Friday, December 31, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1432 NY Eve 2010

HappyUP!!! - New Year's Eve
Why it happened - it always does
Why it makes me happy - I am not a big partier....and definitely not one to go out and "do it" on NY Eve. I don't believe in NY being a new starting point. THAT can happen any day. I do like the optimism....even if it is only for a day or two...that comes with the holiday.

HappyUP!!! - birdies
Why it happened - good shots...great putts
Why it makes me happy - I really stayed down on these two putts and stroked them perfectly with great pace and direction

HappyUP!!! - teaching a young friend
Why it happened -his dad asked
Why it makes me happy - he's never had any instruction in golf. He didn't hit many good shots....I didn't expect him to. We were changing a lot of stuff. I liked his willingness and his not getting down on himself. He was listening.

HappyUP!!! - chatting with my friend
Why it happened - it's NY Eve
Why it makes me happy - it's great to be able to close out the year talking with friends...wishing them well.....reflect....and share optimism for the new year.


Drive/wedge on on 2....wedge on 3...8 iron on 4....wedge on 6...8 iron on 7....8 iron on 9....birdie on 10.....pitch on 11....2 putt on on 13....chip/putt on 15....birdie on 17....wedge/putt on 18

Fun with the guys after the round
Teaching a friend's boy on how to play golf
Great phone chat with a friend
Weather warmed up nicely
New Year's Eve

Thursday, December 30, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1431

HappyUP!!! - up and ready and rarin to go
Why it happened - excitement?
Why it makes me happy - I got all of my preparations done for the jaunt!

<----Happy makes the trip to the snow...and has a blast

HappyUP!!! - a day in the snow
Why it happened - we did some planning
Why it makes me happy - it was a great day to spend some time in the cold stuff with a couple of partners in crime. Sledding, snow finding places between your layers, my beard freezing like Frosty the Snowman, snowball fights, sinking up to my knees, coffee out in the cold, great food taken along and eaten at the bed of the truck, stunning weather....I could go on and on.

HappyUP!!! - update from a sick friend
Why it happened - he posted it
Why it makes me happy - I'm not sure if they were "good posts" or "bad posts"...I only know they told me what offer I had to make...and I did.

HappyUP!!! - helping out some little girls
Why it happened - COLD hands
Why it makes me happy - I threw my portable propane heater into the truck just for good measure. We probably didn't really NEED it...but it was nice to have there. The little girls who may have gotten there first lesson not to handle snow without gloves DEFINITELY appreciated that I had it along.


Getting some errands in
Sledding.....and no damage done
Snowball fights
Great food
Stunning weather
Helping out a couple of little girls
Playing "chairlift"
Getting home

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1430

HappyUP!!! - a good podcast
Why it happened - I saw a friend was going to be on one
Why it makes me happy - it was no new news....but it was good news to be reminded of...and very mind expanding. Good time of the year to hear it

HappyUP!!! - call from my buddy
Why it happened - I shot him a text
Why it makes me happy - we hadn't talked for a bit....and it's always great to catch up and shoot the breeze with a bestie.

HappyUP!!! - breakfast
Why it happened - I had to eat
Why it makes me happy - I ordered the French Toast. When was the last time I had French Toast? I couldn't remember....but it was deeeeeelicious.

HappyUP!!! - getting ready for fun
Why it happened - great day planned for tomorrow
Why it makes me happy - it's exciting when you have an adventure to go on....and you don't quite have all the stuff....and you are figuring out what you need, what you don't, what might add to the experience.


A good podcast...mind expanding
A good quote
A call from my buddy
Finding some great outerwear
Getting ready for fun!
A couple of jack tacos

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1429

HappyUP!!! - great sleep
Why it happened - could have been Nightyme med
Why it makes me happy - I think I have a little seasonal allergy going on...a little congested....tiny little cough. I decided to take something before I went to bed....and it KNOCKED me out.....and I slept all the way through....with NO grogginess in the morning. Sweet!!!

HappyUP!!! - reconnecting with an old friend
Why it happened - I shot him a text
Why it makes me happy - he called me up....we had a GREAT chat...and then he presented me an opportunity! I'm not sure that I'm looking for one...but it's something to think about...and it felt good that he trusts me enough to help him out.

HappyUP!!! - great meeting with the president
Why it happened - he set it up
Why it makes me happy - he is really pushing to take care of and serve the members of our new Toastmasters Club.....and it's an awesome thing to see. We have a GOOD problem...but it is still a problem...and is going to take some creative ideas to solve. Fortunately, I think we have some that will work.


Great sleep
Delicious salad
Great meeting with the president
Reconnecting with an old friend...and an opportunity discussion
Free hot dog

Monday, December 27, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1428

HappyUP!!! - bunker shot on 11
Why it happened - skill?
Why it makes me happy - I had to throw this one 35 yds up a slope and spin it back down the hill.....and I about 3 feet. Degree of difficulty? 9.5

HappyUP!!! - dinner
Why it happened - I was hungry
Why it makes me happy - who doesn't love going to a great place for dinner and finding out you get, basically, a two for one on Monday and Tuesday nights?

HappyUP!!! - a lot of great shots
Why it happened - who knows?
Why it makes me happy - I'm not playing a lot right now...expectations are a little low. It's good to see that the skills aren't eroding too badly between now and when practice starts.


7 iron on one...hybrid on 2...wedge on 3...chutt on 5....wedge/putt on 6...7 iron on 7...chip/putt on 8....pitch/putt on 9....bunker shot on 11....2 putt on 12...2 putt on 13....putt on 15....7 iron/chutt on 18
After Christmas shopping
Christmas present
An interruption
A cancellation

Sunday, December 26, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1427

HappyUP!!! - talking with my best friend
Why it happened - I picked up the phone
Why it makes me happy - for whatever reason, we didn't get a chance to chat during Christmas. It was sooooo good to catch up

HappyUP!!! - recounting the holiday
Why it happened - I reflect more than occasionally
Why it makes me happy - this was a great Christmas....all the way around. Perfect by my standards. You have to ALWAYS appreciate the good....because....and this is the entire point of the HappyUP!!! will have bad ones that scream for attention. MAKE the good times scream for it too.

HappyUP!!! - GREAT ham
Why it happened - TraderJoes and a cook
Why it makes me happy - when you get the right mix in a ham and cheese scramble....OMG...nothing better.

HappyUP!!! - sleeping in and feeling better
Why it happened - decided not to drive myself out of bed
Why it makes me happy - I had been congested for a couple of days...."Oh, crap, did I catch a cold?" Nope....just thinking it was something in the air...some kind of allergy...that had me all stuffed up. All good


Ham and cheese scramble
Talking with my best friend
Recounting the holiday
Sleeping in....and feeling better
Setting up the week's schedule...and so happy I am sooo free to do so

Saturday, December 25, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1426...Merry Christmas

HappyUP!!! - delivering the gifts
Why it happened - its Christmas
Why it makes me happy - another WINNER in hiding the cash with my niece and nephews...a lot o confusion...and a ton of fun.

<---Happy the Hamster....looking good in his bling

HappyUP!!! - poker with the family
Why it happened - it's Christmas
Why it makes me happy - it's an awesome time when my niece, nephews, and brother sit down for some family fun cards.......and it only cost me ten bucks this year!!!

HappyUP!!! - doing the rounds with the friends
Why it happened - it's Christmas
Why it makes me happy - I loved my family was done...early in the I had the privelege to go hang out at with some other friends....and suck in even more holiday spirit! GREAT TIMES!!! Merry Christmas.


Wake up call
Delivering the gifts
Poker with my family
Visiting another family
Visiting yet another family
Playing a board game
Time with my best friend
Great food throughout the day

Friday, December 24, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1425

HappyUP!!! - flop shot on 12...our third hole
Why it happened - a bit of skill
Why it makes me happy - I was in a tough spot...almost impossible to get down in 2 shots....I am still wondering why that flop didn't end up in the bottom of the cup

HappyUP!!! - 3 wood on 8...our 17th hole
Why it happened - I was desperate...and had to wait
Why it makes me happy - I hit an AWFUL tee shot.....I was way farther away from the green than I should have we waited for the golfers in front of us...I said, "this is what you do, hit a lot of crappy put yourself in bad positions....and come out of them." I struck a miraculous shot from 230 yds off a bad lie to within 20 ft of the pin.

HappyUP!!! - Christmas Eve
Why it happened - it's !2/24
Why it makes me happy - I got to visit with some good gifts with even better friends.....and just soooooooo much fun


Flop shot on 12....hybrid on 15...flop shot on on 17....flop shot on 3...6 iron on tamle on 6...chip on 7....3 wood on 8...flop shot on 9

Teeing it up
Nice weather
Time with guys after the round
Winning a KP
Fabulous Christmas Eve

Thursday, December 23, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1424

HappyUP!!! - old Bob Newhart Show holiday episode
Why it happened - Comcast alerted me
Why it makes me happy - it's not like I don't know about Hulu...which is who Comcast uses...they sent an e-mail telling me I had "On Demand" through my computer...and offered up holiday choices. It was so easy....and great to see an old show I had not seen for years....pretty much commercial free!

<----OK....Happy was a little bad today trying to put His calendar on MY wall. I tossed the contraband! Oh the "joys" of trying to raise an adolescent! "BAD Happy! Bad!!!"

HappyUP!!! - last minute gift idea
Why it happened - uh....desperation?
Why it makes me happy - perfect stocking stuffer

HappyUP!!! - more fun with Happy the Hamster
Why it happened - he's a great mascot
Why it makes me happy - "fun" is not happiness....but it is a component. I have had so much fun with him this holiday season...and more today....and a BUNCH more to come!


Last shopping done
A great last minute gift idea
Passing on golf
Call from my buddy regarding project
Great conversation with my friend
Xfinity on laptop news
Bob Newhart show
Great text with a suhhhhweeet friend
More fun with Happy the Hamster

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1423

HappyUP!!! - The Articulators
Why it happened - it's Wed
Why it makes me happy - it's a new club...lots of people out due to holiday....but we still had a great meeting. I can SEE the growth in people already

<-----Happy jumped in at Toastmasters today...and took home a Sunshine award

HappyUP!!! - perfect addition to my project
Why it happened - I looked deeper
Why it makes me happy - I asked the store person for a certain item..."no gots" was the reply. He left. I wandered the store...came back to section we were looking in...and found something even better to use!

HappyUP!!! - great blog reading
Why it happened - a guy I respect a lot was telling a year long story

Why it makes me happy - very inspirational.....perhaps motivational....gave me some SERIOUS food for thought.


Finding a perfect addition to my project
Great reports from friends
Seeing an old friend at Starbucks
Great blog reading from a dear friend

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1422

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters Brekko
Why it happened - it's a tradition
Why it makes me happy - it's great to take one week and go out for food and fellowship. The gift exchange was cool this year. I got some Starbucks and my new Xmas stocking

<-----"Ho Ho Ho...Merry Xmas"

HappyUP!!! - all garage door openers working
Why it happened - uh....I took some "initiative"
Why it makes me happy - ok..not that much initiative. I have 4 openers....2 were working..that's all a guy needs, right. I decided to pry the dead ones open and see if MAYBE they may need new batteries. I doubted that was the issue...heck...are hardly use them. Low and behold....voila! I'm popping and going.

HappyUP!!! -a new power tool
Why it happened - I'm working on a project
Why it makes me happy - not sure I REALLY needed this tool....but it was FUN using it. Not sure how much use I will get out of it but it's pretty cool.

HappyUP!!! - packages arriving
Why it happened - UPS doesn't mess around
Why it makes me happy - Xmas is coming them wrapped already. Hey....I may not spend Xmas eve wrapping this year!


TM Brekko
Gift Exchange
Talking with the Dom
All garage door openers working
Packages arriving
A power tool
Project coming together

Monday, December 20, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1421

HappyUP!!! - helpful people
Why it happened - I asked
Why it makes me happy - it's always GREAT to get useful information and consultation when you make inquiries. Got some solid help today

HappyUP!!! - great sleep
Why it happened - who knows
Why it makes me happy - some night's, I don't sleep all the way through. I did last night!

HappyUP!!! - meeting up with my buddy
Why it happened - my pal is at a crossroads
Why it makes me happy - it's always a sacred privilege to get to talk to someone when they are really in need. I hope I helped in some way or another

HappyUP!!! - NOT going to the mall
Why it happened - I got caught up
Why it makes me happy - there was an event going to happen...that wasn't kept a secret like it probably was supposed to be kept secret. There were so many people on the upper level that they had to evacuate the building. I heard the streets were impassable. I mean...I ALMOST went....sometimes you just get lucky!


Great sleep
Good bank run
Getting some help from a salesperson
Good advice from a consultant
Gluing went well
Rain free day
Great invitation to an epic event

Sunday, December 19, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1420

HappyUP!!! - a big favor done for me
Why it happened - I called a buddy
Why it makes me happy - this buddy had all the equipment that I needed to do my "Xmas thing" this year. We knocked the project out in an hour.

HappyUP!!! - a present
Why it happened - see above
Why it makes me happy - my buddy did me a favor....and gave ME a present! I love the holidays

HappyUP!!! - GREAT dinner
Why it happened - I went out at the last minute
Why it makes me happy - man...that was some delicious food!

HappyUP!!! - a pic text to me
Why it happened -great friend
Why it makes me happy - who wouldn't love a pic of the PP's????


Returning change
A present
Getting X-mas together
Drenching rain
A holiday present
A BIG favor done for me
Brekko with my buddy
Great photo of the P's
Friend's happy call

Saturday, December 18, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1419

HappyUP!!! - great brekko
Why it happened - I was at my favorite breakfast joint
Why it makes me happy - nothing like bacon, eggs, a croissant, and some coffee on a rainy day

<----huge light decorations from the Sikh wedding reception last weekend

HappyUP!!! - a diversion
Why it happened - I got a call
Why it makes me happy - I was just sitting around the house. I got an opportunity to attend a fun function at the last minute....jumped on it....had a great time.

HappyUP!!! - helping out my friend
Why it happened - my friend needed a favor
Why it makes me happy - using my driver's license to help someone out of a spot? makes me glad that I am retired....and can be of service.

HappyUP!!! - a rainy day
Why it happened - it's weather
Why it makes me happy - it was good just to be inside.....and watch and listen to it storm.

Friday, December 17, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1418

HappyUP!!! - brekko
Why it happened - my buddy insisted
Why it makes me happy - absolutely a great hour of fellowship with a couple of people near and dear

<--------Happy the Hampster was a little run down today....till he got a mug or two of his favorite joe

HappyUP!!! - my buddy said YES
Why it happened - I shot a message over
Why it makes me happy - my friend's help is "mission critical" for Xmas this year. If this was a NO....I'd be scrambling for plan B!

HappyUP!!! - an iPhone restore
Why it happened - it's been acting up
Why it makes me happy - yeah...took a bit longer than I would have preferred. Thought I would lose "stuff".....but worked wonderfully


Visiting a friend
iPhone restoring
Buddy saying YES to a favor
Great errands run

Thursday, December 16, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1417

HappyUP!!! - golfin in the fridge...for a bit
Why it happened - the rains are coming
Why it makes me happy - it was definitely brisk teeing it up this morning. We have serious rains coming in....possibly through Xmas. I just had to get one more round in.

<----------Happy the Hampster does a little bit of work on occasion. He's getting ready to "shut it down" for the year though

HappyUP!!! - a suggestion from a buddy
Why it happened - my buddy had a thought
Why it makes me happy - my buddy's thought inspired me to check out something cool.

HappyUP!!! - good news from sick friend
Why it happened - he keeps us posted
Why it makes me happy - it will be quite awhile before he is out of the woods...but he's giving his cancer a darn good fight.


Golfin in the fridge...for a bit
Sushi lunch

Warmed up...gorgeous day
Good news from sick friend

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1416

HappyUP!!! - 3 birdies
Why it happened - I stepped up
Why it makes me happy - the birdie on 9 came after 8 straight could not have come at a better time...the final hole on the front 9. The birdie on 16 was extremely timely too

HappyUP!!! - ciopinno revisited
Why it happened - I got an invitation
Why it makes me happy - it was great to go over to bro/sis in laws, visit with them, seeing another couple that I rarely get to see.....great time

<-------even HappytheHampster knows you need a little downtime...ESPECIALLY during the busy season

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters
Why it happened - I am mentoring a new club
Why it makes me happy - the members did a great job giving their first speeches. We had a couple of dignitaries in the audience. Great meeting

HappyUP!!! - great news from a friend
Why it happened - my peeps give me updated
Why it makes me happy - this one just did...eased my mind.


6 iron on 1....2 putt on 2...hybrid on 3....2 putt on 4....putt on 5....wedge on 6....8 iron on 7....flop shot/putt on 8....8 iron/putt on 9.....wedge on 10....hybrid on 11...6 iron on 12....8 iron/putt on on 18...chip on 18
Ciopinno re-visited
Seeing a nice couple
Doing bro a favor
Great news from a friend
Golfing with Steve

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1415

HappyUP!!! - finding ATM card
Why it happened - I went diving
Why it makes me happy - not like me to lose this important item. When I found it.....HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - making a donation
Why it happened - my friend had a goal
Why it makes me happy - glad to be in a position to do it....feel good about it...and not worry about it. So fortunate

<------Happy knows a good place when he sees it on a grey wintry day

HappyUP!!! - a visit
Why it happened - my buddy stopped by
Why it makes me happy - good to be able to observe an accomplishment

HappyUP!!! - bro stopping by
Why it happened - I asked
Why it makes me happy - I WILL get this house remodeling done! Bro has good ideas being a former contractor.


Finding ATM card
Brother stopping by
New boots
Cabbage soup
Making a donation
Getting agenda together for tomorrow
Godmother...Godfather...Scott Nutter e-mail
Talking with a speaker for tomorrow and doing some coaching
Getting reservations for brekko next week

Monday, December 13, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1414

HappyUP!!! - great errands run
Why it happened - I didn't golf
Why it makes me happy - I got caught up on some a hurry

<----last night's ciopinno feed. even looks fun....without KNOWING how good the food was

HappyUP!!! - new boots
Why it happened - that errands run
Why it makes me happy - they will probably never see snow.....but they can handle the water...which was gate one. I took them on a test walk tonight...4 blisters or discomfort....I am set.

HappyUP!!! - understanding
Why it happened - got a message from a buddy
Why it makes me happy - it is always great when you get some clarity. I thought one thing...buddy thinking something else....all good.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1413

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 2
Why it happened - great second shot and putt
Why it makes me happy - it won a skin in the big game early on...playing free

HappyUP!!! - bunker shot on 9
Why it happened - a little skills
Why it makes me happy - still not sure how second shot came up so short....and buried...into an upslope in the bunker....with me having to stand outside the bunker to hit it. On difficulty level for any pro...this one was a 10......I scooped it out to gimmie range

<---HappytheHampster loves his morning mocha

HappyUP!!! - Ciopinno feed
Why it happened - a tradition
Why it makes me happy - who doesn't love a tradition.....lots of friends, wine, and great food. What a fabulous time! It's a highlight of my year and am so happy my bro/sis-in-law go to the trouble


Birdie on 2....Birdie on 3...Sandy on 4....hybrid on iron on 6....SANDY on 9....hybrid on on 18

Gorgeous afternoon
Ciopinno feed
Texts from my buddy

Saturday, December 11, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1412

HappyUP!!! - birdies
Why it happened - a couple of great shots and a couple of great putts
Why it makes me happy - one of them "tied up" a skin and kept our team in the game. The other one got me the closest to the pin and a skin of my means I make some dough

<----what does a caucasian guy wear to a Sikh function? Pretty much the same thing he wears anywhere.

HappyUP!!! - a Sikh Wedding reception
Why it happened - my budddy's sister got married
Why it makes me happy - it's always great to get a peek at how other cultures celebrate occasions. I have been to a function or two that the Sikh's put on.....they are underrated for loving a good time.

HappyUP!!! - staying in touch with a travelling friend
Why it happened - text is great
Why it makes me happy - always good to provide some company when a friend is on the road....and to know they got to where they needed to get safely.

HappyUP!!! - tennis anyone?
Why it happened - my buddy rang me up
Why it makes me happy - I hadn't played tennis in a long time. Though I lost 6-1, every game was close. This was the first time we got together and played. We actually are pretty well matched.......and I realized.....though I have lost is a different set of muscles being used than which I am accustomed! Yeah....happy today....sore tomorrow!


Birdie on 2
Pitch shot on 1
Pitch shot on 4
Putt on 5
7 iron on 7
Putt on 10
7 iron/putt/birdie on 12
Wedge into 13
Pitch and putt on 15
Golfing with my friend Bruce
Touching base with my on the road friend
A Sikh Wedding reception

Friday, December 10, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1411

Some days - really are better than others....and some are even better than that....and today was one of those.

HappyUP!!! - pitch shot on 3
Why it happened - I have some touch
Why it makes me happy - the guys had to give me the putt that was left for the birdie

HappyUP!!! - waking up
Why it happened - I try to make it a habit everyday
Why it makes me happy - I just woke up today....and had a feeling of rest/contentment that I don't get every night. I don't have sleeping problems...but I don't sleep straight through and feel so good like I did this morning all the time.

HappyUP!!! - wedge into 10
Why it happened - see that touch thing above
Why it makes me happy - 94 yds....3/4 54 degree wedge....almost jarred it....another putt conceded for birdie

HappyUP!!! - kids in the alley
Why it happened - I was out and about
Why it makes me happy - it was fun to see kids having good old outdoor fun....kind of getting into safe mischief.

HappyUP!!! - putt on 16
Why it happened - I "saw it" and "hit it"
Why it makes me happy - I was about 22 feet downhill...with a slight break. The ball had travelled about 8 feet when I said, "look out," letting everyone know where I thought this putt was going to end up......and kerplunk!


Drive/9 iron on 1.....6 iron on 2.....pitch shot on 3....putt on 4....6 iron on 5.....6 iron on 7....wedge on 10....pitch shot on 11.....bunker shot on 15.....7 iron/putt on 16....pitch/putt on 17

Waking up
Meeting with our club president
Seeing some old friends at an open house party
Great chats with a dear friend

Thursday, December 09, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1410

HappyUP!!! - getting paperwork completed
Why it happened - we were hammering
Why it makes me happy - we got all of the paperwork done to charter our new Toastmasters Club.....with 38 members! This is the largest number of people to charter a club in our district this year. was a lot of paperwork....but it's done!

<-----"Happy Holidays....Happy Holidays........."

HappyUP!!! - friend got home
Why it happened - he's healing
Why it makes me happy - it was a pretty intense surgery to remove the cancer. I just found out that he's back home and recuperating.......the best place there is to recover.

HappyUP!!! - a great invitation
Why it happened - I get invited
Why it makes me happy - a great time was had by much fun.


Getting paperwork done
Friend got home

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1409

HappyUP!!! - waking up
Why it happened - I like to do that every morning
Why it makes me happy - I don't know why....but I felt exceptionally great doing that today.

HappyUP!!! - coffee
Why it happened - I do it every Wed
Why it makes me happy - it was a great conversation today

<------THAT is a leaf was. I love that my city comes and picks it up

HappyUP!!! - new Toastmasters meeting
Why it happened - I am mentoring
Why it makes me happy - this club is HOPPING right out of the back. I am knocking down the paperwork. I love the idea of helping so many people

HappyUP!!! - running across an old friend at the grocery store
Why it happened - I needed some groceries
Why it makes me happy - hadn't seen this friend in over 5 years...maybe 6. My friend, after lenghty conversation, said, "you don't look like you have aged a bit." The way it was wasn't like air being blown up my skirt. That was was awesome catching up on how radically life had changed...for the better.

HappyUP!!! - great text messages
Why it happened - outside consultants
Why it makes me happy - great to hear some sage advice my buddy had received from an advisor.

HappyUP!!! - quick visit
Why it happened - I was on my way to a meeting
Why it makes me happy - glad I was able to stop by and squeeze in a visit with a friend.

HappyUP!!! - an afternoon meeting
Why it happened - a buddy was able to stop by
Why it makes me happy - I love good, meaningful conversation


Waking up
New Toastmasters meeting
Getting the paperwork done
Brekko invite
Afternoon visit
Great text message in the afternoon
Running into an old friend at grocery store
Dedicated officers

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1408

HappyUP!!! - BJ's
Why it happened - my buddy needed some chat
Why it makes me happy - good that I have friends like this that look to me for quality conversation

HappyUP!!! - golfing..even if it was only 9
Why it happened - buddies called me
Why it makes me happy - good to get out of the house....didn't look like we could play...course was packed........glad we decided to hang around and swat it around for 9 holes

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters
Why it happened - it's Tuesday
Why it makes me happy - our regular meeting was great....our exec meeting for our new club was productive as well

HappyUP!!! - getting a nice walk in after BJ's
Why it happened - I have a little discipline
Why it makes me happy - it would have been easy to just tuck it in for the night......but, even a shorter walk, is still good for everything.


Golfing...even if it was just a little
1 under thru 6...2 birdies....9 iron on 1...bunker shot on 2....ball in on 3....wedge/putt on 3...2 putt on iron on 5...wedge/putt on 6.....3 wood/2 putt on 8
Executive meeting
Volunteers and agenda set
FABULOUS errands run
Meeting a buddy at BJ's for a couple of hours

Monday, December 06, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1407

HappyUP!!! - good trip to the doc
Why it happened - part of my physical
Why it makes me happy - it's always good when the blood pressure is in check and the weight is down from the last visit (6 pounds). It wasn't quite a perfect trip...but it was a good one.

HappyUP!!! - good insurance news
Why it happened - I joined AARP
Why it makes me happy - I may need to raise my deductibles but I should be able to save $200-300 bucks a month on my health insurance in 2011

<---------HappytheHampster....such a good patient. He gets a lollipop

HappyUP!!! - ministering and being there for two friends
Why it happened - people come to me with "stuff"
Why it makes me happy - I am a pretty happy-go-lucky and funny guy. That is not usually the person that people come to when they are tackling some serious challenges. It is a sacred privilege to be looked upon and to be confided in when your friends really need it.

HappyUP!!! - buddy stopping by
Why it happened - my house was on the way
Why it makes me happy - glad when this friend stops by.....always brightens my day.

Great walk
Good trip to the Doc
Raking leaves
Enjoying video msg from a friend
Bacon and Eggs (with taco meat)
Buddy stopping by
Check in the mail

Sunday, December 05, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1406

HappyUP!!! - great e-mail from a friend
Why it happened - I know some sweet people
Why it makes me happy - lots of people are struggling a little. I am thinking this couple is. It was great to know they have some chicken soup "in the vault" for me. They thought I might be getting sick. While happy I don't have to use it, glad it was there.

<------shot this pic for a friend this morning

HappyUP!!! - saving par on 8
Why it happend - I hit a darn good putt
Why it makes me happy - it won me a skin!

HappyUP!!! - birdie putt on 10
Why it happened - I read it right and hit it perfectly
Why it makes me happy - it was a tough putt. My game has been struggling. At least this part is looking better....and it got me another skin

HappyUP!!! - being there
Why it happened - peeps have challenges
Why it makes me happy - I'm not sure how much help I was......but that's all you can do for your there when they may need you. It's a sacred privilege.


Getting golf in
Birdie on 3
Putt on 8
Shots on 9
Birdie on 10
6 iron on 12
19th hole with friends
Being there for someone
Great e-mail from a friend

Saturday, December 04, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1405

HappyUP!!! - winning the 18th hole
Why it happened - yeah, I backed into it
Why it makes me happy - OK, I'm not proud of it...but I was getting my fanny kicked. At least I came back on one bet!!!

HappyUP!!! - fast play
Why it happened - no one in front of us
Why it makes me happy - 18 holes in 3.5 hrs on a weekend? HEAVEN!!!

HappyUP!!! - catching some Uke music
Why it happened - my friend was playing
Why it makes me happy - it's always awesome to be in the presence of such talent.....and being appreciated for being there as an audience.


7 iron on 1...bunker shot 2....6 iron on 5....pitch on 6.....chip on 9
Hang time at the 19th hole
My buddy and his uke
Winning 18th hole
Text with friends
Fast play
Much better weather than expected
TM Volunteers

Friday, December 03, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1404

HappyUP!!! - tacos
Why it happened - I was hungry
Why it makes me happy - they always do. I just love the way I make tacos. The pickles make the meal

HappyUP!!! - getting to the bank
Why it happened - I rushed
Why it makes me happy - lots of paperwork until we get the new club going. When you get checks, you have to get them to the bank!...PRONTO

HappyUP!!! - talking with a new officer
Why it happened - she stepped up
Why it makes me happy - see that paperwork comment above? Yeah....this gal is going to start taking some off of me!!!


Time at home
Talking with a new officer
Getting to the bank
Paperwork done

Thursday, December 02, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1403

HappyUP!!! - choco chip cookies
Why it happened - I got peeps looking out for me
Why it makes me happy - it's choco chip cookies, people! Need I say more?

HappyUP!!! - knocking down the paperwork
Why it happened - I sat down and made it happen
Why it makes me happy - since retiring, I can let paperwork sit for a bit. Not this stuff. I jammed on it.

<----THAT is a tastey cookie! Not quite a cupcake...but a cookie is good!

HappyUP!!! - birdies
Why it happened - some quality shots...and great putts
Why it makes me happy - 3 birdies early in the lets you play golf for "free" the rest of the day.


Waking up
Choco Chip cookies
Paperwork got done
Birdies on 6,8, and 9
Great up and downs on 7...12...13
Flop shot on 14.....9 iron on 15....8 iron on 17.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1402

HappyUP!!! - cloud vortex
Why it happened - who knows?
Why it makes me happy - I love when weird stuff happens. The picture probably doesn't do this's from my camera phone. Imagine...see how the clouds are kind of "popcorned" They were like that as far as you can see. See that little hole? It was like someone was drilling an opening in the cloud......and the funnel was beneath. I have NEVER seen this kind of cloud action. IF that looks like a funnel going on's why I took the picture....and I wasn't the only one.

HappyUP!!! - hitting 6 in 2 today
Why it happened - a nice drive and a nice 3 wood
Why it makes me happy - I have lost some distance in my mature years...nice to know...I can still get to a par 5 in 2 December...once in 3 wood was STRIPED!

HappyUP!!! - Demonstration Meeting
Why it happened - initiative on the part of several people
Why it makes me happy - I just showed up and did what I am good at....running a meeting. I was SO PROUD of the great job the OTHER people did........we have enough people to charter a brand new Toastmasters Club....on the VERY FIRST promotional meeting that we had. It was a lot of work fo the "heavy lifters" to promote this Happy!

HappyUP!!! - great IM
Why it happened - my buddy was in the mood
Why it makes me happy - great communication

HappyUP!!! - birdie putt on 10
Why it happened - great read...great execution
Why it makes me happy - it was a double breaking 25 footer....that I read perfectly...and struck PERFECTLY....that ball took that second break and died on it's last breath...right in the jar


Demonstration Meeting
Doing the paperwork
Golf.....8 iron on 1....bunker shot on 2....hybrid on 3....7 iron on 4.....driver/3wood on 6...7 iron on on 9......wedge/PUTT on 10....putt on on iron/putt on 15...lag put on 16
Getting my round in today
Call from my golf buddy for tomorrow
IM chat with my buddy tonight
Great e-mail from another buddy
Firming up a venue