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Eric C

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  1. I saw this hawk on Saturday, cool cat. This gator is from about a year ago, and no - that's not my ball next to him.
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    Pace Problem

    I played TPC Sawgrass earlier this year, and they strictly enforce pace of play. Several signs that you couldn't miss, the starter reminds you, and your caddie encourages your group. Somewhere around the middle of the round we had to wait a few times for the group in front, and low and behold a marshal in his cart shows up and chats with us for a few minutes while we wait, telling us that he'll talk to the group ahead and "take care of it". Having been told the same before, I wasn't placing any bets. Two holes later he drives past and waves, picks up the group in front of us and moves them ahead to the next tee. At the end of the round I was chatting to the same marshal, super nice guy, who told me he does it all the time and does his best to get the group back to the hole they missed at the end of their round. Takes some extra effort and excellent customer service on the part of the course, perhaps takes the group's score out of alignment with the rules of golf (others can answer that, but I assume so), but solved the problem and was well executed.
  3. Just outside of my distance limit for weekend golf, but thanks for the recommendation. Sounds like a great course!
  4. Shot Caller - Stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (of GOT Jaime Lannister fame) as Jacob/Money who is a former stock broker who ends up doing hard time for DUI manslaughter when he kills his best friend in a car crash. This is a gritty thriller that nicely captures all of the reasons that I would never make it in prison - on his first night in prison he sees another new guy get gang raped and decides he'll do whatever it takes to stay alive. And he does. Really well done movie that flashes between the past, present and future in a way that really helps tell the story. My wife and I both got a bit lost around the climax of the film, but the director nicely pulled it all back together in time for a pretty spectacular ending that you don't see coming. Coster-Waldau is excellent in this movie, as is Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice). Jon Bernthal (TWD/ The Accountant) plays the same weak person character he always does - not a fan, but he doesn't distract from the story. If not for the jumbled climax this would have been an Eagle, but I still give it a solid birdie. I think we watched it off of Prime.
  5. I don't know that that is accurate, and it definitely depends on the state. In Colorado and California, for example, medical marijuana is exactly the same as the recreational strains available in dispensaries. The difference is the level of taxation. I did find one article that stated that 14 states limit THC potency, but after researching state-by-state wasn't able to pin that down. I don't disagree that it's possible, but will argue the efficacy of doing so. But to your point - Florida is considering legislation to limit the potency to 10% THC because levels above that "can induce psychosis in some users" (anyone seen Reefer Madness? 😄) A fools errand - the pot our parents smoked was around 7%, with the high-end "sinsemilla" coming in at around 9.5%. It still gets you high. Admittedly, the strains produced these days are much stronger, with 18-20% being considered high potency, and 30% being the upper limit for flower. Extracts from marijuana plants, like hash oil, generally come in between 50 - 80%. To tie it all back together so I'm less off topic - regardless of the THC level, marijuana impairs a person mentally more so today than it did 20 years ago. Golf is proven to have a significant mental component, aligned closely with the physical aspects of the game. Thus weed absolutely has a negative impact on ones golf performance - though it might make a shitty round more fun.
  6. Having played many, many rounds while under the influence of marijuana I can personally attest to it not being performance enhancing. Against the rules? Perhaps. But not performance enhancing. Quite the opposite. Everyone reacts differently to being high, and while it may well reduce stress it also certainly reduces one's ability to focus. Golf requires focus. I'd get high and kick ass for about two holes, then be all over the place. I haven't used marijuana since moving to Florida because it's not legal here, and I don't have a qualifying medicinal reason to get a prescription. I could of course make one up, because it's not like getting a prescription is difficult, but it's not such an important thing to me that I feel the need to go out of my way. I personally don't see a difference between drinking or smoking beyond the legal aspect - both are personal decisions, and when used responsibly should be an individual's choice.
  7. Heck, I will occasionally do this when playing with my wife. I always feel like an ass when it happens, but she's a good soul and cuts me a break.
  8. On Saturday I played a course I'd never played and shot an 83 after starting the round bogey, double, double. Kept my head in it, and managed a real nice 2 over 39 on the back. Best round by far that I've had in awhile.
  9. DeChambeau goes on profane rant about 'haters' With slow play questions following him from New Jersey to Illinois, Bryson DeChambeau had a colorful reply to those still hounding him about a putt he hit a week ago.
  10. They are definitely sexy as hell! At the end of the day you still have to have a swing - it's the Indian much, much more than the arrow.
  11. Welcome from Orlando / Groveland!
  12. I use a product called Snow-Cap to take rust stains from well water off of my driveway and the side of the house. Bet it, or a similar rust stain removal product would do the trick in about a second.
  13. I use one. I had two up until I replaced my irons a few months ago and decided to go with the 4I instead because my carry is more consistent with an iron as opposed to a hybrid. It also allowed my to gap my wedges better.
  14. If we created a new topic every time Sergio Garcia did something idiotic and childish it would get out of hand, so I'm just dropping this here. Such an asshat. Sergio Garcia throws driver at caddie at The Open in resurfaced video Sergio Garcia threw his driver at his caddie after a poor shot on Sunday during The Open at Royal Portrush. Now we have video.
  15. I agree, Vinsk probably didn't. OTOH, I'm sure I had said many brilliant things that I'll now never remember .. Sorry for your troubles, Erik. For a RAID 10 array to have taken a crap it must have been spectacular, and the stuff of nightmares for a guy like me. As far as backups are concerned, most modern solutions backup at the block-level these days, and will also dedupe the data, which helps reduce both storage requirements and the time that making a backup takes.
  16. Completely agree with @DeadMan on his recommendations. Homestead is an executive course, par 65, and is always in great shape. Right at the base of the foothills, it has some beautiful views. Another recommendation that I think offers 9 holes is Evergreen Golf Course, which is maybe 30 minutes up I-70 from Denver. It's a muni, but also a mountain course that's a lot of fun.
  17. I must be confused by your post. Are you trying to tell me why I should or shouldn't enjoy something?
  18. You mean other than the fact that it's their job and purpose for being there? Free golf, beverages and range balls is a form of compensation.
  19. Bohemian Rhapsody - As a lifelong Queen fan I was excited to see this, but for reasons I still don't understand I was happy when it was over. Rami Malek did a truly amazing job portraying Freddie Mercury, by the end of the movie I had forgotten he wasn't Freddie Mercury and the music throughout the film was excellent. The story was fine - biographical of both he and the band, and to me and my recollection of the times it seemed pretty dead-on accurate despite some criticism along those lines that the film received. I don't know what I expected, but I think I just got bored. Give it a par.
  20. You do have to rehydrate the cooling towels, but they work really well for a quick cool down. I maybe get a few holes out of them, but a cart with a cooler of ice on it solves everything. I bring a large Hydro bottle full of ice and three bottles of water, one frozen. Also this: Shelta High Performance Sun Hats – Sheltahats Protect yourself from UV rays with High Performance Sun Hats for Athletes and Adventurers. Built in Visor and Removable Cord System for Visionary sun protection. The best sun hats for fishing, sailing, golfing, stand up...
  21. I used to play a course near Dallas with three other guys from work that had power lines across one of the fairways. Don't remember the name of it though. We always played Lone Wolf and hitting the power lines, which happened more frequently than you'd ever think, resulted in instant Lone Wold status for the hole.
  22. Towel Divot repair tool Alignment stick Tons of ball markers, a bit of a collection. My father did the same, and I added his collection to my own when he passed. Extra cleats and the tool to install them on my golf shoes ... which I haven't owned in 5 years. Need to throw this away. Club adjustment wrench (also never use) Sunblock (twice a round, every round) Bug spray (never used) Rain gear - jacket, extra gloves/towels (because Florida). Don't usually carry the umbrella. Coozies (2) Small first aid kit + extra Advil Sharpie Extra battery for GPS/Laser Snacks Flask
  23. I will take him over Faldo any day. Still, it annoys me when they bring in these guys for the big events ... there's no value add here. I can't imagine the 'Joe Buck' name brings viewers into a golf event who wouldn't otherwise already be watching. Maybe I'm wrong though.
  24. His hat is horrible. I predict that will be his downfall today.
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