Friday, April 23, 2010

Haircuts

Why oh why is it so difficult to find someone to cut my hair!!!  I have been going to this person since last fall and liked what she had been doing.  I made 2 small requests for a change to it a month ago and didn't like it so i told her never-mind on the change - but she said oh let me try cutting it dry - and oh my goodness it is now a huge mess.  It is all out of proportion -- top front is long,long -- back and crown is short-short and all around the ears is long-long.  I just took the scissors to the long-long part and tried to taper it off so I don't look like an idiot.  Now i have to wait until the short-short grows some to get it straightened out becuase i will be scalped if i ask her to trim the long-long to match.

Frustrated beyond words!!!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Geocaching

Geocaching, an international hide and seek game, has caught on in the City of Alexandria.  A few years ago there were only two or three caches around here.  Now there are so many!   I periodically go geocaching with friends.  Yesterday we went to check on a cache we maintain and looked for 2 others along the way.  What an adventure!

We found the "Life and Times of GW" cache.  It was located along the river near the painted murals.  Why is it so much fun to play hide and seek?!   This cache was a quart size container painted with a green camouflage pattern.  It included a bunch of little trinkets with the log book.  We always take my dog Jackson with us - it helps to avoid suspicion, people think we're walking the dog.  The second cache we found was "Boardwalk or Bored Walk".  It was a painted metal Altoid box, held by magnets to a metal support for a large pipe bolted to a dock area in Old Town.  It's such a thrill each time we find one of these and they all so different!!  Hahaha we laughed and laughed both times.  We had to really sneak around to get them, there were so many people walking around us.

Lastly, we went to check on the cache we planted a couple of years ago named "Riverview #2.  Someone had emailed us that it was no longer there - but it turned out that person simply didn't find it!  It's hidden well, under some steps. To get it, one has to crawl under the edge of the wooden steps and reach down into the specific area. We had a little trouble because there were so many muggles around and also a security guard who was walking around in the area!  But it was still there.  So there person who commented that it was no longer there just couldn't find it.

You can see all these caches on www.geocaching.com by clicking on "Hide & Seek a Cache', then put in zip code 22314 and when the list comes up click on "google maps".

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Buying golf clubs is like buying a car!

How complicated and frustrating it was to shop for golf clubs!   Several friends suggested I get a fitting and then go to a demo day where various vendors have their products available for people to try.  So that's how I proceeded.

I went for the free fitting last Friday afternoon.  I had no idea he would want me to swing the clubs so much so was not dressed for it!  I thought it would just measurements and questions!  No golf shoes or visor or glove and the sun was beaming down - very hot!  But I did the fitting and he gave me a couple of interesting tips on my grip and swing so it was very worthwhile!  After all that he said I'm standard!  Altho my lie may eventually need changing, I hit quite a few on the inside but not enough to warrant a change to the lie.

So I was ready for the big shopping day!  I walked up with my clubs and started looking around.  No offers of help by anyone, they were looking at me like - what do you want lady.  So i ask the Ping guy to try one.  He pulls out a pink club and tells me the choice is pink or purple.  I explain I don't want pink or purple, I just want a "normal" color and I'm not a beginner.  He seemed perplexed but decided to show me the G15s and says they are really the same thing, they can make them to fit me.  I tried out a couple of irons and turned to ask him if i could try the Driver but he was helping someone else by then.  So i had to start over essentially and ask someone else for the Driver and explain I didn't want pink or purple.  Next I asked how much they cost and got the ole "depends on what you want".  He had no price list or brochure, said for me to ask the guys over by the stairs.  Yet a 3rd person managed to locate a brochure which had all the Ping clubs but it had no prices in it and told me to go back to the other guys and have them write down what I needed in terms of fit.  After much ado I got some pricing.

Next to Callaway, which is what I ended up buying but I had a very similar experience there.  Waited on by 3 different people and sent to the pricing person who had no brochure.  He wrote down the model of club I liked on the back of a business card and I just left, and decided I would just keep my old clubs which are nice, but old technology (1999 model Taylor Made).  

After 2 or 3 days of fussing about it, I spent a whole day online looking at pricing and decided to purchase pre owned clubs.  I also found the PGA used club pricing guide so I could have some idea of what a good price is.  (Just like blue book pricing for a used car!!)   I already owned a Callaway driver that I like and found a set of X-20 irons (not much different from the X-22 irons I tried at the demo) and fairway clubs that matched the Driver I have.   I should receive the clubs in a week or so, hopefully they will meet my expectations for condition and quality!!  Can't wait!  What a painful process it was.  Now I just need to get a new bag - hopefully that won't be as much hassle.