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10 June 2008 @ 09:57 pm
Not The Best  
So, went golfing today for the first time in almost twenty years. Or at least, went to a driving range. Of course, I guess there's a reason I never spent much time golfing, since while I was hitting the ball more or less in a straight line, maybe not super-far, but farther than ten feet, more or less most of the time, I also destroyed a club and ejected the head somewhere deep into the field (it's still out in the field somewhere, have to see about recovering it in the morning when they open again).

I dunno if this is the sort of thing to convince me I need to pick up golfing. Another expensive hobby... And then, of course, there's my general opinion of golf courses (I'm, uh, pretty strongly anti-). So, I don't think it's going to happen, but I get it was moderate fun. Until I destroyed the equipment, at least (did the same thing to a snowboard binding wiping out last time I snowboarded, too. I'm starting to see a pattern).

Anyway, when we got back, our modem had stopped paying attention to the world -- or maybe, more precisely, the inside world, since nothing could talk to it -- and had to do a hard reset to factory defaults to get it working again. Of course, that lost the PPP login and password.

Can't say I was too impressed with how long it took the tech to get that to me, or with the support in general (once I had the right credentials, I more or less fixed it myself -- I suppose that's all I really wanted, the credentials, but it still took a reboot I initiated on my own to stick).

Feh. I guess it's all better now.
In the mood: apatheticapathetic
dragonet2dragonet2 on June 11th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
I'm almost afraid
to even try golf. Because as long as it doesn't involve running, any kind of target shooting stuff comes naturally. Once I get the idea of how the tools used work, It just happens. Dr. P says if I pick up a rock when I'm mad at you, you'd' better run....

(first time I ever used a 22 rifle to shoot at Y camp all my bullets went down the line and hit the itty target. Instructor goes 'you've done this before, haven't you." I go, "Nope." Same less one arrow at same camp for archery. I already knew about horses and how to ride so that wasn't even a challenge - and it was boring because we were trail-riding on really slow, poky horses and I'd been jumping and showing ponies for a couple of years.)
Douglas Triggsdoubt72 on June 16th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
Re: I'm almost afraid
I've always been more or less a natural at anything involving hand-eye coordination. Which isn't to say I should have been a professional baseball player or something -- it's never been tested to that extent -- but I pick up sports more or less naturally, and I was whacking the ball surprisingly well considering.

In fact, the last time I played any basketball -- a game I really hate, especially since it's hard on my ankles -- I found out that when I'm tired, I have a weird super-power: I simply can't miss the basket. I swear, every single shot would go in. It was actually a bit eerie.

At any rate, it might not have even been a bad swing catching the turf that finished off that club, but it's really hard to say -- it probably was, I'd guess.
Dustybigmog on June 11th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
We shall play Hot Shots Golf and train you to be the very best.
Douglas Triggsdoubt72 on June 16th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
Well, I could see maybe playing some virtual golf. Maybe.

Not convinced, though.
Tully: dangertully01 on June 11th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
The CDC now reports that snowboarding is the #1 cause of outfoor recreational injuries...
Douglas Triggs: cateyesdoubt72 on June 16th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
How completely unshocking. :)
sf_reader: bicyclesf_reader on June 13th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
You are too young to be taking up golfing.

Maybe when you are retired...
Douglas Triggs: crazy person with signdoubt72 on June 16th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure I hate the game.

BTW, what is that in the background of your picture? It looks a lot like Moody Gardens, which was at the end of a ride I did a long time ago in Houston.
sf_reader: volcanosf_reader on June 16th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
That is the Louvre Museum. One of the highlights of the nighttime Paris bicycle tour was riding around the inner court at the Lourve while a man was playing classical flute.
Douglas Triggs: totallydoubt72 on June 18th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
Ah, sounds very nice. I didn't know you'd biked Paris (if you'd mentioned it in LJ, I missed it -- I haven't really been that good at keeping up with things the last couple months).
sf_readersf_reader on June 19th, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
Paris wasn't recent. The only place I have bicycled outside Kansas recently was in Costa Rica. And I found that I was badly out of shape then.

I started riding consistantly again at the end of April. Getting out about 3 times a week, though I haven't gone over 25 miles and 12 is a lot more common. It is hard to find the time to do more.

I was alrady busy, and when I add in the time for the cycling and a new girlfriend, there is only so much I can do. My reading has suffered.
Douglas Triggs: totallydoubt72 on June 21st, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I saw some of the Costa Rica stuff you posted.

Girlfriend? Good for you!