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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...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

SFO => ORD => WRIGLEYVILLE

I checked the schedule before planning my annual spring trip to Shag Lake. Cubs vs Indians on arrival, Cubs vs Pirates on the back end. Perfect. I even caught a game on Direct TV on the United flight over:


It helped pass the time, but the Cubs lost 10-1. We arrived late, so it was the next day before I could indulge in a Chicago Style Hot Dog. Tried a place near my childhood home, "Biggies." It's been there for years, but I'd never tried it. Recommended: 





That satisfied the Chicago Hot Dog Craving. I had to wait until that evening to complete the cycle and fill the Italian Beef Craving at a classic Wrigleyville landmark:




Then it's two blocks down to the Temple.


Harlan found us seats on-line. Cousin Nancy was also at the game,  she snuck (sneaked?)  into our section.


For some reason, we did not manage to get a picture together at the game. Probably because we were so nervous about what was happening on the field. Plus we were sitting among a bunch of Cleveland fans. Very annoying. 


As far as the game itself, not so good. The Cubbies showed some defensive gems, but were also victimized by a great catch at the wall. Net... net, they got shutout and almost no-hit. Indians 1 - Cubs 0.


I am becoming concerned. Going back to the last game of the 2017 season, and before that in a 2016 NLCS game, I have now attended 3 Cubs losses in a row at Wrigley.  Of course, they did win a World Series during that streak, so there's that. 

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.