Monday Morning Musings

Posted on March 24, 2014 under Monday Morning Musings with no comments yet

Dad and David

Me and David Duval



Back to reality. It is so nice to see the snow again and to know that a major storm is coming our way on Wednesday.

Can one person make a difference? Absolutely. Last Thursday when I was leaving Florida, I saw one person single handedly change the atmosphere in the departure lounge at the airport. We all know what it’s like when our vacation is over and we have to face the reality of going back home to work and cold weather…. especially if it’s an early morning flight. Multiply that by a couple of hundred passengers and you get the picture. A man who was running a newsstand was like a bolt of unbridled joy. I was his first customer of the day and I haven’t experienced anything like this in some time. Coming up soon, “Making a Difference.”

Have you ever walked up to the front door of a sitting Premier’s house and asked to
enter to have a beer and sing some songs? I didn’t think so. But that’s exactly what happened one Victoria Day ( the holiday ) in Victoria ( the city ) British Columbia. Political science junkies will remember that Dave Barrett was the Premier at the time. My father was out for a visit and a me and a few of my siblings took him to the Victoria Day parade. Mr. Barrett was the parade marshal. Well one thing led to another and before we knew it , we were on the Premier’s doorstep. What happened next will surprise you. It certainly surprised us! “Grin and Barrett” will be published soon.

I still have two other stories in the lineup for editing. “Everything You Wanted to Know About” is my take on sex education…then and now. Any seven year old with access to a computer can find out more on the subject in 5 minutes than many of us learned in our teenage years. Both of these scenarios are disturbing for very different reasons.

Attention people of Scottish origin. “ Right Up Yer Kilt” is a story about a golf trip to North Carolina to a high end golf resort. You have every reason to wonder what I was doing at such a place. You’ll have to read the story to find out. The last night of the trip, we were having dinner in their signature five star restaurant. I was wearing my kilt. I was with seven “type A” lawyers from Vancouver and … there was alcohol involved. I’m sure you could write the story with this limited amount of information.

Peter and I had a great time in Florida watching the pros play at Bay Hill ( golf ). I gave Adam Scott a few pointers on Wednesday before official play began! He went out and shot a course record tying 62 the next day. I was impressed at how he handled the throngs of autograph seekers. I also had a brief chat with David Duval after he finished his practice round last Monday. Non- golfers won’t find this the least bit interesting be he is one of a very small number of professional golfers (4) to have ever shot a 59 in competition. ( for 18 holes ). I told him about my 59 which I shot for 9 holes at the age of 10. He had a good chuckle.

Golfing should begin again soon around here… once they remove a foot or so of snow from the course.

Have a great week.

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