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BIG Spring Guide#3 Thinking Outside The Box

Santa Rosa, CA. ~ Most of the time we think and relate inside the box. Consensus reality governs much of how we behave. In

light of the cur-

rent virus and the crisis it has created, I am inclined to think and wander outside of the box. When I was a younger lad back in the day, if my dad said north I was heading south. If my mom said east, I was traveling west. I am hard-wired to ques- tion authority and when I am told to Shelter in Place, I don’t care to go too gently into that good night. When the fine folks of

Sonoma County decided to

close down the golf

courses for safety reasons, my civic sensibilities were most disturbed. Is common

Golf Coach 101 by James Fish •

think it’s time to think out- side the box folks. Did you know that the good folks of Sacramento County have kept many of their city-run golf courses open for play? Yes! So last Monday I drove to the Bing Maloney Golf Course just out- side of Davis to take a student out for an 18-hole Playing Les- son.

sense that endangered a species that the authorities deemed a golfing experi- ence something without proper social distancing? I

There was plenty of rust to shake off as I had not picked up a golf club in 5 weeks. I started out with a bogey on the first hole and my student started out with a par! I ended up bo- geying four out of the first

five holes but I didn’t lose my cool. From that point on I managed to shoot even par to finish with a score of 76. My student Steve did not score so well but he really enjoyed the ex- perience of golfing in an- other county on a different golf course. We had a lot of fun and the banter was predictably quite spirited. We laughed a lot and this is my belief; laughter is the best medicine of all. If you can’t find a way to laugh on a golf course maybe you should try bowling or chess instead. Life is short and death is long so why not think outside the box? The box is for pedestrian yes-men and women who will never challenge the city-limits of conventional reality. Do you believe everything you hear on the news? And do you follow orders from people you’ve never even met? If so, you are a can- didate to begin the process of thinking outside the box. One does not always need to hit a driver just because they are on the tee box. Sometimes a three-wood or a hybrid is a better call. My advice is simple; exam- ine all options before you make a move and when you can, think outside the box.

JOKES & Humor # 4

A guy on vacation finishes his round and goes into the clubhouse. The head pro says, “Did you have a good time out there?” The man replied “Fabulous, thank you.” “You’re welcome,” said the pro. “How did you find the greens?” Said the man: “Easy. I just walked to the end of the fairways and there they were!” ~

After they went into the locker room, another golfer who had heard some old guys talking about their game, went to the pro and said, “I’ve been playing golf for a long time and thought I knew all the terminology of the game, but what’s a rider? The pro said, “A rider is when you hit the ball far enough to actually get in the golf cart and ride to it.”

What is the difference between a golfer and a fisherman? When a golfer lies, he doesn’t have to bring anything home to prove it. ~

“It took me seventeen years to get three

thousand hits in baseball. It took one afternoon on

the golf course.” Hank Aaron

Pg 18 • MAY 2020 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC. “I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.” ~ G.K. Chesterton

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