…Top Golf


I love to do things with my kids.  I remember the Jim Croce song, “Cat’s in the Cradle” about how kids grow up while we’re too busy to spend time with them, and then by the time we have some time on our hands, they are so busy with their own lives that those “get together’s” rarely, if ever, happen.

Well, last night my youngest son and I got together and had some fun.  We work together, so it’s not like we don’t communicate often, but to get together for fun is something that is too rare because we are both quite busy.  But he’d been after me for a while to go with him to a place neither of us had been before: Top Golf.

I like golf.  But after moving from California two years ago (where all my golf buddies are), I’d not swung a club for two years.  I’m sure it had been longer than that for my son.

If you’ve not been to Top Golf, it’s a blast!  You don’t really have to be a golfer.  I shot today’s photo with my cell phone and if you look at it, you can see circles out there with concentric circles inside each bigger circle.  The idea is simple: hit your ball into one of the circles.  The closer you get to the inner circle (just like a bulls-eye) the more points you get.  And, once you score points, you are eligible for double points on your next swing.  The entire thing is monitored by a computer system that somehow follows the flight of your ball and knows where it landed and accumulates your points automatically.  There are a variety of “games” you can play which vary from one another in a variety of ways.  Oh, and they have food and beverages available, too…and the food was GOOD!  I had a turkey burger (no cannibal jokes, OK?) and it may have been the tastiest turkey burger I’ve ever had.

Would I go back?  In a heartbeat!  We plan to do it sometime!  Maybe we’ll see you there!  (They are a chain – there may be one in your neck of the woods!)

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY:  in 1925, the worst tornado in U.S. history passed through eastern Missouri, southern Illinois, and southern Indiana, killing 695 people, injuring some 13,000 people, and causing $17 million in property damage. Known as the “Tri-State Tornado,” the deadly twister began its northeast track in Ellington, Missouri, but southern Illinois was the hardest hit. More than 500 of the total 695 people who perished were killed in southern Illinois, including 234 in Murphrysboro and 127 in West Frankfort.

A tornado contains violently rotating air that develops in climate conditions that, in the United States, are generally unique to the central and southern plains and the Gulf states. The rotating winds of tornadoes can attain velocities of 300 mph, and its diameter can vary from a few feet to a mile. A tornado generally travels in a northeasterly distance at speeds of 20 to 40 mph and usually covers anywhere between one and more than 100 miles.

The Tri-State Tornado of 1925–which traveled 219 miles, spent more than three hours on the ground, devastated 164 square miles, had a diameter of more than a mile, and traveled at speeds in excess of 70 mph–is unsurpassed in U.S. history.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:   Two-thirds of plastic surgery patients are repeat patients, and more than five million Americans may be addicted to plastic surgery. One example of such addiction, 48-year-old Hang Mioku was left disfigured after she injected her own face with cooking oil.


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