Thanks Tim. Actually, I was in a pretty good frame of mind to start with. Having made the decision to stay or go, depending on the state of the place, I was pretty determined to give it a good go no matter the conditions. That is why we took everything we had to the alley.. something in the bag will work well enough to allow us to bowl, even if it was the plastic ball
I didn't want to go out without being sure that I had given it my best shot.
Once we found that conditions were much improved, it was a matter of selecting a ball to suit and go at it. I chose my Big deal
and bowled from board 32 (feet) over 15 at the arrows out to 7 or 8 for the break point. That line worked all night with only a board or so change with my feet, to the right. When I hit my marks and released the ball properly, I was in the pocket. If I made an error, the results were less than ideal. I should point out that this pattern is not all that easy as a 2 board error at the break point results in some ugly splits. I don't mind that as it forces me to stay accurate if I want to score. Case in point was our young lady bowler who is normally very accurate and consistent. Last night she was a little wayward, missing her mark frequently on either side, but by no more than a board or so. She is normally good for a 540+ series but not last night. I can't say that I was perfect, either, but I did manage to clean up quite a few splits to keep the marks going. My spare shooting was very good, last night, and that helped my scores a lot.
In the end, all I want from the alley, is an oil pattern that will allow me to bowl, approaches that do not cause knee and joint strain and a clean area to stand in when I'm not bowling. Last night they provided all three and I was a Happy Camper.