I’m like a fine wine. I get better with age. Yes today is my birthday.
On this day each year I post my birthday list in case Tiger Woods or some other billionaire decides to pick up a few things for me in appreciation of my incredible golf writing skills. Some of the things on my past lists have included a Porsche, practice round tickets to the Masters, 19 holes of golf with Anna Rawson. You know, easily obtainable things.
Wait a sec…
I DO have tickets to the Masters practice rounds this year. Scratch that off my list. And word has it that Anna Rawson will be in town Monday and Tuesday next week playing in a tournament here. I have a press pass! That counts, sort of. I played the TPC Sawgrass Stadium course earlier this year so that one is off the list…
So the only things left on my list are a trip to St. Andrews, golf at a few courses like Pebble Beach and Augusta National… Maybe I can drive my new Porsche to Pebble. That would be fun. Come on Tiger, get on it.
In addition to my previous post, I have to say today’s was craziest round of the year and one of the craziest ever.
I shoot +7 on par-3’s, 27 putts despite having several three putts, post FIVE birdies, one eagle and shoot 72. Crazy.
Not only that I end up with my friend’s Ping G10 driver in my bag after 11 holes. I hit it three times (as tests after hitting my Nike), all farther than my Nike despite not hitting it as well. By the time I got to #12 tee I had the driver and he wasn’t getting it back.
In the midst of possibly the craziest round EVER, where I shoot +7 on par 3’s, have a double, a triple and several three putts… I shot 72. Yes, crazy. How can I be +7 on par-3’s and shoot 72? Fireworks baby.
I played the back nine first… I got to #3 (my 12th hole) at even par. I then chunk a horrible 5-iron into the lake on this par three. The air is cold and my right hand went completely numb due to the cold and the horrible contact. I hit my 3rd shot on the green, then 3-putt. It is nice to be even par, then get a triple bogey. Let me tell you.
So I get to #4, the hardest hole on the front. We have a cold two club headwind. I stripe a hybrid down the middle. I’m 171 to the pin. I have to pull my 5-iron, the same club I gagged into the lake 10 minutes earlier.
I turned to my pal Dave and said “oh man I have to hit this club again. Well I guess it has a chance to redeem itself…”
I hit a super solid high fade right at the flag. The shot looked good in the air and ended up looking pretty close to the hole. The green is just slightly elevated so it was hard to see the ball but we could make it out.
As we walked to the hole, about 75 yards short I was telling Dave that my shot looked close but might be short. We could see it and really couldn’t tell how close it was.
Then as we walked up the edge of the green and got a better look… no ball. Many shots which hit this green go long, but no ball over the green.
There was only one place the ball could be, in the hole. I turned my camera on and recorded some commentary as Dave walked up. His thumbs up signal let me know that yes, I just score a two on the hardest par-4 on the course, into a cold two-club wind.
We figured that ball had to be sitting on the edge of the cup for at least five minutes before it dropped. Good thing we walked this round and it took that long to get to the hole. If we rode in a cart, my eagle would have been a tap in birdie.
That is my shot of the week, and shot of the year.
I’m a hot sauce snob. I’ve tried hundreds of hot sauces. The latest I’ve tried is Half Moon Bay Trading Co‘s Iguana Special Blend Habanero Hot Sauce. Say that 10x real fast….
About Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay imports sauces from Costa Rica and their sauces are made from all natural ingredients. They use no artificial colors either. Nice.
Habanero chiles are HOT. They’re way hotter than jalapenos. Habeneros tend to have a little darker flavor than jalapenos as well.
When I taste habanero hot sauces many taste all to similar, as the chile overpowers the rest of the ingredients. This isn’t the case with the Iguana Special Blend. The hab balances well with the other ingredients for an enjoyable taste.
Pretty darn hot?
The label on the Iguana Special Blend says “pretty darn not” but I beg to differ. This sauce has a kick, but isn’t what I’d call “hot.” Now bear in mind that I like it so hot that the waiter in the Mexican restaurant thinks I’m insane. I can drink their hottest sauce like it is water. So this sauce may be “hot” to you but it isn’t going to burn a hole in your mouth.
This blend of salsa has a very nice sweet taste. I find it compliments everything from plain old tortilla chips to tacos to fajitas.
Half Moon’s web site is cool, well hot actually
As a web designer (for one of my other gigs) I’m often critical of companies’ web sites, or the fact that they don’t have one. Half Mooon’s web site is COOL. No complaints, except for the fact that I can’t find this particular blend of salsas in their list of products.
I had a rough weekend starting Friday morning. Some non golf related issues sucked the creative juices out of me so I’ve been laying a little low with writer’s cramp for the past few days. I tried to post the fantasy golf results over the weekend but Grouchy pointed out that I screwed it up. I’m revamping and hopefully fixing my errors.
Hopefully my morning coffee and a fresh week will get me back on track today.