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Worth the money? Yeah.

on July 9th, 2010 at 7:40:00 PM


I sent Callahan to golf camp this week. The one I choose was a collaboration between the Park Cities YMCA and the North Texas PGA.

For $199, he got three hours of golf Monday through Friday, a new set of junior golf clubs, and free and discounted golf for the summer at a couple of our area courses. As summer camps go, I was willing to pay the $199 for this one. The coach with whom he took his first lessons at Tenison was involved with the program, and I liked that.

Was it worth it? Well, so far he's played four rounds of free golf at a local par-3 course (value $24 and counting), received a set of clubs that would cost around $100 if we bought them, and received 15 hours of play and instruction. He won a chipping contest and the Best Putting award.

After it ended today, he and I played nine holes.

He beat me.

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And we improve

on June 28th, 2010 at 7:55:37 PM


Last week, we played The Practice Tee's par 3 course in Richardson. Stunk up the joint. Our golf wasn't pretty at all. There were few trees on the course, and I think Cal hit them all.

So this week, we went back to North Texas Golf Center for 9 holes. After playing the other course the week before, I found myself appreciating this course more.

And we improved. I made three pars and hit my goal score of 36, and Callahan improved by two strokes to a 47. He's developing a real knack for pitching and chipping.

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Summer of golf

on June 14th, 2010 at 8:51:54 PM


Callahan started taking golf lessons in May. Since the nine-year-old can't drive himself and his buddies to play eighteen holes, I decided I better climb up into the attic and dust off my clubs. They haven't seen a blade of grass in 15 years.

Today was our second day out on a course. We found North Texas Golf Center last week, a 9-hole par-3 here in Dallas that's perfect for both of us.

I improved on last week's score by 5 strokes, shooting a 39. I had my first (and second) par. Big fist pump moment. Cal shot a 49, same as last week, but almost all of his tee shots were in the air and onto the fairways.

Just wait. By the end of summer, you'll see me bragging about shooting a 27. 

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Happy birthday, and good luck.

on June 12th, 2010 at 6:10:07 AM


Today is my father's 69th birthday. My sister and I thought we'd go over to see him and mom, do dinner, cake, whatever.

Nope. Dad didn't want that. He want to go Oklahoma to the casinos. We're not invited. Happy birthday!


UPDATE: It was a good birthday indeed. Dad won over $800. On penny slots. Okay then.

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Blogging with Drupal Gardens

on June 11th, 2010 at 1:21:40 PM


I don't remember when I learned about Drupal Gardens, but it was probably on Twitter. That's where all my news seems to break these days. 

But as a web designer who has shifted focus in the last year to Drupal as a CMS to build sites, I was intrigued. This could be a great solution to offer clients who want a blog, or a small business brochure site without having to worry about back-end updates.

Once I got my beta invitation, I jumped at the chance to see how easy it would be to theme. Could I easily create custom themes in Drupal Gardens to offer my clients? Could I get to the point where I could contribute themes specifically for Drupal Gardens, both to the community and as packages to sell, like you find with WordPress?

To find out, I'm jumping in and launching my own personal blog on Drupal Gardens. It's been a while since I've just blogged about stuff, so this is my space. And along the way, I'll be discovering the advantages (and disadvantages?) of Drupal Gardens.

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