Post 4th Of July

I hope everyone had an excellent 4th of July. It’s time to move onto the rest of the year.

Trump at G20

So Trump is at the G20 and someone needs to clue him in. A lot of false media being thrown around here in the United States. Like this bit that claimed that Poland’s PM refused to shake Donald Trump’s hand. You can see from the full video that she did.

My Golf on Wednesday

It started off bad. Then started off really well. Then it went completely south and terrible. I started with walking to the wrong course. Fortunately my buddy Gary went over and picked me up. Then I started on the right course and played 9 holes really solid. After that, I jazzed up my wrist on a shot and the wheels completely flew off for a nice solid 88. I haven’t played that badly this year.

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I got up this morning and played golf with Eric Thomas who had a good solid round. Not as good as his 70 from the other day.

Rickie Fowler and his Girl Friend

I like the way they celebrated the 4th of July.

I wanna fly like an eagle🦅🇺🇸

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Spiderman: Homecoming

I’m off with my step-son Tommy to go and see Spiderman: Homecoming today. Arclight. One of the best theaters in the area.

Quite digging their song by MGMT:

Up this Morning

Last day of being 39. No big deal. It just feels a bit odd. What I’m really wanting is the ability to call either of my parents. Now that’s a weird feeling. But I’m heading to a beautiful golf course to play golf with some friends. Scotty, Gary, Doug – it’ll definitely be a very exciting day. Even better with the ultra-discounted rate that we got on the golf. (Thanks, Bob Madsen)

Yesterday: I highly enjoy the round of golf that I got with Keith McKee. Always fun buddy.

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Moving onto something more pleasant.

Great start to the road trip!

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Cubbies steamrolled over the Marlins. The offense kicked into high gear.

I guess when you’re the President of the United States you can drive your golf cart onto the putting green. WTF?!?

Some Random Thoughts on Instagram and Gal Gadott’s Pay

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Tags. Tags. Tags. Tags. It seems to make all the difference in the world. I tested three different posts.

This one. Just tags. Not incredible content. Sunset. You get it.

Next….

Powergirl muscle. #SDCC15 #cosplay #SDCC #PowerGirl

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One of my San Diego-Comic-Con photos. 702 likes. Content wins.

I also shared a video of my golf instructor Bob Madsen on Twitter and requested people to like. Of my nearly 8,000 followers – I got 200 likes on the video.

Here comes the pro #madsengolf #sycuangolfresort #golf⛳️

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Anyway. I’m a creature of analytics.

Wonder Woman

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There is this story going around about the pay for Gal Gadott. Look people this is very easy. 300k per movie. Batman vs Superman, Wonder Woman, Justice League. She’ll now negotiate for significantly higher as her film warrants a higher budget. So before you get all bent about the gender inequality pay gap – she made roughly one million dollars and was an unproven actress in a lead. Worthy of note: Chris Evans got 300k for the first Captain America movie. After it was proven, he got significantly more pay.

Fun note: Anyone seen the sexy video that she did before she was a bit more famous.

 

Cubs and the US Open

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All this brew-ha-ha over his slide into homeplate. It’s baseball. It’s supposed to be a man’s sport. Give me a break with the coddling. Also we’re talking about the most heavily padded player on the field. No, I’m not wishing him injury but this is just being blown way out of proportion. It’s the baseball that I grew up watching. Catching is a tough business.

Now let’s get a bit technical. Tell me the rules and I can play the game.

The issue, obviously, is whether the collision was legal under the rules. The rule in question is 7.13, which holds thusly:

(1) A runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate).  If, in the judgment of the Umpire, a runner attempting to score initiates contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate) in such a manner, the Umpire shall declare the runner out (even if the player covering home plate loses possession of the ball).  In such circumstances, the Umpire shall call the ball dead, and all other base runners shall return to the last base touched at the time of the collision.

As is always the case in the rules, the official comment provides illumination:

Rule 7.13 Comment: The failure by the runner to make an effort to touch the plate, the runner’s lowering of the shoulder, or the runner’s pushing through with his hands, elbows or arms, would support a determination that the runner deviated from the pathway in order to initiate contact with the catcher in violation of Rule 7.13.  If the runner slides into the plate in an appropriate manner, he shall not be adjudged to have violated Rule 7.13.  A slide shall be deemed appropriate, in the case of a feet first slide, if the runner’s buttocks and legs should hit the ground before contact with the catcher.  In the case of a head first slide, a runner shall be deemed to have slid appropriately if his body should hit the ground before contact with the catcher

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MLB talked with him and Rizzo had this quote about this conversation

“It was not like I was going in with a cheap shot. I did not go in with my shoulder lowered like a linebacker and really took a shot. I went in like a last-second slide. I was not really sure what to do or where to go. That was (Torre’s) understanding of it, as well. I was not going in trying to end Austin Hedges’ career. We were both trying to make a play to win ballgames for our team. It was not like I was going in trying to hurt him.” – Anthony Rizzo

The whole thing is definitely being overblown. It was good hard baseball. A good throw from the center fielder. Good play by the catcher. Rizzo trying his best to score. This is what baseball is about.

Madden appeared on the Score 760 to discuss it.

US Open – Fox Screws Up Again

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I’m not sure why they feel it’s necessary to comment on who his girl friend is. Just say ‘there is his special lady…’ or even ,”I’m not sure who that is!” But why would you want to guess wrong on a nationally televised broadcast. At least Brad Faxon was there to correct it.

Video below of the incident:

Yes, his actual girl friend is Jena Sims. You may have seen her in some terrible films such as Sharnado 3: Oh Hell No.

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LA Lights up the Batsignal, Scramble, US Open, Tommy and Oxford

It’s Saturday morning. Good morning everyone. We’re off to the races.

Adam West

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I’d be amiss if I didn’t mention the tribute that Los Angeles paid to the original Batman. The one that I grew up watching on the tv screen in re-runs. A little odd that I thought they were always live. RIP Adam. To the Batcave Robin….

Pete and Gary Scramble

My buddies Pete and Gary are off to be part of Sycuan’s two man scramble for seniors. By seniors – you have to be fifty or older. I’m a bit over ten years out so I won’t be taking part in that. Guys – play well. Try to limit yourself to just one bogey and you guys will be solid.

US Open

Damn this course is making it look easy at times for the boys. I thought this was supposed to be the most challenging course in the US and weren’t they also the same body that decided to cut down some of the rough because it was too penalizing. You wouldn’t know it by looking at the scoreboard.

Some of the best shots from round 2:

Tommy and England

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My step-son Tommy had signed up to go to this study abroad for a month thing at Oxford about six months ago. Then the ‘looney’ events happened in England and SDSU sent out this email saying that they were monitoring the situation but not cancelling the event. For whatever reason, Tommy got freaked out and no longer wants to attend. Originally, I had thought there was a small fear factor. But as I was crunching the numbers. Large amount of people – small amount of people effected. Give me numbers.

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The largest amount of people were effected in the 80s.

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Terror is killing far fewer people in the UK now than it was in the 1980s

I just have this feeling that he’s missing out and missing out on a good opportunity. What’s worse is when you ask him about why he no longer wants to go. You get vague answers and not very thought out responses. But at the end of the day, it’s definitely his decision and he has to live with it.

Lastly….

Anyone heard John Butler Trio play guitar. This guy can just flat out play…..

Monday Morning

Club Championship ended. I stayed home to rest my right bicep and also spend some time with my wife. Happy wife – happy life as they say. Definitely true in my case.

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Congratulations!

Dinner Out

We drove to downtown SD to hang with the Babington’s and their newborn Ava. They’re doing well and have a definite cutie. So much more hair than my daughter at that age. So much more hair than her dad currently (HaHa) .

Blood Work

This morning it’s time for the blood test. Last time I went for this checkup was three years ago and I was given the ,”We don’t need to do this every year until you’re forty.” So, in typical fashion, I’m forty in two and a half weeks – so I’m doing the blood work now. I’m fairly confident that I won’t pass out which has been my thing for the longest time. Crap. I can go back to elementary school with this problem. Anyone else blood and I’m fine – make it my own – and I fall onto the floor. It’s amazing I survived the Marines.

Update: 8:38 AM -Didn’t pass out. Didn’t feel a thing. Nurse was definitely a pro and my wife was excellent at keeping me distracted. 

Funny Wonder Woman Moment

Gal Gadott was caught biting her lip when Chris Pine was talking if he was interested in her.

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Literally, anything makes news with this movie. I just can’t help but laugh.

Lastly….

A new Spiderman: Homecoming Trailer with Tim Duncan.

Club Championship, Puppies, RIP Adam West

Good morning. It’s Sunday morning.

Club Championship

Always a lot of fun. A lot of people complained of the greens. It is what it is and it’s that way for everybody. So I didn’t think of it much. I only had one putt all day that was a good putt that would have gone in but hit a bump and skidded off-line. So really nothing to complain about.

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I think what I was most impressed with. I got up and down 57% of the time. It certainly can be better but two of those up and downs were out of bunkers.

I had a slight bicep strain at the gym on Friday and I thought that it would just go-away with some time. But I’ve felt it all during yesterday’s round. So I’ve decided to take things easy and not compete today.

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My buddy Gary – who played in the Championship flight with me – had a day he’d like to soon forget. Shooting a 90. He definitely looked frustrated.

Adam West RIP

The first Batman that I’ve seen from the television show has passed away. His television portrayal was definitely one of the keys to help get me into comics.

New Dobie

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Some friends of ours lost their Doberman dog. Horrible that they had to go through that. I guess they’re ready for a new puppy. I was stating my opinion last night that puppies are a lot of work. Exercise, obedience training, potty training, etc. I got accused of lecturing her when I was stating the ‘said work’ involved. Oh well. Life is full of choices.

Paul Azinger talks Tiger Woods

“TIGER’S CLOSE TO A FEW PEOPLE. NOT MANY. AND THE FEW PEOPLE THAT ARE AROUND TIGER PROBABLY KNOW THERE’S A PROBLEM. AND IF THEY DON’T INTERVENE, THEN IT’S ON THEM. BUT ADDICTION’S A BIG DEAL, AND IF HE’S ADDICTED, THEN SOMEBODY BETTER INTERVENE.”