Better Bowling (Or, Balls of Fire)

Where to begin?

As mentioned earlier, we are deep in the throes of Better Farm's ever-changing shades. And as with any ragtag mash-up of characters, team-building exercises are essential. Family dinners, trust falls, movie night, basement clean-up, bonfires, and general debauchery all fall under this umbrella. And as the days shrink and the cold expands, the great indoors become an essential component of much group exercise.

Thank goodness for the Theresa Bowling Center, where you can get your bowl on for next-to-nothing with a bunch of your new pals. Which is just what we did, as one-part team-building and two-parts celebration of former Better Farm residents Mike and Lana Babcock's birthdays.

See for yourself.

Here are the birthday kids.

Here are the balls.

Here are the latest residents of the Loft, Tracy and Colden:

And our Iowa transplant, Chris:

And of course the troublemakers, all Fear and Loathing style on Theresa Bowling Center:

We've been toying with plans for a league (bolstered by my most amazing bowling purse, see photo at top (thank you Corinne!)). However, we had some mixed opinions regarding our uniforms (onesies, duh) and team name (see title of post); which when combined with conflicting schedules, may delay our great reveal 'til next season. But so what? Gives us more time to practice our form.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.