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For the first time in a while, we’re having a nice stretch of weather here. I had almost forgotten that there can be sunshine. I had time available to golf on Saturday, so I went out. The warm dry weather made a big difference. The golf course wasn’t dry, but it wasn’t soggy anymore from top to bottom. Low bottom areas were still rather mucky, but there was some roll out there which I like because I tend to drive the ball low, I like to hit line drives that can get on the ground and start running.

But I struggled some through the first 6 holes. Had some trouble making solid contact. But I was able to keep damage to a minimum and played the front 9 in an 8 over par 44.

Things started to click some on the back. Bogey at the tough 10th hole, par at the easy 11th, striped a perfect drive at 12, a low line drive with some cut around the gentle dogleg put me square in the middle of the fairway and about as far up as I’ve been all year. Unfortunately I hit the 8-iron completely fat, then ended up hitting a good pitching wedge into the green, 2 putts for bogey. Bad drive blocked out to the right at 13 had me play that par-4 like a par-5, but I made a par anyhow when my 3rd shot, a lob wedge ended up about 18 inches from the cup.

Hit the green at 14, but it was a long putt and I had a 3-putt on the green for bogey. Great drive at 15, ended up with bogey because of my pulled second shot. Hole 16, as good of a drive as I’ve hit there all this year, put an 8-iron on the green and 2 putts for par. Then I came up a bit short at 16, but chipped on and made par. At the 18th, for the first time all year, I drove the ball past the crest of the hill. So I am getting some distance back as the shoulder gets better. My 3rd shot into the green was short though, and my chip on didn’t get me close enough to save par. Still, a 41 on the back, I think that’s the best I’ve done on the back-9 all this year.


I think lately I’ve been sleeping somewhat better, although it’s still an iffy proposition and I still have a fair number of bizarre dreams or nightmares. Woke up at 3 this morning, so oh well.

The shoulder is loosening up some more, I think. I can raise it higher, and it doesn’t feel quite so stiff in the mornings as it has. I did have a dream recently where in it I was lifting my left arm straight up again. It felt good in the dream when I did that. It’ll certainly feel good when I can do it once again.


The new car is strange. It’s got the electronic locks, so no more fumbling for the key in the lock when it is a drenching rain. A much quieter and softer ride too. I don’t like the automatic too much, I feel disconnected from really driving, from listening to the engine and shifting the gears on my own. The power windows are weird too. Although I guess that would have been nice for when my left shoulder was at its worst, it could be a bit painful to roll the window up or down when the shoulder was bad. I don’t think I’ll ever love this car like I loved the Escort.

But hopefully this car will do a good reliable job, that’s all I can ask for.

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