Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Answering the call at the bowling ally

Last month I went bowling. I couldn't believe what I saw in the vending machine. Look closely under the 3rd e in Refreshments.


There are two copies of of the 1903 novel Call of the Wild by Jack London.


I asked an employee why the books were there. Apparently the owner was frustrated seeing kids hanging around - having lost interest in the lanes - while their parents or grandparents kept bowling. So he stocks the top row of one of the vending machines with books. He charges $2.00 per book.

"I see we need more books" said the employee.

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Be sure to come back tomorrow evening to see my second (public) attempt at fiction inspired by Jen in Michigan's Writing Game. My writing will also be posted at a new site to be unveiled on Thursday, January 31st along with the fiction of 16 other writers.

12 comments:

Flower Child said...

that's so awesome! what a great idea. sure beats a bag of empty calories, fat, salt, and sugar! I love this bowling alley!

Jenn said...

Do they have candlepinning?

Because the place in Davis only has candlepinning.

the dragonfly said...

What a neat idea! I'm pretty sure I'd buy a paperback for $2. :)

Sister Sassy said...

Ok, that is SUPER cool! What a great idea.

painted maypole said...

I love it!

Jami said...

I think it's significant that they need to stock more books in the vending machine.

(...and yes, I've been in Crap City for over a week but I think I'm moving soon.)

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

That's SO cool! GREAT idea.

Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

THAT IS AWESOME!!!!

Tree said...

Genius! I like the way this man thinks.

Candy said...

What an amazing idea. I hope they actually sell some.

Jenn in Holland said...

I think that is a particulary cool idea. A forward thinker at the bowling alley... who knew?

chelle said...

That is incredible! Jack London is awesome too, what a wonderful book to have in the vending machine. Wow How cool.