Monday, July 31, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4124

HappyUP!!! - new golf kix
Why it happened -I went shopping
Why it makes me happy -found me some WIDES...and they look good too! Wides aren't always easy to come by

HappyUP!!! - Installed putter grip
Why it happened -motivation
Why it makes me happy - haven't done this in years....liking this new purchase...feels good

HappyUP!!! -coaching
Why it happened -I take instruction
Why it makes me happy - I am on that right path....I just know it!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4123

HappyUP!!! - short game area
Why it happened - I tune up
Why it makes me happy - nice spending time with the nephew....teaching him a few things...which, of course, makes my short game a little better as well. It's a WIN WIN

HappyUP!!! - winning with the bro
Why it happened -we were partners
Why it makes me happy -Nutter Brothers Folding Lawn Chair Company Inc. was out of business today. We closed that deal and pocketed some geetars!

HappyUP!!! - 101 not too hot
Why it happened -weather
Why it makes me happy - we were in the middle of it. Maybe I'm getting used to it. Maybe it was the bandanas I had on ice to put around my neck.  While the heat was noticeable, it was easily managed today

Saturday, July 29, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4122

HappyUP!!! - Celebration of Life
Why it happened -a death
Why it makes me happy -a perfect send away for this kind and humble giant. So nice to meet his family (he had a million kids).  LY was an impressive man....very intelligent...very unassuming... and always very kind to me.  He goes on my list of "nicest guys I have ever met" and is running for number one

HappyUP!!! - Pathways training
Why it happened -I am in a commitment
Why it makes me happy - great to learn more about what I am supposed to be doing. I will need to train people on what I am learning.  It feels great to "sharpen the axe"

HappyUP!!! - Carrera
Why it happened -I took it out
Why it makes me happy -I don't drive much in general. Big Red needed some "rubber meets the road" it was down to Sac and back.  Even got to open her up a little bit (safely, of course)

Friday, July 28, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4121

HappyUP!!! - Flagg ACE!!!
Why it happened -he's good
Why it makes me happy -we actually SAW this one roll into the cup. You don't always see them...and I have been in groups where many have been made.  It was also cool because I was with my nephew, Russ, and he had never seen one go in. is better when you are seeing your own go in (well...I think it would would I know? I have only had one and we didn't see it go in...just suspected that it did).....but it is still thrilling!

HappyUP!!! - Compliment from fellow golfer
Why it happened -he noticed
Why it makes me happy -I am doing something very nice for someone. I don't advertise it....but this guy felt the gist of it. It impressed him.  While not my goal in life to impress others, it's always a good thing to do so in a humble manner

HappyUP!!! - would have won
Why it happened -played well
Why it makes me happy -that ace was tossed in against me. If you take that one shot out of the equation, it would have been a victory. Hey, all you can do is Do Your Best (one of the Four Agreements) did!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4120

HappyUP!!! - tomatoes!!!
Why it happened - I sow....
Why it makes me happy -....and today, I reaped!!! Home grown tomatoes are just the best!

HappyUP!!! - giving away tomatoes
Why it happened -I sow.....
Why it makes me happy -....and I love giving them away as much as eating them myself! Really...I do! I really? Am I just being Pollyanna here and trying to look good in front of you?.....well...who knows? Let's just say that it's a toss up and it proves my point. Peeps LOVE hg toms (if they love toms)

HappyUP!!! - yard clean up
Why it happened - early morn motivation
Why it makes me happy -I skipped out on that 102 degree heat...and worked the garden and yard this morning instead. I have some serious feeling of accomplishment going on

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4119

HappyUP!!! - Pathway Catchup
Why it happened -I'm involved in a project
Why it makes me happy -I came in late on I am peddling as fast as I can to get up to speed. I made some super progress today

HappyUP!!! - Up and Down on 18
Why it happened - experience
Why it makes me happy - with all the chips on the line, I short sided myself behind the 18th green. It's a place you really don't want to be when in that situation.  I used a little "cheater shot" (perfectly legal) to perfection and secured the victory!

HappyUP!!! - 9:20 tee time
Why it happened -someone suggested it
Why it makes me happy -nope, not going to be 100 today...but close enough....played in a pleasant temperature!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4118

HappyUP!!! - Lads and Lassies
Why it happened -it's an annual thing
Why it makes me happy -it's a nice, social thing that I force myself to do. It's fun but, more importantly, it shows that I support the club

HappyUP!!! - Pablo Cruise
Why it happened - they were in the plaza
Why it makes me happy - just decided to take an evening walk and do some people watching. This turned into me watching an entire free concert from a band that I grew up with.  I had never seen them. They are beyond their heyday but they still sounded good.

HappyUP!!! - gorgeous evening
Why it happened - it's weather
Why it makes me happy - a little warm today (but under 100, thank goodness). The heat gave way to one of those lovely valley nights where that slight Delta breeze wafts in at just the right amount

Monday, July 24, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4117

HappyUP!!! - Mrs Yegge
Why it happened - she looked for me
Why it makes me happy -the reason, her husband's passing, was no reason for joy. Yet, he was over 90 and had been in failing health for some time so it came as no surprise.  I am just glad that she went beyond one of the children's e-mails (that I had overlooked) to reach out and inform me of the Celebration of Life

HappyUP!!! - G Frick
Why it happened -see above
Why it makes me happy -he was a buddy of Lawrence's back in the day. Great to reconnect and I am sure he is glad to know about the above. Lawrence would have wanted him there

HappyUP!!! -A walk despite the pain
Why it happened -I forced myself
Why it makes me happy - ya gotta know what is injury...and what is physical therapy.  It is possible to make things worse by confusing the two...either way.  Stressing an injury is bad. Not stressing something that needs stress is equally as bad.  Today, I hit it right!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4116

HappyUP!!! - "Use Somebody" chords
Why it happened -I looked them up
Why it makes me happy -pretty cool little tune....and fun to bang out

HappyUP!!! - Bagging Golf
Why it happened - it was hot
Why it makes me happy -I didn't need to be out in that stuff today!

HappyUP!!! -Tour De France completion
Why it happened -it was time
Why it makes me happy -the final day of the tour is always interesting...with lots of different things going on. Mostly, the celebration of a brutal month!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4115

HappyUP!!! - TLI
Why it happened - I volunteered
Why it makes me happy - great to teach a course.....AT MY OLD HIGH SCHOOL! No, it wasn't to the students. We just used the school as our venue. It was weird to revisit in this fashion but kind of cool as well

HappyUP!!! - Panda coming back
Why it happened -a trade
Why it makes me happy -Panda shows some contrition...."OK, ya big lug! We loved ya while you were here...hated what you did when you left us...but all is forgiven."

HappyUP!!! -Bat Caddy return
Why it happened -I borrowed something
Why it makes me happy - HATE to have a borrowed item in my possession once I am done with it's use.  It's a THING with me.  It should be a THING for everyone.  Either way, it's off my plate!

Friday, July 21, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4114

HappyUP!!! - tossing the lemon bush discards
Why it happened - yard work
Why it makes me happy - great thing to get off the list. Most importantly.....NO CUTS or ABRASIONS!

HappyUP!!! - Macaroni Grill
Why it happened - friend suggested
Why it makes me happy - hadn't been to this place in forever. Nice to get right in on a Friday night (that is far from a given in Roseville).  Food and company were excellent!

HappyUP!!! -putting compliments
Why it happened - people noticed
Why it makes me happy -it wasn't about putts was about how the ball rolled. There is a technique to it. I had it going today and others noticed.  The ball just hugs the green better when it is all done properly. It's a hard thing to describe other than there is more overspin on the ball

Thursday, July 20, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4113

HappyUP!!! - 78
Why it happened - things are coming together
Why it makes me happy - been in a bit of a slump as of late....things are definitely looking up!!!

HappyUP!!! - 11 greens hit
Why it happened - training
Why it makes me happy -while not a record, that is a good number of greens to hit.....and could have picked up a few more easily.  If I can get it around in 14 some day, it's going to be a fabulous day

HappyUP!!! - lunch with Columbos
Why it happened -Megan stopped by
Why it makes me happy - charmingly cute little couple....enjoyed breaking some bread with them

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4112

HappyUP!!! - 7:30 shotgun
Why it happened - guest day in afternoon
Why it makes me happy -gorgeous weather this morning.....while not 100 in the afternoon, it was still hot.  This morning was perfect!

HappyUP!!! - Giants win
Why it happened -a nice pinch hit
Why it makes me happy -what the heck....not much to cheer about this year as far as the G-men are I will celebrate tonight's win!  Thanks for that pinch hit, Buster!!!

HappyUP!!! - range session
Why it happened -I hit balls
Why it makes me happy -the recent coaching session has me doing some cool things!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4111

HappyUP!!! - Late night mowing and edging
Why it happened - laziness meets motivation
Why it makes me happy - actually, I was waiting for it to get cooler. I over waited!!! BUT....I got out there and hustled....even had the headlamp on and got the job done!

HappyUP!!! - webinar
Why it happened -I signed up
Why it makes me happy -getting familiar with running some new technology

HappyUP!!! - chatting with Parm
Why it happened -he called
Why it makes me happy -LOVE hearing from this guy. He's back east now...but...someday...he will be back here

Monday, July 17, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4110

HappyUP!!! - texting with Sondra
Why it happened - we are buds
Why it makes me happy -the conference call was boring! We entertained each other!

HappyUP!!! - C Woods
Why it happened -I get coached
Why it makes me happy - found some nice tweeks today...and...boy did I need them!

HappyUP!!! - Pathways training
Why it happened -I volunteered
Why it makes me happy -I'm looking forward to taking this project on. Nice kickoff tonight. This will provide some mental stimulation.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4109

HappyUP!!! - Revisionist History
Why it happened - I came across it
Why it makes me happy -I am new to the podcast world.  This series got me all the way from Monterey to Roseville....very entertained.  The miles flew by!!!

HappyUP!!! - 3 hour drive
Why it happened -I left early
Why it makes me happy -just a light day/time out on the road. I got home early enough to decompress and get some things done back home.  

HappyUP!!! -US Women't Open
Why it happened -it's an annual thing
Why it makes me happy -I love the highest level of sport....any all KNOW that! This is in MY sport.  Great tournament!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4108

LOOK OUT....this was a SUPER HappyUP!!! DAY - and, while many are, I only report on a few!

HappyUP!!! - Shiba Inu's
Why it happened -travelling
Why it makes me happy -what are the odds I would entertain one of these at Boars Head during outside lunch....and encounter another while walking at Lover's Point? I'm not sure I have ever seen one of these dogs in person.  Perfect size...and they both were very well tempered. Hmmmmm ....I'm thinking about it

HappyUP!!! - Extending my day
Why it happened -the hotel had a vacancy
Why it makes me happy - I didn't want to go back to the HEATED TOILET that I call home (the Sac Valley) these days. It is soooooooo darn nice down here in Monterey

HappyUP!!! -dinner and companions
Why it happened - just being friendly
Why it makes me happy -I was out on my own....had dinner at the bar....steak and shrimp were FABULOUS....when I started up chatting with a couple from Turlock.  We had a great time...then one of my golf partners and his significant others stumbled in. Just a super fun night!


Shiba Inu's
Steak and Shrimp Dinner
Running into group at Flahertys
Revisionist History
Extending my stay - staying out of the toilet
Chamber of commerce trip to Lovers Point
Raeanne and Hubby from Turlock
Springers at dinner

Friday, July 14, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4107

HappyUP!!! - Poppy Hills
Why it happened -NCGA tournament
Why it makes me happy -first time on this track since the remodel. I recognized one hole...but...then again, I only played the old course around 3 times.  The new layout was fun.

HappyUP!!! - Lunch at Pebble
Why it happened -we needed to commisserate
Why it makes me happy - all of us, spouses and all, spent some great time overlooking the 18th hole at Pebble Beach.  It is one of the most lovely views you will see...especially if you are a golfer. Great setting......YEP!!! was VERY good today!

HappyUP!!! - Lovers Point
Why it happened -I was staying nearby
Why it makes me happy -nice little sunset enjoyed by our happy troupe! 

HappyUP!!! - birdie 17 and birdie look on 18
Why it happened - a nice shot and putt
Why it makes me happy- my goodness, it was a tough day on the course (our team dropped like a rock) was nice to finish on a high note!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4106

HappyUP!!! - One stroke out
Why it happened - our teammates
Why it makes me happy -my partner and I didn't have the best of days.....but the other two guys on our team sure did.  We helped out but those guys put us in second place....just ONE shot from a championship!!!

HappyUP!!! - Dinner on the Wharf
Why it happened -we had to eat
Why it makes me happy -my 3 partners...their wives....and I had a GREAT dinner on the wharf in Monterey. It was such a great meal and good time....FABULOUS night!

HappyUP!!! -Quail Lodge
Why it happened - NCGA tournament
Why it makes me happy - a nice course.....a course I have never played before...a fun course.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4105

HappyUP!!! - Spyglass Hill
Why it happened -a little fun golf
Why it makes me happy -never played this hallowed course. I am told that it has been "cleaned up" since the old days.  Must have....I never found that oft talked about ice plant.  The ocean views were incredible on the few holes that we had them

HappyUP!!! - Rocks Road
Why it happened - got a tip
Why it makes me happy - tree trimming coming into Monterey. Traffic stopped for miles. My buddies up ahead gave me a detour. OMG.....I can't even begin to guess what a timesaver that was

HappyUP!!! - Megan and Cannery Brewing
Why it happened - we had to eat
Why it makes me happy -lovely to meet my partner's bride, Megan, and have a meal with the entire team. A nice, fun little night out

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4104

HappyUP!!! - NCGA checks
Why it happened -we won
Why it makes me happy -OK....didn't really get checks....but got our accounts credited...and quite nicely

HappyUP!!! - meeting up with the boys
Why it happened - I socialize
Why it makes me happy - love seeing the boys even when I'm not actually golfing

HappyUP!!! - TM officer business
Why it happened - we are an organization
Why it makes me happy -these were things that needed to happen....great to get them done.

Monday, July 10, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4103

HappyUP!!! - Curtis the Plumber
Why it happened -I called him
Why it makes me happy -this guy is just great at what he does. I was happy to give him some assistance today.  This dude has one tough job

HappyUP!!! - Outside put away and re-organized
Why it happened -I was motivated
Why it makes me happy -this had been weighing on me for awhile. Big sigh of relief...load lifted. Note to self: don't let things linger!!!

HappyUP!!! -plumbing went smooth
Why it happened - dude is a pro
Why it makes me happy - this was a tricky situation. It could have been waaaaay worse and more complicated. It really is why you hire an expert. It may SEEM expensive at first....but....I saved a ton of dough/frustration compared to me taking this one on.  

Sunday, July 09, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4102

HappyUP!!! - a bit cooler
Why it happened - heat spell winding down?
Why it makes me happy -I'm being a bit tongue in was "only" 103 today.  "Hey...get me out of this fridge!" LOL

HappyUP!!! - morning walk
Why it happened -I needed it
Why it makes me happy - this walk sure wasn't going to happen in the afternoon!  It was a nice morning on the trail.....well....until the end...even this morning started to heat up.  

HappyUP!!! - Tour de France catchup
Why it happened - I have it on record
Why it makes me happy - was able to soak in a couple of days without knowing previous outcomes.  This year's tour has been a bit brutal. Lots of "stuff" been happening.  Bike racing is just one brutal sport. I don't know how these guys do it. It's a lot of time out in crappy weather!

Saturday, July 08, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4101

HappyUP!!! - Member 27
Why it happened -it's a tournament
Why it makes me happy - we were sooooooo close to the finals.  We didn't know it.  Just a scant shot or so out from a chance.  

HappyUP!!! - chip in on 1 vs Larson/Lopez
Why it happened - good shot and some luck
Why it makes me happy -I was sooooooooo out of this hole....hacking it up....then...all of a sudden...."up pops the devil" ....and I pitch in for par/net birdie to WIN the hole out from under a couple of buddies

HappyUP!!! - surviving the heat
Why it happened - lots of water?
Why it makes me happy - 107 degrees.....27 watching the shootout....THAT is a long day.  I will sleep well tonight!

Friday, July 07, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4100

HappyUP!!! - Russ birdie 17
Why it happened -nice playing
Why it makes me happy - love seeing my nephew progress on his golf journey

HappyUP!!! - riding with Russ
Why it happened - it was 108 degrees today
Why it makes me happy - nice to do "cart time" with the nephew. There was no way we were going to walk in THAT TOILET weather today. Probably was questionable about playing at all when it starts getting that hot....but that is not how we roll

HappyUP!!! - finished the oleander
Why it happened - I had some help
Why it makes me happy -day 3 of the project.....and....the remaining carcass headed to the dump to join it's brethren from yesterday!  I really need to stay on this bush/tree.  Whatever it is that makes an oleander grow should be harnassed by science for some kind of good!

Thursday, July 06, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4099

HappyUP!!! - Oleander knocked DOWN
Why it happened -I got a chain saw
Why it makes me happy - this thing was SOOOOO overgrown....and had been for some time. It may not be pretty at the moment....but it is back under control

HappyUP!!! - the boys
Why it happened -deck painting
Why it makes me happy -glad to give some kids a bit of summer employment.  At the same time, I get my deck painted. Yeah, I could do it myself. In the past, I actually have. It looks like a small project....but I have recall. It takes longer than one thinks.  It's a good thing for a couple of young lads to do

HappyUP!!! - NOT going to the dump
Why it happened - see above re: The Boys
Why it makes me happy -I have been to the dump enough in my life. It is time for the children to experience it.  They gathered up those oleander leftovers and were happy to head to the landfill. 

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4098

HappyUP!!! - pruning the bush
Why it happened - I had some help
Why it makes me happy -the oleander was out of control.  It had been for some time.  The boys were over working on a painting project so I saw an opportunity

HappyUP!!! - Fogelbook Songbook
Why it happened - I did some searching
Why it makes me happy - hadn't played out of this one in years.  Nice to rediscover some old tunes!

HappyUP!!! -"The Irish Goodbye"
Why it happened -I just found out about this
Why it makes me happy - I'm glad this mannerism has a term.  It means that it is done by many people. If done by enough people, it makes it less rude.  I do it all the time.  What can I say? When I am ready to leave somewhere, I am ready to leave somewhere. The visiting has already been done. What is the need for all the re-visiting when heading out the door?  There isn't any!

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4097

HappyUP!!! - Fireworks
Why it happened - 4th of July
Why it makes me happy - so thankful that I have a safe and contained place to celebrate our nation.  The big public displays can be a drunken nightmare.  Gorgeous evening....I got there just in time to enjoy the show

HappyUP!!! - Boxster battery installed
Why it happened - motivation
Why it makes me happy - who took the entire holiday off? NOT THIS GUY!  It really was no big deal.  Hey!!!!.....wait!!! If it's no big deal, why do I let this chore sit around at times.  Just "got er done!"

HappyUP!!! - bro's 3 birdies
Why it happened - nice play
Why it makes me happy - love to see the bro do well. 3 birds is a good day for anyone....and a SUPER day for some of us.  He's a happy camper!....and...yeah....I may have benefitted a bit

Monday, July 03, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4096

HappyUP!!! - Tour de France
Why it happened - it's that time of year
Why it makes me happy -this is my first year in recording it on DVR.  If one isn't an enthusiast, this thing can be like watching paint dry.....personally....I love it.....but I have certain stretches that I can pass on.  This is a WAAAAAY better way to watch

HappyUP!!! - team uniforms established
Why it happened - I organized it
Why it makes me happy - we will be ready when the bell rings.....looking good!

HappyUP!!! - J. Gonzales
Why it happened - just ran across him
Why it makes me happy - hadn't seen this nice guy in a long time. It was nice to come across him and have a chat

Sunday, July 02, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4095

HappyUP!!! - Facebook time
Why it happened - it doesn't usually
Why it makes me happy - been straying more and more from this soc media platform. Stopped by today and got a little Mason update.....COOL!

HappyUP!!! - guitar work
Why it happened - need to do some occasionally
Why it makes me happy -the SIII needed some light TLC today....and I lovingly provided it

HappyUP!!! -Kenny Perry
Why it happened - it's a golf thing
Why it makes me happy - I really like this guy....I was thrilled to see him shine today. Did my old ticker good!

Saturday, July 01, 2017

HappyUP!!! Day 4094

HappyUP!!! - Spyglass Hill decision
Why it happened - we are going to be near there
Why it makes me happy - I have never played this iconic course......I will be in a couple of looking forward to it

HappyUP!!! - Celebration of Life
Why it happened -a friend passed
Why it makes me happy - the suffering ended a few weeks ago....and the simple service today was very nice and appropriate

HappyUP!!! -Bat Caddy offer
Why it happened - I asked
Why it makes me happy -we may be walking in a couple of weeks at the NCGA least on one of the courses. Clyde won't cut it. Nice to have a different option