Bowling

Apr. 3rd, 2003 05:48 pm
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This weekend I'll be in a bowling tournament on our company team. I'm kind of excited but I'm not really expecting to win. I'm on the B team and only found out a couple of days before the event that I had qualified for it. This surprised me because I had a couple of 130's and a 75 for my qualifying games. I was definitely not one of the best ones there. I guess I must have impressed someone.
I wish I had had more time so that I could have spent some of it practicing. As it was, I went this afternoon. After a decent 141 and a horrible 118, I got some tips from one of the guys on the A team. He told me to slow down, keep my feet together, and shifted where I started from the right to the left. Trying that, I got a 177, with 4 or 5 strikes. Wheee! Let's hope I can keep it up on Saturday. My goal is to beat my average of 140ish every game. Wish me luck!
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Not much to report, which is why I haven't posted much in the last week. For you loyal readers (all 2(?) of you), I guess I'll do my best.

1. Job Hunt
Have a half-day series of interviews with the same company that I've already talked to twice before. This is a good thing(tm) and I'm really hoping that this works out. My current contract is going well, but there's not much more work to do. If luck is in my favor, then this contract will end almost exactly when this new job wants me to start. If luck holds out. It's strange to be unemployed but working,

2. Wedding
Let's see, most of the big stuff is done. Tuxedoes are ordered, music is mostly picked, and the response cards are slowly coming in. The stress level is pretty low, and I'm not too worried. People keep asking me if I'm nervous. It's a strange question. I'm not too sure what they mean. I'm not nervous about my part. It's not like a play where I might forget my lines. I know that all I have to do is answer "I Do" whenever anybody asks me a question. I think I can do that without tripping over my own tongue too much. I'm not nervous about the marriage part that comes after, We've been living together for 18 months and so far, so good. I think we'll be able to figure things out as they come along. I'm not nervous about all the big party that we've planned. I think we've picked good vendors and if a few things don't work out the way we think they should, we'll survive. There's a lot that needs to go wrong for the wedding day to really be screwed up. So, no, I'm not nervous. I'm excited and looking forward to everything that comes next. Does that make me a bad person?

3. Cat
Buster's a fun little cat. He's a little skittish, and a little clumsy, but he's energetic and friendly and cute. I'm hoping we're not suddenly going to see a poster for "Lost Cat". It's just that I can't believe that somebody abandoned such a perfect pet. Some people don't know when they've got a good thing. Our biggest problem with him is getting his ear medicine into him. He really doesn't like that much. I've got the claw marks to prove it.

4. Bowling
The summer session of my bowling league ended last night. My team came in second place. We made $30 each. Not exactly a fortune, but it's a nice bonus. I had a lot of fun, and I improved my average by about 15 pins over the course of 11 weeks. Next week is the first session of the fall league. I'm going to be bowling with mostly the same team I played with this summer.

5. House
We did some house cleaning yesterday. J. is on this no TV, no computer kick. She thinks it will make us more productive and better people. She's probably right. But, I don't give up my addictions easily. Especially not with the Farscape season finale this Friday. Anyway, we cleaned up the office so it looks presentable. Of course, don't open the closet. And we finally put a lot of our pictures into albums. Everything from graduation to present day. Three years of life captured on film. I guess we're just immune to memory lane syndrome because it didn't take us too long.

6. Current book
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

7. Last book
Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtry

8. Next book
How to be Good by Nick Hornby

9. Nein

Bowling

Jun. 2nd, 2002 09:12 pm
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First night of an 11 week league. I was put on the "We aren't cool enough to have a team already" team so everyone I met tonight was new. There was a woman who looked too young to have 20 year old children but did, a woman with dyed yellow hair who looked too young to have four pre-teen kids (she's only 22), and a man with dyed yellow hair who seemed to be connected with the other yellow haired woman but was not her husband. They all seemed nice and to have reasonable bowling averages. I'm right in the middle of the pack, which is nice. I doubt we'll win any prize money, but I'm not doing it for the prize money. I enjoy bowling and enjoy competing. The competition seems to help me to bowl better.

Scores tonight: 149, 140, 114. Average: 134

It's a good start for the summer.
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Two games.

First game, I got a 191. Yay! I had the top score over everyone. The closest was 189. He could have beat me, but didn't quite make it.

Second game, I got a 114, which is not quite as good. It would have been 124, but the Strike that I got on the last ball of the last frame was a foul because my foot slipped slightly over the line. Doh! Oh, well, I'm still happy about the 191. It's one of my best games ever.

So, I was surprised to find that most people bowled pretty good. Usually, in large group games like this, there are one or two good bowlers and everyone else can barely top 50. Today mostly everyone bowled over 100, except for two or three people, and there were quite a few 130-160 games. It's so much more fun when everyone knows what they're doing. I bowl for the fun of it, but it's nice when there's some real competition involved.

I signed up for a summer bowling league on Sunday nights. I've bowled in a league before, when I first got to Austin, although it's been about a year and half. I'm glad that I've decided to get back into it. I probably won't know anybody on my team, but that's ok. It's a good way to meet people. I'm halfway decent, but nothing special. The 191 was a fluke, I think. Hopefully, it won't upset my new teammates too much when they find out I'm just an ok bowler. I do it because I enjoy it.

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