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9/26/18 2:39 P

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My bizarre season continues! Games 1 and 2 with heavier ball: 142 and a 158! Switched to light ball in game 3, mostly out of desperation. Game 3 result: 224! All the finishing issues with that ball went away, clean game, etc, etc. Go figure! The only other thing different was my new wrist guard -- a "Kool Kontrol Wrist Positioner". So....back to the lighter ball for practice this Friday.

Team wise, we only won one game -- the one I bowled my 224 in!

Patrick
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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
1st Goal Weight = 210
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2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
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9/20/18 8:49 A

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Lou, I will give that ball change some thought. I want to see how 3 practice games with the heavier ball goes on Friday. I'm using a Mongoose wrist brace. I'm wondering if another one would help keep my revs up? I'll have to do some searching....

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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)
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(achieved 08/18/2012)
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9/19/18 10:26 P

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I can relate, Patrick, after the poor scores, for me, I had the past couple of years.

Logical question about Tuesday's scores: Would switching to the lighter ball in game 3 have made a difference?

Your first two games were terrific. emoticon emoticon !

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9/19/18 10:35 A

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I was so embarrassed by my scores last Tuesday (I barely got past a 400 series!), I didn't even post them! Last night -- an improvement: 212, 199, but struggled in game 3 with a 148. I'm sure the reason for the game 3 issue was that I am using my heavier ball, and arm fatigue just set in. When I practiced last Friday, my lighter ball (which I used the first two weeks) just wasn't cutting it, so I pulled out the heavier ball for one game and saw much improvement. That carried through in games 1 and 2, but I could see in game 3 i was not getting the revs. I'll use the heavier ball in practice this Friday and really work on keeping the revs up.

Team wise we won 3 out of 4, so we should be firmly in the upper 1/2 of the standings.

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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
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(achieved 03/13/2012)
2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
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(achieved 08/18/2012)
Final Goal Weight = 179
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9/12/18 9:10 P

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You are declaring these winnings as income, aren't you, Leah? Just kidding. Keep on having fun. You've got me thinking of checking out the fun days here.

Happy for you that the new ball is feeling more comfortable every week.

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Yesterday's scores were ok. 118-149-129 for a 396 series. I definitely can see improvement overall. I won $4.
Lou, hope you can adapt so you will feel more confident!

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9/5/18 6:30 P

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The Glide powder should help, Leah, when your thumb hole is tight. Remember, just a little of it and NEVER on your shoe if you're sticking -- against USBC bowling rules to use any substance on the approach. emoticon

Glad your scores are increasing. Takes time to get used to a new ball. Keep up the good effort. emoticon

Terrific first night, Patrick! Quite the comeback in game 3. emoticon

Last Thursday we had our summer league payoff. Team ended up 16th of 24 teams. I didn't help much finishing 17 pins below entering average. Just couldn't overcome the back cramping which is on the lower right side so when I get the weight of the ball swinging down to the release point the cramps make me raise up and pull the shots instead of staying keeping a knee bend and swinging the ball out and letting it hook back.

Game 1: Two chopped spares, 4 missed splits -- 126 low on team, lost by 1 pin.
Game 2: Clean until 10th, two cramp pulled shots for open -- 205 high on team won by 29
Game 3: Two missed spares -- 165 -- 496 -- won by 104, go figure.

I was asked to bowl in two fall leagues but my confidence and ego and back took a beating this summer. I need to refinance my house to pay for repairs and debt so my plan is when that is all done to ask an instructor I know who overcame an injury if he can work with me to try to find a way for me to get a release that overcomes the back cramps. Plus, his pro shop is in a center that oils their lanes, unlike where I bowled this summer, so that will help.

Having the money for consistent lessons and practice may not get me back to where I was at my peak, and that will be okay, but may get me back to a level I can accept that makes bowling fun and somewhat pain-free again.

On that note, I had an MRI of my back last month and in a couple of weeks will have a nerve conductivity test on my legs to see how much of the pain and numbness in my legs and feet is from the back injury and how much is from my diabetes. I'll get all of the results from the doctor on 9/24.

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9/5/18 9:01 A

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Our 2018 / 2019 season began last evening. My results: 179, 195, and a 203 for a 577 series! Nice start to the season. I always like improving as the evening goes along. Wasn't sure about game 3 -- I only had a 76 after 5 but a 4 bagger helped things immensely!

Team wise -- I believe we won 3 out of 4. Not sure how many points we earned but it should be a good amount!


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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)
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9/3/18 5:11 P

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Today went well. $2 in my pocket, and 140-172-136. 448 series, so a 149 avg. I shall not complain!

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8/27/18 8:44 P

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I got a small bag of the glide, Lou! Today was a non swell day...LOL!
Consistent. 140-139-149. Just might reach my goal before Christmas after all! Ball is feeling more comfortable, and I am learning how it rolls.
There is always room to try new things, Lou! Adaptation is the name of the game! My friend Margaret has been faithful to bowl every week for almost 5 years now. She is a terrible bowler! If she scores 100, it is a super good game. But she enjoys bowling and has such fun. The scores are not important to her. Being with friends and laughing is... emoticon I want to develop her attitude!
DH has a bout of gout. Saw doctor this morning. No bowling for a few weeks. I left him in his recliner and went a played...
Glad when Fall arrives here... heat index 102 today. I do not do heat well.
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8/23/18 2:37 P

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Leah, I may have mentioned it before, but buy a small bag of Easy Glide powder at the pro shop or carry a tube of Blistex for when your thumb swells. Use a TINY amount on the back of your thumb and it will allow your thumb to easily slide out of the ball, much like waxing a surfboard.

But a TINY amount at a time otherwise you'll drop the ball in the downswing.

Please do not feel intimidated by Mr. Pappas' more luxurious center. He's a pro bowler hall of fame member by the way. When a proprietor makes the effort to keep a center updated and clean it means the bowler is the important part of the center.

Last week, another disappointing performance although the team won 5 of 7 and go into position round tonight to end the summer season.

Game 1: Two missed spares, two missed splits, no strikes = 143
Game 2: Two missed spares but ended with 5 strikes (two Brooklyn) = 200
Game 3: Two missed spares, three missed splits, only one strike = 138 for 481 series.

Tonight, an old ball haven't used all summer and a new line off the gutter. See how it goes in warm up. Can't be much worse than the last 11 weeks have been. This may the end of my bowling for the foreseeable future so may as well try different things, right?

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8/21/18 10:11 A

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I think I now realize how fortunate I am to have lanes ten minutes from home, Lou! They are not glitzy nor high tech, but they are decent enough to enjoy bowling there. George Pappas does basic care here, but the lanes that he has in Mooresville are gorgeous. Too fancy for me.
The lanes by us are oiled for league play. Unless there is a tournament over the weekend, Mondays are dry as a bone.
I didn't do too great yesterday, although I did make spares for $3. I had 155-133-109. I was tired and my fingers had swelled by the second game. Thumb was sticking due to swelling. Not sure what was going on, unless the sitting at the dog show ALL day Saturday made a difference. My feet were swollen. Bowling is a lot cheaper hobby than the sport of showing Dogs! LOL! Should I get a new puppy, it will cost more than two years of bowling...
DH had given me his old Brunswick two ball bag to use, and it's wider handle was driving me crazy. It was awkward to maneuver. So I bought a cheaper bag with a narrower handle yesterday. My pro said he understood that the handle made it difficult to pull. The last bag lasted 5 years, so it's okay that it is a cheaper made bag. It does what I need it to do!
I am continuing to see improvement with the new ball. I may give myself some "tweaking lessons" for Christmas...
I understand how frustrating traffic is! I drive 27 miles each way to work. It takes an hour or more going in and two at least coming home. Charlotte wanted to be another Atlanta, well, it has gotten it's wish! I was planning on waiting until 2020 to completely quit working, but the drive may make me quit sooner. It's only three days a week, but three hours in the car a day is enough!
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8/16/18 12:16 P

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I understand your thinking, Leah. It's difficult for many bowlers to think they are not competitive, even in a handicap league. We have spotted teams up to 250 or so pins a game all summer except for one week but still cannot win consistently.

Last Thursday, another dismal performance, for me.

Game 1: One missed spare for 176 -- high on the two teams. Team lost by 26.
Game 2: Four missed spares and one split for 133 -- low on the two teams. Team lost by 100+.
Game 3: Two missed spares and one split for 156. team lost again by 100+

465 and team 0-7. Dropped average another two pins and team dropped to 19th of 22 teams.

Besides the back cramps, I haven't had the money for instruction and videotape and the center where I bowl league only oils lanes for practice on Sunday mornings unless we are taking a lesson so can't practice on a lane where the ball hits the lane and immediately hooks into the left gutter.

Thus, the lower average than could be. Even though only a couple of games below average if bowled at average could have won us team points, it is disappointing week after week knowing I am not sharp and am developing errors in my game that could be overcome with an instructor and practice. But with lessons starting here at $65/hour and then no oiled lanes to practice on, I do not think now that I'll bowl this fall, not that anyone has asked me.

Things could change but the other centers with quality leagues and that consistently condition their lanes are 40-60 minutes away and during frustrating rush hour traffic on the interstate which is under construction.

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8/15/18 9:17 A

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Had our league meeting last evening, but we are still not starting until 9/4, so no panic practices needed! (I thought we might be starting 8/21 since Christmas and New Year's Day both fall on a Tuesday this year). We'll still finish up our regular season by 04/30/2019.

Got my first two games of practice in afterwards (a freebie from the house!). 175 and a 161. Afterwards I realized I was using my older / heavier ball! Oh well...next time the newer / liter ball comes out. Good to know I can still throw throw the older one AND I was covering cross lane spares with it! Must have been a fair amount of oil down!

I just checked and the alley closest to my home (which I don't bowl at for league play) is currently opening on Fridays at 11AM, a MAJOR change for them (they had been opening at 5PM!). So if that times holds I'll be able to get my practices in on that day through the season! In the past I had been going at lunchtime.

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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
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8/13/18 3:54 P

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Today went really well... a 400 series for me! 137-127-136. Consistency! I also won $12 with colored pins and striking. Not half bad! The new ball is really making a difference. If I could practice some I'd think I'd reach my 150 goal sooner than later. Going to try to work on some practice time.
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We made the decision to not do any more league bowling. We are not of the caliber of bowlers to justify spending a large sum of money to get next to nothing back. At least with our Senior Fun bowling we can earn back most of what we spent, if we make our spares. Also, it is not a weekly commitment, although we usually do go each week unless we are sick. We will most Mondays go out to a nice lunch and then go bowling. It makes a nice day. The people are there for the fun of the fellowship and the exercise. There are a few people who are there to practice for their leagues, but they are also there for the fun. No pressure except what you put on yourself. I still have goals for myself. I want that 150 average by the new year, and I may reach it with the new ball. I'll set a new goal from then.
One thing for sure, I love bowling! For the first time in my life I have a sport I can participate in!
I lost a pound or two, too, Lou! emoticon
Patrick, I hope you have a great Fall season! emoticon

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8/9/18 4:55 P

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Sorry you two have the bug now. It was miserable while it lasted but I have managed to keep off the 10 pounds lost during that time. emoticon Hope you feel better and can get back to bowling soon.

Last week was unusual. My shots in warm up were probably the best ones I have made in years, like the old days of the high average.

But then the lights came on. Every game had 1 missed spare and 2 missed splits with only a couple of strikes so no high scores.

172-152-152 = 476. Dropped another pin in average. Team only won 2 of 7.

Tonight and two more weeks to go. Not sure if I will bowl in the fall. If the refinance of the house with cash out goes through once the painting and cleanup for the appraiser is done, then the budget could afford it but can the ego handle being more than 50 pins below my high average and 15 below what would be acceptable today with the injuries? Not sure. Plus, this center does not have lanes oiled during the week to practice on unless we're paying for lessons so trying to stay sharp bowling just league games is impossible. Have to think hard on this, if a team even wants me to bowl with them.

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8/6/18 10:41 A

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emoticon Lou!
We both had an awful bug that began Saturday night. So we're staying home today. Doubt if we will even go out, as it's in the 80's and will reach the 90's by afternoon.
Perhaps I can work on my SP page, and blog. It's been over a year since I wrote a blog. Life has changed since then, for sure.

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8/2/18 1:57 P

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The extra weight of your new ball is really helping your scores, Leah. Keep it up! emoticon

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After raising average 9 pins in 4 weeks, dropped 2 pins last week. Slow start and bad back cramps last game. Team had risen to 11th of 22 teams but won 2 of 7 and dropped to 15th. Tonight we play the team behind us so a chance to make up ground again.

Game 1: Two missed spares and 3 splits -- 140
Game 2: Three missed spares but a few strikes -- 192
Game 3: Four missed spares and 1 split -- 132 for 464 series.

Only three weeks to go.

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7/30/18 5:30 P

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I had very good scores today! 142-182!!-141. A 465 series is unreal for me... 155 average!
I think the new ball is working!
I also made spares so I got $3 back of my $8. Yep. A good day!

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Still good scores, Leah. Hope you both feel better soon.

That bug did hit me hard and still lingers. I am so tired, like your hubby. But, as you did, I went to league last Thursday and had my best series of the summer as I climb out of the pit I dropped into five weeks ago.

Game 1: Three missed spares for 179
Game 2: One missed 10-pin for 224
Game 3: Two missed spares and two missed splits for 152 and 555 series. Ran out of energy and couldn't keep ball speed up.

Team won all 7 again. Last four weeks I've raised average 9 pins and team has gone 23-5 to go from last place to 11th of 22 teams.

Back at it tonight.

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emoticon Hope you are feeling much better Lou! We have had a bug, too, plus we went on what is called a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend from Friday night until Sunday afternoon. Very emotional and physically draining. But worth it.
Poor DH wasn't up to bowling yesterday as he came down with the bug Sunday night. He was worn out from the sitting Sunday, too. I was tired, but I felt like going. Glad I did! I bowled a 151-115-145. Plus I won a dollar...LOL! I do not consider a 411 series bad since this is only my second Monday using the new ball. I had one of the finger plugs come loose, so we stopped so I could get it fixed. I didn't notice it until mid-second game. I tried to use my old Karma as a spare ball, and it was awful. Now it is too light. We had one of the semi pro bowlers bowl with us, and he has the same ball I do, plus the Magnitude 055 that is the next step up. He gave me some insight and tips that are going to make a difference. He says I throw the ball correctly and well, I just have to have practice time and make the ball my own. Let it do it's work... trust it. He says until I am comfortable with it I should wait to get a spare ball. The pro shop guy says my spare needs to be the same weight as new ball and I gave him my Karma to give to someone who is just starting. He agrees I will probably want a spare ball later, and it needs to be a plastic cover.
I am looking forward to next Monday.
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Two Thursdays ago had 508 series on games of 130-212-167. Team won two games for four points but lost one game and then series by only 18 pins. That game one is what gets me down. Only two spares and we could have won.

Here's how two games can be so different frame by frame:

Game 1: Hooked by 9-pin, chopped 4-7, spare, slid by right of 2-pin, missed 4-10 split, chopped 4-5-7-8, spare, spare, chopped 6 off of 6-10, strike, count for 130.

Game 2: Spare, strike, strike, strike, spare, strike, spare, spare, missed 6-7 split, strike, strike, nine count for 212.

Last week, up to 540 on games of 200-161-179. team won all 7 points.

Back at it tonight. Have been hit by a virus since last Saturday. Fever, chills, migraines, hoarseness, no appetite, drinking juice and a few bites of food to keep blood sugar up, knees so weak when I stand it feels as if I'll fall over, down nearly 12 pounds (that part is good).

But I'm going tonight because energy level is higher, and severe chills then sweating have slowed dramatically. Not trying to infect anyone. Doctor didn't say to avoid people. Plus, have to get groceries on way home. So, maybe the weakness will keep my feet slow and force me to simply release the ball and not try to overpower anything.

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emoticon for the pep talk, Leah. I know I am too hard on myself because guys I bowled with when I was winning tournaments and carrying a high average are still doing that while my scores keep sinking, injuries or no. It's hard on the ego.

Loved your phrase "tweety pie purple." Reminded me of bowling in league with a new DV 8 ball a number of years ago. It was yellow with pink swirls. Straight out of the center's pro shop I started with the first seven strikes. Got up for the 8th frame and Mark, a friend and bowler on the other team asked me what kind of ball it was. Told him a DV 8 whatever model, I don't recall. His reply had us all laughing when he said, "Well, it sure hits hard but it looks like baby poop going down the lane." emoticon (No, no 300 but a high game.)

Anyway, glad to read you finally got your new ball. You'll get used to the extra weight. Your scores are already showing higher after two weeks of using it. emoticon

A tip: buy a bag of slide type resin from the pro shop or carry a tube of Blistex or some such in case your thumb swells and you stick in the ball again. Apply an extremely tiny amount on the back of your thumb. Both work like waxing a surfboard and will allow your thumb to slide out of the ball easier without having to have the thumb hole drilled bigger.

The pro did right by starting you with a tighter thumb hole because he could always enlarge it a bit as he did rather than drilling it too big at first then having to plug and redrill it later and making it harder for you to hold onto.

Tweety pie purple still has me smiling.

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I have to say I saw improvement today...124-125-155. More practice will help. When I get comfortable
, it will be amazing!

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This is my new ball. I picked it up yesterday, and bowled three games with it. 129-149-116. by the third game, that extra two pounds was showing... I am going to have to stretch my finger muscles. The first time I went to throw the ball, it stuck to my hand, and I scared myself. Same thing two more times. Pro drilled thumb just a hair, and problem solved. When I get used to the hook, I think I will get my 150 average I want. We shall see...

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Not spectacular today, but consistent. Ordered new ball today. It will arrive Thursday, and I can get it Saturday. Can't remember the name of it. Pro said it is next step up from my Karma. It will weigh 12 pounds...UGH! LOL! Being the vain woman I am, I will learn to like the color of my new ball. Gold and silver swirly... Not my color choice. If it improves my scores, it could be tweety pie purple with orange stripes and it would be fine. emoticon

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Lou, you're still able to get out there and experience the joy of bowling... I think it is an accomplishment that you are bowling period! When we can move on in spite of our injuries and limitations to do something we really enjoy, that is what counts! I will never be a great bowler or able to compete. But I so enjoy just the act of bowling, that it doesn't matter anymore about how high my score is. Yeah, I still set goals, and I hope I can reach the realistic ones. But I'm no longer going to be sad if I cannot achieve lofty heights. I am going to be grateful for where I am at the moment, and give God thanks that I can do what I can do.
I didn't bowl last Monday. DH did. I sat and shared with another lady that needed me to listen. When the guys were finished bowling, we were both greatly blessed and it was a good three hours!
I've not gotten my new ball yet. The young pro I like hasn't been around when I was. I guess I need to make an appointment. My Karma is a bit gouged and pitted. Old lanes take their toll on the covers...
Hope the holiday was good, and we all remembered what it was about!
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That's looking on the positive side, Leah! emoticon

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Three weeks ago if a pin had been set a foot in front of me I probably would have missed it -- 11 missed spares and 2 splits for 158-163-127 = 448. Team spotted a lot of handicap again and all of the other team's bowlers shot over average so a 0-7 night.

Two weeks ago, somewhat better -- 7 missed spares, 1 split -- 188-164-164 = 516. Team finally was given handicap and won 5 of 7 points.

No bowling last Thursday due to women's pro tournament using the lanes.

I can tell the months-long layoff to rest my back has made me rusty, both physically and mentally, making a lot of mistakes and missing easy spares or turning the ball early thus pulling it past the pins I'm shooting at.

But, give it another go tonight. Ever hopeful.

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Yesterday's scores... 101-113-142. At least I went upward and improved each game...

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Hi Leah,

Allowing an injury to heal is important. It's good you're getting therapy for yours. Cat and I have been the ones posting on the new Bowling and Injuries thread so far. Will you join us and describe again how your injury happened, how it affects your bowling, and what treatment you're receiving for it?

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Last Thursday was week 2 of my return to bowling after 5 months off. Unlike after week 1 where my back hurt badly that night and the next day, I felt good after last week. Physically, at least. Mentally, still not sharp but each game was higher than every game from week 1.
169-178-191 = 538, brought the early season average up from 156 to 167. A long way to go.

Started washout, chopped a bucket spare, changed to a more hooking ball and was clean the rest of game 1 until frame 3 of game 2 when chopped the 1-3-9 then hooked to the left of a 7-pin and had no doubles to make up for them.Game 3 chopped 1-3-9 again (both of these leaves I turned the ball early and so missed the headpin to the left. Something to work on tonight.), missed a 10, chopped 6 off 10 in 10th after a turkey but an earlier double helped offset and open.

Need to get another game or 2 of practice in before league as the last 2 weeks and concentrate on staying behind the ball and waiting for it to get by my sliding foot before turning it.

Week 1 we spotted the other team 354 pins. Tough to overcome and won only 2 of 7 points. Last week it was 259 pins but they had two bowlers way over average so we were shut out. Tonight again we spot 250+ pins but the good thing is after tonight entering averages are out and whatever averages bowlers have after nine games is what everyone will have next week and what handicap will be based on. Maybe that will even things out some.

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Greetings Lou, and everybody!
The back is doing fine. The real issue was that I contorted myself trying to maneuver the client that day... and kept re-injuring myself each week for three weeks. I guess the real problem was muscular. I kept twisting the muscles and not allowing them to heal. My age doesn't help in muscle recovery. emoticon
DH was feeling bad today so I went to Senior Fun solo. 106-168-106. 380 for a 123 average. Overall I am a much better bowler than I was, and Lou, I think you are right that extra weight will help.
Lou, I think a health forum is a great idea!
I didn't realize it had been almost a year since I wrote on my blog or really did a SparkPage upgrade. That's on my agenda for the next few weeks.
Have my physical tomorrow. THAT should give me the motivation to do more than the basics on SP! LOL!
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Hi all ~~

I apologize for being missing in action on this thread. After 60+ games on my Wednesday league, I resigned due to back problems which, from reading all of your posts you understand, and because the in-house league secretary and I clashed and I learned when I complained about her to my team that my captain who it turned out was a friend of hers kept telling her of my complaints which she then relayed, blown out of proportion, to the manager.

When I turned in my resignation and check for the last two weeks and introduced the sub I arranged for those weeks I told the captain I did not want to bowl with a traitor I could not trust.

Anyway, that was that with that team, that league, and that center.

But, I have read all of your posts and want to reply in depth to them then mention what I have been up to, bad back and all so this will be a bit of a long post.
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Cat ~~

Except for the week of the 130s, 140s, I computed for 5 weeks you averaged 167. Not bad with your back problems. Your team seems to be up and down, that week of spotting 154 pins handicap had to be tough. 15.4 marks to make up each game wears on you. Then, if a bowler on the other team shoots 40 or more pins over average how can we beat them? It's frustrating when it happens.

I don't even your long drive for the no-tap but fully understand wanting a change of routine and scenery and people. That's why I joined that Wednesday league. Maybe books on tape to help pass the time?

One thing we disagree on is the advice to Leah about staying away from pain medications. That should be an individual choice. For me, I use them judiciously and they ease my back pain but I would not suggest them for everyone who simply has a "bad back." A pain management/back doctor specialist who has seen an MRI and X-rays can make a suggestion. Maybe this is a good topic for our Health Forum? How are you treating yours? heat? Ice? Stretching? I often wish I had access to a hot tub and a swimming pool.

But you found slowing down your approach helped. That's a good thing. Let us know how you feel with the no-tap this summer.
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Leah ~~

As a Director of our four-county regional bowling association, I would like to see every person who enters a bowling center bowl in a sanctioned league but I understand league bowling is not for everyone. Too often, as in your case, bowlers feel their averages are too low to compete, although that is why there is handicap. Some bowlers feel there is too much competitiveness and, like you and your husband, want the purely fun aspect of Senior Fun Days and that is okay. As long as you enjoy yourselves and the people you are with every week, and your back holds up, you'll keep showing up.

About your back. I am not a medical doctor so take what I say with that proverbial grain of salt. If the doctors are not clear on what the problem is with your back is chiropractic adjustments a wise thing? I ask because the chiropractor I went to told me he recommended against manipulation because of the particulars of my back injury, that doing so in his opinion would make things worse. Just a thought to discuss with them from someone who has been there. As mentioned above, it does sound like a good idea for me to begin a new topic in the Health Forum on how we treat our injuries so we can keep bowling.

You're averaging more than 130 which is good and not considered a low average. A higher weight ball, properly fitted, after you get used to it, should raise that. The lighter weight a ball the more it deflects when it hits the pins, much like, say, a marble hitting them versus maybe a 16-pound ball that will drive through the pins and scatter them against each other, thus knocking down more of them. Although you aren't talking about a 16-pounder, the concept is what is important. Those extra two pounds from 10 to 12 should make a difference. Schedule that appointment with the pro shop guy who can talk to you about any arthritis you may have in your bowling hand and fit you properly for your new ball then watch you bowl to ensure you are comfortable with it or if the fit needs any tweaking.

Keep us updated on which one you get and how you do with it.

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Patrick ~~

Did I tell the story of a co-worker who planned a vacation to Jamaica? I told her the proper name of the country was Jamaica Mon. She didn't believe me but when she returned she ran up to me smiling and agreed because, she said, everyone she met welcomed her to "Jamaica Mon." (I know, groan. But it was funny.)

You said speed is important where you bowl. Is that because the lanes are dry? If so, is the owner/manager open to the league president and secretary talking about applying a little bit more conditioner on your league nights? Hate to know you're hurting yourself by bowling, but I can relate.

Your scores reflected mine of the past few years -- too many splits and missed spares with an occasional good game and series. I was excited when I read of the night after your return from Jamaica Mon and your striking in the 9th - 11th frames then a 9 count to beat your opponent. Isn't coming through in the clutch a terrific feeling? emoticon emoticon

Have you decided whether to bowl a summer league? It might be interesting to see the difference if any in how the lanes are conditioned between fall and summer. Isn't there another center in your area where you can bowl this summer to get a change of scenery as with Cat to compare the oiling conditions and speed needed? Or do I remember correctly the other one is farther away or not convenient?
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As mentioned, I left my fall league after 32 weeks. Had the bowling bug and thought after the months long layoff getting back into a summer league would be okay. Boy was I wrong. Not about the scores which were terrible with six splits and five missed spares for 141-150-177 = 468 = 156 first week average. Not good for me. And, Cat, we spotted the other team 354 pins a game! We won 2 of 7 points, that game by only 6 pins, but we didn't get shut out at least. emoticon

But that night when I got home and the next day my back and the arthritis in my bowling fingers were painful, hard to stand upright and hard to straighten my fingers. Lots of lower right back cramping. Have to get back into bowling shape and as Cat pointed out slow down my approach and just roll the ball. Tonight I'll put a heat patch on my back before rolling a couple of games before league and arthritis cream on my bowling fingers. See if that helps.

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Scores were a bit better today. 128-118-148/394 I'll take a 131 Avg. for now.
Whenever I catch the pro I like, I'll be getting a new ball. very time I am at the lanes, he's off. Guess an appointment is in the cards.


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Sometimes we need to change things up, Cat! We all need a new perspective on everything occasionally. It keeps us real!
DH was sick Monday, so I went solo to Seniors. I won $2 back of my $8. Score were pitiful. Everyone else was as bad or worse. 118-94-124. I wasn't making my spares. Everyone says I need to move up from a 10# ball to a 12#. I don't know. I do want a new ball, shoes and bag before the summer ends. My average was 143 last week. Won't be so hot for this week!
The best thing is my back is good.
The no tap begins at our lanes this week. It is fun, but we don't ever place high in the money category, as we are usually last place. No sense spending the money if we are not valid competitors. Mondays are good for us.
I hope everyone had a good Memorial Day holiday, and remembered WHY we have it!
When I was a child, my grandfather took me to a Confederate cemetery and we had a picnic and talked about what the holiday stood for. It may have started with the Civil War, but it was ongoing with Vietnam(at that time) and we must never forget those who died for our freedom.
Happy Summer!
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Greetings all. CC, it's always good to get money back for bowling. I tuck mine away for my trips to the Nationals. It adds up.
I have been bowling in another town some 100 mi rt to play nine tap on Tues but now they are not going to have it for a couple weeks then switching to Wed's. It's not as much fun as it was a few years ago when I was bowling nine tap there. They have made the prizes smaller and no free bowling passes are being handed out. But it is a change of venue which I needed.
Tomorrow I am going back to the local lanes.


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Not a bad day of bowling at all! 173-120-150. Plus I won $3. DH made a difficult spare that garnered him $15. We got our $16 back, with $2 extra. No complaints!
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No after-effects from bowling last Monday! So, tomorrow will be another opportunity to get better!
The league dinner was last Tuesday. DH and I ended up with $100 each. The team was 18th out of 20. We put the $200 in an envelope and it will feed our Senior Fun fund. League bowling is just not our cup of tea.
I think I will get a new ball/bag/shoes later on in the summer if I find I won't have back issues again. Since the back issue was caused by a specific incident not related to bowling, I think I'll be OK. I want to be careful to get the best ball for my skills. My dear hubby has had great results from his new ball and the pro taking the time to be sure it was right for him.
Summer has come top my part of NC... hot and humid weather is here! UGH! LOL!
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Well, we went to the Senior Fun league yesterday. The beginning of another 12 weeks. The attendance has dropped dramatically. So we joined up with some new people, and they are excellent, competitive bowlers. Competitive in a good sense...this couple try their best, and work to help you be your best. Both of them bowl in tournaments, but only bowl in one official league at a time. The other couple are decent bowlers, too, but more like DH and I with lower averages. A good mix. I think we will settle in here well. My goal is to make all twelve weeks. Not required, but I want to get back into the old Monday routine of bowling each week for the fun of it.
109-136-119. Nothing outstanding, but for not touching a bowling ball for 6 weeks, I feel good about it.
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Back is much better... not working has helped. Cat, I am going to have to tell my client I can no longer do her hair. It will be hard, as coming to the salon is her only outing other than doctors. Only time she gets her hair shampooed. I feel bad, but it isn't fair to other clients nor good for my health. I'm praying for discernment as to gentlest way to tell her...
Bowling is on back burner for awhile. But I'm not giving it up! I won't finish the league. The banquet is May 12. We will probably be in last place because of me. DH doesn't mind, but I am sorry for the guy who joined us. We won't do league bowing again. Too many variables. We will do our weekly Monday Senior Fun Bowling when we can. Only $8 each, and it IS fun! That's what it is all about, especially when you aren't a high average bowler.
To add insult to injury, our 7 yo laptop essentially died last week. Have new all-in one HP for the desk. HUGE monitor I can see w/out glasses! LOL! Once I am used to it, I'll try to post more.
Hope everybody has had a decent Spring...looking forward to Summer!

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Oh, I wish I had finished my season on a cheery note. I couldn't bowl at all last Wed. I can't remember the scores but they were in the 130's and 140's. Disaster.
I plan on driving 45 miles each way to bowl no tap every other week. I need a break from my hometown lanes and the people I bowl with all the time. Nothing wrong with them, just need something different.
Have a good summer everyone.

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Finished the season on a positive note: 198, 185, and a 191 for a 574 series. Head to head won 3 out of 4, and that matches team scores as well!

Definitely not going to pick up my ball until June at the earliest, but I do want to get some practice in over the summer. I need to work on rotation and speed.

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I know I posted after Patrick's last post and made comments on his games, but it is not there.
Oh well.
CC, sorry you are having back issues. As you need it to do your work is a double bad. Sounds like you will have to stop doing whatever it is with that patient. Just stay away from opioids.
Last week I bowled 175,177,141 for a 493. Not sure what happened in that third game. We won two of the three games and total pins.
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Patrick, take care of your back/neck issues! I have had a rough month... even the chiropractor doesn't know exactly what is going on. Had series of x-rays this past week. PCP doesn't have a clear understanding, either. We think I damaged my lower back muscles working with a disabled client. An adjustment helped, then working with her again brought the same pain. After every adjustment, things were better. I've adjusted my plan of attack with the client, and it has helped. What both doctors say is that I am 62, and I have over inflamed my muscles. It will take anti-inflamitories and total rest for a full week to hopefully get the back into shape. No word yet on what x-rays show... Of course this means no bowling for a bit. I am resting every opportunity I can. I won't be able to stop in my tracks until April 20. Having an adjustment that morning and bed/recliner rest from then on until April 27. See RA doctor next week. I'm sure he'll have an opinion. At least the pain is getting less! But I can sure tell I am not as resilient as I was!

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last evening: 167, 173, and a 171 for a 511 series. Back was actually feeling good. Other than a turkey in game 1, just could not string any strikes together. Speed seems to be OK. Not sure if it is me not putting enough rotation on the ball or has my ball absorbed so much oil that it is "dead". I'm off next week, and after the only one more week to the season, so it is an issue I will deal with during the summer. I'm debating bowling in a summer league just to keep working on my game. I haven't done a summer league in like 14 years.

Team wise we did pretty good. Blown out in game 1, but came back nicely in games 2 and 3.

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I'm thinking my back / neck issues are causing me problems bowling. Especially at our alley where speed is key. Hoping for some healing....

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Your scores don't sound so bad to me, Patrick, but I guess it's all relative......
Yesterday my team won all the games and I had a decent outing again. 515 series with 161,186,168. We had to spot the opposing team 154 pins per game and when we bowl them they usually bowl above their averages but we were fortunate yesterday they didn't.
My back is still giving me problems as well but it is making me slow down and modify my form, which apparently is not a bad thing.
Where's Lou?

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Sunday's tournament scores: Started with a nice 215, then the roof kind of fell in with a 171 and a 160 for a 546 series. Way too many splits in games 2 and 3!

Last night's scores: 171, 185, and a 170 for a 526 series. Less splits but outside of a 3 bagger to start game 2, just not enough strikes. Good news is team wise we swept our opponents! So I can live with that!

Been battling neck and back issues, so I am sure this is not helping. Saw the chiropractor this morning so hopefully today's adjustment will move things along in a positive direction. May need another visit next week...we shall see.

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We had similar disappointing outing, Patrick. I rolled 171 then 190 and lost it in the third game with a 145. My team did will all against the best bowlers of the league so all was not lost!

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Started out ok last evenings -- 202 -- but that was pretty much it. 149 and 176 for a 527 series. Team wise we got swept! Just sooner forget about last evening.

I am bowling in a free tournament on Sunday. Our establishment sponsors it for league bowlers. It had been AGES since I bowled in a tournament. Expectations properly set...I view it as a chance to get some much needed practice in.

Patrick
Team Leader, 50+ Males



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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