That title me think of The Hotel New Hampshire.
Sk8, that's a nice list, I might just print that out for future reference.
I have had nights in both directions. I shot a 299 last year and while I was very excited for the score I knew I had a number of lucky strikes (I can remember one specifically where I swung the ball waaaaay outside, came in light and still carried). Each shot felt and rolled a little different, but they all stayed on the right side and carried (well...). A couple times I even commented I was glad it was a house shot because I just wasn't being that consistent. So I was happy with the results, but not really with my bowling. My last game of that night was a 220 and I was actually happier with that game from a performance standpoint. (no comment on the game right after the 299!)
Just last week I was struggling pretty bad, I think I shot a 170 something one game and a 180 something another, but I was actually really happy at the end of the night. My first ball was in the pocket most the night and I just wasn't carrying, I was a little long, a little heavy, a little straight, etc, but I was in the pocket. The thing that really made me happy was that while I left at least ten 10-pins during the night, I picked up every one. That is my worst single pin spare to shoot at, I usually don't leave that many in one night, and to actually pick them all up was great. I did pretty good with my other spares too, I missed a few splits but picked up most everything else. So bad scores, but a pretty good performance.
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