The best $12 we’ve spent in a long time

So.  Friday, I was out doing some errands, which including finding a medicine ball for use with my 7yo son Grant’s occupational therapy.  We went to Big 5, a local sports store.  There are other, larger sporting goods places around here, but for some reason, I like Big 5.  They have an um… quirkier selection, killer sale prices, and more helpful staff, in my experience. 

I found the medicine ball no problem (geez, those things are expensive — but, the cashier gave me “last sale price” on it, saving me $9!!), and then went over to check out the ping pong paddles. 

The place where my husband has worked for fifteen years, Shea Homes, treats its employees well.  They’re always offering them perks, and running fun contests in which the president often participates (president of Shea Homes Arizona, not GHWB).  Not contests like sales contests which pit employee against employee;  contests like — putting the best storyboard together of a Curious George (mis)adventure, since Shea is sponsoring the new PBS Curious George animated show, which had me taking pictures of our dog chewing a Curious George plushie.  But, I digress.  The most recent recreational phenomenon at Shea is the ping pong room.  I don’t know who came up with this idea, but Shea paid for a whole ping pong room to be outfitted, and now there are tournaments being played nearly nonstop.  My hubby, who, btw, is very much like the character in the new McDonald’s coffee commercial, who wakes up before his alarm clock and takes the four flights of stairs while everyone else “needs” their coffee to wake up, is now very much into ping pong.  This led to the purchase of a $30 pingpong paddle, which, by all accounts is a good deal for a Stiga 50.

Close to the ping pong kiosk, I saw these:

They’re sort of like oversized ping pong paddles, and come as pictured, all together in a mesh bag.  Priced at only $5.99, I thought it was a good deal, and likely something that our whole family would enjoy.  I purchased two packs.  We have to wait until evening — when the sun goes down, it’s still 90* around here.  But Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening had all six of us out in the back yard, everyone hollering to be careful not to whack Audrey’s head as she toddles around, and squabbling about who gets to be the 5th — paddleless — person.  We have been using softball-sized wiffle balls, as the little blue ball included with the Smashball paddles is too sproingy for our rather small back yard and only semi-coordinated children.

Looking online, it seems that the company that makes Smashball does not have a website.  It also appears that $5.99 was an incredibly good deal;  most online sites have them around $12ish for one pack.

Anyways.  Lots of fun.  If you have a Big 5 close by, you might wanna grab a Smashball pack before management figures out that they’ve underpriced them. 


About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on June 4, 2007, in Arizona, Life in the Desert, Sports Stuff, The Dear Hubby, The Kids. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I love my 8 lb medicine ball.

  2. Rubber Chicken Girl

    We had Smashball from my dad it seems–I think it got thrashed and Grandma Edie sent another set…..they are languishing in the closet. Must get them out!

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