A Great Round of Golf!

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

eXp Realty

3412 Babson Drive

Elk Grove, CA 95758

916-698-8414

ray.hensonca@gmail.com

 

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Bob Crane
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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
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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
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Raymond - well-told.  Obviously, you have much to be thankful.  

Nov 09, 2019 07:55 PM #7
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Brian England
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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
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
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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
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Raymond Henson
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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
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Raymond Henson
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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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Raymond, while Santana may be a once in a lifetime experience, good friends are treasures for life! I am happy you got to go and had a great time. The photos are great! Sometimes, the things we think we don't need or have time for are the best things we get anyway! May your life be richer because of friends who love and care for you. 

Nov 12, 2019 05:02 PM #12
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Raymond Henson
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Thank you, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

Nov 12, 2019 05:13 PM #13
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Raymond, you made a great memory with good friends-that's important.

Nov 14, 2019 12:47 PM #14
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Jane Chaulklin-Schott
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Indeed, Raymond Henson, you are a wealthy man and your entry in the 'thankful challenge'  is beautiful.  Living here in Orlando, Florida,  surround by over 2.5 million acres of fresh water - lakes, rivers, streams, springs, man-made canals, and wetlands and a zillion golf courses, let me tell you that when I read you had the 2nd day of golfing and it was great, I was very happy and just knew I had a smile deep inside.

Nov 20, 2019 07:50 AM #15
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Raymond Henson
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We have been to your area several times and it is a wonderful area.  It is high on our list for potential retirement areas.  I would love to play some golf there.  Thank you for stopping by, Jane Chaulklin-Schott.

Nov 20, 2019 08:56 AM #16
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Hi Raymond,
Where would we be without our friends, right? I do love golf but it's my friends that make it fun, regardless of whether it's a good or bad round. 

Say, I'm probably going to be traveling through your area in January or February. Would you like to try to hook up for a game of golf, weather permitting?

Nov 29, 2019 09:58 AM #17
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Kat Palmiotti
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What a wonderful entry into the gratitude challenge. I would have loved to have seen Santana, but not the golf! I'm glad you have great friends who encouraged you to get away. 

Nov 30, 2019 06:24 AM #18
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Raymond Henson
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I have seen a lot of really great concerts, Santana is right there at the top!  I hope you get to see him one of these days, Kat Palmiotti 

Nov 30, 2019 06:43 AM #19
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Friends who encourage and support one another are the very best. Your group sounds extraordinary, Ray. 

Nov 30, 2019 07:14 AM #20
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Hi Ray:

Sounds like a great time, and to see Santana in person must have been awesome! I am not a golfer but can certainly appreciate the pleasure that comes from playing, espeically when it goes well!

Special friends, and time with them, are really are something to be grateful for and cherish in our lives!

Jeff

Dec 01, 2019 01:08 PM #21
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Raymond Henson
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Santana in a small venue, as is the House of Blues, was awesome.  We were just off the stage!  Thank you, Jeff Dowler, CRS 

Dec 01, 2019 02:07 PM #22
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Hi Raymond, good for you! Enjoyed your story, living vicariously through you. Have a great week!

Dec 02, 2019 04:08 AM #23
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Raymond Henson
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Just read your post about Bonita National.  I think I can live vicariously through you as well.  What a beautiful area.  All my CA friends thinking of moving to Florida should check it out and get some expert information from you.  Thank you for your input.

Dec 02, 2019 05:31 AM #24
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