Sunday, September 30, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2078

A morning shotgun tournament....which
gave us an opportunity to play a little
earlier.....and be one of the first "trackers"

HappyUP!!! - a tip I got
Why it happened - we were talking golf
Why it makes me happy - apparently, I was back to my old habits of moving all over the place off the ball.  It's actually a pretty easy fix....just have to keep the weight down in the feet. Better ball striking....and NO hack shots today

HappyUP!!! - recovery shot on 2
Why it happened - I get a lot of practice in the trees
Why it makes me happy - I punched this 4 iron from 170 about head high and straight as a within 2 feet of the cup. WINNER!

HappyUP!!! - nice night for a walk
Why it happened - just needed to stretch the legs
Why it makes me happy - this was a VERY good walk

HappyUP!!! - Ryder Cup
Why it happens - they play it every 2 years
Why it makes me happy - I didn't like the outcome.......but the tension and excitement? has to be as close to the top of ANY sporting event when it is played like it was today.


Morning dew
A tip I got
Drive/wedge 1...recovery punch/birdie 2....8 iron 3....8 iron recovery 4....bunker shot 7.....5 iron 8....6 iron 10....root shot iron 13....wedge 14....3 wood/wedge 15...wedge 16.....bunker shot 18
Ryder Cup
Lovely morning

The Ol Nutter Almanac 2012

 "GUARANTEED to be somewhat reliable"

The Days - 1) 6/4...101 2) 6/15...100 3) 6/16...105  4) 6/17.....101 5) 7/10....100  6) 7/11...103  7) 7/12....103 8) 7/21...101 9) 7/22....103 10) 8/8....100  11) 8/9....103 12) 8/10...103  13) 8/11...105 14) 8/12....102 15) 8/13....105

Update 9/30/2012 - we close out the was a warm September.....a record for days over 90....but we didn't hit 100 one time in Sept. Summer ended 9?22...didn't begin until June 22...yet...we have "credit" to 4 days before summer officially began.....and let it run until Sept 30 as a Summer definition.....Hmmmmmm.....WOW.....maybe the almanac was right on again IF we only keep summer to the official summer days.....yep....I declare it....ANOTHER winning forecast!

Update 9/6/2012 - well, it appears that there are broiling days in the forecast. That little heat spell from 8/8-8/13 did us in this year from being right on the money.  I'd have to declare the Almanac as a pretty effective weather usual. It's as effective as any forecasting I've ever seen.....let alone long term forecasting

Update 8/22/2012 - still just a 2 scant days over the prediction........hey....that's not bad. What weather forecaster would step in front of a camera and predict a Sacramento summer?  No 100 days in sight yet. a reminder...the almanac starts on Memorial Day weekend....far before the end of Summer....but it does shut down when summer officially ends.

Update 8/14/2012 - well, it's official now.  A tough year for The Ol' Almanac. I'm not sure what today's temp will get to but it will get over the century mark.  13 days or less was the call. Looks like we will be ducking under the 100 mark for the next week or so.

Update 8/9/2012 - it looks like the Almanc will fail miserably in the first time since it has been published. The original call was 13 days of 100 or less.....we are at 10.....with 6 days predicted in a row of the temps that we hate here in this area when they get strung one after another. Oh well....considering it is a weather prediction.....and it's only been wrong....predicting summer highs.....the almanac is OK with that.  Onward to next year!

Update 7/27/2012 - though the average number of days over 100 around here is 21.....the last four years have averaged 44.  People say, "Nutster, you have too much time on your hands." Well.....people have different interests.  It's also nice because I have all the stats RIGHT here at NuttersNotes. This one interests me because there is one thing I KNOW from living around this place for so long.  When we get ALL THOSE DAYS over 100.......20+.......people UN-HappyUP!!! and all you hear is, "it's so dang hot."  I talk to people from other parts of the state, "it's so hot up there in Sacramento."  I now counter........well...........not really..........not for the last 5 years.  It assists me in being an Ambassador for our GREAT place to live.

Update 7/26/2012 - two more on the books since the last report. The rest of July is looking good for under 100.  We have all of August to get through.  We'll see how the Ol Almanac holds up this year. Short of a BLAZING August, it will be another pleasant We were only 89-90 today and looking the same for tomorrow. Sacramento summer.....well under the average days over 100 of 22.

Update 7/16/2012 - we got a few hot ones since last checking in. We are up to 7. Global warming to upend "da almanac"?

Update 7/9/2012 - a whole bunch of nothing to the next time I report, due to the jet stream moving north, the days could easily go from 4 to 9. We are into the hottest month of the year...with the second one to come. Will this be the first time since going "on-line" that the Almanac may be wrong?

Update 6/21/2012 - wow!!! a little heat spell.... 4 days at 100 or above....and summer hasn't even started yet...............................but........wink.........cooling trend on the way. Love/trust the almanac

Update 6/11/2012 - not much to report....still at 1....caught some 90's....looking at 2 weeks between 90-100........hoping we can keep it under the triple digits until July

Update 6/4/2012 - we got hit with 101 on Friday to welcome in June.  Funny....101 on Friday....69 and raining today, Monday.

From 1971-2000 - the average number of days over 100 is 22.  This makes the accuracy of the Ol Nutter Almanac all the more impressive.

The weather this last weekend - would dictate a prediction of 10 days or less of 100 degree days in Sacramento (per

Yet - a prediction like that is craaaaaaaaaaaaazy...........

Though it was correctly predicted - last year.

We can't jeopordize the almanac - two years in a row.  15 days or less is assured........

......but - we'll up the ante a bit.  Here now is your official prediction for 2012........(drumroll)

There will be 13 or less days of 100 degrees or more in Sacramemento (per for the summer of 2012 - and, for our purposes, summer starts TODAY.

And, as always - the Ol Nutter Almanac is GUARANTEED to be somewhat reliable

2011 Ol Nutter Almanac  10 or less predicted....7 actual
2010 Ol Nutter Almanac 13 or less predicted.....7 actual
2009 Ol Nutter Almanac 10-15 predicted.........15 actual
2008 Ol Nutter Almanac 10-15 predicted.........15 actual

Saturday, September 29, 2012

HappyUP!!! Da7 2077

HappyUP!!! - tremendous evening
Why it happened - warm people
Why  it makes me happy - it was a sacred privilege to be invited into such a lovely such lovely people....surrounded by so many lovely friends tonight. Nope...this was not some drunken, tawdry was just fun.

HappyUP!!! - bunker shot 14
Why it happened - I had to get creative
Why it makes me happy - I had 100 yards to the pin.  Yet....I was kind of pinned up against the lip of the bunker. I had a very awkward foot in, one foot out of the bunker...and the ball was below my feet. I decided the best thing would be an extened "pitch shot" rather than a full swing. I changed clubs....hit the low runner perfectly to within a few feet of the pin. I could drop 100 balls in the same situation and not hit that shot.........and my partner and I REALLY needed that shot at that time.

HappyUP!!! - Chicken Vesuvio
Why it happened - see above
Why it makes me happy - yeah, I could have "phoned it in" from the grocery store with a deli tray. I decided to make a signature dish of mine...for the masses. wasn't as good as I make it for more intimate was still tasty....and I felt good...because I brought my homemade love to the party

HappyUP!!! - Tarpit
Why it happened - she was skittish
Why it makes me happy - as I was relaxing in the backyard of our hosts, I knew about this dog. The owner brought her to me. I did my "dog whisperer" thing to this VERY skittish dog. It was the weirdest thing. As I got her to relax in my lap for over 30 minutes, I could feel the electrical vibrations going through her......yet....she didn't want to get up. Anyone that was watching could see how relaxed she was, but I could feel her shaking. Her owner said, "Scott, I am the only one in her 12 years that she will sit with like that."  Tarpit is a good dog......somewhere along the line....she learned NOT to trust....and, though she enjoyed my treatment, she will always be skittish. It was just cool to feel the vibe of that pooch tonight.

HappyUP!!! - delivering on 18
Why it happened - my pards was in trouble
Why it makes me happy - I hit 4 great shots after my pards put one in the drink. It is always a GREAT source of pride when you can step it up when trouble looms...especially on the last hole. We got out of today basically unscathed.


The usual suspects
Great par on 1....6 iron on 2....3 wood/pitch 3.....9 iron 7....pitch on 8....pitch 10.....6 iron iton 13...bunker shot/putt/birdie 14....3 wood/wedge/putt 15....recovery pitch/putt/grimey par birdie on 18
Scrambling back to come up with a near tie
Chicken Vesuvio
Table Topics
Such a lovely home...and evening provided for all of us

Friday, September 28, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2076

Absolutely love this quote. I always heard it a 
bit differently, "you're actions speak so loudly
that I can't hear your words" matter...Ralph
Waldo has ALWAYS been one of my favorite quotable people

HappyUP!!! - Happy 10th anniversary Bruce and Mo
Why it happened - you found each other
Why it makes me happy - what a TREMENDOUS addition to my brother's life.....and to our family's dynamic when Maureen came in.  I wish mom could have been there for the wedding.  I can't believe how quickly the decade has gone by........but so happy for those two....and for our family.  GREAT call, brother!!!

HappyUP!!! - chip in on 17
Why it happened - a bit of skill
Why it makes me happy - we REALLY needed this one.....and no one saw it coming. I won't say it was a tough shot.....but I did hit it absolutely perfectly

HappyUP!!! - a chance to be of service
Why it happened - some issues at the treasury
Why it makes me happy - I love when my talents/skills are called upon to ease some stress. I'll be helping out the club treasurer to get things back in balance.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2075

HappyUP!!! - winning the cup
Why it happened - team effort
Why it makes me happy - the North Valley league has been around for 41 years. The club I joined 18 months ago had only won the cup once. We can now say twice.  It was a great season.....we seriously kicked some butt all year. Today was just a formality.

HappyUP!!! - 4 iron
Why it happened - wind was in face
Why it makes me happy - NOBODY should ever go after THAT pin location....and I didn't. 185 into a breeze with a pin tucked way to the left....with water on the left. I was playing to the middle of the green. Yep........I pulled it a within 5 feet of the pin. THAT is why you play to center on a hole like that. If you make a mistake, you look like a hero. Still, the shot was hit extremely well. It was a beautiful birdie

HappyUP!!! - communication
Why it happened - we live in a multi-media world
Why it makes me happy - I "got it" today......and that is OK

HappyUP!!! - great dinner
Why it happened - team play
Why it makes me happy - one of the great things about team play is travelling to another club and enjoying the spread they put on for their guests. Valley Hi was AWESOME of the best steaks....lots of great greens.......tremendous dinner with my teammates.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2074

Haven't BBQ'd a pork chop in awhile.
Why? I have no idea.....DELICIOUS!!!

HappyUP!!! - card deal
Why it happened - I opened myself to the universe
Why it makes me happy - I had a project earlier in the year sorting through my late bro's baseball cards. As I did the research, I did a post about something I had and, if someone was interested, let me know. NOPE....not a huge money's actually an extremely lite money deal....but it was consumated today.....and I KNOW that the dude getting these cards is very happy....due to my late brother's collection.

HappyUP!!! - best speaker
Why it happened - I "stepped up"
Why it makes me happy - we had a speaker fail to show up for Toastmasters due to illness. The toastmaster of the day was looking for a spur of the moment speech. I went to work.....during the meeting....and gave a good one. Apparently, it was convincing enough that I have been asked to expand it into a workshop and deliver it to a non-Toastmaster group. Go figure

HappyUP!!! - golf
Why it happened - I golf
Why it makes me happy - 18th partner and I had been getting stomped on all day. Yet, we still had a chance.....BOOM....big drive....BOOM....great second shot....BOOM....a solid wedge to the par 5.  Unfortunately, the wedge was a little short of optimal.....and it left me with an extremely challenging birdie putt of 12 feet due to the break in the green.  I hit that had EVERY chance in the world to drop.....but it broke hard right across the cup.  It was just nice to give it MY BEST in the moment.   Sometimes, you're best falls a little short.......always do your regrets.


Sleeping in
BP checker
Baseball Card Deal
Stepping in as a speaker....and being invited back for more

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2073

HappyUP!!! - Yom Kippur speech
Why it happened - Toastmasters
Why it makes me happy - it was a wonderful speech. Yes, I actually do have some knowledge about our Jewish friends biggest day.....but it was expanded today.

HappyUP!!! - sunshine award
Why it happened - murmuring from the back of the room
Why it makes me happy - it wasn't the was the way a "excuse me, Toastmaster Bob, the back of the room has a point of order...." was presented. The GUY that spoke for the back of the room said, "we'd would just like it on the record that we like Scott's new haircut!"  Busted me up

------and....after all these years of working on my public speaking....I get a sunshine award for my haircut!

HappyUP!!! - productive range session
Why it happened - I had to work on that "sumptim sumptin" I discovered Sunday
Why it makes me happy - it will take a bit more work....but DEFINITELY on the right track

Monday, September 24, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2072

"Everyone brightens a room......some when they enter it...
others when they exit it"......yeah.....while I know
a ton of the former....I know the latter too.

HappyUP!!! - my dentist
Why it happened - had a little boo boo
Why it makes me happy - thought I broke a tooth the other day. Turns out, it was just an old filling that finally popped out.  DDS got me in quickly........and out in under an hour.  All is good with the chomps!

HappyUP!!! - the smells of wilting spinach
Why it happened - I made some
Why it makes me happy - a little olive oil heated up.....some crushed garlic and chopped onions....sweating in that oil.....ummmmmmmmmmmm

HappyUP!!! - bro talk
Why it happened - I gave him a call
Why it makes me happy - I learned a few things.  Glad he made it back from THAT drive.  I'm not sure I could have pulled that one off.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2071

C-mon.........even you tough guys out there....your
very first flash thought was, "awwwwwww.....cute
puppies!"  You may now return to previous alpha
male mentality

HappyUP!!! - great workout tonight
Why it happened - I needed it
Why it makes me happy - it doesn't take a lot of exercise to boost your entire system.  Felt really great tonight....yeah....could have pushed harder......but the nice thing is......I won't be a hurting puppy tomorrow.

HappyUP!!! - short game
Why it happened - I put myself in some tough spots
Why it makes me happy - chutt from a treewell.....chutt for birdie....gorgeous flop shot over a tree....nice pitch on 9.....flopper on 12....pitch over bunker 14....outrageous pitch from way behind the green on 15.....nice little driving pitch 16......bunker shot on 18............THAT is a LOT of solid play around the greens. Wish I'd made all of the putts.....or hit the greens in the first place......but....hey..... golf imitates life.  You don't get what you want.....and you better figure out and work on your recovery game....because you gotta pick yourself up out of the trash on occasion

HappyUP!!! - finding a little sumptin sumptin
Why it happened - I was on the range
Why it makes me happy - I really hit it STINKY yesterday......fat and off the toe. This  morning's range session started with a continuation.....and it was KILLING my wrist.  I decided to play "Mr CounterIntuitive" and, though I was hitting it fat (behind the ball), I actually decided to hit MORE down on the ball.  This changed my swing path..........and brought a bit more "pop" back into my driver.

Wedge 1....recovery 8 iron 2.....3 wood/wedge 3....chutt from the treewell 4....chutt/birdie 6....4 iron 7....flop 8.....pitch 10....9 iron 11...flop 12...8 iron/2 putt 13....pitch 14.....recovery pitch/incredible par 15....recovery pitch 16...putt shot 18
Getting close to breaking even on day
Tremendous weather
FABULOUS walk with intervals
Pilates workout

Saturday, September 22, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2070

You may not know much about dice.... me......THAT is a pretty good

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 6
Why it happened - 2 great shots
Why it makes me happy - shaky start...then to put these me on track

HappyUP!!! - birdies 15/16
Why it happened - good shooting
Why it makes me happy - it was a tough day......yet....I did have 3 birdies...which is a good day

HappyUP!!! - Beans
Why it happened - I ran into him
Why it makes me happy - it was great sharing some time with him and his wife in a favorite haunt. Totally unexpected...totally fun


Bunker shot 1....wedge 2....pitch shot 3....bunker shot 4....8 iron in 7.....bunker shot/putt 8.....pitch 9.....punch/chutt 11....flop 12....pitch 13...9 iron/putt/birdie 15...9 iron/putt/birdie 16.....pitch 18
Good competition today
Weather tremendous
Friends in the clubhouse

Friday, September 21, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2069

HappyUP!!! - HUGE putt on 15..our finishing hole
Why it happened - NutUP!!!
Why it makes me happy - I didn't hit a very good first putt....and it was VERY important to get the second one in the jar. Bingo!!!! Drained it!  Boy...if I had 3 putted....what a bad taste it would have left in my mouth

HappyUP!!! - Bob-O joining us
Why it happened - he called
Why it makes me happy - we would have been just 3...he made 4....and he's always a delight when he can come out

HappyUP!!! - space shuttle
Why it happened - parade lap
Why it makes me happy - yeah...I was a nerd that walked down to the bridge in Roseville (a high spot)...I wasn't alone down there.  We got to see it do it's turnaround as it made second pass over Sacramento. It was pretty cool


Tidying up
Bob-O joining us
A late start
Starting on 16 ahead of the crowd
2 putt 16.....nice recovery 18.....hybrid/9 iron 1.....pitch 2.....3 wood/par putt 4....9 iron 6 (though it went a mile) 7.....5 iron/BIRDIE 8......pitch 10.....7 iron 11....chip putt 13.....2 putt 15 (HUGE...finishing hole)
Time with guys afterward
Space shuttle viewing

Thursday, September 20, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2068

Grilled Salmon....with toms coming on top
and a stuffed clam to accompany. Yes...that 
is some great eating

HappyUP!!! - yardwork
Why it happened - I got motivated
Why it makes me happy - old house...old yard.....spent some quality time with some clean up today

HappyUP!!! - nice walk
Why it happened - gotta stretch the legs on a day off from the golf course
Why it makes me happy - good excersise for the mind....and the soul

HappyUP!!! - beautiful "almost fall" morning
Why it happened - change of season coming
Why it makes me happy - we NOW head into my favorite season here in the valley.  I felt it with every sense that I have.......and it's not even here yet...I felt so ALIVE!

HappyUP!!! - fresh perspective on a situation
Why it happened - I got some info
Why it makes me happy - is oh so important in, when you get some, you let it marinate down to your soul...and it feels good


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2067

Here I am!....I dunno...people like it

HappyUP!!! - rave reviews on "new do"
Why it happened - my gal did something different
Why it makes me happy - it's not like I am dealing with a ton of hair....and it's just not that big a deal to me. My gal cut it and styled it a little differently yesterday.....I didn't tell her to. She just does what she does.  I guess she must have done a good job....guys and gals....some that saw me yesterday morning....saw it as a big difference...for the better.  I I have said before in previous hair is no biggie to me. Yet, I must admit, it was nice to get the props.

HappyUP!!! - pitch on 9
Why it happened - a bit of skill
Why it makes me happy - it was a critical shot....a tough shot. My opponent had the same shot. I was going to go first. I said, "what the heck are we going to do with this?" He said, "I dunno whether to run it or fly it." I said, "I don't know what your definition of running/flying is.....but I gotta hit this low and a quarter on the green...have it skip up the hill...and hopefully with a bit of spin to stop it by the pin." Miraculously, I hit the exact shot I ended 2 inches from the hole.....and secured the win on the front side.

HappyUP!!! - weekend invite
Why it happened - warm friends
Why it makes me happy - I'm really looking forward to this soiree

HappyUP!!! - a new car
Why it happened - Toastmasters
Why it makes me happy - as I was walking in, I saw one of our members driving a new rag top. I had to check out that new ride. It's so fun when someone gets a new car that is exciting. Welcome to the top down club (psssssssss......Princess Kate.....not a club you should be in!)  Happy for my friend and all of the fun that a convertible in our climate provides.


Compliments on my "new do"
An impromptu speech.....and 2 great prepared ones
Coffee with my bud
Weekend invitation
Chip/putt 1.....pitch 2....wedge/putt 4.....9 iron 5....4 iron recover 6....3 wood/pitch 7.....hybrid jr 7.....pitch 9 HUGE....putt 11....7 iron/putt 13....8 iron 14.....8 iron recovery pitch 18
Winning some cash

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2066

HappyUP!!! - an "all over it" VP of Education
Why it happened - dedication
Why it makes me happy - GREAT to see someone in the fold that "gets it." He was so headsup yesterday....he TOTALLY saved todays meeting!

HappyUP!!! - good news
Why it happened - a friend is struggling
Why it makes me happy - I'm so glad to hear that this issue regarding a serious situation with a child looks to be having an upside. I am praying hard for this special family.

HappyUP!!! - insurance project
Why it happened - I'm working on it
Why it makes me happy - got great info from KR will make it easier

HappyUP!!! - tickets to upcoming concert
Why it happened - Dominator gave me a headsup
Why it makes me happy - I'll be seeing THE BEST in the world soon....right here in Sacramento. It does not matter what something is.....when you have a chance to see someone that is the UNDISPUTED best in the world to do GO!!! We'll have a fun night there!


Division governor
Great speech from Luke
Good news from a friend who has child struggles
Returning a borrowed item
An "all over it" VP of Education
Strawberry/blueberry smoothie
Talking to KR....and keeping a project moving forward
Tickets to upcoming concert

Monday, September 17, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2065

THAT is a lot of tomato sauce goodness
stored for wonderful uses in the future.
Thanks, garden!!!!....I love you!!!

HappyUP!!! - getting "sixy" back
Why it happened - a repair
Why it makes me happy - I so NEED my 6 iron. It broke off in my hands during a swing over a week ago. I hit down on a shot....and.....SNAP! I've never had that happen.  The shaft is kind of a special one. I was happy that a special order was fulfilled so quickly. Nice to have her back in the bag

HappyUP!!! - regrip on the money maker
Why it happened - I was motivated
Why it makes me happy - my putter is my "money" club. The head had come lose.....I thought it was the grip....I re-worked the head....I put a new grip on...but I didn't get that one on EXACTLY straight. It also wasn't like my old grip. I put on a different grip...still wasn't right.  The new grip...and the new setup to the putter........the "Rat-effer" is back!

HappyUP!!! - last harvest
Why it happened - I grow
Why it makes me happy - last harvest means a bunch of tomato sauce....and the idea of recipes in which to use it.  I think I got a good burn on this batch. Yes, it is bittersweet to say "goodbye" to another summer garden....but I am so blessed that I have the opportunity to grow SO MUCH great stuff that I ear.


Getting "sixy" back
Regrip on the money maker
Making a little progress on the TidyUP
Pineapple smoothie
Last harvest of toms.......and taking em to the sauce
Eduardo birthday
Insurance project

Sunday, September 16, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2064

Yeah..........I have a few people that come to mind
where this applies. I actually 
think stupid is a choice. While it is challenging to
lose weight,  "stupid"?.....well, you can't lose stupid.

HappyUP!!! - gorgeous weather
Why it happened - it's weather
Why it makes me happy - it's still summer....but a touch of fall is in the air...I love the fall

HappyUP!!! - good time despite tough round
Why it happened - who
Why it makes me happy - I kept on grinding...grinding...grinding.....the 5 iron on 17....and that crisp bunker shot on 18....magic!

HappyUP!!! - running into AC
Why it happened - 100 year anniversary of my high school
Why it makes me happy - THIS was a WONDERFUL encounter

HappyUP!!! - 49er win
Why it happened - they are playing well
Why it makes me happy - Giants lost....A's lost....Raiders lost.....Northern California at least had something to cheer about!


A nice game of wolf
Recovery shot/wedge 1....recovery shot/wedge iron 7.....hybrid 8....recovery shot 9....7 iron 12.....pitch 13.....recovery shot 14......bunker shot 15....5 iron 17.....bunker shot 18
Good time despite tough round
100 year High School Anniversary
Running into AC
49er win

Saturday, September 15, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2063

Can there be a bigger HappyUP!!! than
a medal for valor? I don't think so.

HappyUP!!! - our warrior
Why it happened - he stepped into the ring
Why it makes me happy - it's a big deal when a young man learns an endeavor....and then goes to his first be tested.  I remember how that felt like.  It was a sacred privilige to be there....and be present for this moment.....that can never be replicated.  The first only happens once. The nervousness...the not knowing what is going on or what is going to happen...and watching that go through his mind.   I watched him get tagged....HARD.....twice.  He dug in and fought back harder.  So proud of him for stepping in.....and pushing on and through.

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 14
Why it happened - a pretty stout 9 iron
Why it makes me happy - I popped this one off the sidehill lie out of some taller grass to within 5 feet of the hole......EXACTLY when I needed it most. It got me back into the match

HappyUP!!! - lunch
Why it happened - watching martial arts creates an appetite
Why it makes me happy - we had some great food....funny stories about the tourney

HappyUP!!! - our speech winners
Why it happened - area contest
Why it makes me happy - it's just AWESOME when people in your club go on and win at the next level.  They will have SUCH a great experience and learnings from this. think.....I was there at the club "before they were born" as speakers.  Love to watch the growth

Princess Kate Controversey

So...due to the controversey....I went on-line and reviewed the pics as they regard to Princess Kate and the stance we should take on this all important issue. It seems the world is locked into 2 option thinking ...which is never optimal. It is always best to have at least 3 options.

So, let's expand, shall we, beyond the first 2 options that are discussed:

1. It's an invasion of privacy 

2. She should never be taking her top off outside. 

3. They are no big deal

Glad to have settled this for the world

Friday, September 14, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2062

Bbq salmon...with grilled garden tomatoes over the
top......and taco seasoned beef stuffed bell peoppers....
ohhhhh yeaaaaahhhhh.....THAT nailed the spot!!!

HappyUP!!! - great food
Why it happened -  I did some cooking
Why it makes me happy - sometimes....ya just get what ya the moment.

HappyUP!!! - top down driving
Why it happened - I have a convertible
Why it makes me happy - yeah...still a little warm....but summer is done.....and now......go topless!

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 18
Why it happened - a great 8 iron and awesome putt
Why it makes me happy - whenever you deliver the goods on the last hole........oh is what golf is all about!

HappyUP!!! - delivering some calligraphy
Why it happened - I'm a nice guy
Why it makes me happy - glad I could do something special for a father-daughter thing......that I don't even know what the dynamic is about

Thursday, September 13, 2012

HappyUP!!! 2061

Why the heck is this a HappyUP!!!? Well,
if you had that going wouldn't know
how much pain was going on there. It's all better 

HappyUP!!! - appreciate your "dawgs"
Why it happened - see the picture
Why it makes me happy - this happened awhile back.....all better now

HappyUP!!! - new glasses
Why it happened - a trip to the eye doc
Why it makes me happy - I was "having a moment"....thinking, "how do I pick out what is in style"....I gotta live with this piece of clothing...everyday...for awhile.  Then I realized...what I already was well aware of....I CREATE MY OWN STYLE....and I really don't care about vanity things like clothes...glasses...or hairstyle (I even shaved my head once in honor of a cancer victim not long ago....I looked GREAT bald).  So....I reverted to my essence....

HappyUP!!! - nailing down a venue
Why it happened - the Division Governor made a request
Why it makes me happy - glad to make a couple of phone calls, make it happen, and help him out of a bind.

HappyUP!!! - calligraphing
Why it happened - I was asked
Why it makes me happy - this was a small project.....but I was happy to do this so a  lady could honor her father.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2060

Just a nice picture I got
can that look anything but happy?

HappyUP!!! - teaming with my bro
Why it happened - it was by chance
Why it makes me happy - we had a 5some. The way it was me and him against two other teams...with the low handicap guy being "the wheel"....meaning that guy took the other two as individual partners.  My bro played GREAT....I was OK......and we cleaned up! Great to see my bro have a great game

HappyUP!!! - GROWTH
Why it happened - Toastmasters
Why it makes me happy - we saw a newsclip of one of our members, General Bob, being interviewed at the air show this weekend.....another member overcoming her reticince to evaluate....another member giving his icebreaker speech....antoher member, who has a little dialect issue, give a nice's why I stay a master gardener....contributing where I can to fertilize and water...and watch people keep growing

HappyUP!!! - wedge on 18
Why it happened - I calculated it out...and executed
Why it makes me happy - when it's all on the line....and you are on the last hole...and you deliver......nothing better. Hit a great putt......that caught a piece of the jar....which would have made it perfect......just happy......I did my best when it mattered.

HappyUP!!! - 2 birdies
Why it happened - I hit some good shots
Why it makes me happy - 2 birdies is a good day.......almost got 3...see above

HappyUP!!! - Dr Don
Why it happened - woke up with "a thing"
Why it makes me happy - he did a whole bunch of stuff to me today.......and I was able to play golf....and thinking this won't linger too long


Great tribute to General Bob
3 solid speeches
Recovery/putt 7....4 iron putt 11....bunker shot 13....8 iron have gone in 18
Teaming with my bro to win the cash
Trip to Dr Don
Buddy doing me a purchase favor

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2059 Tues

I picked up this quote early on in life.....and have
never forgotten it. I'm glad to see it in this format
as I thought it was attributed to Khalil Gibran in The Prophet.
It fits in nicely with what goes on here at NuttersNotes.

HappyUP!!!- ContestUP!!!
Why it happened - it's required 2 times a year
Why it makes me happy - I delegated the entire was not elegant...but it was fine.......and I am PROUD of our warriors we will send forward to WIN at the next level Friday night

HappyUP!!! - round table
Why it happened - see above
Why it makes me happy - we have given our champion extra move forward

HappyUP!!! - grinding the insurance company
Why it happened - NO!....I should NOT pay what I pay
Why it makes me happy - got about $400 knocked off my premium with current insurer.....and am shopping it out with friends as we speak. Hey.....who doesn't love saving money....especially when you have a perfect driving record. Responsible citizens should save!


We had a contest
A funny speech
Great evaluations
Great round table and perspectives

QuoteUP!!! 26 Bubba

"That'll put some beans on the table!"

Monday, September 10, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2058

Sometimes, the best thing to agree to disagree.
No reason to take things personally.  Stuff just ain't that big of a deal

HappyUP!!! - brightening a day
Why it happened - one should always do that
Why it makes me happy - anytime you put a smile on someone's face, it's a good day for you

HappyUP!!! - running into F at Jimboys
Why it happened - I LOVE Jimboys
Why it makes me happy - found an unexpected lunch partner....great visit...charming.

HappyUP!!! - US Open Tennis
Why it happened - a weather delay
Why it makes me happy - what an EPIC battle......on a Monday afternoon. One point alone in the first set had 54 shots......ONE point.  These dudes battled.....and I love to see a battle like this.

HappyUP!!! - returns
Why it happened - had stuff I didn't need
Why it makes me happy - a return at Golf Galaxy and Sports Authority....all hassle free and
quick. While I didn't get to do all my returns (C&B just didn't route well), I was happy to knock these puppies down. Great morning for errands.


Nice visit with upholstery guy
Getting a fix on at Golf Galaxy
Seeing F at Jimboys
US Open Tennis

Sunday, September 09, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2057

Hey....though the coloring is different.....I think
I have owned these two cats at some point in my life!

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 18
Why it happened - a lovely hold off 8 iron...and putt
Why it makes me happy - it won the backside for my partner and I. There is NOTHING better in matter how you have been playing....than to deliver at the end....when the $$$, no matter how small or large the $$$ may be, are on the line.

HappyUP!!! - Dodger spankin
Why it happened - the Giants are better
Why it makes me happy - 2 out of 3 for this series is a HUGE win!  Actually, 1 out of 3 would have been OK at this point of the pennant race.  GiantUP!!!!

HappyUP!!! - Packin the Packers
Why it happened - football season
Why it makes me happy - "the 49ers can't beat the Packers in Green Bay" many times did I hear this today?  Truth be told, I am a cursory 49er fan.....I bend more for the Raiders.  Yet, liking the 49ers and the Raiders is NOT a mutually exclusive proposition.


5 iron/9iron on 1......chip 2...chip 4....9 iron/birdie 5....flop shot 6......4 iron 7....2 putt 9....pitch/putt 11.....5 iron grip down 12...5 iron grip down 13....putt/grimy par 14.....9 iron/putt 15....recovery shot/bunker shot/grimy par 16.....hold off 8 iron/putt/birdie 18

Weekend plan
Giants beat Dodgers
49ers beat Packers

Saturday, September 08, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2056

My nephew.....the big fella.....gotta love him! 

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 17
Why it happened - pretty sweet 7 iron
Why it makes me happy - match was even on the back. My nemisis proceded to put his 7 iron with 5 feet of the pin.....things looked bleak for our hero (that's me in this story).  I proceded to jack a 7 iron to a half inch as close as my foe. I now NEEDED that putt......and in it went.  HappyUP!!! It did not make me happy that my opponent missed his putt....but I took that 1 up lead on the back 9 and held on to it on 18........minimizing damages on a day I was getting my fanny spanked!

HappyUP!!! - bunker shot 11
Why it happened - a bit of skill
Why it makes me happy - it led to a very unlikely par is one reason.  Another reason is that it was a tricky distance......calculated it right.....and executed

HappyUP!!! - I'm alive
Why it happened - the jagged shaft just missed my jugular
Why it makes me happy - I kinda like hanging around this orb! Been golfing for over 40 years....never had this happen. I hit my 6 iron on the 9th hole and, as the club contacted the ground, the club broke right in the grip below my hands.  The rubber grip, however, kept the club attached.  The dangling metal now wrapped around my neck in my follow through.  Hey....GOLF.....a dangerous game! Careful out there, kids!


Drive/3 wood/chip 4....chip 5....chip 6....hybrid/putt 7....5 iron contact 8....wedge 10.....3 wood/bunker shot/putt 11....good break 13....wedge 14....9 iron 15....7 iron/Birdie 17
Fantasy Golf
Broken 6 iron

Friday, September 07, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2055

HappyUP!!! - jumpin the shotgun
Why it happened - pro shop was watching out for us
Why it makes me happy - really busy day at the club.  This little favor they did us helped us finish early and have a place to "settle up bets" afterward. Without this opportunity, we wouldn't have been able to

HappyUP!!! - Sharapova/Azarenka match
Why it happened - US OPEN tennis
Why it makes me happy - I was pleasantly surprised to find this event on a Friday afternoon on the major network. THEN, I was floored by what a tremendous third set this was.  Sharapova was whistling in 115 mph serves....Azarenka was returning them.  Lots of long points....long games.....a true gruntfest was going on. LOVE sports at their highest!

HappyUP!!! - great entertainment invite
Why it happened - out of the blue....who knows
Why it makes me happy - great venue.....and opportunity to spend time coming up

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 1
Why it happened - a break and a nice 9 iron
Why it makes me happy - a great start is a great start!


9 iron/putt/birdie 1......8 iron 5.....putt 6....hybrid iron 15....recovery wedge 16.....6 iron 17.....bunker shot 18
Winning some coin
Sharapova/Azarenka match
Teeing off early on the shotgun

Thursday, September 06, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2054

C'mon....anything associated with the Hokey
Pokey has to be a HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - presenting at the leadership conference
Why it happened - I'm a Subject Matter Expert?...who knows
Why it makes me happy - such dignitaries enrolled in this class! As I am speaking, I look over and I see the Chief of Police ACTIVELY taking down notes from my talk.  If it wasn't the fire chief, it was a fire batallion chief doing the same.  A major HR director.  Very humbling that I was asked to present as part of leadership development................and was asked if I would come back next year!

HappyUP!!! - thunderstorm
Why it happened - I was up early
Why it makes me happy - it was soooooo cool to see it's been awhile.  That sight never gets old.

HappyUP!!! - team play
Why it happened - I'm on the team
Why it makes me happy - I love my was a great day for a top down drive.....our team maintained it's lead which virtually assures us the championship with one more venue....the food was all worked.


Finishing presentation
Delivering presentation
Anticipating funny antics
Birdie putt 1....putt 2....chip 4.....wedge/putt 5.....7 iron birdie on 14.....recovery/wedge 15.....pitch 16.....chip 17
Delicious dinner
Nice top down drive

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2053

HappyUP!!! - leadership opportunity
Why it happened - an organizer was scrambling
Why it makes me happy - though it is last minute, I will get the sacred privilege to address 20 leaders in the Rocklin community regarding the leadership skill of putting on speakers....and on public speaking. I am so blessed to not be worrying about how I will be received.....and to be able to focus just on the MEAT....the information that these people need.....on short notice. No mess....a bit of prep's going to be great.........and I will make the facilitator look good for picking me.  Thank you Toastmasters.........and.......I pat me on the back for the same time for paying attention to the program all of these years....and to be willing to help someone out.  My's like I am the keynote speaker for this 9 week program

HappyUP!!! - chat with JD
Why it happened - his speech
Why it makes me happy - this guy is a HUGE inspiration.....great people. I got some great advice...he is going to do me a favor.....I can't say enough about his help and knowledge in areas that I need it

HappyUP!!! - Kristy
Why it happened - her speech
Why it makes me happy - 3 speeches were scheduled. 2 speakers bailed. Kristi's speech was so inspirational that JD jumped in and delivered one impromptu. His was awesome. I was so moved that I jumped in and gave one too.........and...yeah....mine was pretty darn good and fit right in with the program

HappyUP!!! - coming back
Why it happened - you keep grinding
Why it makes me happy - my partner and I were getting the snot beat out of us as we stood on the 8th tee today.  I hit a great tee shot.......he made a great par on 9 to minimize damages on the front 9. We were still down.  We kept the end of the day due to some gritty play......we ended up pocketing some coin.  GREAT competition today!

HappyUP!!! - the "bus stop"
Why it happened - I was heading to Toastmasters
Why it makes me happy - I'll just keep this one to myself........I know why it did


chip/putt 2........pitch 4.........9 iron 5......9 iron 6.....putt 7.....6 iron 10.......recovery/bunker shot/putt 11....AMAZING flop shot iron/putt 15......good break/ruling/recovery shot/putt 16......7 iron/pitch 17.....recovery/chip/putt 18
Making some dough
Clinton speech
Stepping in to speak......being inspired
Chat with JD

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2052

HappyUP!!! - mighty meeting
Why it happened - Toastmasters
Why it makes me happy - the day after a 3 day weekend is always tough....but we pulled it off......and had a TREMENDOUS meeting

HappyUP!!! - the truth shall set you free
Why it happened - a great speech
Why it makes me happy - I still marvel at how far this member has come from where she started. She used to have to have a member hold her hand when she spoke. Today.....she moved this old veteran....with a reminder........about taking emotion out of's not he truth. Yes, emotion is a part of it.......but it can distort the truth. I loved her challenge to try to improve our communication

HappyUP!!! - nephew time
Why it happened - he stops by
Why it makes me happy - what a nice visit from this one today.  It was special to me...very special.  HE is my inspiration.


A day for returns
Great small/mighty meeting
The truth shall set you free
Visit from my nephew

Monday, September 03, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2051

HappyUP!!! - Waaaaahhhhhhh
Why it happened - my bro suggested the invitation
Why it makes me happy - glad to have this guy out on the links today.....and was thrilled that he suggested brekko before.  Great morning

HappyUP!!! - gutting it out
Why it happened - it's how I am...I keep grinding
Why it makes me happy - I did not have a good start to the back 9 yesterday....and I CHOPPED up 13....I had a partner to consider......despite bad play previously....I had a birdie putt on 14 that barely on 15 that barely missed....same thing on 16...17...and 18. It would have been easy to "phone it in"......but I stayed on didn't happen.......but, with a little help on the greens....we are talking inches......I could have birdied in on last 5 holes. Proud I stayed IN THE GAME

HappyUP!!! - a generous invitation to the tournament
Why it happened - some people are very thoughtful
Why it makes me happy - it's ALWAYS good to be thought of....and invited......even if you may not be able to make the venue

HappyUP!!! - hole 8
Why it happened - striped a 5 iron
Why it makes me happy - we NEEDED this one to right the ship......and what a beauty it was.....185 yds to within 5 feet of the pin


Brekko outside
Drive/4iron/wedge shot 4.....8 iron 5....bunker shot 7....5 iron/putt/birdie 8.....fairway bunker shot 11...3 wood/wedge/putt 14.....3 wood/wedge/putt 15.....good break/wedge/putt 16.....7 iron/putt 18
Lots of good putts with nothing falling
Time with a good friend
A very generous invitation to the tournament

Sunday, September 02, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2050

HappyUP!!! - one of my best rounds of the year
Why it happened - good chipping and putting
Why it makes me happy - just yesterday, I had my WORST round of the year.  Golf!.....Go figure!!!

HappyUP!!! - stunning weather
Why it happened - who knows...or cares
Why it makes me happy - I just love it.......and it is only September......fall has not even begun yet. Golfing in it......doing yard work in it......taking a walk......PERFECT for this time of year

HappyUP!!! - a visit from my neice
Why it happened - she needed some clarification
Why it makes me happy - sacred privilige to be looked upon for advice/information from this young lady


Waking up before alarm
Great breakfast
Super golf group today
Pitch recovery/putt shot 2.....recovery shot/chip iron/ putt/birdie 4.....9 iron iron/chip 7......6 iron on (at 7:30 a.m.) 11....bunker shot 13.....9 iron/putt/birdie 18
Visiting with my neice
Great round of golf.......right after the worst one of the year
Great weather
Great tunes going on
Short game....good chipping....28 putts
Lifting a fiver off of Bob-O
My partner birdieng the last hole to break even for the day
Waaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh suggesting brekko for tomorrow

Saturday, September 01, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 2049

HappyUP!!! - WORST round of the year
Why it happened - bad chipping, putting, and some squirrley breaks
Why it makes me happy - this kind of round can be VERY frustrating....and, to be honest, it was at times. For the most part, however, I put a smile on my face and was pleasant company.  As a matter of fact, I remember actually laughing a couple of times.  Trust me....I have seen how others act when this day is going on.....I have much to proud of myself for.

HappyUP!!! - getting the putter squared up tonight
Why it happened - I needed to
Why it makes me happy - finally got the putter SET the way it is supposed to be SET. Head had come lose...the grip had to be stripped and adjusted.  We'll see what happens tomorrow on the greens

HappyUP!!! - great man talk
Why it happened - a couple of the guys were talking
Why it makes me happy - LOVED the perspective of these gents

HappyUP!!! - cleaning it up
Why it happened - sometimes ya just need to
Why it makes me happy - when you haven't shaved in awhile, it feels REALLY good to feel your face again.


Getting a time
Fun group of guys
Worst round of the year
Getting the putter squared up
Putting practice
Inviting Waaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!!