Friday, July 20, 2018

The Tools...

...of my ignorance...were on full display this morning...rough outing.  Didn't help that the guy mowing parked behind the 1st tee and waited for me to tee off.

Now there have been times when people stood behind me waiting for me to tee off and I've done just fine...but usually that's been later in my round, like on the 6th or 7th hole after I'm warmed up a bit...but at 7:30 in the morning on the 1st tee...well all bets are off, and today was just one of those days.

To be fair the whole round wasn't a complete disaster...I did par #5 and had a couple of bogeys along the way...and on #8 my 2nd shot was probably the best fairway cleek shot I've ever hit...170 yards right down the pike which left me with a short niblick to the green.

But overall it was a frustrating round...
...and it's probably a good thing I didn't have a small caliber handgun with me today.  I thought about throwing my clubs into the water hazard on #7 but they're a lot better than I am and if one of us has to go, by rights it should be me, not them.

On the plus side it was a gorgeous morning...this was my view on the way to course...
...should have grabbed a cup of coffee and enjoyed the vista for awhile and then turned around and headed back home.

Got a few pics from life on the road which means it's time for another edition of...

Rodger's Ramblings...

...and recent travels took him through the great state of Utah...

...and right alongside the Bonneville Salt Flats... the Morton Salt processing plant...

...and in keeping with our theme of common table condiments, the Great Salt Lake.
anyone up for a float?
Naturally occurring salt is one of the things Utah is known for, but right on its heels and closely related to that, oddly enough, is the land world speed record.

Ever since the early 1900's people have been traveling to the Bonneville Salt Flats and setting world records for driving very fast on the wide open salt plains there.

Perhaps one of the most famous in this long line of these death defying daredevils is Art Arfons and his Green Monster:
Back in 1964 and 1965 he set the world record in his unique creation (above).

Powered by an F-104 Starfighter Jet Engine he rebuilt himself - her purchased it as scrap for $600 because it had fins damaged by a bolt and he replaced 60 of them - he managed to crank it all the way up to 576 mph.

In 1966 he maxed out at 610 mph but then a wheel bearing froze and he couldn't sustain that speed long enough to make it official and top the 606 mph attained by Craig Breedlove in his Spirit of America car.

As far as I know Rodger did not attempt a world land speed record in his rig, but he did deliver the goods and help keep the economy rolling along, for which all of us should be grateful.

Here's a project I recently completed all by myself:
Pretty impressive, right?

My grandson Marcellus won't believe it, and with just cause...mainly bc it's not true...first, it was a kit we bought at Walmart, and 2nd bc Karen was right there with me helping...she did allow me to lift all the wood pieces, drill holes and screw things together, but she read the directions and held things in place for me.

So if I may amend my previous bald faced lie...there's a project Walmart, Karen and I recently completed.

It's surprisingly sturdy and comfortable and we enjoy sitting there in the shade in the afternoons.

And on my way out the door, allow me to grace you with a picture I took of a ferocious man eater at the risk of my very life:
I coulda been kilt, I tell ya...

later, mcm fans...

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