Some people collect baseball cards, souvenirs or even bottle caps.
Rod Haney collects perfect strings. No, not shoestrings or guitar strings or even silly string.
The 43-year-old Bangor native collects perfect strings as a tenpin bowler.
Thursday night, the lefthanded bowler rolled his second perfect 300 game of his men’s league season at Family Fun Lanes in Bangor.
“My last one was back in October,” said Haney, who competes in two weekly adult leagues.
Pretty impressive, right? There’s more, a dozen more to be exact.
Thursday’s 300 game, which led off a 757 series total score (he followed up with strings of 258 and 199), is the 14th of his tenpin bowling career.
“My first one was in 2000 and one other year I had a couple. Last year I had a 298, a 299 and a 300,” recalled Haney, who lives with wife Tangie, daughter Sierra, and son Christopher in Brewer.
Haney, who has been bowling in competitive leagues since he was 10 or 11, was firing on all cylinders during Thursday’s weekly Pine Tree Men’s League competition.
“I was definitely in a rhythm and feeling good,” said Haney, who works as a night dock foreman for BSP Transportation in Bangor. “But there’s always skill and luck involved. I missed my mark a little bit in the eighth (frame) and threw one out a little wide and I didn’t think I had it because I missed my mark a little bit.”
While nothing compares to his first 300, Haney said the excitement and nerves are still there whenever he’s close to getting another one.
“After I threw my first two or three, it started getting kind of quiet out there and that makes it kind of weird,” he said. “The ninth one, I think, is the hardest because you have to wait for five more guys to go before going again, and that was after I kind of got out of my rhythm in the eight last night.”
Haney’s league average is 225 with the Northeastern Maine Ten Pin Bowling Association. He has eclipsed the 800 mark or a series four times in his life. His high is 818.
Bowlers receive a ring for their first 300 game and stones/gems to add to the rings for each subsequent one, but Haney chooses to pass on those.
“I don’t really need all that, so instead I have them give the money to local charities,” he said.
Despite his success, Haney remains unfazed over it.
“I’ve got the 14, but there are a couple others around who have more. Jimmy Clark, who’s a little younger than I am, has more than I do,” he said.