Archive for June, 2014

Sorry for the slow replies to comments.  Our internet has been off-and-on (mostly off) for several days.  The cable guy will be here tomorrow to check it out.

Jimmy and I both had errands to run today, plus it was beastly hot, so we only got in three rounds.  But the good news is, he finally beat me.  Now that he’s crossed that hurdle, I predict he’ll do it again without waiting another 13 rounds.

11:00 AM
Tom: -6
Jimmy: -2
Christine: even par

3:00 PM
Tom: -9
Jimmy: -2

8:00 PM
Jimmy: -4
Tom: -3
Christine: -1

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Nothing to do with health or nutrition …  just some stuff that caught my attention while I was surfing and cooling off between rounds of disc golf.

The last time I checked out Fat Head on YouTube was a year or so ago, when someone alerted me to the version uploaded by Gravitas, thinking perhaps it was yet another pirated upload.  (It isn’t.  Gravitas is our digital distributor, and they pay us for their YouTube version.)  At that time, there were just over 100,000 views.  Here’s what I saw today:

Suh-weet!  More than 300,000 views and counting.

When I put on my grammar-grump hat, you can bet on me making a serious typo in the same post, so go ahead and start pointing those out now.  Go ahead, I’ll wait …

… Okay, that’s long enough.

Anyway, I understand when, say, someone who runs a grocery store makes a grammar goof while painting a sign.  I don’t like it when I walk into a Kroger and see that tomato’s are on sale, but I don’t grind my teeth about it.  But it annoys the @#$% out of me when people who are (supposedly) professional communicators haven’t mastered elementary-school grammar rules.  Take a look at this ad, which was produced by Canon International, the camera company:

Now take a look at this paragraph from an article on CNBC:

That sound you hear is me grinding my teeth.  It’s means it isIts is possessive, as in hers, his, its.  The ad should read Photography At Its Finest, and the CNBC article should read … before it’s too late.

These are mistakes in basic grammar committed by people who get paid to write for a living.  And by the way, nothing makes it into print without at least one or two editors giving it a look.  When I worked at a small magazine, two editors approved and initialed every article before it went to the printer.  For an ad, the client and the creative director also have to approve.  So multiple pairs of eyes failed to spot those mistakes.  I guess that’s what happens when people from the MTV generation grow up and take jobs in the communications field.

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Tough loss for Jimmy.  The forecast is for rain all day, so we accepted that we’d get wet and went out to play.

I have an advantage on windy days.  I tend to throw line drives with a mostly-flat trajectory that isn’t affected too much by wind.  Jimmy throws high drives that curve left then right, and the wind can knock those shots in crazy directions.

On the other hand, Jimmy has an advantage in the rain.  I throw backhand, which means most of my grip pressure is on top of the disc — which of course is catching raindrops even as I wind up.  If I grip a wet disc normally, it squirts out to the left.  If I grip it hard enough to prevent that from happening, I lose a lot of distance.  Jimmy throws sidearm, so most of his grip pressure is on underside of the disc, protected from raindrops.  (The picture below is from yesterday, when it wasn’t raining.)

So after 12 holes, as my drives were landing short or squirting off left, he was up -3 to even par.  Then the rain stopped, and my drives picked up steam.  I ran off five birdies over the last six holes.  I had warned Jimmy I was going to make an Arnold-Palmer-style dramatic comeback, but I thought I was kidding.

10:45 AM
Tom: -5
Jimmy -3

12:15 PM
Tom: -9
Jimmy: even par

2:00 PM
Tom: -5
Jimmy: -3
Christine: -1

4:40 PM
Tom: -5
Jimmy: -1

6:30 PM
Tom: -7
Jimmy: -2

(For the record, I’m rooting for Jimmy to have a put-it-all-together round and beat me.  But since he’s a man with some pride, I’m under orders not to throw anything but my best shots out there.)

8:15 PM
Tom: -6
Jimmy -3

The forecast was wrong.  It didn’t rain all day.  In fact, we only played one round in the rain, and the sun was out for part of the afternoon.

Jimmy and I have played 12 rounds including the practice round, which means we’ve both walked 12 miles so far.

 

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Two years ago, Jimmy Moore had never played disc golf.  Then I introduced him to the game during a visit, and he became a monster.  We played multiple rounds per day during the summer 2012 drought, with temperatures pushing and occasionally exceeding 100 degrees.

It was raining this morning as I was nursing my coffee to wake up.  I looked outside and saw this:

Yup, that’s Jimmy practicing in the rain so he can make good on his threat to whomp me.  He hasn’t yet, but the week is just getting started.

Noon
Tom: -5
Jimmy: -2
Christine: even par

1:30 PM
Tom: -8
Jimmy: -3
Christine: -3

2:30 PM
Tom: -2
Jimmy: -1

4:10 PM
Tom: -7
Jimmy: -4

5:30 PM
Tom:  -7
Jimmy: -4

(Nice action shot, Christine.)

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I’ll be tied up this week, but thankfully not with work.  Weather permitting, I’ll be spending most of my days playing multiple rounds of disc golf against this character as part of what has become an annual tradition.

Jimmy threatened to “whomp” me on Twitter before leaving South Carolina this morning.  Some weeks ago, he tried to intimidate me by posting pictures of his pretty new drivers and trash-talking.  Unafraid of engaging in an arms race, I also ordered some pretty new drivers, but chose not to tip my hand by posting pictures.

One practice round down already.  Many more rounds to go, since Jimmy and Christine will be here for a week.  I’ll check comments, maybe write a post, but mostly I plan to be out in the front pastures slinging discs.

Oh, and for the deluded types out there who were trading rumors online that I skipped this year’s low-carb cruise because I want to “distance” myself from Jimmy… well, you’ve got a point.  As you can see from the picture, I kept a distance of nearly six inches between us.  In last year’s pre-tournament photo, it was only four inches.

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Over the weekend, I made good on my promise to help the girls produce an episode of Fat Head Kids’ Club.

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