Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hole in One - Columbus Disc Golf

Last year when we learned an Eagle Scout was trying to get a disc golf course installed in Firemans Park I geeked out and learned how to throw a disc.  Not like a Frisbee at all I found out.  More of a projectile as opposed to a floating disc.

I played 29 rounds at the various courses in Madison, Waterloo and Beaver Dam and had a rating of 809.  I think this is like a 20 handicap in ball golf.

FINALLY - after more then a year of waiting, 6 baskets were installed and I learned about it late last week.

Sunday after the Packer game, Pat the scout leader and I played the 6 holes three times to get a feel for the course and look for adjustments and yesterday morning I decided to start keeping track of my scores.

I was doing fine and came up to the shortish but tough #6.  The basket is straight ahead but because disc's do not fly straight because of their spin it's a tough little hole. (high speed spin makes disc curve left but when the spin slows more air is grabbed and the disc will dive left, every disk is different).

Well - since I an a RHFH (Right Hand Fore Hand thrower) on drives I had to go left over that bush and try to hook it to the right. I didn't think I could go under the trees.


And because the wind was left to right I knew that I might get extra carry going right at the very end.

Long story short - HOLE IN ONE!!!

As luck would have it Phil and Mike from DPW were doing something by the deer pens and heard my girly like screaming and I have witnesses.  This is as rare as ball golf hole in ones.

BUT WAIT - there is more to the story.

I, of course, bragged about it on DGCourseReview an huge online forum for disc golfers all over the world and many people were interested in a new course in Columbus Wisconsin.

In fact a number of people commented "I grew up in Columbus" and "my parents are from Columbus" and "great fireworks" and so forth.  THEN when they found out that an ALDERMAN disc golfs and I said that THREE aldermen actually disc golf the community said "WOW - what an awesome town!"

Something disc golfers do is try to golf as many courses as can. It's like putting State stickers on your trailer.  So I suspect next year we will have visitors from all over either on vacation or traveling stopping in Columbus.

One small thing is that the police like to hide in the driveway for Firemans Park during the day and with more traffic they will need to find another hiding place.

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I found this image when looking for another photo.  Just thought I would post it.

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Lot's of news from Hong Kong lately. Did you know that Hong Kong has 1,200 skyscrapers?

But check this out - three images of Hong Kong   1910, 1972 and 2011 All from the same vantage point.






I tell ya who is making out like a bandit in Hong Kong with the Umbrella Revolution.  Goggle makers.

But maybe people have goggles already with the smog??  

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OH - I see Chris Christie was stumping for Walker and he said Walker is the candidate you should vote for because you can trust him. WHAT?  And this is coming from someone who understands having the public trust?   I don't think the word "trust" and Walker has ever been used in the same sentence before.

sigh!

And then he wants drug testing for anybody that is on unemployment?  Does he have any idea how much that would cost?  Spend 10 million to save 1 million.  Yea - Brilliant!  That has been tried in 3 states with horrendous financial results!

Speaking of "drugs"

Maryland Decriminalization will be Effective October 1st

$2.3 Million in Funds for Oregon Rec Legalization has been raised - opponents - $0.00

Polls show 65% pro towards Washington DC decriminalization

Missouri is looking into decriminalization (that's weird)

Chili will soon totally legalize smoking marijuana

Australia is moving towards legalizing.

Just sayin.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Oddtoberfest

Saturday was the 4th(?) annual Oddtoberfest celebration in Columbus with many many people in attendance on a beautiful night.  DJ and I went, had a few beers and danced the polka  . . .yes yes she got me out there and I have been scouring the internet making sure there are no videos available.

In attendance were city dignitaries including the Fire Chief Randy Koehn who was telling fish stories to anybody that would listen.  Of course DJ was always there sometimes successfully photo bombing.    


And Sandye Adams of Hydro Street fame in her wedding dress (no really it is).



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After the Packer game yesterday I took to the links at Fireman's Park (is there a name for the course?).  That's right, the almost complete 6 basket disc golf course is ready for play.  The tees are still getting decided on where the best spots will be but the baskets are in place.

I played three 6 basket rounds for 18 "holes". It's a forgiving course that will be good to get people into the sport.  One lap of 6 holes is a little more then 1/2 mile walk so 18 holes will total I THINK about 1.6 miles of walking and throwing.

#1 is a long distance easy start but wind will be a problem with prevailing westerlies knocking down right handed tosses.

#2 is a shorter hole with trees dead ahead- sort of a dogleg right around trees.

#3 is straight south with has 4 large oaks as a guard for the 2nd shot.

#4 is blind and a long thrower will need to worry about the creek.  For shorter tosses you will have a downhill shot that will be tricky if you go to far right.  Going left is smarter.

#5 might is the hardest shot and my favorite on the course as the creek runs all the way on the left side and trees to go under and around.

#6 is a carry across the creek and will have a different personality depending on the water situation.

I've already found large sticks and so forth an placed them along the creek edges as natural disc retrievers as those last 2 holes will gobble up errant throws.

I'm going to get as  many rounds in as I can and keep track of the holes to get a real "par" for the course.

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News from the School Board.

All students in Columbus between 3rd and 12th grade (including 3rd and 12th) will receive Windows Base computers.  Seems we got a GREAT deal.  Of course they might be Windows 2000 or Millennium but  . . . . . KIDDING KIDDING!   Hey - if we cannot get a new school that has running water and electricity might as well have computers.  It's a crime to have our young people go to school in those buildings!  Embarrassing.

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WATCH OUT  - there are some new tiny signs coming off 16/60 to Dix Street saying - NO TURN ON RED.  The logic behind these is to relieve pressure in the Kwik-Trip/Pic-n-Save driveway.

Seems traffic cannot exit when there is a constant stream of cars turning onto Dix from 16/60.  It's a test to see if it helps.

There is a fix coming down the road - not a great one but with a redesign of that intersection and new stop lights that will make that whole intersection faster, help is on the way. Plus with a new grocery store opening soon taking 50% of the shoppers from PnS that will help a lot also.

In fact people will shop at Sentry BECAUSE that driveway fills up. It would behoove Kwik Trip and PnS to help on a solution and maybe install an alternate exit (as they are SUPPOSE to have).

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Loving my Autumn Blaze Maple. We bought this thing as a bendy twig.

The 2004 Urban Tree of the Year

 





Friday, September 26, 2014

Jeter to Play for Red Sox - iPhone BendGate - and OFF is ON in the iPhone6

In a stunning move.  Moments after Derek Jeter won his final game at Yankee Stadium Jeter, taking his cue from other loved sports heroes, announced he was coming out of retirement and will play for the Boston Red Sox next year!

Seriously though - was that NOT a storybook amazing ending for a great guy!   You can not script a better ending.

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Got lost driving home from Sun Prairie last night  LOL It was about 11:15 after Home Brew Club and 151 was completely closed.  So I followed 3 trucks because I THOUGHT they knew where they were going.  But alas, 5 minutes later they are all stuck at a dead end (or making some huge drug deal).  So I turned around and saw a line of traffic and followed them.  I had no GPS since my phone, just before I left for the meeting went into ZOOM mode somehow and was worthless to me because all I could see were 3 letters and I could not get out of it (tap 3 times with 3 fingers to restore  - why didn't I think of that!!)

So I proceeded to follow vehicles which I GUESS were not going to Columbus at all.  Oh - I know how to get to Columbus from the EAST side of 151 but the west side?  I guess not!  I kept thinking that sooner or later I would hit 73 or 60 or 16 or 151 or SOMETHING!!  AND NO - I had not had too much to drink.  In fact at Eddies a friend bought a beer for me - A SOUR beer!  no really - sour beers are the latest fad it seems.  Actually beers purposefully infected with Lactobacillus, Brettanomyces or Pediococcus. Like drinking a sweet tart!  YUCK - I only had one!  

ANYWAY

It was just one of those times you put yourself on auto pilot and all of a sudden you say, wait . . where the hell am I?

BTW - there were cars upside down on 151 and I have heard nothing about this on the news yet.
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A problem with being an aldermen is that all you hear about are problems and complaints and soon you forget how great Columbus is.  The motto - which I will continue to push for "Discover Columbus - Celebrate Small Town America" is so true and I have to remind myself that this IS a great little town and I love living here.  I can see the Milky Way every night and yesterday there were two Great Blue Herons on the creek by my house.  Coyotes howling in the distance and the smell of fresh manure and dog food.  Love it.

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Seems the iPhone does NOT have a problem bending at all.  Only 9 out of the 10+ million have bent but mainstream media has latched onto it after seeing a faux video that shows him bending an iPhone yet . . the time on the phone shows that the video is fake.   OOPS!!

There have actually been more bendy problems with the iPhone5 in 2012 but media did not blurt it out.

BTW - if you have a new iPhone6 there is a tracking setting that is set ON by default and all your activity is being monitored by advertisers.

Go to Settings / Privacy / Location Services ON - click it OFF!

BUT WAIT  not done yet

go back to Privacy and go all the way to the bottom and here is where it gets tricky

Advertising - Now you want to turn Limit Ad Tracking to "on." Yes, it's confusing (really) the default "off" position actually means that tracking is on, so you want to turn it "on" in order to switch it off.  




Not done yet!!!

Click "reset Advertising Identifier  - RESET Identifier to clear the cookies.

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Watched Scorpion yesterday - Fantastic show and will watch again!  Watched Madam Secretary despite seeing the clips and not seeing any actual acting by Téa Leoni, more like script reading.  HOWEVER - it reminded me of The West Wing a little and I'll give it another chance.