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October 18, 2013

DAVIS: It's never too late to savor an analog moment

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — As many of you know, October is Learn to Bowl Month.

According to the Bowling Proprietors Association of America (BPAA), the month provides a chance to “introduce new people to bowling and develop new fall league bowlers” by promoting the industry’s highly successful learn-to-bowl program “Bowling 2.0.”

Learn to Bowl month and Bowling 2.0 provide people with a rare opportunity to escape the confluence of tradition and technology that surrounds us these days. Bowling 2.0 is not a web program or an iPhone app that tracks your bowling scores and allows you to share them instantly via Twitter, as the terminology “2.0” usually implies, it’s a four-week bowling class that offers in-person help for free during the month of October.

I know it sounds crazy, in-person training in the year 2013, but it might be one of the most exciting things I’ve heard about this year!

Longtime readers may remember my failed attempt to learn Spanish last year. I gathered all the best materials: a copy of Rosetta Stone, a list of favorite Spanish language websites so I could immerse myself in the language and a collection of awesome “everyday Spanish” learning apps. More than a year later, I am still wholly unable to speak the language.

As our calendar grows ever nearer to the futuristic setting of “Back to the Future II,” it seems society is doing its best to automate as many interactions as possible.

You used to have to go to a movie theater to see what movies were playing and when. For a time, the “high tech” way was calling the theater and listening to a voice recording, usually made by a teen-aged theater employee. Later still, there was “Mr. Moviefone” who kept the name even after he became a website, then an AOL Instant Messenger ‘bot. Now, many of us pull out our phones and search “movie time.” If you’re on a newer Android phone, “Google Now” auto-suggests movies for you and tells you where and when they’re playing near you.

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