Monday, March 31, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3051

HappyUP!!! - dump trip
Why it happened - working on a project
Why it makes me happy - never know what the actual law is regarding "covered load." I felt good about this BIG load being covered.....but I am not the Po Po.  Nice dumping

HappyUP!!! - Joe B will be back
Why it happened - he shot me a message
Why it makes me happy - thought we may have lost him as a member.....great to know he is trying tow work us back into the schedule

HappyUP!!! - project progress
Why it happenned - we keep plugging along
Why it makes me happy - whenever you remodel....there are all these stopping points....some days go slow...but you keep on plodding forward. Today, we had a sheetrock specialist come over at the drop of a hat to figure out how to make a room VERY short order. BIG help to the project.

HappyUP!!! - more rain
Why it happened - weather
Why it makes me happy - drought buster. LOVED getting this in...and BEFORE we went to the dump!

HappyUP!!! - hearing back from clients
Why it happened - they are interested
Why it makes me happy - great convos.....and things are looking very good for all

Sunday, March 30, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3054

HappyUP!!! - Michigan State losing
Why it happened - NCAA tourney
Why it makes me happy - OK....THIS didn't REALLY make me happy. I had an AWESOME bracket lined up....and this team was KEY.  BUT.....they lost.  The happy thing is now I can just enjoy the rest of the tourney. I've never been in a bracket pool before. It was fun. I had a good chance...upsets happen

HappyUP!!! - winning with SL
Why it happened - golf
Why it makes me happy - haven't partnered with this guy this was a profitable partnership today!!!!

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 6
Why it happened - 3 good shots
Why it makes me happy - I SOOOOO appreciate every birdie I get these days! There should be more. But....hey...they aren't plentiful these days.  LOVE every one of them I get

Saturday, March 29, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3053

HappyUP!!! - getting in 9
Why it happened - golf
Why it makes me happy - it was a bit on an ill-fated decision to go out there today. We KNEW it was going to rain. We were optimistic, "hey, look at the looks like it is going to miss us to the North!"  I'm just happy I have raingear and that I didn't get too wet before we called the match at halftime

HappyUP!!! - hitting 3 in 2
Why it happened - skills
Why it makes me happy - par 4 number 3 at my course is one of the toughest par 4's in the area. Few hit it in the requisite 2 shots that is expected....especially me. I have decent distance but....the way the hole is set have to have big distance...especially this time of get there in 2. It was a thrill to put it thee today

HappyUP!!! - finding something
Why it happened - golf
Why it makes me happy - a little "back and up" versus "back and around" is going to take a little work....but I have a strong feeling it is EXACTLY what I need to get me out of the slump I have been in. Good Struff!!!

Friday, March 28, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3052

HappyUP!!! - being a connector
Why it happened - chats yesterday...and over a bit of time
Why it makes me happy - love helping people get to a better place

HappyUP!!! - my buddy E
Why it happened - we stay in contact
Why it makes me happy - just love talking to this guy

HappyUP!!! - golf!
Why it happened - it definitely happens on Friday
Why it makes me happy - the score wasn't good.....but...I'm on the right track!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3051

HappyUP!!! - SR visit
Why it happened - need a little thing done here at the house
Why it makes me happy - just AWESOME to spend time with this old buddy revisiting about all the people we know here in town and what is going on. LOVE this guy

HappyUP!!! - chat with a big wig
Why it happened - I made the call
Why it makes me happy - nice to chat with K-man about the industry

HappyUP!!! - texts with a friend
Why it happened - I made the shout out
Why it makes me happy - we'll connect in person soon.  Great info....reconnection....we'll get a face to face soon.  AWESOME sauce!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3050

HappyUP!!! - artichoke info
Why it happened - I watch some cooking segments
Why it makes me happy - it's artichoke season. When I prepare them, I always cut off the stem. It is how I was taught. It was GREAT to find out...and confirm....that that the best part of the choke, the heart, actually extends down the stem. More yumminess!!!

HappyUP!!! - taking out a wall
Why it happened  - remodeling
Why it makes me happy - there can be some trepidation...a plan is one thing...once you commit and do don't really KNOW!!!! This is going to be a BIG improvement!

HappyUP!!! - Better Foods Sandwich
Why it happened - it was brought to me
Why it makes me happy - a Giuseppin on sweet with everything.....well...all I can say...for over 40 has been happiness on a bun

HappyUP!!! - RAIN
Why it happened - weather
Why it makes me happy - every drop is like gold.  I am doing my part conserving.....I am a minimum user per the website available from my city.  I like the idea that, as more storms come in, it puts us "a bit" in the clear for this year. Yep...we'll all need to conserve this year.....FOR NEXT YEAR in case we get more drought conditions. Just glad that we look better and better every day

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3049

HappyUP!!! - Students delivering
Why it happened - Toastmasters
Why it makes me happy - I just LOVE the initiative of our college students.  It is a MASSIVE investment for these youngsters to make this investment in their future.  They HIT it today. They have a leg up on their peers

HappyUP!!! - Chicken Crap
Why it happened - gardening
Why it makes me happy - rain is coming. Too soon to plant. BUT....PERECT time to lay down the manure.  Upcoming weather will drench it and allow it to leech out all of it's goodness!  I am also always fond of the bag "chicken manure" makes me I think about some people that have operated in the fringes of my life!

HappyUP!!! - taxes back
Why it happened - my accountant
Why it makes me happy - another GREAT year when it comes to my overall strategy is confirmed!

HappyUP!!! - David G back
Why it happened - Toastmasters
Why it makes me happy - he's been absent....but he renewed...and will be attending again. LOVE this guy!

Monday, March 24, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3048

HappyUP!!! - being in a position to help
Why it happened - I'm retired
Why it makes me happy - just thrilled to be able to work on this labor of love with my brother and nephew

HappyUP!!! - lunch
Why it happened - when REALLY need to eat
Why it makes me happy - LOVE...LOVE...LOVE....a BF Deli sandwich!  The project is nearby...I see a few of those in my future

HappyUP!!! - weather
Why it happened - it's weather
Why it makes me happy - couldn't ask for a nicer day to work on this new project. We were

Sunday, March 23, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3047

HappyUP!!! - picking up the meeting
Why it happened - a member had medical issue
Why it makes me happy - just glad I step in when an emergency happens.....and I can put things together quickly

HappyUP!!! - Great Partner
Why it happened - he's good
Why it makes me happy - he helped....OK....he CARRIED my biggest win of the year. It's been a TOUGH year.....glad to get the help

HappyUP!!! - weather
Why it happened - who knows
Why it makes me happy - we played a little early....T'HAT is FINE in the summer. This time of year, it can be a little cold. It makes it a bit harder to get the muscles going. Not was shirt sleeves by hole 4!


Brekko sandwich
Weather wasn't cold for early tee time
Great partner
Bunker shot/sandie 2....8 iron/8 iron 4....greenie/putt 5...pitch 7.....bunker shot 8....par on 11....second bunker shot 12....shot from alternative fairway 13....two putt 14....wedge shot from the trees 15....pitch 17.....wedge/putt 18
Nice texting...meeting set up
Picking up the TM meeting for Tuesday
FABULOUS weather

Saturday, March 22, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3046

HappyUP!!! - brekko with the wives
Why it happened - qualifier day
Why it makes me happy - just nice to have brekko with my teammates and their spouses this morning before we did battle

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 16
Why it happened - I stepped up
Why it makes me happy - we were looking really good through 13 holes....our team had a toe stub on 14....and I could see the other half of team had a blooddy toe on 16.....I delivered. Yeah, it was to no avail....we shoulda/coulda qualifed...but we didn't

HappyUP!!! - delivering in the tournament
Why it happened - who knows?
Why it makes me happy - it's been a tough start to the golf year for me...a slump. I was just glad to make some solid contribution to the effort today

Friday, March 21, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3045

HappyUP!!! - putter fix
Why it happened - my friend asked
Why it makes me happy - just glad that I know how to do that. Cut it down and regripped it....better than new for her

HappyUP!!! - delicious frittata
Why it happened - had "stuff"
Why it makes me happy - I put the perfect burn on that egg dish this morning. The butter kind of carmelized the edge of the egg for a little crunch....and the contents I added in were superb

HappyUP!!! - 5 iron on 12
Why it happened - working on it
Why it makes me happy - from 180 yards, I threw that one into "gimmie range." could have been an ace.....but that's OK

HappyUP!!! - Bingo
Why it happened - our club does that
Why it makes me happy - LOTS OF LAUGHS!!!


Fixing a friend's putter
Delicious Frittata
Drive/3 wood/pitch/putt/birdie 4....bunker shot/sandie 6....bunker shot 7....4 iron/greenie 8....cut hybrid/pitch/putt 10....5 iron/largo/greenie/birdie 12.....8 iron 13....4 iron/9 iron 14...9 iron high cut 15....bunker shot 16....5 iron BIRDIE 18
Seeing buds at the turn....and one is joining
Impromtu BINGO night....lots of laughs
Beat round in awhile

Thursday, March 20, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3044

What?...Why the heck am I holding
this in my possession?

HappyUP!!! - knocking out some painting
Why it happened - keep working on the project
Why it makes me happy - very productive day working with the family

HappyUP!!! - being supported
Why it happened - area speech contest
Why it makes me happy - was so glad to see so many of my fellow club members come out tonight. Got some special and very personal props from the Area Governor....that was cool too!

HappyUP!!! - WINNING
Why it happened - a bit of experience
Why it makes me happy - well....if you have to be in a contest...wouldn't YOU like to win?

HappyUP!!! - doing a favor
Why it happened - car issues
Why it makes me happy - love helping someone close to me out


Making the potluck
Knocking out some painting
Giving bro a ride home
Seeing friends at Area Speech Contest
Winning the contest
Encouragement from Area Governor

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3043

HappyUP!!! - holed out bunker shot
Why it happened - I'm a decent bunker player
Why it makes me happy - the sand was GREAT at the place we played today...I read the sand right...and hit a perfect shot....with a little bit of break on the green....BIG WINNER on that shot

HappyUP!!! - trippin with bro
Why it happened - a car issue
Why it makes me happy - we got some windshield time......windsheild time is awesome

HappyUP!!! - giving
Why it happened - I got an inquiry
Why it makes me happy - loving giving a valuable thing away...that means nothing to me...but is something that another person wants. Eff Craig's List!


More energy than I thought I would have
Great TM meeting
7 iron on on 9

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3042

HappyUP!!! - prepping
Why it happened - project
Why it makes me happy - got some good work knocked out today

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters meeting
Why it happened - it's Tuesday
Why it makes me happy - president set great was lively...a couple of great speeches...wonderful meeting

HappyUP!!! - figured out a communications issue
Why it happened - teamwork
Why it makes me happy - I think I became a subject matter expert today in why some communications fail.....and it was just an awesome thing to figure out this mystery. Troubleshooting

Monday, March 17, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3041

HappyUP!!! - BF Deli
Why it happened - working on a nearby project
Why it makes me happy - LOVE a great deli sandwich! Don't do it that often

HappyUP!!! - working
Why it happened - family could use the help
Why it makes me happy - felt good to bring up the construction/deconstruction skills again....they were a bit rusty. Nice to know I can still do it

HappyUP!!! - great responses
Why it happened - I put it out there
Why ti makes me happy - my treasurer duty is going to be REAL easy this dues paying season

Sunday, March 16, 2014

HappyUP!!! 3040

HappyUP!!! - emergency 18
Why it happened - I was requested
Why it makes me happy - go to play with a couple of guests....GREAT GUYS! Lots of fun

HappyUP!!! - Little League education
Why it happened - see above
Why it makes me happy - while by no means involved, LOVED getting the inside skinny on all the politics of local kid's ain't just a sport anymore

HappyUP!!! - hooking up a friend
Why it happened - connections
Why it makes me happy - something may come of it...or not...who knows? I just like to help out when I can


JB and Guests
Largo birdie 10
Long day at the office ....36 holes
Hooking a friend up

Saturday, March 15, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3039

HappyUP!!! - Horserace
Why it happened - a tournament
Why it makes me happy - got to do some relaxing "gallerying" today....on  a beautiful day.  Me and Big Mike got to ride around. Great times

HappyUP!!! - Journey
Why it happened - a little channel surfing
Why it makes me happy - I haven't caught the band since they added the new singer a few years back.  The new guy was JUST what this great band needed.  It was an off the hook concert

HappyUP!!! - Patio time
Why it happened - my friends did well
Why it makes me happy - the weather was beautiful...some great, quality time

Friday, March 14, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3038

HappyUP!!! - WIRED greenie
Why it happened - hit two good ones in a row
Why it makes me happy - too long of a golf story for here. Some holes on our course have power lines running over them...when you hit a shot and it hits the must replay. I hit a BEAUTIFUL shot today....right at the hits the wire! Lots of laughter from my opponents. VERY hard to hit a great shot after such disappointment....well........I did. Big respect points there...and got the greenie.

HappyUP!!! - troubleshooting
Why it happened - got to see other's equipment
Why it makes me happy - I was so thrilled to put "the fix" in yesterday. Little did I know....TWO fixes were involved. Time to order another part

HappyUP!!! - pitch on 9
Why it happened - I had the chance
Why it makes me happy - I put myself in SO MUCH trouble on this hole....yet....I did the Houdini escape and got the par

Thursday, March 13, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3037

HappyUP!!! - oranges
Why it happened - a buddy saw them
Why it makes me happy - MORE than happy to give my bounty to a's a bonding thing

HappyUP!!! - receiving delivery
Why it happened - I ordered
Why it makes me happy - man....that was fast.....and FREE

HappyUP!!! - putting the fix on
Why it happened - see delivery
Why it makes me happy - took a bit longer than I thought....never done a repair like this...but....very satisfying to understand how something works.


Walt conversation...oranges
Receiving a delivery
Putting the fix on

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3036

HappyUP!!! - WAH!!!!!!!!!
Why it happened - I invited him
Why it makes me happy - just LOVE this guy!!!.....and so does everyone else

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 4
Why it happened - a 3 wood, a pitch, and a putt
Why it makes me happy - I sucked today!!! OK....THERE....I said it!!!.....but I LOVED how I played this hole

HappyUP!!! - great news from hospital
Why it happened - medical stuff
Why it makes me happy - just thrilled a friend of mine will be getting out tomorrow.....after a 5 day stint....on a bit of a mystery sitch....that seems to be manageable.


Jack in the Box
Friend getting released from hospital
Drive....1/4/6/7/9/10/11/14/16/18....punch 7 1....hybrid recovery 2....3 wood/pitch/putt/BIRDIE 4.....6 iron 5....wedge 6....pitch 9....punch 7 10.....wedge 14....hybrid/bunker shot 18
Small loss...could have been worse
Time with the Good Doc...and winning the dice roll

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3035

HappyUP!!! - full house
Why it happened - great product
Why it makes me happy - I LOVE a packed Toastmaster's meeting

HappyUP!!! - dues RAINING in
Why it happened - I put out the message...and great peeps
Why it makes me happy - I have a few weeks to send in the dues....but it is AWESOME to get such a prompt response. Makes life WAY easier

HappyUP!!! - working on nephew's house
Why it happened - we have biz to take care of
Why it makes me happy - don't have to do this....not a big fan of construction...though I did it as a career MANY years ago........but just LOVE DOING IT for my nephew!


My educational minute
Dr Don speech
Anthony speech
So many dues being paid early
A full house
Post card from the district
"Ben Franklin" comparison from Roger
Moving forward with Russ house solution

Monday, March 10, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3034

HappyUP!!! - wrestler story
Why it happened - I caught some tube
Why it makes me happy - a kid loses at the state tournament. Lots of kids storm off. This kid already lost his dad at age 7 from heart attack. The kid that just beat his butt to win it all.....has a dad...with terminal cancer. The "losing kid" went over to the ill father of the kid that just beat him....and gave him a hug. Pretty good character from a sophomore..............or ANY AGE.  Uplifting

HappyUP!!! - yardwork
Why it happened - the rain left
Why it makes me happy - not spring yet...but getting there

HappyUP!!! - confirmations
Why it happened - I shot out the word
Why it makes me happy - got significant roles at both of my Toastmasters meetings this week....and great to hear back from peeps that they will do the job!


Wrestler story
Getting confirmations

Sunday, March 09, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3033

HappyUP!!! - electro fix
Why it happened - I got a buddy
Why it makes me happy - I'm back...up and running.....and it could have been for free if I had not INSISTED on taking care of my friend.....and I got a few more chips I will give him in the future

HappyUP!!! - TY
Why it happened - thoughtfulness
Why it makes me happy - as Treasurer, I handle the finances. Sometimes, club members mail me their payments. It's nice when someone thanks you for collecting their dough

HappyUP!!! - meeting up with da boyz
Why it happened - I did some practicing
Why it makes me happy - my game has been sideways. I decided to skip first tourney of the season. Didn't want to subject a partner to my slump.  It was great to get finished with my work...and hook up with the rest of my friends and go over their first two days of results. Almost all of my friends are IN IT after 2 rounds or this 3 day tournament.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3032

HappyUP!!! - the Kaseberg
Why it happened - tournament season begins
Why it makes me happy - while not participating in the actual tournament, it was great to be out there amongst the competitive environment.  It's soo funny how things change when it's tournament time

HappyUP!!! - electrician
Why it happened - he called me back
Why it makes me happy - got a bit of a "sitch"....gonna get fixed tomorrow....on a Sunday

HappyUP!!! - fairway bunker shot 15
Why it happened - I got a technique
Why it makes me happy - while a lot of my golf game has gone a bit sideways, I was so happy to make great contact on this shot and score a little "sandie"

HappyUP!!! - item found
Why it happened - I'm a good finder
Why it makes me happy - when you find something you lost....that is worth $ just made $50...who doesn't LOVE making $50


Finding vest
Living close to the course
Wedge/putt iron 2.....driver off deck/wedge 4....8 iron 5.....pitch 6.....wedge 7....pitch 8....pitch 9....pitch/putt 10...5 iron/greenie 12....6 iron/putt 13.....recovery shot 14....fairway bunker shot 15.....sand shot 16....driver off deck/4 iron 18
Coming back from being down
Call from my electrician
Relatively warm weather

Friday, March 07, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3031

"Hmmmmm....who are these people? looks like
they will need to wait a few years before what makes
life worth living comes along"

HappyUP!!! - time with the Good Doc and Wife
Why it happened - nite at the club
Why it makes me happy - it's just wonderful to have those moments of REAL conversation....that go on  for a long time

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 6
Why it happened - good drive, decent drive, perfect putt
Why it makes me happy - not a lot of birdies lately....I savor every one of them

HappyUP!!! - guest
why it happened - Mikey invited
Why it makes me happy - I've known this guy much longer than the guy that invited him. It goes back to my youth days of Little League.  Our world really is small. So funny how often that keeps popping up.

HappyUP!!! - re-activation
Why it happened - banks do it
Why it makes me happy - the entire trip to bank was to deal with many things. I actually like going to the bank....been doing it on the inside for a long time....could have been a big hassle. It went very smoothly

Thursday, March 06, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3030

"Raise your hand if you want ice cream!"

HappyUP!!! - appears brother has found a new service
Why it happened - who knows
Why it makes me happy - he is holding a HUGE archive of slides.  My parents didn't do that many pictures....but they LOVED slides.  It seems bro has had them converted to photos

HappyUP!!! - Thunder
Why it happened - weather
Why it makes me happy - THAT was ONE heck of a show God put on last night! I've been waiting for that action for a LOOOOOONG time!

HappyUP!!! - great counsel
Why it happened - I inquired
Why it makes me happy - vital information received

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

HappyUP!!! 3029

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 4
Why it happened - a long putt
Why it makes me happy - our opponent had "stuffed one in there." THAT could prove expensive. I drain a 30 partner drained a 20 footer.....both for birdies.....THAT does a lot of mitigation of expense

HappyUP!!! - speeches
Why it happened - Wed group
Why it makes me happy - THOSE were TWO quality speeches that EVERYONE should hear. Sacred privilege to be there today

HappyUP!!! - Winning
Why it happened - mostly due to my partner
Why it makes me happy - I LOVE to win........especially when I don't play so well. Hey, a W is a W!


JB evaluation
Anita and Karen speech
Hybrid/wedge 1....pitch/putt 2...hybrid 4....8 iron 5....pitch/putt 9....wedge 16.....
My partner

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3028

HappyUP!!! - new member
Why it happened - he liked what he saw
Why it makes me happy - this member was referred to Toastmasters by an Executive Coach. LOVE that!

HappyUP!!! - trusted advisory
Why it happeend - I called
Why it makes me happy - working on a project.....and it is critical to get quality info. Glad I have access

HappyUP!!! - General Evaluator
Why it happened - Toastmasters
Why it makes me happy - while it was a bumpy fulfillment of the role, the GE was so charming and smooth made everyone laugh!


Bonnie as GE
New member joined...and participated
Financial planner giving me information

Monday, March 03, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3027

HappyUP!!! - cashing coins
Why it happened - productive tube time
Why it makes me happy - as I was catching some TV over the weekend, I decided to do a mindless activity.....stack and roll some coins. took me maybe.....1.5 hours of TV time.....yielded $210. Coinstar would have nailed me for $25 plus the time it would have taken to sort all that through their system (NOT FAST).  Hey....I'm worth about $16 an hour!!! LOL

HappyUP!!! - haircut
Why it happened - I still have some hair
Why it makes me happy - I really don't know why I don't go back and shave the dome.  Did it before for cancer support. Got a GREAT head for bald.  No vanity issues.  Actually, I do like getting my haircut. Excited for my stylist who just took over the salon. That process is going to be FUN!

HappyUP!!! - working on a puzzle
Why it happeend - I have the skills
Why it makes me happy - nothing I like more than helping the family out

Sunday, March 02, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3026

HappyUP!!! - release from hospital
Why it happened - all better
Why it makes me happy - all worries are over

HappyUP!!! - gloomy weather
Why it happened - it's weather
Why it makes me happy - LOVE of the great things about living in NorCal is the seasons. Today....though felt like Winter

HappyUP!!! - hockey
Why it happened - a day indoors
Why it makes me happy - as one that grew up LOVING pro basketball, the sport just lacks interest to me these days. As I was tuning into the Flyers/Capitals game today, I realized......I'd rather watch hockey on TV than pro basketball.  (NOTE: I said PRO BASKETBALL.....LOVING college March

Saturday, March 01, 2014

HappyUP!!! Day 3025

HappyUP!!! - good news
Why it happened - tests and a procedure
Why it makes me happy - I've been on edge for the last few days. It appears the doctors have their arms wrapped around this serious condition.

HappyUP!!! - good deeds
Why it happened - I had the opportunity
Why it makes me happy - love being able to help out anytime....I was given that sacred privilege today by a couple of people

HappyUP!!! - only a small loss
Why it happened - mostly my partner
Why it makes me happy - seems I have been in a slump most, if not all, of this year.  Recently, it's gotten worse!  It's no problem....these things happen...just glad I didn't take my partner down with me today.  In the meantime, I'll just need to play/practice my way out of it.  Tournament season is upon us!


Nice weather
Only a small loss
8 iron iron 2.....flop on 7.....pitch 10.....wedge 11.....6 iron 15.....pitch 16.....8 iron 17