Wednesday, June 30, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1248

HappyUP!!! - seeing Juan
Why it happened - he came into Starbucks
Why it makes me happy - I haven't seen him in forever. He's like a brotha. Loved running itno him....a highlight of my day

HappyUP!!! - awesome invitation for tomorrow
Why it happened - my buddy got cancelled on
Why it makes me happy - road trip!!! a great golf course...with my good friends. Life is good

HappyUP!!! - text from a brotha
Why it happened - I was thinkin of him
Why it makes me happy - I took a chance....gave him some counsel....I think he used it....and thanked me. Hmmm...maybe I did some good...HappyUP!!!


Awesome invitation for tomorrow
Texts with my great buddy
More salad from the garden
Great lectures
Seeing Juan
Fun e-mails
A text from a brother thanking me
IM-n with a pal
A buddy stopping by this afternoon
Carolinas for dinner

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1247

HappyUP!!! - salad from my garden
Why it happened - it's that time of year
Why it makes me happy - ever have a cucumber and onion salad? It's delicious....and it is even better when you know it came right from your backyard. It's kind of a hard thing to explain

HappyUP!!! - my nephew
Why it happened - he got his FREEDOM
Why it makes me happy - he's been on an IV for at least three weeks. Yesterday, he got to remove it which GREATLY adds to his quality of life. I was able to share a very special text with him.

HappyUP!!! - a member stepping up
Why it happened - people amaze me sometimes
Why it makes me happy - no one told her to go out and make an announcement for our Toastmaster's Club....yet she did. As a result, we are probably going to pick up a few new members! I got a chance to have a great talk with her about this as well.

HappyUP!!! - borrowing a dog
Why it happened - my friend lives closeby
Why it makes me happy - I was able to take this nice pooch for awhile and go for a walk. What a well behaved canine. I love to it quite a bit. A great dog is excellent company for such an endeavor.


Salad from my garden
A TM member taking initiative
Great talk with that member
First time Toastmaster doing a great job
A new member overcoming a struggle....and bringing it down
Giving a great speech
Hearing a great speech
Delivering the goods on 17 and 18
5 putts through 5 holes
Wedge on 6
6 iron on 7
Par on 8
5 iron on 9
Chutt on 10
Good break on 12
Wedge on 13
Up n down on 15
Drive/wedge on 17
Drive 7 iron on 18
Getting e-mail from my friend
Seeing my good buddy after a week
Getting paid
My nephew off of his IV

Monday, June 28, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1246

HappyUP!!! - an awesome compliment
Why it happened - my friend will be Toastmaster tomorrow
Why it makes me happy - I was helping her fulfill this role for the first time. In the course of the e-mail exchange, she gave me the greatest words of grace and appreciation. While my ego does not need them, they felt great......and they were very timely. Words do matter.

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 5
Why it happened - I hit 3 great shots
Why it makes me happy - 3 is arguably the hardest hole on our golf course...a bogey is common...and a double bogey can happen very easily for anyone. When you "conquer" it for that day....HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - banging some practice serves
Why it happened - I used to love playing tennis..and want to love it again
Why it makes me happy - I don't play anymore...don't have the "zip" I had...I hit some clunkers...but I was very happy at the amount of serves I got into the service box that had a bit of spin on them. Heck...a few of them were even placed where I wanted them to be. As long as I pick a weak enough opponent when I am ready to play, I shouldn't embarrass myself much

HappyUP!!! - my friend's dog
Why it happened - I ran across a buddy in the park
Why it makes me happy - I love dogs....other people's dogs....just don't have the capacity to do the maintenance. I loved watching this dog run across the park to me.....I do love cats..but there really is nothing better than a great dog.


Teeing it up with my boyz
Taking a walk
An awesome compliment
My friend's dog
Birdie on 5
Banging some practice serves

Sunday, June 27, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1245

HappyUP!!! - hittin balls and teeing up
Why it happened - it was HOT
Why it makes me happy - I was playing yesterday...caught on to a concept...needed to test it out. It was over 100 but I went to the range. When I was done, nobody was on the course. I played 9 holes in one hour...good practice time.

HappyUP!!! - delivering a gift
Why it happened - my buddy let me know something
Why it makes me happy - it is better to give than to receive. I was thrilled to drop off a gift I know my friend needs and will use.

HappyUP!!! - catching up with a dear friend/old work buddy
Why it happened - it was on Facebook
Why it makes me happy - she told me that I was the best to work with...and I know she meant it and why she said it. I'll be getting together with her and another dear co-worker soon.

Catching up with old work buddy
Delivering a gift


I just have to say Scott, but you are the best Area Managers that I have ever worked with. I could always talk to you, and I trusted you. The ones I work with comment.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1244

HappyUP!!! - team play
Why it happened - I belong to a club
Why it makes me happy - i got to play a great golf course where I grew up...for free...met a couple of nice guys....and got dinner afterward....did I say for free? I really appreciate free

HappyUP!!! - birdies and my partner
Why it happened - my pards lit it up
Why it makes me happy - when your partner is 3 or 4 under can feel like a boat anchor. BUT...I tossed in a couple of birdies on holes he didn' I helped...and we kicked some butt.

HappyUP!!! - walkin the dog
Why it happened - my friend stopped by with the pooch
Why it makes me happy - I really love dogs....just not sure I can give them the maintenance's why I stick to cats. This dog was beautiful...and was very well trained on the leash....I could borrow this pup anytime.

HappyUP!!! - Buddy the Cat
Why it happened - I stopped by a friend's house
Why it makes me happy - I am a bit suspicious about black and white cats.....kind of a Felix complex. Felix the Cat was so cool...but he had that evil side....which I equate to all black and white cats (I only own pure black ones). My theory was disproved with Buddy....he let me do anything to him...even rub those back paws....even my blacks won't put up with that.


Birdie on 4
Par putt on 8
Good break on 9
Birdie on 10
7 iron on 11
Par on 14
Team Play

Friday, June 25, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1243

HappyUP!!! - 27 unimpeded holes
Why it happened - there was a shotgun later so they did some modifications early
Why it makes me happy - just hit it and go.....THAT is the best

HappyUP!!! - twosome that joined us after 9
Why it happened - they were there on the tee
Why it makes me happy - it was the course owner who is a nice guy to play with. Played with his dentist
who is a scratch player as well. Love playing with "sticks"....even if it can cost me some dough

HappyUP!!! - a long walk
Why it happened - just felt like it
Why it makes me happy - long walks......who knows why.....they are just the best.


27 holes with no one in front of us
18 holes with the course owner and his friend
Birdies on both par 3's on the front side
Positive Psych course
A long walk
Clean sheets

Thursday, June 24, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1242

HappyUP!!! - 6 iron off the cartpath
Why it happened - I just hit a perfect shot
Why it makes me happy - my ball came to rest in the expansion grove on the cartpath. I was entitled to a free drop but the lie I would drop into would be no picnic. I hit balls off the cartpaths big deal...but never out of the groove. That 6 iron shot up in the air, took a gentle bank to the left, and landed about 5 feet from the cup from 174 yards.

HappyUP!!! - joining my friends for appetizers
Why it happened - my buddy texted me
Why it makes me happy - I have a tendency to play my golf in the day....and settle in at home at night. It was a nice invitation to go join a couple of couples.

HappyUP!!! - wedge on 6
Why it happened - I'm OK with the wedge
Why it makes me happy - the guy I was playing with had a for sure birdie after almost hitting the par 5 in 2. I had scraped my drive into the weeds...hacked it out down the fairway....I had 117 yards left while he was right next to the green. He was figuring he had the win.....until I hit my wedge to about 2 feet!


6 iron off the cartpath
Wedge on 6

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1241

HappyUP!!! - Sierra View team play invitation
Why it happened - I guess we needed players
Why it makes me happy - I was way down the list in qualifying for team play. I didn't expect to "get the call".....especially for an away match at one of my favorite courses. I'm looking forward to Saturday.

HappyUP!!! - playing with EJ and J
Why it happened - they needed a game
Why it makes me happy - EJ just made the cut at the US Open. J is a Canadian Tour player. It's always cool to play with pro's....and these are nice guys to boot.

HappyUP!!! - 35 on the back 9
Why it happened - I made some shots..lots of them
Why it makes me happy - I haven't recorded many under par 9's this it happens, I do get a little charge from it. It was also good to do it playing with the pros.

HappyUP!!! - early morning walk
Why it happened - I needed to walk
Why it makes me happy - it was good to get out in the crisp morning air at 6 this morning before the weather got a little warm and muggy. It gave me time

HappyUP!!! - 8 iron on 17
Why it happened - I hit it just right
Why it makes me happy - another roll and it was an eagle....but the birdie was just fine

HappyUP!!! - winning
Why it happened - I played in big Skins game
Why it makes me happy - I got a closest to the pin and was on the winning was about a 380% return on my entry fee.


Early morning walk
Sierra View Team Play
Money in the console
Waking up
My phone alarm
Golfing with EJ
Golfing with J
6 iron on 4
8 iron on 5....7 iron on on 9....
Sand shot on 11
Wedge on 13
7 iron on 14
Sand shot on 15
7 iron on 16
8 iron on 17
Drive/8 iron on 18
Winning dough from a guy I usually lose to
Great on line class this morning

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1240

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters
Why it happened - it's Tuesday
Why it makes me happy - a member did a great job with TableTopics....a new member stumbled horribly (which will make for a great story when he becomes fabulous) but stuck it endearing speech from one of our veterans.

HappyUP!!! - grilled asparagus
Why it happened - I said, "what the heck"
Why it makes me happy - I have never thrown the asparagus on the barbie......and what a delightful treat it proved to be....oh yeah....I'll be doing that again.

HappyUP!!! - great errand running
Why it happened - I kicked myself in the bootie
Why it makes me happy - I made some traction on overlooked/put off tasks today....and it was so easy to do.

HappyUP!!! - a good month in expenses
Why it happened - I don't know
Why it makes me happy - for whatever reason, I am getting off cheaply in June.....I mean very cheaply.....why? I'll do analysis but, in the meantime, I'll just enjoy the win.


A new member stumbling
Great errands running
New headphones
A bacon wrapped filet
Grilled asparagus
My game for tomorrow

Monday, June 21, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1239

HappyUP!!! - late night practice
Why it happened - I needed to do some work
Why it makes me happy - it was a little warm out on the a sweat going. I moved over to the practice green. I found some flaws in my chipping setup. I found something with my putter. A wispy breeze came up to cool things off just right. A buddy came up....and introduced me to his fiance'. It was just a nice time to be out there with the grass

HappyUP!!! - up and down on 5
Why it happened - I saw it...I hit it...and it did it
Why it makes me happy - the true joy of golf is turning 3 shots into 2. I was in the garbage with no chance of getting up and down....or maybe there was one chance? There was...and I hit the perfect shot.

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 14
Why it happened - I got away with one...then capitalized
Why it made me happy - I didn't hit the perfect shot in...but I missed in the right place...something I knew...and I got the bounce you can get. I made the birdie...tied my buddy who got a birdie...but he was giving me a half stroke on the hole....made it a winner when I drained that putt.

HappyUP!!! - Toastmaster strategy with outgoing President
Why it happened - he called me
Why it makes me happy - people are buying in to get our club recognized this year....we'll go big time next year!


Playing early and fast
Staying in on 1
Up and down on 5
7 iron on 8
Drive on 9
Birdie on 14
Pal stopping by
Late night practice session
Meeting my friend's fiance
TM strategy with outgoing President
Prosepective member confirmed to come back

Sunday, June 20, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1238

HappyUP!!! - Family time
Why it happened - Father's Day
Why it makes me happy - my dad is gone. I didn't have kids. My brother did, however, and I was glad to be around him, his wife, his kids, her kids....watching the US Open.....and eating some darn good food

HappyUP!!! - chip in on 9
Why it happened - I was grinding
Why it makes me happy - a birdie on the last hole of either 9 will always save your bacon. This was a tough shot...I hit it perfectly....and it found the cup. There is always a bit of luck when one actually goes in but this was a skillful little shot.

HappyUP!!! - seeing my buddy
Why it happened - my buddy called me
Why it makes me happy - I have a front loading washer and dryer. My friend just got one. There was some instruction needed. I was glad to help out. I love helping out my friends


Drive staying in on 1
5 iron on 2
6 iron on 4
Chip in on 9
8 iron on 10
Up n Down 11
Par on 14
Chutt on 15
Up n down on 16
Family time
Washer n Dryer Instructions
Makin some plans
Bunker shot n two putt on 18

Saturday, June 19, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1237

HappyUP!!! - bunker shot on 15
Why it happened - who knows
Why it makes me happy - I was playing poorly....I knocked that 8 iron from 152 out of the trap to within 8 was a nice pick me up

HappyUP!!! - sand shot on 16
Why it happened - I have had this shot
Why it makes me happy - it's a tricky one. You have to flop it out left of the green....and let it drip down the slope to the green.....did it perfectly today.

HappyUP!!! - BBQ invitation
Why it happened - my bro texted me....Father's Day
Why it makes me happy - looking forward to family time tomorrow.


Bunker shot on 15
Sand shot on 16
Drive on 1
Pitch on 2
5 iron on 4
Lip outs
Pitch on 8
Up and down on 9
Jerry joined us
Talking with my buddy
BBQ invitation

Friday, June 18, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1236

HappyUP!!! - friend making the cut
Why it happened - he's good
Why it makes me happy - Eric made it happen today. Probably didn't play his best....but it's the US OPEN. He is going to play the weekend. He did better than a lot of great players. He goes out early tomorrow...who knows...put in a good score before the wind....I am thrilled for him.

HappyUP!!! - four mile walk
Why it happened - it was gorgeous tonight
Why it makes me happy - a long walk always does you good....always.

HappyUP!!! - seeing a friend on my walk
Why it happened - my friend saw me walking
Why it makes me happy - it was a serendipitous crossing of paths....I love quirky things like that when they happen.


Washing the beast
Gorgeous evening
4 mile walk
Friend made the cut
Running across a friend on my walk

Thursday, June 17, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1235

HappyUP!!! - my buddy standing tall at US Open
Why it happened - he's a great player
Why it makes me happy - E has been out slugging it around the mini tours for a few years. This is the first time he has qualified to play with the big boys. He tied Tiger Woods and beat Phil Mickelson by one today

HappyUP!!! - looks like tennis
Why it happened - got a reminder sent to me
Why it makes me happy - just been too busy to get out there and slap fuzzy around. After getting this pic shot over to me, looks like the game is on!

HappyUP!!! - a solid birdie on 14
Why it happened - wedge n a putt
Why it makes me happy - I was playing a guy better than me...pretty much straight up at this point. Good chance he was going to birdie the hole.....and I drilled that wedge....and center cut that putt.


Perfect car washing conditions
A couple of birdies
My buddy standing tall at US Open

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1234

HappyUP!!! - near ace
Why it happened - 157...downwind...and a good 9 iron
Why it makes me happy - as soon as I hit it and saw it drawing toward the pin, I knew it had a chance. That is about 8 inches.....37 yrs playing this a higher level than guys that have 5-8 aces....I have none. The HappyUP!!!?...a tap in birdie...and the thrill...that the drought might have been over.

HappyUP!!! - live from the US Open
Why it happened - my buddy is down there
Why it makes me happy - he is having a great time...has a wonderful hospitality suite on the course....and a great room in Monterey. He tried so hard to drag me down there....not my thing...but overjoyed that he is having a magical experience

HappyUP!!! - a walk in the park
Why it happened - I got a hankering
Why it makes me happy - I ran into a friend while I was down there. We got to have a nice visit....kind of like neighbors do. Great catching up on latest events.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1233

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters
Why it happened - it's Tuesday
Why it makes me happy - we two great speeches (yeah....I gave one of them...nice pat of my own back, there!). We also got our new officer slate filled for the coming year.

HappyUP!!! - friend dropped by
Why it happened - friend was in neighborhood
Why it makes me happy - even a brief visit with a friend is a nice break to the day

HappyUP!!! - hybrid on 4
Why it happened - I striped it
Why it makes me happy - gave me the birdie....took me to one the time...thought I might be off to the races!


Getting speech done
Fred's speech
Friend dropping by
Mowed and watered
Drain cleared
Slate of officers turned in
Hearing from ex-co-workers
Talking with an old pal on the phone
Driver/wedge on 1
Up and down 2
Up and down 3
Hybrid on 4
Putt on 7
Wedge on 10
Wedge on 13
Par on 16
Up and down on 17
Driver/9 iron on 18

Monday, June 14, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1232

HappyUP!!! - fixing my faucet
Why it happened - I gave it an extra twist
Why it makes me happy - I love my older home....yet....they come with twists. Like today....I have not like my water pressure in my sink upstairs in a long time. I was almost ready to call a plumber. I had tried to get the screen off the faucet before to check to see if it might be said...older never moved that easily...and...heck...what difference could it make? I gave it a bit more motivation today...and...voila..I got the screen to twist off...I cleaned it out......and....BAM!.....I have a FIRE HYDRANT for water pressure now. No plumber expense incurred

HappyUP!!! - "winning" the 18th hole
Why it happened - my buddy messed up
Why it makes me happy - I never want to "win" because someone else screws up. Today, I was in a world of hurt on the 18th of a course I didn't know...and I was already getting beaten like a drum. My buddy made a costly mistake when he had the clear advantage...I won the last hole...and stemmed the losses.

HappyUP!!! - watering in the morning
Why it happened - I knew it would be hot
Why it makes me happy - I just love being up early....amongst my plants....and giving them what they need to get through a hot day. It's a hard thing to describe.


Watering in the morning
Fixing my faucet
Invitation to golf
A persistent friend trying to give me tickets

Sunday, June 13, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1231

HappyUP!!! - a near ace
Why it happened - I hit a beauty
Why it makes me happy - I didn't think I had enough club to get to the hole....unless I caught it just perfectly...even then I thought it would be short. When I hit this one soooo good....and it was right on line with the pin, I thought, "the line is great and the distance should be perfect...this one has a chance of going in....lookout!" It didn't go in...but it was a heck of a shot.
While I remain aceless, it's always exciting to think about when that will change.

HappyUP!!! - an unexpected invitation
Why it happened - my friend had something to share
Why it makes me happy - it is always great to be included in the special moments of one's friends. It's a get to feel good for them....and you feel good that they hold you in high enough regard as to want to include you.

HappyUP!!! - golf in a little over 3 hours on a Sunday morning
Why it happened - there were two of us.....and almost nobody in front of us
Why it makes me happy - I love golf.....duh! I really love it when we aren't being held up and looking for golf balls all over the place. The game just moves!


An unexpected invitation
Golf in 3 hrs 20 minutes
6 iron on 2
Wedge on 3
Hybrid on 4
Putt on 6
7 iron on 7
Up and down on 8
3 wood/putt on 11
7 iron on 12
Up and down 17
6 iron on 18

Saturday, June 12, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1230

HappyUP!!! - up and downs
Why it happened - I have some talent
Why it makes me happy - I had several creative...and tough get the ball down in two shots when it could have taken more. It reminded me...."I do have some skills"

HappyUP!!! - USA Soccer
Why it happened - a clumsy English goalkeeper
Why it makes me happy - keeping the USA in the World Cup makes us happy...makes us feel like we are competitive in the "world sport." If it took a guy from England, who will forever be labeled as the guy that mishandled the easiest shot in World Cup history, so be it.

HappyUP!!! - cart path shot
Why it happened - my drive was a bit errant
Why it makes me happy - I was entitled to drop off the cart path. In addition, my ball was resting in a groove that is made between sections of concrete to allow for expansion. My choice was to drop into tall weeds. My playing partner couldn't believe I would not take a drop....and I smoked it off of that tight lie.


USA Soccer
Up n down on 2
8 iron on 1
Putt on 3
Up n down on 4
Cart path shot on 6
Up n down on 8
Birdie on 9
Punch shot on 12
6 iron on 15

Friday, June 11, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1229

HappyUP!!! - Smog Check
Why it happened - time for registration
Why it makes me happy - the truck passed! Hey, I knew it would....but it's never a given. Appreciate when things go well.

HappyUP!!! - almost driving the green
Why it happened - I pounded one
Why it makes me happy - it was our last hole....the opening to this short par 4 was narrow... and I nailed a screaming draw ended up dead on line...just 20 feet short of the hole...probably as close to a double eagle as I have ever come

HappyUP!!! - golfing with an old friend
Why it happened - he invited me to be part of his group
Why it makes me happy - we played a lot of golf together in our youth. Haven't played together in probably 30 was great times.

HappyUP!!! - great invitation
Why it happened - my friend had some time to fill
Why it makes me happy - just a beautiful evening to be outside and chat


Wedge to 2 ft
9 iron/putt
Almost driving green
Smog Check
Playing golf with an old friend
Great invitation

Thursday, June 10, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1228

HappyUP!!! - "fixing" my new printer
Why it happened - got my first error message
Why it makes me happy - OK.....I went overkill on the new printer.....and brought in more complication...I had a problem....but, as with most computer things...and you would think you don't need to do required a "power down/power up" of equipment.

HappyUP!!!- seeing more fruit
Why it happened - I strolled past the garden
Why it makes me happy - I have been worried about my tomatoes....great plants...huge plants...but it seems I should have been seeing SOME fruit by now. I saw a few sprinkles over the weekend...but seem to be seeing more now. Just a littlle late this year....the beauty of gardening

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 10
Why it happened - I hit 4 great shots
Why it makes me happy - my opponent was beating me by three shots on the front 9.....he made a double bogey while I birdied....we got even in a hurry.

HappyUP!!!! - great up and in's
Why it happened - lighter grip pressure....maintaining shaft chipping and pitching are getting much better...closer to the golfer I am.


Getting into my class website
Getting first lectures and time to think
Up and down on 7
3 wood on 8
Up and down on 9
Birdie on 10
Up and down on 12
Hearing my friend got some help

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1227

HappyUP!!! - continuing to swing well
Why it happened - I keep trying
Why it makes me happy - when you are in a slump in golf, everything ends up off. I always have prided myelf in the fact that, while never the longest hitter or the purest hitter of the ball, I could alway rely on the short game in the clutch. When the "long game," gets so bad leeches over to effecting one's strength. The long game is coming around....and, with it, is my attitude around the short game. It manifested today many times....and, though the score wasn't there, the attitude was. That is what it is all about.

HappyUP!!! - remembering mom
Why it happened - tomorrow would have been her birthday
Why it makes me happy - I had an incredible mom. I appreciated her when she was here. I found out things after she passed that would have made me appreciate her more. Today, I found out one more thing that, while not knowing it at the time, was incredible in how it effected my life. Continual amazement.

HappyUP!!! - draining putts on 9 and 18 in the afternoon
Why it happened - I could "see" the line...and executed
Why it makes me happy - the last holes of each 9 is where the money is made. On both of these holes, I had thrased one shot. In the end, the putter is the great equalizer. I made two insane putts on the closing holes this made me some money. More importantly, it furthered my reputation amongst my friends...."never count that asshole out!" I love that more than collecting the dough. I am a grinder that never gives up when something important is on the line.

HappyUP!!! - life and it's glory
Why it happened - I received some insight
Why it makes me happy - when you can't figure out something that is confusing.....and then you gives you a feeling of accomplishment....kind of like when you get that last word in that tough crossword puzzle. I got a piece of that today...and it really helped.

HappyUP!!! - getting a putt drained against me
Why it happened - my friend stepped up big
Why it makes me happy - though I would have won a lot of dough, this HappyUP!!! cost me some. I had made an unlikely putt...on the last hole...with everything on the line. My friend had got a bad break on a great shot. While I never wish poor things on my opponents, after I made my putt, I really hoped he would make his tough putt to tie the "big bet." We had a great struggle.....and this was a good hole to "call a push" on. I know this was a HappyUP!!! for him....and...because it didn't make me made it a HappyUP!!! for me. I'm good with, "great blood on that hole...see you tomorrow."


Seeing my friend as I picked up coffee
36 holes in stunning weather
Lots of great shots
Continuing to swing well...not scoring...but that will come...
Making insanely key putts on 9 and 18 in the afternoon
Making a few other insanely key putts in the afternoon
Great texts
Great e-mails
Remembering my late mom's b-day
Winning some dough from MM
Watching my friend, Jackass, drain a putt on the 36th hole

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1226

HappyUP!!! - Boz Scaggs birthday
Why it happened - everyone has a birthday
Why it makes me happy - I love Boz......I had stuff on my mind...but I was singing and humming Boz tunes for first three holes...and doing well.

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters
Why it happened -'s Tuesday
Why it makes me happy - I hate to call my fellow members "students." But, I have been at this for 23 years or so........the peeps that have come in the last year....they just AMAZE me of how they have stepped up.

HappyUP!!! - a guest
Why it happened- I shot him a reminder
Why it makes me happy - he came back...after being removed for a few weeks..but I shot him an e-mail. We put him "on the block" today...made him participate...he is going to join....another person that our group can help.

HappyUP!!! - new printer
Why it happened - old one took a dump
Why it makes me happy - I have an "all in one" seems a little complicated...but I'll get it the meantime....I can print again! HappyUP!!!


Boz Scaggs birthday
Glen's speech
Anthony's speech
Todd's speech
Sherri's Table Topics
Our guest participating...and wanting to join
Drive/wedge on 1
5 iron on 2
Drive/5iron/wedge on 3
Pitch shot on 4
Chip on 7
Flop n putt on 8
Drive/wedge on 9
3 wood...9 iron on 10
Hybrid on 11
6 iron on 12
Cut shot and 9 iron on 14
Drive/wedge on 15
Chutt on 16
Drive/Wedge on 17
Drive/7 iron/ 2putt on 18
Guest commitment
Great exchange with a friend

Monday, June 07, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1225

HappyUP!!! - US Open Qualifying
Why it happened - my buddy drug me down there
Why it makes me happy - "gallerying" golf is not my idea of a good time. My buddy wanted to go and informed me of our mutual golfing friend that was attempting to qualify. I needed to get out of the house today so it was easy to go. Our friend ended up being low man over 36 holes in one of the most difficult and arduous qualifiers in the game of golf. My friend will be playing in the US OPEN....pardon me....while I gush...and drink in his happiness for overcoming obstacles and disappointments and achieving a HUGE goal.

HappyUP!!! - a card
Why it happened - I have a very thoughtful friend
Why it makes me happy - this card told me so much....meant so much.....made me so proud of my friend. It spoke to overcoming fears. Happy that I have people around me that have so much that I can learn from myself....and feed my own happiness from.

HappyUP!!! - finding my phone
Why it happened - REALLY thought I had lost it this time
Why it makes me happy - I avoided hassle...the place it was made perfect sense....though it took me forever to look for. I am just glad I can communicate again.

HappyUP!!! - starting my summer on-line class
Why it happened - I got the e-mail today
Why it makes me happy - I was thinking, "shouldn't that class be starting about now?".....then I got the e-mail....saved me time to have to do I have dipped my toe into first readings, I am already intrigued. It's also a great place to focus my attention right now.


Seeing my doc
A card
Starting my summer class
My buddy took me to watch Open qualifying
Our mutual buddy QUALIFIED for the United States OPEN
Finding my phone
Freakish timing on an e-mail from T
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase”.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1224

HappyUP!!! - cart path
Why it happened - a crappy tee shot
Why it makes me happy - I hooked my drive left. I was on the cart path. I was entitled to relief. I would have had to drop into the rough...bad rough. I chose to hit it off the cart path...much to the dismay of my playing partner....I knocked that 5 iron to within 10 feet and made the birdie putt! Accomplishment

HappyUP!!! - 3 wood off the hardpan
Why it happened - my drive strayed a bit..then I nailed "the shot"
Why it makes me happy - when a shot requires a level of skill above what most have....and you execute......THAT is what keeps you golfing

HappyUP!!! - owner's enthusiasm
Why it happened - he made sure he was there
Why it makes me happy - while I don't care for some changes that have happened, I know they needed to happen for the organism (our golf club) to survive. During these times of change, someone has to be the catalyst/cheerleader. It's not my skillset....I have others...but I appreciate those that have that touch when it is needed.


5 iron on 2
6 iron on 3
5 iron on 4
3 wood....chip...birdie on 6
Cart path birdie on 8
Drive...8 iron...putt on 9
Chutt on 13
Hybrid tee shot on 14
Wecge on 15
7 iron on 16
Pitch from weeds on 18
Playing with Mikey
Owner's enthusiasm

Saturday, June 05, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1223

HappyUP!!! - golfing with new folks
Why it happened - it was round one of our club championship
Why it makes me happy - it's good to expand the circle of people that I run with.

HappyUP!!! - not sore
Why it happened - I ran yesterday
Why it makes me happy - I hadn't ran in a long time. I was worried last night's run might
give me some of that "next day" soreness. It didn't happen and I was able to easily play golf.

HappyUP!!! - swinging the club
Why it happened - I had the club championship
Why it makes me happy - I didn't score well but I could feel that I was swinging the club
better than I have all year...the scores will come.

HappyUP!!! - hybrid on 2
Why it happened - I have a little skill
Why it makes me happy - I had bogeyed the first hole.....and then hit a terrible drive on the second hole.....I was 228 to the pin......and this was after teeing off the up tee. It was looking like my day was going to start off terrible.....and then I knocked that puppy all the way to the back of the green.

HappyUP!!! - such weather
Why it happened - it's NorCal
Why it makes me happy - there just could not have been a much more perfect day weatherwise. Up until last night, it was looking like it might rain.


Beautiful weather
Getting to play with some new folks
Hybrid on 2
Hole 3
6 iron on 4
Water shot on 7
Drive on 8
Drive/9 iron/chip/putt on 9
3 wood off of 10....11....13
8 iron on 11
9 iron on 12
Some great putting
Wedge on 15
8 iron on 16
Pitch shot on 18

Friday, June 04, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1222

HappyUP!!! - went for a run
Why it happened - friends goaded me
Why it makes me happy - it's a start. I love running...but it always scare me at this age/weight. I can't pound myself like my marathon days...but fear I think I still can. Either was great to sweat!

HappyUP!!! - yardwork
Why it happened - I had the day off
Why it makes me happy - I got a ton done...made me realize I just need to do a little everyday...and...while I was tending the garden....I saw some meditation in weeding.

HappyUP!!! - my first tomato sighting
Why it happened - I was doing yardwork
Why it makes me happy - I have great tom plants....just have not seen any fruit. I was thinking I might have a "sterile" year. I am still not looking for a bumper crop but at least I saw something today...toms seem late this year...but today bred hope. Real HOPE is a HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - entered club championship
Why it happened - my other golfers bailed
Why it makes me happy - my friends could not play both I agreed to play with two different groups of friends....though I wanted to play in tournament. All of my friends ended up with I ended up doing what I really wanted to do.


TM paperwork done
First little tomatos spotted
Lawn is mowed
Went for a run
Entered club championship

Thursday, June 03, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1221

HappyUP!!! - hybrids
Why it happened - I hit some nice ones
Why it makes me happy - when you are a couple of bills out from the pin....your opponents really aren't expecting you to hit it on the green...let alone close. It's a tough you pull it off...very satisfying....HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - kittycare package
Why it happened - I have a thoughtful friend
Why it makes me happy - who doesn't like a thoughtful gift?.....I guarantee the crew at Catammunications does!

HappyUP!!! - tastey wedges
Why it happened - I have a decent wedge game
Why it makes me happy - when you loft one up in the air....and it comes down in birdie's always a rush. It's subtle...but sweet.


Fast golf
Free shirt
Wedge on 3
8 iron on 2
Hybrid on 5
Hybrid on 6
Chip shot on 7
Drive/putt on 9
Wedge on 10
Drive/wedge on 13
Hybrid on 15
Drive/8 iron on 18
Cabbage Soup
Errand run
Phone calls from friends
Kittycare package

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1220

What an AWESOME Day - great night's sleep....met my friend for coffee...played a solid round of golf in glorious weather......made my first stuffed artichoke....did a favor for a friend....and am enjoying a lovely evening.....Delta breeze is blowing.....have some cabbage soup on the stove

HappyUP!!! - drive/wedge on 17
Why it happened - the money was on the line
Why it makes me happy - I absolutely hammered the drive when I needed to. When my opponent hit a solid shot, I played one of the cutest nice little wedge shots under pressure that I could. I knocked it inside his shot. Yeah...I left the putt hanging on the lip but it was a well played hole.

HappyUP!!! - getting joined by the Bos and the Colonel
Why it happened - it was slow out there today
Why it makes me happy - don't get to play with these guys often.....what a joy to catch 8 holes with them.

HappyUP!!! - stock market
Why it happened - you tell me
Why it makes me happy- I try not to let the day to day vagaries of the market effect me much....but...I am retired...and I have to watch the financial landscape. May was a little rough. The first day of June was more of the same......which can get you back on your haunches. Yet... if you are going to look at the tough days that has to take a time to appreciate the roar back today! "Sell in May and go away"?......hmmmm.......this isn't your grandfather's market.

HappyUP!!! - flagstick on 16
Why it happened - I was accurate
Why it makes me happy - I hit a terrible tee shot....I was over in the elephant grass....pitching over a a chance. I just wanted to get it on the green and try to make a bogey. I hit the flop came out OK....but, as expected, was right on hit the stick and stopped 3-4 feet away....a very unlikely par at a much needed time.

HappyUP!!! - my new phone screensaver
Why it happened - I shot a great pic
Why it makes me happy - an inspiring photo that you look at a few times a day.....can really uplift one's spirits....even when one's spirits are already high!


Stock Market
Driver/8 iron/putt on 2
Driver/5 iron on 3
2 putt on 7
Chip on 8
Driver/9 iron 9/Birdie
Driver/3 wood/wedge 10
Driver/8 iron 11
Putt on 13
Driver...9 iron on 14
Driver 8 iron on 15
Flop shot 16
Driver/wedge 17
Leftover tacos
Gorgeous weather...lovely breeze
My new phone screensaver
Stuffed artichoke

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1219

HappyUP!!! - pars on 9, 17, and 18
Why it happened - great drives...solid irons
Why it makes me happy - those are the holes where the game is won and lost. My game isn't totally there yet....but getting closer

HappyUP!!! - dinner
Why it happened - did some planning
Why it makes me happy - halibut, crabcake, broccoli, and a cesaer salad....that is some good eating, my friend

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters
Why it happened - it's Tuesday
Why it makes me happy - I say it every week....but I just love this group and our club. We had it all going on today.


Kathy's joke
Table Topics
3 speeches
Putts on 11 and 13
4 for 4 on knee knockers on last 4 holes
Up and down on 8
Bitchin 9 iron on 9
Wedge on 10
Drives on 17/18
Great halibut and broccoli dinner