Friday, August 21, 2009

Wyndham Championship

How I play hooky

Distinctive style

Davis Love III signing autographs. He started his career playing in college in NC.

Think Applbee's look will catch on?

John Daily is about 85 lbs lighter now. He says he is still too weak to play well. These are some of his famous pants.
Brad Faxon lining up his putt. He played with NBA players Dell and Stephon Curry and new Duke player George House.

Cory Pavin on the practice green. He didn't play in the pro/am. Teams paid $20000 a team to play with a pro. This money goes to a local charity. There were 52 teams!

David Duval after the 18th hole with his little girl. Later I saw them in the kid's area talking to friends and playing in the blowup gym.

What the pros have at the 10th tee.

And on the driving range.
There were bags full of equipment at each of the distributer's equipment trailers.

Which brand do you prefer? I wish I had a week to pick the brain of the technicians who were working in the shops here.

Thank you Carrie and Ryan for the great Father's Day gift.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Open Letter

Below letter is legit; check Snopes
Lou Pritchett is one of corporate America's true living legends - an acclaimed author, dynamic teacher and one of the world's highest rated speakers. Successful corporate executives everywhere recognize him as the foremost leader in change management.

Lou changed the way America does business by creating an audacious concept that came to be known as "partnering." Pritchett rose from soap salesman to Vice-President, Sales and Customer Development for Procter and Gamble and over the course of 36 years, made corporate history.


Dear President Obama:

You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.

You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.

You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.

You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.

You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.

You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it at its core.

You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others.

You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.

You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America' crowd and deliver this message abroad.

You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.

You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.

You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.

You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.

You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.

You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.

You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.

You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.

You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.

You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O'Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.

You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

Lou Pritchett

This sent to the NY Times but they never acknowledged it. Big surprise. Since it hit the internet, however, it has had over 500,000 hits. Keep it going. All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing. It's happening right now.

Friends, since this letter first appeared things have become even more scary. This president has spent millions to keep his birth and scholastic records HIDDEN as, in my opinion, much in those records would prove that he IS NOT a natural born citizen of these United States of America. He may not be an "illegal alien" but there is a huge probability that he is an Illegal Occupant of the White House. If he is not truly one of us. then what is his true agenda? America has been duped into allowing this man to hold the highest office in the land.

Stay tuned! Watch out!! Get ready!!! Things are about to become worse than what Lou Prichett ever envisioned.

We MUST rid our government of the likes of Pelosi, Reed and Obama. While we are at it, we could also be well served without Kennedy in Washington as well.

TERM LIMITS - Tha's the platform that every newly elected representative should offer us as a candidate. If they do not commit to voting for term limits, we should not vote for them.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Backyard Rambling

Went for a stroll through the woods over the weekend and then again at school this week.

There were a number of familiar fungi. There were also some that were growing in unfamiliar locations.

Usually, shelf mushrooms grow on the side of a tree, not on the trail. Same for coral mushrooms which usually clump on or near the base of a tree.

Here were some growing in the middle of the trail. Maybe there was some buried wood under the sand.

Here is another brightly colored 'shroom.

When they get old, other fungi cleans up the mess.

Puffballs are edible when they are all white like these small ones.

Once they show any color, leave them for the wildlife. Here is one that has already scattered it's spores.

The students at school found these large fruiting bodies. (The majority of a fungus is below ground, or just below the leaflitter.)

These were in better shape the day before, I was told. I was surprised at how hard and solid these were. Not at all like the fragile ones I usually find.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Paws to Impress

I have just one word.


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Summer project.

It is difficult to realize the amount of weight that is in a sidewalk. This one is made from 80 lb bags of premixed Quikcrete.
Each form needs one bag of mix. So this sidewalk is about 12 bags long and two bags wide. Or to put it another way, over 1/2 a ton of weight! That doesn't include the steps.

The concrete takes about two weeks to cure and lose the dark coloration. Some of the rock shapes had to be free-formed because the form wouldn't fit the space I needed to fill.

Oh, and the new paint on the porch and steps as well as the new five step enterance were also done this year.

Now I need to figure out how to join the rocks to the bricks in a pleasing manner. Then I will go back to the top and come down the left side with another row of "rocks".

Yes, Lynks managed to get a paw print in one of the rock faces. I will let you find it!

Monday, June 02, 2008

The photos I took this weekend at Carrie and Ryan's wedding are here:

This is the first photo Carrie took as Mrs. Ryan Heilman.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Well, March came in like a lamb and went out like a lion. That refers not only to the weather but also the intensity of my school days.

We got the bathroom tile finished. Those of you with excellent eyes will notice that the tile still needs to be cleaned again to get the grout scum off the shiny white tile. At least we can use it again.

We had our golf tournament last Friday. Forty golfers participated and we had 3 sponsors for holes. We made about $3300. Mulligans! That is all I need to say to those who have tried making money on a tournament.
Sunday morning about 4 am we leave TCA for Raleigh to fly by two different routes to Phoenix. Most will fly to Salt Lake City and four of us will lay over at Memphis. We will spend five days at Holbrook Indian School. Friday we will experience the Grand Canyon then spend the weekend at Thunderbird Adventist Academy in Scotsdale. I haven't been there since 1963 or 1964. Sunday night we fly to JFK in New York, arriving at about sunrise, then on to Raleigh Monday morning. If the wind is from the right direction, we will fly over the Statue of Liberty and see the sun hitting the sky scrapers as we land at JFK.