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Monthly ArchiveJuly 2006

Bowling by Spencer on July 19, 2006

We won!!! We won!!!

We finally had a winning night!  For the first time, we one all three games as a team and thereby also winning the bonus point for most pins.  My games were a bit below my average, but that’s ok.  My primary goal for this week was to have fun and not worry too much about my scores or even my technique.  That was accomplished, I had a blast tonight, which why else bowl unless you’re going to have fun?

My more serious goals were to slow down as I tend to rush most of the time.  This will be an ongoing struggle as I rush in most things I do in life, not just bowling.  I’m also looking for that elusive clean game and with tonights scores, that just wasn’t going to happen.

Wk# Date Lanes Gm1 Gm2 Gm3 Series Avg Run Avg
9 Jul 19, 2006 15-16 143 156 156 455 151.67 163.33
Game Averages:  165.38 167.00 157.63

So, you can see I was fairly consistent tonight, even if below my average.  If I can finish this season (5 more weeks) with a 160 average, that’s pretty good for being out of the game for nearly seven years, so I won’t complain.

I won’t be able to bowl next week as I have to go to Florida on business.  The rules won’t allow me to make up my games alone, we’d have to request as a team to pre-bowl or post-bowl and that’s just too strict a rule, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

I will be back late Friday morning and am looking forward to J and Danielle’s upcoming visit.  I’m sure we’ll have a great time and it’s been way too long for the girls to have had to wait to see each other.

Have a great night, all, and I’ll see you later.

Life by Spencer on July 17, 2006

And Now for Something Completely Different

So, I figured I should write about something other than bowling for once… don’t worry all of my avid fans, that blog entry will be coming on Wednesday or Thursday after league.

But what to talk about?  My life is quite inconsequintial.  I get up at 4:30 AM, come to work at 5:00 AM, eat lunch around 9:00 AM, come back to work, leave around 2:00 PM.  This happens every Monday through Friday, week in and week out, month after month.  And I enjoy what I do most days, but it’s always the same.

If I were less risk adverse or had a really good idea, I’d love to start my own business some day.  Of course, for now, I’m not willing to give up the steady paycheck for an unknown result.  The ideal would be to be able to retire now and enjoy life, but unless I win the Megabucks slot, that isn’t going to happen (I’d have to play Megabucks to even have a chance at it).

I think we are all meant for so much more than this rat race that we are all stuck in.  To paraphrase from Office Space, people aren’t meant to live like that, it’s just not natural

So, until I find that really awesome idea, have the courage to carry it through, or somehow enjoy a windfall of buckets of money, I’ll continue to do my job, try to do it well, and keep going.

Have a great day all and work hard, but not too hard.

Bowling by Spencer on July 13, 2006

Just an Average Week

Greetings all and welcome back to my weekly bowling feature.

This week I went in with three goals:

  1. 1 clean game (no open frames)
  2. 540 series (180 average for week)
  3. No games below 160

I reached none of them. The only two consoloations I can take from this week are my scores weren’t all over the place (152, 160, 171) with an increase each game. I believe this is primarily due to an effort to slow down as the games progressed. I find myself rushing my shots and being excited at the first part of the night.

Also, I was really working hard to stay balanced on my shots as opposed to falling off to the right each time. I think I did better with that part, although without videotape it’s hard to know for sure. My average stayed at 165 for the league.

So, I guess the jury is back. That really good week two weeks ago was a fluke not a sign of things to come, yet. A summer league is generally a short tune up for the longer winter league, so this is a good time to work on improvement.

Here are this weeks full results:

Wk# Date Lanes Gm1 Gm2 Gm3 Series Avg Run Avg
8 Jul 12, 2006 9-10 152 160 171 483 161.00 165.00
Game Averages: 168.57 168.57 157.86

I hope you all have a terrific week! Take care.

Bowling by Spencer on July 5, 2006

Back to Normal… Unfortunately

Apparently, last week was a fluke, as this week my scores and inconsistency came back to normal.  I couldn’t consistently hit my targets at all an my release was all over the place.

Spare shooting was the most disappointing aspect of the night.  I missed 4 single pin spares in the second game alone… completely unacceptable.  Except for a stretch in the first game where I got 5 strikes in a row, I couldn’t read the lanes or make any adjustments at all properly.  My focus just wasn’t there.  I rushed all of my shots and didn’t visualize any shot before stepping onto the lane and then wondered why I was all over the place.

Here are this week’s scores:

Wk# Date Lanes Gm1 Gm2 Gm3 Series Avg Run Avg
7 Jul 05, 2006 19-20 200 139 149 488 162.67 165.67
Game Averages:  171.33 170.00 155.67

I’m hoping that next week will get back on track.  When I practice next I have a lot of things to work on, but I think it all stems from slowing down and concentrating on the moment.

On a completely different note, I’ve paid off my car!!!  Now we only have the house mortgage and one car payment.  It’s a great feeling to be driving something that is completely ours.

Have a great week and I hope all of you had a great 4th of July!