The Herald Bulletin

January 31, 2013

Angie Colip: Old, used bowling balls cause dilemma

By Angie Colip
For The Herald Bulletin

— I have a question of the week. What becomes of bowling balls once they are no longer being used by their owner?

I have a house that is full of unused bowling balls. The front closet and even my living room have become overrun with them.

What should we do with them? Throwing them away is not an option. That seems like a waste considering what was paid for them. We cannot put them in the garage or shed because of the weather. As we all know, extreme cold and heat could ruin them.

These are still perfectly good balls. Some have very few games on them. But, a newer style or a different brand comes out and we need it. We carry around three or four, maybe even five or six, because depending on the lane conditions, we have to be prepared.

Lots of oil, dryness, wood or synthetic lanes; we have a ball for all of them. And every season, a new ball to replace each and every one of them comes out that is better than the last one.

So, I ask again, what do we do with those we no longer use? Donate them? Who would need high performance equipment? Most organizations that I could think of need something a little more basic. Sell them? Those that I know that would know how to use them already have the latest in bowling equipment.

I have even thought of decorating my home with them. Turn them into lamps, use as an oversize paperweight, or doorstop, or maybe even just set them around to collect dust. That last thought did cross my mind, but that only lasted for a minute until I came to my senses.

Now, I am back to the beginning. What am I going to do with them?

If anyone has any suggestions, I would be grateful for some direction. I am sure that I am not the only one that has been in this dilemma. What did you do with the “old” bowling balls when you get something new and no longer used them?

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The Elwood USBC Association is holding its annual City Tournament throughout the month of February. The team event will be hosted by Lucky Strike Lanes the first two weekends of the month. Saturday, Feb. 2 and 9 will have squad times of 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3 and 10 will have squads at 3:30 and 6 p.m.

The singles, doubles and mixed doubles will be hosted by Wells Lanes on the weekends of Feb. 16 and 17, and Feb. 23 and 24. Saturday squad times are 2:30, 5 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday squads are 11 a.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m.

The All Events Roll-off will be hosted at Lucky Strike Lanes on March 2, at 1 p.m.

Angie Colip’s weekly bowling column appears on Fridays.