You go, girl!

I celebrated my friend, Ann, and her well-earned retirement today. She spent a rewarding career as a school-teacher; and a damn good one. I am happy for her to explore the next decades doing whatever her heart desires.

Cheers, my dear!!!!

Fore!

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!

Thanks eBay!

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Quittin’ time.

To celebrate the end of my last day of work, at 5pm last night I popped the cork on a bottle of Dom Pérignon Vintage 1993 that I received upon my promotion to the executive ranks.  (woo hoo!)    I kept putting off opening it until an appropriately auspicious occasion.

IMG_0578Well, here we are 15 years later – and this was to be the occasion.   Conventional wisdom says that good champagne shouldn’t be saved or aged.   I didn’t really know that at the time.   Over the years we have joked that this bottle of champagne, which has taken up space in our refrigerator on its side all these years, was going to be flat and vinegary when we eventually opened it.  So, i was fully expecting that.  We even had a backup bottle of bubbly on ice, just in case.  But, low and behold, there was a resounding pop when the cork came off, and no shortage of fizz and bubbles!  And it tasted good, like… a very special bottle of champagne.    🙂   I take that to be a good omen on the closing of one chapter of my life, and the start of the next.

Cheers!

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I would also like to thank Teri & Jim for this absolutely stunning orchid that they sent me today.   You guys are the best!   It’s gorgeous, thank you!IMG_0576

 

 

I’m really doing it!

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Today I am throwing off the bowlines and sailing away from the most recent, and longest, phase of my life – the full-time career phase, that is.   I’m ready.   I am going to take my time charting the next phase.  I can’t wait to see where it takes me!