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Date: 24 Jul 2005 04:34:49
From: Chuck Mularkey
Subject: Ball Acquisition Syndrome
Hello all,

I've only been bowling 2 years and I'm getting into a habit that
reminds me of when I used to play guitar. Guitarists called it "GAS"
(Guitar acquisition syndrome or Gear Acquisition Syndrom) and
basically it was the uncontrollable habit to acquire more and more
instruments/gear for whatever reason, curiosity, etc, whether you need
them or not.

I already have five balls (including my white dot spare ball) and God
knows I don't need any more. Heck, I am still learning how and when to
use the balls I have. Despite this, I find myself perusing ebay
listings, online shops, etc, for the next great deal on any ball that
has caught my eye within the past year. I can't resist buying balls
that have just been discontinued and are on closeout sales for $30 or
so less than they used to cost. I don't want to be one of those guys
with a closet full of bowling balls or those a-holes that buy 3 or 4
balls a year and still don't know how to use them and still suck.

That being said, I just bought another freaking bowling ball! :)
I had been interested in the Columbia Alter Ego since it came out, but
now it is discontinued and I got it on ebay for $67 shipped...at least
$30 less than it was selling for before. I already own an asymmetrical
core heavy oil particle ball (track super freak) but I couldn't resist
this buy...is this redundancy?

So I ask you guys for any advice on how you control yourself and say
enough is enough. Can you put a limit on how many balls you need? Do
you get to a point where you sell or get rid of a ball every time you
buy a new one so you don't have crazy amounts of balls littering your
house? Any advice would be appreciated....thanks.

Chuck

BTW - Here is my current arsenal (least to most aggressive):

Columbia White dot
Ebonite V2 Dry
Brunswick Monster SlayR
Brunswick Nemesis
Track Super Freak




 
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