Haven't joined a league yet (joining a short-season league that starts in December). However, I did shoot my first 500 ever in practice tonight. 146-189-173 = 508.
In truth, I didn't shoot that well -- got some GREAT breaks to carry strikes, including one in game 2 where I hooked it too much and got a Brooklyn-style [censored] Weber
wall shot. The headpin glanced off the right sideboard, took out the 10, then rebounded forward to knock out the 5 last. Funny sport, this tenpins.
Probably half my strikes went Brooklyn. I wasn't happy w/those even though the count was nice...
2nd game was clean until the 10th. This is a college town, and there was a BIG group of college kids taking up 4-5 lanes. The rightmost of those lanes was 3 to my left. Ordinarily, this wouldn't bother me at all...except one of the idiots on that lane was not rolling a ball; he was flinging a 9-pound ball down the lane as fast as he could. This of course meant 25 feet of loft on every shot.
10th frame, I go a little high and leave the 6-10. If I make it and bury 10 in the pit w/the fill ball, I have my first-ever 200. Idiot 3 lanes over picks THIS exact moment to let one fly. His ball crashed to the floor when I was starting my slide. The sudden and LOUD noise completely threw me off and I pulled it WAY left.
I don't know which I wanted more, my first-ever clean game or my first-ever 200. Thanks to him, I got neither. Thanks, bozo.
I may not know tenpins, but I have plenty of bowling experience behind me, so I know how etiquette works. Someone 3 or even 2 lanes away rolling a shot at the same time as me wouldn't normally rattle me...but this wasn't normal. I also knew that w/his friends racking up a large tab and me not drinking, talking to the desk would get me nowhere.
Game 3 would EASILY have been over 200 had I not completely gakked it up in the 7th frame. Here are frames 5 through 10...
X X -5 X X 9/7
I rushed the strike ball terribly and overcompensated on the spare attempt by slowing down too much. Almost hooked it off the lane. BLEH! Next post(s) in the thread from me will be shorter, I promise. I'm just excited.