A Great Round of Golf!

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) DRE# 00949880

     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.

Dave, David, Curt and Chris     Santana! ! !

    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.

Las Vegas golf     Las Vegas Golf

     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!

                                                    Las Vegas Golf

     Thank you to Debbie Maxwell of Charlotte and Margaret Rome of Baltimore for encouraging us to look for the positive with this month's ActiveRain Gratitude Challenge.

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eXp Realty

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Elk Grove, CA 95758





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Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

What would we do without our friends? They keep our brain healthy & strong. I'm so happy for you Raymond Henson that you have excellent friends and that you had a fun trip with golfing and concert wow! what else can you ask for right!

Nov 09, 2019 08:00 AM #1
Raymond Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

My friends certainly keep me strong, Abby Stiller .  I could ask for a hole in one.  It is probably a bridge too far.  I can dream though!   

Nov 09, 2019 08:07 AM #2
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Good entry into this month's thankful challenge. So glad you were able to getaway.

You are fortunate to have such wonderful friends to share your full life with. Raymond Henson 

Nov 09, 2019 08:51 AM #3
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ray, glad you went, and life is too short to miss this event with your buddies! 

Nov 09, 2019 10:34 AM #4
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Raymond,  Thanks for sharing your wonderful trip.  It sounds like a very enjoyable time.  We all need those cherished getaways - great for our health in many ways.

Nov 09, 2019 03:19 PM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Love this Raymond!!!  You can put off having fun with your friends just so many times until you look back and kick yourself for not going. You are indeed blessed to have the friendships that you do. 

Nov 09, 2019 03:41 PM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Raymond - well-told.  Obviously, you have much to be thankful.  

Nov 09, 2019 07:55 PM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It sounds like they knew just how to twist your arm properly to get you to go and I am glad you did and had a great time with your good friends!

Nov 10, 2019 05:44 AM #8
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Sounds like a great mini vacation! 

I've never learned golf but Wayne used to play. Maybe we'll revisit the idea of it when we need some retirement entertainment!

Nov 10, 2019 06:33 AM #9
Raymond Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, I have been very lucky.  You picked a topic that will be difficult to limit to four posts.  Thank you. 

Joan Cox, yes, life it too short, but I did have lots of extra work this week.  It was worth it!  Thank you. 

Bob Crane, yest it was needed.  The world seems like a better place when I get to hang out on the golf course with them, even on the bad golf days.  Thank you.    

Kathy Streib, luckily, my friends are constantly reminding me that I need to engage.  Thank you for stopping by.


Nov 10, 2019 07:47 AM #10
Raymond Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Michael Jacobs, thank you.  I am lucky.

Brian England they have been twisting my arm for decades.  It was tough to get me back on the course again.  Maybe I am ready for an Arizona course.  Thank you.

Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl,  golf is one of the most frustrating games I have played, but when it goes right, there are few sports like it and look at the surroundings.  These courses were gorgeous.  It is worth being out there.  I hope you two get a chance to play again.   Thank you for stopping by.  

Nov 10, 2019 07:52 AM #11
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