It’s a nice, cool day out. The sun is rising over the horizon and the birds are chirping. My house smells like freshly brewed coffee, signifying the start of a great day, well, sort of. What would make a day like this better would be a few stops throughout the day at my favorite place to shop. My wife also loves to shop at these places. It’s dangerous when we go together because we are about to spend some hard-earned cash! The shops that I am talking about are thrift shops.

Recently, I have been visiting the thrift shops around my area. I have been so happy with all of my recent findings. We have been looking to buy a few pieces of furniture for the house. I wanted to avoid buying brand-new furniture, since we are trying to buy a house at the end of this year. It wouldn’t make sense to buy new furniture right now, so I told the wife if she could find decent furniture for cheap, we would buy it. We ruled out the furniture store, because, of course, that would be new stuff. So, we decided to go online to see if anyone was selling anything. We checked Facebook and there was nothing that was worth the asking price. After the failed attempt on Facebook, we decided to ask our local friends if they had anything for sale. Again, we ran into a dead end. The wife kept telling me that we should check the thrift stores, which I was not about to do. I have always feared Bed Bugs and I associated the thrift store furniture with them, so I refused to consider the thrift stores. But finally, after watching our furniture deteriorate, I decided to listen to the wife. We finally went to Habitat for Humanity.

Now, we didn’t go there for furniture, we went there for something that I wanted. I wanted to pick something up for a future blog, and this place was by far the cheapest place to get that item. When we walked into the store, we were greeted with over 200 furniture items. It was inevitable that we looked, so we did just that. She was so excited as she looked at all the different used options and, to my surprise, the items were cheap! Habitat has this program where the price changes every week by offering 25%,50%,75% and original price. The percent is based off how long the item has been on the floor, and how desperate they are to sell it. We happened to like a few items that were 75% off!!! We got a love seat and 2 nice chairs for a total of $62!!! I truly like our new furniture, and I’m so happy that we got it for cheap, well, and I’m glad I listened to my wife. I should do that more often!

I never knew how fun thrift shopping/ garage shopping could be. It’s like a mini treasure hunt. There are times when you will find items that are valued like gold. There are times when the items should have been thrown away. Then there are times you will leave without picking up anything. There were many times I walked into the store and didn’t even spend a minute in there. It all depends on what you’re looking for. I usually only go when I’m looking for something in specific, whereas Airs can go up and down each aisle to see if anything is worth buying. But whatever your style of thrift shopping is, there is fun to be had. So if you’re seeking a deal, while staying within budget, you should also think about thrift shopping! I know I doubted at first, but now I thrift shop weekly! Just go, I’m sure you’ll have fun, and until next time…BYE!!!:)

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St. Andrews has done a lot for the game. I like to watch Rick Shiels on YouTube, a Scottish man, that visits the old course of St. Andrews a few times in his videos. I recently took an internet stroll and found that St. Andrews is a beautiful place. The course is nice, vibrant and has nice scenery, as the hell bunker and swilcan bridge (the same bridge Jack Nicklaus retired from professional golf in 2005) are known across the globe! St. Andrews is an open golf course, that means any of us can go visit them! If you go during the summer, the course offers 40-minute and 2 hour guided tours of the old course, but they have many other attractions; a practice center, 3 clubhouses, a bar, and many gift shops. The travel expense is up there for US Citizens, but if you want to go, it is well worth it.
Allow me to continue to talk about St. Andrews, please. The society of St. Andrews golfers had a lot of influence in the development of the game. In 1834, the society changed their name to Royal and Ancient golf club, which is still their name as of 2022. St. Andrews is the host of the open championship, but they are also the governing authority, alongside the USGA (United States Golf Association) of golf. Talking about rules, in the 19th century the green hole was given its standard size of 4 1/4” in diameter. This was the size of the implements that cut holes at Musselburgh.

The game was coming along nice and fine. People were loving this new game, but what they didn’t realize was that the game was about to get even better, and much cheaper! Two things that I absolutely love! Until 1848, the game of golf was insanely expensive to play. Due to this, only the rich or privileged people were able to play. This was because of how much it would cost to make the ball, alone. The first ball was called a Feathery. It was made of glass. Okay, I joke, it was made up of leather pouches that were stuffed with boiled duck and goose feathers, which were expensive to get. This wasn’t the only problem with the balls, though. The balls would fall apart quickly, and even if they didn’t fall apart easily, they wouldn’t go far. Now, I told you before, the yardage on these holes were close to “600” yards. If the ball wasn’t going far, then the Royal mates were losing wagers. That couldn’t happen! In 1847, there were only 17 clubs in Britain and close to a dozen courses, that we know of. But in 1848, some genius’ found a way to help poorer people play golf, also. This was the introduction of a ball that would be called a “Gutty,” which is short for Gutta Percha. Gutty’s were made up of hardened juice found inside of trees, that was very malleable when boiled. The Gutty was first used in 1856 and golfers noticed something; this new golf ball flew farther, rolled straighter (someone got these people a lawnmower in 1830! They could now cut their grass.) and lasted longer. Even if the ball became unusable it was easy to boil and reshape it, which was not the case with the “Feathery.” This was just a better option all around. After the introduction of the “Gutty,” golf saw a massive spike in growth. In 1890, there were 370 more clubs and over 120 more known courses. Gutty’s made it affordable for others to enjoy golf. They would use the Gutty for 15 years, until the modern golf ball was released in 1905, around the same time that grooves were added to the golf club faces for more distance!

It was 1880 and 90’s when the game of golf would get a gigantic push by an outside source. The source that I am referring to is railroads. Railroads contributed majorly to the spread of golf. People were able to move more freely and could get to the seaside, where many of the courses were, so they could play. It was a fertile place for new courses, as more and more people were using the railroad to travel there! Furthermore, more people were staying at Berwick and other surrounding areas. This gave reason to build more courses, and all the people were flocking to the already established course, causing the sport to grow more and more.

If people weren’t able to go there in person to see the hype, the publications allowed them to get a small taste of what they were missing. In the 19th century, more and more books and publications came out on golf. In 1890, there were only a dozen books written, but by 1900 there seem to be triple that!

The game begins to spread globally. It was no longer just in Scotland and England. Golf had made its way out of the little box it was in and now was in multiple countries and continents.
It reached the outposts of the British Empire such as the Royal Calcutta Golf Club in India- 1829. The British would be responsible for taking the sport to new countries such as:
Hong Kong- 1890
Thailand- 1890
Royal Melbourne- 1891 (This is the oldest golf course in Australia)
South Africa (Royal Cape golf club)-1885
South America- Buenos Aires club- 1878
Brazil- São Paulo- 1890
North America-Montreal- 1873.

There were more that followed, but you get the point. The game was spreading like wildfire! But it was still out of the United States. Well, until the late 19th century, that is. Golf finally arrived in the US with a Scotsman named John Reid. John Emigrated to the US in 1866 and began working for J. L. Mott Iron works. He was promoted shortly after to General manager and would hold that position, plus the position of trustee, for thirty-nine years. During his time in the US, John would introduce his “Royal Scottish game” by playing it at an improvised course near his house. This would lead to him asking his friend Robert Lockhart to go to Scotland and bring him some clubs and balls during Roberts visit back to Scotland. Robert did so and brought back 5 sets of clubs that he purchased from Old Tom Morris’ shop. On February 22, 1888, Reid, Lockhart, and a couple of their friends played three rough designed holes. This would lead to Reid and friends drawing up construction for a club (St. Andrews Golf Club) in New York. This is the oldest golf club in the United States, to date, but it doesn’t end there. With St. Andrews in the US, it was now time to begin building golf courses, right? Willie Dunn, from Musselburgh, surely thought so. Willie would build the first proper golf course in Shinnecock Hills, Long Island.

In 1891, Dunn would lay 12 holes at the course, then later would at 9 more for the women in Shinnecock Hills. The two courses were combined to make one course. Just in time for it to host the First-ever US Open, in 1896. The success from Dunn’s building led to more Scottish men to come over and build more courses. By the time of the first US Open, the new courses had reached 80! Then only 4 years later we had 982. The Scottishmen that came over to build, also became club makers and greenkeepers. Though there were countless courses, the quality was never really there, but then others were direct copies of courses from Scotland. Either way, the Scottish game was now in the USA. PGA was founded in 1929 and is the creator of events such as: The Masters, The U.S. Open, The Open championship, and the PGA championship, and has given the world some of the best golfers such as: Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, John Daly, and many, many more. Not only do we have the PGA, but another tour has come up recently. LIV golf is now trying to compete with PGA. I know the LIV is financed by the public investment fund, but I don’t know much more than that. Golf has just made so many changes over the years, I find it crazy how much it has grown!!

Golf is a sport that will bring you much joy, when you’re doing good. It also is a game that will tilt you in many different ways. You can have a joyful holes where the balls drop where you want them to, where you read the green perfect for every putt, and where you hit the ball as straight as a needle. Those holes are great confidence boosters, that’s for sure! But where there are good holes the bad ones will tend to follow. These bad holes will frustrate you and get deep inside of your head. The late Bobby Jones once said “golf is a game that you play on a 5 inch course, the distance between your ears.” Golf is mentally challenging and one bad shot can cause you to bogey the rest of the course. That’s the best part of golf is that nothing is guaranteed. It was like that in the 12th century, as it is now. A lot has changed in the 6+ centuries of golf evolution. A game that once was only for rich and royalty is now open for anyone to play. It doesn’t matter your age, wage or state of health. If you have the will to learn the game then you can play. The purpose of this whole series was to respond to the toxic members of the golf community; the ones that say you can’t play unless you spend endless amounts of money. I wanted to make this series to prove that you can get what you need to golf for cheap. You don’t have to spend $2,000 dollars on clubs to be a good golfer. Yeah, the newer clubs go farther, but if you’re just a casual or a beginner then, more times than not, you wouldn’t be able to get the max distance out of them anyway. In the series, I gave myself a budget and a goal. My goal was to give everyone, that wants to golf, hope and maybe even passion to go golfing. I want to grow the golf community, but people are told that they can’t because of reasons like: they aren’t as good as the “pros,” that they don’t have the fanciest bag of clubs, that they play the game too slow, and that they don’t belong in the sport. Golf, in my eyes, was created to spend time with a group of friends, away from work. I think it is time that we take that back. So, join me in this journey! Let me prove to you that you don’t have to be rich to golf! If you do, I promise I will bust that myth and we could all even learn a thing or two, along the way. What do you say? Are you ready to yell “Fore” and not feel bad about it? If so, I will see you next time!!!! Bye 🙂

“ You little son of a b*tch ball! Why don’t you just go HOME? That’s your HOME! Are you too good for your HOME?” — Happy Gilmore.
August is here. That means the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital’s 72-hole Golf challenge has official began. Well, it actually began 15 days ago, but who is counting? I took this challenge because I love to golf, and because the hospital does some wonderful things for the children, and the parents. The best thing about the hospital is they never charge! Yeah, you read that right, families of a child who receives treatment will not be billed. Not only do they treat every child for free, but they also give their parents food and housing during the treatment. That way, the family can focus on their child! When I read all that they do for the families, I knew I wanted to support them, so that’s why I joined the cause. There are two parts to the challenge. The first part of the challenge is to raise $200, which I am struggling to do, so please help here. The second part of this challenge is to play 72 holes of Golf, which is also hard because of staffing issues (at work), but I’m not giving up! I will complete this challenge, even if the golf community is toxic, at times. Here is why I think that; When you first start the challenge, you are prompted to join their Facebook group. This group is full of other golfers that are also taking the challenge. The purpose of this group is to unite other participants. I thought everything was going great until someone posted something about their clubs.

Please remember that golf can be a VERY expensive hobby, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend all of that money on new clubs, shoes, bags, or gloves, It is simply just not needed. Anyway, this man posted a status about his clubs and got torn apart by a few men in the challenge. There was a comment that stuck with me and gave me the inspiration to do this whole series. The comment was this, “You can’t golf if you want to avoid spending money. If you want to avoid spending money, then stay away.” My brain was blown away by the ignorance of this man! Here is the truth: You can play golf without spending a ton of money! That is what this series will try to prove at the end. My goal was to set a certain spending limit and tried to keep it within that budget. This series will give you a brief history lesson in part 1, part 2 will teach you the basics of golf, then the third part will show you if I stayed within my budget. Also, what I bought with the certain amount of money given. Finally, the last day of this month, we will draw for the winner of the Impromtdude Golf Merch! Remember, If you want to enter to win, all you have to do is like my posts! 1 like = 1 entrée. You can like all 700 if you’d like, and that will give you 700 entrées! I am excited to get this series started!!! Today, we will be learning about the history of golf. Like the grilling series, let us first start off with a very short golfing story!

“I live down town in a big city. When I walk outside, all I see are parking lots. This really is a bummer when you want to practice your swing during the day. I always had to wait for all the workers to leave, so I could hit my balls. This got really old quick, so I decided to rig up a golf net in my basement. This rigged golf net was a blanket that was nailed to a wall that wasn’t against the main wall, pretty much there was a small indent in the wall that acted as a net for my golf balls. I am not certain why I decided to use a real golf ball, when I had the foam ones, but I did. I would spend a lot of my spare time in the basement during this time. This was about to change, and I didn’t even know. During one of my practice sessions, I noticed that I was slicing a bit, so I went downstairs to work on my swing. I hit a few balls to warm up, but when I went to give a full swing, I guess I fully hooked the ball into the wall, and it ricocheted into my left eye socket. The impact of the ball knocked me out. I laid on the cold, hard basement floor. I knew I hit myself the second I came back into reality. Not only that, but I wanted to avoid grabbing my eye at first, because I feared what the outcome could have been! Finally, I grabbed my eye and felt something warm flowing from it! I was bleeding heavily from the outer part of my eye. I made my hand into a cuff and walked upstairs. At first, Airs thought it was fake, but her brother shortly confirmed that I was telling the truth. At that point, she got up and helped me get it cleaned up. This is when I realized I couldn’t see anything out of my left eye. This lasted for a few weeks, but eventually went away! And I never golfed in my basement again.”

I learned my lesson that day. I learned that I shouldn’t golf in a brick basement with real golf balls and clubs. I almost lost my eye that day. If the ball had been a bit lower, we would be seeing Impromtdude with an eye patch! But none of this would be possible unless Golf was invented!! When was gold invented, who invented it? Let’s talk about that!

Golf has been around for centuries, but historians have had a problem trying to date back to when this wonderful game actually began. There are many possibilities of where it started and who was the mastermind behind it because there have been many games that resembled golf. Many cultures have had a game that revolved around hitting a small ball with a stick, such as Kolven, Chole, and Pall mall and many and many others. That is why historians have said that the Stained glass in the Gloucester Cathedral in England is most likely not a golfer, though it does resemble a modern-day golfer, but is probably one of the many variants of the game. There were even speculations that China had a game that was very close to how golf is played today, before anyone else, but there was never proof enough for them to take the cake. So, who was the first place to have golf, who is the home of golf? Well, that crown, that very special crown is given to St. Andrews of Scotland! In the 12th century, there were many golfers playing along the West Sands, sand dunes, along the coast of St. Andrews. This fact was never sustained, so can we really count it? If you don’t believe so, then we will move along to the first printed evidence for the game we call Golf. This evidence comes from a printed article back in 1457. The document that spoke about the game was a decree by James II, of Scotland, for football and golf to be belittled and not used. James II feared an attack from England, and felt the people were caring far too much about hitting a ball than they were practicing archery. As he said, “A sweet struck iron was unlikely to repel the English, whereas a straight arrow might.” Though, James II had a point, have you ever had a golf ball hit you in the face? I think they are both very effective methods to fend off enemies! People were then sent back to practice archery, which probably added so many strokes to their 72….how sad.

Let’s jump ahead.
In 1513, James IV married the daughter of Henry VII of England. During this time, James IV sent his servants out to have some clubs made. The man who would make the first official set of clubs was an Artisan of Perth. These clubs were sent back to James IV, and he used them to play a man by the name of Earl of Boswell. It was at this time in history that golf would be formerly known as a Royal game.

In 1603,
golf began to spread through parts of the United Kingdom. The credit was to be given to James I because he would go on to make sure that as long as there was due religious observance, anyone could enjoy a nice day of sports on Sundays. James IV would pass his love of Golf down to his 3 sons; Charles I, Charles II, and James II. They were all avid golfers and loved to play as much as they could. Here is a fun little fact for you; Charles I was actually in the middle of a game at a Leith, one of the first courses in Scotland, when news of the Ireland rebellion was brought to everyone’s attention. I wonder if he finished his match? Do you think so?
Now, we have talked much about who started this game, but how did the actual first game look? We know how today’s game is played. We are given a number of strokes, usually 72, and we try to get under that number of strokes, but this wasn’t the case back in the day. They actually didn’t even have scorecards to keep track of their score. Golfers would play match play. This is where you go head-to-head against another player. The person that knocks in the ball in the fewest attempts wins that hole. The player with the most holes won, at the end, wins the match. Wagers were placed before the match, of course the winner won whatever they wagered. There were no formal rules or ground keep. If you were to play golf, you would be playing on common land that was owned by the whole community. There were special cases that you would play on private lands, but that wasn’t often the case… The courses were sometimes rough to play on. Putting was tricky as the greens were not finely cut, like they are these days, this was because there were no lawnmowers. The greens were bumpy due to that fact. Like golfers need any more heartaches when putting, right?

Up to 1743, There were no clubs for golfers to join or go to. This would change in 1744, though, with the birth of the Honourable company of Edinburgh Golfers, which was a group of men that played a 5-hole course in Leith together. Leith is now a part of the district of Edinburgh. This club was first based in Leith, on the east coast of Scotland. Before I tell you the average size of their hole, let me first tell you the average size of a golf course hole today. At Pebble Beach, one of the most famous courses in the world, the shortest hole is 155 yards, whereas their longest hole is 599 yards. Now that you know what to expect, the first hole recorded at Leith was over 400 yards. You are probably thinking “Well that isn’t so bad, that is actually normal.” What you’re not factoring in is how much we have adapted with our equipment. Back in the day, they used wooden clubs that didn’t drive the ball nearly as far. Their course might have been 400 yards, but that is equivalent to 600 yards today, based on what they were using as clubs. The club would pick up and move to Musselburgh in 1836, then again to Muirfield in 1891. During this span of time, the club would have moved a total of 20 miles. The club only allowed men to join their group, but voted to accept ladies in 2017!

The earlier days of golf were different depending on which course you went to. Today, most courses either have 9-holes or 18-holes. This wasn’t the case in the beginning. Each course was allowed to pick how big their course was, and the number of holes were all over the place. St. Andrews had 22 holes, Prestwick of Scotland had 12, Leith only had 5, Perth of Scotland had 6, and Montrose, the biggest of them all, had 25!
St. Andrews had 22 holes until 1764 when William St. Clair of Roslin, captain of the leith and St. Andrews golf clubs, pushed for the first 4 holes of St. Andrews to be restructured into 1. St. Andrews would now be the first course to have 18 holes, and would then become the new standard for courses moving forward.

To be continued…. Part 2 coming at 4 P.M. Central time.

Welcome back! I’m so happy to wrap up another amazing week! We are doing so well. And I’m happy to have you here! Thank you for all of the support! Today, we will be covering security! Where do you find your comfort? You should comment your answer below!! Until next time, Bye:)

Topic: What gives you a Sense of Security?
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Everyone is born with something or atleast learns to lean on something by a young age. I found comfort in my mom, my cousin felt comfort in a blanket, and my friend needed a specific toy to calm him down. These are known as security blankets and everyone has one, though they will change as you grow older. You might not realize you do, but look closer and you will see that you do have one. There is nothing wrong with them, it is simply what item the body needs to combat anxiety. My son’s security comes from his sippy cup. He cannot fall asleep without it. It doesn’t matter what it has in it, he just wants to hold it while he sleeps. It is cute, but now we have started the process of potty training so we are trying to transition him away from it, it’s hard! You now know his, but what is my security blanket? What do I need in order to feel “safe”? I would have to say mine is humor. It might not be a physical object, but I use humor when I get in uncomfortable situations. It was there when I was holding back tears, when I was terrified and when I lost everything. I’m so blessed to have humor, honestly!

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Posted: August 11, 2022 in Snippets
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What do you do on Lazy days?
It is nice when you finally get a day that you can do anything you would like to do. It is delightful when you can lay back and be lazy, without feeling like you are letting your whole world fall apart. The laundry is done, the house is clean, and all emails are responded to, so what are you doing? What do you do on these rare days when you don’t have to worry about anything? It doesn’t happen a lot for me, but I sometimes see a lazy day. Here is what I do when I get to do anything I want to do. Note: This would be what I would do if I didn’t have a wife or kid because any day off is usually spent with them. Let’s dream for a moment!

I woke up to all of my life put together nicely. I don’t have chores around the house, my job isn’t bugging me, and I already paid all of my bills. I might have a fully available day? What do I do? The first thing that I would want to do is go to the driving range. If you get there early, then typically you can get a full workout done before the egotistical players get out there. I would practice for about an hour and half. I would get back into my car and head back home, where I would cook the most delicious breakfast ever. Eggs, Sausage and a giant bowl of fruity pebbles. I would put this on a tray and sit in front of my PlayStation and play a video game for a few hours. The breakfast is gone, the muscles are feeling great from the workout and I played video games. What now? What would be next?

After the morning passes, I would spend the next few hours writing and getting a few posts scheduled. During the writing process, I would be watching Rick Shiels or Good Good on my phone. This way, I am hitting 2 birds with one stone. After writing, it would be close to 4 p.m. and that would be the time I would start preparing dinner. No, I wouldn’t be cooking dinner. I am talking about getting the food put in a marinade because I would be grilling! At 5, I would get the grill chimney started. The food would be ready to go on the grill at 5:30. After the grilling is done, I would eat and then spend another hour practicing golf. After I get done with the practice, I would come inside and get a nice and hot shower. The rest of the night would be spent watching YouTube.

I sound like a boring person, but a lazy day is meant to be uneventful. The purpose of a lazy day is to allow your body to catch up and relax before you go back to the “normal grind.” This is why I chose low-energy activities that wouldn’t leave a person drained at the end. You want to feel calm and collected the whole day. This would be my dream lazy day. It would be full of things that I don’t get to enjoy nearly as much as I want to. Well, add my wife and kid and I would be living the best life!!! I wish everyone had more lazy days! It would be pleasant if everyone got 1 day to fully relax and get ready for the week ahead. Then maybe, just maybe, more people would be happy! I surely know I would be! I hope you guys enjoy the rest of your week. Until next time….BYE!:)

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