BY BOB JOHNSON
Over the course of my career, I have visited literally hundreds of bowling center offices, and even worked in a few. There is one thing almost all of them have in common: clutter. Some are simply more cluttered than others.
If the occupant of the office — whether it’s the proprietor, general manager or manager — also happens to be a bowler, one may not even be able to walk around without navigating an obstacle course of bowling balls, totes and assorted accessories.
You know who you are.
All of that said, you’ll be happy to know that some consider a cluttered office a sign of genius. The idea is that the occupant is too focused on being creative and inventing new things — marketing programs, tournaments, etc. — that they have no time for trivial pursuits such as organization.
Well, we thought it might be fun to “honor” some of the bowling industry’s geniuses via the inaugural BCM Clutter Contest. Entering is easy, and “winners” will be featured in a future edition of Bowling Center Management, the sister publication of Bowlers Journal.
Here’s all you have to do:
1. Take a picture that really illustrates the clutter in your office. (Use a wide-angle lens, if necessary.) (Yes, that was a joke.) If you wish, make it a “selfie,” or get someone to take the picture so you can be included in it. This is recommended, but not required.
2. Make sure the picture is high-resolution, so that it is of print quality. This can be accomplished even with an iPhone: When you prepare to send the image and are prompted with size options, select “Actual Size.” (Merely selecting “Large” won’t make the image big enough for print.)
3. Along with the image, include your name, the name of your business, its city/state, and your phone number.
4. If we receive enough entries, we reserve the right to create additional categories, such as separate ones for bowling centers and other industry participants (capital equipment manufacturers, distributors, etc.) so that we may “honor” as many people as possible. Bowling center entries must be members of the BPAA (which is only fair, since BCM is the official publication of the BPAA).
5. Submit your images and accompanying information to this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The entry deadline is Friday, April 22. We’ll keep reminding you until you’re tired of hearing about it and send in an entry. If you happen to be a neat-nick but know a fellow proprietor or someone else in the industry who should enter this contest, please let them know about it by forwarding this email.
We’re planning to have a special prize for the winner or winners available for pick up at the Luby Publishing booth at Bowl Expo this June.
Enter the BCM Clutter Contest, and show the industry what a genius you truly are. (We’re working on a slogan, but that’s all we’ve got for now…)