Computer Crashes and Other Mishaps
I know you expect me to write about the short game, equipment and things "golf-y" in general, but this has been a trying week. You, see, it's not been the best of times for me mechanically. And in our world, we are all so totally dependent on mechanical/electrical/digital devices to keep us connected and functioning, aren't we?

It all started last weekend when my computer started running slower and slower, and not doing what it is supposed to do. Finally, it just quit altogether. I had an early trip to Austin planned, so my fiancé graciously agreed to take the computer to the shop when it opened. The verdict – a crashed hard drive. Under warranty, thankfully, but I’ve been all week waiting on the repair -- hopefully done today!! Then I have to re-load all the software, drivers and other “stuff”, then reconfigure Outlook to all my personal preferences, etc.

The fun begins, apparently, when I begin to restore all my files from my online backup, Carbonite. It’s all there, but I’m told to be prepared for this process to take 2-3 days!!!!!! Sheesh. There goes more productivity.

Then, on my way back from Austin, my trusty old 2005 Ford Expedition loses all electrical power and shuts down, one town before I’m home. Luckily, this is the town I grew up in, and it wasn’t quite dark, so my lovely 89-year-old Mom came to her son’s rescue. I took her back home and brought her car on to Victoria. The verdict – failed alternator (the second one in two years). Nothing a $400 check wouldn’t fix.

So, the point of all this is that I got to feeling pretty sorry for myself, as my ability to be productive is severely compromised and I have lots of work to do. Then I slapped myself in the face and thought about how miniscule and trivial my own problems are, compared to those with real challenges in life. My brother is still in his cancer battle, and his spirits are extraordinarily strong. Many of our finest young people are in battle zones around the world, and others try to carve out each day in crime-infested neighborhoods and/or living in poverty, broken homes or worse. Many don’t have jobs or good prospects to find one . . . . You get my point.

As we sat down to a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner yesterday, I found it quite easy to thank God for all my many blessings – health, family, friends and the ability to live my life pretty much as I choose, toiling in the golf industry each and every day. What’s a mechanical setback now and then?

I hope you all had a great day of Thanksgiving, as did I. And I promise to get back to the subject of golf on Tuesday. If you have a question you’d like answered, or a topic you’d like me to address, just send it in.


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[ comments ]
KVSmith59 says:
reminds me of my favorite quote: I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man with no feet.
11/26/10
 
Kurt the Knife says:
It wasn't until I began my professional life in hospitals that I gained some perspective on the miracle that I actually wake up everyday.
11/26/10
 
Kurt the Knife says:
Terry, I am getting some in depth technical analysis on my swing. Videos, biometrics, etc. There has been some discussion here (and recent golf publications about teaching by "feel" compared with Technical approaches.
What are your experiences and thoughts on the matter?
11/26/10
 
larrynjr says:
The downside of offsite backups.
11/27/10
 
ppinkert says:
I was reminded of how selfish I can get sometimes with my own situations. I was reading an article about a football player blaming God because he didn't catch a game winning pass. It reminded me of what Job said to his wife, "What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?"
11/29/10
 
Kurt the Knife says:
My fave.
If your house gets wrecked by a tornado, its an act of god.
Find 10 bucks and you're lucky.

Im a pantheist FTR.
11/29/10
 
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