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Pete sent this as a respose to my inquiry on his facebook page:

My trip to Nationals in Reno.

I got to the airport two hours before my flight, I sat at the wrong gate and missed it. Now I had to wait 3 hours to be on stand by, and did not get on that plane, rushing around I found out that there was a flight just about to leave, I got there and got the last seat.

Now after five plus hours of waiting alone at the airport I'm finally on my way to Reno. About 45 min's into the flight, a man in the row in front of me became ill, there was a nurse on the plane and she was attending to him, when he had a heart attack, next thing you know, they have him laying on the floor between the seats giving him CPR.

The nurse and a few others worked feverishly to save the man, the plane was turned around and made a emergency landing. When the paramedics got there the man was down for 25 min's. I found out later that he died.

After refueling the plane we were again off to Reno. I got into Reno after fpm, more then five hours later then I should have. With all that went on I was not able to get any sleep on the plane, checked into the hotel and finally got to sleep about 12:30 am, after being awake for about 20 plus hours.

I woke up at 5 am, which is 8 am at home and even though I was tired I could not go back to sleep. I got something to eat and went over to the stadium, to find that there was no 7 am squad that day.

We were bowling team at 2:30 that afternoon, the team bowled pretty good and shot 3190 to take over sixth place. I struggled but ground out a 598.

After bowling, I went to the Hammer Booth to drill out a new ball for the dbl's and singles the next day at 11:40 am. The past few years the lanes hooked quite a bit and we played the forth arrow and deeper.

Now time to eat and get some much needed rest. I woke up at 5:30 am that morning, yeah  another 5 hours of sleep. I get to the lanes early to see where the bowlers were playing on our pairs.

We were bowling on lanes 63-64 for dbl's and 61-62 for singles, there was no one on our pair for the first squad, now there is only one squad before us. When I get to the pair there is no one bowling on 63-64 and three bowlers on 61-62. The three bowlers were playing between 10 and 15.

The shot was very tough when the lanes are fresh and we did not get the breakdown we hoped for by the few bowlers before us. I shot 558 in dbl's and John shot 593.

We did get a front row seat to watch Mike Litchstein shoot 299 the second game in dbl's. That was fun to see and with his dad, Larry bowling with him it was a thrill to see.

The singles pair was  more of the same for me and I limped in with a 519. This was my worst showing at the Nationals. The lanes were very tough but I still feel that I should have been able to score better then I did.

On another note I want to thank the USBC for letting you all watch as I shot these wonderful scores. LOL  I think I'm getting too old for this. Is it too late for me to make changes to get better? Only time will tell.

I hope you didn't fall asleep reading this. It was a long tough week but I'm home save and sound.

 

Pete Couture


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