Monday, October 31, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1733

HappyUP!!! - finding needed items
Why it happened - I went shopping
Why it makes me happy - this was a GREAT errands day. Yeah, I had to go to a second store for one item.....but I was thrilled that they had it...thought it might be out of season

HappyUP!!! - good times with friends
Why it happened - I was invited
Why it makes me happy - nothing like some good wholesome Halloween fun

HappyUP!!! - a small, anonymous deed
Why it happened - I was at FedEx/Kinkos
Why it makes me happy - I went to put my card into a copier that was available but I could not do it. Why? Someone had left their copier card in the machine. The display read that there was about $4.50 left on it. One could go two ways with this. 1) It's like finding a $5 bill in a parking lot or 2) Take it to the front desk. I chose option 2. Does this make me a "good person"? Actually, that is NOT the question. The point is that it made me happy to take it to the front desk even though the chance of the rightful owner ever getting the card back is near zilch (the cards aren't encrypted with names or get a copy card, put money on it, and use it in the machines). Whenever you get a chance to do something that can make someone else feel better, you have a pretty good chance that you will feel better about yourself


Great errands run
Doing a good deed

Sunday, October 30, 2011

HappyUP!! Day 1732 Sun

HappyUP!!! - hearing something
Why it happened - someone called it what it is
Why it makes me happy - I didn't realize how much and how important I am to someone.

HappyUP!!! - turning a wrench
Why it happened - a bicycle needed some repair
Why it makes me happy - glad to be able to get this fixed

HappyUP!!! - Punkin Cookie Delivery
Why it happened - someone spent an afternoon with "grandma"
Why it makes me happy - those were some DARN tasty cookies. More importantly, he was so proud that he made them and to give me one. Maybe that is what made them tasty.

Sleeping in
Coffee in bed
Tremendous brekko
Cash on hand in the truck
Gorgeous weather
Punkin cookies delivered

Saturday, October 29, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1731

WOW!!!! - today? was a good day to be me

HappyUP!!! - GREAT Member Member tournament
Why it happened - I have an OUTSTANDING club
Why it makes me happy - full brekko......lunch.....and a great format where we got to play with 6 other members that we had not met. Super day

HappyUP!!! - winning our first two matches
Why it happened - we had the tourney hats on
Why it makes me happy - we ran into a BUZZSAW in round three which knocked us out of winning the whole Maryann (which would have been a HUGE upset). It was awesome to be in contention. Next time we'll get em

HappyUP!!! - fabulous evening
Why it happened - a celebration
Why it makes me happy - great dinner at a place I hadn't eaten.......THIS is really what the beginning of a great night is about

HappyUP!!! - a Haunted House
Why it happened - the clan DEMANDED it
Why it makes me happy - it was SO spur of the moment. The little buddy said, "No Way!!!" Yet, he his first Haunted House...........and it was AWESOME!!! Kids and new experiences are the best!!!

HappyUP!!! - post-Haunted House
Why it happened - our house was kind of quiet...sleepover night for little buddy
Why it makes me happy - how much more AWESOME could a day get.....lots of golf friends in a great tournament....lots of family for dinner.....a new experience afterward with the little guys.....and then a house for the math!


Par on 3...8 iron 5....7 iron 6....partner's birdie 9.....par 13...birdie 8 iron 11....wedge 4....bunker shot 7....putt on 2
Winning first two matches
Great tournament
Great weather
Great dinner
Fun later

Friday, October 28, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1730 FRI

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 1
Why it happened - 3 good shots and a putt
Why it makes me happy - a great start is always a lift

HappyUP!!! - fantabulous errands run early
Why it happened - up and at em
Why it makes me happy - getting a bunch of things done.....then having time for golf....and for
evening activities.....nice day!!!

HappyUP!!! - GREAT news
Why it happened - professional advice
Why it makes me happy - oh yeah.....this is going to be good!

Birdie on 1....Drive on 3....punch/wedge 4...pitch iron 7....pitch 8....8 iron/chip 9.....hybrid/bunker shot 11.....pitch 13...putt 14...bunker shot 15...punch 16
Great group of guys today
Time afterward
Running errands in the morning
Fantabulous weather
Borrowing a bag

Thursday, October 27, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1729

HappyUP!!! - plans confirmed for next weekend
Why it happened - we double checked
Why it makes me happy - it's going to be GREAT!!!

HappyUP!!! - good time with the putter
Why it happened - I did some work
Why it makes me happy - there is a reason I can putt. I work at it....and I like working at it.

HappyUP!!! - good range time
Why it happened - needed some practice
Why it makes me happy - progress...progress...progress


Good range time
Watching romping in the park
Good time with the putter
Plans confirmed for next weekend
Watching my friend grow.....and thrive....despite behavior by the turd

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1728

HappyUP!!! - sleeping in a bit
Why it happened - had the opportunity
Why it makes me happy - I'm usually up early on Wed. It was a GREEEAT morning to take
it a little slower and enjoy it

HappyUP!!! - meeting in the lounge
Why it happened - change of venue
Why it makes me happy - the training room was taken.....a little more prep is involved to get the alternative venue ready.....peeps pitched in....awesome job by all

HappyUP!!! - UPS delivery
Why it happened - I ordered
Why it makes me happy - how good do we have it that I don't have to leave my house to get some much needed items in just two days. When you consider I didn't pay sales tax, even with the delivery charge, it was cheaper than going to the store. GREAT country we live in! Convenience

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1727

HappyUP!!! - new member Craig
Why it happened - we have a great product
Why it makes me happy -'s what it's all about

HappyUP!!! - two great speeches
Why it happened - great members
Why it makes me happy - Halloween and Action Triggers....learned some interesting things

HappyUP!!! - knocking down the "to do" list
Why it happened - some focus
Why it makes me happy - we all have the stuff we gotta do....BUT....when you get that stuff done as well as some MORE stuff, it always makes you feel good

Monday, October 24, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1726

HappyUP!!! - Webster
Why it happened - a need was identified
Why it makes me happy - Roseville Hardware.....comes through again. Never underestimate those guys

HappyUP!!! - big favor day
Why it happened - peeps were pinched for various reasons
Why it makes me happy - I sooooo LOVE to be of service

HappyUP!!! - delicious bowl
Why it happened - a guy has to eat
Why it makes me happy - doesn't some great chili ALWAYS hit the spot? C' may not be everyone's favorite.....but who doesn't love some good con carne'?

Heavy favor day
Webster again
Delicious bowl
Helping the Toastmaster
Dropping off the manuals
Dropping off a key item last night

Sunday, October 23, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1725

HappyUP!!! - bunker shot 6
Why it happened - skills and the right club
Why it makes me happy - not a lot of people are going to knock THAT shot up for a gimmie par

HappyUP!!! - siggggh
Why it happened - an invitation
Why it makes me happy - I'll keep this one to myself tonight

HappyUP!!! - par 3 play
Why it happened - a good day
Why it makes me happy - I hit 3 of them in regulation and played them 0ne under par. The 8 iron/putt to top my competitor on 5 was a thing of beauty. The 4 iron on 8 splendid. The putt on 12 was magic. The 6 iron and lipped out putt on 17 was almost as good as it gets

HappyUP!!! - ball in play on 18
Why it happened - luck
Why it makes me happy - THAT was one awful tee shot. I got lucky that it didn't find the hazard. From there, I took advantage of the break and scrambled for the par.


World Series
Incredible weather
Getting a prime time for next Sunday
Signing up the group for a tournament
8 iron on 2....bunker shot iron 4....8 iron 5.....bunker shot on 6....4 iron 8....wedge 10....bunker shot 11....chip/putt play 15....6 iron 17....scrambling par 18
Getting Buddy 3-ways
My life
Early walk

Saturday, October 22, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1724

HappyUP!!! - drive on 1....chip on 2
Why it happened - a bit of skill
Why it makes me happy - it got me started with a couple of pars.....nice

HappyUP!!! - bunker shot on 9
Why it happened - more skill
Why it makes me happy - it's not often that I'm going to get great contact with a 5 iron enough to clear the lip and hit the green 170 yards away. Critical shot

HappyUP!!! - all about the weather
Why it happened - it's that time of year
Why it makes me happy - bask is the word of the day.....and it will be the same one for many days ahead as we enjoy the best season of the year


Time with the most important person of my life
World Series

Friday, October 21, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1723

HappyUP!!! - early dog walk
Why it happened - I was there...and it needed to happen
Why it makes me happy - our weather is GREAT right now....80's at a high...but a nice chill in the morning. My girl has a nice coat of hair....loved seeing the steam out of her mouth this morning

HappyUP!!! - mowing
Why it happened - it's that time
Why it makes me happy - I LOVE mowing my lawn....I really do. I wish it grew faster

HappyUP!!! - watching the grappling
Why it happened - I got picked up
Why it makes me happy - my buddy had it going on....hard core!

HappyUP!!! -dialing in member-member
Why it happened - we had to figure it out
Why it makes me happy - I LOVE my partner....we will be ready to go

Thursday, October 20, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1722

HappyUP!!! - crossword puzzle time
Why it happened - I needed roofing materials
Why it makes me happy - great to pick up the needed stuff from my bro....and catch a cup of Joe and a crossword with him and his wife. Oh no...not just any crossword....this was the THURSDA NY TIMES crossword......they do crosswords all the time. I was proud to make a lot of contributions.

HappyUP!!! - roof fix
Why it happened - weather
Why it makes me happy - no big....put on a few roofs in my time....not my fave thing to do....but I figured it out and the garage is squared away for the winter

HappyUP!!! - golf with the bro
Why it happened - I got my roofing done
Why it makes me happy - my course was closed....happy to get the invite as they were short handed....bro and I were partners....we made a nice little payday....on a day when the weather was...................sooooooooooooooooooooo awesome


Crossword puzzle time
Roof fix
Gorgeous weather
Family time
Great golf group
Birdies on 4/10
Good break...chip iron 2....chip/putt 3....bunker shot/putt 5....chip 8.....putt 10....pitch/putt 18
Keys in the golf bag
Walking the dog

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1721

HappyUP!!! - Pumped Up Kicks
Why it happened - a trip out
Why it makes me happy - I heard this song playing where I was at. I researched it a bit. It has a nice groove. I love music....but I find myself out of touch a bit. I really like Foster The People

HappyUP!!! - members stepping up
Why it happened - it is the group I am mentoring
Why it makes me happy - lots of last minute changes....but the "newbies" are getting big deal...."you do this...I'll do that..." ...and the show goes on with nobody knowing that anything was askew

HappyUP!!! - calamari
Why it happened - I was hungry
Why it makes me happy - a little pop over to the club.....with GREAT company....for a nice little light close for us.


2 enriching speeches
members stepping up and filling in
Pumped Up Kicks
Advanced Leader Bronze
Lots of pooch time
Buddy time

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1720

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters
Why it happened - it's Tuesday
Why it makes me happy - a heart wrenching icebreaker...and a new application....THAT is a great day

HappyUP!!! - sleep
Why it happened - night comes
Why it makes me happy - I really appreciate my sleep...not all nights are great....most are good...this one was great

HappyUP!!! - great dinner
Why it happened - night with the band of three
Why it makes me happy - just great food....great company....great environment

HappyUP!!! Day 1719

HappyUP!!! - doing a favor
Why it happened - a friend needed one
Why it makes me happy - always like to help....and if it just means using my driver's license a little easy is that?

HappyUP!!! - agenda out
Why it happened - a newer member needed some help
Why it makes me happy - glad to be of assistance

HappyUP!!! - evening hijinx
Why it happened - that crazy jinx
Why it makes me happy - hijinx are very entertaining


Sunday, October 16, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1718

HappyUP!!! - amazing pitch
Why it happened - skills?
Why it makes me happy - it's not often you intentionally pitch a ball THROUGH a window in a tree. I did today....landed soft....knocked the putt in for par. Amazing recovery

HappyUP!!! - impressive bunker shot
Why it happened - skills?
Why it makes me happy - not a lot of people would grab a little extra club and hit this cute bunker shot on the par 5 fourth hole......I did......and put it within 5 feet of the hole. Nice little birdie there. Good thing.....because the entire group birdied the hole today. TOUGH Group....just the way I like it!

HappyUP!!! - reacquainting with the judge
Why it happened - I was at the club
Why it makes me happy - loved this guy as a kid. We lost track of each other. He is a judge now doing family cases. Yeah.....very happy/handy/timely to meet this guy again

HappyUP!!! - Starbucks morning
Why it happened - I was up early
Why it makes me happy - a pooch walk.......a great cup of Joe....and a providing a nice cup of coffee....for the person that delivers the Mosticolli sauce to me.....beautiful.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1717 A Maze-ing Day

HappyUP!!! - Fall
Why it happened -'s the season
Why it makes me happy - love the weather change....even though there is a hint of's not enough to make us look at summer as anything as being in the wake. It just opens things up for fun activities

HappyUP!!! - lunch bunch
Why it happened - we were hungry
Why it makes me happy - goal accomplished.....we needed to eat

HappyUP!!! - night ending movie
Why it happened - perfect plan to an end of a perfect day
Why it makes me happy - we hadn't seen this one...had meant to....and it was a great time to see this awesome flick

Friday, October 14, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1716

HappyUP!!! - birdies
Why it happened - some good play
Why it makes me happy - not much was happening...a little birdie on 13...and 14...and a near birdie miss on 15 spiced the round up a bit

HappyUP!!! - brekko sandwich
Why it happened - I was hungry
Why it makes me happy - I tried out a new filled the hole....actually have better brekko spots. Happy to have ventured out

HappyUP - driveby from friends
Why it happened - they were on the loose
Why it makes me happy - the driveby led to GREAT family fun


Drive wedge 9 iron 2....putt on 3...punch 4....wedge 8 iron 9....hybrid wedge 5 iron wedge putt birdie wedge putt birdie wedge 18

Really?.....hearing.....what you told a little kid....

Thursday, October 13, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1715

HappyUP!!! - rototilling
Why it happened - recent rains
Why it makes me happy - I like to "turn it under" for the winter planting. Usually, it means lots of dust. Not today due to recent rains. Ahhhhh....the smell of the soil....beautiful in it's moistness....I love the moistness.

HappyUP!!! - award submission
Why it happened - I stopped by my buddy's office
Why it makes me happy - this guy wasn't in my class in high or two down..but we have become such GREAT friends through Toastmasters. I was happy to use his equipment to submit for an important certification/designation

HappyUP!!! - a great link
Why it happened - thoughtfulness
Why it makes me happy - is the figure it out. Great introduction to a new band...with great old tunes. Love this band!


A great link
Great pooch time

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1714

HappyUP!!! - 5 speeches
Why it happened - WILD Wednesday
Why it makes me happy - it was an interesting concept....tight on time for our meeting...but we finished ON TIME....and made progress. Some GREAT speeches!!!

HappyUP!!! - Giuseppe on sweet
Why it happened - lunch time
Why it makes me happy - I probably only do this a few times a year. GREAT to see Joey and the crew at Better Foods and enjoy my favorite sandwich of all time

HappyUP!!! - coffee
Why it happened - it's in the calendar
Why it makes me happy - always great quality time with my buddy


5 speeches
Fabulous weather
Giuseppe on sweet
Vendor fair
A laughable driving stunt pulled by someone who should know better

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1713

HappyUP!!! - team table topics
Why it happened - a creative table topics master
Why it makes me happy - my partner and I WON!!! OK....while it is great to win, it's more important to practice skills we don't get to use everyday

HappyUP!!! - birdies
Why it happened - 2 very well played holes
Why it makes me happy - these brought our team back today. Sooooooo many great putts that didn't fall.....except on these two holes

HappyUP!!! - steak with the guys
Why it happened - team play
Why it makes me happy - just super times with my friends.....after SPECTACULAR weather on the links


Meeting done on time
Great speeches
Team TableTopics
Hitting 12......8 iron 13.....good break/wedge 14.....creamed 9 iron on 15.....thin to win 9 on 18....wedge on iron 0n 2.....good break on 4....wedge on 6.....busted 8 iron on 8......wedge on 9....wedge on on 11
Phenomenal weather

Monday, October 10, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1712

HappyUP!!! - dodgy weather
Why it happened - weather
Why it makes me happy - it was beautiful to be trapped by the rain today

HappyUP!!! - freshly bathed girl
Why it happened - I walked her
Why it makes me happy - she smelled sooooo good

----"Rainy days ON Monday don't get me down"

HappyUP!!! - ridge cap
Why it happened - I found some
Why it makes me happy - repair on the garage will be a snap

Sunday, October 09, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1711

HappyUP!!! - rose petals
Why it happened - a miracle
Why it makes me happy - just look at the picture......doesn't the view alone make you feel tremendous joy?

HappyUP!!! - found a little sumptin sumptin
Why it happened - auto correcting mid round
Why it makes me happy - played terribly on the front 9....but didn't give up...searched.....and found sumptin on the back that makes sense with my recent swing change. Brought it home STRONG

HappyUP!!! -
Why it happened - they play the tournament
Why it makes me happy - my friend, EJ, drove a lot of play in the Monday qualifier.....then made the cut.....nope, he didn't win.....but he contended....and got himself a NICE and NEEDED check on the PGA Tour!


Snagging a tee time for next week
Classic weather
Great chat
Stalker flyby

Saturday, October 08, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1710

HappyUP!!! - fall weather
Why it happened - weird after rain
Why it makes me happy - we don't usually get a day like THIS one for a bit yet. High 60's...maybe lower 70's....such a JOY to be out in it all day

HappyUP!!! - movin up the ranks
Why it happened - my buddy is putting in the time
Why it makes me happy - it is sooooo have been watching this development from day one. Very proud of him and his battling the challenges

--------BeltUP!!! as one moves up the ranks

HappyUP!!! - catching up with friends
Why it happened - I had the opportunity
Why it makes me happy - what a great bunch! Sooooo many laughs

HappyUP!!! - hole one
Why it happened - a great drive/hybrid/wedge
Why it makes me happy - the entire game went down the crapper from there!...high hopes on ball striking least it started well!!!


Beautiful morning for a walk
Stunningly gorgeous weather
Time with friends
My buddy E....still in there

Friday, October 07, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1709

HappyUP!!! - gorgeous
Why it happened - welcome to fall
Why it makes me happy - is there ANYTHING better than fall in NorCAL? NOPE!!!

HappyUP!!! - call from an old friend
Why it happened - I was thought of
Why it makes me happy - when was the last time I talked to this guy? Got some great info...very interesting...awesome getting caught up some good eating

HappyUP!!! - awesome news
Why it happened - Toastmasters
Why it makes me happy - I unexpectedly qualified for an award........that is going to make my club eligible for a VERY special designation. TOTALLY surprising.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1708

HappyUP!!! - Peanut NutterCup lunch
Why it happened - I was helping out
Why it makes me happy - who doesn't love a little surprise dropped into their lunchbox?

HappyUP!!! - beautiful rain
Why it happened - strange weather
Why it makes me happy - it was just lovely seeing the nice misting as I was on my back porch. Nope...not ready for the rainy season.....just nice to watch this afternoon.

HappyUP!!! - helping in a pinch this morning
Why it happened - time was tight
Why it makes me happy - always love to help out by using my driver's license and giving someone a lift

HappyUP!!! - dinner
Why it happened - a guy has to eat
Why it makes me happy - the skies parted....the sun came out....and surf-n-turf was served.'s what's for dinner!


Beautiful rain
Ride to school
Thinking about Steve Jobs
No NutterGutter issues

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1707

HappyUP!!! - Wednesday people
Why it happened - Wed group
Why it makes me happy - TREMENDOUS energy at Toastmasters today....great speeches....GREAT TableTopics that were so creative (which my partner and I won).....guests...great show today!

HappyUP!!! - curious cat
Why it happened - cat ownership
Why it makes me happy - pets are the best...especially when they surprise when in the tub, "hey!...hey!!!...hey!!!...what's going on there?" cats!

HappyUP!!! - lobster deal
Why it happened - I watch my mail
Why it makes me happy - I LOVE making lobster.....especially when I can make it "on the cheap" when I can find a deal. I didn't even have to default to my wholesale fishmarket friend

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1706

What a great day! - I could go on and on....but I'll brief it down

HappyUP!!! - OVER THE TOP Toastmasters
Why it happened - it's Tuesday and my club has it "going on"
Why it makes me happy - four guests today. One of them had visited several other clubs and said, "whoa...this vibe is way more attractive."

HappyUP!!! - 3 great speeches
Why it happened - great members
Why it makes me happy - an icebreaker, learning about couponing, and a darn funny speech about golf....all delivered well.........

---------Pause in the story........what a nice morning to host a fuzzy visitor

Monday, October 03, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1705

HappyUP!!! -carpool mom
Why it happened - I am in the rotation
Why it makes me happy - I do the stuff I need to do.....and am SO HAPPY to be able to help out with this honor. It's pure happiness

HappyUP!!! - looking out my window
Why it happened - I was alerted
Why it makes me happy - I saw something that was very.....very....very entertaining when someone rode by. I laughed.....really hard

HappyUP!!! - seeing a buddy
Why it happened - I grabbed a cup
Why it makes me happy - I was out and about. I don't usually grab a Starbucks on Monday but I decided to. I have lived here forever....have so many people that I know here...I was overjoyed to get flagged down by a friend unexpectedly and was drawn into my favorite thing....a discussion regarding very educational things.


First rain
Speech done
Carpool mom

Sunday, October 02, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1704

HappyUP!!! - picture I HAD posted here before I took it down
Why it happened - great stuff
Why it makes me happy - I was privileged to an AWESOME experience by one of my young heroes

HappyUP!!! - Celebration Dinner
Why it happened - family times
Why it makes me happy - a big accomplishment by the boys was observed in proper fashion with lots of family and love. THAT is always the biggest HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - sleeping in a bit
Why it happened - I was 'off shift"
Why it makes me happy - I got up early for the tee time was naturally reciprocated's a beautiful friendship system we have

HappyUP!!! - birdies
Why it happened - these were great ones
Why it makes me happy - a birdie on 8....a 4 iron to 8 feet.....and a GORGEOUS wedge to 3 feet on 15......both shots that were hit perfectly. Perfection is always appreciated

Saturday, October 01, 2011

HappyUP!!! Day 1703

HappyUP!!! - late afternoon practice
Why it happened - gorgeous weather
Why it makes me happy - I played in the morning....I did some good things...been a tough year...I have to keep my practice, I went back over to the course...and things are starting to click that have not happened in a long time

----------Cats!!!.....relaxation personified .....HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - friends
Why it happened - I got done practicing
Why it makes me happy - I got done with practicing and went into the club. I not only got to hang out with my bro was celebrating his 40th birthday at my club. I saw so many people of his age (6 years older than I) that are my friends too. AMAZING night

HappyUP!!! - sis in law
Why it happened - see above
Why it makes me happy - I LOVE my sis in law. She gave me some GREAT insight

HappyUP!!! - consulting offer
Why it happened - see above
Why it makes me happy - I am always flattered when I run into people that are looking for my insight.....even when I am not looking for it. It is fascinating on how blessed I am. I can't wait to work on this project. Part of it has to do with my reputation....another has to do with what I do right here everyday.