What do I miss?

December 12, 2009


Most people say some people-related thing, which is not to discount those who are no longer with us. And I miss my childhood and the associated innocence of youth as much as anyone. But what I really miss is spares. Bowling spares.

Just a couple of years ago I would have said that I’d be happy if I could pick up one more spare per game. But I’m getting greedy. I should pick up TWO more spares per game. Because I usually leave three. I’d be okay with one open in a game.

I coast along on my ability to throw strikes a lot of the time. I’ve had a 267 with three opens because the rest were strikes. Maybe it was two opens. I don’t remember. What I do remember is that it was the night of the great Super Slide Controversy. Super Slide is powder that makes things, such as the sole of your bowling shoe, more slippery, which helps you slide at the fowl line and have better form. A gal was subbing for our team who I had no previous opinion about. But she was not bowling as well as she should have been, and so she decided to blame her lack of productivity on the fact that I was dabbing, then blotting, a little bit of Super Slide on my shoe. She was convinced that the residue I was supposedly leaving behind was screwing her up on the approach. We don’t even walk the same line on the approach.

Unless it’s a big split, there really is no reason for me to miss a spare pickup. It’s only due to my own lack of concentration. If I picked up just one more spare per game I’d raise my average 10 pins. Everyone wants a better average.

Oh, and one time I missed a 300 by one pin.

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