Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
HappyUP!!! - Joining up on the back 9
Why it happened - it was a slow round at Kauia Lagoons
Why it made me happy - the guy and the son were good players. We were all on the same page. No hacking it around.
HappyUP!!! - back to back birdies
Why it happened - I am a talent?
Why it makes me happy - I don't birdie back to back at home that much. I made them on 12 and 13 at the Lagoons...I was 2 under on the back side. That's a big deal and a HappyUP!!!
HappyUP!!! - Sunset photos
Why it happened - I am in Hawaii
Why it makes me happy - everyone is a photographer in Hawaii....everyone!!! You get to enjoy the experience and know that you can't screw it up. I'll post the photos separately.
Joining up on the back 9
Back to back birdies
Up and down on the last hole
Clean up dinner
Hybrid into par 3
Seeing how to “get it set”
Thursday, November 19, 2009
HappyUP!!! - Princeville
Why it happened - we made the drive
Why it makes me happy - Princeville is legendary golf on the islands. There were a lot of dramatic golf holes there. Very strategic. I played poorly....but enjoyed every moment. Great golf course
HappyUP!!! - grilled steaks
Why it happened - we gotta eat
Why it makes me happy - we are at a timeshare. I had to use the communal grill. The marinade that I threw it in last night was a risk....and the steaks came out great
HappyUP!!! - Puff the Magic Dragon
Why it happened - I was in Hanalei Bay
Why it makes me happy - I saw Puff! “Puff, the magic dragon, lived by the sea.....” I grew up with that song.
HappyUP!!! - hybrid on par three
Why it happened - I was 190 to the pin into the wind
Why it makes me happy - this was all carry over a chasm. Any spin right or left could be disaster. I stung that puppy right over the pin....205 into the wind. This shot was hit as pure as a golf ball can be hit. Heaven.
<------See PUFF? - look at the land sticking out
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
HappyUP!!! - NAT in the stock market
Why it happened - who knows....shipping rates are going up
Why it makes me happy - I have a good position in this stock. It has been a laggard all year. Today, it was up 6.25%.....HappyUP!!!
HappyUP!!! - wedging in
Why it happened - I didn’t care
Why it makes me happy - I had made a mess of this hole. My damn ball got stuck in a tree. By the time I was hitting my 50 yard shot in, I was staring double bogey in the face.....and then the ball rolled into the cup. Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!
HappyUP!!! - Ocean views
Why it happened - we played at the muni
Why it makes me happy - tremendous views....right on the coastline....I mean right on the beach...at a public course. It was beautiful.
Ocean views from the muni course
NAT in the stock market
A day at the beach
7 iron into par three
Texting with friends
Uke on the green
Our native golfing friends
Driving range session
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
HappyUP!!! - Poipu Beach Golf
Why it happened - today was “nice” golf day
Why it makes me happy - today we played at a top drawer resort. It was right on the coast. Spectacular views. Very little rain. Unimpeded. Gotta love it.
HappyUP!!! - beach time
Why it happened - I’m in Kauai
Why it makes me happy - sitting at the outdoor bar/grill right on the beach...in the shade...with all the activity in front of me. A guy could spend a long time there.
HappyUP!!! - birdies
Why it happened - I have a bit of skill
Why it makes me happy - I love birdies...and I had bookkends today....on the first and the 18th. I was happy coming and going.
Poipu Beach Golf
Birdie on the first hole
Birdie on the final hole
Hanging down by the beach
A delicious burger
Sand shot to a gimmie
Taking the lead in the Kammannawannalaya Open
Monday, November 16, 2009
HappyUP!!! - Joes on the Green
Why it happened - my buddy was sitting in
Why it makes me happy - what are the odds that my guitar/ukulele master and buddy from Roseville would be in Kauai at the same time as me?...and sitting in with a local guitar player/singer. It was a night of bliss.
HappyUP!!! - unimpeded golf
Why it happened - we play early
Why it makes me happy - there is nothing better than playing golf and never having to wait.....and we didn’t
HappyUP!!! - 5 iron into 18
Why it happened - I stepped up
Why it makes me happy - I needed to hit a great shot....and, boy, did I? It would have been great to make the birdie putt but the shot, in the wind, was pretty special
Sunday, November 15, 2009
HappyUP!!! - wind in the trees
Why it happened - I am in Kauai
Why it makes me happy - screen door open in bedroom with a tropical breeze blowing through...sleeping doesn’t get better than that
HappyUP!!! - birdie on second hole
Why it happened - a nice wedge shot
Why it makes me happy - I love birdies....and it only took me two holes to get my first one on Kauai
HappyUP!!! - 7 iron on downhill par three
Why it happened - I hit it pure
Why it makes me happy - once in awhile you play a course with an EXTREMELY elevated tee. Today was like that. You don’t really know how the wind and elevation are going to affect things. I got it right on this hole and striped it right over the flag...just past the pin
Wind blosing through the trees during night
A great nights sleep
Birdie on the second hole
7 iron on downhill par three
Just relaxing after golf
Saturday, November 14, 2009
HappyUP!!! - giving lady my window seat
Why it happened - I am a giver
Why it makes me happy - OK, I really wanted to sit next to my buddy but the lady
was so happy to exchange her aisle seat for my window seat that it made me feel very cheritable
HappyUP!!! - tropical downpour
Why it happened - it’s what Kauai is about
Why it makes me happy - we just came in today. No golf was planned. While it is no guarantee against future rains, at least we weren’t out in this monsoon.
HappyUP!!! - ride to the airport
Why it happned - my buddy wanted to use my truck
Why it makes me happy - I drove to my bud’s house at 6:30 a.m., made the pick up, drove to the curb, and got my stuff out right there. In return, I have a guaranteed ride when I get back
HappyUP!!! - call during the layover
Why it happened - my friend had some time
Why it makes me happy - my buddy and I were supposed to chat before I left town but we couldn’t catch each other. It was great getting caught up.
Friday, November 13, 2009
An affordable upgrade
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Why it happened - I made it
Why it makes me happy - I got my sis-in-law's Caesar salad recipe a couple of weeks ago. I LOVE her salad. NOW, I can have it anytime. There are a lot of ingredients that go into a fine salad dressing.
HappyUP!!! - seeing a buddy
Why it happened - my bud stopped by on way to work
Why it makes me happy - it was great seeing and visiting with my friend........and sharing some of my wonderful salad!
HappyUP!!! - new shirts
Why it happened - I was at Wide World of Golf
Why it makes me happy - I'll be looking good on the links.....well, don't I always? I'll just continue looking fine.
Great errand run
Made a great salad dressing
Seeing a buddy
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Why it happened - total synchronicity/coincidence
Why it makes me happy - it turns out that, while I am in Kaui, a couple of my friends are going to be there too.....in the same town we are at. One of my friends will be "sitting in" with a local ukulele player a couple nights at an outdoor watering hole/restaurant. THAT is going to be some good times and, hopefully, we'll get to get some "locals insight" into the island
HappyUP!!! - brekko with a buddy
Why it happened - we set it up
Why it makes me happy - it's been awhile since we got together. We had some VERY meaningful conversation.
HappyUP!!! - extended coffee with my buddy
Why it happened - he had extra time
Why it makes me happy - always love shooting the breeze with this friend. We got bonus time today
HappyUP!!! - birdie putts
Why it happened - who knows...stroked some good ones
Why it makes me happy - dropped one absolute "e-ticket ride" putt during the round......and a 20 foot slider on the 9th hole...right after my opponent had chipped in on me for a par. Basically, he kind of screwed me with that great shot.....so I screwed him right back with a great putt. FUN stuff!!!
Extended coffee with my buddy
Brekko with a good friend
27 holes with great guys
Absolutely gorgeous weather
Great Facebook and e-mail communications
Hooking up some contacts on an upcoming vacation
Birdie on 9
Birdie on 21
Seeing my "family" at breakfast
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Why it happened - we had a guest
Why it makes me happy - it looks like we will add ANOTHER member to our Toastmaster's Club.
HappyUP!!! - brekko with a buddy
Why it happened - we set it up
Why it makes me happy - we ended up at Pac Street.....the other places we tried were closed. It was cool that my friend got a taste of Old Roseville
HappyUP!!! - 18 holes
Why it happened - we played fast
Why it makes me happy - I wasn't even going to play....then, I just joined the boys on the back nine.....but then came bonus holes.....and we got an entire extra nine in on a beautiful day.
Monday, November 09, 2009
Why it happened - he was giving me some news
Why it makes me happy - besides getting the news, at the end of our conversation, we had THE WEIRDEST....absolutely WEIRDEST.....coincidence happen. It's a good one, though.
HappyUP!!! - great eats
Why it happened - made a trip to the grocery store
Why it makes me happy - it's good when you have some tasty sustenance that is made at home and not TOO bad for you.
HappyUP!!! - hearing from a buddy
Why it happened - I got a text
Why it makes me happy - I'm going to get to meet my buddy for some brekko tomorrow at a place I haven't been to in forever.
Vacation on the mind
Call from the Dominator
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Why it happened - I was hitting it consistently
Why it makes me happy - that is a lot of greens for me from the gold tees. Things are going in the right direction on the golf course.
HappyUP!!! - texting with a friend
Why it happened -we were on Facebook
Why it makes me happy - we haven't seen each other in years....yet we were texting like the old days. Immaturity is underrated.
HappyUP!!! - helping someone on the range
Why it happened - my buddy and his wife were heading out to golf
Why it makes me happy - I never had seen my buddy's wife swing a club. I was leaving and I saw her backswing....awesome. Her downswing?....sucked! I had to step in because she obviously had the athleticism. My attention then got one of our pros to come over and give her more assistance. Rumor has it, she went out and nearly had a hole-in-one! She got a birdie...HappyUP!!!
HappyUP!!! - what weather!
Why it happened - just a great location
Why it makes me happy - we teed off at 8:40...had to play front nine in rain pants to stay warm...stripped down for the back side....perfect!
Wedge on 3....hybrid on 4...5 iron on 5....wedge on 6....5 iron on 8....7 iron on 12...drive on 13...hybrid on 16....wedge on 17....5 iron on 18
Helping someone on the range
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Why it happened - I tried something new
Why it makes me happy - being single, it's not convenient to go through the prep for one. No need with these ribs........oh my god!
HappyUP!!! - bunker shot
Why it happened - practice
Why it makes me happy - I got it up and down from a tough spot on 11 with a stellar bunker shot. Hmmm...yesterday, I hit some practice bunker shots as part of warmup...I did the same thing today.....and I felt very confident as I stood in the trap. I think I could be on to something
HappyUP!!! - putting
Why it happened - I really don't know
Why it makes me happy - some days, you just have the putter dialed in. I made a 6 footer on 1, a 5 footer on 2, a 25 footer on 3, a 60 footer on 6, a 15 footer on 7, horseshoed a 25 footer on 8, a 6 footer on 14....and almost holed an impossible putt on 18. No three putts. It makes life easier
HappyUP!!! - back to back birdies
Why it happened - see putter above
Why it makes me happy - I love birdies.....and my opponents don't...well, at least mine. Knocking in some unlikely putts is great fun!
7 iron on 7
5 iron on 8
Bunker shot on 11
Driver...3 wood...wedge...putt on 14
Driver..wedge on 15
6 iron on 16
5 iron on 17
Texting with my friends
Friday, November 06, 2009
Why it happened - I'm playing pretty well
Why it makes me happy - that's a tie for the most birdies in a round on my home course....it's also very profitable to have multiple birdies.
HappyUP!!! - bunker shot on 18
Why it happened - my buddy and I did some bunker practice before playing
Why it makes me happy - all the dough was on the line. I stepped in to the trap for this tricky little shot. Due to the practice, I KNEW I was going to hit a good one.....and I stuck it within 2 feet. I pocket the cash....HappyUP!!!
HappyUP!!! - late sushi
Why it happened - my buddy made the offer
Why it makes me happy - I hadn't eaten......and I was hungry.....plus we had a great visit that I really wasn't suspecting.
HappyUP!!! - drive on 11
Why it happened - I nailed it with a draw
Why it makes me happy - OK...so I am the short knock in our group....when I put this missile into flight and it was discovered as to where it ended up, the boyz started thinking a bit. There was a slight tail breeze but this one clocked in over 300 yds. Sure, it was a bit of a fluke but it was tagged.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Why it happened - it's time
Why it makes me happy - stockton yellows, red torpedoes, walla wallas, spanish whites....let's hope they make it through the winter.....all 36 of em.
HappyUP!!! - drive on last hole
Why it happened - I took the driver rather than 3 wood
Why it makes me happy - the 9th hole is a tight one...you gotta be crazy to take out the big stick. Call me crazy....I hit it farther than I have ever been....it left me a light wedge in.....and a win on the hole that almost broke me even with my opponent.
HappyUP!!! - NEAR ACE!!!
Why it happened - I hit a nice punch shot
Why it makes me happy - good thing it didn't go in....I couldn't be part of the "bitter and the aceless" if it had rolled 3 more inches and gone in the hole. We played the 7th hole twice today. My buddy proceeded to leave it 2 inches short and was that close to his first ace
HappyUP!!! - drive on 6
Why it happened - I was busting it
Why it makes me happy - I had my short hybrid left into this par 5. I usually have to layup while my opponents can always go for it. If I can get it in this range...or even a few yards back...I make up a lot of disadvantage.
HappyUP!!! - birdies on two and three
Why it happened - a great 8 iron....and a lovely tear drop wedge
Why it makes me happy - I had bogeyed the first hole.....then turned right around and got it to one under. Talk about a bounce back!!!
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Why it happened - I was invited
Why it makes me happy - it was great seeing a pro sporting event with a buddy. Got my first view of the "new look" Kings. While what I saw may not have been a HappyUP!!!, we had a good time.
HappyUP!!! - birdie on 12
Why it happened - I hit a great 5 iron
Why it makes me happy - the irons were a little dodgy today....this was a peach. Hadn't birdied this little par three in awhile
HappyUP!!! - catching up with a high school chum
Why it happened - Facebook IM-ing
Why it makes me happy - absolutely great to chat with a long lost friend......and we live closeby. We'll hook up at some point.
IM-ing on Facebook with a long lost high school pal
Golfing with four good buddies
Birdie on 13
Sand save on 16
Great flop shot on 18
Going to the Kings game
Prosepective good news from a buddy
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Why it happened - played some golf
Why it makes me happy - BobOH has a habit of getting into my wallet.....hey....guess what....he finally had to pay me!.....and it was from the Black tees!!!
HappyUP!!! - hitting number 6 in two from the Black Tees
Why it happened - I motored the drive out there
Why it makes me happy - I'm a short hitter.....but have been stretching it a bit farther lately. I got sucked into playing the 7500 yard tees today. I have only hit number 6 in two a couple of times from the up tees. After putting a drive out there, I said, "well, don't know if I can get to the green but I think I can clear the traps." After pelting the 3-wood and driving up to the green, it was a surprise and a HappyUP!!! to see my ball sitting right in the middle of it.
HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters
Why it happened - it's Tuesday
Why it makes me happy - more great speeches.....and great members.....and two guests lined up for next week. It just keeps getting better.
HappyUP!!! - talking with my buddy
Why it happened - my buddy needed some info
Why it makes me happy - I hadn't talked to this person in a loooooooooooooooong time.....we had reconnected on Facebook. Nice to have a chat.
HappyUP!!! - two birdies
Why it happened - see above for one of them (on in two)....and three great shots on another par 5
Why it makes me happy - we were playing the black tees today. I was happy just to have some birdie opportunities...let alone put them down.
Top down in morning
Guest for next week
Playing with a great golfer
Knocking it on 6 in two from the black tees
Up and down on 15
Up and down on 17
Up and down on 18
Hybrid on 16
Wedge on 14
Talking with a buddy
Monday, November 02, 2009
Why it happened - hungy
Why it makes me happy - TraderJoes has it going on the lamb tips....had the last of them tonight and they were tremendous...again. Had a little salad with some leftover Caesar dressing that my sis-in-law made last night (it is THE BEST salad dressing I have EVER had). HappyTummy!
HappyUP!!! - three birdies
Why it happened - I got the wedge going
Why it makes me happy - birdies are indicators of skillful play....no luck in these ones today. It actually should have been five but we'll save those others for another day
HappyUP!!! - Phillies win
Why it happened - they shelled the Yankees starter
Why it makes me happy - more games! I really don't care who wins. I just like to see more games. I'd love to see it come down to a nail biting game 7.
HappyUP!!! - Kings win
Why it happened - who knows...they probably won't get a lot of them
Why it makes me happy - I am going to see them on Wed night. They looked pretty good. I'm hoping for a competitive game when I see them.
Canning a big putt on last hole
Phillies extend the series
Dramatically gorgeous weather
Beautiful full moon
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Why it happened - it was my nephew's birthday
Why it makes me happy - I got to see the family and a couple of good friends
HappyUP!!! - dinner itself
Why it happened - my sis-in-law loves to cook
Why it makes me happy - her caesar salad and dressing is the best in the world. I love it every time she serves it. It's like a treat. Her lasagna was over the top too.
HappyUP!!! - scrambling
Why it happened - I wasn't striking it great...and had some poor course mgmt
Why it makes me happy - it saved me some dough...and frustrated my opponents. I made some
pars from the most unlikely of places today. I also showed some skills from places that take some.
74 degree day
7 iron on 2
Par on 3...Par on 5...Par on 11...Par on 16
When I go to a store - I always figure that I am a guest and should behave as a guest should behave.
This means being appreciative of being invited - to set foot upon the property of another.
When it comes to a store - the proprietor has taken a degree of financial risk. In the meantime, the proprietor has made my life more convenient.
At a grocery store - I get the convenience and tremendous selection. I am even provided a nice rolling cart in which to place my goods. It really is a nice thing the grocery store does.
They even put places - out by my car to return their cart. They didn't have to do that. In most cases, they have 2-4 of these locations to make things as convenient as possible. I appreciate grocery stores for doing this.
I really do
SO WHY IN THE HELL WOULD I EVER SEE SOMETHING LIKE THIS?
The person that does this - increases the expense of our host, the grocery store owner. It takes the guy who gets the carts longer. Payroll costs go up...
Prices have to be increased - I am also not thinking that treating the tool that our host has given us this way adds to the economic life of the cart.
Why would anyone do this? - I don't get it