Monday, July 20, 2009

The Cultural Divide - Maryland vs. Colorado - Bowling

Bowling, it is one of the great American past times, like baseball, apple pie, you know the ones. So I was shocked today to realize that here in Maryland they do not have the same type of bowling I am used to.

Before today I did not realize there are different types of bowling. So here is my lesson on the types of bowling:

Ten-pin bowling = traditional bowling. According to Wikipedia commonly referred to as "bowling" in the United States.

Ten-pin bowling (Wikipedia picture)

Duckpin bowling = some crazy variation in Baltimore, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. It involves tiny 2-4 pound balls with no finger holes, you get three balls per frame, and the pins are shorter and lighter.

Tiny ball (Wikipedia picture)

And then there were the pins (Wikipedia picture)

Camera phone pictures, FiFi, see the Maryland state flag in the background?

B and the mini balls

This really threw me for a loop. Can I raise my children in Maryland where they don't even have real bowling? Are my kids going to grow up thinking this mini ball bowling is normal?
I would like to think of myself as a rather smart, college educated woman who knows about life in America and day to day things. So readers, has anyone heard of this or am I just crazy?
Then there is the kickball (Maryland) vs. softball (Colorado) debate but that is for another post...


Evolving Mommy Catherine said...

WHAT!?! No way, I have never heard of that.

Heather said...

Hi! I just saw through Katherine's blog that you just moved to MD. WE live in Northern Baltimore county. Where are you?
We are also from a big family (4 kids under 8). Just wondering whre in MD you are?? Looking through your blog a bit, I also saw that you follow my favorite blog, MckMama. Love her! And Katherine! Such Godly, wise women. I am also a young mom (33), although a bit older than you :) If you want, you can email me at:
Sorry, never got into blogging ;)
Hope to hear back from you!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

I've never seen that type of bowling! Odd, but informative!

Unknown said...

I made a D in bowling in college.

Decor To Adore said...

Happy Saturday to you! I am slowly making my way around to all the blogs that visited me when I was featured on SITS to say "Thank you". It is indeed a fabulous SITStahood.
Be blessed!

Bethany said...

When I lived in Massachusetts I joined a bowling league, having NO CLUE that it was duckpin bowling. I had fun, but it was so different than the bowling I grew up with. Still a fun family activity though! :)