No, I can not drop everything and go to Las Vegas to see Santana and play golf. That is how my conversation started a few weeks ago. Like all good friends would do, they totally ignored me. Ray, you love Santana and we will be standing right in front of the stage. I can't go. But Ray, two days of golf on beautiful courses awaits you. Ha, you saw my last round. I don't think I even like golf any more. Come on Ray, there will be great food and we will all be there together. A weekend with my buddies, I am not that strong. I was hooked!
Fast forward to last Sunday, 2 pm and we are all on our way. Thank you, Southwest airlines. Yes, I do wanna get away. At 7 pm, we are in the House of Blues and at 8 pm, the man steps on stage....SANTANA! ! ! A great night, for sure.
The next day, golf at its worst for me, just like my previous round. I received only encouragement from my friends. Tuesday, I considered just spending the day at the hotel and doing some work. Of course, I was overruled. We place a small wager on each round just to make it interesting and we each get a handicap. I get a lot of strokes. Tuesday was a good day for me. It was one of the best rounds I have had in decades. I won virtually every hole. Early in the round, I became the sandbagger. Friends! They keep me humble.
I am fortunate. I have my health. I have the ability to hop on a plane and go see a bucket list concert and play golf when I want to, but it is my friends that make me realize how fortunate I really am. Chris and Dave, I have known since my UC Davis days (the early 80's). I met Curt in 7th grade and David, grammar school. We have shared great times together; awesome weekends, weddings, the birth of our children and grandchildren. We have shared really tough times together; the loss of family members, the loss of friends, a rare divorce, health issues, as well as, the constant grind of every day life. What has been constant is our friendship. Every time I look up, there are my buddies. No, not just buddies...brothers. They keep me positive when life is tough. They keep me humble when life is good. OK, maybe I do sandbag just a bit, but I have too. They are all better than me. It is good to have friends that will reach down and pick you up. Life is good!