Fourth Annual Bowl-A-Thon to Help Keep a Quadriplegic Out of a Nursing Home

Hi all!

On Saturday, February 10, 2018, we are having the fourth annual bowl-a-thon to help keep my dear friend and fellow quadriplegic Rhonda Reese out of a nursing home.

It is actually the fourth annual bowl-a-thon – but in five years!

That is possible, because I can report GOOD NEWS! Rhonda now has 24/7 care through a combination of assistance programs, because she is paralyzed from the chest down and lost both her parents in 2012, and also it’s cheaper for taxpayers if Rhonda is able to stay in a community setting and in her apartment. And because of the coverage, Rhonda can stretch dollars farther (and we did not need to do a bowl-a-thon fundraiser in 2017).

But there is a drawback to having 24/7 coverage… believe it or not, the shifts can be difficult to cover (likely due to a shortage of CNAs) and when a shift is uncovered, or somebody does not show up, Rhonda has to rely on and pay her small team of caregivers out of pocket.

That’s why we need to have another bowl-a-thon.

All the details and support materials are here:

http://www.lookmomnohands.net/Rhonda.htm

We are grateful for all shares, prayers, participants, and pledges/donations in support! And may God bless us all!

Bill

William A. Miller, BSBA, ME
C1-2 Quadriplegic with a 255 High Bowling Game
Co-founder of Manufacturing Genuine Thrills Inc. d/b/a MGT
My blog: https://powerwheelchairusers.wordpress.com
Business website: http://www.ikanbowler.com
Personal website: http://www.lookmomnohands.net

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New Bowling Record for Wheelchair Users Driving by Head Control

Did you know that we keep wheelchair bowling records for people who fit in different categories? We do!

The IKAN Bowler® enables all types of wheelchair users to be able to bowl, and we have been tracking the records at WheelchairBowlingRecords.com.

Kenny Salvini just broke the record for a male wheelchair user driving by head array control.

Details – including a video clip of the final shot – are HERE!

I also gave a little insight into Kenny and some of his endeavors at the above link.

Keep up the excellent work Kenny!

Bill

William A. Miller, BSBA, ME
C1-2 Quadriplegic with a 255 High Bowling Game
Co-founder of Manufacturing Genuine Thrills Inc. d/b/a MGT
My blog: https://powerwheelchairusers.wordpress.com
Business website: http://www.ikanbowler.com
Personal website: http://www.lookmomnohands.net

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IKAN Have Fun Bowling League – 2017 Quarter 3 – RESULTS

I finally have all the results from the third quarter (Q3: July-August-September 2017) of our “IKAN Have Fun Bowling League” where wheelchair users (and friends or family bowling with them) can compete from anywhere in the world.

If you compare the participation to our previous quarter (Q2) you will see that multiple folks were not able to participate as intended (myself included). But if you think about IKAN Bowler users being (primarily) people paralyzed from at least the chest down, it kind of underscores the fact that it is pretty great that we are able to bowl competitively in the first place.

Several of us had unforeseen circumstances prevent us from bowling as intended. For me it was a slow onset and slowly resolved health issue. But given that most of the participants (like me) are quadriplegics… perhaps this can serve as a reminder of how all of us should take advantage of the opportunities we have in life to do whatever we can and we choose. Anyway, here are the results…

IKAN Have Fun Bowling League – 2017 Quarter 3 – results: Excel file or PDF file

Thank you to everyone who participated – and here’s to a great Q4! :-)

Bill

William A. Miller, BSBA, ME
C1-2 Quadriplegic with a 255 High Bowling Game
Co-founder of Manufacturing Genuine Thrills Inc. d/b/a MGT
My blog: https://powerwheelchairusers.wordpress.com
Business website: http://www.ikanbowler.com
Personal website: http://www.lookmomnohands.net

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IKAN Have Fun Bowling League – 2017 Quarter 2 – RESULTS!

With the end of June upon us, we are awaiting the second quarter results (Q2: April-June 2017) of our “IKAN Have Fun Bowling League” where wheelchair users (and friends or family bowling with them) can compete from anywhere in the world. I usually have a blog entry each month, and I will edit this entry when I have all the scores in. Please stay tuned!

Edit: the results are in! :-)

Here they are:

IKAN Have Fun Bowling League – 2017 Quarter 2 – results: Excel file or PDF file

Thank you to everyone who participated – and keep having fun for Q3! :-)

Bill

William A. Miller, BSBA, ME
C1-2 Quadriplegic with a 255 High Bowling Game
Co-founder of Manufacturing Genuine Thrills Inc. d/b/a MGT
My blog: https://powerwheelchairusers.wordpress.com
Business website: http://www.ikanbowler.com
Personal website: http://www.lookmomnohands.net

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Buying a Bowling Ball, Advice for IKAN Bowler® Users

Many IKAN Bowler® users ask me about what they should look for in a bowling ball.

First off, 16 pounds is the maximum weight a ball can be (I believe) and that’s what IKAN Bowler® users need, because a heavier ball will impact the pins with more force than a lighter ball will (since the ball speed coming down the ramp will be about the same regardless of bowling ball weight).

I have used the same drilled 16 pound Columbia White Dot for almost every game for more than a dozen years (including all of my 200+ games). But I have learned that I should probably be using an undrilled 16 pound ball, probably more than one, to suit lane conditions.

You probably know that each ball has some kind of weight inside, which depending on its positioning, causes it to either curve or go straight. Also, bowling balls are generally made for different lane conditions, primarily oily or dry.

You might want to talk with your local Pro shop owner or manager, and see if they will let you try out some undrilled bowling balls.

You might already know this, but if not…

With the undrilled balls, the round dot on the ball, I am told that is called the pin, and its placement is key for the desired shot. If you think of the bowling ball sitting atop your IKAN Bowler® in front of you, think of that like you are looking at an analog clock. If so, you will want to test the ball by placing the pin at 3 o’clock (all the way on the right), 9 o’clock (all the way on the left) and 12 o’clock (with the pin straight up, on the very top of your ball). Then see how the ball breaks from those three positions.

That said, with a drilled ball (like a house ball you might use until getting your own) I recommend testing it in these positions, roughly, to see what they do:

http://wheelchairbowlingrecords.com/sample_ball_position_chart.htm

Each ball is different, but that is how my ball breaks. Unfortunately, even an “identical ball” to mine does not necessarily break the exact same way (unless it was drilled the exact same way). That’s why I’m thinking an undrilled ball is probably a better way to go, now that I know the above about the pin. I tried an undrilled ball a long time ago, but could not keep it on the lane, because we had no idea about the pin and how to set the ball up in repeatable positions.

Does this all makes sense?

Getting your own ball – one that works well for you – is a big key to bowling well. Otherwise, you have to learn what a house ball does from the various set up positions every time you go. And again, every ball is different.

That said, if you find a house ball that works well for you, why not offer to buy it for $20? Since it’s used, they would probably go for it. Just get a receipt and/or get it marked some way so they know you own it in the future.

Good luck and God bless!

Bill Miller :-)
C1-2 Quadriplegic with a 255 High Bowling Game
Co-founder of Manufacturing Genuine Thrills Inc. d/b/a MGT
Business website: http://www.ikanbowler.com
Personal website: http://www.lookmomnohands.net

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IKAN Have Fun Bowling League – 2017 Quarter 1 – RESULTS!

With the end of March upon us, we are wrapping up the first quarter (Q1: January-March 2017) of our “IKAN Have Fun Bowling League” where wheelchair users (and friends or family bowling with them) can compete from anywhere in the world. I try to have a blog entry each month, and I will edit this entry when I have all the scores in. Please stay tuned!

Edit: the results are in! :-)

Here they are:

IKAN Have Fun Bowling League – 2017 Quarter 1 – results: Excel file or PDF version

Thank you to everyone who participated – nice bowling – and keep it up for Q2! :-)

Bill

William A. Miller, BSBA, ME
C1-2 Quadriplegic with a 255 High Bowling Game
Co-founder of Manufacturing Genuine Thrills Inc. d/b/a MGT
My blog: https://powerwheelchairusers.wordpress.com
Business website: http://www.ikanbowler.com
Personal website: http://www.lookmomnohands.net

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Two IKAN Bowler® Users Enter the 200 Club Nine Days Apart

Jesse Collens and Zak Schmoll have not met, and yet they have an interesting connection.

They are both wheelchair users who recently joined the “200 Club” for dynamic wheelchair bowling with an IKAN Bowler®.

But how they did so is eerily similar…

On February 9, 2017, Jesse, bowling in the Northwest US (Washington state) bowled a 91 in the game preceding a whopping 122-pin increase to a 213 in his next game.

Nine days later on February 18, Zak, bowling in the Northeast US (Vermont) bowled a 90 in the game preceding a whopping 122-pin increase to a 212 in his next game!

And I AM THRILLED to WELCOME them both to the 200 Club! :-)

To our knowledge, Jesse and Zak are the 10th and 11th members of the 200 Club for dynamic wheelchair bowlers.

They join these nine wheelchair/IKAN users: Aaron Parker, Alex McDonald, Anthony (a Veteran who called us about breaking 200, but he passed away before we got his last name or scoresheet), Curt Wolff, Jon Musgrave, Lilian Strandlund, Steve Kettenhoven, Timo Toivonen, and me (Bill Miller).

Jesse uses a wheelchair due to C1-C2 quadriplegia.

Zak uses a wheelchair due to spinal muscular atrophy, a form of muscular dystrophy.

Jesse operates his chair using chin controls, and his 213 game is the best ever for a wheelchair bowler using chin controls, so we wrote about it and posted his scoresheet on the wheelchair bowling records website HERE.

Zak uses a joystick to control his chair and is in the same categories as the overall world record holder. So while a 212 is awesome, it’s not a world record, which is why it is not on the world records website (although it is a US record for males with muscular dystrophy). So here is Zak’s scoresheet:

zak_schmoll_212_us_record_scoresheet

Great bowling Jesse and Zak! Keep up the good work/fun bowling! :-)

Bill

William A. Miller, BSBA, ME
C1-2 Quadriplegic with a 255 High Bowling Game
Co-founder of Manufacturing Genuine Thrills Inc. d/b/a MGT
Business website: http://www.ikanbowler.com
Personal website: http://www.lookmomnohands.net

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