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4/27/16 4:40 P

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Cat, some centers put out the National's oiling pattern certain days for bowlers to practice on. Might be worth asking if your center does that or if they would. Good luck when you go!

Leah, 150 average is not out of reach if you make your spares, a problem I've had for three years, d'oh.

emoticon on your logging in streak. You can definitely reach 1,000 straight days or more if you're diligent. Mine is at almost 2,200 through a week's hospital stay and computer being down a few times where I used one at the library and the hospital had wifi. Cheering you on to 400, your next goal. emoticon

During five games of practice last Wednesday and league last Friday I rolled the ball well. But a couple of splits and a missed spare or two a game keeps my scores from being higher. Last week: 178-190-181 = 549.

Interesting but frustrating last game. Strike, missed 10, missed 10, missed 10, missed 7, strike, strike, strike, split, strike, spare, count on last shot.

But a mark in 10th of game two won the game. Team went 2-5 again.

No league this week due to a big tournament at the center.

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Seniors was decent today... 127-138-117. The first two games I was very consistent. The last one, I was just flat out tired. But overall, it was good.
DH couldn't walk this morning, so he kept to his recliner today. He fell last week at Seniors, and the knee has given him a fit since then. Now it looks like the gout is flaring, too. Poor guy!
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4/24/16 9:43 A

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Finished the Church fun league last night. Won't do it next year. I think we will do the summer no-tap where we bowl on Mondays. I did OK last night... 141-122-139 for a 402 series. Still not bad, a 134 average.The banquet is 5/14.
Sorry you and Patrick are under the weather, Lou! My DH's hip and back issues are causing him problems, too. We both have had this awful respiratory crud. Last weekend was miserable. So glad this weekend is better!
Cat, I bowled with a bunch of people last night who are going to Reno.
Sparking is progressing along... have has over 365 daily check-ins. Going for a thousand is a row. Not too ambitious, is it? LOL!
My 1 year of being grain free is 5/24, and 5/25 will be a year of daily Wii-ins. Now I have to set more goals!
Getting to a 150 average is my bowling goal for the Summer. Let's see how that goes... It IS possible!
Just not been on SP a lot lately.
Will try to be here more... at least a weekly visit for sure!
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Sorry to hear of Patrick and Lou's latest bowling series.
We started No-tap this Wed and I bowled well. No tap is my game!!
Not really good practice for Reno Nationals, though. I will need to get in some real bowling practice between now and mid June.

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emoticon Cat. Waiting for my doctor to convince Wellcare's doctor the procedures are necessary.
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Boy oh boy Patrick can I relate. Last Friday I had 15 missed one or two pin spares and five open splits. Fortunately there were a couple of doubles in there. Had no idea where the ball was going. 144-155-160 = 456, dropped average two pins. Team only won 2 of 7 points against the vacant team where we had to come within 40 pins of our team average.

The bright spot was that I had a strike in the ninth of game three and needed the first one in the tenth for us to win and I got it.
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But Wed. of this week practiced five games with a teammate and could have had all 200 games (had one) if not for several splits a game. Rolling the ball out and in and hitting the pocket consistently.

So who knows what will happen tonight.

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Ended the season on a low note -- limped to a 491 series, and except for our anchor bowler, the rest of the team did not do a whole lot better. Lost all 4 so we'll end the 2nd half in 4th place. My arm is very sore so I plan to not do any bowling for at least 4 weeks. Payout is next week.

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I am so sorry you aren't getting your procedure, Lou. Keep the faith and keep proding those powers to be and perhaps you'll get it yet. Good luck.
You are bowling pretty well now so that must make you happy.


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You're a tough act to follow Cat with most improved bowler emoticon and Patrick with your emoticon all-clean series! Good going both of you.
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Thanks for the well wishes, Cat. I expected to be recovering tonight but Wellcare insurance decided a few days ago to deny the back procedure. Late notice, right? The doctor and the medical product company's patient advocate are appealing. Darn insurance companies. They have already refused more steroid injections because after three years of them they aren't working anymore and the stimulus implant is the next step. Sigh.
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Last Friday continued to roll the ball well but few doubles, a couple of splits a game and a missed spare or two again kept the scores down to 159-174-212 = 545 = 181.6 average, but raised average another pin and picked up the 10-pin in 10th frame of game 2 for the team win. emoticon Team only won 2 of 7 points.
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Bowled five games today with a teammate, the first 2.5 without my usual wrist glove and the last 2.5 with it. 185-202-158-182-207 = 934 = 186.8 average. Rolled the ball well again. Same story, though, with splits and missed spares.
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Back to league tomorrow night. Five scoring nights to go then a no-tap fun night and payoff.

One interesting thing is that from 1st game average for the season to 2nd game my average is up 12 pins and up another 5 pins from game 2 to game 3, a 17 pin difference from beginning to end. Will need to concentrate more game 1 tomorrow.

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4/13/16 8:53 P

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The last league bowling for the season. My team came in fourth (combined 1st and 2nd halves) and I had the most improved avg in the league (both men and women).
Next week no tap starts.
I picked up my new ball and practiced with it and my thumb started hurting. By the time the first game ended I had a little bruise at the base of the thumb. The owner did work on the bezel between my turns and I think it is okay now.

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Practice out in Vegas paid off! Last night's league scores: 223, 222, and a 208 for a 653 series! Even more proud that I was "clean" (no opens) for all 3 games!! Team-wise, we won 3 out of 4. Will know later today where we are in the standings going into position round and the last week of the season, but we were in 4th and very close to the 3 team ahead of us.

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Patrick, I have bowling friends that have bowled those lanes and loved them. The Nationals are there next year, which I intend to participate. It's Reno again this year and I will be there in June. Those lanes are pretty nice compared to my home lanes.
Lou, sorry to hear about your back being such a bugger. Good luck on your surgery tomorrow. I hope this does the trick for you.
Sorry I haven't posted in a month. My bowling has been so up and down that I haen't felt like reporting. That's not really fair though, is it?
Tomorrow is our last league bowl for the season. We have a week off and then roll right into No-Tap bowling (Nine pin to some).
My avg is still 155 so I am happy with that.


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1095 pins over 6 games. I can't recall the last time i've bowled 6 games in a day or 9 over two! Arm / elbow a bit sore so I won't bowl again until league play next Tuesday. But I am going to talk to my teammates about next season and moving to a different house. What the current owners are doing to ours is a travesty!

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The South Point Hotel lanes are GORGEOUS!! Well maintained, great oil pattern, and because I did not have to overthrow the ball to compensate for the lane conditions, my elbow / arm / shoulder feels great! I should not have any issues getting 6 games in today.

There are two sets of lanes -- the ones I bowled on and the tournament center. The women's tour is here this weekend and they'll be playing there. I took a quick peak and they have a PBA store there so I plan to go check it out!

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Good set Patrick! How did the lanes play compared to back home?

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Happy to share my practice scores - today's was a very good 639 set! Plan to do 6 games tomorrow!

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emoticon Leah. Have to watch that blood sugar. Maybe keep a granola bar or something in your bowling ball so it will always be there if you need it. Good comeback third game!
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Guess we won't be reading about your practice scores Patrick. You know that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. emoticon
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Finally had a consistent night last Friday. Team only won 3 of 7 points though. Continued rolling the ball well. Missed spares kept me from a 600 series. 185-201-184 = 570, raised average a pin. emoticon

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emoticon 363 series...132-88-143 emoticon
The second game I was dizzy... my blood sugar dropped, and I was very off-balance. Amazing what a Hershey bar did for the 3rd game...LOL!
Been a rough few weeks, but I am still Sparking along. Still grain free as much as possible. Definitely gluten free. Has helped RA management immensely.
Church league ends April 23rd. Will be glad. Won't do it next year. It has gotten too large and too competitive. Will perhaps do a league where our senior fun league is located. Not about to quit bowling, as I enjoy it too much.
Hope everyone is well. Keep tossing those bowling balls!
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Did not get in any practice last week, which ended up working out -- as work prevented me from bowling in league play last evening.
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On a positive note, the team won all 4 vs the 1st place team!

Out of town most of next week, so not bowling in league next week. But we are in Las Vegas and the hotel has a bowling alley so I am planning to take my equipment and get some quality practice in.

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Practice seems to help our league bowling, doesn't it? I'll be doing mine tomorrow with a teammate although past practices haven't brought my scores up to where I'd be happy with them.

Last Friday the team won 3 of 7 points and actually moved up a spot in the standings. I rolled the balls the best I have all year but couldn't carry the strikes. Bowlers nearby were making comments about how unbelievable it was to see how nice the balls rolled but leaving swishing 7-pins, solid 4, 9, 10- pins. As with every week so far, missing easy spares hurt. Missed three 7-pins, chopped the 6 off of the 6-10 twice, chopped the 7 off the 4-7, and on it went.

148-169-181 = 493. Dropped another pin in average. Now at the lowest average in the past six summer and fall leagues.

As I have posted before, my back and leg pain is getting worse every day. The first back surgery will be on April 13. I so hope it works. Friday when I went to bed after league and through the night I had the most excruciating pain I have ever felt, far, far more intense than getting Tasered in deputy training. Don't know to what extent this is affecting my bowling but I keep trying to make every shot the best one I can.

What more can we do?

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A little bit better last night in league play: 170, 190, 189 for a 549 series. Team won 3 of 4. That is what counts! Hope to get some more practice in this Friday.

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Love those increasing scores! Good luck tonight.
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Two weeks ago I dropped four pins in average. A week ago raised it five pins. Last Friday dropped a pin after 168-169-169 = 506. Team won 5 of 7 in position round and moved up a bit in the standings.

This past Saturday I subbed the first game of doubles in our city tournament for a friend running late. Missed a 4-pin, had a double, finished with 195. Rolled the ball fine, but couldn't carry the pocket hits.

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After a horrid set last Tuesday during league play (478), I FINALLY got some practice in today -- first practice session in weeks! 553 practice set, but always like this kind of practice set -- 140, 190, and 223!

Here's hoping today's practice results in good scores next Tuesday!

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Seems we all are having our ups and downs. But we keep trying, don't we?

With the loss of my dogs I forgot to post last Friday's scores. A reversal from two weeks ago: 175-187-246 = 608, raised average five pins. Team only won 2 of 7 points.

Practiced four games with a teammate today: 175-209-205-148. Tired game four and missed five spares but overall happy with the day. Have to work on slowing the ball down. Back to league tomorrow night.

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Life is slowly getting back to some sort of "normal" around here... Had a 388 series Saturday at Church league. Went to Senior Fun Bowling for the first time in many weeks, and had a 417 series. Felt nice...
DH is beginning to feel better. He subbed on Saturday night and considering he hadn't bowled in months, a 391 series was pretty good! He bowled today and didn't do quite as well, but he says he feels like he is starting over. He will improve with time. After all he has been through, I'm grateful for whatever he can do!
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Some of us signed up for the Bowling For Kids tournament. Received tees, got door prizes. My sons took first and second place. I bowled 145 which i was happy with. I was able to pick up some spares. Overall, we had a good time.

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Patrick, sounds like a 'mellow' vacation. Welcome back to reality.
I showed up for two games yesterday. 158,111,166. But the team won two games and total.


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Back to league play after a great vacation in Jamaica last week: 218, 160, and 209 for a 587 series. Not bad considering I haven't picked up a ball in two weeks!

Sadly the two games I bowled well in didn't help the team win -- lost 3 out of 4! Oh well...

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Just didn't like the lanes tonight...playing both lanes differently. Av. 116, bowled 83, 117 and 175. That's my high game for season. Son and I bowled free games. I left 4-6-7-10 at least 4 times. I must be pretty consistant.

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Lou keep your chin up. I agree about being hurt making a difference. Last season I was dealing with a disk in my neck. Didn't bowl any 200 games last year just did have the strength. This year I'm doing better. Hang in there and I hope your back is better soon.

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Sorry for your woes, Lou. You love the game and struggle so much lately. Can't be fun. Keep at it.

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emoticon Cat on your team's success and your series! emoticon
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I wish I could have had your scores. Last Friday was miserable. made four good shots all night. Kept dropping the ball, turning it early, pulling it, no direction or timing at all. The back and leg pain only goes so far as a partial excuse. I flat out stunk. 148-140-170 = 458, dropping average four pins. It's going to be tough getting it higher without an instructor and videotape. I'll see who's available this week.

On the plus side, team won 5 of 7 and stopped our recent slide. I had to mark in game 3's 10th frame for the win and did. Felt good.

Enjoy your week all. Let's try again in a few days.

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Hi everyone. Good to see you are rolling along!
Wed I bowled okay, starting out slow with a 130, then amping it up with a 176 & 184 for a 490 series.
My team won all points and we are now in fifth place. Last week it was 7th and the week before 9th, so we are going in the right direction.
It's hard to believe there are only six weeks left in the season.
Take care and bowl well this week.

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Hi Nancy. Happy news that your surgery went well and that you're back with us and to bowling. Two out of three games over average is nice. Keep plugging away and continue healing. emoticon -- Lou

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emoticon Leah. While it would be nice hearing from you on a regular basis like before, your health and your husband's health are priorities and i'm sure we all wish you both quick recoveries. 405 was a good series. Glad you had fun. Stay in touch when you can. emoticon
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emoticon Marene. A 377 series for a 125+ average for the night, 29 pins over average. Is the ball driller going to make good and redrill your ball? He should if he has any ethics at all. emoticon on your split conversion, that's a hard one to get. Did you fit the ball between the 5-pin and the 6?
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Last Friday for me was a partial disappointment again. Team lost all 7 points and keeps dropping in the standing after starting the half 7-0 then 11-3. I continue to miss too many spares, an area that used to be a strength of my game. Need to concentrate more on them tomorrow night. Had 154-194-175 = 523 series. Have to find a way to get back close to where I feel I should be. Will keep trying and being ever hopeful. emoticon

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Way to going on picking up the split. You had some nice games too.
Today was the first day back after three week break due to surgery. Did pretty well. My average is 156 rolled a 161,125 and a 173 so I was happy.

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My ave is only 116, i bowled 137,113,127. I did pick up 5-6-10 split....consistant because i left that split 4 times last night, and picked up a couple of 10-pin spares.

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You're right Lou, i usually have to put my thumb hole, and relax the hand over the ball to get that measurement. That wasn't done. Probably why it doesn't feel right now.

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emoticon Have been MIA... Hubby started January with 10 days in hospital, finished with three days at the end. He's been one sick guy... now he has an endoscopy next week. We've been touring doctor's offices two days a week since Thanksgiving, so it seems.
So, I'm taking it one day, one step at a time. I was able to leave DH and go to Church league last night. For not bowling in awhile, I was very happy! 151-132-122. A 405 series was good. It was fun, and I needed a night out.
I may not be able to catch up on posts, but hope everyone is doing well.
I'm still Sparking away, and am still grain free. Rheumatologist has declared me in remission.
Life is adjusting to our new normal, and I hope to be back bowling regularly soon. I'm not about to quit! I enjoy it too much!
I'll try to pop in more often. Posting on SP or FB is not a priority right now.
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Well, I was surprised that the drilling was this bad. I usually go to these lanes because I like how it ends up. It was different this time. I was wearing rings and the manager didn't want to measure because of them. My fingers don't go that far into the ball. When he measured the width between the fingers, he kept putting the wrong inserts in. (I don't know what they're call, but tells size of fingertips). He said because the ball was facing me instead of him. All he had to do is turn the ball. Anyhow I have to wait till Tue for the ball to be looked at again.

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Good going Cat! Yes, show you the emoticon emoticon ! Oh, yeah.
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MARENE, a couple of basics about bowling ball measuring: Once you find a comfortable thumb hole, not too tight and not so loose you have to squeeze the ball to hold on, then insert your thumb and stretch your fingers out away from the thumb like you were opening your palm. The middle of your finger holes should fall halfway between your fingers' first and second knuckles. That's a general guideline for the span.

You don't want fingers and thumb holes so close together that it'd be like holding on to a real lightweight kid's ball (try it and see) nor should they be so far apart that it hurts to stretch your fingers so far outward.

Pitch is the angle the holes are from the center of the ball. In your case, he said one finger was pitched to the left. This means the finger hole is angled to the left so your bowling ball fingers are spread apart from each other and that you have to do weird things to get your middle fingle in the hole instead of simply keeping your fingers pointing to the front.

Try this to get what this means -- put your two middle fingers used in your ball close together, not in the ball just out in front of you -- then stretch those fingers as far apart as you can. Pretty uncomfortable, isn't it? That sounds like what is mostly wrong with your drilling.

Let the pro shop guy measure your hand again from scratch and then plug that finger hole and redrill it. The plugging material needs about 24 hours to be ready for drilling so don't expect it to be done on league night. Take the ball in a couple of days before.

I'll post a link to videos on this under Bowling Tips.

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Last week I bowled so poorly I didn't post. Our team lost all four and we moved two spots down to last place. That is done and gone.
Today I bowled pretty well and we won all because we were bowling blind. 150,166,183 for a 499 series.
The tournament results are in. In my and team bracket: I placed 3rd overall, tied for 4th singles, my team came in 3rd, and doubles placed 6th.
I am pleased. Now, show me the money!!!

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I used the new ball last night...not happy. It hurt my middle finger every time I picked it up. Asked the guy at the pro shop about it, and he said the pitch (?) was off..pointing towards the left. He said he could redo it and adjust it and make it more outstretched. It felt like the fingers were too close, maybe next time will ne better. I hope you guys understood what i was trying to say.

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I got new ball drilled yesterday, and hope it works out. My previous ball took about half and hour to do. Yesterday 2 and half hours. Manager or whoever was busy with my ball, a teenager had one, and doing counter work. I met a guy who was semi pro and his son. We both was at the same tournament years ago, and he rolled 300 game. His son goes around to different cities to compete for high school. It was really nice talking to these guys. My ball seems like the hole for middle finger is off. Should be more angle. I don't know if it can be opened inside just a tad to feel better. I always go to this center for my drillings, so hopefully my scores improve.

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Thanks Patrick. That has worked for me every time. Plus, one time the couple joined our league! How great is that?

Way to go pulling out a decent series. You're right that position wins seem better than other wins. Keep up the good work.

Last Friday was another frustrating night for me. Team won only 2 points of 7 and I dropped average with a 176-175-165 = 516 performance. I rolled many nice shots in the first two games, but missed spares cost me two much better games. In the third game my back cramped badly to the point bowlers on the other team asked if I was okay. As a result, nearly all shots were off line, even a first ball gutter (but got the spare).

I may have to lower my goals as the pain worsens day by day. The pain pills and steroid shots don't work as well now so not sure what to do during league to ignore the pain and make more good shots. Disappointed. But there still is always hope for a decent night of scores.

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Lou, what you have stated is a great way to resolve a frustrating issue. Having said that, MARENE314, I can feel your pain. Nothing worse than a bossy counter person! Thankfully, our primary counter person (Dee) is really nice and handles all of our issues!

My scores from last evening: 142 (argh!), but then a 224 and 222 for a 588 series. Really having issues in game 1 lately finding a good spot.

Team wise, we won 3 out of 4. Got thumped in game 1 by 96 pins, but won game two by 9 and game 3 by 105 so a good night overall! It was position round so it felt even better!

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A league contracts with a center for a specified number of lanes. Sometimes this includes an unused pair in case of a lane breakdown where teams have to move from the broken down lanes. If so, the spare pair of lanes could have been next to you. In your case this wasn't the situation.

A center is under no obligation to leave a lane or two vacant next to league bowlers.

The control counter person should explain lane courtesy to open bowlers when they are put next to a league. Ideally, those lanes would be the last ones assigned and with bowlers from other leagues. This wasn't done by the uncaring, no-customer-service woman at the counter.

What has always worked for me when this happens and the open bowlers are not following lane courtesy is:

* To introduce myself to them and explain that we're bowling in competition and that perhaps they aren't aware of lane courtesy.

* Then I tell them about waiting to get on the approach if there is a bowler on the approach next to them and that if they'll do that then we will respect them the same way.

* After that I ask if they bowl in a league and if ours has openings ask them if they might be interested in bowling with us.

* Then I make sure to clap if they get a strike and talk with them for a while between my shots until they feel comfortable with lane courtesy.

* If they finish before we do in league, I say goodbye and that it was nice talking with them.

Doing these things may seem like a lot of work but it really isn't and doesn't take that much time. Who knows, maybe they'll be in your league next year. There is a good chance that when they bowl again they will be respectful of bowlers next to them, league bowlers or not.

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I got a green TZone. Can't wait to get it drilled and try it out. Question...is it proper to have open bowlers on the lanes directly beside league bowlers? I always thought you had to have ay least one lane to separate us. We had the same problem a few months ago and a team member complained to the woman behind the counter. She told him she could do anything she wanted to do, and she allowed the open bowlers beside us.

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Lou, take care of that back. Slow going.

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MARENE, what ball did you get? Looking forward to reading how it works for you.
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Cat, if you call or email your local bowling association, someone there should have your scores for you. Let us know how you did when all scores are in. A 201 is a nice way to finish, isn't it?
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Yesterday, Sunday, I went for practice and in second game pulled a muscle down my back and the back of my right leg. Glad I see back doctor Thursday. Hopeful insurance approves the neuro-stimulator that may reduce the constant pain.
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My participation in the city tournament is concluded. Others will bowl next Sat & Sun so the total results won't be known until sometime after 2/21.
Sat was teams and I did not get within 15 points of my avg for my best game!
When I got there yesterday for dbls & singles I found out the oil pattern was laid down way too thick as the jets weren't working properly. Few people on Sat had more than one good game. Problem is they corrected the oil for Sun and all those bowling teams got the correct amount and had better scores. Makes Sat bowlers losers. Oh well.
Yesterday I had one bad game (129) on doubles, no less, but the rest were good and I ended the tournament with a 201. Wish I had recorded my scores as those are the only two I can remember.
Back to regular league bowling Wed.


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I finally got my bowling ball. Had to pick it up at FedEx office. They'd leave slips on front doot of apartment without name or their phone number. We didn't know who package was for. We had set up a time for them to drop it off. They pulled up in front of apartment, but didn't come up to the door. My last time to do business with FedEx hopefully. Now to get it drilled.

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Not a good night on the lanes tonight. Far too many easy spare misses plus several washouts. Team was 2-5. Me: 197-160-152 = 509. Made a lot of good shots but making spares, what used to be a strength of mine, has been my downfall the past couple of years. Oh, well, practice again Sunday.
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Got a 587 practice series in today. Converted all but one of my cross lane spares!

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Horrible Wed league. Our team lost two games and total. and I failed to show up. 141,178,141.
Tournament tomorrow and hoping I show.

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I would love that series, Patrick! Have fun Friday.

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Tuesday evening league scores: 172, 168, and a 193 for a 533 series. Lack of practice over the past few weeks I think is hurting my game. Only 5 for 9 on cross lane spare last evening. I'm taking Friday afternoon off so I plan to get some practice in then. Team split after getting hammered in game 1, won games 2 and 3 but came up short 15 pins to get series.

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Lou, I just saw your response to me from the other day. Hardy Har Har....a cat is loose!
Actually, I have a question I'll post in the technical area.


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Is there a pro shop there or other centers close by where you can find someone? If not, ask other bowlers who some of the center's better bowlers are then approach then when they're bowling league. emoticon

If you have someone who can take a video emoticon of you rolling several shots from the back and the side where your bowling hand is and send them to me, I might be able to pick up some things. Plus, I can show it to some of our area's coaches to see what they suggest. If you do this, please send it to one of my email addresses -- Twodogman2@aol.com -- as an attachment.

You also can ask on the "Bowling Tips" post of the "General Team Discussion Forum" about what problems you're having and we can come up with some things for you to work on.

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We don't have any coaches (wish they did). I would've taken advantage of that years ago. The employees that work at alley don't bowl. They barely know even what time to start the games up, which upsets everyone.

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That's a good cause. In addition to the new ball, think about investing in a lesson or two from a coach in your area. Personal instructions and an experienced coach are valuable. -- Lou

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At work, some of us coworkers are planning on getting some teams together for Bowling For Kids Sake. I've been bowling for almost 30yrs and my scores have been really bad. gotta get the new ball, and see myself get better.

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Hi Cat. Our replies overlapped each other. I believe a pro shop is your best bet for a new ball from high tech expensive ones to other good ones for less money. Plus you'll get solid advice and and a drilling that fits your hand.

Good luck at your tournaments. emoticon , a Cat is on the approach!

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It's nothing to be embarrassed about. We are all at different levels of experience and skill. I haven't tried a Hammer ball in maybe 20 years and like you had no luck with it. But I know people who swear by that brand. Different styles, different releases. My favorites have been Track and also now a lower priced Brunswick Anaconda.

Keep working on your game and ask any questions you may have. We'll find answers for you.
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Today's practice was so very inconsistent as I switched between balls each game then got plum tuckered out, not just tuckered out but plum tuckered out the last game. emoticon

151-216-162-211-135. Oh, well, worked on some things and had fun with two others.

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Watched a pro bowling tournament on tv, my first of the season. I am bowling in a tournament next Sat & Sun, and it helped put me in the winning mood.
Since watching it I have been looking at bowling equipment online. Don't need anything new but it would be nice to have some new stuff when I head to the National Tournament in Reno come June.


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1 did it....i ordered a new bowling ball. Its embarrassing getting on here, and having to say that I've been bowling under 100. My son says he usually buys Hammers. Well, I've done that, and they don't work for me. I'm getting a TZone. Maybe I can at least pick up my spares. Wish me luck! emoticon

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Your scores were good, Lou. Too bad you lost two.
Is CatholicCorgi still on team? Know her husband had some health issues.

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The couple will join us next week. Husband had a funeral to attend. Met the wife -- very nice.

Last night we won game 1 by 3 pins, game 2 by 45, but lost game 3 by 51, so lost series by 3 pins.

169-184-195 = 548. Still getting timing back.

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Wow, all three of us had trouble our first game. Let's do better. emoticon

Good news that our teams are winning games. emoticon

Happy development for me -- got message today that secretary has a couple to fill out our team instead of the beginner and a vacancy. Don't know their averages but the camaraderie between the two of them should make it easier for all of us to get along. emoticon

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Not bad, Patrick.
CC, are you bowling these days?
Today was okay for me. I also had a clueless first game 134, and our team lost that one (we had to spot them 140). Came back with a 209 and finished with a 161. Team also won these two games and we took total.

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Last evening's league scores: 135 (YIPES!!), 204, and a 202 for a 541 series. I was clueless in game 1! Finally found a good spot towards the end of game 1, and at least recovered some.

Team-wise -- we split.

Patrick
Team Leader, 50+ Males, IBMers, and Homebrewing

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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
1st Goal Weight = 210
(achieved 03/13/2012)
2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
(achieved 08/18/2012)
Final Goal Weight = 179
(achieved 02/21/2013)


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