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By: joealaska , 4:59 AM GMT on August 04, 2014

Yesterday I drove SE to metro WILBUR where the Big Bend Golf Club exists. The typical small town course was just 9 holes. But it was in good shape and had some nice greens. The young guy at the counter was pretty cool and we chatted a while. He seemed to be treating me very well, something I notice right away.

He told me the course was fairly open. A twosome had just teed off as I came in. Counter Guy told me there was another threesome ahead of us all, and that the twosome would be catching them soon. If I knew how informal the course was, and the specific layout, I would have just started on #7, right there by the clubhouse. The one problem with 9 hole courses is, IF you want to play 18, after you finish 9 holes, you go back and start again. OK. Most decent 9 hole courses have 2 different sets of tees. So when you play the "back" nine, the holes are different, with different yardage and usually a bit different shape. Sometimes a par 4 becomes a par 5. This place had that, too.

But when you finish #9 and ride up to the #1 / #10 tee area, there are 3 groups ahead. 2 playing their BACK nine, and one starting as #1. It does not matter, either way I am waiting. One course I know in Louisville gave priority to the groups coming through on their 2nd nine. There could be 6 balls in the rack and here we come on #10 and walk ahead of them all. It usually brought a snide comment or three, but in a couple hours those same A-holes would be coming down to #10 themselves…

BUT! I hit off #1 seeing that TWOSOMES had already run into THREESOME on #3. Bad news. Counter Guy thought they were fairly well ahead, in fact not so. I will say right now as a golfer, slow play sucks. It happens in many ways. I hate it, but you have to live with it. Or quit the game. Right now, I have NOWHERE I gotta be. I got time. I can deal with slow play more now than ever. But still there are points that are reached.

When there is nobody behind me, I have no problem at all. If I see the group is just ahead of me, I finish the ball I am playing. Then I pull out 3 more balls and throw them all off to a far corner of the green, and try to hit some long putts. I practice. I may go back a hundred yards and a hit a few shots at the flag. WHATEVER. YET, I keep up with the group ahead. Pushing them, actually.

Then there are THE EXCEPTIONS. Yesterday it was couple playing their Sunday game no matter what. And they caught up with another similar couple, plus one of their DADs. When they caught up with them on #2 they all knew each other and joined together.

The dreaded FIVESOME. ILLEGAL on most courses, maybe except some private places. Normally a single like myself just plays through as the mob of 5 waits. But not me. After doing so for many years, I am tired of screwing up just to hurry through. I am in no hurry, but now I am playing through another group?

Normally I try not to play through, I take FOREVER to play a hole. But now another groups shows up behind me, and I cannot screw around any more. This is no fun for me. WAIT WAIT WAIT, now HIT! So, if the group ahead is the only issue, I just drive around them and skip a hole. I miss a hole, but I can re-play that hole if I have a potential club record. Has not happened yet.

SO… yesterday I saw the fivesome ahead. I screwed around. Finally another group came from behind and I was pushed. The 5 ahead were pretty bad. I watched them, and they were in a fog. There was no sense of moving ahead.

That was when I noticed the clouds.

At first the sky got a deeper blue, then grayish. Clouds grew in the distance. HEY, I was in no hurry. But then I saw the wall of dust coming in. Been there, done that in Arizona. I knew time was short, and I drove through the fivesome and went ahead. I do not know if they even noticed. And I started playing better. OH, I still had bad shots, JUDAS! But I recovered.

The dust cloud kept coming. I knew there was a bit of time. I heard thunder. Never did see lightning.

The dust was a minute away when I teed off on #7, right by the clubhouse and hitting back out. WHAT WAS I THINKING?! I blasted one down the middle (one of my couple of good drives of the round), and followed that up with another big hit to within 50 yards of the green on the par 5. As I hung over that short third shot the dust wall came through. Heavy at first, but it dropped off. Windy and dusty, but golfable. You just have to adapt.

I also knew the rain was coming. But right now it was dry and crazy. Mostly crazy with a good right to left wind. I tried to calm down and get balanced on the #8 Par 3. A tough hole WITHOUT the crosswind. A couple of balls later I quit and moved on. There were raindrops. No need to finish a potential record score.

It died down a hair, and I got a part of #18 in. Just when I arrived at the clubhouse the big rain hit. The guy who talked to me asked if all was OK, but the storm was kicking and I said NO PROBLEM.

I drove home in a good old fashioned hard rain. 20 miles. It stopped just when I got back. I called the course and asked if they took care of rain checks, free golf due to bad weather, He said YES.

Free golf today, Sunday. I was treated very well.

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15. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
9:22 PM GMT on August 06, 2014
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14. Ylee
6:10 PM GMT on August 06, 2014
Dotmom, somehow, I'm picturing you smacking some loudmouth on the back of the head with a "quiet" sign.... :' )
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13. dotmom
12:57 PM GMT on August 06, 2014
Arbie: responded to your note. I "wundered" if I could find where it was and respond - but I think it worked.
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12. Arbie
2:46 AM GMT on August 06, 2014
I sent you a wundermail Dotmom.
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11. dotmom
2:24 AM GMT on August 06, 2014
Dare you tell me who your relatives are in Wadsworth? We stayed at the Comfort Inn in Wadsworth! For goodness sake - we should have met up just to say "hi!"
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10. Arbie
1:34 AM GMT on August 06, 2014
That's funny, Dotmom, I was also in NE Ohio last weekend visiting relatives. Even visited some relatives in Wadsworth
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9. dotmom
9:32 PM GMT on August 05, 2014
Stunning sunset!
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8. DHaupt
7:20 PM GMT on August 05, 2014
Here's that Monsoon Sunset from Sunday evening. We only get these sunsets when there's no fog at sea on the horizon, allowing the setting sunlight to shine on the clouds. Monday night, for example, the clouds were more widespread, but there was a thick marine layer; everything just sort of grayed out with no color and then it was dark.

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7. dotmom
12:56 PM GMT on August 05, 2014
Phew! Back after a weekend with the Family reunion near Akron, Ohio. No dust storms, little wind, but rain did come into play (no golf though). I talked JoeKY into attending my family reunion which he had not been to in about 5 years. It wasn't easy making that sell, but after some thought, he said yes. Rained out of Columbus to Akron - and of course that was my turn to drive. FranKy aka Yellafella went with us and we shared the driving. The reunion was nice, no one had died this past year and we have one new birth pending for September.

Stayed at a Comfort Inn in Wadsworth (nearby town) and Fran stayed with her cousin. All went well which was a blessing when you have a couple of old timers traveling. We had our trusty AAA card and I feel confident with that. So the reunion is over for another year.

This week is big here in KY and as UK mentions - Tiger will probably not be coming for tea. Tiger is a big draw for the gate. Everyone wants an up close and personal look at the Tiger. I believe this year it won't happen here. The tickets are sold - so that part is history. We (me) did talk to a couple of caddies there at the CI in Wadsworth who were caddying for the big tournament in Akron over the weekend. They told us they would be leaving Sunday night for Valhalla in Louisville. One worked for a Scottish player by the name of Gallagher and I didn't catch the name of the other - but it wasn't McIlroy!

I have worked 3 golf tournaments here at Valhalla and have had offers of tickets for this tournament - I'll be watching from the easy chair!

So, it is good to be back home without any problems with the trip. Maybe this will prove to JoeKY that he can venture out a bit and things will be okay. He's an engineer by trade and every "I" has to be dotted and "t" crossed before he proceeds - unlike his son! But I believe his son is getting a little more cautious!

Time to get my work organized and done so I can be propped up later this week with a cool drink - watching the PGA!

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6. DHaupt
9:12 AM GMT on August 05, 2014
Cool, cloudy day here in Livermore too. Tonight I was struck by a few very tiny, wind-driven droplets of water. It wasn't enough to call a mist much less rain. The weatherman on ABC7 said that most of it isn't even showing up on radar. The best thing is that it kept the temperatures down in the 80s most places. We are supposed to have a cool week.

I think, Joe, that you are about to learn what all those storage boxes under your RV are for. They are meant to hold industrial duty contractor power cords, sewer hose extensions, mops, buckets, battery chargers, 200 feet of potable water hoses along with every known adapter and duct tape.

It is actually beneficial and smart to play this game. It gives you a lot more options when it comes to picking camp grounds. There are a lot of very nice campgrounds that predate the latest trends yet still provide very beautiful and relaxing accommodations. One of our very favorites is the Hat Creek Hereford Ranch SW of Burney and the PG&E campground just to the north. With PG&E, the water hookup is usually 100 feet away and there is no electricity, but very nicely prepared sites. Hereford Ranch is somewhat rustic, but very relaxing and provides a good springboard into the Lassen country. There are usually a few hang-gliding nuts around for entertainment. Their quite neighborly.

Check out Hovey's ACE Hardware in Burney for all sorts of useful gear. Be sure and get fencing pliers!

I just came across this in my iPhoto files. Joe, this was taken at that Chinese joint just a few months before all hell broke loose back in DH.

As I recall, you hinted at some possible new plans at that time.
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5. osdianna
5:29 AM GMT on August 05, 2014
ps - WU erred in the high today in Metaline...says 122! Surely not! Our high today was 61...never saw the sun.
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4. osdianna
5:24 AM GMT on August 05, 2014
For several days I have watched the monsoonal thunderstorms come rumbling north, wondering if the rain would cancel out the lightning in the northeastern section of the state (Joe's temporary home), but the dry lightning seems to have decided to stay over the northern Cascades and the Winthrop/Twisp area. I know people up there who had to evacuate once...and I know power is out, so I can only hope they didn't have to leave again. Meanwhile, good to know you have found a good spot for you and the cats to hunker down and enjoy the scenery...and the golf. You earned this place after spending the weekend at that Grand Coulee place from hell. Dutchie has to have room to safely roam, right? I know there is a lot to see up there.

A lot more to golf than just hitting the ball into that cup in the ground...I'm with UK on this...lot's I didn't know about it. My old boyfriend loves the game and gave me a putter so I could at least learn how to putt, but certain parts of my anatomy were in the way...same with baseball and softball....can't really swing through. He thought it was funny.
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3. joealaska
2:50 AM GMT on August 05, 2014
Thanks for the question Cyber,

GREAT site. There are still other campers, but it is spaced out with green grass everywhere. Right now the closest camper is qbout 175 feet away. Dutchie has been a few hundred feet over there, a few hundred feet over here. She has come nad gone a few times already.

I am in Metaline, Metaline Falls is next up the road. Talk about a small town with personality. I will return with a camera. Very happy with the site. Talked to the owner a few times and she was very helpful. Her and her husband run the place. I still have not met the guy, Bruce.
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2. cybersuze
2:10 AM GMT on August 05, 2014
so much for the talk of golf and hoses, :), how's the new campsite?
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1. insideuk
2:22 PM GMT on August 04, 2014
It does seem, to the uninitiated (ME), that there are whole volumes of golf rules regarding course etiquette/ sportsmanship/ plain good manners/ sociability and flexibility that are wont to get ignored. Because they got out before you? It sounds like an absolute minefield for the beginner to negotiate, one that possibly only a looming giant wall of dust and a thunderstorm could resolve. Mother Natures personal get out clause. Come back another day.

Or in Joes case Mother Nature is just levelling out the playing field, and allowing him to quickly play it backwards whilst nobody can see what he's up to.

I'm slightly surprised even he could see what he was up to. Still, if that's what it takes to improve ones game perhaps you should try rubbing dust in your eyes whilst chewing through high voltage cables? Watch that handicap tumble...

Or, you know, just tumble like Tiger, and handicap yourself with back pain. Again.

Looks like the Tiger won't be coming to tea this Thursday Dotmom. But McIlroy takes 2 sugars...

I'd be putting money on him in Louisville...if I had any spare.

I've read about the toxic water issue in and around Toledo, Ohio today. They are thinking its connected with the algae on Lake Erie? With 400,000 people suddenly seeking mahoosive amounts of safe bottled water I'd imagine they have themselves a race to get enough shipped in and distributed to where it's needed. And that continues until the tests are clear, however long that takes.

Nightmare situation, and in hot weather too.

How long did you say your hose is Joe? Or are you still busy conducting your own human survival experiments with combining water and electrickery to improve your schwing?

I'm starting to wonder if the exploding batteries in his pockets whilst living in one of the wettest possible locations thing was ever merely 'accidental'.
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