Archive for the ‘Road Trips’ 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!

As this is the second consecutive week without football, possibilities are endless for weekend activities!  This weekend included very little structure or plans.  Saturday consisted of taking the boy to the driving range to hit a few golf balls (and watching him almost throw a club out of frustration!), and dinner.  This golf situation with my son is interesting given the fact he’s highly intelligent and quite the perfectionist with a touch of OCD.  So, when one shot goes bad, he tightens up.  When two shots go bad, the fuse is lit.  When three go bad?  Well, the meltdown begins!  He’s not old enough or mature enough or experienced at golf enough to fully come to grips with the game of golf.  We, who have played for years and years understand Golf is Not a Game of Perfect (the title of a great book written by Dr. Bob Rotella) get it and understand it (although we may not like it) to some extent.  So being able to cope with 5-7 shots out of 10 not going where intended is a product of mental toughness and self-analysis.   The kid needs to read this book and realize fractions of millimeters and inches make a difference with the flight of the ball, distance covered and ball direction.  This is why pro players can win a tournament one week and totally miss the cut the following week. 

So, I ended up finishing his bucket and we headed home.  To make the evening good, we packed the family up and headed to Buffalo Wild Wings, one of our favorites!   Wings and great burgers were enjoyed along with my tall, cold Stella Artois!

Ahhhhh, a cold Stella!
 
Sunday we decided to head to the course.   Temps in St. Louis were in the high 40s but the sun was out, so that tells me to hit the links!  We belong to a small country club a couple miles from our house, Sherwood CC, so we decided to start slow and just walk nine holes.  A few pars and bogeys and one double-bogey later and we were good.  The kid was happy with his outcome and played pretty well.  You know, sometimes the range isn’t great for your game, as conditions are usually perfect, targets are not real and there is no other environmental situation impacting a shot.
 
So following golf, a nap was in order and then a great dinner.  We finished the evening watching a Leonardo DiCaprio movie based on the life of Howard Hughes called The Aviator.    What an amazing, tragic and interesting movie that was!  As usual, DiCaprio played the role in spectacular fashion and is probably one of the best actors ever.  The life and intellect of Howard Hughes is one that has been clouded by his mental illnesses and media portrayal of his later years.  Hughes was a genius.  He was an innovator and was not only a risk-taker but someone who could dream and make them come true.   From the production of never before utilized methods, Hughes created movies, circled the world in record time by plane, led TWA to being a prominent airline and many other accomplishments.  The movie was very compelling and makes me want to continue researching the life and adventures of Howard Hughes. 
 
As far as travel plans go, we’re getting ever closer to finalizing our Summer Road Trip from St. Louis to Key West!  Yes, 1400 miles through the deep south and the length of Florida to Cayo Hueso!  I’ve got hotels identified down and back as well as accommodations while on the island.  Now I just need to pull the trigger!   Conch Republic, here we come again!  
Have a great Monday, Cats!