Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Ok, this was my first time playing golf and of course to make things more interesting in front of all of my colleagues and in a team with two of our company's chiefs! But I told myself, that this can't be too bad, because after all, you can't drown in golf!
My friend Joyce N did an absolutely excellent (!) job in intructing me on form and how to hit the ball on the driving range and after a mere 60 balls I was ready to hit the course, figuratively and literally. (Those little holes a good golfer :-) leaves in the green are called divets.)
Our team's (848ers) captain Steve K had lent out his family's collection of golf clubs to various folks, but had saved the really good one's for me :-) Sweet! What could possibly go wrong with his wife's featherlight, humongous ($$$) new driver! (She's dealing with a serious injury at the moment and my best toughts go out to her! If you ever had a bad injury, send her some good vibes!) The number 4 hybrid also became one of my good friends, although apparently I had hit a really good one with the number 8...
Highland Park: One of the Nation's highest rated golf courses. It's in the middle of Minnesota's capital AND it is public! I will have to send some business their way to make sure it stays right where it is! It also has a sand trap in the shape of Snoopy to honor Charles Shultz who created the Peanuts and lived in St. Paul!
Steve also showed, just how good a coach is. There are many things he had told me in the past and that I haven't forgotten, but that I also may not have heeded to their full extend right away. I shall revisit all of those as soon as possible...
He sent out a really awesome e-mail to his team before the game and I will just quote that directly here:
No helmets necessary........I have reviewed the opposition and I'm certain we are the favored team to win. We have the chemistry (Ros)......we can make shots that count (Bill).....we will adjust as necessary to maintain quality (Joyce) (Golf is a game of continuous readjustment), and we have a captain that likes to talk (cheer) a lot (me).
Victory is ours!
(It cheered me up, so I'd say, case in point.)
(So you can all understand the references: Bill G is our Chief Financial Officer, Joyce N is our Director of Quality, I'm a chemist and Steve K is our Chief of Technology)
Michelle P, in her well stocked cart supplying us with the necessary hydration with Pat C! The pictures here all curtesy to the two of them!
Nick and Christine enjoying the ride!
Christine D, Nick B, Lindsey W and Mike D.
Jenny Knudson, who's organized it all. Hip hip hurray!!!
The last hole with everybody lined up to watch us drive and eventually putt... (No pressure there!)
It had been the absolutely perfect day and I had about ten times as much fun as I had expected in my wildest dreams. I'm with Joyce on that one, we couldn't have had a funner group, us 848ers! And the whole scramble thing with taking the best shot definitely gets my vote. Still good practise for a novice, but with the excitement of watching the ringers in the team and actually getting to the next hole in a reasonable time!
Who knows, I may organize a scramble myself one of these days...
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Roll model Alex, one of the best rolling instructors you can meet anywhere.
I rolled! Full barrel rolls! Several times! And on command :-) It took me awhile for this to sink in. I was happy and nauseous at the same time! I know I still have a lot to do on my sweep, but I have done it, so I can do it again! Thanks to Alex and Natalie (and motion sickness pills). And despite snacking on a pack of salt & vinegar chips beforehand. I'm telling you, they do not make a really good pre-rolling snack...
There was fun to be had on this amazing evening for everybody: offside rolls, playboating and just general horsing around. Sailing... canoeing...