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A collection of entries about different subjects that may or may not involve golf, cooking, or other such interests I may have. Posts may also include observations I make during my daily life, deep philosophical questions, and general weirdness. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Cabin Fever and eBay

I find myself looking at irons on eBay lately. It's a bad habit of mine. A few winters ago, I bought a set of vintage Hogans. They were kind of fun to kick around with for a bit. I played close to half that season with them even though they were way too much (or is it too little?) club for me. I still practice with them, but they're mostly collecting dust - some in the basement, some in the garage, and I have one (now two, actually) in the coat closet. Now I'm looking at Mizunos. Modern, though: MP 4s and MP 64s. Figured they're more playable than the Hogans, not that I'm in the market for new irons. Just kind of want them. I sold a set of Mizunos a number of years ago and I want another. I should actually get a new set of wedges if I'm going to buy new clubs, but another set of blades seems so much more satisfying for some reason. Winter needs to be over so I can go play and stop looking at stuff I don't need.

billchao

billchao

 

The First Amendment of the United States

This isn't meant to be a partisan discussion, simply a statement of the law. It bugs the shit out of me when people cite the First Amendment incorrectly. Here it is, verbatim: Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. A good resource can be found here at the Cornell University Law School website: https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/first_amendment

billchao

billchao

 

Exhausted

These last two weeks have been crazy. Christmas activities combined with work ramping up have left me completely exhausted. One of the mechanics at work retired a couple of months ago and the work has been slowly backing up. On top of that, we had a couple of additional projects that needed to be done: first a soda machine needed to be installed last Thursday which involved working overnight and being awake for almost 24 hours, and a store closing just before Christmas which involved 40 hours of work this past Monday-Wednesday. I even worked a full day Christmas Eve before heading out for family stuff. Didn't get any rest on the weekends due to shopping, family stuff, and more work. Couldn't even enjoy the warm weather because I've been too tired to do anything golf-related. I'm absolutely exhausted and this weekend isn't nearly long enough for rest.

billchao

billchao

 

A haiku

Life's a lot like Golf. You get good and bad bounces And no mulligans.

billchao

billchao

 

Trouble with Expression

It's kind of odd. It's not like I have problems in social situations or anything, but I find I spend a lot of time typing up drafts and then deleting them. I've done it three times already, trying to start this blog. I just noticed I spent more than an hour on the site just now, going through different threads, composing responses. Some things I even took the time to research as part of my response. Then, for some reason or another, I decide it's not worth posting and delete the whole thing. It's not just recently, either. I've done this through all the years I've been a member of TST. I can't put my finger on it. I'm certainly not shy. I'm not afraid to make mistakes, embarrass myself, etc. I just did it again right now; got up to make myself a drink and almost talked myself into deleting this draft. Is it perfectionism? Am I trying too hard to be perfect at something that can't be perfected? I think I do the same thing with golf. I have to get over this somehow, since life is not about perfect. I'm planning to go back to school next semester and I need to seriously get over this. The point isn't to get a 4.0 GPA. BTW I just did it again. I didn't like my original title so I thought about changing it. While I was figuring out what I wanted to change it to, thought about deleting the whole entry because it probably isn't worth sharing. Damnit.

billchao

billchao

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    • I cannot see anything wrong with putting your right finger down the shaft IF you realize you are putting your wrist back into the stroke. (I do not do this) I think putting is very individual and don't feel there is too many right or wrong things you can do if you are sinking putts. If someone is putting way better than you are you going to tell them are doing it all wrong?
    • No. It's towards the bottom of my to-do list since it's a cosmetic change. My current grips are still very much playable. Didn't do that, either. Stretched more life out of my current cart with a pair of bungies and got bumped down the priority list. Was looking at a Clicgear 3.5, but I'll PM you.
    • You still haven't got these done yet? Did you get a cart yet? I have a extra one here that I am meaning to sell soon.... Micro cart gt brand new.... 
    • I played on Labor Day with my son and it was a nightmare! Went out at 10 and watching the group in front, I knew it was gonna be a long day.  Young macho dudes all hitting from the blues... I'm sure you have all seen this scene... 3 duffs that barley make it to the red tees.  Not just the first hole, EVERY hole!  This along with non ready golf turned 9 holes into 3 1/2 hrs. My son and I play best ball so we move along pretty good but nobody seems to want to let us through.  I guess they see a kid and figure that he is gonna take 10 shots to get it to the green.  Well the 4 dudes in front of us were the ones taking 4-8 shots to get to the green. Ahhhhhh! We will usually just drive past you to the next hole if you wont let us play through... get some evil eyes from some and I wave and say thanks for letting us through. So I told my son we might have to play our own ball as it looks to be a slow day or he can drop by me and do BB himself as I wanted to keep my score. I start par, par, par and finish par, bird, par!  The middle 3 well not as good... bogie, double, bogie.  This partly to do with them slowing down to a crawl in the middle.  I had to call the ranger over to speed them up. This didn't really help so after 9 holes and 3 1/2 hours of time we decided to just go to the car and leave... couldn't imaging being out golfing for 7 hours! I wish everyone would hit from the correct Tees and play Ready Golf!

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