Just next to the hotel is an underground bowling alley. We were invited there tonight. Free beer and food. Count me in. Now, I'm no great bowler (perhaps I shouldn't do it left handed). John, who heads up the Visual Studio team at Microsoft, is though. Very impressive. The ball goes where he sends it. Whereas when I bowled it seemed to have a strange affinity with the gutters. Never mind.
The beer bottles were shaped like bowling pins, which I thought was well cool. And the food was ace, I had the best hotdogs I've ever tasted..
Down these mean lanes a man must bowl. Note that they were not actually at an angle like this, but for me they might as well have been....
The balls came in different flavours. I tried blackcurrent and melon, but neither worked for me... The place also had a very old pinball table. Andy and I gave it a bit of a thrashing.
If only I was a pinball wizard. I particularly liked the way that the zeros on the score displays were just fixed in place so that the lowest score was always ten. This indicates a degree of pinball score inflation over the years....
I thought the signs for the bowling alley were cool.
I wasn't, and I didn't. But it didn't matter. I was having too much of a good time to care. Thank you Mr. Microsoft for a great night out.