With the days getting longer I have had a chance to get out and hit a few balls lately. The cul-de-sac I live on is bordered by three holes so I am fortunate that I can play two or three holes by walking across the street, through the neighbor’s yard and on to the #6 tee. It may not be a full round but I’d much prefer to hit balls on 2-3 holes than at a driving range. There usually isn’t anyone on the course late in the day either so it isn’t like I am cutting in on anyone either.
Saturday evening I actually had enough time to get in more than 2-3 holes so I went down and teed off #1 hoping to get in as many as I could. I was by myself so I played two balls (I called them A & B) and started out well, bogie with my A ball and par with my B ball. I got off the tee well with both which was encouraging.
I had played two weeks ago with some co-workers and about halfway through the round reailized that I had lapsed into a weak grip again which was causing me to slice. I really have to concentrate on gripping the club with a strong grip or that slice comes back. Once I corrected that problem, I finished that round pretty well.
Back to my Saturday night 9 hole round – I continued to play well on #2 and #3 (I always have problems with #3). By the time I got to #5 I was +3 with my A ball and 0 with my B ball. Yikes! Of course that had to come to and end and #5, a long up hill par 5 which isn’t that hard, got me. So-so drives followed by awful fairway shots left me in the woods with both my A and B balls. After some more hacking I finished with and 7 and an 8. Bleh. Played ok on #6, hit an awesome second shot on #7 but missed the birdie put, and had a par with one ball on #8.
By the time I got to #9 it was pretty dark and a storm was rolling in but I was determined to finish. One good and one so-so tee shot, followed by one awful and one so-so fairway shot left me with a couple tough shots. I hit an awesome 5 iron which I couldn’t see but it ended up 3 feet from the flag with my B ball but my A ball was up in the pine straw. Hitting out of pine straw is tricky and I have learned the hard way that my 54 degree wedge is not the club to use. So I chipped it with my gap wedge and got it to within 15 feet and two putted it for a 7.
This was the first time I really concentrated on playing two separate balls. A lot of times I will tee off one ball and only hit a second if my first one wasn’t very good or I will drop a second one from the fairway or up near the green. I ended up eith a 47 for my A ball and a 43 for my B ball. I was happy because I was keeping the ball in the fairway for the most part and hit my irons well. In a couple cases, hitting them farther than I normally do.
I am headed to Charlotte to see the Wachovia on Thursday and may play at Pine Needles on Friday. I went to Pine Needles for the Women’s Open last year, it is a nice course and should be a challenge. Hopefully I will keep the ball in the fairway!
Yesterday I received an e-mail letting me know that my WordPress plugin request for Retro-Dashboard h ad been approved so last night I checked all of the code and supporting files into Subversion. Is it perfect? Nope. Does it clean up stuff in the 2.5 Dashboard which I dislike? Yes. I imagine I will continue to tweak it and use it as a Admin Theme learning platform. Maybe I’ll do a Rock Band theme … Hmmm.
You can find Retro-Dashboard on WordPress.org at: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/retro-dashboard/
Like many people, I am not a big fan of the new admin theme with WP 2.5. While somethings (like categories being below the post) I find cumbersome, I can deal with those, it is the visual layout and color scheme which I don’t like.
I am not a fan of web sites that fill the entire browser window all the way up to the edge. I like a little bit of a border – something which says “I spent some time making this look crisp and finished”. Letting sites fill all the way to the edge always seemed lazy to me. And I really don’t like the mish-mash of colors either.
So after poking around for a new admin theme and not finding anything, I decided to see if I could do some simple CSS tweaks to clean up the Dashboard more to my liking. I now have something running which I am reasonably happy with and have requested a project on wp-plugins.org. Hopefully if I am accepted, I will have it available to others, should anyone else want it, later today or tonight.
Update: As of 6:00 AM on Friday I still haven’t heard anything back from wp-plugins.org. I thought this was supposed to happen quickly and was one of the selling points for wp-plugins.org?
Yesterday I drove down to the beach to do some maintenance on our beach house before the renters start rolling in a couple weeks. It is an easy drive, about 2 1/2 hours, sometimes a little less. I am listening to the TWIT podcast, and Leo starts chatting about his trip to Tasmania and then into a dialog about National Geographic and former Geographic photographer Bruce Dale.
It grabs my attention because – hey, I know Bruce Dale! He is my sister-in-law’s father-in-law and since my sister-law and her husband live 1/4 mile away, we see them all the time. As such, I have met Bruce on numerous occasions. He is a very interesting guy and very much into technology as Leo noted in the podcast. Always has a camera with him and takes the most phenominal pictures of the most mundane stuff.
One of my co-workers took our Xbox home for the weekend for a Rock Band party and hasn’t brought it back yet! I’m itching to play. I haven’t played much at home either because I have busy and when I do have a chance, someone else (usually my son and his friends) are already playing something, usually Halo.
At home I bought the Boston pack and they’re all pretty good songs – I imagine if you are a Boston fan, I’m not a big fan, all of their songs sound really similar, you’d really like it. By the time I bought it I was just about done with the Guitar tour on Medium so I ended up playing them one after another. I don’t recommend that, you need to break them up so you get some variety.
I have attempted to play a 3-4 songs on Hard and managed to get through a couple of them. Sliding my hand from the G-R-Y-B to R-Y-B-O buttons is proving to be a challenge. I get so confused! I may try the drums again although I want a set of the Rock Band drum silencers which will be available next month. The drums are really loud. I also read somewhere you can do a Bass solo tour but I couldn’t find it. I need to look for that too.
My HP nw8240 is really getting on my nerves. It has had some odd issues for a while but this one is driving me nuts. Every once in a while, my n8240 will act as if the delete key is permanently held down. This means that what ever happens to be open, trys to delete things. This is particularly annoying when I have my Outlook Inbox open! Nothing like having 200-300 e-mail messages deleted in about 3 seconds. This happened a while back and then went away but came back with a vengence this week on several occassions. I ordered a new keyboard which should be here on Monday. I hope it fixes the problem.
About two days after I posted about my inability to get past Vasoline in RockBand, I finally made it through. I was having trouble with the hammer ons which appear throughout the song. I didn’t do that great but at least I made it through and moved on.
This evening was the first chance I really had to play again so I went back to work on the medium tour. After knocking out a couple songs, I ran into another stumper – Metallica’s Enter Sandman. I have been frustrated with the Rock Band guitar and I think we need a replacement. You really have to press the strum bar hard to get it to register which can be very tiring when playing sequences of rapid notes. After failing 3-4 times, I decided to try the Guitar Hero II Explorer guitar. It really is much easier to play and I made it through Enter Sandman without any problems. Yep, we need to get a new Rock Band guitar.
After finishing Enter Sandman, I also completed “Highway Star”, “Flirtin’ with Disaster”, “Train Kept a Rollin'” and “Green Grass and High Tides” without any problems which completes the Medium solo tour on guitar. All I have left to play are some of the songs on the bonus tour as well as some of the songs we have downloaded.