Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Class of 96 represents for T.J.

Lervik's mom passed away last week... Age 61. That's awful, and I don't have the words.

But if there is anything that made me smile, it is the fact that Mrs. Lervik raised a son (Thomas, center) who is thought of so highly by his friends, that a group this large shows up to show their support.

What a compliment to a guy. Glad I could be there for my friend.

Monday, December 15, 2014

How could these two ever frustrate a guy?

Long, busy day at work today. Trying to get a lot done in a little time. Jamming, you know?

Evey comes home with homework, which rarely happens. It makes her paranoid. She'll nag me until it's done... But I have to go back to work.

Finally, 445, I clock out to help her. The subject is 'reflective pronouns' or some BS, words like 'ourselves' and 'myself.'

It takes all of 15 minutes to read through it... But I was so mentally tired, I actually fell asleep during the middle of homework! It also helped that the topic was mundane, but... Had Evey been less interested, I could have slept through basketball practice! And I'm the coach! Yikes.

Now I want to go to bed, and I can't! I need Evey's homework to knock me out, I guess...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

One strange standoff

This is one of those photos that begs for a photo caption contest. So, if any follower of Evey and Boyd's blog is brave enough... BOLD enough... submit a caption. I'll even give away a prize: a hat, or some souvenir, from the next golf course I visit. Really!

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Evey had a great birthday weekend. It started off with me returning home from a week in Orlando (she was happy to see me, OK?), then a sleep-over birthday party at Khali's, followed by her own birthday party on Sunday.

Evey was thrilled to receive a pair of roller skates from her friend Khali, and a NextBook from her Noni, and a bunch of other cool gifts from everyone else (full disclosure: I went downstairs and watched football during the gift-giving part). She's a good girl; I'm glad we celebrated her birthday to her satisfaction. (She's always satisfied with her birthday... but I think this year she was really happy to have so many friends over here at her house.)

Attendees, L to R: Sadie, Evey, Marina, Adira, Khali and Amelia... with Boyd.

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Got a nice compliment from Khali's dad. After I went to pick up Evey from that sleep-over, as we were leaving, he told me, "Evey is always the most polite."

That makes my day.

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I just got back from the Golfdom Summit, and it was another career highlight. I had 45 golf course superintendents from around the country there as my guest... another 25 or so sponsor attendees... and my staff of about seven.

Doug Ferguson, head golf writer for the Associated Press, was my keynote speaker... and he killed it. Treated the event like what it is -- a true "insider's only" event and told a few stories meant for a small, non-media crowd. Also hung out for a little with our group after the event, telling a few more stories.

The best part for me was being on the microphone, introducing the speakers, making the occasional joke. As well as the nice things the attendees said to me, including one guy asking to take his photo with me. It seems like things are coming together at Golfdom -- four years into it, people are starting to know my name and recognize the work I'm doing. And that re-energizes me.

I remember four years ago, when I first accepted the job, I was so excited that I just wanted to not get hit by a bus for two weeks, so I could survive lone enough to actually sit in that chair.

Four years later, I've been in that chair for 1400+ days, and sometimes it wears me out. But events like this one remind me of the excitement I had in those first days... got to maintain that feeling.

One inspirational message I have written to myself reads: What do you want Golfdom to be today? As a journalist, if you have the opportunity to answer that question, that's awesome... I've got to take full advantage.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Happy 8th birthday!

My big girl is 8 today! Love you Sis!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Picture of a picture

I wonder how my friends are doing in Indiana? I need to make a phone call up that way.

This photo is of (L to R) Bea, me, Dad, Mom, Gauge and Marilyn, taken in Wheatfield, Ind. Gauge is 12 now, so this photo is about 11 years old. That T-shirt I'm wearing was stolen at a Pearl Jam concert in 2003, right after Wake died. It was a Black Belt Jones T-shirt, too... don't see those everyday.

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I was a lot skinnier and had darker hair back then. But, good news... an update on my weight loss challenge... I managed to lose about 25 pounds when I went on my diet. That's more than I was shooting for. Now I just want to maintain it for a while.

With Thanksgiving coming up, we'll see how it goes. I love me some green bean casserole and stuffing!

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Had a dream about Dad, Mom, Evey and I last night. It involved a fire, and me trying to put out the fire.

Ominous dreams give me the creeps.

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So Ferguson is on fire tonight. I like Adrianne's question: Why the hell did they announce this at 9 p.m.?

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Got Foo Fighter tix on Saturday. That was unexpected fun.

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Turkey? Turkey! Turkey.


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Evey missed me!

The sign she made me after a week on the road...

Friday, November 21, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Introducing... Snickers!

The Jones family has a dog!

We have had Snickers, a 9-year-old Dachshund, for more than a month now. We adopted him from a family who lives nearby. They didn't feel like they could give him the attention he deserves because they had a new baby.

Snick has fit in well with our family. He's nervous in general, and also a little clingy to me and Evey.

But he loves our family, he likes his new back yard, and he appreciates the walks we try to take him on daily.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The carousel in front of the Antique Mall

Taken a couple weeks ago. Worth the 50 cents, actually.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Evey digs comics

For the past couple days, Evey has been reading and re-reading this comic. She also learned today what a 'cliffhanger' means, as well as the definition of 'pediatrician.'

I also showed her where all my long boxes are. She thought my entire collection was in my spinner rack (pictured behind Evey.) She didn't know about my other 3,000!

Gave her a Justice League Adventures comic this evening... Hope she continues to find interest in these little pieces of American art...

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Good lookin' family

I'm fortunate to have such a good looking family. Plus, they're awesome people.

Even Boyd.

Boydee looks like Peter Parker here, doesn't he?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tres Mexicanas con los dos ninos

Just showed this photo to Adrianne.

"Awwww... She looks cute, and he looks ornery!"

"She is, and he is!"