"My job interferes with my bowling," Sandra Queen, a secretary at the Washington AFL-CIO headquarters, tells her boss, and they both have a good laugh.
Queen, 36, has worked for the AFL-CIO for 17 years. She has been bowling just as long. She met her first and second husbands in a bowling alley, and every vacation is arranged around bowling tournaments. Her average score is 179, and going up. She has won several tournaments--and as much as $2,350 in one tournament.
"Each time I go bowling I get excited--as if I went for the first time," Queen says. "I love to take my turn. Every night I just can't wait to go and take my turn."
With her husband, Arthur, she bowls several times a week and every weekend. On occasion, they spend the entire night bowling and go for breakfast from the lanes. Their 3-year-old daughter, Kelsi, used to fall asleep in her crib at the bowling alley; now she watches her parents or plays pinball and Pac-Man.
As much as 30 percent of their income goes for bowling, Queen estimates. Yet, she doesn't want to be a full-time pro bowler. "Then bowling gets too serious," she says. "Then it's a job. Hectic.
". . . I like money, but I am after the glory. I want to bowl for the rest of my life--as long as I can hold my arm up."