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I have a bunch of relatives from near New Bedford, MA (a couple of my great uncles out there worked for Acushnet), and it takes me about a day of acclimation to fully understand them. It's like listening to a Scottish person speak English, eventually you start to understand.
I disagree. I am not saying that lower handicappers are saints but most of them have earned their stripes. Ask @HoganApexFanwho was a marine for over 20 years, he'll back me up.
There are also high handicappers who know their place when they are playing out of their league. I appreciate a little cap doffing but, in these cases, I would rather avoid such adulation.
I quit a game once in my life and regretted it afterwards. It was on a visit to Scotland a few years ago in November. It was freezing cold, pouring and the wind was blowing the heavy rain at an angle closer to horizontal. I had already played about 12 holes and was soaking through. My hands were so cold I couldn't feel the club head, f*** it felt like I was swinging a garden cane. I was sure that hypothermia was setting in.
To cut a long story short, one of my playing partners informed me on the 12th that I could take a short cut back to the club house from the next tee.
I am not passing the buck but his suggestion was just too tempting and I made my apologies and hiked it. I did feel guilty and have never quit since but thoughts of a hot shower, dry clothes and my favourite tipple beckoned me back.
Or was it Satan? himself.
Drunk and stoned = Contact buzz! f*** that, golf's hard enough.
BTW are we allowed to say 'piss'?