Monday, May 31, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1218

HappyUP!!! - 6 iron on 14
Why it happened - I stepped on it big time
Why it makes me happy - knocked my drive into the hazard....looked like a bogey or double bogey...ripped a 3 wood...still had 170 into the wind...lying 4 on the par 5....and then I just nailed that 6 iron to 17 feet....and made the downhill putt....turned a loss into a win there

HappyUP!!! - nephew got home
Why it happened - it was about time
Why it makes me happy - why does cable suck so bad in hospitals? The poor patients already have nothing to about some decent cable? Well....he's back home....and that is one step closer to better.

HappyUP!!! - Memorial Day
Why it happened - it comes around every year
Why it makes me happy - "Thanks.....Dad."


Drives on 2...3...5...6...9...10...11...13...15...17...18
Wedge on 10
Bunker shot on 3
6 iron on 4
5 iron on 7
Flop shot on 8
Wedge on 9
5 iron on 11
6 iron on 14
7 iron on 16
Wedge on 17
Friends having great Mem Day

Memorial Day
Nephew is home

On Memorial Day 2010

I appreciate all - of our men and women in the service

...but I shall never forget - the chain of events.....and the sure luck....that allowed me to be here....which happened because of the determination and will to live of my late father.

And the story? - it's here.

Happy Memorial Day to all

Sunday, May 30, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1217

HappyUP!!! - weeding
Why it happened - I have a garden
Why it makes me happy - the sun was just perfect today....the smell of the tomatoe plants....seeing the first zucchini. Good times in the garden

HappyUP!!! - 8 iron 18
Why it happened - every once in awhile, I show some skills
Why it makes me happy - I needed to deliver the knock out blow.....and I did....perfectly striped 8 iron from 160 to within 5 feet of the pin.

HappyUP!!! - flop on 16
Why it happened - I have that shot
Why it makes me happy - I was in a tight match....I'd hit a good shot...just a little long and a little left. I was facing a very tough "up and down." I hit a very special shot....knocked in the putt...and kept myself alive.


Birdie on 6
8 iron on 18
Bringing it last 4 holes
Pitch on 16
6 iron on 12
chip on 13
Gorgeous weather
Texts with my buddy

Saturday, May 29, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1216

HappyUP!!! - playing with the doc
Why it happened - the doc texted me
Why it makes me happy - I hadn't played golf with the doc in forever. He's a crack up and a great guy

HappyUP!!! - flopped a shot into the hole
Why it happened - I have a decent short game
Why it makes me happy - I was down in a place where you don't get it down in 2 very often....I cut this one up high...dropped it down...took a little roll....and BOOM!

HappyUP!!! - enjoying the sunshine
Why it happened - got done golfing and took a little walk
Why it makes me happy - today was just a winner of a day....for many reasons...and when you are living in such tremendous weather, it just makes it that much better.


Playin with the Doc
Up n down on 3&4&8
Hole out on 5
8 iron on 7
Drive on 18

Friday, May 28, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1215

HappyUP!!! - hospital visit
Why it happened - I've got a sick relative
Why it makes me happy - I'm not sure I cheered my nephew up....but I certainly got a dose of laughter. The best news is that he should get out by tommorrow. THAT is a SuperHappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - Fantasy Golf
Why it happened - I'm in a league
Why it makes me happy - my "A" player must have birdied the last hole....I had written him off to missing the cut. He just got in which gives me a full team playing on the weekend.

HappyUP!!! - driving range
Why it happened - needed to smack some spuds
Why it makes me happy - I got some good work done....and ran into my buddy, Dennis, who will be joining us for some weekend golf now that I got a chance to invite him.


Fantasy Golf
Great news about a friend
Hospital visit

Thursday, May 27, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1214

HappyUP!!! - getting my adversary for some geeters
Why it happened - he rolled over
Why it makes me happpy - on a lifetime put me back up on top of him in winnings

HappyUP!!! - thunderstorms
Why it happened - it's weather
Why it makes me happy - they were supposed to come when we were playing golf. I am so blessed to
that they didn't....and I was able to enjoy them from the comfy confines of my home. I LOVE a good thunderstorm.

HappyUP!!! - meditation
Why it happened - I meditate on occasion
Why it makes me happy - hey..when you aren't a consistent practicer of the process....20 minutes of being totally still isn't that easy. Sure...peeps think it would's not. When I was done, I felt great!


Enrolling in a U Penn on line course for the summer
Drive/wedge on 1
Birdie on 3
Putt on 7
Sand shot/Putt on 8
Putt on 16

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1213

HappyUP!!! - niece's birthday
Why it happened - uh...everyone has a birthday
Why it makes me happy - my bro and his wife thought we should go out to dinner. Good times with them and another couple.

HappyUP!!! - burger month
Why it happened - La Provence is celebrating it
Why it makes me happy - La Provence is a great restaraunt here in town. You normally would NOT grab a burger there....but....hey...they had burger month (which actually lasts 4 days). I took the rare opportunity to grabe a Lamburger....delicious

HappyUP!!! - my nephew
Why it happened - he ended up in the hospital
Why it makes me happy - nephew in the never a HappyUP!!!...but the fact he got time....and it is "just" pneumonia this time is a lot better than what it could have been/usually is. I was kind of racked up before I knew what was going on.


Niece's birthday

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1212

HappyUP!!! - stock market recovery
Why it happened - bulls and bears are fighting
Why it makes me happy - this is a classic example of how this HappyUP!!! process has helped me. The stock market was down over 300 points and has been trending downward. It still finished down for the day...not a HappyUP!!! by any stretch of the imagination. The market doesn't usually turnaround like it did, however. At the end of the day, I have been given an opportunity to "fix" any positions I might want to without "selling at the bottom." I have been given an attractive choice. I'm not ignoring the fact their is a loss today....nothing I can do about Pollyanna thinking....just not much I can do about that. CHOICE is one of the major keys to happiness.

HappyUP!!! - invitation to dinner
Why it happened - it's my neices birthday
Why it makes me happy - what is my neice insisting on for dinner? Hamburgers all around.....but we have to go to a fairly nice restaraunt to obtain the said delicacy. It should be fun to stroll in and have us all do the proverbial, "Cheeseboiga....cheeseboiga....cheeseboiga" schtick tomorrow night.

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters
Why it happened - I am very intentional about my attendance
Why it makes me happy - 3 great speeches.....a first time evaluation from a member who did great...I got thanked in a speech by a new member....I gave a solid evaluation....great attendance....great energy. I would have hated missing today's meeting.

HappyUP!!! - quality range session
Why it happened - had to get out there and keep working it
Why it makes me happy - I hit some exceptional shots....and some bad ones....and that is OK. There really isn't much productive about going to the range and "striping" them all. I think I came across a couple of key discoveries....some logical....some more "feel" based. The "feel" based are much more valuable nuggets.

HappyUP!!! - some freakish rain
Why it happened - it's the weather
Why it makes me happy - rain this late in main is a strange occurrence. I know it screws up people's plans but we won't see rain again for some time. I like a little rain now and then. It freshens things up. I wish we got a bit in the midst of would be more humid...but it sure cleans things up. The rain in the forecast also calls for extremely moderate weekend coming up. That's important as we enter "Ol Nutter Almanac Weekend." More on that later.


3 great speeches
Hearing a new member give first evaluation
Delightful people
Delicious little breakfast
Great practice session
Avoiding the rain
Tendinitis reprieve
Dow comes back

Monday, May 24, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1211

HappyUP!!! - 7 iron off the stick on 12
Why it happened - I decided to hit a different kind of shot
Why it makes me happy - 12 is a par 3....the ball was moving kind of fast...knew I hit it too hard when I hit it...didn't

HappyUP!!! - gorgeous day to walk
Why it happened - I took my walk
Why it makes me happy - not a lot of time left in Spring.....and I got to take in the sensory delights that it brings

HappyUP!!! - golf in 3 hours
Why it happened - we played early
Why it makes me happy - it's the way golf was meant to be played.....almost no waiting.


Playing in 3 hours
7 iron off the stick on 12
7 iron on 16
Drive on 17...wedge on 17
TM getting the job done
News from a friend

Sunday, May 23, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1210

HappyUP!!! - putts on 9 and 11
Why it happened - I saw the line and got the putt there
Why it makes me happy - every once in awhile...even on tough just feel like, "hey, I have a chance on this one," even though you would be doing well to two putt. These were a couple of tricky from about 25 feet and the other from 40. I still lost my match but I was riding a high for awhile

HappyUP!!! - flop shot on 18
Why it happened - desperation?....and skill?
Why it makes me happy - I had hit my second shot into the water....virtually assuring a loss. I took my drop and thought to myself, " only chance is to hole this one....I could do that...I got nothing to lose." I popped that dog WAY up into the air...landing it on the upper tier from about 50 yds....I was down below so I couldn't see it other than to tell it was on line and my friends saying, "oh...great shot.." while it was in the air. Then....I heard the "clank" as the ball had nudged the pin. didn't go in....all for naught...but...for a brief moment....HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - Stogie
Why it happened - he's my boy
Why it makes me happy - he was snuggled in last night....right on top of me as I slept. I suspect it was because his sister had decided to grace us with her presence on the bed last night. I think he was saying, "you think you can get close, Shadow....I can get on!" They are so funny. The little boy that came up to my door to pet him.....and he took it in....was pretty cute too.


Drive stayed in on 2
Good bounce on 1
6 iron/putt on 4
Putt on 9
Great pitch/putt on 5
Drive/putt on 11
Chutt on 12
Chutt on 17
Flop shot on 18
Some good Hulu
Great reading
Joined by our buddy

Saturday, May 22, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1209

HappyUP!!! - zippin it around
Why it happened - we had clear sailing
Why it makes me happy - love to play beautiful less than 4 hours on a Saturday morning.

HappyUP!!! - lots of quality golf shots
Why it happened - just swinging better
Why it makes me happy - after a prolonged slump, it just feels good to have things back
on track.

HappyUP!!! - critical chutt on 18
Why it happened - I've got some good touch with that shot
Why it makes me happy - I was looking good on the final hole....until my adversary hit an impossible bunker shot that actually hit the stick and caused the ball to stop about 4 feet from the hole. All the sudden, my shot went from "it would be nice to get this close" to "yikes....this is a MUST get this close situation.".....and I did just that.


Gorgeous weather
Getting my bike back
7 iron into 2
Drive/Hybrid/Wedge on 3
Bunker shot 7 iron/wedge/putt on 5
Wedge on 6
7 iron on 8
8 iron on 10
Driver/8 iron on 11
8 iron on 13
Hybrid/putt 14
Sand shot 15
Hybrid/putt on 17
7 iron/chutt on 18

Friday, May 21, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1208

HappyUP!!! - putting
Why it happened - who knows
Why it makes me happy - 29 putts.....including only 12 on the front 9....that will bail you out a bit. Dropped a couple of bombs...made some unexpected ones

HappyUP!!! - 18th hole
Why it happened - it came down to it...big time
Why it makes me happy - my opponent hit a tremendous tee shot....with everything on the line. The wind was howling. Our last hole is a tough driving hole......and I got up there an piped one right with him. We both hit good wedges...outstanding putts...and pushed the hole.

HappyUP!!! - stop n go
Why it happened - my buddy crossed paths
Why it makes me happy - hadn't seen this pal in awhile. It just happened that my house was in the way of my friend's business today. We had a wonderful half hour.

HappyUP!!! - Claire
Why it happened - grandpa had to drop out after 9
Why it makes me happy - grandpa delivered this little junior golfer to us on the 10th tee. She was extremely well behaved....and could golf her ball. It could be kind of intimidating to just be dropped in with three strangers...that can play some golf....Claire was a welcome addition to our back 9.


18th hole
Stop n go by a friend
Winning some dough
Pitch on 1...hybrid on 2...3 wood on 3...5 iron on 4...putt on 4....putt on 5....hybrid on 6....6 iron/putt on 8....putt on 9.....chutt on on 14....9 iron on 15...8 iron on 16....chip on on 18..putt on 18

Thursday, May 20, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1207

HappyUP!!! - strawberries
Why it happened - I grow them
Why it makes me happy - today was the first day that I could actually go to the garden and get a bunch of them....oh....delicious.....and I know exactly where they came from

HappyUP!!! - practice
Why it happened - I hit the range
Why it makes me happy - I'm definitely on to the fix......been playing better.....and have some good rounds in front of me.

HappyUP!!! - mowing and edging
Why it happened - I got off my butt
Why it makes me happy - there is just this mow....and you water....and the lawn ends up looking great.....and......I have a few more days of that in front of me.


Driving Range session
Chipping session
Perfect weather

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1206

HappyUP!!! - some solid ball striking
Why it happened - I'm getting my swing back
Why it makes me happy - 2 good days in a row....and it is based on practice and sound fundamentals....which had eluded me for way too long.

HappyUP!!! - 4 birdies
Why it happened - some good shots and solid putting
Why it makes me happy - 4 birdies from the Gold Tees at MC ties my record. Got to be happy about that.....came within a whisker or two of having 6.

HappyUP!!! - coastal weather
Why it happened - it's weather
Why it makes me happy - I don't like playing in the rain...and we got some...but it was never miserable or disruptive to play. At the end of the day, it made for a pleasant afternoon. was different....and different can be good.

HappyUP!!! - dropping my putt on 18
Why it happened - I figured that one out correctly
Why it makes me happy - I didn't hit a good first putt from the other side of the green. I was now sitting on a tricky slope....with about 5 feet to negotiate....downhill....and THINKNG it was right to left. When that puppy found the bottom of the hole....with about $50 on the line.....HappyUP!!!


4 birdies
Drive/wedge 1
Hybrid on 2
Putt on 3
Pitch on 4
Recovery shot 5
Wedge on 6
6 iron on 7
Wedge on 10
Chip on 11
5 iron on 12
Drive/Putt 13
5 iron on 14
Chip on 17
Putt on 18
Great phone chat with a friend

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1205

HappyUP!!! - a can of whupass
Why it happened - I finally played some golf again
Why it makes me happy - I have been in an epic slump. The coaching I got a month ago seems to be finally paying off. Got some bad breaks on the front nine.....though I hit the ball well....turned it around on the backside...shot one under from the gold tees...and made some dough. How unlikely was that after 9 holes?

HappyUP!!! - putt on 12
Why it happened - I had a tough putt
Why it makes me happy - it was about a twenty footer....right to left....downhill at the end...when you step up to are hoping to two putt.......I hit this one perfectly and it died in the center of the cup.

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters
Why it happened - it's Tuesday
Why it makes me happy - three great speeches....all of them were awesome....I learned a lot....and gushed at the progress the new members keep making. I was expecting one guest...that didn't show....but two others did....and they want to join. What an awesome experience!


3 great speeches
2 guests
1 person doing Toastmaster duty for first time
People handling tabletopics
Ball striking
35 on the back 9
An incredible amount of pure shots
Blue skies...shining on me
A ponytail
The chutter on the back 9
Drive on 18

Monday, May 17, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1204

HappyUP!!! - hitting balls
Why it happened - I pushed myself out there
Why it makes me happy - didn't think I would get the opportunity....but the weather turned out to be far different than the forecast. Made some progress...just have to take it to the course.

HappyUP!!! - car in and out
Why it happened - I got the warning light the other day
Why it makes me happy - I love my mechanic. He did the diagnostic. He said everything was cost me a couple of bucks to find that out....but I was glad it wasn't more. Plus, had he found could have been a long walk home

HappyUP!!! - Stuffed peppers from TraderJoes
Why it happened - I tried another new item
Why it makes me happy - I like to cook but...hey...I live alone. It's not always practical.
TraderJoes delivered another solid winner in this little pre-packaged meal! This little delight will be finding it's way into my shopping basket again....FOR SURE!


Car in and out
Stuffed peppers
No rain afterall

Sunday, May 16, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1203

HappyUP!!! - shopping carts
Why it happened - I grabbed one from the return bin out in the parking lot
Why it makes me happy - I have a pet peeve. It is about people that can't return their
cart to the convenient places the grocery stores leave them for us to return them to. We are so lucky here in the US to have grocery stores fully stocked....yet...we can't return our carts to the store...carts that have been provided to us. We can't even return them to the appropriate stall that the grocery store leaves for us. Today....I grabbed a cart from the return stall that was quite a distance from the store....and I used it for my shopping. NO...doesn't make me Mother Teresa....but I felt good that I saved someone the work of bringing that cart back in.

HappyUP!!! - great phone call
Why it happened - my buddy had some time
Why it makes me happy - we laughed....covered some serious stuff....and laughed some more. The important thing?....we laughed.

HappyUP!!! - volunteer plants
Why it happened - I weeded the garden...finally
Why it makes me happy - I usually just pull out volunteer plants from the previous year. I had so many today, it made me I was...buying plants a month ago....same ones that I had last year....and last year's tomatoes/potatoes/and, I think, peppers.....have struggled through to go another round. I have begun a transplant process. I am going to move all of the "volunteers to the 'land of misfit toys' " and see how they do against the store bought plants. Lets see how the underdogs do against the favorites.


Weeding...believe it or not
Sharks game
Gorgeous weather
A great phone conversation
Brekko and reading
Shopping carts

Saturday, May 15, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1202

HappyUP!!! - three days with the bro
Why it happened - it was the Sunsetter tournament
Why it makes me happy - we spent a lot of time together in the cart. We finished in the top some award money.....won a few wagers....he had a great tournament with solid play at his club all three days. Good times.

<-----a HappyUP!!! posture when someone says something where you go..."you got to be kidding me".....but when it's funny!

HappyUP!!! - Closest to Pin
Why it happened - I stuffed an 8 iron
Why it makes me happy - OK...I was second closest....but it was a great shot....and they paid
prize money for it. It also gave me my first birdie of the tournament

HappyUP!!! - big 7 iron into 18
Why it happened - I put a good move on it
Why it makes me happy - 18 was 14th hole of the day...we had hit a lull. When I put this one in for birdie, it got us going again. My partner/brother enjoyed the shot as well


Closest to Pin
Drive/Wedge 4
Drive/Wedge 5
Drive/Wedge 6
8 iron 7
Drive/Wedge 8
7 iron into 18
7 iron on 4
Finishing in the money

Friday, May 14, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1201

HappyUP!!! - team uniforms
Why it happened - my bro and I thought it would be a crack up
Why it makes me happy - it is rare when a team in his invitational golf tournament
show up in matching outfits...when they do...they get razzed. When brother's do it,
the razzing goes up a notch. We simply said, "hey....what's wrong with being best dressed?...there is a prize for that, right?" Fun times at the golf tournament

HappyUP!!! - finding a swing key
Why it happened - you poke around long enough, you find something
Why it makes me happy - once I stumbled across this....I wasn't just hitting
some good shots....I was hitting some PURE shots. There is a difference...things
could be on the rise.

HappyUP!!! - my brother's play
Why it happened - he's stepping up
Why it makes me happy - he's outplayed me the last couple of days...I have no issue with that. You like that in a partner. I just know that he is digging it because this is at his club...he has to live with these guys day in and day out. He's throwing some rounds together. Hmmmm....he hadn't been playing that well before........maybe I am his inspiration!


6 iron into 17
Putt on 18
Drive on 1....4...5...6....8...11....17
Making a move in the tournament
Great times with so many good guys
Dinner with good friends

Thursday, May 13, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1200

HappyUP!!! - absolutely GORGEOUS weather
Why it happened - it's weather
Why it makes me happy - I play in an invitational golf tournament with my brother at his club every year. Even though it is mid-May....there are times it has been 100 degrees. Trust me...100 degrees in mid-May in NorCal is a bit miserable. We don't do humidity here but, because we still have some moisture in the ground...and we aren't used to the heat all of a sudden, it can be brutal. Today....the weather was as good as it can get.

HappyUP!!! - being with my bro on the golf course
Why it makes me happy - he played better than me
Why it makes me happy - we are brothers. I love that we aren't competitive with each other over our golf skills. Usually, when we are both playing day in and day out, I am "better" than he is.....but we never talk about doesn't matter. This is his invitational. Even though I could have played better, he had a good round under the "big event" today. Nice to see.

HappyUP!!! - mowing the lawn
Why it happened - I left "the party"
Why it makes me happy - we have three days of this invitational. Day 1 features a lot of debaucharious fun in the I have nothing against it....I just don't like hangovers...........and, with more festivities and little time this weekend......I'm thrilled that my lawn is freshly cut tonight!

HappyUP!!! - crucial shots in "horserace"
Why it happened - sometimes...I know what I am doing on the golf course
Why it makes me happy - the horserace is as much pressure as you get in "fun" golf. I stepped it up with a fabulous chip...solid 8 iron.....awesome putt...decent 3 wood. Performing under pressure.


Opening wedge shot
Inspirational text message
Lawn Cut for weekend
Crucial shots in horserace

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1199

HappyUP!!! - 7 iron
Why it happened - I think I figured something out
Why it makes me happy - I hit some quality iron shots
coming down the line today....and I mean.....doozies

HappyUP!!! - taking my medicine on golf course
Why it happened - I hit some errant drives
Why it makes me happy - I almost kept double bogey off the
card today due to not trying to overcompensate for errors.

HappyUP!!! - getting some information
Why it happened - my dear friend shared
Why it makes me happy - what others think about me
is none of my business.....but it can be helpful to know what
it is sometimes.


Great foursome
Helping out my brother
Bringing home some dough
Some quality drives
Wedges on 18
7 iron on 16....15
Hybrid 14
Bunker shot 13
Chutt on 12
Drive/Putt on 11
Chutt on 10
Drive/putt on 9
3 wood/pitch/putt on 8
8 iron on 7
Drive/6 iron on 6
Drive/6 iron/wedge on 3
5 iron on 2

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1198

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters
Why it happened - it's a weekly occurence
Why it makes me happy - I heard 3 speeches today.....ALL from a gal that came in confident sharing great from one that is improving soooo much....and first time from a new member that is a gem and shared a gem. I love my Toastmasters group.

HappyUP!!! - pork tenderloin
Why it happened - I bought some
Why it makes me happy - I have never burned one of these on the grill. Yep....TraderJoes did the marinade.......but....I found out I can get it done. Delicious. Marinating is easy.....timing isn't that hard.... another recipe added to the mix.

HappyUP!!! - an evening walk
Why it happened - gorgeous NorCal evenings are made for them
Why it makes me happy - I love my neighborhood. There is a park just one door down. It's always an interesting place to walk....even if you just do laps around run into all kinds of good folks.


IM-ing with the nephew
Pork Tenderloin

Monday, May 10, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1197

HappyUP!!! - stock market
Why it happened - who the heck knows
Why it makes me happy - last week was a beating. All of a sudden.....+400 points on the Dow today. A bit of sanity will always be a HappyUP!!!

<----I don't even need any words to explain why this is a HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - Apple Store
Why it happened - I busted my phone today
Why it makes me happy - I know how long I was in the was 10 minutes of labor to do screen replacement...the screen could not cost much...I paid $200. Forget the Apple because that is a HUUUUUUUGE profit margin. I'll be making that trade tomorrow.

HappyUP!!! - a visit
Why it happened - my close friend had time to kill
Why it makes me happy - who doesn't like an in-home, touch n go visit from someone you love talking to?


Not golfing
Apple Store
See's Candy
McCormick and Schmicks
Stock Market
Waking up
Lovely morning
Early IM chat
Morning visitor
Trash out

Sunday, May 09, 2010

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HappyUP!!! Day 1196

HappyUP!!! - Mother's Day
Why it happened -'s observed
Why it makes me happy - it is a really good thing. Yes....many "holidays" are contrived. This is a nice tradition. Everyone has their own opportunity. No...didn't get to take mom to brunch today...she's been gone a few did make me think about her a bit more than I normally do. It's not about's about what she did...who she much she sacrificed for "her boys." Though it made me miss made me happy.

HappyUP!!! - a crappy practice session
Why it happened - I forced myself out there
Why it makes me happy - my golf game is in disarray....but....wherever you are, there you are....and, I think, the days where you you to the day you don't have to.

HappyUP!!! - a lovely walk
Why it happened - decided to go out
Why it makes me happy - the wind was blowing....skies threatening.....kind of melodramatic...kind of metaphoric.....but...I KNOW.....I KNOW....that despite the tempetousness of the weather...and the PENSIVENESS I was feeling today due to Mother's Day.....that nothing but good is waiting in the wings.


Scrambled eggs
Practice session
Lovely weather
A pensive day

Saturday, May 08, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1195

HappyUP!!! - lamb-o-tizers
Why it happened - I had leftover lamb
Why it makes me happy - I had made kebobs with the previous bag of lamb tips from TraderJoes. Decided to think, "what should I do with the entrails?" Just put them on the grill.....turn them....throw on a little mozarella......BAM!......dinner

HappyUP!!! - wedge on 17
Why it happened - I was free wheelin it
Why it makes me happy - I was playing some bad golf. Wedges are my specialty...even though they have failed me as of late. It was good to stuff this one to five feet.

HappyUP!!! - golf indifference
Why it happened - maybe it was a late night
Why it makes me happy - I have been in a terrible slump...horrific...on the golf course. Yet, today....despite another horrid was is what it is...things will come around....or they won't.....and the world will be fine either way.


Wedge on 17
Putt on 1
Chip on 2
Wedge on 3
Up and down on 4
8 iron on 5
Chutt on 6
2 putt on 7
Flop on 8
Wedge on 13
7 iron on 15
6 iron on 16
Winning 5 bucks
Just relaxing and enjoying the ride
Stunning weather
Just so darn blessed
E-mails with my buddy

Friday, May 07, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1194

HappyUP!!! - playing with the D.O.G.
Why it happened - he got away from his work
Why it makes me happy - the Director Of Golf at our club joined us today. I wished I had played better is what it is. In the meantime, it is always great to watch someone who has figured out what to do when he is holding a golf club.

HappyUP!!! - great dinner
Why it happened - I set it up
Why it makes me happy - the drive was great....the food was excellent....the server was fun....the venue was outstanding.....going out to dinner isn't always a great was.

HappyUP!!! - gorgeous day
Why it happened- weather?
Why it makes me happy - finally....a day without much wind! Good for golf.


Playing with director of golf
Teeing up with AK117
A nice drive
A great dinner

Thursday, May 06, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1193 was a tough day - in the stock market...down 350 pts on the Dow at end of was down almost 1000 at one point....that can get a retired guys hear is what it can spend a lot of time on today's loss...and WORRYING about tomorrow. The world is a complex place. I can't do anything about that. While cognizant of the issues, you can't obsess about them. You keep appreciating you can figure out what makes you happy about today...and take that knowledge to work for you tomorrow.

HappyUP!!! - lamb n eggs
Why it happened - I went to TraderJoes and tried something out
Why it makes me happy - another great winner from TJ's. I just love what they reasonable prices. When I go there....rather than a big always makes me greatful of living in this country...and how easy and affordable we have it here in comparison to other countries

HappyUP!!! - cutting the lawn in semi-darkness
Why it happened - I got off my fanny
Why it makes me happy - I'll have a cut lawn all "dang....I should cut it but I can't right now." Who does not like seeing their lawn cut on the weekend?

HappyUP!!! - I may golf tomorrow...I may not
Why it happened - we have "too many" players
Why it makes me happy - the guys I play with have jobs. They share my golf passion. Tomorrow is a weird day when we all can get out there. It leaves us with too many. I am soooooo thankful as to be able to bow out because I can golf whenever. I am very fortunate.

HappyUP!!! - something to look forward to
Why it happened - I am pretty lucky
Why it makes me happy - how often do you sit there and go, "tommorrow night is going to be great"? It will be tommorrow.


Early texts with my close friend
9 iron on 3...pitch on 5...wedge on 6...sand shot on 7...hybrid on 8...chutt on 8....pitch on 9....wedge on 10...hybrid on 11...chip on 12....8 iron on 14....chutt on 15.
Conversation with my close friend

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1192

HappyUP!!! - a crosswalk
Why it happened - I went for a walk
Why it makes me happy - I was crossing when a dear friend was driving my way. I actually got honked at while strolling across. startled me...but I knew who it was. We traded "yells in the street."

HappyUP!!! - great practice session
Why it happened - I went out grinding
Why it makes me happy - I got a lesson two weeks ago. Sometimes, you have to figure out the principles of the lesson...and the intricacies that make it work....there was progress today.

HappyUP!!! - Wed morning coffee
Why it happened - I do it every Wed morning
Why it makes me happy - a great conversation with my friend. I was approahed by a youngster (who was with her mom) about needing Edgar Allen Poe info for a project due in a few moments. Why did she come to me? Maybe because I look scholarly? (a nice thing for old....but also for wise). I was glad to help Mom and Daughter out.


Contact with an old client
Coffee with my buddy
A crosswalk
A great practice session
Entering for team play
Great info from TM International
Seeing Shaun
Blue aprons at Starbucks
Top down....great convertible day

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1191

HappyUP!!! - visit from a buddy
Why it happened - we've been trying to get together
Why it makes me happy - I hadn't talked to this person in a long tme...and ice cream came in tow! ( I need it.....but...hey...who doesn't like ice cream?...that isn't lactose intolerant)

HappyUP!!! - gorgeous day on the golf course
Why it happened - our old pro set it up
Why it makes me happy - yeah.....I played some crappy golf.....but my partner played well. So, I just put my spurs into him and rode him....and just soaked in the sun.

HappyUP!!! - a great picture
Why it happened - a dear friend sent it to me
Why it makes me happy - sometimes, you see something.....kind of like a flower growing where it shouldn't be.....and it perks you up. This was one of those.



Monday, May 03, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1190

HappyUP!!! - drive/wedge on 18
Why it happened - swing change is getting there
Why it makes me happy - been going through a long, crappy string of golf. On 18...with the dough on the line....I drove it with a perfect draw....leaving me with a little wedge...that I hit right there

HappyUP!!! - e-mail with my close friend
Why it happened - I stay in touch
Why it makes me happy - just great stuff

HappyUP!!! - phone calls from a couple of friends
Why it happened - I was on their mind
Why it makes me happy - it was a couple of different perspectives....but loved the content of the conversation

HappyUP!!! - breaking the bad golf streak
Why it happened - my lesson is paying off
Why it makes me happy - I was hopeless....took a lesson....been a bit over a week...sometimes it takes a bit of time for things to come together. No...not there yet...but.....hopeless has gone to hope in a hurry


Playing the home course again
E-mails with my friend
Talking with an ex-employee RV
Gorgeous day
Breaking a very bad streak of golf
Wedge on 3....chip on 5....hybrid on 6
7 iron on 7....8 iron on 9
Drives on 5...8...9....10...11...17....18
6 iron on 11...chutt on 12....wedge on 13
9 iron on 14
HYBRID on 15
Putt on 16
Wedges on 17/18

Sunday, May 02, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1189

HappyUP!!! - winning the Fantasy Golf pool this week
Why it happened - superior predictive skills, of cours
Why it makes me happy - hey....I picked up some dough......that is always a HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - a walk
Why it happened - I was a bit idle...needed to go moving
Why it makes me happy - it is good for the body. The best part was a serendipitous phone call while I was on the move with a very close friend. I like talking on the phone when I am moving

HappyUP!!! - a new book
Why it happened - lazy Sunday morning....a TV show talking about issues of the day informed me that one of my favorite authors, Richard Florida, has a new book out
Why it makes me happy - Florida has a very interesting and statistically backed view on how we live....and what we do.....this book is all about what the mess this recession has created....and the opportunities that come out of it. Statistically based optimism......HappyUP!!!


A lazy Sunday morning
A walk
A most unusual phone conversation
Winning the Fantasy Golf pool this week
Testing a strawberry
My wound
A new book

Saturday, May 01, 2010

happyUP!!! Day 1188

HappyUP!!! - 6 iron on 4
Why it happened - I put a good move on it
Why it makes me happy - this was a downhill par 3. That means the ball was in the air for a loooooong time. During that entire had a chance to be an ace....just needed the right bounce. Oh well....4 ft from the pin from 170...made the birdie putt...but for a few moments there......

HappyUP!!! - wedge to 15
Why it happened - I have some skills
Why it makes me happy - due to the pin position, I told my playing partner, "this is going to be a high wedge,"....and I hit the exact shot from 74 yards to within a foot of the pin.

HappyUP!!! - working through a situation
Why it happened - I have a friend in choppy waters
Why it makes me happy - I can't say that I have been that helpful....but I have been there as much as I could be while a close friend figures things out. You do what you can do

HappyUP!!! - the weather
Why it happened -'s weather
Why it makes me happy - I was out there for 4 plus hours soaking it a bit of distressing news while out there.....but....hey...who knows where that news will the meantime, I was soaking up life like no other......and I had a convertible to get som more when golf was done.


STUFFING it on 4
Wedge on 15
8 iron on 12
Working through situations
Great text from a friend