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As I’ve said before, today’s white collar world is one consisting of limited productivity, a semblance of effort with the perception of too many tasks to fit in a normal day.  As a consultant at a huge company (Fortune 20), I have been lucky to have landed in a good department with a Sr. Mgr and Sr. Director who want to do nothing but progress me into more and more responsibility.  Good and bad.

The Good:  I’ve built a good, solid relationship with the senior managers/directors here and that good-will has helped me with a couple of high-profile assignments that I’m flourishing with. 

The Bad:  Those high-profile assignments take all my friggin’ time!!!  I have no time to post to my blog, to check my fantasy basketball teams, not even any time to find a NCAA Bracket Pool!  First time in years I’ve not gotten into a big-money pool.  Probably for the best as my record isn’t too good, I’ve won exactly ONE pool in the past 20 years.  Oh, I’ve had three second place finishes and one third place so there has been some payback, but generally, I get screwed by something ridiculous.  Now I’ll just watch and hope that Kansas loses as soon as possible.  Even when I drop out of the money, as long as Kansas loses, I still feel like a winner!  Hoping for a big U of Detroit upset in the opening round!!! 🙂   If not that, I’ll be the biggest Purdue fan in the country for Rd. 2.

Just a few updates from my extended absence:  Noah, my son who just made the high school golf team (the only freshman, BTW), just shot a 41 in his 9-hole round yesterday.  He’s starting to learn more and realizing how to fix things.  Startling at such a novice level, but he’s really smart (IQ of 167!) so he has the ability to figure things out.  The golf team arrangement is going well, he’s enjoying it.

My daughter Sabrina, Noah’s twin sister, is a competitive dancer and has been for the last 11 years.  Her dance company just had a huge competition here in StL this past weekend and of her 10 dances, half were rated “platinum” and the other half were “high gold”.  Both of which were very good ratings as this group of judges only gave out 7 platinums all weekend long. 

She is trying out for the high school dance team called the “Golden Girls” that perform at halftimes of basketball and football games.  As a freshman, she is probably more seasoned and experienced than any of the returning vets.  She said her chances are good and is pretty confident about it.  Evidently her skills have intimidated a few of the dancers as three who have danced with her in small groups have quit tryouts.  Makes me sad because one of them was my son’s girlfriend!!  She said Sabrina is way too good and was as technically good as she had seen.  Made Sabrina feel good but yet she felt bad for ‘the girlfriend’. 

Key West Update:  All plans are finalized, the last week of June we’re setting a course south, following the trade winds to the island of drink and debauchery!   Probably two 12-hour days of driving will get us there and although we’re hesitant about the drive, we’re certainly looking forward to the challenge!!  Once it gets closer, I’ll reach out to Key West Lou and see if we can arrange some time at the  Chart Room (my favorite drinking establishment!!).

Be sure to check out the Key West Lou Legal Hour on KonkBroadcasting.com Friday morning at 10am Island Time (EST) and 9am St. Louis time (CST).  He’s got some great topics on the docket, you’ll enjoy the information sharing he provides!

I’ve got to get busy, too much to do and not enough time. 

Hey, if you are interested in joining a free fantasy baseball league, check some of my past posts and find the link.  It’s fun, you’ll get to meet (virtually) new people from all over the country and it will give you some players to keep an eye on when Sportscenter is on!

Later Cats!!

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High School Golf Update

Posted: March 7, 2012 in Golf

In happier news, my boy Noah made the high school golf team!!!  Granted, he’s only on Jr. Varsity, but he is the only freshman out of a high school of 2400 kids who made the team!  Very proud, yes, I’m very proud of the young man!

Given the fact young Noah has only played about 6 rounds of golf in his life, knows how to hit about 30% of the shots needed by a golfer, has new irons that he still doesn’t fully know yardages on, this feat of him making the squad is quite exceptional!!  I’m amazed and so happy for him!

First match is on March 27th and today’s 40+mph winds didn’t make practice too darned easy.

 

More updates on this dude as they come in.

 

So yesterday during the high school golf tryouts the squad was thrown a curve ball by Mother Nature.  Sunny skies were welcomed, the wind gusts of up to 60 MPH were not!  Yeah, you heard me, 60!  While my son Noah was on the course, the clubhouse recorded gusts of 46, 53, 56, 59 and 60 with sustained winds of around 42-45 mph all day long.  Misery, anyone?  Yes, the boys all experienced some level of pain while trying to make their mark on the team.  One kid in my son’s group had to hit 3 provisional tee shots since his other shots, once starting out straight, were whisked away by the power of the wind, not to be found.  Noah had a three foot putt for par and as he took his club back, a gust nearly knocked him over and pushed his ball almost 20 feet away!   Not a day to play golf, was it?

Noah kept wondering why his shots were so errant, even with short irons and I had to make sure he knew it wasn’t his swing, it was what the wind did to the backswing and downswing and clubface during the swing.  That much wind gives pro golfers nightmares.  My young freshman took a mental beating yesterday as well as when you’re so young and inexperienced, it’s difficult to cope with such severe conditions.

They are back at it today with four cuts to be made on this final day.  Hoping he makes it!!!!!!  Send him your good karma!

 

Have I mentioned my wife and I are headed back to Key West?  This will be our fifth visit to Cayo Hueso and hopefully the first visit with Key West Lou.  I’ve followed him for quite a while and wasn’t able to meet up with him our last time down, but I’m going to working the social media tools to get on his calendar this time.  Late June is the time, should be on the hot & humid side down there, but we ride our bikes everywhere, so the breeze helps.  We generally spend time at Captain Tony’s “to get out of the heat” during the daylight hours and enjoy the eccentric, trashy feel of the place.  Evenings are spent at the Chart Room although I don’t believe my favorite bartender, Michael, is there anymore.  Makes me sad, he was a great storyteller, had been to Cuba a few times, was a marksman, a diver, a true renaissance man.

We’re heading out from St. Louis about 6am on a Saturday morning, driving to Valdosta, GA.  Google maps says it’s about 10hrs….we’ll see, I plan on purchasing a radar detector by then.  The second day will be a straight shot to Key West….hoping for good traffic on A1A.  Two free days at the Doubletree by the airport and three more days at our favorite place, Westwinds Inn.  Looking forward to walking the length of Smathers Beach, stopping in at El Siboney, the orange juice at Blue Heaven, cold beer at Captain Tonys and a bite to eat at Rooftop and we want to stop by Don’s Place too.

Tomorrow being Friday, be sure to catch Key West Lou’s Legal Hour on KONK.  You can find it here at 9am Island Time (EST) or 10am St. Louis time (CST)  www.konkbroadcasting.com  as it sounds like a good rundown of topics.

Still feeling sad at the loss of Davy Jones.  😦

Enjoy the day, Cats!

 

Golf Update

Posted: February 29, 2012 in Golf

Well, Round 2 is complete and my son’s name appeared on the callback list for Round 3!!!  Apparently he shot poorly yesterday, was terribly bummed about shooting four shots higher than the day before.  He was sure he would be cut but, low and behold, he has made it through!  Now, they play today in what will be fairly rough conditions.  Temps will be in the mid-60s but winds will be hitting 40mph with some gusts in the high-40s!!  He and I played this past Sunday in just such winds on that same course, so hopefully he will take some lessons from that experience.

He had a couple bad holes yesterday, a couple snowmen, and went from hazard to hazard as he tried to be a hero and hit the perfect shot from a less than ideal lie.  We talked last night and he understands now that it is better just to club down and punch one out to the fairway than trying to hit over/under/around trees to get closer to the green especially with a long creek that winds through those trees.  It’s better to take one shot to get yourself right than end up in a hazard again.  Hoping he heeds that advice and plays well today!!!  Very exicited and hoping for the best for this great young man!

That’s all for me today, working but my mind is focused on sending good karma to Noah on the course!!  Wish him well today!

Later Cats!