Today is my best friend Alan’s birthday. Big 40.
Al (Chip here in Utah but not back East!) and I grew up together as next door neighbors. We’ve shared many great times together.
Some quick highlights:
- Hiking in the mountains in our back yards
- Playing hoops in my yard for hours and hours when we were kids
- Following University of Utah sports through the best and the worst of times
- Being Star Trek fans, yelling “Khaaaaaannnnnnnn!!!!” in Ricardo Montalban’s driveway
- Golfing many fine courses in Utah, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In fact Al took me to my first Tom Doak course: Stonewall, and my first Donald Ross course: Aronomink.
- Enjoying fine cigars
- Many awesome concerts like The Who, JP, Maiden and best of all 4th row at Pink Floyd
I’m thankful for my friendship and for the many things Al has done for me. I’d truly do anything for him. If it weren’t for my pal Al, I wouldn’t have even started this blog.
Cheers to you my friend. I miss you man. Now I must go wipe the tears from my eyes…
Just got an email from one of my long time golf buddies, Dave. He and my other golf buddy Dan were playing last night. They had some issues with a goose. I’ll just post the whole email here:
Get this…Dan & I start playing front 9 @ 7:15 pm Sat.
At Dan’s 2nd shot, he hits a screaming, skulled, grounder into the neck of a goose (that was laying down amongst about 15 geese). Immediately, we can see the neck is broken, but the goose isn’t dead. In an effort to be humane, Dan tries to kill it off by wringing its neck, but no dice, it will not die. I take my soaked golf towel and wrap it around the goose’s mouth and nostrils to smother/suffocate it, but no dice again, it won’t die. While I am smothering it, Dan takes out a pocket knife and cuts it’s head off. It died. We then brought the goose to the area of the foxes den on #1 so they could have an easy meal.
Lots of guys can hunt with guns. Some guys hunt with archery. Dan beats ’em all. He can hunt with hybrids.
FYI, Dan was pretty upset that he killed a goose. I was fine with it…Less goose crap to step in now.
I’m with Dave. Less goose crap is good.
On the range before the father/son tournament this morning I’m hitting wedge shots. The guy hack behind me is hitting drivers. He hits a “directionally challenged” a.k.a. sideways shot which hit me right in the left butt cheek. We’re talking about a guy hitting a full swing shot off his driver which hits me in the ass from 4-5 feet.
I turned around and looked at the guy and said “Um, that hurt” in a very dry nonchalant manner. He was sorry and embarassed, as he should have been.
This is yet another of what are sure to be glowing reviews of a product by my new golf buddy Marius, the gray matter behind the new hip golf company called SUMI-G. Marius and I met at this year’s PGA Show and have become golf pals, with weekly grudge matches to determine who reigns supreme, at least for one week. For the first time in our playing history, we both played decent last week. To this date all our battles have been pig fights. Somehow this week the bugger Marius beat me out of $1.00 despite the fact that I beat him by one stroke.
SUMI-G Dormy Belt
Part of the SUMI-G “Tee Collection,” the Dormy belt is a very hip and stylish belt for golf or just everyday life, unless looking cool isn’t on your list.
The Dormy belt sports that new wider footprint we’re seeing in golf belts these days worn by many of the “in” golf crowd. The width is 1 5/8″ wide. Note: if you are wearing some old school style golf pants or golf shorts from years ago, this belt may be too wide to fit through the loops. If you pick up one of these belts and it is too wide to fit through the belt loops, that’s a tell tale sign that the “hipness level” of your belt is beyond that of your pants. You’ll need upgrade your pants to match the quality and style of the belt!
The buckle is super stylish and shiny and features a unique double prong to latch it into the belt. Within the buckle is a magnetic SUMI-G ball marker. Using this marker during play is easy and is referred to “Sumigizing.” If you misplace the marker, the belt comes with two backups.
The leather of the belt is very soft. When I have strangers comment on the looks of the belt, I have them feel how soft the leather is. That looks a bit strange to passers by I must admit, but I feel a duty to spread the word on how nice and supple the belt is. It isn’t like a “biker” belt with the cheap hard Tijuana leather. This is Italian leather baby.
The Dormy Belt is yet another mega-stylish, elegant and useful product from my new favorite company SUMI-G.
Just a few minutes ago while sitting here in the San Diego airport withing for a flight, I had someone tell me how cool my belt was (I’m wearing the white one right now). This happens daily.
HOG SUMI-G image gallery.
The entire SUMI-G line may be purchased online now at The Golf Space SHOP or at the SUMI-G web site.
My review of the super cool SUMI-G golf head covers which feature rigid exoskeletons.
Yesterday I had a blast with my new friends down here in San Diego. Cap’n Mark took us out on his 60 foot yacht (yacht is too snooty) boat for about 9 hours. We found a bunch of dolphins swimming and I caught this video clip: