May 20, 2012

Golfing at Oak Hills in Clear Lake, Iowa


Golfing at Oak Hills in Clear Lake, Iowa

Todd Swank's Diary Entry for May 20, 2012


The week started with a business trip to Seattle  to see our good friends at Microsoft and learn about all their exciting plans for the next year or so.  It's going to be a big one for them with new releases like Windows 8, Server 2012, Office 15, and the new version of Windows Phone.  Microsoft is re-creating the entire landscape of the technology world in the coming months and I can't wait to go along for the ride!


My 2012 Travel Troubles continued on this trip.  

You can read about some of my earlier problems here: 

As you can see in the picture, my plane was scheduled to leave at 5:35 and as of 9:18, I was still standing outside of it.

No major deal.  I just love sitting at airports for hours and hours!


On Saturday morning, I drove down to Clear Lake to hook up with my buddies and play golf at Tom Sherman's course called Oak Hills. It's one of my favorite courses in the world!  Mainly because I've been playing there for the past 25 years and I have a lot of great memories there.  And the boys and I were ready to create some new ones!

The first thing we decided to do was track down our old pal, Jason Anderson.  I heard he was living under a bridge, but never actually believed it until I watched him crawl out from underneath with my own eyes.  It had to be a real pain to get comfortable while trying to sleep down there.

Jason's parents, Dennis and Marsha, were very excited to learn that we located their son.  They were even more excited when we told them that we were going to take him golfing which would keep him out of their hair for a few more hours.


Things were pretty intense once the golfing began.  Ron has been a deputy sheriff for over a year now.  He currently works as a guard at the county jail, but apparently his long term goals involve being a traffic cop.  He was practicing his moves all day and just kept exclaiming "Some day, I'm gonna do it!"


Jason was pretty mellow this trip.  He was very concerned that I was going to post embarrassing photos of him on the internet, but he should know I wouldn't do that.  Besides, he never really gives me any good pictures to work with.


On the 9th hole, Jason had a couple of very bizarre coincidences strike him at the same time.  First, when he exited the golf cart and walked up to tee off, a huge tree branch suddenly broke off and came crash landing to the ground just a few feet away from where he was standing.

Then, when he shot his ball, it went straight towards this tree and landed in a hole in it's hollowed out trunk.  I don't know what message God was trying to send him with this series of events, but I tried to avoid standing nearby him for the rest of the day.


After 27 holes of golf, we decided it was time to celebrate with night out on the town.  At the OP, we bumped into Cindy Brinkman and her husband, Doug.  It's been like 25 years or something since I've seen her last, so we had a great time catching up.  


At Rookies, we saw a lot of old friends including a couple West Brothers and Evie Calease.  We played pool, sang songs, and did all sorts of fun things while we were there.  I just love going back to Clear Lake.  So many good people live there.


But the highlight of the day, was the reunion of the Dynamic Duo, Krazy Kory and Krazy Kelly Madson!  The bad guys of the world better watch out if these two ever decide to start fighting crime together!


On Sunday, the family and I went bowling together with the Good Folks at Camp Odayin to celebrate the kickoff of another camping season.  I bowled 124 with the bumpers up and 88 without them.  I think the people around us were pretty impressed with my skills, but of course they didn't tell me that to my face.  I could just sense that was what they thinking.