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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

EssEff Muni Triple Crown

 18th Tee at Harding Park 
After a month-long hiatus, I'm going to have to go some to keep pace with my 2018 Golfing Resolution of playing at least half as many rounds as the President of the United States. For the Independence Day Holiday Week I decided to play three EssEff muni's in five days (I need a day off in between).

First up - Lincoln Park on June 29.

Played with Captain Jim, "Pops" and a random single (John?) who caught us mid round.

Jim throws one in the ocean. Maybe. 
Jeff on 17th tee

It was a good start. I broke 100, which is always my goal - a 97 vs Jim's 100* (with an asterik - he knows why), and Jeff wasn't keeping score.

Next up - Sharp Park on July 1.

 Four groups on the 4th hole at Sharp - Welcome to Sunday Muni Golf  

Smoke from fires in the North Bay blew south and mixed with the marine layer to create an odd lighting effect, even as far South as Pacifica.

OB1 and OB2 on the 4th Tee

Played with Original Bob (OB1), Other Bob (OB2), and Joe. I didn't break 100 on gross score, but on net scores:
  1.  MW - 76
  2. OB2 - 76
  3. OB1 - 80
So, there's that. Onward.

The final Jewel in our Triple Crown was TPC Harding Park on July 3.

 18th Tee at Harding Park 
Played with OB1, OB2, and Stuart. Cubs were playing Detroit while we were on the course, so OB2 and I were showing our colors. Cubs won. As it turns out, that was my highlight of the round.

I spent a lot of time in the sand, but then so did Stuart:

And OB2 spent some time with a 2nd shot [arguably] behind the Women's Red Tees:

OB1 just looked good out there:

The most drama occurred on 16, where OB2 and I had birdie putts in a duel that was reminiscent of the Tiger Woods / John Daly playoff at the 2005 AMEX Championship:

Conditions were tough, but the "Perfect Manhattan" served up by Bartender Mike at the 19th Hole was, well - perfect.

Final Net Scores:
  1. OB2 - 74
  2. SJ - 75
  3. MW - 83
  4. OB1 - 86

Blogger Notes: I apparently forgot how to blog over the previous month. Putting this long post out there with the hope I will blog forward and backward in time from here, eventually filling in the missing month. A lot happened last June. We can only hope.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Mid-week Presidio

In my continuing quest to play half as many rounds as the President of the United States in 2018, we scheduled a mid-week round at the historic Presidio course. This course always kicks my ass and today was no exception.

Played with Stuart and Other Bob (OB2). "T" joined us as a single, but I did not catch the accurate spelling of his multi-syllabic name. He said to call him ""T". I'm good with that. It was a beautiful day on a beautiful course.

We're on the 3rd hole, but for some reason Bob is on the 2nd fairway. 
I don't remember which hole this is. 
Some pics from the day...

Bob off the tee and into the trees on the right
On my way to a par on 13
Stuart tees off on 12 and 13
 We had a discussion on which hole we would consider to be the "Signature Hole" at Presidio. My choice is 18, as the imposing row of mature eucalyptus standing at attention on the left side of the fairway invokes the military history of the course. Well - in my mind anyway.

MW on 18th Tee
Stuart on 18th Tee
Bob's 4th and 5th shots after hitting his tee shot into the right side,
taking a unplayable drop then hitting across the fairway behind this tree.
We lost count of his score on this hole. 
 Like I said:

SJ - 88
BF - 96
MW - 109

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sharp Park - No Cigar

It's round two at Sharp Park for this foursome. The same crew - Original Bob (aka OB1), Other Bob (aka OB2), Stuart, and your loyal blogger - played here last week. At the 19th Hole, it was unanimously decided that we need another shot at this track ASAP. So we're back again.

Stuart on 4th Tee
The day started cool, grey and blustery but the marine layer burned off within an hour and we enjoyed sunshine the rest of the round. In no particular order, some pics from the day:

OB2 on 6th Tee
I believe OB1 is signaling that he found his ball
Somewhere after the turn
MW on 16th tee
OB1 admiring Stuart's swing
OB1 on 6 (or 7)
OB2 on 16th Tee
OB2 congratulates me on kicking his ass all over the course...

 We walked the course and my score improved marginally over last week. 

Final Scores:

SJ - 84
BP - 91
MW - 100 (net 70)
BF - 100 (net 84)

Close on my goal to break 100, but no cigar. It only takes a few stupid shots to fall short, and I had more than a few. Stuart had the only birdie of the day with a 4 on the par 5 fourth. Everybody improved over last week, except for Other Bob - he got worse. 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Jake Tapper - "Truth to Power"

Jake Tapper was in San Francisco as a featured speaker in the USF Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice. His topic - "Speaking Truth to Power". I joined the 1,600 people attending the event at Temple Emanu-El.

I was as interested in the history of the venue as much as the event itself. The Emanu-El Reform Jewish congregation dates to 1850 when it's first synagogue was built on Sutter between Powell and Stockton. Later destroyed and repaired after the 1906 earthquake and fire, the congregation built and relocated to the current structure on Lake and Arguello, built almost 100 years ago.

For some reason, I did not know that Jake Tapper was Jewish, although that probably should have been easy to guess (Jake / Jacob - duh). I also didn't know that his brother Professor Aaron Tapper was a local and an important figure in the San Francisco and Jewish community.

Aaron and Jake Tapper
Aaron Hahn Tapper is the Director of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice at USF. Hotel magnate Melvin Swig funded and founded the program at USF in the late seventies, interestingly the first (and only?) Jewish Studies Program in a Jesuit University - ever.

We have a bit of a local connection to this program. Melvin Swig was our neighbor when we moved to the Summit Building in '92 (If you consider the 15th floor residents of a 32 story highrise to be neighbors with the Penthouse Olympians). Let's just say we just met in the elevator occasionally with occasional interactions in the Homeowner Association. He died a couple years after we moved into the building.

But I digress. Back to the Tapper speech.

The program was kicked of by Rabbi Beth Singer, then Kent Swig, son of Melvin Swig invoked the legacy of his father, followed by Aaron Tapper, the Director and reinventor of the Swig Program introducing his brother Jake.

I won't need to summarize or encapsulate Jake's speech, as Rob Gloster of The Jewish News got it right..
"Many of the 1,600 people who came to Congregation Emanu-El on April 22 to hear CNN’s chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper talk about “Speaking Truth to Power” probably were expecting a full-throated condemnation of the Trump administration. 
They indeed did hear plenty of criticism of President Donald Trump’s disregard for the truth, but what they really got was a denunciation of lies and unproven accusations from both sides of the U.S. political spectrum. 
Tapper, the headliner at a program celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco, spent most of his talk focusing on dishonesty from both left and right, as well as the difficulty journalists face in staying objective while calling out falsehoods..."
... Instead I'll excerpt recollections and share some impressions Gloster didn't include in his article. I wasn't taking notes and I don't have a recording, so these should be considered paraphrased as opposed to accurate quotations.

As Gloster reported, Tapper took a nuanced and balanced approach to the subject. He started by asking the question What truth? To what power? Who has the power? He then offered examples and counter examples of "speaking truth to power",  observing that if one is not uncomfortable asking or hearing the question, it's probably not "speaking truth to power".
  • Tapper asked - Do I have power because I have a megaphone in my role as a TV journalist or because I'm speaking to you, the audience, at this platform now? I interpreted his comments as Tapper putting the audience on notice that he did not consider bashing Donald Trump in front of a liberal audience to be "speaking truth to power." He didn't say this specifically, but essentially, he was asking -  Do you in the audience have power with wealth and influence in this progressive City and should I be speaking uncomfortable truths to you? 
  • Tapper invoked another example - When Jim Carrey used his wealth and celebrity to broadcast his unflattering painting of Sarah Huckabee Sanders to his 18 million twitter followers, was that speaking truth to power? When she has a fraction of Carrey's wealth and fame, but is simply doing her job of spinning the administration message, is that speaking truth to power? Clearly Tapper thinks not.
  • Another Tapper counter-example was - Hillary Clinton's recent trip to India. She used her media platform in India to characterize Trump voters as racist and sexist but did not choose to call out the India government that was hosting her for the misogyny, sexism, and rampant rape culture so prevalent in India. That, according to Tapper, would have been speaking truth to power. Denigrating Trump voters was not.
  • Tapper cited one personal example of when he felt he did "speak truth to power" as White House Correspondent for ABC.  During a 2012 Press conference with President Obama shortly after the Newtown massacre, Tapper questioned President Obama's commitment to gun legislation, asking "Where have you been?"
Which is not to say that Tapper shied away from bashing President Trump and his administration. While he considers taking positions on policy to be outside of his role, he considers it a journalistic obligation to call out truth vs lies, and to not hesitate pointing out behavior that strain the bounds of decency. Again from the Gloster article:
“I try to make it clear that I don’t have an opinion professionally about immigration or tax policy or trade or North Korea,” he said. “Where I try to take a stand is just what’s true and what’s not true; those things are not subject to debate... It’s important to take a stand on things that there’s no debate on — facts, decency,” Tapper said. “I don’t think that’s partisan.”
To that point, he offered a "Greatest Hits" listing the three worst things Trump has said and done in the campaign and as President.
  1. Trump dismissing John McCain's war heroism because "I like people who weren't captured."
  2. Mocking a disabled journalist that questioned Trump's account of  NJ Muslims celebrating 9/11
  3. A recent Trump tweet characterizing those with addiction issues as "losers"
Tapper also acknowledged that "all politicians lie" but drew a distinction with the Trump administrations saying “The sheer number of falsehoods and lies coming from this White House is staggering,”

My favorite bit was when he humorously commented on becoming a meme, saying - "Hey I wasn't intending to become a meme... that's just my face."
It was an informative speech that offered insight into the man, his perspective on his profession and the bizarre times we find ourselves now.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Losing Ground at Callippe Preserve

Our April Oracle Golf Club Event was at Callippe Preserve in the East Bay.  Bob F was again my regular OGC playing partner. We were paired with Bob D and Sam. 

I've played with Bob D at Oracle events before. He remembered I documented his missed birdie putt in a previous event and so forewarned Sam about my golf blogging fetish. 

Pretty course, beautiful day, but our team finished 9 strokes back.

Bob F was particularly proud of this drive. I don't remember why.
Let's get the results out of the way - from Club Management:
Callippe - Dan Poirier Memorial Results 
Thank you to the 24 players who joined us at Pleasanton's Callippe Preserve for a gorgeous day of golf ... most of the pins were cut in "diabolic" locations.  Callippe is tough enough with "normal" pin placements, but some of Saturday's pin locations made the day all the more challenging.  
Team Champions:56+69=125 (-19) Lisa, Deane, Joyo & John 
The other team scores were 126 (-18), 130 (-14), 2 at 133 (-11), and 134 (-10)
Yes, I think we finished last. It's not my fault. I cannot carry these team events by myself. Sam was the only walkaway winner in the foursome with a Closest to the Pin on 16. 

To 8' 8" from the pin
Some more shots from the day:

Bob out of trap.
Bob D was distracted by my camera beeping in his backswing.
Bob off the tee and on to the next fairway

Bob F with more sand problems
I'll wrap up with the now traditional shot of Bob D missing a birdie putt:

Nice par.
We're almost four months into the year and a quick check of my NCGA stats show a paltry 6 rounds posted. I continue to lose ground on my 2018 Golfing Resolutions to play half as many rounds of golf as the President of the United States. According to one ledger, Trump has played a confirmed 7 and likely 17 rounds so far this year, including a probable round at Trump International at West Palm Beach this very day. I've got to step up the pace.