Friday, October 05, 2007

Stink at bowling? Not a problem for making new friends

I've got a new tip for those seeking ways to meet new people: A bowling league through Sports Connection.

I should hasten to say that I really, truly, stink at bowling. I did not officially join a league, but a group of my friends did, and they asked if I would be one of their alternates. This is a co-ed league, so they need to have two women and two men willing to show up each week.

Turns out, you can stink and still do well in this league. Standings are calculated by the percentage of times your team's total beats the total of the team you're bowling against each night. So if you're the weak link and the opposite team has an equally weak link, you'll still win. Or if the other team has a no-show, that helps too. So, after three weeks - two of which I bowled as an alternate - my team is tied for first in the league. My highest score: 102. Lowest: 68. (Hence the stinking).

The alley is packed every night for this league, and opportunities abound to meet new people at the jukebox, in the beer line or in the lane next to you.

Click here ( to see the info. about Sports Connection adult bowling leagues - another one starts Nov. 29. And if bowling isn't your thing, Sports Connection has leagues for soccer, flag football, kickball, softball, volleyball, basketball and more, in addition to many other social activities.

This is just one of the groups mentioned in the recent listings that appeared in Living Here magazine (click here and here to see them), our annual guide to the Charlotte region.

My blogging friend Deirdre McGruder has started a discussion on activities specifically for singles on her blog We Can Relate:

Anyone else out there have tips that can help other newcomers - not necessarily singles only - meet new people?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Show openings at art galleries are a cool way to meet new people. Tonight there should be gallery crawls and openings in the South End arts district and in NoDa. Head on in, look at some art and talk to people.

10:24 AM  
Blogger unicorn1824 said...

Adult sports are a great way to meet people. I play kickball twice a week and it's a blast (even though I'm about as bad as Leigh is in bowling).

9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liegh People in this town dont really want tp meet each other; This town is in CRIME SHOCK from all the shootings and other white collar scams going on; People are afraid of one another in Charlotte; We are petrified of Blacks we dont even know , we are afraid of all the robberies that take place; We are afraid of somebody trying pry into our personal lives. This City is polarized from SOUTH vs North hatred; Its a shame really and most People are taught to hate in their CHURCHES.

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why dont Charlotte have an annual PULLED PORK festival featuring great North Carolina Barbeque from Lexington and SHELBY and other places; Show People how it supposed to be with Barbeque and not People who show up here on the turf with thumbs twitling. Next thing you know they all open up a Resturaunt that closes in a year or sooner.

7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on People this is your town take it back from the CRIMINALS who are just Bullies that need to be pushed back.

7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There IS an annual bbq festival here!

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the poster at 7:53 AM. Charlotte is not a safe place to be, and there is so much hatred here for outsiders. Check this site out:

It even has a little Flash flipbook of prostitutes in Charlotte. Cute!

It makes me wanna buy some guns, get an armored vehicle, and a bullet-proof vest too! Welcome to Charlotte!

I wanted to rent an apartment in Charlotte in Feb '08 until I save enough money to leave this place...but now, I'm scared as heck! If you can't afford a place in a ritzy, "upscale" complex, it seems you are out of luck.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More BBQ!?? Puke!

1:01 PM  

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