Friday, July 16, 2021

'The Open'

 8:14 am - Friday - July 16th - Seal Rock, OR - 54° F, 94% humidity, wind 3 mph out of the west......that's a change....out of the west, not the north....any change is good!  Heavy marine layer now, sun later today with a forecast high of 60° F.  On this date in 2012 TLE and I were riding our Cannondale tandem on Whidbey Island near Ebey's Landing.....↴

I set an ambitious agenda for myself Thursday to see how much I could get done in 3 hours.  On my plate was to make a minor repair on the trailer we use with the golf cart, use the Massey-Ferguson loader to push in the edges of the burn pile as it was getting spread out too much, mow around the barn, and burn pile to make it easier for Greg to mow the large leach field in back of the barn with the riding lawnmower, mow the group area in front of the office, mow and trim around the cabin/office area, mow and edge sites C, D, 2, 4 and 7, and finally, clean out the eight firepits of the sites with incoming customers.  Just as I finished cleaning the firepit the of final site my watch showed it was 1 pm....time to call it a day, which I did.

Thursday was the first round of 'The Open' (also called the British Open), which is the oldest open in golf.....this year is the 149th edition of 'The Open', and it is being held at Royal St. Georges this year which is a links course as has always been the case with 'The Open'.  A links course is one that has few if any trees, strong winds, thick grasses, or heather, a lot of bunkers, and is built on sand along a coastline.  Most links courses are located in Scotland as is the oldest golf course of any kind in the world, St. Andrews.  It is a completely different type of golf, and I love watching it from beginning to end.  On Thursday my DirecTV DVR began recording 'The Open' at 3:30 am, and ran for 10 hours.  On Friday there will be 14 hours of televised coverage....the same for Saturday and Sunday.  TLE has come to love golf, especially the Major Championships (The Masters, The US Open, The PGA, and 'The Open), and is usually right there with me watching every stroke. To complicate things Le Tour de France Stage 18 was also being recorded, so there was a lot of TV viewing Thursday afternoon.  Thank goodness I got the new shrouded cable installed on the Winegard Traveler satellite dish Wednesday!

The wind continued to blow out of the north Thursday, but its velocity was noticeably reduced so I redeployed the patio awning for the first time in about a week....still too chilly to sit on the 'lido deck', but I suspect there will be some of that on Friday, and Saturday if the sun makes a promised appearance.

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