GADLING’S TAKE FIVE: Week of April 29

take5Not sure about all of you out there, but I’ve got summer on my mind – BAD. Every read here seems to translate to summer for me and that is only speaking for me, myself and I. If you are as ready as I am you will easy find how to work these recent blog topics, suggestions and tales into a summer adventure of your own.

5. 10 Worst Cities to Visit/10 Best Cities to Visit:
Save time this summer by skipping some of the duds found on the worst list and heading to the best. Or if you’re like me you’ll let all the others cramp and crowd what’s considered the best to make the most out of what’s considered the worst by checking it out on your own. You dig?

4. Finding the Right Place to Workout While on the Road:

Don’t leave the body you’ve been chiseling up for the summer at home. Take it out on the road and keep it fit while you go. If you’re finding it hard to workout on the road perhaps this one will help ignite whatever it is you need to get you started.

3. New York: Bowl at the Bus Station:
Here’s a fun one if you’re out in NY looking for activities aside from the club and bar scene on a late weekend night or any night at that. Bowling at the bus station can be done during the day as well while waiting for your bus to carry you back home. It is recommended you order a $50 Tower of Beer to cool you off between strikes.

2. A Canadian In Beijing: Steamy Bathhouse in Shanghai:
There is never a dull moment in Ember’s Beijing world. In one of her latest she tells all from her hot and steamy Shanghai bathhouse visit. Okay, it isn’t that steamy… Maybe.

1. How to Insult Someone Using British Sign Language:

As the temperature begins to rise don’t let your attitude, but if it does and you feel as though you should and you must insult someone using British sign language start learning how by visiting the tutorial as discovered by Justin. Just be sure you learn the good stuff too and by that I mean ‘nice’ gestures.

New York: Bowl at the Bus Station

While it dons an exposed ceiling and unpainted walls, the lanes at Leisure Time Bowl in the Port Authority Bus Terminal are still drawing crowds. Bowlers don’t seem to mind the half-finished decor, as long as there’s beer, music and automatic scoring machines that add properly.

Last Saturday night the place was packed when I arrived with a few friends. Early for our 10 pm reservation, we grabbed some drinks in the malodorous lobby bar that shakes every time a bus rumbles overhead. The new mahogany island bar referred to in this lame renovations update appears to have been installed, however we didn’t see anyone serving drinks from it. But the DJ was spinning tunes and the only lanes available were for those with advanced reservations. Walk-ins are welcome, but pickings will be slim in the evenings. And after 9 pm no one under the age of 21 is admitted.

Play can be purchased by game (staring at $6.50) or per hour (starting at $50) and rates increase for evenings, weekends and holidays. It’s cheapest to bowl before 5 pm, but they do run Night Owl specials and discounts if you reserve online. If you’re in town and just itching to get your game on, this place is definitely worth a visit. We all love bowling because it’s so darn cheesy, and what could be cheesier than bowling in the back of a dingy bus station on a Saturday night? Be sure to order a $50 Tower of Beer too, because no bus station bowling experience is complete without one.