I spent most of the day working on clerical stuff for WCDGD.
I showed up for Friday Gang Golf @ Barnett’s North course about 5 minutes late. Some had finished the starting hole (#3) some were looking for a lost disc. I took no warm up and put a proto-boss up the alley and hit a clean 20” putt to start my round. I had a similar putt on most subsequent holes on the round, but nearly all of them were sawed off to the left. Hole #18 (the island) I did a “bowling-for-birdies” putt for the only other deuce on the round, to finish even par. Blaaaah.
The wind was up as we stood near the 4th pin of the Parkside course where we had parked. A couple of guys were throwing trick shots at #4 from the other side of the ditch. So I stood facing the wind and called my shot to JJ, “I’m going to Scoober this hammer, around that 3rd tree, turn it back up the hill to the 4th pin. And managed to roll it within 4 feet after traveling 150’ or so in it’s arc.
JJ stepped up with the same spin but with the “staker” grip and cut his a bit tighter around the tree, on what surely was a more efficient route, and ended up about 8’ from the pin. Very to cool to see my Disc-iples pulling some versatile tricks shots out of the bag!
Afterward, I stood about 20’ from the basket, with a stout wind, trying to throw the “Obrut”. An Obrut is what I call an upside-down upside-down Turbo. I hold it like a regular upside-down Turbo, then I let my arm swing straight down until the disc is almost right side up, with the thumb still on top, and just as it gets flat, I try to push it forward and making it fly right side up without touching the underside of the disc.
The Obrut wasn’t working with this heavy wind. Someone reminded me of a freestyle move that I used to really love doing… I lined up with basket #4 about 15 feet in front of me, directly into the stout breeze and tried setting up the Wham-o 71 mold into the wind with some spin… spinning hook kick…whoosh… no contact. I set it up again… spinning hook kick… perfect contact with the sole of my New Balance 479’s followed by a high spin slam into the sweet spot of the chains! Witnessed by about 5 guys.
A young golfer whose name escapes me, broke out his phone to take video. As if I’m going to do THAT again. Yet I try. I was having trouble because the wind was holding the disc up too well. I’d spin and the disc hadn’t dropped, so I was holding my kick. We got down to… “OK, last one.” Which of course didn’t happen, nor did the next 3.
But on the 4th, I got a clean set, and it was almost in perfect position after the spin, a got decent contact but not enough to get to the pin, I saw it about 8’ in front of me and rushed it like I would at the beach for a foot brush, I got there in time and made perfect contact for the brush and THAT went in the basket !!! “Take THAT Brodie Smi… wah? You didn’t get it? You’ve GOT to be kidding me. I’m gonna puke.”
Folks… as a professional juggler, I think we can establish that, over the years, I’ve been more than a little coordinated… and I’m odd enough that I’ve tried (and nailed) some pretty funky hand-eye related tricks. And for some reason, almost NEVER when a camera is running. And if it is running, it is on the wrong setting, the lighting is so bad that it can’t be seen properly, the person who shot it has the video somewhere but can’t find it, I can’t think of the name of the person who shot the video…or I simply couldn’t hit the trick…or… as in this case, he couldn’t locate the video on the phone though he claimed that the camera was running. They wanted to try again… uh, no… That will NEVER happen again. Nor will the two that I did nail be seen by anyone other than those at Friday gang golf.
This is one of the major contributing factors to my eventual departure from show biz. I’d have good shows, until I set up the video camera and then a really wasted drunk would interrupt and derail the show or some other nonsense.
Tomorrow: Hanging close to home to work on biz stuff.
P.S. I didn’t realize it until Thursday, when I was about to play speed golf, that… Last week @ Kendall, I apparently left my Champion Stingray with my company logo somewhere on the K2 course. The CE Stingers are getting pretty rare and mine had been personalized to make it one of a kind. Rarity aside, that disc has been making magic for me lately.
I posted a bulletin on both the Broward and the Miami Wind Dummies page in hopes that someone might step up and find it. Amazingly, I got a call from Randy O, from Miami who found it… and returned it a few days later. Wow!