Thursday, March 31, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1522

HappyUP!!! - shorts
Why it happened - look at the weather
Why it makes me happy - the "white" legs made their maiden appearance out there today on the course.......and it felt good

HappyUP!!! - great accountant news
Why it happened - our tax laws
Why it makes me happy - I met with my accountant the other day. I thought the bill would be "X." Turns out it was "X minus .9x".......yeah.......HappyUP!!!!

HappyUP!!! - shaking hands and saying goodbye
Why it happened - it was the right thing to do
Why it makes me happy - it would have been easy to avoid this conversation.....and just move on.....but it was the right thing to do. We are both glad that I did it.


My Cupcake
Shaking hands and saying goodbye
Great accountant news

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1521

HappyUP!!! - birthday wishes with friends
Why it happened - I was in the area
Why it makes me happy - hey....a beautiful evening outside with some appetizers and conversation.....on a happy day....wheeeeeee!

HappyUP!!! - being accused of being an encourager
Why it happened - I was putting in some time
Why it makes me happy - I just want people to be better......and to get got to do the work. Some of the's not fun. What's the alternative though? To just lumber along and not improve the areas that really need improvement? I'll take the accusation all day long!

HappyUP!!! - great TM meeting
Why it happened - it's Wed
Why it makes me happy - 3 speeches...3 evaluations.....4 TableTopics.....on top of a bunch of club business....all done in 1 hr 10 minutes. THAT is efficiency!

HappyUP!!! - making the move
Why it happened - old situation wasn't working
Why it makes me happy - it's time to move on to the next phase and place. Enough time thinking about, it was done!


Toastmasters....3 speechs/3 evaluations/4 Table Topics
Sharing birthday wishes with some friends
Seeing my friend at his office
Dropping off my application
Entering a tournament
Finding out a friend is making same move I am
More great weather
Being an encourager
Making the commitment

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1520

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters
Why it happened - welcome to Tuesday
Why it makes me happy - three great speeches....including an Icebreaker....loving the club

HappyUP!!! - mexican food
Why it happened - a new place convenient to the routine
Why it makes me happy - THAT was a great chile relleno

HappyUP!!! - a little walk
Why it happened - it's that time of year
Why it makes me happy - great to walk with BOTH of my girls


Mexican Food
A little walk
Time with the boys

Monday, March 28, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1519

HappyUP!!! - cleaning up
Why it happened - some good weather
Why it makes me happy - it's getting time to do a little work around the yard. With all of the weather we have had, I'm a little behind this year. While not was good to do a little catch up

HappyUP!!! - a walk
Why it happened - see above
Why it makes me happy - it's time to enjoy Spring.....and Mother Nature is cooperating

HappyUP!!! - restringing the Taylor
Why it happened - a busted string
Why it makes me happy - the Tay is my "go to" has been WAAAAAY TOOO long since I restrung it. was like I own a new instrument!

A croissant
A walk
Restringing Tay
Buddy's golf website

Sunday, March 27, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1518

HappyUP!!! - gorgeous morning
Why it happened - it's weather
Why it makes me happy - I really do love rain......but enough is enough.......and it was a spectacular morning (in many ways).

HappyUP!!! - walking the dog
Why it happened - see above
Why it makes me happy - my pup hasn't been getting enough work due to the weather. Great to get her out for a couple of miles

HappyUP!!! - ATM
Why it happened - the bank gave me one
Why it makes me happy - I am the treasurer for a non-profit group. We have had a bank account.......forever. We don't get charged we may forgo a few services. The ATM card allowed me to do work on a Sunday..........all of it!


Lazy Sunday morning
Gorgeous morning
Walking the dog
Getting Banking done
Getting Ed VP work done

Saturday, March 26, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1517

HappyUP!!! - sump pump
Why it happened - thanks to the previous resident here
Why it makes me happy - we've had a lot of rain. With improvements I have done, the basement stays fairly dry. Still, when there is this much saturation, some minor puddling occurs. did occur.....until I re-discovered the sump. "Sumped it away" again today

HappyUP!!! - family fun
Why it happened - Borders had an event
Why it makes me happy - not only did my buddy get a free LegoRacer...........he was one of only three kids to win a Lego set in the raffle! Awesome!!!

HappyUP!!! - thunderstorm
Why it happened - weather
Why it makes me happy - sure, most people are getting tired of all the rain. I would be one of them. Yet, I never get tired of watching the rain coming down where you literally can't see across the street.


Friday, March 25, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1516

HappyUP!!! - top down driving
Why it happened - my passenger insisted
Why it makes me happy - I normally don't drop the top when a drizzle is threatening and "street spray" is occurring. Glad my buddy insisted......great fun.

HappyUP!!! - great meeting
Why it happened - I set it up
Why it makes me happy - I got some absolutely great information!

HappyUP!!! - SHRIMP!
Why it happened - it was fish Friday
Why it makes me happy - THAT was one tasty meal......and I mean TAAAY-STEEEEE!


Great meeting
Popping my head in
Some episodes of cool rain
Nice, brief walk
Watching the man in action
Top down in questionable conditions

Thursday, March 24, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1515

HappyUP!!! - paying a visit
Why it happened - someone really needed it
Why it makes me happy - it's just great to be there for someone.....when they need it the most. Also great to meet some people I didn't know in the process

HappyUP!!! - great soup
Why it happened - a can opener?
Why it makes me happy - this was possibly the best canned soup that I have ever had!

HappyUP!!! - withdraw
Why it happened - the tournament wasn't what I thought it was
Why it makes me happy - I pulled out of this deal late last week due to some miscommunication that I received. This morning, I was so glad I did. It was raining pretty good.......and.....until they called it off......I would have been forced to be out there slopping around in it.


Paying a visit
Great soup

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1514

HappyUP!!! - something out of a little
Why it happened - I was in the boardroom today
Why it makes me happy - we were small in number over in "room 2" today of The Articulators. We were long in spirit, enthusiasm, and learning. Very nice work

HappyUP!!! - a dry basement
Why it happened - been using the system
Why it makes me happy - totally had forgotten about the sump that the previous owner had installed. We've had ground saturating rains for a month. Even with those, I have the ability to keep the basement totally dry. THAT is a HUGE HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - dues collection
Why it happened - I'm the treasurer
Why it makes me happy - this will be my last round of collection at this club. I now have a new treasurer ready and willing to do the job. In the meantime, I am getting renewals in on time at a surprising clip. Outstanding!


Making something out of a little in the boardroom
Great speeches
Dues flowing in
Coffee with my friends.....twice
Card trick
Car done
Wonderful plans
Golfing information
A dry basement

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1513

HappyUP!!! - finding my guacamole recipe
Why it happened - I went through a drawer
Why it makes me happy - yeah, I wish I had this a few weeks back. Oh need to lament. I've got it for the next party that comes to town.'s a killer concotion

HappyUP!!! - trip to the dentist
Why it happened - it's part of the routine
Why it makes me happy - my new hygenist didn't have to work too hard to clean up the choppers......I seem to be doing my end of the deal. Less work....less poking.....HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - a new recipe
Why it happened - I'm in that mode
Why it makes me happy - I was able to find all the ingredients at second stop at the full service grocery. This was one tasty scramble dish. Winner!

HappyUP!!! - knocking out the schedule
Why it happened - I'm the VP of Education
Why it makes me happy - this little piece of logistics is a bit of a Rubik's Cube. It's easy to put off doing too. I met my deadline and got it out on time. Volunteer work....HappyUP!!!


Getting the schedule out
Good dues work
Finding the Rocket Chef
Finding the guacamole recipe
Finding the corkscrew
No hassle with the bank
A working ATM card
Mower on the grass
Getting everything I needed at TJ's
Teeth hygenist

Monday, March 21, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1512

HappyUP!!! - e-waste
Why it happened - doing some cleanup
Why it makes me happy - that was a lot of "stuff" I had accumulated. It was great to get rid of it.....for free.....thanks to a wonderful service my city provides. Lightening the load

HappyUP!!! - front yard fun
Why it happened - I was out there
Why it makes me happy - I got some much needed edging in......and got ambushed by a couple of little buddies on a sneak attack. Hilarity ensued.

HappyUP!!! - broom closet
Why it happened - spring cleaning
Why it makes me happy - just another area of the house that had accumulated some unneeded stuff. It's looking spiffy now. I'm getting spot of the place at a time.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day1511

HappyUP!!! - Fantasy Golf Win
Why it happened - Gary Woodland
Why it makes me happy - I came out of nowhere from deep in the pack and snuck a win in this week. How exciting is that!

HappyUP!!! - Norooz
Why it happened - I have a great friend
Why it makes me happy - great food and fellowship amonst people of another culture. It was an honor to be invited to share in their holiest of days with them.....and to learn about their culture

HappyUP!!! - picking up my buddy
Why it happened - he was at a birthday party
Why it makes me happy - I'm not sure he was expecting me to be part of the welcoming committee. I also got to visit somewhere I had never been. New places are always cool


Fantasy Golf WIN
Picking up my buddy

QuoteUP!!! 23 Every Moment

Every moment spent with or on a difficult person is a moment you are not investing in a Great Client/Person

-Bill Bacharach

Saturday, March 19, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1510

HappyUP!!! - good day in Fantasy Golf
Why it happened - I play
Why it makes me happy - hey....big move up the leaderboard today. I've got a chance this week!

HappyUP!!! - basement
Why it happened - I'm doing some work down there
Why it makes me happy - there is light at the end of the tunnel. It's starting to look good down there

HappyUP!!! - brekko
Why it happened - a guy has to eat
Why it makes me happy - that was one filling ham and cheese pocket I was served this morning.


Meeting a teacher
Taking care of a friend
Great sleep
Seeing my little buddy
Good day in Fantasy Golf

Friday, March 18, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1509

HappyUP!!! - finding great stuff
Why it happened - more time in the basement
Why it makes me happy - finding great stuff.....getting rid of a lot of worthless stuff.....a great day. Can't wait for the weather to clear so I can continue the slash n burn through accumulation of "stuff."

HappyUP!!! - a great game
Why it happened - see above
Why it makes me happy - absolutely GREAT entertainment in the evening....and many nights to come.....with all of our friends and family.

HappyUP!!! - food
Why it happened - brought to me/made for me
Why it makes me happy - I got a nice little snack dropped by as I toiled away. My girl made an over the top soup for me later that night.....PERFECT for this kind of weather.


A surprise deposit
More time in the basement
French Fries
Finding some great stuff
Found a great game

Thursday, March 17, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1508

HappyUP!!! - a delicious ham pocket
Why it happened - my girl had leftover ham
Why it makes me happy - HAM! OMG....if you like ham (like I do), you can do soooo much with it. It was an awesome meal to have. It was with me all the way home.

HappyUP!!! - time in the basement
Why it happened - I have a basement
Why it makes me happy - the basement had become a bit disorganized. I have some upcoming plans.....I need my house to "play as big as it can".....and it can play big....and FUN! I made some good ground today.

HappyUP!!! - a great bike ride
Why it happened - I had a special errand
Why it makes me happy - the rains are coming....not much chance for biking in the next two weeks. It felt so great to mount up and get the heart pumping

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1507

HappyUP!!! - dealing with a house issue
Why it happened - I own a house!
Why it makes me happy - problem.....solution....implementation.....done! This one could have been more persnickity than estimated. The fix went smoothly

HappyUP!!! - gorgeous day
Why it happened - who knows
Why it makes me happy - after some violent and steady rain, it was awesome to see the sun full on.......and everything smelling so clean.

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters
Why it happened - I'm mentoring the new club
Why it makes me happy - every week, I see new stalwarts emerge that are starting to really take ownership and say, "this is MY club." It's a wonderful thing to see adults stretch and grow......but also for them to begin to see this as their organization. It's kind of a "be true to you school" kind of thing. LOVE THAT!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1506

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters
Why it happened - it's Tuesday
Why it makes me happy - we had a couple of great speeches.....fantastic table topics....and a full house. Just a quality meeting all up and down the board

HappyUP!!! - peace in the pantry
Why it happened - motivation
Why it makes me happy - did a little bit of overdue reorganization....and, man, does it make a difference!

HappyUP!!! - being there for a friend
Why it happened - my friend is going through a storm
Why it makes me happy - I never like it when my friends are troubled. It makes me happy when I am reached out to as an advisor when the heavy stuff comes down. It is a sacred privilege when another man confides and looks to me on cloudy days. While I wish the events didn't take place, I am honored to assist in any way I can. We are all ministers to our fellow man



Monday, March 14, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1505

HappyUP!!! - running across an old banker buddy
Why it happened - I went to the bank for info
Why it makes me happy - I hadn't seen this person in years. It was great to get the info that I needed from someone that I really trust.

HappyUP!!! - handling things with the NCGA
Why it happened - there was confusion regarding a tournament
Why it makes me happy - cofusion settled.....actions taken......all good.

HappyUP!!! - checks in the mail
Why it happened - it's dues time
Why it makes me happy - when you are a treasurer for any organization....let alone for a couple of really appreciate people sending their dues in without too much cajoling.


Checks in the mail
Club ATM card
Good info from banks
Running across an old banker buddy
Getting things done
Handling the deal from the NCGA

Sunday, March 13, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1504

HappyUP!!! - some quality iron shots
Why it happened - working on my action
Why it makes me happy - the 7 iron into 5 was pure....the 5 iron into 9 was efficate. The game isn't all together....but it's perking up.

HappyUP!!! - birthday celebration
Why it happened - there was a birthday in my family
Why it makes me happy - warm times, trivial pursuit, and lots of laughter with the people that love me the most. My girl loves the family time as well.

HappyUP!!! - eighteenth hole
Why it happened - a round of golf has to end somewhere
Why it makes me happy - this hole has been a little inside my head lately. It was impossible
to play it any better than I did short of my wedge actually going into the hole rather than ending up 8 inches away. A nice finish to a dodgy back nine.


Drive on 1...hybrid 2...good break/wedge iron 5....5 iron on 9...wedge on on 18
Golf partners
B-day party

Saturday, March 12, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1503 - What a GREAT DAY!

HappyUP!!! - an empowered member
Why it happened - I fixed a problem
Why it makes me happy - a lemon was turned into lemonade when I got the e-mail from one of my Toastmaster members about, in fixing an oversight, it became a moment of empowerment. It all worked out as it should.

HappyUP!!! - spoiling my Jazzy
Why it happened - she needed some walk time
Why it makes me happy - I just love walking that pooch........and rubbing her nose...all the while....knowing she knows......who her master is. Such a good girl!

HappyUP!!! - 7 iron on 9
Why it happened - the swing is coming
Why it makes me happy - I NEEDED a good shot here......and I got a GREAT one!.....right on the button.....easy birdie

HappyUP!!! - 9 iron on 18
Why it happened - a bit of skill
Why it makes me happy - my drive was a little errant.....the 9 iron?......anything but....a high, floating thing of perfection. Nice way to close the day!


Drive/wedge 1.....finding ball/cut shot/wedge on 3.....up and down 4....wedge 6....bunker shot/putt on iron/putt 9....hybrid/wedge/putt on 10.....chutt on 12....wedge on wood/wedge 14.....7 iron 16....wedge 17....9 iron/putt on 18

Gorgeous weather
An empowered member

Friday, March 11, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1502

HappyUP!!! - taxi driver
Why it happened - my newest little buddy needed a ride
Why it makes me happy - just glad to do a favor so we could add one to the duo and create the "Three Musketeers" for an evening of fun

HappyUP!!! - enjoying the Three Musketeers
Why it happened - I was invited
Why it makes me happy - so many sounds of happiness.....those guys just crack me up.

HappyUP!!! - 7 solid holes of golf
Why it happened - who knows...I've had a layoff
Why it makes me happy - couldn't hold it together....but....for the first 7 holes....I was swinging the club about as good as I can. Always learning.....learned more today


7 very solid holes of golf
Birdie on 3
7 iron/birdie on 7
Playing with the boyz
Great dinner
Finding a location
Taxi driver
Playing with the Three Musketeers

Thursday, March 10, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1501

HappyUP!!! - help from "the village"
Why it happened - I reached out
Why it makes me happy - I was in a pinch needing to borrow an item. I reached out to
"the village" as my GF calls it...........and had responses in minutes. I feel very embraced by these great gals.

HappyUP!!! - dinner out with a couple of couples
Why it happened - all in the name of school fundraising
Why it makes me happy - great family times with these great people and all of the kids.

HappyUP!!! - catching up with an old friend
Why it happened - I went to tip testing (see next HappyUP!!!)
Why it makes me happy - the main instructor is an old pal that I used to do business with here in town. I didn't even recogize him in his karate garb. Soooo cool to know my buddy is in such great hands with this guy as he learns martial arts.

HappyUP!!! - "Tip" testing
Why it happened - it was time
Why it makes me happy - it was such a proud moment watching my buddy get the first tip to his karate belt.

HappyUP!!! - practice session
Why it happened - I had to make it happen
Why it makes me happy - hadn't played golf in two weeks. The weather was iffy......but perfect for getting reacquainted with my sticks!


Area Speech Contest
Help from the village
Dinner with some other couples...raising funds
Good practice session
Getting a few holes in

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1500

1500? - did someone say, "1500"?

Goodness gracious - that's over 4 years!

HappyUP!!! - speech coaching
Why it happened - contest coming
Why it makes me happy - I have been encouraging two speakers this time. It's a thrill! Can't wait to hear how they do tomorrow night

HappyUP!!! - a walk
Why it happened - it was a nice morning
Why it makes me happy - there is just something about being out in the cool, crispness of the morning that makes me feel alive

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters
Why it happened - it's Wed
Why it makes me happy - this is the day the new club meets. I got a couple of "teaching moments" in that were tremendously appreciated. The timing was just right.


A walk
Great coffee
Teaching moments
People volunteering to help me out
Lawn aerated
Speech Coaching
Getting food picked up

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1499

HappyUP!!! -packed house
Why it happened - lots of guests
Why it makes me happy - I love it when I have to go out and get more chairs for our meeting

HappyUP!!! - a new member
Why it happened - we have a good product
Why it makes me happy - when you are involved in an organization, you lose members...natural part of business. You have to add some back. We got a good one to work with today

HappyUP!!! - food volunteers
Why it happened - I reached out
Why it makes me happy - I'm chairman of the brigade on this one.......VERY happy to get some troops with me.


Packed house
Gorgeous weather
Food volunteers
Things working out as they should

Monday, March 07, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1498

HappyUP!!! - Hole Theory
Why it happened - I was reminded of it
Why it makes me happy - long ago, I created a thing called Hole Theory. Rule 1 - when in a hole.....quit digging! Rule 2 - an auger is not a tool that will help you get out! I am watching a guy trying to dig out of a hole with an auger. It saddens me....but nothing I can do. It is almost as if he wants to bury himself. THAT does not make me happy. The happiness comes from me seeing that the Hole Theory, while something I conjured up, actually is a REAL concept.

HappyUP!!! - leftovers
Why it happened - I scored
Why it makes me happy - OMG....deliciousness! All because I asked.

HappyUP!!! - great news from a friend
Why it happened - my friend got great advice
Why it makes me happy - I have a big circle of people that look to me for advice. In this case, it was beyond my scope. My friend got the advice from someone more qualified.......and was elated with an epiphany! I love it when my friends find solutions to vexing issues

HappyUP!!! - early morning cleanup
Why it happened - I stopped by
Why it makes me happy - my bro didn't want the he said....I didn't care....I just jumped in and did it.....and, while I know he appreciated it, it didn't matter......I am happy when I am of service.


Helping out the bro
Gorgeous weather
Great news from a friend
Doing some clean up early
Funny fun on FB
Hole theory

Sunday, March 06, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1497

HappyUP!!! - a great steak
Why it happened - sis and her leftovers
Why it makes me happy - any idea of what it is are are asked if you want leftovers.....and the person says it's steak? HappyUP!!! (well...unless you are a vegan)

HappyUP!!! - dropping off a borrowed item
Why it happened - when I borrow stuff, I take it back
Why it makes me happy - that policy often leads to being invited in for fun! People like not having the stuff they generously lent you "hang out there" forever. I got a treat when I took something back today

HappyUP!!! - great afternoon
Why it happened - got a break in the weather
Why it makes me happy - I got to get out for a much needed walk (between the raindrops)....then a buddy had a plan which was great. We did that. Awesome afternoon!

Saturday, March 05, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1496

Just another Saturday - in my world......NOT!

HappyUP!!! - errands
Why it happened - I just had a LOT of them today
Why it makes me happy - they all went smoothly

HappyUP!!! - getting a hand
Why it happened - I needed some help
Why it makes me happy - had promised a buddy I would drop something at his house. The problem was I couldn't get it on my truck alone. It was awesome to just ask a guy in the neighborhood (that I don't know) if he would give me a quick hand. He dropped what he was doing and jumped in.

HappyUP!!! - jammin with the man
Why it happened - the man was in town
Why it makes me happy - love playing music and laying it down with this guy. That cool cat even makes me purr. Nothing like synching up with a great muscician.

Friday, March 04, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1495

HappyUP!!! - work done on a project
Why it happened - I keep plugging away
Why it makes me happy - despite some delays, it looks like the project will be brought in on time.

HappyUP!!! - a wonderful midday visit
Why it happened - my buddy was thinking of me and was in the area
Why it makes me happy - a great talk in the middle of the day with a good friend......a highlight of life

HappyUP!!! - a surprise evening invitation
Why it happened - friends
Why it makes me happy - we had a fabulous evening.....and a great time.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1494

HappyUP!!! - meeting my friend, J
Why it happened - a project
Why it makes me happy - always love seeing J....and great to get some help on a project

HappyUP!!! - a surprise twist to the evening venue
Why it happened - I planned it
Why it makes me happy - isn't it always great to get more than what you were thinking you would. I was able to do that for someone

HappyUP!!! - a new recipe
Why it happened - I love to experiment
Why it makes me happy - what an elegant dish.........and so easy to prepare


Meeting my friend J
A surprise twist to the venue
A new menu
Seeing my friend, B

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1493

HappyUP!!! - Articulators Contest
Why it happened - it's contest season
Why it makes me happy - this was their maiden voyage.....and the contest went great. Can't wait to see what happens at the next level

HappyUP!!! - a new gadget
Why it happened - we received some generosity
Why it makes me happy - it was forever until my home club got their first timing light. Due to the generosity of our District, The Articulators were able to get one of these right away.......and I got to present it. Awesome to share good news

HappyUP!!! - a great Jokemaster
Why it happened - who knows
Why it makes me happy - I love it when someone takes a joke.....and then spins it making it sound like it actually happened to them. I didn't see this coming today from our Jokemaster.


The Articulators Contest
A new timing light
Grateful people
So many smiling faces
A great jokemaster
A big day
Good times

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1492

HappyUP!!! - speech contest
Why it happened - we schedule them
Why it makes me happy - we had three GREAT speeches today....absolutely GREAT speeches. I am so proud to have played a hand in the growth of each of these individuals.

HappyUP!!! - errands
Why it happened - things to do
Why it makes me happy - it was just a particularly good day of errands. I like a good errands day

HappyUP!!! - hearing from friends
Why it happened -
Why it makes me happy - we've got rain days....and some nice days coming.....and I NEED to get on to those links. Plans made


Speech Contest
Hearing from friends