Posted tagged ‘golf’

(Not a) Golfer’s Rash

August 24, 2020

From 4th grade on, I grew up in East Haven, Connecticut, about a mile from the New Haven Municipal Golf Course which played a significant part in my childhood.   When I was younger, its hills were the preferred place for sledding  and as I got older and acquired my own ice skates, its water hazards became the local skating rink.  It became a source of income, too.   The third hole, a par three, ran right along Granniss Street and in spite of a high fence, a fair percentage of golfers managed to slice the ball over the fence where we were waiting.  Sometimes we’d quickly find the ball and try to sell it back to the golfer who hit it, but more often we’d pretend not to know where it was so we could sell it at a higher price to the next foursome.  By Junior High I was standing with the other boys along the walk leading to the clubhouse, asking, Caddie, sir? to golfers on their way to the first tee.   I began to play too, at first sneaking onto the course with a few clubs after hours, later actually paying the greens fees with my money earned caddying.  I played sporadically (and erratically) through college and even played in a league at work for a while.  But when my wife Muri and I moved to California, I gave it up.   I haven’t played in about fifty years. (more…)

Thinking Unsuccessfully

October 2, 2012

MFN

My Monday was spent closing up our Little House in the Desert, meeting my daughter and our grandkids for lunch, then driving a mind-numbing seven and a half hours through the Middle of Freakin’ Nowhere (MFN) to our house in Anaheim Hills.  Once we got home, two hours in my recliner yielded a half-written post for Top Sites Tuesday #171, the meme where we get to (some days, it feels like have to) offer our Two Thoughts on Tuesday.  It was based on the interesting new film, Looper, a mind-bending time travel drama.  Excellent film, by the way, but the post was so boring, even I wouldn’t read it.  About 11:30 pm, I gave up on time travel and read the headlines online, hoping that something would incite my Inner Curmudgeon.   Not tonight, Dude, my Inner Curmudgeon mumbled.  Not after seven hours in the MFN. (more…)

Friday Favorites 8/26/2010

August 27, 2010

Last Saturday night, a victim of either a mild intestinal bug or too much Happy Hour Food on Friday, I spent the evening in bed.   To pass the time, I looked through my small collection of movies I could watch repeatedly and came up with The Legend of Bagger VanceBagger Vance takes place in 1930, when in the midst of the depression, Adele (Charlize Theron) cons Bobby Jones (Joel Gretsch) and Walter Hagen (Bruce McGill) into playing an exhibition match at the nearly bankrupt Savannah golf course built by her father before his death.  To make the match more interesting to the people of Savannah, she recruits once promising local golfer … and former fiance … Rannulph (more…)

Contrasts

April 11, 2010

I’m not a golfer, although I played a little as a young man, a thousand years ago.    I have a very nice set of clubs my daughter and son-in-law gave me a couple of years ago … I keep promising myself to take a few lessons but it hasn’t happened.    I’m not a regular golf viewer, either … unless Tiger is making one of his patented charges, I usually use Sunday afternoon golf on television as nap-fodder.    Today, my wife and I were out looking at houses for a possible downsize in the future but we arrived at home in time to see the last few holes of the Masters … Tiger Woods and K.J. Choi finishing up on the eighteenth, Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson on the seventeenth.   Tiger was already out of contention, four strokes back, Mickelson in the lead by two over Westwood.  Talk about contrasts. (more…)