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The Right Approach...Views on the world of bowling.

Volume 2, Issue 27, The 79th Edition


By Angel Zobel-Rodriguez

      It's December, and the holidays are here. The cool thing about having a hobby (or addiction) like bowling is that you have an instant theme for buying gifts. But unlike finding a gift for people who collect clowns or like horses, finding bowling stuff isn't always easy. Target has all kinds of knick knack-y gifts for golfers and fishing fanatics, but bowlers? Ahhh, no.

      If you have a bowler on your list, here are some of the better pickings for the Holidays 1999. The added bonus is that I'm assuming you're reading this online and that gives you access to the Internet. While you may not want to buy online, you can at least check out the stuff before heading all the way across town to realize the price was too high, or the item didn't live up to your expectations.

      The Disney Store. The Disney Store, long a barren wasteland for bowling merchandise, has a retro bowling shirt AND a watch available this season. The prices are on the high side, but they are in line with Disney Store prices for embroidered shirts. I'm just glad it's Donald Duck rather than Winnie the Pooh. When I go bowling, I can use all the attitude I can get.

      There's also a bowling PC game featuring the characters from Hunchback of Notre Dame. The twist is that the goat barrels down the lane to knock over the characters. Now only if we could do that in real life. Honestly, there are so many free bowling games online, I can't think of a reason to fork over cash on this. (Disney store can be reached at www.disneystore.com)

      Warner Bros. Once again, the WB stores have a few shirts available in their bowling line. Wile E. Coyote, Sylvester and Tweety, Taz, and Marvin the Martian all grace shirts this year. And there's a Fred Flintstone ornament available. (Warner Brothers Studio Store can be reached at www.wbstore.com)

      I saw a Frisbee bowling idea, that I thought would be great for a change. The pins are set up on a platform and the Frisbee is thrown at the set up, very much like Frisbee golf. What I want to know is if this would actually help with learning the Frisbee release.

      I'm not the biggest fan of E-bay, but the one thing that I've found by visiting there is that silver and gold bowling-themed charms do exist. Although I know a lot of firm believers in the online auction process, I wouldn't hassle with the auctions themselves. A quick scan of the bowling auctions allows you to pick out the companies that sell bowling charms. There's a really cool bowling bag charm that opens up to reveal bowling shoes inside.

      Hallmark has always been good to bowlers, and this year is no different. There's a penguin bowling ornament offered this year. The penguin is shaped like a bowling pin and he's got his house shoes and his ball and is ready to rumble. It's under ten bucks, so if you belong to one of those leagues that does a gift exchange, and you're stuck for an idea, this one is a safe bet.

      If you're looking to improve someone's game, I stand by the adage "It's not the arrow, it's the Indian." Buy someone a gift certificate for a couple lessons rather than a new ball. It's like telling someone "you're worth it" without buying them haircolor. If you're still stuck, several of the players on tour have fan clubs, and from what I know several more are on the way, so if the gift recipient has a favorite player, you can look into that option, too. Both tours offer individual fan clubs with perks.

      Happy hunting, and if you find any other bowling-themed merchandise, let me know. I still have a few bowlers to buy for.

Gotta Split,

Angel


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