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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Flora and Fauna of Ironwood Country Club

If you look at this blog from time to time you know I post a lot of photos of Ironwood Country Club in Palm Desert, California.  It seems that at Ironwood, wherever you look, there is a photo waiting to be taken.  I have undoubtedly taken hundreds and hundreds of photos of Ironwood since I joined in 1996.  I am still overwhelmed at the beauty of the Club every time I am there.  I generally have a camera in my golf cart ready to take a photo of whatever interests me.  Here are a few I took last weekend.

In the lake on  the No. 5 hole of the South course, there were two catfish that I had never noticed before.

This time of year the cactus' are in bloom

I love the mountains around the golf course

Nice Crooked Tree

I always need to add a photo of the Lovely Sharon. Here is one taken right after she whacked a drive

Its raining and dark this morning in Salt Lake.  I wish I was at Ironwood with the Lovely Sharon

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Paris Letters- by Janice McLeod

I just finished reading Paris Letters by Janice McLeod. This memoir traces Janice's job as a copywriter at a Los Angeles advertising agency to her life in Paris. The book spans only a couple of years in Janet’s life. She decides to save her money, pay off her bills, quit her job and then travel through Europe for a year or two.  She falls in love in love in love in Paris with a Polish butcher. Janice speaks limited French, the butcher speaks French and Polish but limited English but they fall in love, move in together and ultimately marry.  The book is a tour guide, a love story and to some extent, a self- help book about what is really important in life. 

Janice describes her walks through Paris, her life, and her new career as an artist who paints "letter pictures" that she sells online.  If you like Paris this is a good read. It is a short book that can be picked up and set down at convenient breaks.

This book makes me want to go back to Paris with the Lovely Sharon; walking hand in hand and sitting lazily in the sun in one of the green metal chairs  in the Jardin du Luxembourg  and strolling through the Jardin des Tuileries. It makes me want buy a baguette or some cheese from a cafe window and nibble on it as we walk the Left Bank seeing what's for sale at the Book Stalls.

I can't recall how I became aware of Paris Letters but I do know I ordered it online from Amazon.

If you read it, let me know what you thought of it.  You might also want to check out Janice's website at 

I took these photos in Paris

Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin des Tuileries

Looking at Cheese

Bon Jour

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ironwoodstock - Ironwood Country Club Music Festival

Ironwood Country Club in Palm Desert, CA has two great golf courses, tennis facilities, workout facilities, a beautiful clubhouse and a great golf practice area.  The Club is always putting on fun events.  A couple of Sundays ago, the Club held Ironwoodstock (remember Woodstock from 1969).  The event was a 5 hour music festival, on the driving range with terrific food, beer, wine soda pop and water.  There was a large dance floor on which we danced under the moon and the stars.  The dancing stopped for a while at 9:30 so we could watch a professional fire works show. After the fireworks, there was more dancing.

I think there were more than 700 people in attendance, wearing 1960's clothes and having a ball.  Here are some of the photos I took:

The Lovely Sharon at the beginning

Gary country music man

Forget the grand kids, I am going to boogie

Acoustic Music

Peace Baby (Miley Cyrus tongue action by Cindy)

Hey Dude - the Chuckster

Your kidding this is going to last 5 hours. My bed time is at 9:00

Flower Child Kelli

Canadian Hipster Ray

Early Easter Bonnet

You should see them golf

The headband helped keep his hair out of his eyes.

The Rock and Roll begins

The Lovely Sharon take a breather from dancing

Mary and Vince having fun

Love was in the air - Stuart gets some sugar from his baby

The Boys in the Band

Long Tall Sally

This guy could really sing


If there had been lampshades at the party, these ladies would have been wearing them

Cindy jiving to the music

The music was terrific

Pablo was just glad to be anywhere

After the music stopped we drove our golf cart home in the nice desert nighttime air. What a fun evening, I hope Ironwood does it again next year

Monday, April 14, 2014

Black and White Photos

I like black and White Photos.  I found these on line.  I think most, if not all were published in Life Magazine.

This one makes me smile

One of my heroes, Winston Churchill

Jack and Robert Kennedy in contemplation

Sofia Loren

Steve McQueen

Watching a 3D Movie

Women working out

Been There, Done That

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Open Marriage and Other Random Thoughts

Here are some totally unrelated thoughts and comments.

The Lovely Sharon accuses of me of having an Open Marriage.  She says I leave the dishwasher open, I leave the kitchen cupboards open, I leave the bedroom closets open, I leave the kitchen drawers open, I leave the chest of drawers open and I leave the toilet seat up.  In essence, she tells me that I leave almost everything open than can be left open.  I would be highly offended at her accusation if it weren't true.

I watched a short video on the Golf Channel yesterday in which Jack Nicklaus was watching Arnold Palmer hit balls on a driving range.  Jack was giving Arnold advice about his stance and other matters.  Arnold was listening to Jack’s advice and then attempting to adjust his swing.  This video did not look too old.  It looked like it was filmed recently, not back in their playing days. It was so cool that these old warriors and competitors were working together on Arnold's game Some of the great things about golf is that everyone who plays, is trying to hit longer, hit it straight and in general play better and golfers are available to help their friends.  I remember a couple of years ago when Steve Stricker was helping Tiger with his putting.  I think that is great.

Last Friday I went to the Kraft Nabisco LPG Championship in Rancho Mirage, California.  This is one the LPGA's Majors.  I have been to this tournament several times over the last 15 years but I had not been for a few years.  I followed Paul Creamer for 7 holes and then I followed Morgan Pressel for 11 holes. Paula Creamer was not particularly fun to follow.  She didn't say anything to her playing partner (Sandra Gel), she had no interaction with the gallery and she made no eye contact with the gallery.  She seemed pissed off on every shot.  I finally left her group and followed Morgan who was fun to watch and looked like she was enjoying the competition.  I know golf is tough and the players want to, and need to, concentrate, but they are in the entertainment business as well as golfers.  I remember years ago following Curtis Strange for 18 around the course at the Bob Hope.  It was the same as following Paula Creamer; he said nothing to his playing partners and seemed angry the entire round.  Another year I followed Payne Stewart for 18 holes at the Bob Hope and he was fun, interacted from time to time with the gallery and played well.

Here is a photo of Morgan Pressel I took on my cell phone:

Here is a photo of Paula Creamer I took on my cell phone.

After I walked 18 holes at the Kraft Nabisco I went to the driving range to watch players hit balls.  These ladies are sooooo good.  I love to watch them play.

This week in Salt Lake the temperature is in the 70’s.  The grass is green and the trees are starting to come out. I love spring time.

Last Sunday, Ironwood Country in Palm Desert had a great 5 hour event called Ironwoodstock.  There was food, music and fireworks.  I will post some photos in the next couple of days.  Ironwood Country Club always has something fun going on.

This is Masters Week, my favorite week of the golf season.  It is always fun to watch.  I hope that someday that I will be able to attend, even if just for one day.  I know people who have attended and I like to hear them talk about it.  This year, friends Ray and Kaye are at the tournament. I am very happy there were able to get tickets.

Here is a picture of Kim Kardashian’s butt. This was on Huffington Post yesterday.  Don't you thing its interesting that someone's butt is news?

Here is the Lovely Sharon at dinner one night last weekend in Palm Desert. Totally beautiful.

Talk about a blog entry of totally random thoughts.