Friday, June 09, 2006

Vacation Update

Been a little light on the postings this week. Been in and out of the house doing errands and catching up on some home maintenance. The main reason I took this week off was Benjamin started day care this week. On the first day there was a lot of separation anxiety....from me! Honestly, after I dropped him off, I sat in the car and tears came out of my eyes. It wasn't sadness, but of joy. I was just reflecting on where we were a year ago and where we are today. Our little guy is growing and it's very cool seeing this. I am glad I was around in case he missed us. Every day I've gone to pick him up, he's been all smiles and he fits in well with the other children.

Yesterday morning as I dropped Benjamin off, I was interacting a little bit with these one and two year olds while holding Benjamin. I was thinking these little kids have no idea that gas prices are over $3.00 a gallon, the economy stinks, Al Zarqawi was killed, nothing. And it was pretty cool being in their world for a little while.

Been catching up on reading since the library is close by. I finished Company Man by Joseph Finder and I read John Daly's autobiography, "My Life In and Out of the Rough".

Len Shapiro previewed this last month. It pretty much summarizes his drinking and gambling addictions. I wrote a few things I got out of the book down here.

62: His lowest round on the PGA Tour, in Las Vegas in 2001
87: His highest round on the PGA Tour, at Bay Hill in 2000

2002: The last year he lead the PGA Tour in driving distance with a 306.8 yard average. Daly was the PGA Tour's longest driver from 1991-2002. In 2003 Daly was at 314.3 but Hank Kuehne led at 321.4

14,600: Number of Marlboro Lights he smokes per year at a rate of two packs a day.

514: Gallons of Diet Coke based on 15 cans a day.

Too Many: Number of trips made to a casino in 2005.

6: Number of golfers to win at least two major championships before age 30. Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Johnny Miller, Tiger Woods and Daly. After further review by yours truly, Daly forgets Spain's Seve Ballesteros. So the number is really 7. See how dangerous I am with time on my hands?

288.9: Good for first in driving distance on the PGA Tour in 1991. That same number gives you the 97th spot in 2005. The players are fitter and the equipment a lot better.

Still, as I said last month, I love watching this guy play and hope he comes to the Booze Allen Classic, the last PGA Tour event ever held in the DC area, June 22-25 at TPC Avenel.

Other happenings: Been listening a lot to this CD, which I got in a trade. This is an acoustic show, December 10, 1989
at Muziektheater Stopera; Amsterdam, Holland.

Neil plays with Ben Keith and Frank Sampedro here. Young and his music have remained relevant decades into his Hall of Fame music career. This is one of the better shows I have of his.

The set list:
Hey Hey My My
Rockin' in the Free World
Old Laughing Lady
Don't Let It Bring You Down
Crime in the City
Too Far Gone
This Note's For You
Needle and the Damage Done
After the Goldrush
Hangin' on a Limb
Heart of Gold
Rockin' in the Free World (reprise)

Final thought: A couple friends and relatives have asked me if I was bummed not having a week vacation during the World Cup, which starts today and ends July 9. The answer: No, because I would have spend all my time indoors watching all the games. It's been beautiful outside this week and I've had a blast. I'll put the VCR to use when the USA plays on Monday and tape other games as well.

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