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For friends, family and the random search engine visitor. This blog started as an experiment in mobile blogging from my Palm TREO 600 700 Prē HTC Evo,Samsung 5. Now it serves as a simple repository of favorite activities. Expect bad golf, good fishing, great sailing, eating, drinking, adventure travel, occasional politics and anything else I find interesting along the way including, but not limited to, any of the labels listed here...

Sunday, April 24, 2016

19th Hole

The wind was intense on the back. It was the same wind that was creating havoc at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic right up the road. 

Fortunately the wind has no effect on my game.

I can't say the same for Bob or Rick:

BP 100
MW 105
RZ 116

And I did beat Rick, so I live to play another day.

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17th Tee Portrait

The good news is that I won the beer hole with a par on 15. The beer was good. And the 15th hole now officially my good luck hole.

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16th and 17th fairay

We are actually playing the 16th Fairway, but that is Rick in the far distance on the 17th Fairway.

Just sayin' 

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At the turn

My golf coach said I need to limit my blogging this round. What is the point of hiring a golf coach if you don't follow their directions?

BP 49
RZ 50
MW 53

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Fourth tee

It's a little slow today, but the course is in great shape.

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Live blogging Sharp Park

Playing with Bob and Rick.

Brad cancelled a couple days earlier as he was anticipating having a hangover.

The Cub marker is a a gift from Don, who remains on my Bad Golfer email distribution list, but seldom plays as he has moved to some 3rd world country.  I think it's called "Feenex" or something like that. I think it will bring me luck today.

Sunny clear day with some wind. Actually, a lot of wind.

Oh yeah, I hired Bob as my golfing coach for this round. He says I'll get what I pay for. I'm buying him a beer. 

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Bob out of the trap on 18th hole

Very tough lie, but he got out. Barely. 

He completed  double bogey to finish with an 87. 

Rick and I each won 5 holes in our match play, and pushed the rest. In a gesture of sportsmanship and compromise that we hope will be an example to the rest of the country, we decided to shake hands, call it a tie, and buy our own beers.

Since it was match play our actual scores were irrelevant.

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Traditional 17th Tee Portrait

On a spectacular sunny day like this, we will often find tourists and hikers on the 17th tee admiring the view and taking pictures of the bridge. I decided to gather them all together for today's selfie.

Bob found having a gallery to be inspirational. He drove his ball pin high to 12 feet. Probably his best drive ever on this hole. Missed the birdie but he got the par.

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At the turn

BP 42
RZ 48
MW 55

I have often said that if Rick beat me at golf I would have to give up the game. Fortunately we are competing on match play instead of medal play today, otherwise I might be at serious risk of giving up the game after this round. So while the score is interesting it's not really relevant.

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Solar Pyramid Power Convergence on the 8th Tee

Brilliant sunshine and clear skies led to some interesting effects.

Here we are apparently receiving messages being beamed directly to us from the top of the Transamerica Pyramid, with Mount Diablo in the background.

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Bob's approach on 6...

... after a perfect fade cutting the corner on his drive.

On in regulation,

Two putts for par.

Golf is an easy game when you think about it.

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MW on 5th Tee

Can you tell how from this image how far the ball flew into the woods on the right?

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Bob on 3rd tee

On his way to bogey. 

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We have an unusual situation on the second hole...

Rick has a one stroke lead on the entire group. This is an ominous development

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Live blogging Lincoln Park with Rick and Bob

This is the Obscura Day 2016 Memorial Round at Lincoln. Obscura Day, an event promoted by the Atlas Obscura blog, is - like the blog itself -  intended to note and celebrate odd and unusual locales. So what does that have to do with Lincoln Park? This:
"Sitting on the coastal edge of San Francisco, the Lincoln Park Golf Course is one of the loveliest set of links in the area with grand views and lush lawns all around. And in fact it was these same serene qualities that made it the perfect spot for the cemetery that originally sat on the land, remnants of which can still be found haunting the back nine."
The course looks a lot different today than it did in the Atlas Obscura article. It is a Southern California day here in San Francisco. Sunshine, warm, the fairways are mowed, and the greens are fast. 

Not sure I know how to play the course under these extreme conditions.

Rick and I have decided to play a Match vs Stroke Play Format. This is significant as I have sworn to give up the game if I ever again lose to Rick in golf.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Civic Duty, Civic Center, Civic Art

After exercising our civic responsibilities at a "Meet & Greet" with San Francisco City Supervisor Scott Wiener, we were stopped cold at the Civic Center by the sight of giant bunnies in front of City Hall. More on that later. But first a word about Scott ...

In addition to being a SF Supervisor, Scott Wiener is a candidate for State Senate.  He received national attention last year and became a local political hero after chastising a Fox News reporter that was chasing him down at City Hall.

Yes I am supporting him, even though he is a Liberal Democrat, which does not necessarily align with my political views. However, in the pantheon of San Francisco politics, as exemplified by the Board of Supervisors, the political spectrum runs from Liberal Democrat on the right, to Radical Progressives in the center and Maoists on left.

Scott takes on the tough issues, applies a liberal dose of common sense, and is not a fiscal illiterate like many of our other Supes. He is a technocrat with a detailed command of the issues facing the City, and he is a supporter of my pet issue in San Francisco. Finally, he is tall. Very, very tall. He is the tallest guy in City Hall, and he will be the tallest State Senator in Sacramento. So there is that.

Back to the Civic Center...

Apparently the name of the installation is "Intrude" and the artist is Amanda Parer.
"Five gigantic rabbits hopped into San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza on Monday, and they've got a 24-hour security guard watching over them. After vandals repeatedly tampered with Super Bowl 50 signs on display around the city in February, it was decided around-the-clock supervision was necessary, CBS San Francisco reports. 
The 23-foot-tall inflated nylon art pieces glow from the inside at night. The large-scale public art installation Intrude was designed by Amanda Parer, an Australian artist living in Tanzania, and will be on display through April 25."
 How can you not stop and take pictures of a 23 foot tall illuminated inflatable rabbits? Fortunately, I had a model with me for the photoshoot:


 But is it "Art"?  You got me.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Mid-Week Round at Lincoln Park

Met Captain Jim for a round at Lincoln before he heads back to the Mediterranean. A cloudy start, but the sun came out and we had clear crisp day.

Jim and Golf Gods on Six

Lining up my birdie putt on 8
Which missed. But I got the par.
Surprised to find the course a little  backed up on a Thursday afternoon. We caught and joined the twosome in front of us. Matt and Caleb, father and son from Wausau, Wisconsin  on their last day of vacation in San Francisco.

At the turn - I had 49. Jim had 55.
On the 17th Tee
Matt and Caleb were very appreciative of Lincoln's spectacular vistas. But - you know  - they are Packer fans. Which is a trigger word for me. They seemed friendly, but - you know - Packer fans.  Well, they are tourists and helping fund the local economy, but - you know - Packer fans.  I retreated into my safe space and tried to demonstrate our famous San Francisco tolerance for diverse and perverse cultural norms such as - you know - Packer fans. 

Matt splits the Golden Gate Bridge towers

I tried to get the same shot with Caleb...
... but the 1 second "burst mode" only caught his extended waggle.
Thought I was getting my game back on track with a 49 on the front, but the wheels came off on the back. My expected breakthrough round will have to wait.

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

19th Hole

The rain started in earnest as we finished the round. As we counted the scores,  Bob decided to test my dietary resolve by ordering the biggest plate of corned beef hash, hash browns and eggs that I have ever seen. I had a green salad.

Despite my birdie, my breakthrough round failed to materialize. Five 7's, two 9's, and a snowman will do that to you.

BK 87
BP 94
MW 108
RZ 108

 On the plus side, I did not have to give up the game as a consequence of playing this round.

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17th tee portrait

Rick and I have beers. Bob and Brad do not. 

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16th & 17th fairways

Signature holes. Spectacular vistas. The rain is starting.

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Beer Hole - 15th

"The Hunt - 15th Fairway" by Bob Preston 
The 15th is a 135 yard par 3 carry over a corner of the lagoon. The green is protected by sand traps and Bob's Tree on the right side of the green (the tree was named for Bob's tee shot on a previous outing, which landed in the tree). The tree and that outing are commemorated in this painting by Bob Preston at the top of this post. The guy looking for his ball is Bob (not the artist - Original Bob). The reason OB1 couldn't find the ball is that it was in the tree. As far as we know, it is still up there today. 

When we arrived at the 15th tee, there were two beers left. Usually this means the best and worst golfer in the foursome team up against the other two to play for the extra beers. Instead, the two best golfers - Brad and Bob - decided to steal the beer by teaming up against Rick and me. Unfair? Yes. But Instant Karma is a bitch.  The ball in the back is Bob's 2nd shot. An easy par. The closer ball is my tee shot - one foot away from a birdie. That close to an ace.

 Rick sinks a 6 footer for par. Bob and Brad both sank their pars, routine for golfers of their caliber. The difference would be my birdie putt. 

Film at 11...

In case you don't recognize what's going on here, I am doing a "dead-on" impression of Hale Irwin celebrating sinking a 45 foot putt on the 72nd hole of the 1990 U.S. Open. I just wanted to clear that up.

Finally, it should be noted that a foursome comprised entirely of Bad Golfers played the 15th hole at Sharp Park with a cumulative score of one under par.  This is like getting struck by lightning, winning the lottery and crafting a perfect March Madness bracket all at the same time.

Just goes to show the true motivational power of Beer. 

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On the 13th hole

Bob in the fairway...

 and in front of Laguna Salada.

In the meantime, I'm working my way around trees on the right side of the fairway. 

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