Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Yesterday I saw my cousin for the first time in eleven years. Last time I saw him he was a single guy like me.
Now he's a family man. He married a wonderful woman and he is a father of two boys. One plays football, the youngest plays baseball.
So yesterday I made the trip to surprise my cousin with a visit. It was perfect. I just happened to walk through a tunnel and as I turned to a random seating area, there he was. He was surprised!
The whole game we sat next to each other and caught up.
His son plays football for the Santa Ana College Dons. A defensive lineman. Great football player with great football instincts. He made many tackles, had a sack (didn't get credit for a half sack) and blocked a extra point. It was a treat to watch him play.
It was the first time I saw a JC football game. It's great football. It's pure and these kids are giving their best so they can get on with a four year school. My cousins son Billy has caught the attention of New Mexico, Utah State and Portland State. I have a funny feeling I'm going to be watching him play football in Utah next year!
Friday, October 18, 2013
I was invited to play in a best ball tournament at Green Valley Country Club this past Monday. The tournament benefited Vacaville Christian School.
I have only driven past the course once. It looked immaculate! I could have only dreamed to play that course.
So Monday morning arrives and we set out to the course. We grab our bags and head to the clubhouse. As soon as we get there, an attendant takes our bags to our assigned cart. We check in at the pro shop and we were given a goodie bag filled with the essentials for a day of golf. Breakfast was served behind us, just coffee and donuts. I already ate. I explored around the locker room. It was everything I dreamed it would be! Wood paneled room with rows of lockers. There was a large shelf of towels. I walked into one of the two wash rooms. It had all the toiletries you would expect at a fine club.
I think the locker room was my favorite part of the grounds!
After we checked in, we headed to the driving range. It was as big as three football fields! There were small golf bag shaped baskets full of balls. You could hit all you want. If there were no more, an attendant would get you more. Oh, we were driven to the driving range from the clubhouse and back again.
After that, we headed to our assigned tee. We started on #8.
The next five hours I was in awe. The course was just gorgeous!
We were fed good food all day long. At the turn, I took a quick shave to freshen up.
My final putt brought us to a finish of 9 under. We finished tied for fifth.
It was an amazing day of golf.
Afterwards we enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. We were treated to a mini concert by Lenny Williams of Tower of Power. There were retired athletes there. Vida Blue, Sherman White, Marv Hubbard, Harold Pressley, Dana Stubblefield and Eric Wright Sr.
It was a day I'll never forget. I want to do it again!
Thursday, October 10, 2013
This is the last year the 49ers will be playing at Candlestick Park. I went to my first sports event there in 1982. I will get more nostalgic in a future post.
I'm going to see the St. Louis Rams take on the 49ers December 1st.
It's fitting my last game there will be againts a team I loved (the Rams) and a team I hated in the 80's (the 49ers). I just know a lot of memories will be flooding my mind that day.
Now Im gonna try to figure out what I want to take from the place.