- 11:02 PM,
Wednesday, April 30th, 2014:
- As we enter the
last hour of this ridiculous month - incredibly
the new hole is basically done. Still need to do some
touch-up paint and of course film all the coolness
(that will be the next entry) but I can however
share the construction video...
- Crazy. Can't wait
to show you all close-ups of all the details. So many.
However, I will take this entry to thank Mr. Greg
Colton for this text:
- That reply was 3.2
seconds after his text. LOL. I didn't have the
slightest idea what I was going to do with it -
but clearly I could find something...
- ...however when
I got back home with it I had a very
difficult time placing it. Everything presently on the
hole looks like "GolfKon". There's a workman's style
to the course and the car was almost too realistic
anywhere I put it. Greg then suggested a
"pully/latch" system that would let the car go. Which,
of course sounds freaking awesome. Like a giant game
of "mousetrap" or, not coincidentally, like the dozen
pinball machines Greg has in his house that he builds
- ...and wouldn't
you know? With the little lightening rod attached to
the car - I was able to attatch it to the 2015
marker and as you see at the end of the video? It
actually gets triggered down a ramp I made if you
hit the ball at the right spot. And just like that we
have the showstopper for the hole... and likely the
entire course. I can't describe the feeling when you
are able to trigger the car AND get it to go down the
pipe and directly into the hole. It's like winning the
lottery. I figured we'll call it a "Perfect Eagle".
I mean, it doesn't help your score any more than
an eagle but man it sure feels like an accomplishment.
So thank you again Greg. People have thrown out ideas
left and right for the course and none of them ever
take into account the laundry list of boxes
I have to stay within (withstanding the elements
of rain, dogs and children) or maintaining the current
pars or even keeping them "skill" based and not "luck"
based. This knocked it out of the park. It's an extra
you can go for that won't affect your score so it
keeps the integrity of the course. If, for example,
you HAD to trigger the car to move the ball - it would
kill the credibility of everything. It's a very fine
balance and one that has to be maintained if the goal
is to have legitimate competitions.
- And of course, as
I mentioned in the round that I lost in the
last event when my ball got stuck? "This is what
I get for not fixing it." I was not the only
person who got to the 3rd pipe and had the ball fail
to go down because I hadn't finished the mortar
to make it work every time. Now Hole 7 has no design
flaws. And my favorite part? The 1985 hole really
comes into play now. Anyway, I'll get into that in the
next entry. For now I am done! And I get to rest
my hand. You ready for this?
- My first real
injury doing construction. Sure I've been shocked or
cut or bruised, etc... but this? This was one of the
luckiest days of my life. Shaping a 4x4 (not a 2x4,
twice the thickness) chunk of wood on the table saw
and got a little too fancy when BAM! It shot out from
the blade and SPLIT IN HALF on my fucking
hand. When I jumped up and was able to move the tips
of my fingers I felt like the luckiest man on the
planet - even though the throbbing was intense enough
to pass out. All I cared about was that I didn't
actually injure myself. I mean sure - my hand
puffed up to laughable proportions and the pain was
deep and quite intense... but that's nothin'
compared to what it would've meant to have broken the
bones in my hand or my knuckles. So I took the
pain and kept goin'. But man - that was a good one. It
was totally like the scene from Tommy Boy where he's
shining the brake pad and it flies off. Except my
fucking hand was in front of it and it shattered the
wood in half. I mean sunuvabitch - any idea how fast a
4x4 chunk of wood has to be traveling to
SPLIT IN HALF on your HAND?
Goodbye April. We kicked your ass. Holy balls it's May
and it's gonna beat April.
- ps - oh and a
quick shout out to Steven who posted this picture of
me when he saw the first "Golf to the Future" mods to
Yup. I feel about that crazy most of the time. A
knowing nod to you Steve for the "Duh-nuh-nuh 4"