Wednesday, September 30, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 977

HappyUP!!! - glorious fall weather
Why it happened - the season is upon us
Why it makes me happy - it just feels so good

HappyUP!!! - great sleep
Why it happened - perhaps the weather change
Why it makes me happy - I keep the windows open when I sleep....there was a bit of a chill in the air...nice keeping warm under the blankets when I woke up and contemplated when to get up

HappyUP!!! - coffee with my friend
Why it happened - it's Wednesday
Why it makes me happy - we got to do a little cutting up and have some funny conversation


Friend got an opportunity
Made some good moves
Another gorgeous day
Coffee with my friend

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 976

HappyUP!!! - wiping for a better planet
Why it happened - I saw an article
Why it makes me happy - my particular brand of recycled wipe was the feature in the article. I buy TraderJoes because, well, I shop at TraderJoes and they give me no choice. Yet, I found out that it is the fraction of the cost of store brands (a dramatic fraction) AND we could save 67 million trees if we all did a recycle wipe

HappyUP!!! - seeing an old friend
Why it happened - I needed to drop something off
Why it makes me happy - it was good to see my friend in her business environment and talk about biz......and I got to donate some HappyUP!!!-wear to a person going through some health issues.

HappyUP!!! - weather
Why it happened - fall has arrived
Why it makes me happy - TODAY is why I live here....what a glorious day to be alive. Just gorgeous

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters
Why it happened - it was Tuesday
Why it makes me happy - heard a great icebreaker....and got to critique a member leading her first one would have know it was her first time.


Wiping for a better planet
Seeing an old friend
Donating some shirts

Monday, September 28, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 975

HappyUP!!! - trying a restaurant
Why it happened - I got a wild hair
Why it makes me happy - a buddy of mine had high recommendations for this all you can eat sushi/Chinese food place. It was a pretty solid recommendation....a little sushi....a few egg rolls... salmon roe....chow mein....nice mix

HappyUP!!! - trading e-mail with my Toastmaster friends
Why it happened - I was helping them prepare for tomorrow's meeting
Why it makes me happy - two months ago, these people were not even in my periphery. Now, they are creeping toward inner circles of my world.....and there are a bunch of them. Great folks.

HappyUP!!! - talking with a friend
Why it happened - my friend gave me a call
Why it makes me happy - I found out things about my friend I didn't know. Great sharing of information

HappyUP!!! - chatting with my job hunting friend
Why it happened - I shot my buddy a text
Why it makes me happy - it was great to help my bud vent a little.......and offer a little advice
a bit later that was well received.


Chatting with my job hunting friend
E-mailing with my new Toastmasters
Grabbing some sushi
Picking up a new book

Sunday, September 27, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 974

HappyUP!!! - texting with a buddy
Why it happened - I started it up
Why it makes me happy - it was an extreme crack up

HappyUP!!! - a day of sports
Why it happened - I took an unexpected day off from golf
Why it makes me happy - I don't want to make a habit of it but 3 football games and the Tour Championship golf tournament makes for an unproductive, but relaxing, Sunday. It's OK once in awhile.

HappyUP!!! - breakfast
Why it happened - I had some leftovers
Why it makes me happy - haven't had BBQ'd steak skewers for breakfast in forever....perfect for a football Sunday morning

Saturday, September 26, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 973

HappyUP!!! - great irons
Why it happened - I'm swinging the club
Why it makes me happy - I hit more good irons the last few days than in quite awhile. Lots of birdie opportunities.

HappyUP!!! - today's pairing
Why it happened - it was a bit of chance and a bit of request
Why it makes me happy - it was great to play with a couple of great guys in the final round of the Invitational helps the experience

HappyUP!!! - great lunch
Why it happened - it was part of the tournament
Why it makes me happy - it just made for a nice experience....some people take food for granted at these kinds of events. Today's lunch was above expectation


Today's Pairing
7 iron on 7....7 iron on 9...Wedge on 10....8 iron on 12
Wedge on 13....8 iron on 15.....7 iron on 16.....8 iron on 18
9 iron on 2
Watching the horserace
Great lunch

Friday, September 25, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 972

HappyUP!!! - matching shirts
Why it happened - my bro was thinking
Why it makes me happy - who doesn't like a free, new golf shirt?....especially when your brother picked them out to wear to the Invitational. We were stylin

HappyUP!!! - 8 iron on 14
Why it happened - I put a move on one
Why it makes me happy - I didn't want to go long on this hole so I took the shorter club from 158 yards. No way to get it to the hole but that was OK......I then busted it to 2 feet of the hole.

HappyUP!!! - dinner with my buds
Why it happened - it is the Men's Invitational
Why it makes me happy - great food and fellowship with ALL of my golfing cronies


Matching shirts
Up and down from squirrely lie
8 iron on 14
9 iron on 1
9 iron on 2
Putt on 17
Dinner with my buds

Thursday, September 24, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 971

HappyUP!!! - an ace
Why it happened - my brother did it
Why it makes me happy - he plays a lot of golf at his club...I play a lot at mine....but we don't play together that often. In 40 years of golfing, he has never had an ace.....and he did it with my club's invitational....where I invited him as my partner/guest.....and he did it on the closest to the pin hole.....and it helped us win the first day scramble. Special...special...special times.

HappyUP!!! - winning the scramble
Why it happened - bro and I were 6 under for 9 holes
Why it makes me happy - bro played a bit better than I did but we both contributed to bring home the win on day one of the Invitational at our club. 6 under is some pretty good shooting in this format.

HappyUP!!! - up and down on 16
Why it happened - I hit the chutt just right
Why it makes me happy - my bro and I really needed a par....and he was buried in the trap. I was over a hill chipping to a green going away from me. I decided to chutt up...and down...the hill from about 40 a tap in.


2 birdies
Special up and down on 16
Winning the scramble

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 970

HappyUP!!! - a big drive
Why it happened - who knows...I didn't put much into it
Why it makes me happy - I have had my driver for almost a month. When I hit it, I am out there with or past a lot of the guys that usually blow it by me.......I just can't seem to find the consistency button with this tool. Still, I hit a 9 iron into a par 4 that I have never had that little in from the Gold tees. It's an encouraging sign.

HappyUP!!! - making putts
Why it happened - I'm a pretty good putter
Why it makes me happy - my driver is irons are ok to good......the putter makes up for a lot of mistakes. Mens Invitational is coming up.....putter should be fine...if the other aspects step up a bit, I could be dangerous. Optimistic that something good is coming

HappyUP!!! - three birdies
Why it happened - one was a great putt....the other two were nice wedges
Why it makes me happy - I average a birdie and a half a round....twice my average is awesome....if I can keep that up for the invitational, my bro and I will be in tall cotton.

HappyUP!!! - dinner
Why it happened - kabobs and zucchini
Why it makes me happy - the zucchini was great....hadn't made it in a long time. My buddy liked it....good food and great talking....good times.


Winning most bets
Three birdies
Making some great putts
Super dinner
Facebook friends
One big drive

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 969

HappyUP!!! - toastmasters
Why it happened - ti's Tuesday
Why it makes me happy - it is practically a guarantee. The growth of our club has been so fast....the new members are picking up on things right and left.....watching them grow under a wee bit of does an old heart good.

HappyUP!!! - new member sign up
Why it happened - I reminded the person
Why it makes me happy - I got to spend some time with the new person and learn some more. It puts me in a good position to mentor and help someone along. This person will also qualify our group for the Smedley Award for growth. I love this club.

HappyUP!!! - lunch with a buddy
Why it happened - we set it up
Why it makes me happy - I had my bud stop by the house. It's close to my bud's work. We got to spend some distract free time chatting about life. You can have a great discussion in a distraction free zone in an hour

HappyUP!!! - gratitude
Why it happened - it's been welling up
Why it makes me happy - I like to think of myself as a grateful person....if anyone ever should be full of gratitude, it is me. In the last days, I have just been EXPLODING in gratitude for the place that I am at right now.


New member signed up
Lunch with a buddy
Visiting with a mentee
iTunes mix
Feeling tons of gratitude
A day off from golf
Getting some elbow help
Property Tax Bill

Monday, September 21, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 968

HappyUP!!! - getting things done
Why it happened - no golf
Why it makes me happy - lawn mowed....both cars washed....Toastmaster paperwork turned in...dealing with cleaned up......that's a pretty good day in this kid's world on the chores front

HappyUP!!! - talking with the Parminator
Why it happened - he's calling me back
Why it makes me happy - he had some great news....can't share it now...but it made me happy

HappyUP!!! - Monday Night Football
Why it happened - it was Monday night
Why it makes me happy - great game that came down to the last play....excitement.

HappyUP!!! - Celgene was up...big
Why it happened - who's the stock market
Why it makes me happy - I've held this one for a few months....I sold it....locked in the profit...and then it came back down a bit. Good timing for today.....and cash to look for new stocks that will perform in the torrid fourth quarter.


Texting with my buddy
Talking with the Parminator
Washing the cars
Mowing the lawn
Getting things done...Sprint...Apple...Dues in...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 967

HappyUP!!! - iPhone help
Why it happened - I had to go back to the AT&T store for something
Why it makes me happy - Mandi at the Creekside AT&T Store has been great in helping with my new phone. Today, she got my bluetooth going, fixed a link, and helped me with another issue.....all really fast.

HappyUP!!! - birdies on 4 and 16
Why it happened - I hit solid shots...and great putts
Why it makes me happy - in both cases, I didn't play to the pin....just nearby...and hit it where I wanted. Then, in both cases, I hit some gorgeous putts.....there is something about a 15-20 foot smooth rolling putt that is a HappyUP!!! all the way to the hole.

HappyUP!!! - collecting from the Merch
Why it happened - he played worse than me today
Why it makes me happy - this guy has been into me for about a month.....this weekend, I began getting a handle on this situation.

HappyUP!!! - broken club
Why it happened - a guy threw one
Why it makes me happy - it always cracks me up when someone breaks a club.....I've been can get to you. When one gets tossed and it breaks "accidentally"...and it's not's kind of funny even though you don't get to laugh at the time.


Birdie on 4
Putt on 7
Par on 8 and 9
6 iron on 14
Birdie on 16
Texting with some friends
Phone call from a buddy
Getting some iPhone help

Saturday, September 19, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 966

HappyUP!!! - new iPhone
Why it happened - the Razr pooped out
Why it makes me happy - park the dinosaur in the back.....I have some new technology. The iPhone is a pretty cool little gadget but, best of all, I have my phone situation permanently handled. This is one little decision that isn't bouncing around in my head.

HappyUP!!! - collecting dough from a Menace
Why it happened - he played worse than I did
Why it makes me happy - I had paid this guy about 6 straight times to play golf with him.....and, while a nice guy, his company isn't THAT enlightening! I'll need to play better on Sunday (and I will) so the momentum that has now been broken can be reversed.

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 6
Why it happened - stellar second and third shots
Why it makes me happy - I was getting a ration for the lack of length of my drive....I didn't hit it very well. I nailed the 3-wood to my perfect spot and hit a 50 yard wedge up to gimmie range...just the way you are supposed to.

HappyUP!!! - dinner
Why it happened - I was meeting a buddy for a bite
Why it makes me happy - I had some great seafood, excellent conversation, and tried out a restaurant that I hadn't been to but had heard some great things about.


Getting to golf course "On time"
Birdie on 6
Iron on 7
Hybrid and up and down on 8
MM joining us on the back 9
Up and down on on 18
New iPhone
Scott's Seafood

Friday, September 18, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 965

HappyUP!!! - brekko with a buddy
Why it happened - we set it up
Why it makes me happy - just great food and chat

HappyUP!!! Birdie on 13
Why it happened - nice drive, wedge and putt
Why it makes me happy - it was a birdie! We started on 12 which I bogeyed...nice to get back to scratch on hole 2

HappyUP!!! - great golf match
Why it happened - we all played mediocre....except for one guy
Why it makes me happy - I had the thrill of either making a 10 footer to win 45 bucks or missing to lose 5. I missed the putt but it was great to have the opportunity after an off day of golf

HappyUP!!! - texting with friends
Why it happened - we text
Why it makes me happy - set up some reconnection opportunities and more fun times in person


Brekko with my buddy
Talking with my tax guy
Birdie on 13
Bunker shot on 18
Sneaking in on the tournament
Drive on 1 and 3 and 8
4 iron on 7
Chance on 11
Breaking even for the day
A nice day for golf
Texting with my friends

Thursday, September 17, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 964

HappyUP!!! - getting some money repaid to me

Why it happened - you have a picture here of one of the reasons. You see...
<-----this guy is playing the last hole of the day.

Why it makes me happy - over the course of the year, I have "loaned" him money on the wagers that we have made. His ball finding the muck on the final hole assisted him in repaying back a small portion of the loan that he has taken out. I also know that his particular client of mine doesn't like to get dirty. Look at the lengths he has gone to in order to avoid paying me my rightful moolah. Absolutely disgusting! Check out those bare feet!

HappyUP!!! - 6 iron on 16 to near ace
Why it happened - I hit it on the button
Why it makes me happy - I was about 182 to the back pin. I threw this 6 iron up into the stratosphere with a slight came down...rolled out....and ended up with 3 inches of the hole. It came at a time when I really needed to hit a great shot.

HappyUP!!! - brekko with my friend
Why it happened - we set it up
Why it makes me happy - I love my friend to pieces. We hadn't had brekko in a while. It was great catching up and spending some time together.

HappyUP!!! - another buddy getting a job
Why it happened - my buddy decided to give up the free lancing
Why it makes me happy - I was thrilled to find someone in this market becoming gainfully employed.


Near Ace
Birdie on 4
Great recovery shot on 9
My other opponent throwing up on himself on hole 27
Fees from my attorney
Brekko with a good friend
Gorgeous weather
E-mailing with TeeRow
Nice message from my mentee

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 963

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 18
Why it happened - I stepped up
Why it makes me happy - my partner drove it over the fence on the demanding finishing hole. I put it deep and down the middle. I then tucked a 9 iron into the right quadrant.....and made the birdie putt which secured us the match. When you make it happen when you have to, no matter what you do, celebrate with a HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - gorgeous weather
Why it happened - it's almost fall
Why it makes me happy - we'll have many days like this before it gets cold. Coming off summer, this was a day to revel in.

HappyUP!!! - great day in the stock market
Why it happened - who knows
Why it makes me happy - I dumped two thirds or a MAJOR position on a day when it skyrocketed. Sure, it could go up some more but I locked in a solid profit and will now move on to the next deal.


Birdie on the last hole
Breaking even on games
Texts with a buddy of mine
Phone conversation with our club president
Beautiful weather
Great day in the stock market

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Ol Nutter Almanac 2009

Well -
short of a surprise burner in the next week, we are going to end the summer with 15 days at 100 or above here in the big Tomato. The call here was for a max of 12 so the almanac was slightly off this year.

As I looked back at last year's almanac - I can see that I should have been calling for 10-15 days at 100 or more.

I am going to call this year - as a victory for the almanac. 15 days is below average.....we called below average........the almanac kicks butt

9/3 - 102......8/29-103.......8/12 - 101.....8/10....101......7/27 - 102.....7/26 -100......7/19 - 107.....7/18 -106.....7/17 - 104...... 7/16 - 102..... 7/15 - 102...... 7/14 - 101...... 6/29 - 104...... 6/28 - 108...... 6/27 - 103

The Ol Nutter Almanac - 6/30/09
In Sacramento, the weather is great
- the only thing that can be a bit pesky is a massive amount of days over 100 in the summer.

Realizing this many years ago - I devised a way to predict the summer weather. It's super secret and proprietary. It is also amazingly accurate. Look at last year's on line tracking.
This year - will be a very nice summer. 10-12 days at 100 or above as validated by for Roseville, CAThis is a gutsy call here on June 29 when we have just had a few blistering days.

We'll be reposting - this post several times as we see how the Ol Nutter Almanac does this year

8/16 Update - 13 days at the century mark

Update 7/20/09 - We got a nice break today....mid to high 90's. We stand at 9 days over 100. The next 8 days are all predicted to crack triple digits. The Almanac is going to need a little help or it is going to get blown up for this year.
Update 7/16/2009 - uh oh! We add two more days to the over one hundred pile....and today is going to be a third. is now also calling for about 8 straight more days in triple digits. That would pretty much max us out for the Almanac to be on target this year. The good's possible to get a string of 100 days....and not have another one through the season. It happened a couple of years ago.

HappyUP!!! Day 962

HappyUP!!! - birdie on two
Why it happened - I hit the best 60 yard pitch shot of my life
Why it makes me happy - I pulled my second shot on this par 4.....into the oak tree on the left. The ball bounced straight back. I have one foot practically on a cart path. I have to pitch this about 45 yards under a tree, stay way right of the pin due to a sloping green, and then have it release another 15 yards on the green. I hit the shot perfectly. It rolled well right of the pin. Laf said, "wow, that's pretty damn good" or something to that effect. The ball then rolled back to the left.....down the slope.............BAM!......right in the jar.

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters
Why it happened - it's Tuesday and we have LOTS of members
Why it makes me happy - where do I start here? Our table topics winner was scared to death...we could all see it....and she did a great job despite being petrified. She was funny...funny...funny. Our two speakers were giving their second speeches and they are so far along and on their way to finding their groove....we needed volunteers for next week and they were all jumping in....we had a delightful guest there that will be joining. Great stuff.

HappyUP!!! - driving the golf ball
Why it happened - finally, I am finding "the plane"
Why it makes me happy - I am hitting the ball longer.....finally. I was actually driving up and with the Great Hansoni today. I can scramble by hitting the ball shorter but longer, straighter driving provides more opportunities to play offense

HappyUP!!! - some absolutely stellar iron strikes
Why it happened - da plane....da plane....I have found da plane
Why it makes me happy - when you hit an iron, particularly a 4, 5, or 6 iron, "on the button," the gratification is feel it. I made some absolutely pure strikes today.


Table Topics Winner
The two speeches
The volunteering
Stock market
The Driver
The Swing
3 birdies
Bonus 9......5 iron....5 iron....7 on 5....6 iron.....4 iron.....wedge on last hole
Good Facebook exchanges
E-mail from a friend

Monday, September 14, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 961

HappyUP!!! - unexpected rain
Why it happened - who's not the season
Why it makes me happy - it led to a perfect day in the high 70's....with moist soil. It allowed me to take the shirt off and do some rototilling without any dust. What a great day working the soil in the garden.

HappyUP!!! - going to see a movie
Why it happened - it was recommended 3 different ways
Why it makes me happy - it was a great flick. 500 days of Summer is a sleeper movie that just tugs at you.

HappyUP!!! - brekko
Why it happened - I was hungry
Why it makes me happy - I got some great food...time to write....and visit with my favorite server.


E-mails with a friend
Going to see a movie
Helping a friend

Sunday, September 13, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 960

HappyUP!!! - 18th hole
Why it happened - the match was tight and all competitors drove it well
Why it makes me happy - just the chance to hit the ball with everything on the line......exciting....and why I play golf

HappyUP!!!- birdie on 6
Why it happened - I nailed a putt
Why it makes me happy - I could have tried to go for the par 5 in 2....but that isn't my style. I laid it up to the perfect position...hit a solid wedge....and made the golf

HappyUP!!!-visit with a friend
Why it happened - my friend needed a favor
Why it makes me happy - glad I am in a position to help out

HappyUP!!! - driving the ball
Why it happened - I figured something out
Why it makes me happy - I usually drive the ball short....I was up with the big boys today due to some analysis the evening before of my swing.


Birdie on 6
Driving the ball
Visit from a friend
Great fellowship on the course

Saturday, September 12, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 959

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 18
Why it happened - my partner came through
Why it makes me happy - I played like a dog today....but my partner came through like a champ....especially on the last hole when he drained a 15 footer to win our match.

HappyUP!!! - our golf match
Why it happened - we were challenged
Why it makes me happy - we played with some nice guys....not the regulars. We had a really fun match that came down to the very end. Exciting

HappyUP!!! - donations
Why it happened - I got a text and a knock
Why it makes me happy - I was glad to help a couple of worthy causes

HappyUP!!! - mowing the lawn
Why it happened - I got some motivation after golf
Why it makes me happy - the lawn is looking good....and I will appreciate it tomorrow.


Partner birdie on 18
Our golf match
Trading some e-mails
Making a donation
Making another donation
Some drives
Up and down on 4
Wedge on 6 and 10

Friday, September 11, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 958

HappyUP!!! - mentoring appointment
Why it happened - my mentee and I set it up
Why it makes me happy - it felt good to share some valuable advice, get to know a Toastmasters member, and learn a few things myself. Mentoring is a SACRED privilege

HappyUP!!! - pars from the junk
Why it happened - I was recovering all day
Why it makes me happy - I made two pars with penalty strokes. I hit one out of the pond to withing 8 feet and made that for par. I had a sandshot almost fly in the hole and made that putt. Obviously, I wasn't striking it very well today....but recovering. It's all part of the game

HappyUP!!! - knocking down the pin on 13
Why it happened - I hit a heck of a wedge
Why it makes me happy - it actually may have been a bad break to hit the pin...the ball may have gone in or left me with an easier putt. Still, I hit the wedge exactly like I wanted and it was beautiful to watch it in the air as it sailed toward the target.

HappyUP!!! - reconnecting with a couple of friends
Why it happened - I reached out
Why it makes me happy - I thought one buddy had disappeared. We'll make sure we get together soon. It's good to keep the friends.


Par on 3 with a penalty stroke
Greenie on 4
Drive on 5...and 6
Par from pond on 7
Par on 10 with penalty stroke
Sandy on 11
Knocking the flag down on 13
Second shot on 18
Reconnecting with a couple of friends

Thursday, September 10, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 957

HappyUP!!! - MCing
Why it happened - Area Toastmasters Speech Contest
Why it makes me happy - I have a good reputation as an MC that adds to the program....many Toastmasters don' I am always honored when I am asked to do this. From tonight's performance, I was asked to do it at the Division Contest in Auburn. The contests are always good but sometimes the program (the MC's job) is dry. It makes me happy that I bring the smiles to the faces and get invited back again.

HappyUP!!! - Liz and Bob
Why it happened - Area Speech Contest
Why it makes me happy - Bob was our speech contest contestant and Liz represented us in Table Topics. These are brand new Toastmasters to our club. They didn't win as they went up against experienced people.......and that's OK. They both learned a lot but, best of all, they did great. One of them probably could have/should have won but judging is judging....they were good enough to win.

HappyUP!!! - 4 birdies
Why it happened - 3 were good shots...1 was a long putt
Why it makes me happy - birdies make up for mistakes....and I make my share of mistakes. I'm not usually a big birdie guy and this ties my personal record for my course (set yesterday). Even with the good shots, you have to make the putts. The HappyUP!!! may be that I am rolling the rock pretty well right now.

HappyUP!!! - winning my bets
Why it happened - I scored well
Why it makes me happy - I didn't hit the ball that great. I could have had my fanny handed to me. The short game was in control and I won against two of my opponents and pushed with the evil P.E.N.O. (Public Enemy Number One). I let PENO off the hook on the last hole....hard to overcome bad ball striking into the pond but, despite that, we shot about the same score. It's a good day when you are shooting PENO numbers.


4 birdies
Winning my bets
Good putting...sandy....short game
Discovering something with the driver after the round
Area Speech Contest
Phone call from a friend
Text from another friend
Great golf game lined up for Saturday

QuoteUP!!! 13 - Rudyard Kipling

"I keep six honest men, they taught me all I knew; their names are What and Why and When, and How and Where and Who"

-Rudyard Kipling

While sometimes - we do learn by talking things through and cauterizing our thoughts in the process...

By and large - we learn nothing by talking. We learn by listening. We get specific learning by asking questions that direct the recipient of the question to address the area in which our knowledge is deficient.

Questions - questions, and questions. The quality of your life will be guided by the quality of questions that you ask and who you ask them of.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 956

HappyUP!!! - 4 birdies
Why it happened - there were some great shots involved
Why it makes me happy - while I have had 4 or more at other courses, 4 birdies is the most I have had at my home course. Yep....hard to believe but it's true. Hey, I'm not a birdie machine. It was good to push the bar up by one today.

HappyUP!!! - chip in and near ace
Why it happened - see the above
Why it makes me happy - the near ace had us thinking, "is this the day?" while we walked up to the green. While the answer was "no", kick in birdies are great. The chip in? As I looked at the situation, I thought, "guys on tour would be looking to make this one," and then I hit a lovely little pitch shot.

HappyUP!!! - winning a putting contest
Why it happened - I "aced" the last hole
Why it makes me happy - I was doing an informal little game with the best player at our club.... and a guy who is a better putter than me. We were tied when I led off the final hole....and I will be damned if I didn't run that 20 footer into the hole....wheeeeeee! He'll need to go practice his putting now.

HappyUP!!! - phone call with a friend
Why it happened - we'd been swapping calls
Why it makes me happy - we had a great that was overdue. I'm sure will get together
and swap tales in person soon.


4 birdies
Seeing a birdie on the last hole
Winning a putting contest
Trading bar talk
Hitting some balls
Phone call with a friend
2 sandies on the back 9

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 955

HappyUP!!! - icebreaker
Why it happened - Toastmasters
Why it makes me happy - a new member gave her first speech today. As a visitor, two weeks ago, she was crying at the thought of being asked for her impressions of the meeting. Today, she was giving a speech....she almost lost it.....but persevered......and cracked everyone else up in the process. I KNOW she is feeling better tonight about herself.........and THAT is why I go every week.

HappyUP!!! - mentor meeting setup
Why it happened - my mentee asked
Why it makes me happy - see the above. I love going one on one....asking questions.....and helping people figure things out for themselves.

HappyUP!!! - booking a trip
Why it happened - a friend has a free room for me
Why it makes me happy - I'm heading to Hawaii.....and all it is costing me is a plane ticket. My friend doesn't care about eating out so we'll probably eat simply at home......and keep it cheap and Hawaii......and that works for me.


2nd Speech
Toastmasters Meeting
Booking the trip
Giving a friend some help
Cracking up on Facebook

Monday, September 07, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 954

HappyUP!!! - finding a bookcase
Why it happened - I'm getting ready to redecorate
Why it makes me happy - one of the built in shelves that we took out of this place has been out in the garage. It will work perfectly in my office per my measurements today. No expense....HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - request for help from a friend
Why it happened - my friend is struggling
Why it makes me happy - when you have the tools to help someone when they really need it, it is a sacred privilege to do so.

HappyUP!!! - hole 17
Why it happened - there are 18 holes on a course
Why it makes me happy - it was playing a bit into the wind....and, with the new driver, I had it past everyone except one guy who hits it really long. He was only a couple of yards past me. Then, I clubbed down and hit a punch 9 iron into the wind to 3 feet....kick in birdie....and, boy, did I need a birdie!


Birdie on 17
Drive on 15
Drive on 17
Sandy on 1
Request for help from a friend
Finding a bookcase

Sunday, September 06, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 953

HappyUP!!! - tee time tomorrow
Why it happened - my buddy got it after we missed the cut
Why it makes me happy - can't wait to take the improved swing back to my regular course to see where the ball goes

HappyUP!!! - friend doing well at State Fair
Why it happened - he's a great player
Why it makes me happy - he is only 2 back going into the final round. It would be a big win for him. He just needs to come through tomorrow. I think PENO can do it.

HappyUP!!! - the stinger 3 wood
Why it happened - I decided, "what the heck"
Why it makes me happy - there was a dogleg par 4 that was too short for the driver. My regular 3 wood shot might work but who knows. PENO showed me the stinger the other day and I decided to give it a knock. I hit it with a little draw and got it around the corner perfectly.

HappyUP!!! - driving the golf ball
Why it happened - shortened my swing
Why it makes me happy - today...and all weekend....I kept up with the people in my group. Sometimes I was the long knock...sometimes they were...the point is that I was with them. I seem to have the new driver dialed in.


Chat with my buddy
Winning a bet
Getting a tee time tomorrow
Text with another friend
Opening tee shot
9 iron on 2
Putt on 3
Putt on 5
Chip on 6
Putt on 9
Stinger on 10
Putt on 10
Drive on 11
Drive on 12
8 iron on 13
Drive on 14

Saturday, September 05, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 952

HappyUP!!! - opening tee shot
Why it happened - practice
Why it makes me happy - the initial tee shot in a tournament can always be dodgy....not today. I piped it!

HappyUP!!! - four birdies
Why it happened - I had distance control and a good putter
Why it makes me happy - four birdies is quite a few for me...especially when none of them came on the easy par 5's. I had the irons going today. Birdies help cover mistakes

HappyUP!!! - near ace
Why it happened - see good irons above
Why it makes me happy - it's nice when you are standing on the tee....and you know the birdie is done. It makes for a HappyUP!!! walk to the green

HappyUP!!! - call with my friend
Why it happened - my friend was pulling for me
Why it makes me happy - we had a crack up conversation. Laughter...the ultimate HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - check in the mail
Why it happened - 401k distribution
Why it makes me happy - who doesn't like an unexpected check in your mailbox? HappyUP!!!


Four Birdies
Opening T-shot
Check in the mail
Catching a friend on the phone
BYU/Oklahoma football game
Bogey putt
Near Ace

Friday, September 04, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 951

HappyUP!!! - meeting a new guy at the club
Why it happened - he joined us for a bonus 9
Why it makes me happy - JB seems like a really nice guy....and another guy we can tee it up with. Always good to add to the fun.

HappyUP!!! - stock market had a good day
Why it happened - I have no idea
Why it makes me happy - it was a dodgy week but we had a nice recovery the last two days....nice to know the dough is still there.

HappyUP!!! - wedge to 13
Why it happened - perfect shot
Why it makes me happy - whenever you hit any full shot to kick in range, it's a HappyUP!!!....all the way from when you hit it until you get to the green because you KNOW you are done golfing on that hole.

HappyUP!!! - text from a friend
Why it happened - I have a tournament tomorrow
Why it makes me happy - always feels good to know someone is rooting for you.

HappyUP!!! - playing with my almost in-law
Why it happened - he's thinking of joining our club
Why it makes me happy - my brother's brother in law is a solid golfer. First time on our track today and he shot 71...and hardly ever plays. It's good to watch someone that hits the ball solidly all the time........while, at the same time wondering, "why the heck don't I do that?"

HappyUP!!! - running down a couple of birdie putts
Why it happened - I'm a pretty decent putter
Why it makes me happy - one putt had to be 35-40 feet with 4 feet of took awhile to get there....and it looked so good all the way. The other one went in from about 20 when my opponent had hit it within about 8 feet. Whenever you knock yours in, it makes the other guy's a little longer.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 950

HappyUP!!! - hitting my first 9 greens of the day
Why it happened - I was consistent
Why it makes me happy - I don't think I have ever done this. I usually hit between 8-10 greens in a round total. True to form, I only hit one green on the back side but I had it going for a bit.

HappyUP!!! - stuffing it on the 36th hole
Why it happened - I nutted up
Why it makes me happy - my opponent had hit it within 10 feet.....and the wagers were on the line. I got up and hit it within 5. No putts were made by either of us but we battled to the finish.

HappyUP!!! - brekko invite
Why it happened - my buddy wants to see me
Why it makes me happy - haven't broken bread with this friend in awhile. Can't wait to get together.

HappyUP!!! - sushi invite
Why it happened - a good friend wanted to get in on the Month of Festival
Why it makes me happy - I always love grabbin sushi with my sushi buddy. We'll be doing this one soon.


36 holes
Winning some bets
Knocking it stiff on 18 the second time around
Playing the last hole of every 9 very solidly
Brekko invite
Sushi invite
Hanging with my nephew
Hitting my first 9 greens of the day

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 949

HappyUP!!! - accupuncture
Why it happened - golfer's elbow
Why it makes me happy - it will still take a bit but I know this treatment has helped me before.... plus I like my doc. Cool person to visit with

HappyUP!!! - AT&T Store
Why it happened - my phone went dead
Why it makes me happy - I was in a hurry.....and I was in and out of that store in about 15 minutes with a new, temporary phone with all of my data transferred. The person was super helpful and I will be going back to see her over the weekend for that SmartPhone.

HappyUP!!! - phone call from a friend
Why it happened - my friend returned my call
Why it makes me happy - we got caught up and will be grabbing some coffee together soon.

HappyUP!!! - a crisp pitching wedge
Why it happened - I was frustrated
Why it makes me happy - I was hitting the ball poorly today.....and have been for a couple of weeks. After yet another poor shot, I decided, "I am going to take the club back shorter and just FIRE through the hitting area." BAM! I then said, "hmmmmm....isn't that the way you were swinging last year when you were playing really well?" Need to do a little work on the range but I started hitting it better....and with less effort

HappyUP!!! - drive on 6
Why it happened - I went back out to play a few more holes
Why it makes me happy - I had played 18. One of my buddies was on the 6th so I decided to go out and join him for some bonus holes. He hits it a LOT farther than me. He hit his drive pretty well......and then I knocked it 5 yards past him. Now, he still hits it farther than me but he was extremely surprised to see my ball past his....the HappyUP!!!!

HappyUP!!! - up and down on the last three holes
Why it happened - I executed some tough shots
Why it makes me happy - I needed to get all three of these up and down to save par or my buddy would have owned me. The SuperHappyUP!!!! came on buddy was on the green in 2. I was faced with a long bunker shot that was easy to mess up. I knocked it to about 4 feet and made the putt which saved me some geeters.


A crisp pitching wedge
Up and down on 16 and 17
Sandie on 18
Drive on 6
3 wood both times on 14
Call from a Toastmaster buddy
E-mail from a friend
Call from another friend

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

HappyUP!!! Day 948

HappyUP!!! - birdie on the 27th hole
Why it happened - a stellar second shot and putt
Why it makes me happy - it was a long day of golf with our fivesome. There were some wagers on the final, 27th better time to pull through with a great shot to 10 feet....and draining the putt...and I mean....DRAINED. My main opponent was closer than me and there is no doubt that, after watching Drano, his putt got a little longer. Coming through in the clutch...nothing better

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters Contest
Why it happened - it's that time of year
Why it makes me happy - we are sending on a couple of great new members to the next level. They will grow so much through this experience.

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 14
Why it happened - I drained another putt
Why it makes me happy - I got a bad break on the drive...had to drop down to a 5 iron rather than a 3 wood for second shot....then hit a 7 iron rather than a wedge into the green. I fought it off and made birdie on a difficult hole

HappyUP!!! - birdie on hole 20 (number 2)
Why it happened - I hit a fabulous 8 iron
Why it makes me happy - it's not often I hit 8 iron into this hole from the gold tees.....and I made the most of it this time.....putting it within 5 feet of the pin!


Birdie putt on hole 27
8 iron and birdie on hole 20
Birdie on 14
Chip on 11
6 iron on 12
Wedge on 13
3 wood on 16
Putt on 17
Toastmasters contest
Blackberry for backup