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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...

Saturday, February 28, 2015

19th hole at Poppy Hills ...



Final Results

BK 88
BD - 102
MW - 104
RE - 118

AT -7, we did not do well as a team.


The rest of my foursome let me down. 


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Bob's birdie putt on 18...


... missed. But he got the par. As did I with a one putt from 5 feet.

Roy 's approach shot...



... on the par 3 17th. 

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15th Hole


A par 3.


I did not do well on this hole.




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12th Tee


And I get my first par of the day. After the turn...

BK 49
BD 52
MW 55
RE 60


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The ninth hole


...  And that is my 300 yard drive in the foreground. No really. I caught a downward slope. 300 yards.


Meanwhile Tree Hugger Brad is back in the woods.

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Roy tees off on 8...


... and decides to take a close look at the waste areas added to the new improved course.



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Brad out of jail.


He really likes the trees.


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Bob tees off on four



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Brad working the ball around the tree on 3...


... sort of.

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Live Blogging Poppy Hills


Playing with Bob, Roy and Brad in OGC event on the new improved track.


Someone did not get the memo about a drought in California.
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Not Live Blogging Lincoln Park


Roy and I played a morning round at Lincoln Park on Sunday. Since there were only two of us,  I did not inflict my blogging obsession on Greg,  the unsuspecting golfer who the starter paired with us. That's him looking dubiously at us in the background of our 17th tee selfie. 

Spectacular day. Unspectacular results. 


Good burger and beer though.

MW 102
RE 105

Many of you have asked how I am doing with my 2015 Golfing resolution to play more golf than the President of the United States.  Actually, none of you have asked. However, I am sure many of you are wondering.

Current Status - I have a narrow lead

 Wallach: 7 Rounds in 2015 (including today's round not reflected in list)

Revision ScoresRecent ScoresH.I. HistC.H. CalcMy Card
UsedTDateScoreCR/SlopeDiff.Course
*AI1/25/1510670.6/12532.0Sharp Park GC
AI1/12/1510165.9/10637.4Lincoln Park GC
*AI1/11/159770.6/12523.9Sharp Park GC
AI1/10/1510670.5/12133.2Harding Park (Tpc) GC Harding
*AI1/9/159969.2/12227.6Stanford University GC
CI1/6/1510366.4/10439.8Lincoln Park GC / Lincoln Park

Obama: 5 Rounds in 2015:

219
16-Feb-15
 - Porcupine Creek, Rancho Mirage, CA - Obama on His Third Day of Golf
218
15-Feb-15
 - Porcupine Creek, Rancho Mirage, CA - Golf at Larry Ellison's Course
217
14-Feb-15
 - Sunnylands, Rancho Mirage, CA - Valetine's Day Golf, Sans Michelle
216
8-Feb-15
 - Andrews AFB - Obama Not Complaining About Global Warming Today
215
2-Jan-15
 - Kaneohe Klipper, Hawaii - Yep, golf, last time for this vacation - 9 rounds








This does not bode well for my current pace, as I am in sunny drought-stricken California and Obama is is snow and icebound Washington D.C.  I need to step up my game.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

19th Hole


JJ      79
MW  101
RE    118
RZ    118

Rick asked me if I was happy that I beat him by 17 strokes. I explained that I took no pleasure in another golfer's misfortune and no satisfaction in beating his score.  It is more like a sense of relief, as on those rare occasions when he does beat me I am must fight an overwhelming urge to to simply leave my clubs behind and completely give up the game.


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17th Green Selfie


We usually take a group selfie on the scenic 17th tee at Sharp. Not this time.

After hitting the ball, Roy had to quickly run off the tee to console the guy he hit in the16th fairway.

We decided to take the picture on the green instead. hen we were almost hit by somebody's tee shot from the par three 15th, who landed on our green instead. That's him photo bombing our group portrait.

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On The 16th Tee


 Jon has a very complex swing.


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Roy works on habitat improvement near the 13th



 The frogs are grateful.

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Somewhere after the turn


JJ 40
MW 52 
RZ 56
RE 60


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Someone left a Valentine for Roy in the greenside trap on 9


The good news is he made it out of the trap...




... eventually.

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John tees off on 9


... and almost missed that tree on the right. Still got the par with an improbable putt.


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Roy tees off on 7



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Rick breaking out of jail on 1


Hard to believe rick could so easily find a snowman so soon on a warm day like this... but it happened.


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Live blogging Sharp Park


Playing a round with Roy, Rick, Jon. We could not ask for a more perfect day.

This is Jon's initiation into the Bad Golfer Association. Pray for him.


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Sunday, February 1, 2015

My New Improved 2015 Super Bowl Prognostications

Superbowl 49 Predictions

Some may recall my Super Bowl prediction last year. I think I might have said something like this:
 "Most prognosticators are calling a close game. I don't see it. You can throw the Seahawk's statistics out the window when they are not playing in Seattle. Their home field advantage distorts the statistics. 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 it's very rare for a first or second year quarterback to win the Superbowl.  I don't expect Wilson to play to form outside of Seattle and under this pressure. Generally Superbowl games are blowouts. It'll be Denver Broncos in a blowout."
                              Denver 42 Seattle 21
 Well, At least I got the "blowout" part right. There were consequences:

2014 Superbowl Prediction Outcome

It's a new year, and I'd like to think I learned a lesson from that experience.  After due consideration, and more detailed analysis - my new and improved 2015 Superbowl Prediction:
Most prognosticators are calling a close game. I don't see it. You can throw the Seahawk's statistics out the window when they are not playing in Seattle. Their home field advantage distorts the statistics. Seattle won't have that edge against New England in Arizona against Tom Brady.

Tom Brady 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 Tom Brady offense firing on all cylinders. They're not ready for this.  Russell Wilson is a very talented young quarterback but it's very rare for a first or second year quarterback to win the Superbowl.  I don't expect Wilson to play to form outside of Seattle and under this pressure. Generally Superbowl games are blowouts. It'll be New England Patriots in a blowout.
 
New England 42 Seattle 21
Bet on it.

UPDATE  2-2-2015:
At least I got the winning team right, although the point spread was a bit off. If Brady had not thrown two piks, I might have been a little closer. And yeah, The Butler did it. One of the greatest defensive plays of all time.



 Note To Self: Next year, just go with the EA Madden NFL Video Game Prediction. They nailed the actual halftime and final score five days in advance:

Kinda scary.