I opened the front door this morning to walk out to my car, and the car was covered with a very strange material. It was very cold to the touch and wet. It was white in color, though I did see one bit of yellow material on the corner where all the dogs go by. The ground was covered with this mysterious white material as well.
This material doesn’t seem to be very conducive to playing golf, which is unfortunate.
Wow this is a really neat product for women, or guys like me who like girly shiny things and don’t care if my buddies make fun of me when I use them… I digress.
FayZee’s are crystal ball markers, which also magnetically attach to a necklace. They come in many unique colors and patterns and also include a carrying pouch which matches the marker.
Vdara Las Vegas - Click for more images
May 22nd of this year was the happiest day I’ve ever had. It was the date I married the best lady in the world. After the wedding, which was a great event, we hopped on a plane and flew to Vegas to spend our honeymoon at the Vdara Hotel & Spa. My lady and I had Googled and researched every possible place to stay in Vegas: Wynn, Bellagio, Venetian and more. We decided on Vdara for a few reasons, which I’ll highlight below.
I’m not a smoker. In fact, I’m anti-smoker. Can’t stand cigarette smoke. Vdara is 100% smoke free. The rooms don’t stink. The lobby doesn’t stink. The restaurants don’t stink. The casino, well you’d better read below.
Vdara is a hotel and spa. There is no casino.
Before you come to any conclusions about me, rest assured I can gamble with the best of them. I’ve spent many a night in Vegas, winning and losing thousands of bucks. But on this particular trip it wasn’t about gambling. For my new lady and I it was about getting away, relaxing, decompressing and celebrating our new marriage.
That being said, had we wanted to gamble, the Bellagio was about a five minute walk from Vdara. Other resorts near Vdara include New York New York, Aria, Tropicana, Paris, Planet Hollywood and Mandalay Bay.
Location – City Center
As mentioned above, Vdara is close to many attractions and resorts. But Vdara is located IN a place called CityCenter (pictured below). Previous to this trip I’d seen CityCenter under construction in about 2008 and it looked massive then. It is an amazing place.
CityCenter in Las Vegas - click for more images
My Game Is Coming Back
Despite this being about the most crazy busy summer I can ever remember on a personal level; despite not playing as many rounds as I would have liked so far this year, I’ve gotten the handicap down to a two again. For several years played as a 1-2 (even got it to a .9), but the last year or two I’ve been in the 3.5-4.5 range. Thanks to some quality rounds and low scores I’ve improved it a bit.
Despite getting my handicap down to a very low level, I can still shoot high scores like anyone’s business. But when it all comes together and those low scores hit (like this year’s 69, 70 on tough courses) it is very fun and satisfying.
My putting has gotten better, but the ball striking has really improved this year. Mid-summer I made some good adjustments and started hitting much better iron shots. I started to hit more greens in regulation.
Still, the short game is in need of some serious work. It can shine sometimes, but my short game is not close to consistent enough or dependable enough.
I think much of the progress is due to my mental state improving, as those things which had been mentally and emotionally weighing on me over the last few years have come to a relative conclusion. My mind has been able to get back on track and I don’t get frustrated quickly or “lose it” like I did last year or the year before. I know I have the physical ability to hit shots and make putts. Most of the issues were/are mental.
Thanks to all my pals for the birthday wishes. That day is today.
Below is my list of eligible gifts I’d be willing to accept. There’s still time to shop… This is the SAME list I posted on my birthday last year and the year before. For some reason none of these modest, easy to obtain and inexpensive items have ever arrived. I’m sure they got lost in shipping.
1. 2011 Masters tickets. Isn’t there someone out there with an extra ticket to a practice round for me? I know you’re out there.
2. Golf at Augusta National.
3. A Porsche 911 Turbo, 911 GT 3 or Cayman. See pic below. (take your pick on the model but I prefer silver).
4. A golf trip to Scotland, St. Andrews and the rest (better include the airfare, spending money and hotels too).
5. Golf at Pinehurst #2.
6. Golf at Pebble Beach.
7. Golf at Bandon Dunes.
8. Golf at Shadow Creek (better include some Vegas gambling money and an evening at the Olympic Garden).
9. Golf at Pine Valley.
10. Golf at TPC Sawgrass.
That’s a pretty good list. More than one submission of each selection will gladly be accepted.