Monte and I crewed on Camelot for Kurt & Kevin this weekend during one of the Austin Yacht Club Summer Series races. It was a hot and steamy day on the water but we had a great time.
It’s GREAT to BE an FAU Owl!!
We are rooting for Monte’s school in the College Men’s Basketball Championship. We watched them at a local watering hole. Florida Atlantic made it to the Sweet Sixteen. Fingers crossed!
In it to win it.
My fantasy football league just finished its fifth year. Laura won it this year. For the second time! Arnie said we should have a trophy… et VOILA!
From the hack to the house with the rock.
Last night Monte and I went curling. Yes, that’s right. After spending many hours apres-ski on the couch in our condo on countless ski trips watching curling in the Winter Olympics, we tried the real thing. And we had a blast, eh!?
CurlAustin is a club that has its own ice (called the “Pond”), competitive curling leagues that anyone can join, and it also has for-fee 2 hour group lessons. They had us curling, safely, in no time. They are located right next door to Austin Beerworks, which is convenient for grabbing a frosty post-bonspiel beverage.
We joined six other newbies, divided up into two teams, and finished several ends. It was loads of fun. I highly recommend giving it a try.
We went to the ballpark tonight to watch the Round Rock Express play baseball; they are the Triple-A minor league club for the Houston Astros. It was a good game! We won, too.
The Budweiser Clydesdales were there, too. It was a treat to see them up close.
We met up with Kurt & Barbara tonight at the lake. We watched the remote control (RC) sailboat fleet races.
We watched the youth Laser fleet practice.
And we cashed in on two-for-one burger night at the marina!
Return to the Brrr.
We crewed for Kurt on Camelot yesterday in one of the Austin Yacht Club’s Spring Series Races. A cold front blew into town the day before so it was cold! Temps started out in the 40s. We had to dig out our ear muffs, gloves, scarves and heavy coats. But, it turned out to be a nice day, in spite of the cold.
And we did well. Camelot took First Place in its class for the Spring Series!
I had an unexpected opportunity today to go see a screening of the movie Maiden downtown today with Lori at the Stateside Theater, as part of the SXSW Film Festival. I usually avoid downtown during the 10-day conference and festival, but I was not going to pass up seeing this movie. And it was so worth it!
Maiden is a documentary film telling the story of the first all-female crew to participate in the 1989-1990 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, skippered by Tracy Edwards. The name of the sailboat was Maiden, after which the movie is named.
It’s the fascinating and awe-inspiring story of a young woman breaking barriers in the sport of professional sailing, and through sheer determination, making history. It was a treat to see it. It will be released in June 2019, so watch for it! And check out the trailer for the film.
The World Cup matches begin today. We cut the cord a couple of years ago, but will not be denied live coverage. Thank you, over-the-air Telemundo HD TV channel!
The USMT didn’t qualify, so I am all in for España. They play tomorrow.
Goin’ for a sail.
Monte introduced me to golf. He started me off with my first golf clubs. He chose a nice ladies’ club line with custom fitting from Golfsmith, the Snake Eyes Viper LS with graphite shafts, and suggested I only get a few to start and add the rest over time, as I improved. So, I started with an 8 iron, pitching wedge and putter, which was enough to get me out on the course to learn the game and how to swing. After a few years, I added a 6 iron, for a little more distance, and a sand wedge, for those darn sand traps. A few years later, I added a 5 wood. I can now say that I enjoy golf, and love the clubs I have. But, when I went back to Golfsmith a couple of years ago to add my next club, I was very disappointed to hear that they had discontinued their line of custom made club heads/shafts! Since then, I’ve just kept playing with my incomplete set.
Now that I’m retired, though, I’m ready to take my golf game a tad more seriously; i.e., golf more than once or twice a year, and fill out my set of clubs. I didn’t really want to dump a grand on a completely unknown new set, brand, fit, flex and performance. But with my Snake Eyes discontinued, I thought I was out of options. On a whim, I decided to check out eBay, and am so glad I did. I found lightly used clubs identical to mine from various sellers and was able to fill out my set! The sellers were very responsive via email to give me measurements so I could see if the length would be right. I’m still waiting for the 7W/4I hybrid to arrive, but the rest of them were delivered yesterday. I trotted out to the driving range today to try them out. After emptying a big bucket of balls, I was thrilled that I could hit them as solid as my existing clubs. I’m certainly not ready for the pro tour, but I am excited that I now have a set of clubs to play with that will help me take my game to the next level. Woot woot!
Head to head.
Bringing home the Jackson.
We watched the Superbowl at Dave’s house tonight with a bunch of friends. We played the dollar-a-square pool. Look who won at halftime (Broncos 13 – Panthers 7)!