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I'll wait to see how bowling thriving when see how many
centers have to close.

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Not only is it surviving the pandemic, I'd say it is thriving.

In several bowling groups that I'm a member of on Facebook, people left and right are posting pictures and videos of themselves and their kids with makeshift bowling lanes they've built in their back yards, on their driveways, on their sidewalks, in their grass, indoors in their living rooms and basements.  There is so much pent-up energy that when the "All Clear" signal is given (assuming our idiot president doesn't give it prematurely causing millions to venture out before it's safe and all get infected), when things do finally settle down for real, bowling centers (whichever ones are left) are going to be going gangbusters.

I'm also detecting a strong undercurrent of support for local businesses, be they bars and restaurants or clothing stores or yes, even, bowling alleys.  I think once it's safe to go back in the water, so to speak, people will be looking for ways to support local establishments.

Really, I'm not that concerned about the long-term economic effects of this pandemic.  I'm more concerned about whether I'm going to live through it.



Really, I'm not concerned if I make it through.  I've had a full life these 70 years.  I am concerned about the impact on my wife, stepson and 2 granddaughters whom I support if I don't make it through.  I'm also concerned for the small business community and vital services sector making it.  Taking taxpayer money, which is always inadequate, and trying to cover the entire economy, won't do anything other than put another generation in debt.  These are shaky times at best.

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Dare said:  I'll wait to see how bowling thriving when see how many centers have to close.

 

That might be the ultimate way of measuring it.  Although I might qualify that metric slightly by offering this:  How many bowling centers have to close PROPORTIONATELY COMPARED TO HOW MANY OTHER BUSINESSES HAVE TO CLOSE might be a better way of gauging it.

The carnage, both in terms of lives lost and dreams abandoned is going to be huge.

We may look back at the end of this and figure a few bowling alleys lost may not seem like such a steep price.

I suspect bowling will come out of this on the other side at least as strong as it was, whether or not all the bowling proprietors' businesses survive.  In fact, I could envision a scenario where this may actually be a huge blessing for bowling in the long run.  When you start to think of how this pandemic is going to change societal behavior over the long haul, it may force us to stay a little closer to home, not be on the go all the time like we've been in recent decades.  It's entirely conceivable that a return to more traditional routines and behaviors might be the upshot of all this.  Getting together with friends again -- once it's safe to do so -- in a weekly ritual, like a bowling league close to home -- might just be the type of thing that becomes a more treasured activity as a result of us going through this.

I dunno, it may seem like a fantasy, and maybe it is.  But a friend posed the question today on Facebook about whether things will ever return to normal again.  I didn't answer him, but it did get me to thinking.  But I thought it seemed possible that what we've seen as "normal" in recent years may be what changes.  I think what's most likely is that we will redefine what "normal" is again.  And it could be that a new normal might just embrace things we always felt were "safe" and familiar.  Like bowling.  I guess we'll find out.  If we live to see it.


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Once things are back to normal people will forget all about this virus
and return to the ways things were....until the next Pandemic occurs.
Most people now aren't worried about this one. Our Mayor had to close
the Parks and Golf Courses in a attempt to stop the spread.

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