Saturday, February 9, 2013

back to Charlotte

It is Saturday night, the 9th of February and I am at the Wingate in Charlotte. I spent a leisurely day, working some on my grading (I have 16 poems due back on Tuesday), walking around the 4th ward, riding the stationary bike for 35 minutes, doing my yoga, and finally having dinner at Rockbottom Brewery, very good vegetarian pizza and salad. I walked around downtown for 25 minutes then headed back to the room for more schoolwork and eventually to watch the Louisville/Notre Dame game. I talked to David Richert today and he is going to meet me on the 21st and give me a price on the ailanthus problem. I think it won’t cost me over a thousand, and if so I will get him to clear a few trees where the endangered smooth coneflower is. I haven’t heard from Robbie at Transformation Painting but I am hoping to hear soon and I hope is estimate is around 2500. I talked to Gloria today and told her I will be coming out to Fremont this summer so that will be fun and I will get to see the redwoods, one of my favorite places to hike in. Paul Witkowsky’s stroke, though minor, is scaring me and I am going to try to get my weight down to 210 and keep it there. My aunt Marie may be very sick with liver concerns. She had an MRI two days ago and is scheduled for a CT scan. I am worried and I don’t want anything bad to happen to her. Yesterday I played golf at Regent Park and it was an interesting outing. I haven’t played in three weeks so I was pretty inconsistent. My driver was mixed and I played two balls since the foursome in front of me was very slow. I came to the last hole needing a twelve to break 100 (my first ball score ended up a 45), and I screwed up big time on my second ball, finally landing it about 8 feet from the cup on my sixth shot. Fortunately I was on on 3 with first ball, though I had a 25 foot, slightly downhill putt. If I could get a 5 on that ball and make the 8 foot putt on the second I would break 100. I decided to hit the 25 foot putt first and hit it wonderfully, within six inches, so I had my 5. I had basically given up on the 8 footer but I stroked it solidly and it curved right into the cup for a 99.

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