Thursday, April 26, 2007

Official Notice

I understand I have spoken of moving for quite some time. Such things can often be relegated to dreams and aspirations. For me, this wishlist includes a semester abroad in Austrailia and being an Olympic athlete. Fortunately, it doesn't seem that I will be putting "moving out of the midwest" on the list. I have found a future roommate who is even more motivated than me to move (re: a girl). And so, come this summer, I will more than likely relocate to Charlotte. We have been scouting apartments in the area and I have begun an employment search. Please, don't worry about me; Charlotte is not devoid of disc golf. In fact, I will have four championship level courses to greet me in my new home.

Please understand, I do not dislike the midwest. One of my greatest regrets is that I will not have much opportunity to watch the Hawkeyes or Vikings football games. Nate (my future roommate) will also be missing his Bears. But life is not without sacrifice. And if I must endure ACC football, I will gladly walk through that valley of tribulation. It will be my cross to bear.

Speaking of crosses I bear, I am currently lamenting my disc game. Horrible... just horrible. I am actually glad to have a break from it this weekend. I'll be in the Wisconsin Dells for my friend's bachelor party. There's a chance that it could make the Christmas break party (which I'm assuming some of you may still remember) look like tea with the parents. Pray for me.

Flip the track
Bring the old school back


Song of the Week: In honor of Wes's double bass recital... "Hash Pipe" by Weezer (a.k.a. "Baby Elephant Walk" by Henry Mancini).

Thursday, April 12, 2007

the competitive nature

So, I am also taking the disc golf class and have enjoyed it so far. However, due to my performance in class I have become frustrated. We had a few competitions and I just couldn't do well; I shanked my drive, missed my putt, and overshot my approach (something I never do in actual play).
My does this make me frustrated? Yes it doesn't help my "team", but the real reason is I'm not seen in the real light of my abilities. I get lumped in with the newbies instead of seen as a veteran player. Yes, my skills are lacking, but have been playing since high school. Its frustrating being overlooked becuase I'm not good but not bead enough to warrant help.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

An Example of Tolerance

I own Innova disc golf discs. ...And that's about it. I once found a Lightning. I gave it away. I have had two DISCraft discs in my tenure. Neither of these came at any monetary cost to me. I used them for high risk shots, ensuring that if I did indeed lose a disc, they would be throw aways. It worked. I now own no non-Innova discs. As far as I was concerned, they were the Vanguard, the I Ching, and any other term of endearment one would wish to lavish upon upon a beloved one.

This was not completely unfounded. I had never found another disc I could really get into. I disliked the feel of the DISCrafts and the Lightning was so beat to a bloody pulp that one could hardly call its flight path reminiscent of anything disc-like. It was more like a blob of matter awkwardly morphing through the air. So, forsaking all others, I adhered myself in holy matrimony to the only one who could satisfy my visceral desires.

More recently, however, I have had a change of heart. Disc golf, as in life, has witnessed the passions of youth give way to the wisdom of experience. My aforementioned hesitation to anything without that Innova stamp of approval is now faded into obscurity. To be sure, such passions cannot be "unlearned" and will undoubtably resurface when my guard is down, but I am much more ecumenical. My favorite disc will undoubtably forever be an Innova, but I'll consider others. So, the news of the King's new addition of the Buzz-d is not a source of anxiety, but it is also not a source of elation. I am simply neutral. If the Discraft improves his game, I am happy for him.

Hopefully this adultery does not result in chagrin for those who have heard my "sermons" lauding the graces of Innova. I promise this is not unfaithfulness.

For the record, the next disc on the purchasing list is a Discraft Predator.

Keep your feet on the ground
and keep reaching for the stars


Song of the Week: "Hang Me Up to Dry" by the Cold War Kids