Tuesday, August 31, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1310

HappyUP!!! - picking up my car
Why it happened - it needed some work
Why it makes me happy - I got a ride from my friend...we got some good chat time in. It's nice to call in a favor

HappyUP!!! - over the top scrambling
Why it happened - I am a grinder
Why it makes me happy - I don't like hitting the driver crappy.....I really don't. Yet, as is life, you play what you are given and try to clean up your messes. I did it today on 1, 2, 8, almost 9, 10, 11, and 18. Insane.

HappyUP!!! - pouring in some putts
Why it happened - remember yesterday when I said I was practicing my putting
Why it makes me happy - the putter is the great equalizer....and I was rolling it very purely today.

HappyUP!!! - firming up plans for tomorrow
Why it happened - my buddy called in a favor
Why it makes me happy - off to Tahoe for the day......without a huge rush to get back that was looming.


New Member
Great speech by a newer member
Great painting speech
Over the top scrambling
Picking up my car
Tennis invitation
Great plans for tomorrow

Monday, August 30, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1309

HappyUP!!! - practice time around the putting green
Why it happened - I have taken a hiatus from playing
Why it makes me happy - it's been awhile since I was out grinding a bit on the putter. There really is something to be said for just knocking that ball into the hole. It not only builds confidence but, if you allow it, there is a zen like quality to it.

HappyUP!!! - making the garbage truck
Why it happened - I hustled
Why it makes me happy - I don't know if I have ever gotten out to the alley with the garbage can just as the truck was showing up....but I got an up close and personal with "the jaws" as well as some eye contact with my sanitation engineer. Just glad I don't have a bunch of trash laying around for a week.

HappyUP!!! - phone time
Why it happened - a friend was facing a tough situation
Why it makes me happy - whenever you are THERE for someone, sure....it helps them. Guess what? It makes you feel good too.....which is really why you do it. Yep...it's called being selfish.....in the most positive of ways.


Walking the pooch
Practice time on the putting green
Good guitar time
Phone time
Making the garbage truck

Sunday, August 29, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1308

HappyUP!!! - rain in August
Why it happened - it's weather
Why it makes me happy - we just were blowing through 100 degrees.....107....a few days ago. This morning, I wake up to rain that makes me think I may be in Monterey. Freakey. I like weather like that. Cool and crisp...everything smells nice....not what summer is known for

HappyUP!!! - out on the bike
Why it happened - needed some exercise
Why it makes me happy - it was good to get the heart rate up and take advantage of the above.

HappyUP!!! - finding a new bike trail
Why it happened - see above
Why it makes me happy - I didn't know that I could get to Rocklin any other way than take some pretty dangerous (OK...suicidal) streets. I had heard about this other route but I had never been on it. Oh My God!....the head of the trail is only a mile from my house and it takes me right by the creek...all the way into a great part of Rocklin

HappyUP!!! - smacking some spuds
Why it happened - I had taken a few days off
Why it makes me happy - I did some good work out there today......at peace.....haven't been doing enough practicing...too much playing.


Rain in August
Out on the bike
Finding new bike trail

Saturday, August 28, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1307

HappyUP!!! - note from "mom"
Why it happened - she is unbelievably thoughtful
Why it makes me happy - "mom" was widowed just last week. I was amazed to get a card thanking me for attending and speaking at "dad's" service. Very humbling...she is a very graceful lady

HappyUP!!! - string change
Why it happened - I got off my butt
Why it makes me happy - I'm back in the electric business. My baby always sounds good with fresh strings.

HappyUP!!! - figuring out an on-line guitar course
Why it happened - I actually did some attention span
Why it makes me happy - for the first time, the scale all over the neck is starting to make some sense. I like the approach the on-line tool uses.

HappyUP!!! - a nice chat
Why it happened - it needed to
Why it makes me happy - thoughts and communication exchanged with a VIP of mine...always a good thing.


Phenomenal weather
Note from "mom"
String change
A nice chat

Friday, August 27, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1306

HappyUP!!! - visiting with friends
Why it happened - I went out for a walk
Why it makes me happy - I was on my way back and some of my neighbors had a little soiree going on out on the front porch area. They insisted that I "sit a bit" and we spent an hour or so enjoying the chat.....and the next HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - full on Delta Breeze
Why it happened - we live in a valley with a Delta
Why it makes me happy - there is nothing like nice, warm summer days....and then our big evaporative cooling system kicking in. It's not often that you have to say, "wow.....it's getting a little chilly.....I think it's time to go home," in the middle of August

HappyUP!!! - noontime visitors
Why it happened - one was to return something...the other just a pleasant chat
Why it makes me happy - I was a little bit of a shut in today. I was doing chores and catching up on things. I got something back I had loaned out which is always good. I had a great conversation too.


Noontime visit
Getting some classes done
Delta Breeze
Visiting with friends

Thursday, August 26, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1305

HappyUP!!! - training
Why it happened - Toastmasters
Why it makes me happy - they scheduled one at noon time right in my home town. I got re-certified in a jiffy!

HappyUP!!! - doing a couple of favors
Why it happened - I was asked
Why it makes me happy - I enjoy helping out....and, though not expected, the benefits of doing favors can be substantial

HappyUP!!! - a cool day
Why it happened - who knows
Why it makes me happy - OK...I'll go on record. I don't mind an occasional 100 degree day...I just don't like them in a string. This summer has been glorious. We did get 107 yesterday and 100+ the day before that. It was nice to jump back down into the mid-90's. The breeze came up tonight. I love our climate.



Toastmasters training
Cooler day
Doing a favor
Fantasy Golf

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1304

HappyUP!!! - up and downs on 10 and 12
Why it happened - I can do that
Why it makes me happy - the real joy of golf is in turning 3 shots into 2.....those should
have been 3 shots in both instances today

HappyUP!!! - grilling
Why it happened - I had some great stuff
Why it makes me happy - I hadn't had a flat iron steak all year..........toss in a couple of cobs of corn thrown into foil on the grill.........nothing better when you are hungry

HappyUP!!! - classes
Why it happened - I signed up
Why it makes me happy - I love the segment that we just went through in. Absolutely awesome information........very useful.


Wedge on 3....9 iron on 5....up and down 12....9 iron 14....putt on 15....8 iron 17
Flat iron steak and BBQ corn
Great friends
Putting some perk in someone's day
Finding Alternative training
Positive Psychology Class

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1303

- yep....today officially begins the Month of Festivals commemurating my birth. What a day it was!

HappyUP!!! - Facebook
Why it happened - it's social media
Why it makes me happy - it was great to get so many well wishes from friends and acquaintenances.

HappyUP!!! - presents
Why it happened - thoughtfulness
Why it makes me happy - what I received and who I received these things from......priceless

HappyUP!!! - stepping up on 16 and 17
Why it happened - I have a few shots in me
Why it makes me happy - after faltering on a few holes before, I struck a couple of gems here to get myself back in the black....the putts? Oh so close!!! Yeah....I blew it on 18....but I am focusing on the stellar shots here. I'll work on fixing those bad shots out on the range.

Monday, August 23, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1302

HappyUP!!! - saving the jacket
Why it happened - I took it to the cleaners
Why it makes me happy - the owner, Cindy, is a dear friend. I thought I was just tigthening buttons on the purple jacket. When we looked closer, it looked like moths had intervened. She talked about donating it....I said think harder. She will clean it and send to the reweaver.

HappyUP!!! - hybride to 11
Why it happened - I went to bread and butter
Why it makes me happy - I had hit drive into the pond. I was lying 2 200 yards away on this difficult par 4 with a pesky green. I decided to hit "the hooker".....and it finished 5 feet away from a difficult pin position which put me in good shape to make the par. YES, I made the putt.

HappyUP!!! - reflection exercise
Why it happened - I am taking a class
Why it makes me happy - this week's assignment forced us to go back through all of our notes. It was something I had planned to do....am going to do again...to cultivate "the gems." Very enriching.

HappyUP!!! - helping my friend
Why it happened - there was a lost item
Why it makes me happy - I was in the neighborhood.....I became the search party...found the important item...problem solved...good deed for the day completed.


Getting assignment done
Tee time formed
Finding a lost key
5 iron on 4.....putt on 5...8 iron on 7....wedge on 10
Hybrid on 11
Up and down on 18

Sunday, August 22, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1301

HappyUP!!! - classes
Why it happened - I'm taking a course
Why it makes me happy - I was a little behind so I got in several lectures today....took some great notes...and am armed to do my assignment by tomorrow. Back on track!

HappyUP!!! - omelette
Why it happened - kitchen skills
Why it makes me happy - nothing like a great brekko on a Sunday morning

HappyUP!!! - lazy Sunday morning
Why it happened - I needed it
Why it makes me happy -nothing like taking in the simple things sometimes


Playing in the park
Lazy Sunday morning

Saturday, August 21, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1300

HappyUP!!! - tremendous dinner
Why it happened - a special occasion is coming
Why it makes me happy - who doesn't love it when someone makes a special dinner for you?

HappyUP!!! - an awesome walk
Why it happened - dinner was filling?
Why it makes me happy - the weather was gorgeous.....got to walk off some of that tremendous dinner....great company....simple things

HappyUP!!! - hybrid on 16
Why it happened - I took a chance
Why it makes me happy - a strange wind was blowing....I decided to try something a little different.....and put it about 12 feet from the hole to a very challenging pin location


Fall weather
Drive/punch shot/chutt on 2....6 iron punch on 7...Drive on 8....hybrid on 16....hardpan shot 18
Tremendous dinner
Awesome walk
A nap

Friday, August 20, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1299

HappyUP!!! - Memorial Service
Why it happened - my adopted father passed
Why it makes me happy - it was a very nice ceremony. No, it wasn't a happy occasion....but I was happy the service was so nice

HappyUP!!! - Hanging out with the family
Why it happened - see above
Why it makes me happy - what do we do as we grieve?....we eat...drink...and have a good time. It was a gorgeous afternoon to sit around and celebrate.

HappyUP!!! - grilling for the masses
Why it happened - a friend needed help
Why it makes me happy - I was glad to be of service and help out on a very special occasion for some other friends.


Memorial service
Thinking of a few words
The pictures
The military remembrance
Hanging out back at the family's house

Thursday, August 19, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1298

HappyUP!!! - solid round of golf
Why it happened - hit a few nice shots
Why it makes me happy - after the previous round I played, it was good to follow it up with a solid effort

HappyUP!!! - bunker shot on 16
Why it happened - I have a few skills
Why it makes me happy - when I left this shot hanging on the lip, it put the pressure of the world on my opponent.....a gamechanger.....I love it when it looks like the odds are against you but then you turn them around...BAM!!!....just like that

HappyUP!!! - up and down on 18
Why it happened - I hit the perfect shot
Why it makes me happy - my opponent had upped the wagers to recoup his losses. It sure looked like he was going to beat me on this hole and cash in....until I hit a delicate little pitch shot to within 2 feet of the hole!

HappyUP!!! - seeing my adopted mother and my best friend
Why it happened - my adopted father passed away on Tuesday
Why it makes me happy - there is nothing to be happy about regarding the circumstance....but everything to be happy about because I have the opportunity to be there for them....now....and in the days to come.


Solid round of golf
Up and down on 18...incredible par on 4...birdie on 9...chutt on 12...bunker shot on 16...hybrid/chutt on 17
Getting back to "up" on my golfing partner
Seeing my best friend and adopted mother
Going to the viewing

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1297

HappyUP!!! - great discount on my room
Why it happened - they messed up the reservation
Why it makes me happy - the hotel made a mistake.....and they owned up to it....which bought my dinner and cab rides

HappyUP!!! - driving across the Golden Gate
Why it happened - headed over to Marin
Why it makes me happy - doesn't matter how many times you have done it, who doesn't love tripping over that big red/orange bridge?

HappyUP!!! - lunch
Why it happened - ya gotta eat
Why it makes me happy - nice Italian restaraunt.....overlooking the water...gorgeous day...great food

HappyUP!!! -Seeing Wayne
Why it happened - we were in his town
Why it makes me happy - Wayne used to help me back when I was working....I wasn't sure he would recognize me when I stepped into his shop. It was great to see he was doing well and looking good.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1296

HappyUP!!! - gorgeous weather for sightseeing
Why it happened - got lucky
Why it makes me happy - caught the destination spot on a perfect day. It can be a bit
finnicky here

HappyUP!!! - fabulous show
Why it happened - went and saw Wicked
Why it makes me happy - the actresses who played the leads previously played the same roles on Broadway....need I say more? They were outstanding as was the storyline of the play. If you grew up with the Wizard of Oz, you would HAVE to love this show.

HappyUP!!! - tremendous dinner
Why it happened - chose a great place
Why it makes me happy - if you are ever in SF, make your way to House
Don't ask me why....just go.


Getting speech together
New member
Another member speech
Watching new Toastmaster excell at running the meeting
Getting packed and out of time on schedule

Easy Cab Rides

Monday, August 16, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1295

HappyUP!!! - Securing dinner reservations
Why it happened - I have an upcoming trip
Why it makes me happy - I was able to get a reservation....right when I wanted it...at my favorite restaraunt in this town

HappyUP!!! - good day for stocks
Why it happened - who really knows
Why it makes me happy - the Dow was down slightly today....but the portfolio I manage was up. Yes, there are days when the opposite occurs...and I get a momentary, "darn it!" washing over me. Yet, when it works in reverse.....time to give a much longer celebration.

HappyUP!!! - seeing a friend off
Why it happened - we play golf
Why it makes me happy - J heads back out today to play the Canadian Tour. He has a couple of big weeks in front of him. He played well today....and last time we played....hopefully, he'll do some big things in the next two weeks.


Good day for stocks
Nice wedge into 3....7 iron into 7....pitch into 8...drive/hybrid/chutt on 10...up and down 11...5 iron on 12....8 iron on 17
Securing dinner reservations
Helpful concierge
Watching J play and sending him off
Great lazy morning

Sunday, August 15, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1294

HappyUP!!! - PGA Championship
Why it happened - it's on the calendar every year
Why it makes me happy - it was an awesome tournament...worth every hour I "wasted" in front of the TV watching it. NOTHING anticlimactic in this deal.

HappyUP!!! - weigh in
Why it happened - it's Sunday
Why it makes me happy - I thought I might have been a bit higher this week than I was. I am looking at being in good shape (not literally) to get to where I want to be by year end

HappyUP!!! - a visit from my little friend
Why it happened - he needed a send off
Why it makes me happy - I was glad that he wanted to stop by quickly before he took off on his big trip.

HappyUP!!! - dog walking invitation
Why it happened - my sweetie shot me a text
Why it makes me happy - I was glad to get an opportunity to take a walk late on Sunday evening. The weather has just been SOOOOO awesome for that this summer.


PGA Championship
Weigh in
Beautiful watering weather
A visit from my little friend

Saturday, August 14, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1293

HappyUP!!! - party time
Why it happened - my cupcake invited me
Why it makes me happy - I don't get out enough...two bands....great friends.....a birthday...a great party...a superlative after party...good stuff....not enough sleep...but great stuff

HappyUP!!! - hybrid to 11
Why it happened - I pured it
Why it makes me happy - it was tourney day...my partner was in trouble...I had to step up...and I did...in a BIG way.

HappyUP!!! - tournament day
Why it happened - my club does these...not as much as I would like...but, when they do, it's a good thing
Why it makes me happy - it brings all of the club members together for discussion and commisseration about what could have been. Tournaments are key to promoting the club atmosphere


Tournament day
Great weather
Drive n wedge on 1.....bunker shot on 2....3 wood in play on 3....punch 7 iron on 4...driver/8iron on 5....chip on 6....driver/wedge on 9....hybrid on 11....7 iron on 12....putt on 18
Heading off to party

Friday, August 13, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1292

HappyUP!!! - great weather
Why it happened - it's weather...weather happens
Why it makes me happy - there I was....out on the golf course....8 a.m. tee time....in AUGUST.... here in the Sacramento area.....and it was just stunningly perfect. The breeze wasn't too much but it was enough to evaporate any perspiration that my have thought of surfacing.

HappyUP!!! - 6 iron on 12
Why it happened - I hit it on a string
Why it makes me happy - we were all doing a little breath holding on this one. It was just a touch left of the pin, it came down, hit the green, and curled to right......."look out...this one's in!!!".....JUST MISSED....it may have even given that hole a little kiss going by. My "perfect" record for never making a hole-in-one stays intact!

HappyUP!!! - 7 iron on 17
Why it happened - I was hitting it pretty good
Why it makes me happy - I had just made a bad mistake on 16 by three putting. I opened the door for my adversaries. Well, once this 7 iron was faded to within 8 feet and that putt was made for a birdie, the door slammed shut.......probably just as the opponents were sticking their fingers in there! WHAP!!!

HappyUP!!! - birthday banter
Why it happened - it was my golfing buddy's birthday
Why it makes me happy - it was amazing how much crap our foursome could give to the
birthday boy.......all via e-mail.


Wedge to one
6 iron to 2
Wedge to 3
Hybrid on 5
Putt on 8
Chip on 9.....9 iron on 10....two putt on 11...6 iron on 12...putt on 13 and 14...pitch on 15...6 iron on 16...7 iron/putt on 17...chutt on 18
Great weather
Great foursome
Funny texts/e-mails regarding friend's birthday

Thursday, August 12, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1291

HappyUP!!! - playing some chess
Why it happened - I found an opponent
Why it makes me happy - I taught my little buddy how to play...hadn't played myself in years...he was surprisingly challenging

HappyUP!!! - touring my mechanic's garage
Why it happened - I needed to take my car in
Why it makes me happy- I'm not a car fanatic...but I love seeing the selection that is always in my mechanics garage. Nice machinery

HappyUP!!! - winning the slugbug contest
Why it happened - had a slugbugger in my passenger seat
Why it makes me happy - just silly fun


The PGA Major Championship
Getting a ride back from my mechanics
Winning a slugbug contest....and losing the next one
Tour of my mechanics garage
Playing some chess with a new adversary
Chat with my GF

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1290

HappyUP!!! - free dog and a drink at the turn
Why it happened - the owner of our course is a nice guy
Why it makes me happy - I was ready to buy my buddy a hot dog and a beer at the turn. The guy that owns our course was having lunch and insisted on taking care of our meal. Hey...who doesn't like a free meal on occasion? He must like us.

HappyUP!!! - new shorts
Why it happened - I do buy clothes on occasion
Why it makes me happy - my shorts have an unknown added feature......a little tab with velcro on the back right pocket. While other guys have to stuff their glove into their back pocket while putting, I just slap my right on that little tab. It's lifechanging!!! I love cool options that you discover.

HappyUP!!! - straight driving
Why it happened - I have shortened things up a bit
Why it makes me happy - I didn't play that great but I managed to put every drive (other than one) very nicely in play. It's great to not have to play defense

HappyUP!!! - spaghetti sauce
Why it happened - I grow tomatoes
Why it makes me happy - who doesn't like homemade sauce....using homegrown toms, basil, onions, and garlic? It also is a very social activity...you can have people over while it is cooking and they can enjoy the smell. You can bottle some up and give it away. It's the Joy of Sauce!


New shorts with glove holder
Free hot dog
Two putt on 1
5 iron on 2...wedge on 3...hybrid on 6....6 iron on 7...bunker shot on 9...drive/hybrid/9 iron on 10...drive/bunker shot 11....bunker shot 12...5 iron on 15....7 iron 16...drive/chutt 17...drive on 18
Playin with the pros
Full night sleep
Awesome weather

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1289

HappyUP!!! -new lucky shorts
Why it happened - I shop on occasion
Why it makes me happy - I announced on the first tee that my brand new white whit green checked shorts are my new lucky shorts.....I had a three way game and pronounced that, whenever I wear these, I must be paid from all accounts. 4 hrs later....I was paid by everyone. I think I might be doing a lot of laundry in the near future to keep these by my narrows.

HappyUP!!! - too sweet
Why it happened - who knows
Why it makes me happy - it's a GREAT problem to have. Within every problem, lies an opportunity. You just need to figure out the strategy. LOVE this HappyUP!!! Hi...little buddy!

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters
Why it happened - it's Tuesday and I go
Why it makes me happy - a brand new member gave his icebreaker. Another member gave a biz development speech. Another member gave us insightful info regarding horses. A great meeting that ended right on time.

HappyUP!!! - great round of golf
Why it happened - been shortening the swing and going for control over distance
Why it makes me happy - I may going from horrible to exceptional...in a nano second.


Being the toastmaster
Time to do some stuff before golf
Great round.....nice start on 1...great 5 iron on 4....drive/8 iron on 5....recovery for par on 6....nice 8 iron on 7...great up and down on 8.....great 8 iron to 9.....nicely played 10th....GREAT putt on 11....great 6 iron on 12....solid on 13....super chutt on 14.....solid 7 iron on 16....great drive/wedge on 17
Winning some dough
Gorgeous weather
Scoring some great Wicked seats
Great golf game set up for tomorrow
Party invite for the weekend
Lucky shorts

Monday, August 09, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1288

HappyUP!!! - Positive Psychology lecture
Why it happened - I am taking a summer long class
Why it makes me happy - today, we went over in great detail about the closest thing to a "magic bullet/pill" that has been researched and proven to be effective in promoting superior mental (as well as physical) health. It's free...no prescription needed......yep....you guessed it....exercise.

HappyUP!!! - lego lesson
Why it happened - my little buddy showed me
Why it makes me happy - I had a lot of Legos back in my youth......wasn't totally oblivious to what is happening in the Lego-world these days....but got a big, fun education about it today from an expert.

HappyUP!!! - getting a lot done in a hurry
Why it happened - I got focused
Why it makes me happy - it was amazing what I got done in 2 hrs today....and, for the most part, it was actually done right!

HappyUP!!! - doing a favor
Why it happened - my friend was in a pinch
Why it makes me happy - I am very blessed to be in a position to have the gift of time to take care of things like this. While I don't necessarily need the reminder, it is good to get a dose of self-awareness about this now and then


Positive Psychology lecture
Getting a lego lesson
Getting some stuff done in a hurry

Sunday, August 08, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1287

HappyUP!!! - Seeing Dan and the Stizzo's
Why it happened - Dan was in from Costa Rica
Why it makes me happy - these guys were a great band back in the late 70's. Dan ex-patriated to Costa Rica a few years back. All of these guys can play....and they did it again today.

HappyUP!!! - running into bro and sis-in-law
Why it happened - they knew Dan was coming to town
Why it makes me happy - I walk into Basic....not expecting to really have friends to hang out with...and...there they are! Nice!!!

HappyUP!!! - a solid round of golf
Why it happened - decided to take the club back a little shorter
Why it makes me happy - what I sacrificed on distance, I made up in control. I didn't play great but I made NO double bogeys and was good enough to get the cash from my adversaries.

HappyUP!!! - squaring up
Why it happened - see my solid round (coupled with Richie's bad putting)
Why it makes me happy - Richie and I have played a lot of golf over the last two years. There are days when well over a hundred bucks changes hands. The amount I won today evened us up to the penny for our lifetime of golfing and good times! How cool is that....many pressure packed moments.....MANY....and, at the end of the day, neither of us has paid a cent for them. (Now....he needs to start paying me lots of cents/dollars!!!)


Seeing Dan
Running into my bro n sis-in-law
Drive/Wedge on 1
Hybrid on 2
9 iron on 3
5 iron on 4
Chutt on 5
Putt on 7
6 iron on 10
Putt on 11
Sand shot on 13
Chip on 14
Putt on 15
6 iron on 16
8 iron on 17

Saturday, August 07, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1286

HappyUP!!! - gorgeous day under the trees
Why it happened - a friend's band was playing
Why it makes me happy - I never would have tripped over to this wnery unless my girlfriend didn't know a bandmember's wife. It was a perfect day to just hang out in the Amador wine country...no driving...just enjoying.

HappyUP!!! - great food
Why it happened - see above
Why it makes me happy - the winery didn't scrimp on the catering

HappyUP!!! - gal on stage
Why it happened - she may have been "overserved"
Why it makes me happy - it probably isn't funny to her today.....but it was VERY funny to us. No, I won't describe what it was she did when she lost her balance. All I can say is that it was quite a site!


Trip to the Amador wine country
Gorgeous day under the trees
Outdoor concert
Some good car time
Great food
"Have we had any of the port"

Friday, August 06, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1285

HappyUP!!! - birdie putt on 9
Why it happened - I had a putt I liked
Why it makes me happy - my adversary had just drained a 30 foot putt...on the critical 9th hole...for birdie. Yeah....basically I was screwed and going to drop some cash after THAT unexpected occurrence. I got my downhill 20+ footer with about a foot of break going on line....booyah! While I was hoping it would win me $20, it saved me all of that....you know what good old Ben Franklin would say, "penny saved...penny earned."

HappyUP!!! - my on line course
Why it happened - I took the class
Why it makes me happy - picked up a great piece of learning and a new psych model regarding the PRP Process (I am sure it will be a posting later).

HappyUP!!! - taking the pooch out
Why it happened - unexpected company
Why it makes me happy - my gf had a change in plans thrown in her lap...yet the pooch still needed to be walked....and I was happy to do it. Pooch...girlfriend...my...we all win on this deal.


Birdie putt on 9
Wedge / birdie on 3
Putts on 13 and 16
Taking the pooch for a walk

Thursday, August 05, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1284

HappyUP!!! - winning a "rabbit"
Why it happened - I was the only guy to birdie the 12 hole
Why it makes me happy - I was playing out of town at a club where a bunch
of guys get together for some friendly competition. I drained about a 30 foot putt
with 5 feet of break. Little did I know, that shot would end up requiring every guy
in the competition to pay me 4 bucks! I was sitting in the lounge and, all of a sudden,
guys just came up and started giving me 4 bucks. I have never had people get in line
to hand me money....I kind of like it. Maybe I should get a job at a toll booth!

HappyUP!!! - "Back Country" Fairfield
Why it happened - went to a different course to golf
Why it makes me happy - I only knew of the Fairfield that I80 bifurcates.
I didn't realize how nice it was once you get back into the hills. Beautiful!

HappyUP!!! - chip in on 10
Why it happened - I have some skills sometimes
Why it makes me happy - this one helped out the team big time!

HappyUP!!! - watching the sub-mariners
Why it happened - I got an invite
Why it makes me happy - it was kind of fun watching two 10 yr old boys frolic
around in the pool. They had their imaginations going full tilt.


Great BLT
"Back Country" of Fairfield
Green Valley CC
Chip in for birdie
Running in a 30 footer
Winning some team dough
Winning a "rabbit"
Supervising some sub-mariners

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1283

HappyUP!!! - walking my girl
Why it happened - owner was away
Why it makes me happy - I got to take this perky pooch on an aggressive walk/run.....she's a champ. I'll need to get in shape to see if I can wear her out over 4 miles. Gorgeous night

HappyUP!!! - wedge into 6
Why it happened - perfect distance
Why it makes me happy - gimmie birdie....almost jarred it for eagle......of course, my opponent did jar his putt on the par 5 for eagle and he beat me

HappyUP!!! - solid round of golf
Why it happened - who knows
Why it makes me happy - been slumping but seeing signs of reawakening. Who knew I would tie my best round of the year?

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1282

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters
Why it happened - it's Tuesday
Why it makes me happy - two great speeches, one new member, and I won TableTopics....that's a great day

HappyUP!!! - pinatas in the park
Why it happened - the city has a program
Why it makes me happy - I was out for a walk and got to watch the kids play this timeless game that never loses interest

HappyUP!!! - golfing invitations
Why it happened - I play golf
Why it makes me happy - OK...I was going to take a week off...but I got two invitations that were just too hard to pass up. Always good to have something to look forward to.


A TM conflict gracefully handled
Getting three lectures done...great info
Winning TableTopics
Ol buddy texting me about golfing tomorrow
Invitation to a golfing event

Monday, August 02, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1281

HappyUP!!! - swamp cooler repairman
Why it happened - I took my chances
Why it makes me happy - OK...this is really stupid. I live in an old house...I bought it from my parents...they lived here for 30 yrs give or take...in Roseville...with no central air upstairs. They always bragged about how the swamp cooler bailed them out. Since I have been here, it hasn't been a swamp cooler because the pump didn't work right. It's not THAT hard to fix....but I wasn't sure that was the problem. I didn't call someone to fix it because I HATE getting ripped off. The guy I called today was GREAT!!! He does HVAC as well...and I will refer him to TONS of people. AND.....I will be living much more comfortably. Yeah.....there were some personal Nutster issues around this deal. Conquered!!!...on to the TV project!!!

HappyUP!!! - trimming the bushes
Why it happened - procrastination class
Why it makes me happy - I hate trimming the lemon bush...it usually wins!!! I only got one small nick today....and it spurred me to do some pruning of the more friendly bushes. Hmmmm...looks like I am trying to get everything right to do some nesting!

HappyUP!!! - quesidillia breakfast
Why it happened - I had the materials
Why it makes me happy - I have not had a queso in forever. I put a few garden treats in there...onions, peppers, toms.....along with the cheese. Good stuff!


Bushes trimmed
Swamp cooler repairman
Quesidilla breakfast

Sunday, August 01, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1280

HappyUP!!! - Homemade flan
Why it happened - one of my friends went and got some ramekins
Why it makes me happy - I'll be having some GREAT flan in the near future! Something to look forward to.

HappyUP!!! - friend having my back
Why it happened - sometimes situations happen
Why it makes me happy - good to know that, even though you may not see an old buddy that often, they still shoot it straight to others.

HappyUP!!! - driver/wedge on 1
Why it happened - I have been playing golf for awhile
Why it makes me happy - early tee time...running late...no time to hit balls....recipe for disaster. Started out the first couple of holes striping it....not my M.O. under those conditions.


Friend having my back
Drive n Wedge on 1
Drive n 6 iron on 2
Bunker shot and 9 iron on 3
Wedge on 6
7 iron on 7
5 iron on 8
7 iron on 10
Drive on 11
5 iron on 12
Up n Down on 18
Information from a friend