Tuesday, July 31, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2017

HappyUP!!! - "next week" is a luxury
Why it happened - it came upon me today
Why it makes me happy - it's not that I don't know it....but I am SOOOOOO thankful for last week's reminder....coupled with today's eye opening......of the importance of this HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - setting up
Why it happened - Toastmasters
Why it makes me happy - I couldn't stay for the meeting...but....I had the key to the place....and it makes me feel good to serve

HappyUP!!! - brekko
Why it happened - Lads and Lassies
Why it makes me happy - I was HUNGRY!!!.....and didn't know brekko was part of the deal! Score!!!

HappyUP!!! - 9 iron 12
Why it happened - I changed clubs
Why it makes me happy - I'm not used to playing from that tee. I thought 8 iron was the play. Then, I said, "I don't think so."  I then got all over it and stuffed it inside 4 feet. 8 iron was probably the right play as one should never play to PURE ONE......but...in this case....I did PURE ONE

HappyUP!!! - Lads and Lassies
Why it happened - I was invited
Why it makes me happy - we had a lot of fun.....something that was really needed today

Monday, July 30, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2016

HappyUP!!! - a bike ride
Why it happened - I felt like it
Why it makes me happy - haven't been on the cycle in awhile.  No, it's not my old speedy days....but I still knocked out the ride faster than I thought I would

HappyUP!!! - call from old co-worker
Why it happened - he was effected
Why it makes me happy - good to be there for an old buddy

HappyUP!!! - call from someone VERY special
Why it happened - circumstances
Why it makes me happy - great to make the connection and get the information I needed

Sunday, July 29, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2015

HappyUP!!! - cool fivesome
Why it happened - new addition
Why it makes me happy - it was great incorporating the nephew into my Sunday game with the guys today.....such a joy

HappyUP!!! - birdie 10
Why it happened - a really cool wedge
Why it makes me happy - been struggling with what should be a basic shot....put it there for a gimmie today

HappyUP!!! - getting the W
Why it happened - I didn't give up
Why it makes me happy - "it's never over till it's over"....is the old saying. It couldn't have been more true than today.  It was looking like a tie...but....SURPRISE!


Cool fivesome
Break on 2.....birdie on 10....7 iron 17....gutting out a bogey on 18
Getting the W

Saturday, July 28, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2014

Here's a little sweetheart that HappyUP!!!'s 
his lumpia

HappyUP!!! - celebration
Why it happened - a marriage
Why it makes me happy - what a WONDERFUL night celebrating this couple

HappyUP!!! - lumpia
Why it happened - see above
Why it makes me happy - this little guy was just an absolute delight!

HappyUP!!! - brekko
Why it happened - no golf
Why it makes me happy - more stuffing.....served as a skillet with hash browns...good eats

HappyUP!!! - fencing
Why it happened - Olympics
Why it makes me happy - absolutlely spellbinding final...it went to overtime. I know little about the actual sport but got a HUGE education in a scant half hour today.

HappyUP!!! - Boston
Why it happened - driving home
Why it makes me happy - I remember from the day joking about the band, "It's Boston...crank it up!" Yeah....we used to make fun of the people that really embraced the good music of the band.....but I found myself as part of that humor tonight


Olympics....fencing was awesome
A celebration

Friday, July 27, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2013

Had stuffing left....they were so good last
night......any reason not to do it again?
NO!....I didn't think so....yum!!!

HappyUP!!! - Opening Ceremonies
Why it happened - it's Olympic O'Clock!!!
Why it makes me happy - great presentation and story. While I thought the torch lighting was a bit of a letdown, it was a GREAT opener by the host country. They have much to be proud of.

HappyUP!!! - Britich Rock
Why it happened - see above
Why it makes me happy - much of British Rock was based on American blues.....but look what they have done with it over the years......Beatles, Stones, Who, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Queen, U2.  Honestly, does America have 6 bands that can compete with that impact?

HappyUP!!! - 6 iron on 17
Why it happened - I striped it
Why it makes me happy - I put the match under my control with this GEM!!! Of course, my opponent stepped up........and then I failed to put the boot across his neck.......great competition today.


Leftover stuffing mixture
GREAT night of sleep
Great golf lineup
Tremendous July weather...soooo appreciative
good break 2....second shot 3....9 iron 5.....drive 6....par 7....drive/hybrid 10....pitch 11...putt 12....4 iron 14.....root shot 15....good break bad break/wedge 16.....6 iron 17.....bunker shot/putt 18

Thursday, July 26, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2012

Yep....those are stuffed tomatoes from
the garden.....along with stuffed mushrooms
.....right before their date with the grill/oven
respectively.  WOW!!!

HappyUP!!! -  dinner
Why it happened - one has to eat
Why it makes me happy - with the abundance of DELICIOUS garden tomatoes, it makes one creative. Sure, you can make spag sauce. Quite frankly, you can use substandard toms for that and just add brown sugar and wine to make up for the lack of flavor in store bought tomatoes.  You really don't want to wast the robust flavor of these red gems.  I am not sure I have ever had a stuffed tomatoe...I know I have never made one.  You can't be one dimensional though. "Hey, how about some stuffed mushrooms too!"  I have had those...but never made them.  I found a recipe.....just to give me an idea.....RADICALLY altered it to make it my own........THIS was pretty much OFF THE HOOK!

HappyUP!!! - haircut
Why it happened - when it's time, it's time
Why it makes me happy - my haircut cycle seems to line up with my little buddy's. He needs one....I need one.  THAT works out perfectly!  My cutter is great.....and closeby.......and was very appreciative of me sharing some of the aforementioned red gems.

HappyUP!!! - Whole Foods
Why it happened - I'm warming to them
Why it makes me happy - it's not the usual place that I shop.  It is a VERY convenient place to get to for a few dinner items....especially if it involves produce or some specialty meat/cheese.  I needed all of that tonight.

HappyUP!!! - BLT day 2
Why it happened - the garden
Why it makes me happy - a BLT just HAS to be in the running for the WORLD's BEST SANDWICH........when made with fresh tomatoes.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2011

What can I say? This speaks EXACTLY to the
heart of HappyUP!!! The "crap" will always get
attention. It needs to get it's attention.....but NO
MORE than that. At the same time, the GREAT
needs it's due.

HappyUP!!! - 2 speakers filling in
Why it happened - we had some "no shows"
Why it makes me happy - it's EXACTLY how the system is supposed to work when this eventuality occurs

HappyUP!!! - hole 6
Why it happened - three great shots
Why it makes me happy - this hole was giving me fits.....and I know/remember that.  Therefore, in the HappyUP!!!! spirit/concept, one MUST celebrate when things go well. Perfect drive, perfect wedge, and a perfect putt

HappyUP!!! - getting flopped
Why it happened - my brother's antics
Why it makes me happy - OK.....wasn't nuts about losing cash.  My brother was on the other team. He was struggling due to a back issue.  We were killing his team...then.....BAM.....he goes par-birdie-birdie-birdie on 13-16.  He turned the tide for his team.  It was pretty cool even if it was at my expense.

HappyUP!!! - great evening
Why it happened - good chillin time
Why it makes me happy - ahhhhhhhhhhh........just nice


2 speakers filling in....new Toastmaster doing great job
drive/4 iron/wedge 1....drive/9 iron 2.....wedge 4...9 iron 5....drive/wedge/putt (birdie) 6....drive/5 iron 7.....hybrid/wedge/putt (birdie) 10....drive/8 iron 11....drive/9 iron 13....4 iron 14....chip/putt (sandy) 15....drive/putt 16.....8 iron 18
Great evening

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2010

Forgot the shoes today when playing away. Picked
up these cool puppies discounted and on sale on top
of that at the golf shop. THAT is a rare SCORE!!!

HappyUP!!! - new golf kicks
Why it happened - oops...shoes in other car
Why it makes me happy - in style...though discontinued.....fun.....comfortable....and inexpensive. What's not to like?

HappyUP!!! - first place
Why it happened - great partnership
Why it makes me happy - Big Joe and I anchored our team with low score of the day.  We are now 25 strokes ahead of the second place team as we steam ahead toward capturing the North Valley League cup

HappyUP!!! - Edgar
Why it happened - Toastmasters
Why it makes me happy - what a delight this new member is! English is his second language.  Very inspirational young man


Edgar at TM
3 Speeches
Team play
Hitting the ball very solidly.....some great pitch shots
Big Joe bringing it home for us

Monday, July 23, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2009

HappyUP!!! - new part working
Why it happened - a little tweaking
Why it makes me happy - when the new part DIDN'T work, I went, "dang....I waited for this to be delivered.....and I need this to work!"  THEN, I put the NutterNoodle to work....VOILA!!!

HappyUP!!! - fresh Toms
Why it happened - I gardened
Why it makes me happy - they were soooooooooooooo good in my meal today

HappyUP!!! - a day with the family
Why it happened - a day off
Why it makes me happy - what a grrrrrreeeeeaaaat afternoon just hanging.

HappyUP!!! - chatting with my BB
Why it happened - I made the call
Why it makes me happy - great to reconnect

Sunday, July 22, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2008

HappyUP!!! - The OPEN Championship
Why it happened - it's a yearly tradition
Why it makes me happy - what an exciting finish!!! Very sad for Adam Scott....but EVERYONE loves the champion, Ernie Els. Adam is young....he will learn from this.....and he will knock down a major after this one that got away from him.

HappyUP!!! - getting the W
Why it happened - a press and better back 9 play
Why it makes me happy - winning isn't everything.....but if you are out there....you might as well win. I pulled out an unlikely one today with a comeback

HappyUP!!! - an afternoon at the movies
Why it happened - I was invited
Why it makes me happy - GREAT family time........in a cool movie theater on a 100+ day. The Dark Knight movie was AWESOME.......I didn't see the ending coming....NO...don't worry....I won't give it away....if I did, no reason to see the movie

Getting a prime time
The OPEN Championship
Drive/4 iron 1.....drive/chip 2....drive/3 wood 3....drive/hybrid 4.....drive/bunker shot 6....hybrid 9...4 iron/9 iron/putt/BIRDIE 10....drive/6 iron 12....6 iron 13.....pitch 14....drive 15....drive/8 iron 16....chip 17....drive/4 iron/wedge 18
Getting the W
Hanging with Big Mike
An afternoon at the movies

Saturday, July 21, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2007

Can you imagine the fun you could have?

HappyUP!!! - brekko
Why it happened - it was prepared for me
Why it makes me happy - morning time.......siiiiiggggggghhhhhh

HappyUP!!! - great conversation
Why it happened - see above brekko entry
Why it makes me happy - I LOVE talking about REAL things.....really important things. It draws us closer

HappyUP!!! - kicking it in
Why it happened - I finally found it
Why it makes me happy - had a little disorganization before team play today. I was off.  I came on strong at the end....playing the last 5 holes at a foreign course one under par. Yeah....the hole dug was too high to climb out of.......but never "phoned it in" and put the grind on to the bitter end

HappyUP!!! - swimming
Why it happened - he's home!!!
Why it makes me happy - so great to have the family back intact


Delicious breakfast
Making my tee time
Last 4 holes kicking it in
Time on the road
British Open
A new partner to play with

Friday, July 20, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2006

Tremendously happy note I received from someone special
......because it was so special that it was shared with me

HappyUP!!! - a lotta Nutters
Why it happened - golf
Why it makes me happy - 3 Nutters and a Nutter-in-Law.....on the golf course...at the same time....playing some decent golf....and good times

HappyUP!!! - largo on 1
Why it happened - 3 great shots
Why it makes me happy - I would have been HAPPIER had I made the putt for birdie....but I was happy to start the day on a great foot

HappyUP!!! - close time
Why it happened - observance
Why it makes me happy - today's national tragedy was anything but a HappyUP!!!....but it was great to be in comfort with family....and discuss....and feel...and BE. This stuff can get to you. It's great to decompress....and hold.


Great wakeup
Wedge 1 (largo).....chip 3....wedge 4....8 iron 5.....wedge/putt/birdie 6....drive/7 iron 7....5 iron 8....putt 10....6 iron 11....4 iron/chip/putt 12.....wedge/putt/birdie 13....4 iron 14....drive/wedge 15.....flop shot 16.....6 iron 17
Dateline/close time
Playing with a lotta Nutters

Thursday, July 19, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2005

HappyUP!!! - making someone's day
Why it happened - just a little thoughtfulness
Why it makes me happy - c'mon....isn't it great to make someone's day

HappyUP!!! - flowers
Why it happened - flowers happen
Why it makes me happy - I just love them

HappyUP!!! - dinner
Why it happened - it was a night out
Why it makes me happy - what a SPECIAL evening out tonight...at a great restaraunt. Magic

Making someone's day
A lovely dinner out

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2004

HappyUP!!! - best round since joining
Why it happened - back to fundamentals
Why it makes me happy - I think I have been making things a bit too hard....revelation today

HappyUP!!! - 4 birdies
Why it happened - good shots...great putting
Why it makes me happy - I'm more in line with where I think I should be

HappyUP!!! - great speeches
Why it happened - Toastmasters
Why it makes me happy - amongst it all....on phrase summed up my view....regarding communicating with God.....AWESOME message I shall remember

drive/5 iron/wedge 1....drive/9 iron stiff 2.....drive/hybrid/chip/putt 3....drive/4iron/wedge/putt/BIRDIE 4....8 iron/2 putt 5...drive/chip 6.....drive/6 iron/putt ,/BIRDIE 7....4 iron/putt/BIRDIE 8.....punch shot/pitch/PUTT 9....drive/hybrid/chip 10.....hybrid 11....7 iron/putt/BIRDIE 13....4 iron/9iron 14....drive/wedge 15....6 iron/2nd putt 17....drive/hybrid/chip 18

Best round since joining the club
Winning some dough
4 birdies
3 great speeches....lots of pitching in..the return of Linda/Barb...Dawn doing a great job...seeing Karen again

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2003

HappyUP!!! - preventing a mess
Why it happened - I jumped in
Why it makes me happy - great to pick up a guest today...and spend time with her in my home

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 14
Why it happened - GREAT wedge
Why it makes me happy - I hit it EXACTLY like in practice...and I have been working on that....I put it  to 1 foot....gimme birdie on 14

HappyUP!!! - unexpected 9 holes
Why it happened - I was just practicing
Why it makes me happy - some friends lost a dude at 9...they wanted 4 for the back 9. There is nothing better than taking a hard practice session (not just a warmup) directly to the course. NOPE...didn't play that well....but did some good stuff

HappyUP!!! - up and down on 18
Why it happened - damn good bunker shot
Why it makes me happy - I got applause from peeps on 16 tee (knowledgeable dudes) as well as my group. NOBODY wants a downhill sandshot....EVER...it's a recipe for disaster. IF you can hit that shot...and look "right" doing it....peeps know...."hmmmmm...that may have had more than luck involved." Yeah......that one saved me some DOUGH!

Waking up
Opening up
A couple of great speeches
A GREAT crowd
Edgar handling the timing machine
Leftovers from last nite
Good practice session
An invitation to play the back side
Drive/hybrid/chip/putt 10.....pitch 11.....4 iron/wedge/birdie 14....9 iron 15 (solid)....7 iron 17....drive/BUNKER SHOT/putt 18
Playing with new guys.

Monday, July 16, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2002

OMG!!!....this is a GREAT one. Contact me if
you want the Chicken Versuvio recipe. OFF the charts!!!

HappyUP!!! - cookies
Why it happened - I heard something
Why it makes me happy - I like "cookies"

HappyUP!!! - Chicken Versuvio
Why it happened - I saw a recipe
Why it makes me happy - I made some changes based on what I had in the garden....all I can say is.....DANG!!!!....this is some GREAT eating

HappyUP!!! - smog pass
Why it happened - I dunno
Why it makes me happy - there were people at Smog Stop whose cars didn't. That's a hassle. No hassle for me. Registration complete

HappyUP!!! - other car maintenance
Why it happened - I picked up the phone
Why it makes me happy - the "ol lady"....my trusty ol Boxster.....may be getting some cosmetic surgery soon. How fun!!!

Smog pass
Strum Shop

Sunday, July 15, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2001

Yet another shot......6 iron.....175 yards....DEAD AT IT in
the air...GORGEOUS golf shot.......that just falls a yard
short from that elusive hole-in-one. It was exciting in the air though!!!!

HappyUP!!! - golfing with my other nephew
Why it happened - he joined the club
Why it makes me happy - I was with him as his first day as a member.....bought lunch.  It was a pretty cool deal.

HappyUP!!! - solid round
Why it happened - a little posture change
Why it makes me happy - I KNOW I am on the right track here.

HappyUP!!! - sneaking in a "W"
Why it happened - my nephew was rusty
Why it makes me happy - beating the nephew is probably not going to happen very often or anytime soon once he knocks the dust off his clubs.  Today reminded me of the days long ago....when he was learning.....and I would take him up to Plumas Lake.....and when he thought he could beat me.....it was his goal.....and then he wouldn't.  Then, as it happens, he finally did and took off to being a pretty good stick and player.

HappyUP!!! - birdie....birdie....birdie finish
Why it happened - some quality shots
Why it makes me happy - I don't know if, in 40 years of golf, I have ever birdied the last three holes. If I have, it wasn't anytime in recent memory.  Nothing cheap about any of the birdies.  It also reminds me that ANYTHING is possible out on that golf course.

Scoring a primo time
Brekko sandwich with brother's gang
Nephew joining the club
Going out with my nephew on his first round
Kicking nephew's butt
Drive/5 iron/wedge 1.....drive 2....drive 3....drive/4 iron/wedge 4....drive/wedge 6....drive/7 iron 7....4 iron (double greenie) 8....2 putt 9.....drive/hybrid/9 iron/putt (birdie) 10....drive/7 iron 11....drive 13...4 iron/WEDGE 14....punch 15....drive/wedge/putt (birdie) 16....6 iron/birdie/near ace 17...drive/HYBRID/wedge/gimme (birdie) 18
Birdieng last 3 holes
GREAT weather

Saturday, July 14, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2000

So MANY great things on this landmark day - ......and in this blessed life. Where does one even start regarding today?

HappyUP!!! - Day 2000
Why it happened - I have stuck to the process/practice
Why it makes me happy - we all have certain things we have made habits.  This is a pretty good habitual behavior. I started HappyUP!!!'s based on the concepts of Positive Psychology.  Eventually, I took them to the web so, as I spoke to groups about Positive Psychology, I could show them that I do walk the talk of savoring all the good things that happen everyday.  In the end, as any teacher will tell you that enjoys teaching, the teacher ends up being the beneficiary

HappyUP!!! - 36 holes of golf
Why it happened - my club needed me
Why it makes me happy - I was already scheduled to play in the morning with one of my favorite groups of guys. The Assistant Pro asked if I would help fill his roster for team play in the afternoon.  I was a bit hesitant as 36 in one day is a little more than I need usually.  I said, "yes." I played way better in the afternoon, got to play with a fellow club member that I hadn't played with, got some swing help, came back and "pushed" in my match, and met a couple of nice guys from the visiting club.  GREAT DAY on the golf course.  Young people should learn to play golf.  It's something you can do for a lifetime and teaches great values.....values that you can't just learn early and choose to forget about later......values that you HAVE to live by if you are going to play the game.

HappyUP!!! - evening entertainment
Why it happened - I was at the club already
Why it makes me happy - perfect weather for a fun outdoor concert by a great band!

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 12
Why it happened - putting
Why it makes me happy - it really was ridiculous. I had NO business draining this 50 foot, uphill, double breaking putt......yet...for some reason.....I felt absolutely NO guilt when that snake dropped right into the cup!


Playing with my favorite guys
A little chill in the summer morning air
9 iron 5.....par on 8....drive 10.....punch 11...partner chip in on 11..birdie putt on 12...drive/hold off 8 on 13......drive 16.....6 iron 17

36 holes

Drive/5 iron/wedge 1....punch/chip 2....drive 3....drive/4 iron/wedge 4.....9 iron 5 (ace possibility).....punch/chip 6......5 iron 7.....chip 9....drive/5 iron/wedge/BIRDIE 10....drive/honesty 11...pitch 12....chip 13.....4 iron/wedge/putt 14....9 iron recovery/putt 15.....drive/bunker shot/putt/ 16....7 iron 17.....drive/wedge 18
Pushing individual match.....getting a 3/3 tie after horrible morning round
Delicious pork chops

Friday, July 13, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1999

HappyUP!!! - HappyUP!!! 2000 Eve
Why it happened - it's been YEARS in this process
Why it makes me happy - great to celebrate a discipline......and I will celebrate tomorrow....it's a HUGE and IMPORTANT day/night for me

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 17
Why it happened - a STRONG 8 iron and a great putt
Why it makes me happy - it put me BACK IN THE GAME today...great time for doing that

HappyUP!!! - courageous conversations
Why it happened - there was a hiccup in the club
Why it makes me happy - I drew upon my corporate days.....talked to the Prez....the offender....all good....the key is to talk.....and not to text/e-mail


Heat relief.....and next week
Pleasant morning
Courageous conversation
Talking with the Prez
Drive/4 iron/wedge 1...drive/8 iron 2....drive/bunker shot 3...drive/4 iron/wedge/putt/ 4....2 putt 5....drive/wedge/putt 6....drive/chip 7.....drive/hybrid 10.....6 iron/putt 12....drive/wedge 15...drive/chip 16....8 iron/putt/birdie 17....drive/hybrid/putt 18
Great weather
Getting the FINAL message
Securing plans for concert

Thursday, July 12, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1998

HappyUP!!! - resolving an insurance issue
Why it happened - a trip to my doc
Why it makes me happy - I admit....when I heard what had happened......I went, "Oh boy...this will be fun...NOT!!!" Got the situation rectified in 10 minutes. HappyUP!!!

<-------I have seen several pics of writings on steps lately. I like this one the best

HappyUP!!! - a bathroom fix
Why it happened - I got to work
Why it makes me happy - I found a new product that may aid me in yet another project to do.

HappyUP!!! - appreciation for things going right
Why it happened - things went wrong
Why it makes me happy - my doc's office was going through an entire system change. For whatever reason, they had to treat everyone as a new patient. Tech helpers from the vendor who provided the software are hanging around helping due to the awkwardness of the new.  I am watching people get agitated...."I didn't bring my medical card....you have it on file!"....the schedule is obviously running late.  While I would prefer things to run smoothly, when I had the temptation to be agitated......THIS blog reminded me to think of how often this same process goes flawlessly well. When that lightbulb hit, I smiled.

HappyUP!!! - an evening swim
Why it happened - I got the call
Why it makes me happy - it was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much fun

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1997

HappyUP!!! - playing with my nephew
Why it happened - he was invited out
Why it makes me happy - so nice to play with R.....he doesn't play much but he's pretty good considering.  It was great that I was the swingman so, not only was he on my team, but my brother was on my other team too.  Great family time

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 18
Why it happened - 2 good shots....and a great ONE
Why it makes me happy - all the chips were on the line.....and I put the wedge in there for a "leaner." It could have easily gone in for an eagle. As it was, that shot put both Nutter teams "in the black."

HappyUP!!! - a surprising e-mail
Why it happened - I was shipped the wrong part
Why it makes me happy - I had sent an e-mail with pictures showing the replacement part I needed versus the one that was sent to me. I was just getting ready to follow up with a phone call. The e-mail came through saying the new part was not only on it's way.........but that it was free.......and I didn't have to ship the errant part back! OUTSTANDING!!!


3 Speeches
Getting to evaluate the general
E-mail resolution to situation I was going to call on
Putt 1.....drive/chip/putt 2.....drive/bunker shot/putt 3....drive/4 iron/pitch 4....chip/putt 5.....drive/chip 7....5 iron 8....recovery/pitch/putt 9.....drive/hybrid 10....5 iron/chip 12....4 iron/wedge 14.....drive/wedge 15.....drive/chip 16....6 iron 17....drive/hybrid/wedge/gimme birdie 18

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1996

I absolutely love this drawing from Hugh at Gaping Void (to view more of his work, CLICK HERE) I have long held that this notion we have created of "having it all" has created as much unhappinessas just about any other concept we have dreamt up in Western Society

HappyUP!!! - BIG Joe
Why it happened - we were partners again
Why it makes me happy - he loves us being partners. BIG Joe has a big handicap (golf wise)....but he is a GREAT guy to play with.  He had a BIG day today at North Valley league and took us to being the low on our team.  He hit one of the most AWESOME shots I have ever seen today on 16 from 190 yards out......as well as tremendously consistent play

HappyUP!!! - our new president taking over
Why it happened - he's back from vacation
Why it makes me happy - I am sooooo going to enjoy watching this guy take the helm.

HappyUP!!! - back to back birdies
Why it happened - some quality golf
Why it makes me happy - while Big Joe was going crazy good (see above), it didn't leave me a lot of room to contribute.  Glad I got to have a voice in our low score.........and I am proud that he was the MVP


3 speeches
Our New President taking over
Waking up early
Team Play
Staying Hydrated

Monday, July 09, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1995

HappyUP!!! - shrimp cocktail
Why it happened - I was hungry
Why i makes me happy - this bad boy is a summer staple. LOVE IT!!!

HappyUP!!! - Departure
Why it happened - my club makes plans
Why it makes me happy - GREAT tribute band......it's going to be fun

HappyUP!!! - more pickin
Why it happened - toms are bustin loose
Why it makes me happy - got lots of request for homegrown tomatoes.  Who knew? Next year, I'll plant double the toms......peeps are indicating through social media that they will drive here for them


Sunday, July 08, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1994

HappyUP!!!- fleet washed
Why it happened - motivation
Why it makes me happy - got em all washed and ready for this week's activities.  Had to wait till dusk to do it....things needed to cool down...but....got er done

HappyUP!!! - putting championship
Why it happened - we do that
Why it makes me happy - got to the third round....took the eventual winner...and a great player to the final hole....we were both ON IT.....he got me....great competition

HappyUP!!! - putt on 17
Why it happened - I shoved it in
Why it makes me happy - wasn't the best tourney for my partner and I.....but....we got one birdie today


Giants game planned...can't wait!!!

Saturday, July 07, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1993

HappyUP!!! - tournament day
Why it happened - we have those
Why it makes me happy - always interesting....and fun....to have a day of competition with the field

HappyUP!!! - putt on 16
Why it happened - I stepped up
Why it makes me happy - we were having a challenging day. We had a choice. I said, "let''s take this one"....which was my putt.......and I drilled it DEAD CENTER into the hole for a nice shot in the arm

HappyUP!!! - swordfish
Why it happened - I had it last night
Why it makes me happy - it was sooooo goood last night......I decided to do it again.......and it was even BETTER tonight


Tournament day
6 iron 1....chip 2....putt 3...drive /putt 4....drive 7....drive 9....drive 10...5 iron 12...4 iron 14...drive 15...drive/putt 16....chip 17....drive 18
US Women's Open
Warmer weather (not too warm)

Friday, July 06, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1992

HappyUP!!! - packin it up
Why it happened - needed to
Why it makes me happy - I put some things away today that were no longer serving me...cool

HappyUP!!! - swordfish
Why it happened - I marinate
Why it makes me happy - that was a DARN good peice of BBQ'd fish

HappyUP!!! - par on 18
Why it happened - I played a good hole
Why it makes me happy - it got me out of a sketchy day all square


Packin it up
6 iron 1.....drive/approach 2...drive 7.....birdie 8...birdie 10....birdie 11....par 18
After round enjoyment
Dealing with "stuff"

Thursday, July 05, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1991

HappyUP!!! - paperwork
Why it happened - it's a new year
Why it makes me happy - it was SOOOO COOL to knock out some important beginning of the toastmasters year stuff.....getting great help from TI

HappyUP!!! - speaking with my consultant
Why it happened - I rang her up
Why it makes me happy - I got some great ideas and insights

HappyUP!!! - DINNER!
Why it happened - I got my cook on
Why it makes me happy - shrimp cocktail, salad, sauteed veggies........didn't even need to bring out the big bad swordfish steaks......just let them marinade for a day or so.  GREAT dinner!

HappyUP!!! - communication
Why it happened - it always needs to
Why it makes me happy - awesome to get thoughts across....back and forth.....for deeper understanding


Sleeping in
Great help from TI on a name change
Trip to Office Depot/Bank/Bank/TJ's/Sunflower
Delicious dinner pulling zukes/onions/toms/peppers out of garden
Mom flower

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1990 4th of July

There's a HappyUP!!! 4th of July face!!!

HappyUP!!! - 4th of July
Why it happened - dudes with cajones
Why it makes me happy - NOBODY, including me, can imagine the risks that the dudes took to put this country on the map...NOBODY. THAT is what this holiday is about.

HappyUP!!! - bonus holes
Why it happened - we were "stuck"
Why it makes me happy - we got to do a "game after the game."  5 holes.....two 4-man scramble teams for a friendly wager after we played 18.....nobody in our way....just a whole lotta fun

HappyUP!!! - Kaitlin
Why it happened - fireworks
Why it makes me happy - she is 4.5 yrs old.......and the cutest, smartest little "kinda great niece" a "grand uncle" could hope for.  We had nothing but a lot of fun waiting for her first fireworks show ever

HappyUP!!! - 4th of July
Why it happened - once a year...it does
Why it makes me happy - food....friends.....brother/sis-in-law....nephew/grand niece.....old friends.....perfect weather......a nice environment.....great fireworks........all in the confines of SAFE and SANE.....no wahoos doing weird stuff with fireworks or all "tanked up".....best 4th I have had in a long time.


Waking up
Great weather
Lots of buddies
Chip 14.....wedge 15...drive/wedge 16...7 iron 17....pitch/putt 18...chip 2....5 iron 7....6 iron 8....chip 10....6 iron 12.....drive 13
Bonus scramble game
Watching an impossible chip in
Winning at dice

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1989


HappyUP!!! - a guest
Why it happened - internet
Why it makes me happy - love that "silent salesperson".....the internet.  It brought yet another guest to our club......and we put on a great show.....we did what we were supposed to do....and I am pretty sure he will be back and join soon.

HappyUP!!! - Giants tour
Why it happened - I got an invitation
Why it makes me happy - come on, are you kidding me? Who wouldn't LOVE to get inside the innerworkings of AT&T park and see what happenes during a game. Great trivia....getting to sit in the dugout and clubhouse.....I could go on an on. Spectacular!

HappyUP!!! - weather
Why it happened - it's weather
Why it makes me happy - dunno why I am so lucky to have hit the jackpot so many times in San Francisco.  Today was another BANNER perfect day down there....just like the last few times I have been a tourist in the area.

HappyUP!!! - the whiner
Why it happened - it's a thing this person has
Why it makes me happy - it's just sooooooooooo funny when people beg...beg...beg...for attention. Very comical


A guest
3 good speeches
Giants tour
Lombard Street
The Wharf
Transamerica Building
Drive home
The evening
The Weather
Being on the field...and the dugout

Monday, July 02, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1988

HappyUP!!! - Shadow
Why it happened - she's my girl
Why it makes me happy - I dunno........every once in awhile, as a pet owner, you just appreciate your pet a bit more.  She had the cute thing going on today

HappyUP!!! - plans
Why it happened - I got the call
Why it makes me happy - I'm going to be having some fun tomorrow....no bout adoubt it

HappyUP!!! - great dinner
Why it happened - found a few things from the garden
Why it makes me happy - OK.....not EVERYTHING was from the garden...but a lot of it was. I'm now "organic kinda guy"......but I always appreciate the blessing of making food from my own garden

Sunday, July 01, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1987

HappyUP!!! - border collies
Why it happened - I was out for a walk
Why it makes me happy - what are the odds of running into 2 consecutive dog owners walking border collies?....and having a chat with each?  Border collies are cool

HappyUP!!! - Patriotic 1st of July
Why it happened - it's the weekend before the 4th
Why it makes me happy - it was cool hanging out in a SAFE and SANE environment....getting a nice presentation..................and GREAT fireworks.  Despite the masses, the escape to get home was quick and problem free as well. Great evening

HappyUP!!! - onion rings
Why it happened - see the above
Why it makes me happy - I just had to support the local vendors.  The taco guy put on a good spread but the winner was the onion ring man.....probably the best I ever had

HappyUP!!! - Euro2012
Why it happens - they do it every once in awhile
Why it makes me happy - am I the hugest soccer fan in the world? No.....far from it.  I DO love about any sporting championship, however.  The Italians and Spaniards were going NUTS!