Yes, I am in a relationship with the city of Boston. When I found out that I was going to get the opportunity to stay in Boston for the summer, the first thing that popped into my head was that I needed to take advantage of everything this historic and beautiful city has to offer. I immediately made a list of things I wanted to do for the next four months. And what better way to accomplish new and exciting things than with someone special by my side? That’s where Dan comes into play. I decided to turn this list into dates with both the city and my boyfriend.
Date number two: Bowling on a rainy day
Everyone has had one of those days when your plans get ruined by unpredictable bad weather. Especially in Boston, rain has a tendency to sneak up on me whenever I have something fun to do outside. So, thinking quickly we altered this week's date to an inside activity also on my summer date list: bowling.
Since Dan is a Boston native, he is much more familiar with the area than I am. When I threw out the idea of bowling, he instantly knew where to take us. Legacy Place is a short ride from Boston College in Dedham, MA. It's a mall, movie theater, restaurant hub and bowling alley all in one convenient spot.
Strolling through the mall, we found ourselves outside King's. This bowling alley is meant to replicate the glory days of bowling. The interior is all red, bright and a bit flashy. Now you might think bowling seems a dated, but I promise it's not. Modern day bowling allies have high tech equipment and lights to make the experience youthful and exciting.
The New England Patriots bowled here for the Mayo Bowl charity event last year, so memorabilia from the event is displayed around the ally. Just think, I bowled in the same place as Tom Brady!
We were a bit hungry so we stopped in the connecting restaurant for some dinner. The food was good and the large screen tvs were conveniet for watching the Red Sox game. After we ate, we headed over to our lane.
I have to admit, I'm not the best bowler. My bowling experience is limited to taking the kids I used to nanny on rainy days a few summers ago, but the good thing about bowling is that it's easy to pick up again. Shaking off my rusty nerves, the game was on.
Our ten frames went much too quickly and before I knew it we had finished the game. I hate to say I knew I would but I kicked Dan's butt. The final score was 129 to 92. I got a few spares and the only strike of the game. I guess I wasn't as bad a bowler as I thought I was!
Going on a date with a little competition is a change of pace from romantic dinners and strolls in the park. It's a chance to let loose and have some fun. Plus, I didn't know Boston had any bowling allies! I had a blast exploring a new area while bowling and forgot about how dreary the weather outside was.
On the next rainy day in Boston, try one of these awesome bowling allies:
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Photos by Katelyn Crowley/Gavel Media
School, major and year: A&S, Communications, 2014
What makes the Gavel so BANGin’? The people, duh!
You have 24 hours to give prospective students a tour of BC and convince them to enroll. How do you spend the day? We would definitely go to a both a football and hockey game (we would win both games!). We’d take a quick walk around the Res, eat lunch at Hillside, and finish the day with a classic Mod party. There’s no way you wouldn’t come to BC after that!
If you could go back in time and give yourself a pep talk the night before you moved into BC as a freshman, what is the most important piece of advice that you would give to your former self? I would tell my self to branch out and not get stuck in one particular friend group. The friends you meet in orientation and during the first few months are great, but they might not be the friends you’ll have throughout the four years here. Be friendly and open-minded and everything else will fall into place!
What is your favorite study spot on campus? My bedroom. I can’t study anywhere but my bed.
What is your go-to meal at Late Night? Who doesn’t love the mozzarella sticks?!
What is the #1 most played song on your iTunes? Anything country.
If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which would you choose? Cheesecake Factory. I love any kind of pasta and dessert is my weakness.
If you could befriend the main characters from any TV show or movie, who would you choose and why? Blair Waldorf from "Gossip Girl" because she would make a fabulous shopping buddy.