my brother and sister in law are expecting their first baby this year. sometime in August, me thinks. yay, them! naturally, my MIL is throwing a shower, and my FIL is throwing a (what DO you call the men's version of this?) party of sorts. Their son is the father to be. Let's call him Colby. His wife shall be called (for the sake of simplicity and anonymity) Britany. Got the cast set? good. so, I have known Colby since he was about 6, although there was an 18 year gap in there. ANYWAY....he's a good BIL, I have no complaints. I know that if i needed him for anything, he's but a phone call away.
but our interests are very dissimilar. he (and the rest of his family/circle of friends) are avid sports fans. and by sports fans i mean the typical baseball, football, NCAA basketball, and basketball that has dominated the American sports scene for (IMHO) far too long. oh, and he golfs.
which brings us to Saturday. I rec'd an invitation to join in on a round of golf as part of the day's celebration of the soon to be arriving cherub. the family has been golfing many, many times since i have been around, but i have never been invited to play. according to my wife, they "all know how you feel about golf". since this was a special occasion, I decided to accept the invite. this is where the 'out of the box' part comes in. I have no problem spending a day outside, walking around, looking at things. in fact, i would pretty much prefer to spend most of my days doing this in some form or another. except golfing. i just don't get it. whack a ball, go chase it, repeat. for 3-4 hours. i think that i would enjoy it more if it were played with 4 clubs only, 5 balls, and you had to RUN between shots. loser at each hole needs to do 10 push ups for every shot they lose by. once you lose all 5 of your balls, you are done. would really speed things up a bit, AND make it more interesting. as for the pros, i REALLY don't understand why spectators have to be silent during the shot. i don't. if they were pros at it, the sounds wouldn't be distracting AT ALL. seriously. can you imagine being silent during a race? no cheering during the final .2 miles of the Boston Marathon? what????
I don't want to talk. I want to enjoy the course. I played my first round of golf ever at this same course, back when it was only a 9 holer, back in the 80's. It has history; it is the 2nd oldest course in VT. There are maple trees that are most likely over 100 years old.
I will try to put together a