Saturday, August 31, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2942

HappyUP!!! - new personal best
Why it happened - solid all around play
Why it makes me happy - in my youth, I shot lower rounds at SV.  Since returning, this is the first time I shot even par.....been 1 over several times.  Who doesn't love a personal best?

HappyUP!!! - 5 birdies
Why it happened - solid shots...solid putting
Why it makes me happy - it's all about the birdies

HappyUP!!! - onion dip
Why it happened - it just did
Why it makes me happy - I don't do it often....but I just happened to have the ingredients lying was a chip and dip kind of day

HappyUP!!! - cash in the car
Why it happened - forgot my money clip
Why it makes me happy - I make a habit of keeping a few bucks in the car...because this wasn't my first rodeo around this issue....was able to complete my grocery store adventure

5 birdies....birdie/birdie/par/birdie/birdie start....4 under through 6
Putt on 1....5 iron/largo/birdie 2....pitch/putt iron/wedge/putt/near birdie 4....9 iron/putt/birdie 6....hybrid/pitch/putt (lip out) 7....bunker shot/sandie bullet iron 9....hybrid iron off 8 iron/largo birdie 13....hold off 7 iron wedge 15.....punch 9 iron 16.....7 iron all over it off 9 iron/putt 18

Friday, August 30, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2941

HappyUP!!! - breaking even
Why it happened - we came back
Why it makes me happy - sometimes a tie is a win....we were getting it put to us on the front side

HappyUP!!! - Manny
Why it happened - he reached out
Why it makes me happy - he doesn't really know me...but he reached out to me...and was appreciative that I spoke my mind the other night.

HappyUP!!! - Roots par
Why it happened - overcame a bad break
Why it makes me happy - first, I'm glad I didn't break my wrist. I assessed the situation. I took a light grip. I got a little stinger out of it. It was worth it....and made that par!


Brekko with Carl Jr
Drive/4 iron/wedge 1....shot off roots/pitch/putt/parr 4...bunker shot iron 7...6 iron iron 9....6 iron 11...pitch 12...pitch 13....bunker shot 14....8 iron 15...7 iron 17
Manny thanking me

Thursday, August 29, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2940

HappyUP!!! - volunteers
Why it happened - we reached out
Why it makes me happy - when scrambling on a project due to others being a bit behind the 8-ball, it's cool to have people step up

HappyUP!!! - pick up
Why it happened - I was asked
Why it makes me happy - always feel good about helping out....especially when it is an enjoyable activity

HappyUP!!! - stuff...DONE
Why it happened - I got on it
Why it makes me happy - more stuff to do....but made a good dent today!


Stuff done
Venue secured

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2939

HappyUP!!! - presentation
Why it happened - we had stuff going on
Why it makes me happy - I think I made my point

HappyUP!!! - being able to adapt
Why it happened - Toastmasters
Why it makes me happy - due to unexpected circumstances, I had to radically change my presentation. It was "no worry." Why?  Years of Toastmasters

HappyUP!!! - fabulous round
Why it happened - my putter woke up
Why it makes me happy - best putting round of the year.....though putter has been asleep for two months. Encouraging!

Sleeping in
Presentation ready
Fabulous round....25 putts....3 birdies...left some stuff out there
Being adaptable re:presentation.....Toastmasters
3 birdies
Great group of guys
Adulation/edification for taking on Goliath

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2938

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters
Why it happened - it's Tuesday
Why it makes me happy - Kathy and Sydney were back...great speech by Bill everything flowed

HappyUP!!! - CFO meeting
Why it happened - he requested it
Why it makes me happy - I got some info...shared some info...."stuff underfoot"...great meeting

HappyUP!!! - time with others re:situation
Why it happened - involvement
Why it makes me happy - information......always a key..."seek first to understand...before being understood"

JJ....Kathy C back...Sydney back...Kathy R table topics....Bills great speech....everything flowed

A KP...a skin...some birdies...being drawn on the right team...big win

Time with the CFO....and a board member...and then the bigger CFO

Broker Joe

Monday, August 26, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2937

HappyUP!!! - Insight
Why it happened - an issue has arisen at the club
Why it makes me happy - I like to think regarding issues....and I did a lot of thinking today

HappyUP!!! - shrimp
Why it happened - GF and little buddy put them together
Why it makes me happy - a dinner full of love

HappyUP!!! - mini golf and go karts
Why it happened - birthday continuation
Why it makes me happy - nothing to do with my birthday....just a heck of a lot of fun...lovin life!

HappyUP!!! - Kovars
Why it happened - bonding time
Why it makes me happy - "seek first to understand...before being understood"....not sure the kids will get that...but I do. I fail at this at times...but it has always been a mantra. Great to hear it tonight

Shrimp...Go golf....working on a big presentation...gaining knowledge...the weight....just loving life

Sunday, August 25, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2936

HappyUP!!! - PIZZA
Why it happened - the club puts it on
Why it makes me happy - some of the best pizza I have ever had....and getting to keep celebrating my birthday

HappyUP!!! - delicious brekko
Why it happened - good turn of the eggs
Why it makes me happy - great way to start my day

HappyUP!!! - The Butler
Why it happened - we do the movies
Why it makes me happy - I really am not sure why this movie "hit me" like it did. I don't think it was a tear jerker.....but it flat out flattened me

Saturday, August 24, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2935

HappyUP!!! - sea bass
Why it happened - great restaurant
Why it makes me happy - THAT was some great eating

HappyUP!!! - calamari
Why it happened - Paul Martins
Why it makes me happy - I LOVE calamari....may be my favorite food.  PM's has it going on

HappyUP!!! - Town Square
Why it happened - City of Roseville
Why it makes me happy - it was a beautiful evening to celebrate the City's newest addition to what they offer us


Great group
Getting the W today
Pitch on 2....wedge 3....chip 7....6 iron/greenie 8...hybrid recovery/pitch 10.....recovery 6 iron up and down 13....8 iron off scratchy lie/putt off 9 iron/putt off wedge 16....8 iron 17....2 putt 18
Birthday wishes
Sea Bass
Concert in the Town Square

Friday, August 23, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2934

HappyUP!!! - kabobs
Why it happened - little something from Safeway
Why it makes me happy - those were some tasty morsels!

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 16
Why it happened - a really good putt
Why it makes me happy - my putting has not been "up to par" lately...and this putt was MUCH needed

HappyUP!!! - solid round
Why it happened - been playing better
Why it makes me happy - optimism is always a good thing


Birdie on 16
Solid round 78

Thursday, August 22, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2933

HappyUP!!! - Valley Hi
Why it happened - North Valley League
Why it makes me happy - lots of fun in Elk Grove today

HappyUP!!! - guys we played with
Why it happened - North Valley League
Why it makes me happy - excellent hosts...lots of fun today

HappyUP!!! - Dinner
Why it happened - North Valley League
Why it makes me happy - that bacon wrapped filet was a nice surprise

HappyUP!!! - 3 birdies in first 5 holes
Why it happened - who knows
Why it makes me happy - couldn't take the entire thing "home"....still shot a good score....can't remember last time I was 3 under through 7 holes. My partner and I got the cash for low group...nice


Bro and Max
Low in the group
3 birdies in first 5 holes
Consistent pitching out of the rough
Pretty darn good ball striking round
Bacon wrapped filet surprise

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2392

HappyUP!!! - O'Doyle as partner
Why it happened - blind draw
Why it makes me happy - I just love this guy and happy he has folded into our group....let alone that he was my partner today

HappyUP!!! - no smoke
Why it happened - wind direction?
Why it makes me happy - lots of fires going on...I am sure we will be affected again....I just loved that today.....we weren't

HappyUP!!! - G-Mac
Why it happened - he was in the group
Why it makes me happy - we have a lot of superficial discussions within our pod of characters....just love talking with G-Mac


Drive...4 iron wood 3...8 iron cutter 4....2 putt iron 7....4 iron recovery 10....6 iron 12....7 iron 13....4 iton 15...cute A-wedge recovery 16...7 iron/greenie 17....hybrid cut recovery/5 iron 18

O'Doyle as a partner
No smoke
Kitty on my head
Getting the roster ready for tomorrow
Chatting with G-mac

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2391

HappyUP!!!- great Table Topics
Why it happened - Lawrence delivered
Why it makes me happy - LOVED his creativity

HappyUP!!! - doing a favor
Why it happened - peeps get in a bind
Why it makes me happy - LOVE helping blessed that I am in position that I can

HappyUP!!! - club meeting round 2
Why it happened - change
Why it makes me happy - I was always a great person to lead people through changes.  A part of that is listening to perspectives....seeking first to understand before trying to be understood.  Though taxing to listen too....great info gained tonight.


Lawrence TT's
Leo doing Tiny Tim
Getting some info
A nap
Club meeting round 2
Chatting with land board people

Monday, August 19, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2390


HappyUP!!! - salmon and shrimp
Why it happened - we needed to eat
Why it makes me happy - another winning evening on the grill...everyone enjoyed....including the cats

HappyUP!!! - Fresh Market
Why it happened - I needed to pick up stuff
Why it makes me happy - I just LOVE that market. It's such an experience when there

HappyUP!!! - indoors
Why it happened - I just did that
Why it makes me happy - so blessed that I didn't have to be outside...on such a NASTY, HOT day....heat and smoke with the wildfires isn't a place I want to be

Salmon and Shrimp
Portia back
Fresh Market
Indoors on a nasty day

Sunday, August 18, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2389

HappyUP!!! - wood fired pizza
Why it happened - the club
Why it makes me happy - I swear.....that is as good a pizza as I get anywhere

HappyUP!!! - big club meeting
Why it happened - changes needed
Why it makes me happy - issues are now on the table...which is cool....the speculation is over

HappyUP!!! - Gran filtering in
Why it happened - he wanted to play 9
Why it makes me happy - love slapping it around with Gran. He is not part of our regular group...but always a welcome addition.


Jim Wilky
Drive 3...hybrid 4...wedge 5....bunker shot 6...3 wood/putt/bullet 7....putt 8...wedge 10....pitch/putt 11....5 iron 12....7 iron 15....9 iron recovery 16
Gran joining us on the back
Solheim Cup
Big Club Meeting

Saturday, August 17, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2388

HappyUP!!! - battling back
Why it happened - team play
Why it makes me happy - I was playing pretty well...could have been better....but the dude I was pitted against was playing out of his socks...on HIS home turf. He had 3 holes down with 4 to go.  I striped it on those last 4 holes. I wish I could have made a putt or two (and..yeah..they were close) get the win. Very happy to get the tie and get a point for the team.

HappyUP!!! - 15-18
Why it happened - turned it on
Why it makes me happy - wedge right at it on 15....wedge right at it on 16....5 iron STUCK to within 10 feet on 17....and a fairway bunker shot hit purely...followed by a 9 iron RIGHT AT that pin on 18....STEPPING UP when it was needed?...yeah...HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - catnappers
Why it happened - they stopped by
Why it makes me happy - Portia gets to spend time with Uncle Buddy.....I love that!

HappyUP!!! - paired with Buddy
Why it happened - it is how our handicaps fell
Why it makes me happy - from the being his this guy!


Carpooling with Buddy
New glove and hat
Nice guys we played against
Getting 5 points
Coming back down the line
Fairway bunker shots
Visit from the "catnappers"

Friday, August 16, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2387

HappyUP!!! - Rich
Why it happened - I coaxed him out
Why it makes me happy - haven't golfed with this buddy in FOREVER! Just LOVED catching up with him today

HappyUP!!! - Rich's impressive play
Why it happened - he's good
Why it makes me happy - I'm sure he will be motivated to join us again shortly. For such a long layoff, the dude played extremely well

HappyUP!!! - bunker shot 11
Why it happened - I have skillz
Why it makes me happy - this was a tough one. Downhill lie in the sloping away a bit....I set the wrists and slapped that sand HARD!!!!  Sandy bullet par!


Seeing Rich
Rich very impressive
Drive/7 iron 2....putt 3...4 iron/wedge 4....9 iron iron 7....4 iron shot/putt/sandie bullet 11....4 iron 16...6 iron 17....4 iron recovery/6 iron 18
Great weather

Thursday, August 15, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2386

HappyUP!!! - tomato lunch
Why it happened - I'm a grower
Why it makes me happy - THAT was a tremendous bowl of goodness I put together today....with those featured red stars!

HappyUP!!! - DMV
Why it happened - renewal time
Why it makes me happy - people like to bitch about DMV. My rule..IF you want to bitch about anything in life, you better celebrate when that same thing goes well.  My appointment was at 9 a.m....I was out at would have been even faster if an elderly lady before me had not failed her re-exam (was kind of sad for her).  The delay wasn't DMV's fault. about 20 minutes....can I even say there was a delay? Nope!

HappyUP!!! - vision check
Why it happened - license renewal
Why it makes me happy - while I drive with my glasses on, it is great to know that I still see well enough that I don't have the requirement per DMV

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2385

HappyUP!!! - coffee
Why it happened - I do that
Why it makes me happy - great catching up....and running into another buddy for "tomato talk"

HappyUP!!! - evening walk
Why it happened - I got motivated
Why it makes me happy - love walking with my sweetie

HappyUP!!! - throwing a 76 at it
Why it happened - I kept grinding
Why it makes me happy - had a great score...on a day I didn't really feel like I was hitting it well....just kept the concentration on high


White tees...tee it forward
Throwing a 76 at it
Stomping grounds
The Articulators

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2384

HappyUP!!! - training completed
Why it happened - we do it a couple of times a year
Why it makes me happy - good to get it some new peeps...and learn things

HappyUP!!! - speedwalk
Why it happened - good day for it
Why it makes me happy - my speedy marathon days are long behind me due to injuries....but I still like to move fast.....great little jaunt this morning

HappyUP!!! - speeches
Why it happened - Toastmasters
Why it makes me happy - funny...Idaho...happy ....those were the topics of the speeches this morning...and they were awesome

HappyUP!!! - karate and a swim
Why it happened - it was planned
Why it makes me happy - love the time with my gf and my buddy


Training completed
4 mile walk
Greg's Idaho Speech....Michael's Funny Speech...Kathy's Happy Speech
A guest
Purchasing the leash and harness

Monday, August 12, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2383

HappyUP!!! - great walk
Why it happened - motivation
Why it makes me happy - THAT was a fast one....and very enjoyable

HappyUP!!! - good reading
Why it happened - rediscovered an old friend
Why it makes me happy - a good book should be read more than once. It was a great re-visit

HappyUP!!! - taking some action
Why it happened - sometimes ya gotta
Why it makes me happy - when a problem steps just have to go squash it sometimes...and...after you feels good

Sunday, August 11, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2382

HappyUP!!! - PGA Championship
Why it happened - tradition
Why it makes me happy - another great major

HappyUP!!! - Jason Dufner
Why it happened - the dude is good
Why it makes me happy - great place and time for him to get his first major....fabulous representative to our game

HappyUP!!! - the combo
Why it happened - I grow
Why it makes me happy - put it all together...the onions...the toms...the peppers....for a wonderful dinner

Saturday, August 10, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2381

Why it happened - we won again
Why it makes me happy - we won....ON THE ROAD....which, in golf team play, is no small feat. We are heading to the playoffs

HappyUP!!! - carpooling
Why it happened - we were heading to the same place
Why it makes me happy - enjoyed the car ride with Buddy and the convo

HappyUP!!! - my partner
Why it happened - we got paired
Why it makes me happy - Double D and I didn't bring our best stuff today....and went down to defeat....but we took them all the way to the 17th hole after posting an impressive comeback. We had them thinking for a second!

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 14
Why it happened - darn good 6 iron
Why it makes me happy - we hadn't won a hole since early on...we were on brink of elimination...before you can eat the whole thing, you have to get that first nibble!


5 iron 3....punch 5....flop shot/putt 7...pitch 9....hack out 13....6 iron/putt/birdie 14.....hybrid recovery/par 15.....pitch 18
Team win....UNDEFEATED

Friday, August 09, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2380

"Where's Uncle Buddy?"

HappyUP!!! - BLT
Why it happened - those tomatoes
Why it makes me happy - they still aren't getting

HappyUP!!! - largo birdie 18
Why it happened - great play
Why it makes me happy - just nothing like that "walk off" birdie.....and...when you throw it in there within gimmie KNOW that it left a mark

HappyUP!!! - KittyKare
Why it happened - I was at the office
Why it makes me happy - Portia just LOVES visiting her Uncle Buddy


Kitty dropoff
Drive/5 iron/wedge/lipout iron wood/pitch/par wood/pitch/pargo 4...greenie 8 iron 5....pitch/lipout 7 iron 7...pitch/lipout 9.....7 iron 10...good break/recovery shot/bogey 11....6 iron 12 GLORIOUS greenie...GLORIOUS 7 iron recovery 13...4 iron//lipout/lipout  14....chutt/par 15.....8 iron punch 16....7 iron/GREENIE iron/wedge/largo birdie 18


Thursday, August 08, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2379

HappyUP!!! - 25 yr anniversary
Why it happened - we observe
Why it makes me happy - I would have totally forgot about this. My ol buddy sent me an e-mail about this.....and it made me laugh

HappyUP!!! - haircut
Why it happened - I was shaggy
Why it makes me happy - she was on time this time....and we had a lot of fun....and I got a great cut...for what there is to cut..LOL

HappyUP!!! - Sean back home
Why it happened - he was in town on business
Why it makes me happy - I got the entire old gang together to play a late night 18...fabulous weather...we got done before dark....PERFECT revisit


25 year anniversary
Errand trip
Welcome home Sean

Drive/5 iron look iron high hook 7....par iron/chutt 9...4 iron/9 iron iron 15....4 iron/8 iron 16...bunker shot 17...4 iron/wedge 18

Good times

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2378

HappyUP!!! - 1 under on last 4 holes
Why it happened - I stepped it up
Why it makes me happy - after WORST front 9 in a LONG time...I turned it around....and closed the deal down the stretch when it was all on the line....and made a couple of bucks for my nephew

HappyUP!!! - golfing with brother...and nephew
Why it happened - my brother introduced nephew to golf
Why it makes me happy - a beautiful takes patience/dedication/loyalty/etiquete/ many things...that are very important to a gentleman's blessed to be able to enjoy it with my family

HappyUP!!! - KD
Why it happened - he wants to play
Why it makes me happy - LOVE playing with K....he could "buy and sell" anyone in this world....but it is SOOOOO not what he is about....and that is why I love this guy


Nephew golf
Milking a 2 buck win for my nephew
Settling of accounts

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2377

HappyUP!!! - best ball striking day of the year
Why it happened - who knows
Why it makes me happy - I make my dough by scrambling...chipping/pitching/putting....due to poor ball striking....there weren't many guys in that little tourney in Davis who hit it better than me today

HappyUP!!! - my partner
Why it happened - they do pairings
Why it makes me happy - I got a GREAT draw today....he played GREAT!

HappyUP!!! - just a great day
Why it happened - who knows
Why it makes me happy - just SO much good going on.....the drive home..the weather...the dinner...winning within our group...great guys we were paired with who were exquisite hosts....lucky..lucky...lucky


Bonnie/Don speech
Nice drive to Davis
Drive/ chip iron/wedge 2....3 wood iron 4....8 iron iron 6...9 iron iron iron 11....8 iron 13....7 iron wood iron 17
Great weather
Great hosts
Delicious dinner
Easy commute home

Monday, August 05, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2376

HappyUP!!! - nephew time
Why it happened - we do that
Why it makes me happy - love our visits

HappyUP!!! - bank
Why it happened - it was easy
Why it makes me happy - got it all done

HappyUP!!! - transaction
Why it happened - it's early in the month
Why it makes me happy - it happened on time

Sunday, August 04, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2375

HappyUP!!! - refugee camp
Why it happened - sleepover nite
Why it makes me happy - it always cracks me up....I get up early in the morning....and all these bodies are strewn about sleeping.....and I have to find a pathway around and over the masses

HappyUP!!! - emergency 9
Why it happened - the guys said "it shall be so"
Why it makes me happy - the head pro joined us for a little more end of the golf week fun....before everyone has to head back to work tomorrow

HappyUP!!! - pitch on 18
Why it happened - skills
Why it makes me happy - that delicate little shot came at the perfect eek out a victory

HappyUP!!! - GREAT family evening
Why it happened - leftovers
Why it makes me happy - what a dinner!!!....and a movie to boot! It really is the simplest of things that float my boat


4 iron recovery/8 iron 1....4 iron punch 3....break 7....bunker shot lip out iron/wedge/largo 10....8 iron 14....fairway bunker shot 15...7 iron 17....pitch 18

Getting the W
Emergency 9
Winning the emergency 9
8 iron 1....chip 4....9 iron/chutt/putt 7...bunker shot shot 9

Refugee camp in the morning
Spectacular August weather
Delicious leftovers
Darkening Skies

Saturday, August 03, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2374

HappyUP!!! - Belt Promotion
Why it happened - my buddy has been working
Why it makes me happy - love seeing him continue to progress

HappyUP!!! - morning in the park
Why it happened - belt promotion
Why it makes me happy - perfect venue. It was great to be outside rather than inside
an overcrowded dojo.  Great presentation by the teams

HappyUP!!! - slideshow presentation
Why it happened - I did a little fiddling
Why it makes me happy - it's great when you touch the emotions of another (in this case, my GF's).... but touch your own in the process

HappyUP!!! - evening with da boyz
Why it happened - sleepover
Why it makes me happy - yeah...they are getting big....but I still hold my own in that pool.  It was great sitting around and chatting with all of them over pizza poolside.


Morning walk with the Jazzmeister
Belt promotion morning
Time in the park
The boyz
DVD of photos
Learning new computer capability...and a slideshow presentation

Friday, August 02, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2373

HappyUP!!! - train crossing
Why it happened - I caught a break
Why it makes me happy - this is a perfect demonstration of a HappyUP!!! I have 2 convenient places to cross the track. The train and I were travelling in the same direction. It just caught my first option and tripped the crossing arms.  I caught the green light there.....and went to the next option....which involves a left hand turn signal.....the signal turned in perfect timing for me to safely cross....and not have to wait for the train.  Most people don't appreciate it when lights do that......but they sure would grouse if the light went's a "no win" for many.  My postulate: if you are going to bitch about something going have to celebrate that same thing when it goes right.

HappyUP!!! - limiting the damages
Why it happened - I played the last 4 holes 1 under par
Why it makes me happy - it was a tough of those one's where every little break goes against you....which can lead to poor scoring.....and a huge loss.  Got things turned around and "brought it home strong"!  Who wouldn't LOVE that!!!

HappyUP!!! - that 5 iron on 17
Why it happened - skills
Why it makes me happy - we really needed THAT shot...and that putt.  The hole was playing long today

Drive/4 iron/bunker shot 1.....pitch shot 2....4 iron/wedge 4...bunker shot/putt 5....wedge iron 7....bunker shot/putt/SANDY 8....recovery 7 iron iron/bunker shot 11....bunker shot 12...cut off wedge 15....recovery 6 iron/chip/putt 16.....5 iron/putt/BIRDIE 8 iron/chutt 18

Limiting the damages
Catching a good bre

Thursday, August 01, 2013

HappyUP!!! Day 2372

HappyUP!!! - developing a process
Why it happened - sometimes you need one
Why it makes me happy - it's not done....but a great framework is being built

HappyUP!!! - GREAT reading material found
Why it happened - I was looking through my library
Why it makes me happy - this was some really helpful material

HappyUP!!! - crazy little kitty
Why it happened - I own one
Why it makes me happy - everyday....she just cracks me up!!!