Recently Read Books

  • A Delicate Truth- John Le Carre (fiction)
  • Perfect - Rachel Joyce (Fiction)
  • The Expats - Chris Pavone (Fiction)
  • An Event in Autumn - Henning Mankel (Fiction)
  • Winter in Madrid - C.J.Sansom (Fiction)
  • The Brothers - John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles - non-fiction
  • LIfe Among Giants - Bill Roorbach (Novel)
  • Empty Mansions - Bill Dedman (non-fiction)
  • Woodrow Wilson (non fiction)
  • Lawrence in Arabia (Non-Fiction)
  • In Sunlight and In Shadow by Mark Helpren (Fiction)
  • Lesson in French - Hilary Reyl (fiction)
  • Unbroken- Laura Hillenbrand (Non-Fiction)
  • Venice, A New History- Thomas Madden - (Non- Fiction)
  • Life is a Gift - Tony Bennett Autobiography
  • The First Counsell - Brad Meltzer (Fiction)
  • Destiny of the Republic - President James Garfield non-fiction by Candice Millard
  • The Last Lion (volume III)- William Manchester and Paul Reid (non-fiction, Winston Churchill)
  • Yellowstone Autumn -W.D. Wetherell (non-fiction about turning 55 and fishing in Yellowstone)
  • Everybody was Young- (non-fiction Paris in the 1920's)
  • Scorpion - (non fiction US Supreme Court)
  • Supreme Power - Jeff Shesol (non-fiction)
  • Zero day by David Baldacci ( I read all of Baldacci's Books)
  • Northwest Angle - William Kent Krueger (fiction - I have read 5 or 6 books by this author)
  • Camelot's Court-Insider the Kennedy Whitehouse- Robert Dallek
  • Childe Hassam -Impressionist (a beautiful book of his paintings)

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Audrey Hepburn

I always liked Audrey Hepburn.  For some unknown reason I was thinking of her a couple of days ago.  What a beautiful woman, with a sophistication and style all her own.  Here is a short bio about her from Wikipedia:

Audrey Hepburn is an actress British , born Edda (or Audrey ) ​​Kathleen Ruston on  May 4  1929 in Ixelles ( Belgium ), died  January 20,  1993 in Tolochenaz ( Switzerland.  She was nominated four times for Oscars.   In 1999 , the American Film Institute and has distinguished itself as the third greatest actress of all time in the ranking behind Katharine Hepburn , with whom she has no relationship, and Bette DavisShe had a strong commitment to humanitarian causes. She was Ambassador of UNICEF between 1988 and 1992 and its work is now continued by the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund , a charity founded in 1994 , a year after her death from cancer of the appendix.

My favorite Audrey Hepburn movies, in no particular order are:

Charade, Two for the Road, Breakfast at Tiffanys, Roman Holiday, Wait Until Dark, Sabrina and Love in the Afternoon.

I have watched each of those movies a number of times.

I know you have seen the movie Moon River a bunch of times but check at this You Tube clip of Ms. Hepburn singing Moon River.  Its delightful.

Friday, September 28, 2012

How to Read a French Wine Label

  The other evening the Lovely Sharon and I shared a red burgundy from the Gevrey-Chambertin  region of Burgundy.  Not knowing much about this region, I later googled the area and obtained the following information from the Wine Searcher web site:

Gevrey-Chambertin is a village in the Cote de Nuits sub-region of Burgundy that is home to some of the world's most prestigious (and correspondingly expensive) red wines. Apart from its own Gevrey-Chambertin village appellation, the parish lays claim to 26 Premier Cru climats and nine Grand Crus.

 Gevrey-Chambertin wines are exclusively red and made predominantly from Pinot Noir grapes. Widely regarded as being the most full-bodied and masculine of the region, the village's wines have a particular intensity of color and rich, deep flavors that have earned Gevrey the title 'King of Burgundy' (the 'Queen' being nearby Chambolle-Musigny). The distinguishing feature of these wines is their intensity, longevity and a distinctive gamey note that is not found in the wines of any other Burgundy commune.

The village was originally called just Gevrey, but in 1847 the parish council added the name of the most prestigious local vineyard, Le Chambertin. This started a trend that ran the length of the Cote d'Or's wine-producing villages, right down to Chassagne-Montrachet in the south. There are 11 Cote d'Or villages with a prestigious vineyard name appended to that of the village.

The website also had a helpful example of how to understand a French wine label:

The wine we drank was good but not one of the highest end wines.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Men's Journal Magazine

II      I don’t normally read Men’s Journal Magazine but I recently bought a copy at an airport.  I read the   O   October 2012 issue.  It had a lot of interesting information in it . Some of things I learned

1.  It had a terrific two page photo of grizzly. The bear is in a river with its head above the water and the rest of its body in the water.

2.  I learned that the number of family farms has recently increased for the first time since 1947.  Although many of the new farms are micro farms.

3.  I read an interesting interview about Philip Cousteau, Jr., the grandson of Jacque Cousteau.

4. I read an article about Roland Murphy a watchmaker who makes watches the old fashion way with hundreds of parts.

5.  81 days across Antartica.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Will There be a Net Tax Reduction For Middle Class Under Romney?

Here is an interesting article from Its about Romney's recent statement about tax rates.

As president, he said he would get the country on track toward a balanced budget with spending cuts and caps. But Romney's proposal to simultaneously lower tax rates across-the-board have caused some to question whether he can balance the budget without getting rid of tax deductions that largely impact the middle class, including the home mortgage deduction and employer-provided health care deduction.

In explaining his tax plan today, Romney told the crowd he would simplify the tax code, but that they should not expect large tax cuts.

"Our individual income taxes are ones I want to reform, make them simpler. I want to bring the rates down," he said. "By the way, don't be expecting a huge cut in taxes because I'm also going to lower deductions and exemptions. But by bringing rates down, we'll be able to let small businesses keep more of their money so they can hire more people."

 So rates may go down but you might not be able to deduct home mortgage interest and you may have to add employer payments for your heath insurance as income.  So Mitt is saying there may not be a net tax decrease for the middle class.  Interesting.

McCall, Idaho Redux

A posting from 2010

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Rush Linbaugh's Theory on Penis Shrinkage

I just read the following article at

"For whatever reason, Rush Limbaugh decided to discuss a study about male genitalia on his Friday radio show.According to Rush, the study, completed by researchers in Italy, found that the size of male genitalia has decreased over the past fifty years.

"The study's leaders claim to have bona fide research that says the average size of a penis is roughly 10 percent smaller than it was 50 years ago. And the researchers say air pollution is why," Limbaugh said.

Limbaugh said that he did not believe that air pollution and global warming could have such an impact. "I don't buy this. I think it's feminism. I think if it's tied to the last 50 years, the average size of a member is 10 percent smaller ... it has to be the feminazis," Limbaugh said."

I could make a number of comments about Rush's theory on penis size and about Rush generally, but I won't. Rush, god bless him, is a right wing comedian and former drug abuser.  Rush is a showman.  He is a Jerry Springer but rather than trying to start fights between guests over their relationships, comedian Rush tries to start controversy over political issues.  Its his bit. Rush is no swami or political scholar he is a political comedian like John Stewart.

To quote Rush:

   "No, really, before feminism, it was..........."

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Autumn in Midway, Utah Redux

A repeat post about autumn in Midway, Utah

Princess Kate's Boobs Part 2

Generally, each day 30 to 100 people take a look at this blog.  I know because the web site keeps track of web views.  I don't know who reads the blog but I do know the number of readers on a given day.  Four or five days ago I had over 900 readers on one day.  The very next day I had over 400 readers.  These are very big reader numbers indeed for this blog.  At first I thought that people were finally getting interested in my writing and my view on life.  I felt smart and appreciated.  I walked with a little more spring in my step. But then it occurred to me.  A few days earlier I had  posted a blog entitled "Princess Kate's Boobs".  This big increase in readers over a two day period had nothing to do with my great talent and insight, these folks no doubt Googled the phrase "Princess Kates's Boobs" and were directed to my blog.

If I had known how easy it really was to increase readership over the last three years I could have named my various blog entries appropriately: Consider:

Christmas and Princess Kate's Boobs
I Really Like my Dad and Princess Kate's Boobs
The Loneliness Highway in America and Princess Kates Boobs
My High School Reunion and Princess Kate's Boobs
What the Heck is Mitt Romney Doing and Princess Kate's Boobs.
How do I start the Downswing and Princess Kate's Boobs

Think about it. I could be a big time blogger if I had only thought of adding four simple words:
"and Princess Kate's Boobs" to each title.

People are not interested in my insight, my humour, my desciptions of life with the Lovely Sharon or my keen polictical analysis, they are simply interested in Princess Kate's Boobs. I am seriously contempating naming every blog entry with some variation of "Princess Kate's Boobs".  When people tire of my ruse, I can branch out and for awhile use phrases in blog entries such as:

Oprah is a Lesbian
Lyndsey Lohan in Jail Again
Brittney Spears is not wearing Panties.
Mitt Romney is a Do Do Head
Barrack Obama's Birth Certificate found in Kenya.

The blog entries to which these titles woould have nothing to do with the title, they would be just my same old stuff about golf, life, politics, things that bug me or the Lovely Sharon.  But you won't know that until you have already gone to my blog and my count number of readers would be appropriately increased.

So watch out for new and exciting titles in the future. 

I must sign off now, as I am going to Google "Princess Kate's Boobs" and see what's on line.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Things I like Redux

Here is a previous posted blog entry about things I like. I still like these things.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

I Wonder Redux

Here is a post from a couple of years ago

I still am Wondering

Dimple Dell Road

There is a road in Salt Lake County that I like to drive. Dimple Dell Road.  It starts in a community called Granite near Wasatch Boulevard, around 10000 South.  Sometimes when I am not in a hurry or I am in a contemplative mood, this seems to be the perfect road to drive coming home from work.  Its more of a meander than a drive. It is an especially nice byway on a blue sky autumn day.  Yesterday was one of those days that seemed to call out for Dimple Dell Road.

I took the east loop home from downtown Salt Lake ending up on Wasatch Boulevard.  In terms of miles this way home from work is a little longer, but you seldom have the car crashes and traffic jams that you seem to occur every day on I-15. This time of year that part of Wasatch Boulevard that passes the entrance to the La Caille Restaurant is beautiful.  The colors of the changing leaves are dramatic; beautiful. There are reds, yellows and oranges mixed among green trees.  The trees are seemingly calling for me to stop for a while and enjoy their beauty. But like Robert Frost’s poem “I have miles to go before I sleep” so I head past them, sorry to see them fade out of view.

After passing La Caille, the road inclines up to 10000 South.  If you left turn at 10000 South you head up toward Little Cottonwood Canyons and Snowbird and Alta ski resorts, a majestic canyon. To go to my home, you stay on Wasatch.  A few hundred yards downhill from 10000 South is the cross street of Bell Canyon Road.  There is no stop sign or stop light here, just a cross road at the bottom of the hill.  I take a right hand turn heading west and in about a half mile or less Bell Canyon Road dead ends into Dimple Dell Road.  At this point you have to turn right or left.  I turn left and now I am on Dimple Dell Road.

Dimple Dell Road is an up and down, winding road bordering hills and running through a valley.  On the right side of the road is the Dimple Dell Recreational Nature Park.  This park is 644 acres of natural area with multiple trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, natural history study areas, interpretive sites, ponds and streams, and native plants and wildlife.    From the park’s website I learn

“The park is long and narrow, running from 3000 East down the Dry Creek drainage to 300 East.  There is a tunnel beneath 1300 East that is 14-foot wide, 14-foot high passage way allowing equestrians, bikers and hikers access to both sides of the park just north of 10600 South. Granite Park Trailhead occupies the northeast end of the park. It is a neighborhood park with picnic facilities. There are ten additional trailheads.”

Yesterday the drive around Dimple Dell Park on Dimple Dell Road was spectacular. I drove slowly, there was not much in the way of traffic but there was plenty of beauty to behold. A wide variety of trees, scrub oaks, aspens, pines and many others creating a mosaic of nature.  Somehow the trees all seem to be perfectly placed as though there was some grand plan with each tree placed according to that plan.

Dimple Dell Road is not a long road, three or four miles at the most and it finally becomes 2000 East in Sandy City. The drive down 2000 East is nice but it is a residential drive, not a park drive.  But yesterday it was pleasant none the less. At the point where Dimple Dell Road turns into 2000 East I am only 10 minutes from home.  As I drove yesterday, it was nice to see folks out walking or working in their yard.  Many children were playing on this sunny day and I could hear the music of their voices.  The voices of children at play outside, unencumbered by commands and demands of parents does sound like music to me.  Laughing, singing, shouting and talking about those things that are in the minds of children. It makes me think back to an earlier time of life.

Finally I am home.  I am in the driveway sitting in my car watching the garage door open and happy to see the Lovely Sharon’s car in the garage.  She is home. I am ready to give her a hug and a kiss and hear about her day.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What the Heck is Mitt Doing?

I don't know what to think of Mitt Romney. He baffles me. Even if you don't like the President and you want him out of office, I would think Mitt must baffle you as well, and maybe scare you.  I just read a blog entry in the Wall Street Journal from Peggy Noonan.  Ms. Noonan is a very conversative, Republican political writer and commentator. Her recent blog  can be read at:

In this article Ms. Noonan writes:

What should Mitt Romney do now? He should peer deep into the abyss. He should look straight into the heart of darkness where lies a Republican defeat in a year the Republican presidential candidate almost couldn’t lose. He should imagine what it will mean for the country, for a great political philosophy, conservatism, for his party and, last, for himself. He must look down unblinkingly.

And then he needs to snap out of it, and move.

He has got seven weeks. He’s just had two big flubs. On the Mideast he seemed like a political opportunist, not big and wise but small and tinny. It mattered because the crisis was one of those moments when people look at you and imagine you as president.

It’s time to admit the Romney campaign is an incompetent one. It’s not big, it’s not brave, it’s not thoughtfully tackling great issues. It’s always been too small for the moment. All the activists, party supporters and big donors should be pushing for change. People want to focus on who at the top is least constructive and most responsible. Fine, but Mitt Romney is no puppet: He chooses who to listen to. An intervention is in order. “Mitt, this isn’t working.”

Another interesting editorial is from William Kristol, the editor of the conservative Weekly Standard.  Read his recent article at

We deserve better than Mitt Romney.  We deserve better than Barrack Obama.  We won't get better.  We will get one of them.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

US Highway 93

I  recently received an email from a friend who reads this blog. He emailed me about  a blog entry I wrote a couple of years ago about I drive I took on US Highway 93.  His email prompted me to go back and read that blog entry.  If  you are interested see:

Friday, September 14, 2012

Princess Kate's Boobs

I just read about all of the controversy of a French photographer taking pictures of Princess Kate (Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge) sunbathing topless.  With all of the issues going on in the world -  the Arabs killing Americans, Arabs storming embassies, the world economic crisis, the University of Utah losing to Utah State University in football last Friday, who cares about Kate's bare boobs. In my view,if you don't want people to see your bare boobs, don't sit around in the sun with your top off.  I for one applaud Kate for sitting around in the sun with her top off and I encourage her to continue to do so.  But the point is, there would be no pictures to show if she kept her top on.  If you take your top off, there is a good chance that, if you are famous, someone is going to try to take a picture of your bare boobs and then sell the pictures to a media outlet. 

I like bare boobs.  I like seeing bare boobed women.  But ladies, if you don't want your bare boobs displayed in the press, don't show em.  You can say all you want about privacy but when you are a public figure, you cannot seriously expect to have any privacy even for private acts and actions.

Now I read that the Royal Couple is shocked and may sue the photographer and the press who publicly publish the photos.  It reminds me of Captain Renault (Claude Reins) in the classic movie Casa Blanca who announce he is shocked to learn that gambling is going on in Rick's (Humphrey Bogart) "American Bar".  Here is the conversation from the movie:

       Captain Renault: "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here."

       Emile (the waiter": "Your winnings, sir."

       Captain Renault: "Thank you very much."

Well Kate is shocked that someone took a picture of her bare boobs.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Newly Discovered Monkey

From CNN: 

Scientists are claiming they have discovered a new species of monkey living in the remote forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo -- an animal well-known to local hunters but until now, unknown to the outside world. In a paper published Wednesday in the open-access journal Plos One, the scientists describe the new species that they call Cercopithecus Lomamiensis, known locally as the Lesula, whose home is deep in central DR Congo's Lomami forest basin. The scientists say it is only the second discovery of a monkey species in 28 years. In an age where so much of the earth's surface has been photographed, digitized, and placed on a searchable map on the web discoveries like this one by a group of American scientists this seem a throwback to another time.The Lesula had strikingly large, almost human like, eyes, a pink face and golden mane. Far to the east, across several large river systems, the Owl Face is aptly named. Its sunken eyes are set deep in a dark face, a white stripe running down from its brow to its mouth, like a line of chalk on a blackboard.

Here are a couple of photos of the newly discovered monkey:

Saturday, September 8, 2012

High Uintas

I drove the Mirror Lake highway through Utah's High Uinta's today.  I started in Kamas, Utah and ended in Evanston, wyoming.  What a beautiful day.  I have not taken this drive for several years.  A few of the photos I took are included below:

Bald Mountain

Uinta Lake

Moosehorn Lake

Mirror Lake

Christmas Meadows

Christmas Meadows

High Uinta Deer

Bear River

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Alpine Loop

Today I did something special.  I played business golf in Midway, Utah at Crater Springs golf course which is part of the Homestead Resort.  The golf was fun and company was pleasant, but that it is not the special thing.  After golf I decided to take a different route home. Instead taking Highway US 40 to I-80, I decided to drive down Provo Canyon.  The road is adjacent to the beautiful Provo River.  One of the nation’s most treasured fly fishing streams. 

Fifteen miles or so down the Provo Road from Heber is the turn off for Sundance Ski Resort and the Alpine Loop. I love the Alpine Loop.  Usually when I take the Alpine Loop I go from north to south but today I drove south to north.  Usually when I take the drive, I have a companion with me. But today I drove alone. Since it was a Thursday, there were few cars on the narrow loop road. I drove slowly, looking at mountains, looking at trees turning from summer green to the warm colors of autumn.  Oranges, reds and yellows.  The green of evergreens interspersed among the aspens.  I stopped from time to time to get out of my car to take a photo of the mountains, including the backside of Mt. Timpanogos, the trees and the small mountain streams.  I have taken this road many times but not for four or five years. 

Today on an autumn afternoon it was indeed special to take a solo drive through this beautiful country.  As I drove, I felt a spiritual connection to the land, my heart seemed full.  I thought about my life, my son Alex, my ailing parents and my dear wife, the Lovely Sharon.  I thought about things I am proud of and I thought about my mistakes and shortcomings. For me autumn has always been a time of reflection and today was no different. I feel blessed to have the family and wife that I have. I feel undeserving to have the Lovely Sharon as my wife. 

I thought about turning 60 in a month. Such an unbelievable number, 60.  Six decades on this earth. Heading into my seventh decade. I cannot believe I am that old.  As I drove I looked at my hands on the steering wheel.  My hands looked old, a couple of old man brown spots on my right hand.  Whose hands were these holding my steering wheel? They couldn’t be mine could they? 

 As I came out of the trees I came to the magnificent overlook of the mountains.  The mountain sides and the craggy cliffs took my breath away.  I stopped again and stood on the side of the mountain looking at the natural expanse before me. I gave thanks for all I have, for all I have done, for my family and friends.

 As I descended to American Fork Canyon, there were sheer cliffs on both sides of the road. The stream was bigger here but after a dry summer the water level was lower than normal. The rocky bottom of the stream was visible in places but the stream ran true down the canyon. I watched it as I drove next to it to the bottom of the canyon. When I left the canyon, I picked up my cell phone and called my dear mother, just to say hello, just to hear her voice. Sadly she is not well.

When I finally arrived home, the Lovely Sharon was not home.  I headed down to the Bud Cave, sat in my old leather chair.  I picked up the novel I am reading and read for a few minutes when I heard the alarm system beep which indicates someone entered the house.  The Lovely Sharon was now home.  She descended the stairs and walked into the Bud Cave.  Boy was I glad to see her.

(I did not take the photos included in this blog entry)

Monday, September 3, 2012

You Don't Know Me

I was  reading the online news this morning, drinking coffee and listening to my Itunes catalogue of songs.  The song  You Don't Know me came on.  I love the song.  I have heard it by many recording artists.  Hearing it this morning caused me to wonder who wrote it.  So I Googled it.  I found the following in Wikipedia:

You Don't Know Me" is a song written by Cindy Walker and Eddy Arnold in 1955. It was first recorded by Arnold that year and released as a single on April 21, 1956 on RCA Victor.  The first version of the song to make the Billboard charts was by Jerry Vale in 1956, peaking at #14 on the pop chart. Arnold's version charted two months later, released as an RCA Victor single, 47-6502, backed with "The Rockin' Mockin' Bird", which reached #10 on the Billboard country chart. Cash Box magazine, which combined all best-selling versions at one position, included a version by Carmen McRae that never appeared in the Billboard Top 100 Sides listing.

The best-selling version of the song is by Ray Charles, who took it to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1962, after releasing the song on his #1 album Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music. This version also topped the "Easy listening" chart for three weeks in 1962, and was used in the 1993 comedy film Groundhog Day. The song also became the twelfth number one country hit for Mickey Gilley in 1981.

The song has been performed or recorded by hundreds of artists, including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and Willie Nelson. Charles re-recorded the song with Diana Krall on his #1 album of duets, Genius Loves Company, the only song common to both of Charles' two #1 albums. It was sung by Meryl Streep in the 1990 movie Postcards from the Edge, and by John Legend in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Robert Downey Jr also performs this song as Blake Allen in the James Toback movie Two Girls and a Guy.

Go to this link for Patricia Barber's version of this great song.

Sunday, September 2, 2012


There is something about garages that has always intrigue me. Something that has drawn me to them.  When I was a boy, my dad converted our garage into a carpenter's shop for his business.  When I say he converted it, I mean he essentially rebuilt it to include a huge workshop area, several large storage rooms, ovehead storage, space for lumber and an office.  He raised the roof substantially so it was some 14 or 16 feet high.  This is where he and his crew built cabinents and furniture.  Where he laid out plans for his jobs, whether it was building custom homes or doing commercial jobs. The garage/shop was filled with tools.  There were a couple of table saws, two band saws, a lathe, a drill press, a rack with a dozen or more hand saws.  There was an arc welder and an acetylene welding and cutting tank and torch set.  There were boxes of nails.  There was a large multi drawer metal cabinent that had a zillion screws, bolts, nuts, washers and similar fastening items.  He could always find what he wanted in that cabinent even though there were probably more than a couple of thousand different pieces in it. There were dozens of power hand tools such as drills, skill saws and what have you. There was a large power planer that shaved down lengths of hardwood. There were rolls of architectural plans and designer sketches of furniture every where.

Most evenings, after a full day of work, and after dinner in the house, he would return to the garage shop and build something or plan the next day's work.  The garage was no longer a garage, it was his sanctuary, his place of business, his domaine.

In contrast to my father's shop/garage, my grandfather's garage was a cluttered, short, one bay garage detached from his house.  The house and garage were built in the early 1920's or even before. My grandparents, my father's parent's, lived next to us when I grew up.  In fact, the neighborhood was original Headman property and there were cousins, aunts, great uncles and great aunts throughout the neighborhood. My grandfather's garage had old tools scattered on a bench, old license plates nailed all around for years from the 1920's on up.  I used to love to look at the various colors and themes of Utah license plates as they changed from year to year.  In the old days and through at least when I was a teenager, you received a new set of license plates each year rather than just the annual decal that we get now.  I guess the State wanted to keep the prisoners busy. 

My grandfather admired the femine form and he had a number of girly pictures tacked up in the garage.  Most of these picrtures were from calendars that one merchant or another distributed to customers.  These pinup girlie pictures were either paintings (prints of paintings) or photos of women.  Some of the models were fully clothed. Some were partially clothed with only a bare bottom or bare breasts exposed.  Others were full undressed.  Yep totally naked women. A true wonder for a boy like me in those days.  These pictures were different than today's fully exposed internet type of naked women pictures. These pictures were naughty but at the same time innocent  These were women sitting on swings or bicyles totally naked. Or women carrying baskets of flowers wearing sun bonnets but nothing else.  I never stopped to wonder why a beautiful young woman might choose to ride a bicycle while she was totally naked. I was just happy she made the decision to do so.  

Yes my grandfather's garage was where I first saw a naked or partially naked woman.  It didn't matter that my first exposure to the female form was a photo or a print, it opened my eyes as to what was under those dresses and blouses that I saw every day.  It made me look at my beautiful third grade teacher in a whole different light.  To this day I still enjoy seeing a nice bottom and other parts of a woman.  It no doubt all started in granddad's garage.

I always wanted a house with a room over the garage.  When I married the Lovely Sharon more than 8 years ago, I sold the house I was living in and moved into her house.  Her house, now our house, is large and it has a room over the garage.  Just as I have the Bud Cave, she has her loft room over the garage.  She has a large built-in desk, built-in cabinents constructed of beautiful oak. She has a couch, a tv, computer stuff, and book shelfs.  She has a nice window view of our front yard and Hidden Valley Country Club golf course a across the street from our house. At last I live in a hosue with a room over the garage.

The reason I have been thinking, and now writing, about garages is that I found a book at the libray entiled Garage, Reinventing the Place We Park by Kira Obolensky. This beautiful, coffee table type of book is filled with photos of wonderful garages, rooms over garages and other garage spaces. You want to explore each of the garages and rooms over garages displayed in this book.  Many, if not most of them, are not even used to park cars.

The book was published in 2001 but it is still available for purhase online, new and used . Check out Amazon for copies.
One reviewer of the book wrote:
"Anyone who thinks the garage is simply a place to park the car will never think that again after a look at this book. Garage takes a look at the last, undiscovered frontier of home design... the most versatile room not in the house. The book explores many uses for this ubiquitous space -- from studio, library, and museum to soundstage, playroom, and greenhouse. Garage takes this space seriously, after all.

-- Includes more than 200 color photographs of over 50 garages.
-- Shows how to create a garage "room" that meets one's needs for efficiency and style.
-- Provides options for using existing space and floor plans for new structures"
Its 6:30 Sunday morning and I am going to pour me another cup of coffee and venture out to the garage, open the door to the dawn and just mosey around.


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Hobble Creek Golf Course

Yesterday, Friday of the Labor Day Weekend, I played hooky from the law practice.  The Lovely Sharon and I, were joined by pals Mike and Shar and the four of us played Hobble Creek Golf Course.  I try to play Hobble Creek at least once a year, usually in the autumn when the leaves are turning colors.  I love the course.  Its a public course owned by the City of Springville, Utah and is located up Hobble Creek Canyon in Utah County.

The Course open in 1967 and was designed by renowed golf course architect William F. Bell.  William F. Bell designed dozens and dozens of courses.  His father, William P. Bell was also a famous golf course architect.  Father and son were known as Billy Bell Senior and Billy Bell Junior. The following short bio of the Bells can be found at:

The Bells: California's First Family of Golf Course Design
While literally hundreds of golf course architects have designed or redesigned courses in California, few have had the lasting impact of William P. and William F. Bell. William Park Bell was born in 1886 and moved to California as a young man in 1911 where he served as caddiemaster at Annandale Golf Club and then greenskeeper at Pasadena Golf Club.  Bell, Sr. went on to serve as a construction superintendent for Willie Watson and George Thomas, Jr. before his eventually stepping up to golf course architecture on his own. And while he spent his first years as a course architect collaborating with Thomas on his great designs of the 1920s, (including the Bel-Air, Riviera and Los Angeles country clubs), Bell also designed a number of courses on his own during that time. From the 1930s forward, Bell (also known as Billy Bell) was one of the West's most prolific course architects. Among his most significant designs were the La Jolla Country Club, both courses at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena, and the San Diego Country Club. And although it's design has often been credited as the work of Max Behr, officials recently concluded it was Bell, Sr. who was responsible for the design of the Hacienda Golf Club. During World War II, Bell was a turf consultant to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. After the war, he was joined by his son William Francis in the family design business, William P. Bell and Son. William Francis Bell graduated from the University of Southern California before joining his father in the post-war years. Bell, Jr. (often called Billy Bell, Jr.) and his father collaborated on a number of well-known courses, including the Bakersfield and Newport Beach country clubs. Billy Bell died in 1953, leaving behind his vision for the design of Torrey Pines. Billy Bell, Jr. went on to make that vision a reality and oversaw the course's creation in the late 1950's. A prolific designer in his own right , William F. created an impressive number of Southern California's best-known layouts, including the Sandpiper and Industry Hills golf clubs, as well as the Bermuda Dunes Country Club. 1984 marked Billy Bell, Jr.'s passing, but not before having contributed to the legacy of California's First Family of Golf Course Design.

Hobble Creek is around 6,600 yards from the back (black) tees and, 5,400 yeards from the red tees.  The front nine is longer than the back and is more wide open.  The back nine is tight and crosses streams several times.

We all played fairly well with a few mis-hits. Mike had a birdie and had a few more birdie puts that did not drop. The Lovely Sharon had three birdies. I saw several birdies flying through the sky.  We saw a few deer meandering the course but unfortunatelly we did not see any of the wild turkeys that are often present on the back nine.   We had good weather until the rain hit the last two holes.  We didn't even complain about the downpour on the 18th hole. We were drenched by the time we reached our cars and unloaded our clubs. 

  I have taken many photos of Hobble Creek over the years, here are a few of them from previous years:

 Photos from yesterday:

The Lovely Sharon, Mike and Shar

We had a glorius day together, playing golf followed by dinner in Salt Lake.   Golf, friends, good dinner and wine.  Maybe the perfect day