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Thoughts from San Diego

April 13, 2009

“Would you like to make that a double for an extra $3?” – The only place you can hear that question and not want to punch someone in the throat is at an airport.


I shot 99 at Torrey Pines on Thursday. Two quads, two triples, and one par. Five three putts. Excuses: I’ve been taking lessons and my swing is changing; It was my first time out this year; and Torrey is a very long and difficult course.


Torrey is expensive, but oddly so. With most expensive courses, you pay out the nose and you get the whole experience. At Torrey, you just keep paying. It costs $160 in green fees paid to the starter. In the golf shop, you can rent a cart for about $40. Range balls? That’s a different charge paid to a different person. Soda from the snack bar? Er, uh, there isn’t a snack bar. Torrey is a great course and I would definitely play it again. But it was different than any other golfing experience I’ve had.


I’ve been married almost 10 years. I’ve been “trying” to learn Spanish for about 16 years. I’m not sure why I’ve been unable to become even reasonably conversational, but I imagine it has something to do with a lack of internal and external motivation. At some point, shouldn’t I just resign myself to the fact that I’m never going to learn it? There’s nothing like a weekend with Nancy’s family to remind me how much Spanish I don’t know.


I like San Diego. The weather, even when San Diegans think it’s bad, is good. I never saw a traffic jam. And of course the ocean doesn’t suck. Unfortunately, a 785 square foot house still costs a quarter million. Right, that’s not a typo. Seven hundred fifty for $250,000. Two years ago it was probably $350k.


I had breakfast with my old friend Tommy Moseley, who lives in SD. Tommy was a bit of a hell raiser in high school and now he’s an associate pastor at The Rock Church. One of those ironic lives, I guess. Tommy is one of the most interesting people I know.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 13, 2009 8:10 pm

    I’m gonna take Spanish classes at Metro next time it’s offered, and fits my schedule. You could take it with me…

  2. April 14, 2009 4:41 pm

    So did you pay the $3 for the extra shot? Skip the Spanish lessons, even if you get really good at it, you won’t be able to have a conversation with Nancy’s family, they have been speaking it since birth and just like English, we say shit that isn’t in the language.

  3. April 15, 2009 8:14 am

    Of course I paid it.

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