Friday, October 6, 2023

'Punch drunk' - day two.....

 6:15 am - Friday - October 6th - LPG&RVR - 42° F, humidity 77%, wind 0 mph out of the east by southeast......crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 81° F.  On this date in 2018 TLE and I had just arrived at Liberty Harbor RV Park in Jersey City, NJ....just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, NY, and very near the Statue of Liberty......↴

On day two (Thursday) of the annual green 'punching' ritual we managed to punch four more greens (14, 13, 12 and 11), cart off all of the plugs, and scrape sand off a total of 4 greens (15, 14, 13 and 12), so we're moving right along.  The weather has been wonderful for what we are doing (60's and 70's so far), so no complaints there.  It is forecast that it will be 81° F Friday, but that's not much higher than the 79° F we enjoyed Thursday.  We didn't get started until close to 9 am Thursday as there was frost on the greens, but no one was complaining about the delay.

The most difficult part of 'punching' greens for me, and for most of us is piling, and picking up the grass plugs pulled out of the green surface by the 'punching' machine.  It's hard on the lower back, but each day it gets a little better, especially with regular doses of vitamin 'T' (Tylenol) for moi.  The easiest part of 'punching' the greens is scraping the sand off the greens.  The sand is spread, using another machine, on the greens to fill all of the holes created by the Ryan punching machine.

Each day the owners spring for lunch at the Clubhouse Café, and we usually take a break around 11:30 am to eat.  The problem with taking that hour break is that we all get stiff from sitting for an hour, and would rather be taking naps as opposed to 'punching'  Nevertheless, we head back out at 12:30 pm to do just that.  The afternoon passes quickly, and we usually call it a day around 4 pm so José can water and fertilize the punched and scraped greens before it gets dark.  Usually around 3:30 pm we are all out of gas and ready to be done.

Well, in a couple of hours we'll head out to the 10th green to 'punch' it, and then move to holes 9, 8 and 7, in that order.  Once we've punched 4 more greens we'll head back to 11 to scrape the sand applied on Thursday.  This will be our last work day at LPG&RVR this season, and by October 20th we will be at Glamis North for another winter season renting RZR's.

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