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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, February 23, 2014

19th hole


RZ 107
MW 111

Ethan,  the 13 year old who was put in our group, who has existed as a human being on this planet for less than half the time that I have been playing golf, shot a 78.

That is all I have to say about that.

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In your face Ethan!


My only par of the day was on 18.

Even more important, it was my only opportunity to trash talk 13 yr old Ethan,  who I tied on the hole.

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Rick off the 16th tee

By request.

He is apparently emulating my corkscrew finish. 

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At the turn


The scores are not really important.

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This is Ethan, the real golfer in our group.


Here he watches his birdie putt. He missed the birdie but got the par.

 He is 13 years old.  He is 1 over par through 4 holes.

I hate my life.

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Ricks 4th shot on the par 5 fourth...


 ... after he took a divot with his "practice" swing.

My ball is also lying three, just a little off to the right.

On the green you can see real golfer Ethan waiting for us.

He is on in regulation, which is how golf is supposed to be played.

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Not Live Blogging Sharp Park


Another beautiful golf day in drought stricken Northern California.

Just me and Rick today. To avoid distracting to the real golfers we are playing with, live-blogging will be limited.

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

San Francisco, Larry Ellison, America's Cup, Sharp Park, Social Media, Politics, and my new friend John Avalos

 We'll come back to the graphic at the top of this post later. First a column by C.W. Nevius in the Chronicle:
S.F., Ellison can't let game of chicken sink America's Cup
"The city insists it's just holding the line on costs. The Oracle group counters that there are several other locations that would be just as attractive as San Francisco Bay.  Nonsense. Last summer's event may have been a bit of a slow build, but once we got done with the one-boat "races" and New Zealand versus Oracle got under way, it was a rip-roaring success. Russell Coutts, head of the Oracle team, called the finals "the best ever." Why mess with that? You'll be astonished to hear that the reasons involve money, politics and hefty egos."
So this gets me aggravated. It's a good article

Oracle takes America's Cup in comeback for the ages
No oracle could have foreseen this. Oracle Team USA completed its miracle comeback Wednesday and retained the America's Cup in a regatta that carved a place in the San Francisco pantheon of unforgettable sporting events. Twice down by seven wins, Larry Ellison's team rallied to win 9-8 in a 19-day marathon that was the longest final series in the Cup's 162- year history. And probably the most thrilling. The final race of the 34th America's Cup brought three more lead changes to a series that was full of them, but skipper Jimmy Spithill's catamaran simply had too much speed for Emirates Team New Zealand and won by 44 seconds. A roaring, flag-waving crowd greeted the crew after its eighth straight win. It secured each one knowing that a single mistake could mean the Cup was lost. Ellison hopped on board and told his sailors, "Do you guys know what you just did? You won the America's Cup!"








Still, I've got to hand it to Avalos. I'll never see eye to eye with him on policy. In fact, I'm pretty sure that he and I will never be in the same time zone as far as politics and policy are concerned. And I am sure he would be a complete disaster for the City if we are so foolish as to elect him mayor. But...

That said, it's rare for a politicians at any level to engage with constituents on twitter as John Avalos does. It's retail, grassroots, personal politics at its best. The exchange gave me a greater appreciation for the role of social media in general and twitter in particular as the modern upgraded "handshake" of politics. And it gave me an appreciation for the John Avalos style of direct one-on-one politics via social media. It's also kind of frightening if you don't agree with his politics. It's hard not to like someone who will engage with you directly as Avalos does on twitter. And people vote for people they like. And it does not take a lot of votes to win elected office in San Francisco.
 

I am not immune to this personal touch in politics. I feel really bad that I called him a jerk in the first tweet in this thread. John Avalos is not a jerk. He's just completely absolutely wrong about everything.
That about wraps up the day. Except as I was writing this I got one more tweet from Supervisor Avalos:


He just doesn't play fair.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

At the ATT Pro-Am Tournament in Pebble Beach

17th Green at Pebble from our vantage in United Fairway Club
After virtually no rain in California for the last year, it was on the day I had tickets for the Clambake that the skies finally opened up. Can't complain though. We need it.
Rain comes to Monterey Peninsula, delays AT&T Pro-Am
Monterey Herald
What locals still like to call "Crosby Weather" has dropped 0.62 inches of rain on the Monterey Peninsula, 0.42 in Salinas, and well over an inch in parts of Big Sur, even delaying the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am for about three hours. Forecaster Bob Benjamin of the National Weather Service's Monterey station said rain began falling on Marina shortly after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and became measurable at the Monterey Peninsula Airport at 10 p.m. 

In the United Fairway Club
It  poured for most of the drive to Monterey, but when we got to Pebble Beach the rain stopped. We even got some  sunshine for a while.

In the Stands at the 5th
In past years we chased the celebrities who were mostly on Spyglass Hill. This year we decided to just walk Pebble Beach and enjoy the golf and scenery.

18th Fairway
We probably saw more of Jimmy Walker than any other golfer as we walked the course. With two wins this season, and on the leaderboard after t5he first round, he is one of the hottest golfers on the tour early in the season.
Andre Loupe leads soggy Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Rain soaked the Monterey Peninsula in the morning, which was great news for an area desperate for rain, not so much for the tournament. Puddles quickly formed on the greens at Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill, forcing play to be stopped on all three courses.  
Monterey Peninsula played the easiest, and Loupe took advantage. He never had to scramble for par, missed only one fairway and only two of his birdies were over 10 feet. This was his first trip to the area, and it was everything he imagined. “This place is amazing,” Loupe said with a smile as wide as a fairway...
Pebble Beach played the toughest, though the weather was not nearly bad enough to make that much of a difference with only a cool breeze and no rain the rest of the day. Jimmy Walker, already a two-time winner this season, got up-and-down for birdie on the 18th for a 66, the best score at Pebble.
A good day.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Super Bowl Notes and Predictions


An octopus, sea turtle, and penguin pick the winner of the Super Bowl. Sound's like the setup for a joke, but I don't have a punch line.  Just me adding my pick to the menagerie.

The critters are all going for Denver, the pundits are split, and EA calls it for Denver in OT:


You've got to be a little dubious about the EA pick since they didn't even get the weather right.

Since all Americans are required to go on the record and make a Superbowl pick (even those who do not know which teams are playing), I'll use the blog to get my prognostications on the record.  


ATTENTION: THIS POST HAS BEEN REDACTED BY THE NSA FOR REASONS OF NATIONAL SECURITY. TRUST US, YOU DON'T WANT TO READ THIS! REALLY. WE MEAN  IT.... NO FLY LIST... CAVITY SEARCHES... THINK ABOUT IT.

 I don't have an emotional investment in either team... well... I'll admit to being sympathetic to the old fart (Peyton Manning) and my Alma Mater is in Colorado, so I do have a mild preference for the Broncos - but that will not affect my objective analysis. It seems like most prognosticators are calling a close game. I don't see it.

Yeah, Seattle has the #1 defense and "defense wins championships" yadda... yadda... yadda... but you can throw the Seahawk's defensive statistics out the window when they are not playing in Seattle. Their home field advantage distorts the statistics. The offense for opposing teams playing in Seattle are completely disrupted by the "12th man". They can't hear their own quarterback. Opposing coaches must come up with different & restricted game plans to accommodate the noise.  It makes the Seahawk defense look better statistically than they really are.  Seattle won't have that edge against Denver in New Jersey against Peyton Manning.

Peyton Manning is the best there ever was as a field general reading and reacting to defenses. Nobody can do what he does on the field. This Seattle D has not played against anything like a Peyton Manning offense firing on all cylinders. They're not ready for this.

Russell Wilson is a very talented young quarterback but he has never played with Superbowl pressure. It's very rare for a first or second year quarterback to win the Superbowl - think Colin Kaepernick last year. It takes being there to learn how to deal with it. I don't expect Wilson to play to form outside of Seattle and under this pressure. 

Although in recent years we've enjoyed several close and exciting Superbowl games, that has been the exception and not the rule. Generally Superbowl games are blowouts. The game will return to form on Sunday. Denver in a blowout.

XXXXXX 42 XXXXXX 21

It won't be as close as the score indicates. I'm giving Seattle an additional meaningless late game touchdown to get to 21.

If you are betting, take Denver and lay off 10 or more points to improve the payout.

If I am wrong I will delete this post and deny it ever existed. 

Despite the good work of the NSA in redacting the hacked predictions found in this post, there were consequences: