I got to caddy for Brett today at the Taft City Amateur Tournament and it was a lot of fun! He was teamed up with two of his CSUB teammates Nick and Matt. Trevor was one group behind us as well. Coach Osbourne was on hand to see how the team was doing. Brett shot a 73 and seemed to be scrambling all day! He putted real well and that always makes up for other parts of the game that are rounding into shape. Matt had an awesome Eagle on number 11 after making birdie on 10. A few bogies kept him from going really low. Nick almost drove the green on number 16...lucky he waited for the group in front to clear the green! Golf is a serious testament to perseverance paying off. Some of the most heralded players in the field came in with higher scores than you think they would shoot at BV! If you lose focus and get careless for just a couple holes, it can come back to bite you later. Almost everyone in the clubhouse is what-iffing and what-should-have-been-ing! "Man, if i just would have parred that one hole instead of doubling it, i would be right there with the leaders!" That's Golf!
Pick a word totally blind and at random out of the dictionary starting with “A” and write a description of the word using only 20 words max. Here are three examples I did for A-B-C.
A time travel machine that puts the space between us at a manageable distance. Man now can fly. I do.
Visualize, plan, design, prepare and construct according to that which I have dreamed. I am now my own little creator.
Hypocritical group imposing ordinances of which they have no intention of adhering to themselves. Those who don’t do, write laws.
We have a customer at work who comes in quite often and always greets us with an overly-enthusiastic "Isn't it a glorious day!!??" At first I thought it was amazing that this guy was so positive and up-beat! After a few years, I'm beginning to think that he might be full of baloney. Everyday is not glorious and amazing. Some days are common, some days are sad and some are just plain rotten. How do you trust which ones are really great, if you never hear about the ones that are bad? The danger is to drift into the opposite scenario where everything is always a downer, always a crisis! When I'm happy, I'm happy. When I'm down, I'm down. I just want to be real.
Thanks to my buddy Todd Coston ...THE I.T. guy extraordinaire..., I now figured out how to navigate on this portion of my blog! You rock Todd!
Now getting back to "Where is August?" I was going through my journal to find anything interesting to put here from August's past...and I discovered that August is a very dry month for literary musings! I did find however that on August 18th 2009, Doug had just gotten home from Japan where for his Junior year at UCLA he got to spend a month in Japan. He rode in helicopters and climbed Mt. Fuji and just had a bang up time! I do believe it is OK to live vicariously through the lives of our children...no?
August 13th 2013:
An amazing service at Rosehills Mortuary yesterday for my wonderful father-in-law Lloyd Wirtjes.
A fitting tribute to a great man who meant so much to me on so many levels. I was thinking about the huge shoes that he left for us to fill, but it occurred to me that he did not leave empty shoes. He left many, many tools for us to use to carry on the work. Anyone who knew him knew that he had a huge shop with tons of tools! Not just a drill, five drills, a couple drill presses and that’s probably not the entire list even in the drill department!
Much more important…he left real tools for us. Tools of everyday using and the everyday teaching of how to use them. The tool of being a good neighbor and all that it meant. The tool of being a good husband, father, grandfather, businessman, etc. Every time he came over to fix something at our house…and that was often… he would not only fix it, he would often teach about “how” he was fixing it and “how” I could fix it next time. Or…”how” I could fix the same problem for “someone else” next time.
John Vandenberg shared that the more the “gold-edging” on the pages of his bible got worn away, the more he discovered the “gold-mine” that lay inside! He said that a person who’s bible is “falling apart” usually isn’t! I love that line.
I have been keeping a journal since October 20th 1999. I was inspired to do so by the late philosopher James Rohn. I wish I could say that it was a "daily" journal...but I have skipped entire "years" let alone days! I plan to dip into the old journal for some of my favorite "musings" and then continue those thought calisthenics here in my "MUSINGS" category. Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy!