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Tuzilla  (Level: 146.5 - Posts: 3847)
Mon, 23rd Feb '09 12:29 PM


I started playing golf 45-years ago. I had already been bowling in youth leagues for about 6-7 years. At this time, 45-years ago, I was taking beginning golf lessons in doors. They were sponsored by our local Parks & Recreation Dept. A year later I took 4th place in a tournament for my age should have been third, because the person who won was later found out to be a cheater (and no, he is not a former Sploofus member). I have continued golfing and bowling for all of these years, and have won several trophies for individual and team in both of them. Over those years, I have had only one dark incident...and it changed my thinking. Sometime in the late 70s I purchased one of the first graphite shaft drivers. It cost over $100 in the dollars of the time. I used it, and it worked well, hitting the ball further and straighter. Then, one day, I dubbed a tee shot...entirely my fault, not the driver's. I hit the club head on the ground with a snap of the wrist. I didn't slam it. I didn't throw it. I just gave it a quick, crisp slap. Anyway, I broke the head off the club about 3 inches up the shaft. (I later found out that graphite shafts are great a resisting torque, and are quite limber, but are weak to the shock of motion such as I created by doing what I did.) After the initial shock, I finished playing. I felt quite contrite and did at least a $100+ of thinking and pondering. I resolved to never do anything like that again, and to only play golf for as long as I was having fun doing it. The day I threw a club in anger, or found myself complaining just to hear myself complain, or to get attention from others, like so do many, will be the day I quit.

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Mon, 23rd Feb '09 12:43 PM

Steve, you are a wise person, and I suspect a very content one!

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Mon, 23rd Feb '09 12:49 PM

The parallels to many facets of our lives (including Sploofus) are amazing. Pretty sage advice coming from a guy who writes puzzles about fish movies.

Wordster  (Level: 167.7 - Posts: 938)
Mon, 23rd Feb '09 1:29 PM

Thanks Tuz. I had come to something of the same conclusion. It is crazy to think that it has taken me 30 something years to realize that I need to change my mental approach to golf or just give it up. And as you rightly say this could apply to anything. Ironically I was thinking of hitting a bucket of balls tonight!

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Mon, 23rd Feb '09 2:47 PM

Any sport/game/pastime that makes you feel worse when you are done than you felt at the start should be given up. That's why I quit Wordpuzzles.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Mon, 23rd Feb '09 6:49 PM


Oh - best shot I ever made - the farthest, the straightest - I hit...backward.

That's when I quit. My partner fell out of the cart rolling on the ground laughing, almost having a heart attack. My playing is just too dang entertaining.

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Tue, 24th Feb '09 9:17 AM

I'm bumping this thread because I think a whole lot more people need to see it!

Oogie54  (Level: 210.9 - Posts: 1120)
Tue, 24th Feb '09 7:43 PM

Excellent perspective Steve, there are just a few things in life we can retreat to for the simple joy of experiencing them and if it becomes to resemble an endeavor like work...yuck. I enjoy painting in oils and acrylics, sometimes the project can be frustrating and I have to walk away for a bit...I love riding my motorcycles, they have become a sort of therapy for me, something of this nature I feel is essential to maintain sanity in a crazy world where so much of our time is spent doing what we are obligated to do. I have always felt that way about Sploofus, an activity to look forward to each day, a place to interact with, and be inspired by people like you. Your threads are consistently entertaining and thought provoking, as many others' on the S.Dog. I sometimes skim the other, more controversial subject lines, but rarely participate for exactly the reasons you propose....too much like work. I was scanning a couple of threads recently, and after a minute or two the first thing that popped in my head was,"Gawd I'd hate to be trapped in a room listening to this!" Thanx for the brain-fodder Dude!

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Tue, 24th Feb '09 7:51 PM

fess up Oog, you said "Gawd I'd hate to be trapped in a room with Chick"...say what you mean dude.


Oogie54  (Level: 210.9 - Posts: 1120)
Tue, 24th Feb '09 8:12 PM

Trapped on a desert island....

Luvnmexsun  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 711)
Tue, 24th Feb '09 9:28 PM

Who's trapped? I'm here by choice!

And rabbits play golf with Elmer?

Oogie54  (Level: 210.9 - Posts: 1120)
Tue, 24th Feb '09 9:45 PM

Chick's panties are trapped in a wad....

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