Duckpin bowling is pretty much the miniature version of regular bowling. It features smaller pins and smaller balls with no finger holes. It is to bowling what minigolf is to golf!
The Patterson Bowling center is the oldest operating duckpin bowling alley in the world - it opened its doors in 1927. The owners are flaunting the renovations that they had done 10-15 years ago, especially the electronic scoring system, but really, it's nothing to gloat about. The screens are outdated, the scoring system is legendary for not keeping the score, and the balls often don't come back to the players. It's very Baltimore.
Despite these shortcomings, and maybe because of them, the PBC is very popular. Young people play alongside families with kids and bowling leagues. You can bring in wine and beer. You can also be harshly cussed out for unintentionally walking outside in your rented bowling shoes (that would be me).
|Patterson Bowling Center to jedno z tych miejsc, gdzie bardzo wyraźnie poczuć można klimat Baltimore. Tutejsza odmiana kręgli, duckpin bowling, została (podobno) wynaleziona właśnie w Baltimore, a gra znana jest niemal wyłącznie na Wschodnim Wybrzeżu. Swoją drogą, wybieramy się wkrótce zagrać w przedziwne candlepin bowling, odmianę typową dla Nowej Anglii i kanadyjskich Prowincji Nadmorskich.|
I know! I'm flabbergasted too. I'm in a picture.