Monday, April 13, 2009
It begins as a perfectly round smooth ball. Rolls well, has a nice shine. One day the ball falls down the stairs and get chipped. The chip is small and has little impact on the overall quality of the ball. After a bit more time the ball collides with another ball and sustains a fracture. This crack is clearly visible but does eventually heal up a bit so that the ball remains in play. Yet nothing stays in good condition for very long, and the ball becomes increasingly weak and damaged with each acquired flaw. Time has taken its toll and today this ball looks warn and dull. It hardly rolls and has many flaws but it is still a ball so what does one do with it? How do you know when it's time to put this damaged ball aside?