Friday, July 31, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 916

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 6
Why it happened - I knocked it on in 2
Why it makes me happy - at my club, I don't hit the par 5's in two very often. When I did, that was a HappyUP!!!....until I saw my ball 96 feet from the pin. The next HappyUP!!! was when I hit the putt up within 4 feet

HappyUP!!! - call from a friend
Why it happened - I got my call returned
Why it makes me happy - while it was a message, it was pretty funny.

HappyUP!!! - brekko
Why it happened - I was hungry after the first 18
Why it makes me happy - I was we went to my favorite brekko spot...our favorite server took care of us....and we had a good breaking of the bread.


Playing with JS
36 holes
Birdie on 6 in the afternoon
Birdie on 15 in the afternoon
Cash payment
Phone call from a friend

Thursday, July 30, 2009

HappyUP!!!Day 915

HappyUP!!! - opening birdie
Why it happened - I hit a good iron and a great putt
Why it makes me happy - birdies are always a HappyUP!!!....starting with a birdie is an extra boost....and, in this case, I needed to make the birdie to tie an opponent.

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 6
Why it happened - I played two smart shots
Why it makes me happy - I was "out of position" with my drive. I put my second shot in the exact spot you want to be in....and then made a great pitch for a fairly easy birdie. I had to make an 8 foot tricky putt which halved the match.

HappyUP!!! - call from a friend
Why it happened - my friend was checking in
Why it makes me happy - it was good to chat with this buddy for a bit and catch up.


Birdie on first hole
Birdie on 6
Parring first 7 holes on back 9
5 iron into 18
Phone call from a friend
Clearing calender

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 914

HappyUP!!! - my mechanic
Why it happened - getting the cars worked on
Why it makes me happy - I take my cars to a family run shop. The mechanic does great work. His wife runs the front office and is a kick. Both of my cars were done on time.....and they cut me a deal on a fix of some vandalism performed upon one of my vehicles. Salerno Motorsports is the place to go.

HappyUP!!! - sleeping upstairs
Why it happened - weather has cooled down
Why it makes me happy - don't get me wrong, the futon downstairs is OK, but I really like crashing in my bed. No A/C upstairs....the Delta Breezes took care of it.

HappyUP!!! - 5 iron
Why it happened - I have a degree of skill
Why it makes me happy - I used it twice today....both of them inside 15 resulted in a birdie....the other in winning a bet on the last hole.

HappyUP!!! - 78 from the Black Tees
Why it happened - we played the Black Tees
Why it makes me happy - 78 isn't a great score.....but I wasn't at my best.....and I didn't get up and down 6 times from around the greens (a fixable situation). The point is that, on an OK ball striking day, I could have easily been around par from the back tees.


Sleeping upstairs
Dropping off the car
Getting to the golf course

Picking up the car

Morning time in the garden

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 913

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 18
Why it happened - I hit 3 great shots
Why it makes me happy - I needed the birdie to win my bet....great drive....great wedge....super putt.....and the day finishes on a positive note. Always great to birdie the last hole

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters
Why it happened - it's every Tuesday now
Why it makes me happy- we heard two great icebreakers from our new members. We had a guest.....and just a great meeting. It is so nice to have 12 people in the room.

HappyUP!!! - lunch with my buddy
Why it happened - my buddy called
Why it makes me happy - my bud had the day off....and picked me to share a piece of it with. Hadn't seen this person in awhile and we had a great lunchtime.


Getting a ride
Call from a buddy
Lunch with a bud
Weather for golf
EM joining us for golf
7 iron on 2....chip on 4.....3 wood on 6....chip on 7....chip on 12....bunker shot 15....5 iron on 17.....
Birdie on 18
Evening call from another friend

Monday, July 27, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 912

HappyUP!!! - improved health
Why it happened - I laid low today....when I may not have needed to
Why it makes me happy - I am knocking on wood that I wake up tomorrow feeling as good as new. I wasn't miserable the last couple of days.....just "on the verge." I may have escaped an knocked this sickness out in the bud.

HappyUP!!! - water filters
Why it happened - I ordered them last week
Why it makes me happy - they showed up today. My fridge has special filters and I never order them until the "replace" light comes on.....actually, it's usually a considerable time after that. When I got the filters today, I knew that the second that I screwed the new one in, my water would dispense TWICE as quickly. The water is just gushing out.

HappyUP!!! - brekko
Why it happened - my buddy called me
Why it makes me happy - I hadn't seen this friend in awhile. We traded some interesting scoop.

HappyUP!!! - talk with my CPA
Why it happened - I called him
Why it makes me happy - I had an epiphany come over me today. My CPA gave me the answer that I was hoping for. The massive losses I had last year will carry forward for years on future gains.


Health improved
Brekko with buddy
Favorable tax treatment
Meeting set up
Stock Market

The Hundred Million Dollar Man - An Interesting Showdown

Citicorp got bailed out - billions of dollars of taxpayer money was LENT to them.

Citi needs to make money - to REPAY those funds with a RETURN ON INVESTMENT to the US Taxpayer.

Citi has an employee - who has a "pay to perform" contract. His performance has earned him 100 million dollars. This means that Citi has made AS MUCH OR MORE on this person's performance than the person did.

Now, the question is not - whether anyone is worth 100 million dollars or not. We can all be jealous or whatever that we don't make a fraction of that. Tiger Woods.....Lance Armstrong..... AC/DC....they all make a lot of money too.

They make the money - because they are talented and they have contracts that pay them to perform.

Now, the people that pay these other notables - are not backed by the US Government or Taxpayer.

One side - you have employer/employee contracts

Other side - you have people saying, "it's not right that someone makes that much money when we helped his employer provide the opportunity to do so."

And someone in the government - a going to decide this.

My take? - if the guy is helping pay back that money to the government in a significant way, I am not going to pluck feathers off or kill the Golden Goose.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 911

HappyUP!!! - good TV
Why it happened - I stayed in...sick
Why it makes me happy - no....nothing HappyUP!!! about being sick. It's hard to find happy moments. Yet, a couple of major soccer games, a good Nascar race, and a decent movie later, I got through the day.

HappyUP!!! - calls from a couple of buddies
Why it happened - they were thinking of me
Why it makes me happy - it's always good to be thought of....especially when ill.

HappyUP!!! - brekko invitation
Why it happened - a buddy wants to break bread
Why it makes me happy - we haven't had brekko in ages.....we'll definitely need to catch up.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 910

HappyUP!!! - birdie on the first hole
Why it happened - I hit a stellar 8 iron
Why it makes me happy - my second shot on the par 5 wandered a bit to the right...behind a looked like I might start the tournament with a bogey. BOOM!!!...I punched an 8 iron to 6 feet.

HappyUP!!! - four birdies
Why it happened - a great 5 iron....8 iron...pitching wedge...sand wedge
Why it makes me happy - if any putts would have fallen, it could have been a 7 or 8 birdie day. All of the birdies that I got were "kick ins". While I didn't play well, the birdies helped me keep the round together.

HappyUP!! - e-mail from my friend
Why it happened - my friend was returning my missive
Why it makes me happy - it was a very nice e-mail.....that's all....and that's all it takes to create a moment of happiness...a nice e-mail. Go send one today.


Making it to the course
Birdie on the first hole
5 iron to kick in range
Wedge to kick in range for birdie
Pitch shot to kick in range for birdie
Up and down from the bunker
E-mail from my friend

Friday, July 24, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 909

Every once in awhile - it's good to do a reminder of the HappyUP!!! process. The first thing that you want to do is........

Make a quick jotting - a JollyJotting, if you will. This is a quick brainstorm/review of the things that went well during the day that brought a moment of happiness.

After that - you pick a minimum of three and take them through the HappyUP!!! process. Let's see what happened today....

JollyJottings- .....saving $700 on insurance......non-hassle at the bank.....stopping by my mechanic's from a good friend I haven't heard from in awhile.....breakfast out and getting my favorite server.....a great session on the range

HappyUP!!! - call from an old friend
Why it happened - my friend reminded me that a favor was owed
Why it makes me happy - I wasn't the one that owed the favor! I have one in the bank. It's good when someone calls you to tell you that they didn't forget about the good turn you did for them.

HappyUP!!! - saving a TON on my insurance
Why it happened - I made a call to my insurer
Why it makes me happy - I got a letter from my insurer that told me the mileage that I allegedly drive and upon which they based my premiums. I looked at my odometers today.....checked my service records about a year ago....and made a call to give actual mileage. Voila! They knocked my insurance down almost 25%!

HappyUP!!! - banking transaction
Why it happened - I finally took a check in
Why it makes me happy - I was anticipating a hassle on depositing this check because of duplicate parties involved. It shouldn't have been an issue.......and it turned out not to be.

HappyUP!!! - good range session
Why it happened - I was just working on my swing
Why it makes me happy - I have a scratch tournament this weekend. I need to be hitting it good. While things can change, today's session is giving me some confidence.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 908

HappyUP!!! - another new Toastmasters member
Why it happened - he came as our guest a couple of times
Why it makes me happy - we have another official member...the dues are paid. We really needed this explosive growth in our, we just need to handle it.

HappyUP!!! - locating my cell phone
Why it happened - it dropped out of my pocket at the club
Why it makes me happy - I realized on the way home from golf that I didn't have my cell. I then thought, "maybe I didn't even take it with me today." I got home looked around...did the "call myself" thing from the other was nowhere. A couple of minutes later, a guy from the golf course called me and said he had the phone.....HappyUP!!!!

HappyUP!!! - owning one of the hottest stocks in today's market
Why it happened - I bought it about 4 months ago
Why it makes me happy - this has been a nice gainer for four, it exploded 18.6%.....second highest gainer on the NYSE. Yes, I have owned stocks that got on the biggest decliner list before...and on the gainer list too. I've never owned one to this extreme though. Nice.......probably time to sell it tomorrow!

HappyUP!!! - near eagle
Why it happened - I played smart....and then hit a tremendous shot
Why it makes me happy - the 4th hole on our back 9 is a very short par four. The driving area is a little tight and I have missed this fairway a bunch of times in a row...right....left....left....right. Today, even though it was into the wind, I decided to hit a hybrid. It left me 136 yards to the pin but I was in the middle of the fairway. I loaded up a 9 iron and hit it on the button. The ball mark was less than 6 inches in front of the cup.....and the ball just to the right and back of the ball mark. It may have even hit the stick. The feeling of that shot....the flight of the ball.....perfection.


ANOTHER new member
My phone located
Phone call from a friend
Birdie on second hole
Near eagle on 13th hole
A solid round of golf with a lot of quality shots
Skins leader in the group
E-mail from another friend
Stock Market

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 907

HappyUP!!! - call from industry friend
Why it happened - the person is looking for change
Why it makes me happy - it's another opportunity for making a placement of a recruit.

HappyUP!!! - back 9 attitude
Why it happened - I got hammered on the front
Why it makes me happy - going into the back 9, I really felt like I was going to shoot a low number. I LOVE that wasn't was knowing. Now, as it turns out, I didn't put the number up but that is beyond the point. I was 1 under through 15 before bogeying the last three holes and managed to cover my bets. While I didn't close the deal, it's OK because it is about mental attitude.

HappyUP!!! - coffee
Why it happened - I met a friend for java
Why it makes me happy - we had an absolutely charming conversation.

HappyUP!!! - new member
Why it happened - I got the call
Why it makes me happy - a guest at yesterday's Toastmaster meeting called me to come pick up her application and check. Growth of our club is a big HappyUP!!! these days....more opportunities to help people.


Back 9 attitude
Call from my industry friend
Birdie putt on 11
5 iron on 12
2 Double sandy pars
Driver/Hybrid/Wedge on 14

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 906

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters Meetin
Why it happened - it's Tuesday
Why it makes me happy - we had another full house and two excellent icebreakers

HappyUP!!! - 3 new members
Why it happened - we have a good product at Toastmasters
Why it makes me happy - our group was at a low point for membership.....we are busting out now!

HappyUP!!! - solid round of golf
Why it happened - I am swinging well
Why it makes me happy - I was just a couple of loose swings and a couple of bad putts from shooting par today. Hitting lots of solid shots is why I love the game.....I am scoring well but will start scoring even better....especially if I get the putter going.

HappyUP!!! - 9 iron into 14
Why it happened - I put the move on it
Why it makes me happy - I had 134 yards into a slight wind. I hit it right on the button, starting just right of the flag, and drawing in within 4 feet on this challenging hole. A birdie here is always a big HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - only losing one bet to Laff
Why it happened - I played solid......had to
Why it makes me happy - Laff had one of his best rounds of the year.....75 from the Gold Tees. He birdied 2 out of the last 4 holes and parred the other two. That is a recipe for disaster. I could have got creamed today but I hung in and kept the damage to a minimum.


Toastmasters meeting
3 new members
Coffee with a friend
Great foursome and game
Up and downs...2, 4, 5, 8
9 iron into 9
7 iron out of bunker and 6 iron into 10
bunker shot 11
5 iron on 12
Approach wedge 13
9 iron and birdie on 14
Putt on 15
9 iron on 18
Dinner with the boys

Monday, July 20, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 905

- trip to my dentist
Why it happened - it was scheduled
Why it makes me happy - I like my dentist. He's a good guy with a great sense of humor....well, I make him laugh so he must have a good sense of humor. I always have fun with the staff as well.

HappyUP!!! - dentist's findings
Why it happened - I was getting some really old fillings replaced
Why it makes me happy - I have a couple of fillings left from days of old school....the silver ones. After almost 40 years of use, they were leaking. This could lead to big problems. Under one of the fillings, the dentist found no decay......and simply filled it in. The other one will require an overlay and another visit but it was only one of the two and not both.

HappyUP!!! - no pain at the dentist
Why it happened - good anesthetics?
Why it makes me happy - there was some chipping and grinding going on in there today.....and I didn't feel a thing. When the numbness wore off, I still didn't feel a thing. Love my dentist.

HappyUP!!! - seeing JP
Why it happened - he was visiting my neighbor...his sister
Why it makes me happy - this dude has been hanging around my periphery for 35 years. I hadn't seen him in forever. As soon as I saw him, I lit up a bit.....he's that good of a guy....nothing bad to say...always sincerely glad to see you.....a sweetheart!

HappyUP!!! - Monday Skins Game
Why it happened - it traveled to my club
Why it makes me happy - it was good to get a round in today that had some stakes....even if I didn't play very well. I met some new guys and played with some current golfing friends.

HappyUP!!! - chipping and putting with the Boz

HappyUP!!! - stock market gain
Why it happened - it's on a roll
Why it makes me happy - glad to see the rally continue into earning's season.....boooyah!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 904

HappyUP!!! - 2 over after 2....and 2 over after 18
Why it happened - I got on it
Why it makes me happy - I hit a couple of loose shots to start my day. It could have started a tailspin but I played my a-- off after that. I still had a few bad shots on the way home but three birdies and narrowly missing a couple of others picked me up.

HappyUP!!! - Tom Watson and Lance Armstong
Why it happened - they are getting older
Why it makes me happy - they didn't win today....Watson lost and Armstrong probably lost his chance at the yellow jersey. Yet, what they have been doing has been incredible. Love the underdog

HappyUP!!! - pitch on 3
Why it happened - I got game
Why it makes me happy - I had about 52 yards.....and a hill in the green in front of the pin. I hit a low, spinny wedge that landed on the low side of the hill, hopped up the bank, and then stopped like it had glue on it.....easy birdie.

HappyUP!!! - 8 iron on 16
Why it happened - I was ticked off
Why it makes me happy - my opponent played remarkably well....shot a 5 under 31 on the first nine holes. Despite my good play, he closed me out on 15....but our team game was still alive. I stepped up and hit it 2 feet from the hole....a near ace....right when our team needed it.


Seeing a 31
3 birdies
Great wedge on 3
Great 7 iron on 4...super putt on 5....good 8 on 7.....great 8 iron on 8.....
Great wedge on 13....and on 15
Superlative 8 iron...near ace on 16
Great drives on 15....17...and 18
Nice pitching wedge into 18
Playing with Wah
Getting a better mental picture of my swing
Tom Watson's British Open

Saturday, July 18, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 903

HappyUP!!! - coming back from bad start
Why it happened - I had a feeling it would
Why it makes me happy - I was on the driving range with my driver. Every one was a draw or a little hook.....and a few straight. As soon as I got on the course, the ball started going right off the tee. After three holes, this caused me to be 3 over par....on tournament day. I managed to right the ship and, except for two poor club choices, would have played it 2 under from there. As it was, I finished 3 over. Well done...and a HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - pitch shot
Why it happened - I am getting better at this one shot
Why it makes me happy - I hit a poor iron into 8. I had some fairway to carry and some room on the green for my pitch. I decided to hit a running shot that has some delayed check on it. I hit it exactly like I checked up....took a peek at the hole as it almost went in....easy par. I didn't have this shot a few months ago.

HappyUP!!! - Tom Watson
Why it happened - British Open
Why it makes me happy - I have always been one to root for the underdog. Back in the day, Watson was not one of my favorite players. As I recall, I didn't care for him much despite his exceptional talent. Yet, today, who couldn't love the story developing "across the pond" where a 59 year old sits on the eve of winning a major championship against the best of this era? Big HappyUP!!! tomorrow if he pulls it off.....I'll be watching.

HappyUP!!! - birdies on par 3's
Why it happened - I hit some good shots...and followed with the putts
Why it makes me happy - I hit all four par 3's in regulation....played them 2 under. It would have been 3 under if I hadn't hit one putt a touch firm and taken out the break. I hit solid irons into every one of them even though the distances were not my favorites.

HappyUP!!! - out of the mud
Why it happened - I almost hit the ball into the pond...and I have some skills
Why it makes me happy - when you have taken off your shirt...and your shoes and order to save a shot, you better do it. I picked it clean (well, I guess I picked it "muddy"). The ball went past the pin and up the backstop as planned......but didn't roll back down. If it had, it would have been a par. As it was, I made a bogey which would have been very difficult had I taken a penalty stroke. It was a nice little trick shot.


Coming back after a bad start -Club Tournament Day
Up and down on 5 -French Market Lemonade on a hot day
Bunker shot on 6 -Tom Watson
Up and down on 8 -
5 iron on 9
Birdie putt on 12
3 wood/hybid on 14
Drive on 15
7 iron and birdie putt on 16
Wedge on 17
Mud shot on 18

Friday, July 17, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 902

HappyUP!!! - birdies
Why it happened - I played 2 holes really well
Why it makes me happy - on 6, I got my second shot on the par 5 to a perfect distance and perfect location. I then put a wedge from 60 yds within a foot. On 18, I hit a good drive and a perfect 8 iron to within 10 ft....and rolled in the putt. It was also a great way to end the day. Sleeping on a birdie is good going into the weekend tournaments

HappyUP!!! - steak-ka-bobs
Why it happened - I bought some London Broil yesterday
Why it makes me happy - I have written about this before. You tenderize and marinate a $5 piece of London Broil. Then, you cube it, skewer it, and put it on the grill. Great, cheap eats. Tell people it's filet and they would believe it.

HappyUP!!! - brother Boz
Why it happened - he's out visiting
Why it makes me happy - it's good to see this guy once a year....wish it was more. He is a very good golfer as well as a bit of a celebrity. More importantly, he's a great guy.


Stock Market
Boz bro
Flop shot on 2
Wedge on 7
7 iron on 7
Hybrid on 8
Driver on 9....11
Chip on 17
8 iron and putt on 18
2 birdies

Thursday, July 16, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 901

That was one incredible day
- yesterday...chock full of HappyUP!!!s and EXCEPTIONALLY good day.

Today is not as action packed - but no problem finding those moments of joy...bliss...appreciation... whatever YOU want to call them.....HappyUP!!!s

HappyUP!!! - brekko with the Boz
Why it happened - I lost a bet
Why it makes me happy - I hadn't planned on company for breakfast. Boz happened to be in the car and looking for breakfast. Stars and moons collide and we were breaking some bread.

HappyUP!!! - a few new duds
Why it happened - my golf attire needs upgrading
Why it makes me happy - I got some nice shorts that are a little cooler....when you are out there on the upper 90 and lower 100 degree days, the heavy cotton cargo shorts get a little heavy. I'm stylin now! Picked up some shirts that have a bit of hi-tech, low-moisture to them as well

HappyUP!!! - stock market gain
Why it happened - it's got some positive momentum
Why it makes me happy - this has been a banner week. It allowed me to sell off a small position of a stock that had been a loser and I made a couple of bucks.


The Foursome
Inside during the heat

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 900

HappyUP!!! - stock market rally
Why it happened - earnings season is on....and they are coming in well. The people betting against the market have had to jump in
Why it makes me happy - I had my best daily gain of the year....all the losses of the previous two weeks have been erased this week and momentum is shifting in a good direction.

HappyUP!!! - collecting from P.E.N.O. (Public Enemy Number One)
Why it happened - I put together a solid round
Why it makes me happy - PENO is a great player. He gives me a lot of strokes.....and he beats me every time. Once in awhile, we break even. For the first time in history, he actually had to pay me as I won a couple of bets. HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - pitching it in
Why it happened - I hit an awesome shot
Why it makes me happy - I was on the 15th hole of the 2nd round. Laff was beating me silly...and he had hit it to 8 ft. I was left of the green with a bunker between me and the pin. All I could hope for was a tie....IF I hit a good chip and he missed the putt. I looked at the little pitch and said, "I could make this,"........and I did. The ball went up, broke a little to the left, and died in the hole. HappyUP!!! Laff was then nice enough to miss his putt.

HappyUP!!! - draining a tricky putt at a crucial time
Why it happened - I hit a really good putt
Why it makes me happy - I had a downhill 25 footer with a little right to left break. I hit the putt and, with it only 25% of the way there said, "I flipping made it." It went in for the birdie. Lots of bets were hanging in the balance. Laff then drained his own 20 footer to tie me up for birdie. No, I didn't want to see that happen but it was golf mano y mano jamming it to each other.

HappyUP!!! - 18th hole
Why it happened - I played it twice
Why it makes me happy - I hit a great 5 iron off the hard pan in the morning and a solid 9 iron after a busted drive on the afternoon round. Both shots found the green......and won me a lot of bets.

HappyUP!!! - 7 iron on the 7th hole in the afternoon
Why it happened - I made a great swing
Why it makes me happy - I nailed this one up with a little draw. It had a chance to be an ace until it ended 3 feet from the cup. Some golf shots are hit perfectly....this was one of them.


Stock Market
37 on the first 9
Knocking in a birdie putt on 17
5 iron from the hardpan on 18
37 on the third 9
7 iron to 3 feet on 7
Chipping in on 15
Driver...9 iron....par on 18
Collecting money from P.E.N.O.
Getting into the Laff's pocket...and moving the ledger into a positive balance
Running into V
Vegetables for an old friend

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 899

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters
Why it happened - it was meeting day
Why it makes me happy - we had a great speech....a full house of guests...our new members were there....two more joined....more guests confirmed for next week....and I got all of the paperwork done that I needed to do.

HappyUP!!! - 5 iron into 8
Why it happened - I put the move on it
Why it makes me happy - knocked it to a foot and a half from 180....right over a big oak tree. I saw the shot in my mind before it went up....and then it took off exactly like it was supposed to.

HappyUP!!! - hitting balls after playing
Why it happened - I struck some extremely errant shots
Why it makes me happy - I thought I was on to something...but there was something missing on the course. When I beat it out on the range, I got it worked out in a hurry. I'll be back on the range in the morning.


New Members
Getting the Toastmaster paperwork done
5 iron into 8
9 iron into 10.....7 iron into 16...wedge into 17....8 iron into 18
Hitting balls after playing
Firming up some plans

Monday, July 13, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 898

HappyUP!!! - Spataro
Why it happened - I had lunch there
Why it makes me happy - the food was great....the service was excellent....and I got to share some good time with a friend. If you follow the blog, you know that breaking bread with friends is always a HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - stock market
Why it happened - today was an up day
Why it makes me happy - these are sketchy times....a traders market. I haven't been doing much trading lately, though. When you get a win like today after a couple of weeks of a beat down, you have to appreciate it.

HappyUP!!! - Garmin working
Why it happened - I re-charged it a different way
Why it makes me happy - GPS is a handy gadget. I haven't used mine too much but I am outside of warranty. I thought I might have a bum battery in it that wouldn't hold a charge. It's cool not having to replace the battery or the unit....more dough to spend on lunch (see above) or golf! Saving money is a HappyUP!!! for sure.



Veggies for friends
Washing the car
Weight loss
Great lunch
Guests confirmed
Stock Market
Call from an old buddy

Sunday, July 12, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 897

Finished up with the Sac County Golf Championship - my first scratch tournament in 25 years. Nope, I didn't play as well as I thought I would.

You have to take what you can - from the experience. I played with some nice guys. I hit some great shots. I could have fallen totally apart.

Hey, they haven't posted the results - but, when I left, I had beaten at least 20 guys.

Today was a golf-a-thon - so this is what dominates today's HappyUP!!!s

HappyUP!!! - pounding it off the first tee
Why it happened - I was playing in a tournament
Why it makes me happy - while all the kids were playing it safe, I took out the big stick and hit the strong power fade on the dogleg right. Yes, the first tee jitters were there....and beaten down like a bad dog.

HappyUP!!! - flop shots
Why it happened - I work on this
Why it makes me happy - sometimes you miss the greens on the side of the green that the pin is on. You don't have much room to land the pitch shot. That's called "short siding" and I did it to myself four times today. The only thing you can do is hit the risky flop shot....and I nailed it every time. Now, IF I MADE THE PUTT every time, it would be a bigger HappyUP!!! but, at the moment each of the shots was struck, HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - my playing partners
Why it happened - you get paired with people you don't know in tournaments
Why it makes me happy - one of the guys was a youngster in high school. His dad was "on his bag". I didn't know this but they just joined my golf club two weeks ago. New friends. Dad is also a PGA Teaching Pro. After the round at my request, I asked him for some help. He gave me some solid direction.


Flop shots
Coming back
Meeting and playing with fellow club members
Help with the golf swing
9 more holes at my club...2 smoked 3 woods....a great wedge shot....a nailed 4 iron, 8 iron, 6 iron, and another 8 iron
Winning a couple of bets
Breaking even on my tournament bet
Finding out about another tournament
Hanging with BobOH after the tournament

Saturday, July 11, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 896

HappyUP!!! - perfect drive off first tee
Why it happened - I nutted up
Why it makes me happy - when you are in a big tournament where they announce your name, it's not like just stepping up to the opening hole back at the club. I mentally rehearse this on the driving range. When it pays off, HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - putts
Why it happened - I'm a decent putter
Why it makes me happy - my game was a little off today. While I had two 3-putts and missed a short one for par, I did make several par saves Boldand a good birdie putt. It wasn't a bad day on the greens.

HappyUP!!! - reconnecting with a friend
Why it happened - we traded some messages
Why it makes me happy - it's always good to reconnect and try to fix some open loops

HappyUP!!! - advice from a coach
Why it happened - I e-mailed him
Why it makes me happy - I took his advice and combined it with some other mental techniques. I didn't hit the ball as well as I would have liked but I wasn't that far off. It helped.


Dropping off veggies
Arriving plenty early to golf
Getting a power thought from a coach
Nice guys to play with
Perfect drive off first tee
Great wedge shot on first
Several great par putts
Two sand saves
Knocking in a birdie putt
Hitting a spinner wedge
Reconnecting with a friend

Friday, July 10, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 895

HappyUP!!! - making some putts
Why it happened - nice rhythm and follow through
Why it makes me happy - tournament tomorrow...the long game is a little dodgy. If the putter is going though, I can get through. If the long game picks up at the same time, dynamite!

HappyUP!!! - 53 yard wedge
Why it happened - I had a birdie opportunity
Why it makes me happy - I hit this little approach shot exactly like I visualized. The ball hit, took two hops, and died two feet in front of the hole. Tight.

HappyUP!!! - up and down from the grunge
Why it happened - I hit it left on scorecard 17....our 8th hole
Why it makes me happy - I was in the weeds, needing to go over one branch, under another, and then land to a green that was sloping away from me. I hit a great shot....that barely caught a branch. It left me a bit short of the pin...drained the putt....and managed to tie the hole. Hey, there are some guys that would still be over in those weeds. HappyUP!!!


Up and down on 1, 2, 6, 8, and 9
Wedge on 6
Hitting balls
Making a bet
Meeting some new guys

Thursday, July 09, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 894

HappyUP!!! - sushi
Why it happened - we set it up
Why it makes me happy - hadn't had any sushi for a long time. It just so happens that a GREAT sushi place is located really close to where one of my old co-workers lives....perfect. Great food and great catching up conversation.

HappyUP!!! - my new LaserDistance device
Why it happened - I finally got one
Why it makes me happy - I'm playing in a tournament this weekend. I doubt the distances will be all over the sprinkler heads. Plus, I don't know this course that well. This is going to help me out. It also actually helps out day to day at my course. There were a couple of times today when my ballpark would have been 5-10 yards off.....which actually can make a big difference. There is also some added confidence when you know EXACTLY what the distance is.

HappyUP!!! - 36 holes
Why it happened - got done fast in the morning and had a great game lined up this afternoon
Why it makes me happy - my scoring could have been a little better BUT I hit a lot more quality shots than I have been. I really haven't played that well this year (so far). I think the help I got last weekend was SPOT ON.

HappyUP!!! - hitting balls after the morning round
Why it happened - I just felt like I was on the verge of a breakthrough
Why it makes me happy - when I got on the range, I did a drill that accompanied my weekend help I got from The Legend. I THOUGHT I was doing what the legend had taught me. Then, I remembered an old drill he reminded me of. The first time I tried to do it on the range, my swing felt awkward........obviously, even though I thought I was, I had not incorporated the weekend tips into my game. Almost immediately, I started hitting it crisper.

HappyUP!!! - giving a t-shirt to PENO (Public Enemy Number One)
Why it happened - I told him I would give him one
Why it makes me happy - everyone likes free stuff....and my t-shirts rock. I know he liked it and now he is off to win the NCGA Stroke Play Championship.....which I, of course, will insist it is due to the the happiness he had over receiving his new shirt.


Visiting with my old admin
Golf at 7 a.m.
Hitting a few balls right after the morning round
Getting a couple of errands done between rounds
The afternoon golf game
My new LaserDistance finder
Giving Public Enemy Number One (PENO)

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 893

HappyUP!!! - two easy birdies
Why it happened - new irons...or blue tees?
Why it makes me happy - no matter what, it was good to be hitting it close again....and I am getting the distance dialed in with my new sticks

HappyUP!!! - covering expenses
Why it happened - I played some blackjack
Why it makes me happy - I like the idea of a nice afternoon on someone else's dime.
<-----my foot....Lake Tahoe

HappyUP!!! - Lake Tahoe during the week
Why it happened - I decided to blow out for the day
Why it makes me happy - if you have ever been lakeside when it is 70 degrees with a breeze at Lake Tahoe, you would know that there aren't many better places to be in the world.


Early morning golf
Two easy birdies...two more easy chances
Winning a hundred bucks
Relaxing lakeside
Convertible driving

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 892

HappyUP!!! - sandplay practice
Why it happened - I haven't been striking them right
Why it makes me happy - I have been frustrated in this area. It was a strong point in my game just a short time ago...but not lately. I grabbed Public Enemy Number One and we went to the practice trap. On the very first shot, he looked at me and said, "you have it too far back in your stance." BAM! That was it.....I like easy, simple fixes.

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 18
Why it happened - I hit some shots
Why it makes me happy - I hit a great drive, a nice hold off 8 iron, and then dumped the putt. It kept Public Enemy Number One from taking $5 from me. It also is always great to finish on a high note.

HappyUP!!! - sleeping in
Why it happened - I stayed in bed and fell back asleep
Why it makes me happy - I would say that I sleep until 8 a.m. about once or twice a year. When I do, I figure it was because I needed it and didn't know it. The body is an amazing thing.


Sleeping in
Hitting the new irons on the range
Birdie on 18
Firming up some plans
Sandplay practice

Monday, July 06, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 891

HappyUP!!! - new irons
Why it happened - it was overdue
Why it makes me happy - compared to my irons and the irons I was going to get, the computer showed the ones I got giving me 10 more yards on a square hit, more distance on a bad hit, a higher launch angle, and more spin.....all things you are looking for in your irons. If they perform the same way on the course, I'll be wondering how long I have been handicapping myself by not making the change.

<-------Shadow.....about as HappyUP!!! as HappyUP!!! gets

HappyUP!!! - haircut
Why it happened - I made an appointment next to the golf store
Why it makes me happy - it always feels great to get that little bit of shag off your neck. Also, I had fun with the lady that got the good fortune to draw me as a client today.

HappyUP!!! - seeing my nephew
Why it happened - he was bringing me something
Why it makes me happy - we got to visit a bit....which was cool....we don't do it enough.


Beautiful morning breeze
New member applications
Talking with my YC buddy
Seeing my nephew
Getting checks before going to bank
Grabbing some dinner
Trying new irons

QuoteUP!!! 11 We Want Things To Change

"We want things to change but we love certainty"

Is there any need -
for a comment to this paradox that can haunt the human condition?

Sunday, July 05, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 890

HappyUP!!! - talking with my buddy
Why it happened - my buddy called
Why it makes me happy - we were gabbing it up big time..getting caught up about the weekend...just a great chat.

HappyUP!!! - mowing
Why it happened - I got off the fanny
Why it makes me happy - it was 8 pm...I was tired....but I went out and mowed and watered. I'll wake up to a nice lawn in the morning and ahead of my day. It was nice to be out in the garden tonight

HappyUP!!! - beautiful day...and evening
Why it happened - it's weather here in the Roseville area
Why it makes me happy - when the Delta Breezes kick in, it actually can get a little cool after a warm day. The breezes were in full force. They make you feel alive on a summer's eve.

HappyUP!!! - finishing tonight's round
Why it happened - I went to the whip
Why it makes me happy - I was 2 down with 2 to go. The Boz had hit it on the green about 20 feet away. I got up and hit a wedge to within 10 feet and made the putt. I got up on 18 and got it within 15 feet. I hit a great looked like a birdie-birdie finish....but it lipped out. It would have been a HappierUP!!! had it dropped but it was a strong finish.


Birdie on 17
Near Birdie on 18
5 iron on 4

Saturday, July 04, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 889

HappyUP!!! - barbeque
Why it happened - Fourth of July at our club
Why it makes me happy - hot dogs and people I haven't seen in a long time....and friends I see more frequently. Good times there.

HappyUP!!! - range session
Why it happened - working on the game
Why it makes me happy - I went to the club this morning just to hit balls....and that's all I did. I was working on the revamp that I started to install yesterday. I was expecting things to be much more spastic than they were.....this change may not take that long. HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - golfing later in the day
Why it happened - the golf course was empty
Why it makes me happy - once the couples tournament was over, the course was clear. This gave me a chance to take the new action "to the street." While the score wasn't great, it was about as bad as it could have been and it was still better than recent scores. The HappyUP!!! came in the HUGE number of quality shots that were produced.

HappyUP!!! - phone call with my buddy
Why it happened - we were trading some e-mails and said, "pick up the phone."
Why it makes me happy - ever have a long phone conversation with a friend?....then you get the HappyUP!!!


Good range session
Good ball striking day on the course
Drive on 5....6....8...9...10...18
Hybrid on 11....on 8
Trick shot on 17
9 iron on 18
5 iron on 16....12
Chip shot on 3...7....16...17
Sand shot on 14

Friday, July 03, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 888

HappyUP!!! - gardening
Why it happened - I decided not to play golf this morning
Why it makes me happy - it was just kind of a lazy morning. I went out to water before it got hot. That turned into pulling a few weeds....which led to doing some soil cultivation. It was a very peaceful little session in the garden

HappyUP!!! - hitting balls
Why it happened - I wasn't playing today
Why it makes me happy - I got some help with my swing.....some old bad habits had more than crept in. They had taken control. This was no quick fix. I started striking the ball PROPERLY ....a feeling I hadn't had consistently in awhile. Because this is the same thing I fixed last fall, I am hoping it won't take me three weeks to get this working a little bit.

HappyUP!!! - dinner with a buddy
Why it happened - we set it up
Why it makes me happy - we met down at Zocalos....a cool place for dinner in Sac. Food was excellent. The conversation was cool. The people watching was outstanding.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 887

36 holes of golf - means that there wasn't much other place a HappyUP!!! could happen but on the course.

At the same time - it was 36 holes of BAD golf....but there is always something good to find

HappyUP!!! - the 18th hole
Why it happened - golf has 18 holes
Why it makes me happy - when you play BAD golf, it can be expensive. It would have been had it not been for some well time presses. I got out cheap today....HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - the 14th hole
Why it happened - I made it this same place
Why it makes me happy - I scored a double sandy....and won this hole...on the first trip through. On the second trip, I hit a great drive, a great wedge, and a great putt....first birdie in a week... not a great stat but, hey, it is what it is and it made me happy.

HappyUP!!! - putting adjustment
Why it happened - my first 9 holes of putting was horrible
Why it makes me happy - sometimes, until you can get to the putting green, you have to find something to get the horse back to the barn. Today, it was going back to the open stance and shoving the putter right at the hole. It gave me some confidence and got me through the day.

HappyUP!!! - the club
Why it happened - I joined last year
Why it makes me happy - I played with great guys today....I encountered others....and I didn't know any of them at this time last year.


14th hole
18th hole
Great sleep

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 886

HappyUP!!! - playing golf with a legend
Why it happened - one of my golf buddies had him out
Why it makes me happy - 30 years ago when I was playing competitive golf, there was a guy around town that won a lot of the tournaments. He was a few years my senior. We never got a chance or had reason to we did. He's a senior player now......but he beat me today.....and that is a HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - finding a key
Why it happened - I put on a pair of pants I hadn't worn in awhile
Why it makes me happy - I was down to one car key. It's not like I can just go to the locksmith and get a new one. I think a key runs a couple hundred bucks. No matter....I have them both now.

HappyUP!!! - a five iron
Why it happened - who the heck knows
Why it makes me happy - my golf game hasn't been where I want it. My iron play has been atrocious. Out of nowhere, I absolutely PURED one....something that happens all the time when I am playing well. I haven't even been hitting any solid irons....let alone a pure one. THAT one shot came late in the day and gives me something to work on tomorrow.

HappyUP!!! - contacts with friends
Why it happened - e-mail and Facebook
Why it makes me happy - I had some unique things happen through the electronic media today. More than a couple of them gave me a smile.


5 iron
6 iron
Finding keys
Playing with a legend

Halftime 2009

Here we are - July 1, 2009. 6 months down....6 to go.

You're in the locker room - because it's halftime.

You started this year's game - with a little pre-season partying and celebration (OK...for some of you...A LOT of partying and celebration). Your game plan may have been for a big win this year. It could have been just to "get the W" even if it was a squeaker.
No matter what - it's halftime. Why do teams in every major sport have a halftime? Sure, it gives the bands and chearleaders their time to do their thing. But that's not the reason.

It's to take a breather - to step back, get out of working IN the game, and take a look at how the game is going. It's not too late to change strategy and still be victorious when the buzzer sounds. did the first half play out? - which probably isn't as important as what the strategy for the back side of the year is going to be.

It's not about answers - it is all about questions. Maybe this year is already "toast." You can still salvage something. Maybe you already "won"....careful time to skate, get complacent, and have the opposition come back and win.

Here is the most DYNAMIC question you can ask yourself - anytime but particularly at halftime:

What has to happen between now and December 31, 2009 for me to look back and say, "that was a great year"?