Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

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. 

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Later Cats!!

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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!

 

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HIGH SCHOOL GOLF UPDATE:

My freshman son made the first round of cuts during yesterday’s golf team tryout!  There were 38 kids trying out and the list of callbacks is now 21 and he made it!  All good so far and the weather should cooperate this afternoon as they hit the course for another round.  The top 16 make the team with 8 each on Varsity and Jr.Varsity.  I certainly would not want him to make the Varsity team, the pressure of going up against a seasoned Jr or Sr would not be good for him, but just making JV would be amazing!!  Of course, he’s already giving us a list of stuff he’ll need if he makes it:  a rain suit, another pair of shoes, possibly a new putter, a 3-wood, more khaki slacks, long socks, a first-aid kit…..the list goes on and on.  I figure since I’m spending about #$300/month for his sister to dance competitively, I can afford to get him some junk to fill out his golf needs.  Exciting!!

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KEY WEST UPDATE:

 The plans have been finalized, the reservations made and the logistics of kids staying at home has been addressed!  Our trip to Key  West in June is now on the clock!!  I’ll provide details when I get a bit longer to post, but we’ll be driving it this time so apprehension and excitement are combined!  Soon I’ll be reaching out to Key West Lou to get on his calendar for  dinner and a drink.  I crave Blue Heaven so badly!!!  More to come soon!

That’s it for now, I need a protein shake!  Later Cats!

3/4 Time

Posted: February 24, 2012 in Golf, Key West, Key West Lou, Life in General, Travel

Final arrangements are being made for a summer excursion, details to be laid out shortly.  Looks like everything is coming together just fine so we’ll be livin’ in 3/4 time for about a week in June!

Can't wait to see this!

Mucho activity, daily golf and plenty of time-consuming work have dominated this week.   I’ll only address the fun stuff and that is my son and I were able to take advantage of the mild St. Louis winter and play golf Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week at our little country club, Sherwood.  I must say we’re both making some good progress and my back is even cooperating.  A little stiff after golf so many days in a row, but I’m still working out every morning and getting some good stretching in.

So work with the driver, irons, short irons and putter are all getting better.  In fact I had either a birdie or par on the first five holes Wednesday before finally succumbing to a double-bogey.  We only were able to get in 9 holes due to clouds and a lack of sunshine, but I finished +2 for the day while the boy came in at +6.  Not bad for him.  We’ve gone through a lot with his golf game and the past year+ he has grown about 8 inches, had to get men’s clubs and has been working to adjust to them ever since.  A couple well placed lessons and he’s making some nice, solid shots.  Short game performance is tricky however.  Learning when and how to hit a bump and run with a 7-iron or when the best time is for a flop (and how to hit it effectively) are learned arts, nothing you can just do.  So developing touch and feel is something he’s struggling with.  Consistency is slowly improving for him, just not quick enough.

Trivia night tonight!  Always a good time and our team is very impressive.  We win or come in the top 3 in every contest we’ve ever had.  It helps to have a former military pilot and his wife who has been a teacher for 30 years on your team.  Both are brilliant and know things most normal people don’t.  My wife and I add some good answers and we have two younger couples (both in their mid-20s) who are able to provide answers to more current music, movies, etc..  It’s a good mix and we look forward to winning not only our entry fee back but a couple hundred to boot!

My daughter (almost 20) broke up with her boyfriend of over 2.5 years Thursday night.  She’s struggling so we told her she could come home from college again, even though it is two weeks in a row.  The three hour drive isn’t too bad but today’s Missouri winds are gusting to 30-40mph, so keeping her little Chevy Aveo on the road will be tough.  She’s very sad so she needs some ‘home’ time!

Key West Lou had a great show today, hope you caught it.  He’s correct when he says we live in a society of fruitcakes and that the GOP candidates are all whacked out….they truly are!  Hoping to make plans to meet up with Lou this summer!!!

Later Cats, enjoy the weekend!