I hope everyone is doing well throughout these times. At least here, I'm not alone when I say that I miss bowling. With my job being in bowling, I can't work. Not gonna lie though, I even miss the customers that make me want to pull my hair out.
This isn't about that though.
About a month before the lockdown, I scored some absolute relics from my coach that were in absolutely pristine condition from sitting in her garage for so long.
I had asked for one ball, and got FOUR
The ball I asked for? An Ebonite Magnum Seven. This ball made history for a lot of people. It's one of the balls Earl Anthony used in his million dollar run (not as exclusively as he used the Magnum Six) and it's what my coach used to roll back to back 300 games in some center in Rochester Hills, Michigan back in the 70s. The reason I wanted it was to use it as a "burn" ball during the Masters, but right now, it's mostly a spare ball.
The other three balls in the case were a Thunderbolt Dual Block (this thing is a freakin' TRUCK going through the pins) and an Omega LM. Coach remembered that my dad had one, and she gave that to me so I could have something to remember him by. I drilled it E up on the clock, and this thing is so predictable.
The fourth ball was for my brother. A TurboX which he won City Youth Singles with, shooting his first 700 series with (246 268 206)
But the other day, I caved to the "new equipment" nagging that was going on in my head. I had to cash out my paid time off from work and got a decent amount, so off to the Internet pro shops I went.
Ended up buying FIVE balls (four off one site, one off eBay) rolls of insert tape (because I know I'm gonna need it when I get back to bowling) and a new bag for the kid brother.
As the brother's graduation gift, I got him a Black Widow Pink off of eBay (he throws mine and kills with it, shooting his previous high game of 237 at a house that is not friendly to left handers with my RH drilled one) and a new Roto Grip Idol in his weight (his first ball that I bought him at the beginning of his junior year when he wanted to start bowling) along with the new bag.
As for me? I got me a few rocks. A Ebonite Destiny Solid, the magenta one (I really like low-end equipment, and the triskele symbol on it makes me love it more), a Track Paradox Red and the new Ebonite Omni. Funny story behind the Omni, I was just about to check out online when I got a phone call from Coach, and we went back and forth talking about random things before she asked what I was doing. Told her "buying bowling balls". No sooner were the words spoken by me did she say "Buy an Omni."
The Omni is the first Ebonite release under the auspices of Brunswick, and everyone is loving them on juice from what I hear, so I'm excited to get these to the pro shop and start bowling again.
Has anyone else decided to keep from going stir crazy with a little bit of retail therapy? Because it sure helped me feel better.