STAFF PICK: Just when we thought bowling was the best way to empty the mind and coordinate body and breath in a deafening atmosphere of distraction, a friend took us to Marksman for an evening of shooting pistols. Time flew. We were absolutely present. A couple of lanes down someone was firing off rounds of something so loud we could feel the change in air pressure in the room, but we learned to let the sound pass without flinching. Instead we focused on our own breathing and stillness, and centering our entire consciousness on the slow singular squeeze of the trigger. Afterward we felt empty and light. Try Ladies Night on Wednesdays, when women pay only $4.50 for a lane, eye and ear protection, a target shaped like a big feller with no manners, and a trainer if you choose.
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