It’s Summertime and the livin’ is easy, isn’t that what Billie Holiday sang? It may be easy for some but summer can cause a few problems for us. We’re a small shop, just 10 saws, and as much as we love our jobs we do have to take a little time off every now and then. When do most people want a vacation? Summer! So, if your puzzles take a little longer to get to you, that’s why! What have your favorite cutters been up to? Ginny had a couple of weeks with her hubby and grand kids, Barb traveled the wild west and Di took some nice long drives to nowhere in particular with her husband. A bunch more of us will be in and out for the next few weeks, me included, so please be patient with us. We’ll get your puzzles cut, I promise!
You all know my knowledge of golf is limited. My mom and dad golfed, my son and husband golf and, of course, your Chief Tormentor, Steve, golfs. A lot! So why canít I get the facts right?!
I previously regaled you all with the story of Steveís trip to the Augusta National Golf Club to golf with one of my favorite Stave puzzlers, Jim G., from Birmingham, Alabama. It all came about with a casual chat I had with Mr. G. while he was ordering a puzzle. ìIf Steve ever wants to play Augusta National, let me know.î Little did I know what an impact those words would have on Steve.
Did You Catch Me?
Steve left for Augusta on Thursday, May 13th, and returned Saturday evening. When my phone rang Sunday morning and I heard who was on the other end of the line I knew I was in for a great story. It was everything Steve had hoped it would be and so much more.
On Monday morning Steve showed everyone the photos he had taken and shared his adventure with the whole gang. Needless to say, we have all heard the stories several times now. So donít you think I could get my facts straight?! Magnolia Drive, Magnolia Lane. A water trap, a water hole. 210 feet, 210 yards. Whatís the big deal?! Ok, Ok, Iíll give you the feet vs. yards thing but the rest? Minor details to a girl like me but HUGE for all you golfers out there in the world.
Iím taking this opportunity to admit my mistakes and make things right. As much as I like to tease Steve and embellish the story a bit I do appreciate the thrill and honor it was for him. The generosity of Mr. G. is over the top and he presented Steve with the opportunity of a lifetime. But whatís even better is it got a ton of brownie points for me!
Enjoy the pictures and please, if you catch me in any mistakes, donít tell Steve!
I guess I can’t always be right. (Don’t tell my husband!)
Yes, that’s me on the 16th tee of Augusta National after I put my tee shot on the green where I 2-putted for a memorable par. This was all THANKS to a good customer who invited me to play there on May 14th. What a THRILL!
What employee doesnít try to earn extra points with their boss? Anyone with half a brain knows you try to impress them with your skills, charm, wit and if you can score a golf date for them at one of the most coveted courses in the country, You Do It!
Who You Know
Thatís just what happened a few weeks ago. I love to chat with our puzzlers when they call to order so when Mr. G. from Birmingham, AL., called to order a golf puzzle for his son I found myself telling him what a golf nut Steve is. Mr. G. casually threw out an offer that went something like this. ìLet me know if Steve ever wants to play Augusta National.î I responded with something like, ìOh, how nice of you. Iíll be sure to tell him.î Little did I know the impact that offer would have on Steve. If he had mentioned Tiffany and Company or a Porsche Carrera I would have ëgottení it but I guess I just donít appreciate the finer things in the golf world.
He Said What???!
Once the snow began melting in Vt. I knew Steve would be getting the golf bug so I got in touch with Mr. G to see if he was serious about the offer. It just so happened he was putting together a foursome for AGNC in just a couple of weeks.
If you could have seen Steveís face when I told him about the invitation you would have laughed. His jaw practically hit the floor. ìAre you kidding?! Thatís the toughest ticket in town! Itís the opportunity of a lifetime! A dream come true!î It was May 3rd and Steve had barely blown the dust off his clubs from the winter hiatus. Could he get his game in shape by May 14th? After a mad flurry of trips to our local course, he had worked the worst of the kinks out of his swing. He was as ready as heíd ever be!
Up To Par
Steve flew in the night before and met his fellow golfers the following morning at the airport where they were picked up by an Augusta National van. Iím guessing he had goose bumps when they started driving down Magnolia Lane. Itís one thing to see it on TV year after year but to really be there!! The guys took a few swings on the practice range and then they were off ! Steveís first drive was a respectable 210 yards. Mr. G. made an impressive 290 yards!
Steveís caddy, Randy, was invaluable, coaching him along the way. Apparently the course was very different from what we have around here and Randyís knowledge helped keep Steve out of a few rough spots. (Though he did leave a few balls in the Par 3 water holes!) After the nerves wore off and he found his groove he even managed to par 3 out of 4 holes on the back 9. What holes, you ask? The 13th, 15th, and 16th. My parting words to Steve as he was leaving for his adventure? ìDonít embarrass us!î Not to worry, he came home with a respectable score, even breaking 100! And the icing on the cake? After they finished playing the regular course they played the Par 3 course, too!
Ever the gracious host, Mr. G. gave Steve and the other two gentlemen a tour of the entire grounds where they saw the coveted Masters Trophy and the lockers of some of the greatest golfers of all time: Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson. Amazing!
The August National Golf Course is now closed for the summer season but Steve is still talking about it to anyone who will listen. I think heís re-lived every hole at least 10 times. Somehow, I think any place he plays in the future is going to pale by comparison.
Making the Most of Things
Steve has thanked me profusely since the moment this began to fall into place. Itís a little silly because I really had nothing to do with it. All I did was open my big mouth and mention how much Steve enjoyed the game. Itís Mr. G. who should get the prize. But Iím hoping I can get a lot of mileage out of this. Steve now refers to me as Princess Jennifer (you can, too) and I expect Iíll be signing my lifetime contract any day now. If I wreck a puzzle or something and Steve starts raising an eyebrow at me I think Iíll just pull out my tiara and perch it right there on top of my pretty little pink ANGC ball cap!!
The Bossís favorite,
Hey Everybody, Jennifer here! I made it back safe and sound from my week in Mexico and I’m feeling rested and ready for the craziness of our holiday season. I spent tons of time by the pool enjoying the sun and working on my tan. Martha keeps telling me I need to be careful with the tanning but I just love soaking up the rays. It warms me to my bones. I spent the week with my friend, Karen, reminiscing about the old days. We’ve known each other since the 7th grade so there’s lot’s of ‘old days’ to remember! I cut a puzzle for Karen and her family and they loved it. Her daughter, Katie, spent hours working it with her friend, Hector. The first night Kati finished the puzzle after Hector had left and when he came back the next day and saw it completed he was so disappointed he took it apart and they put it together again! I would say it was the perfect gift for my Hosts. I’m thinking they might just invite me back next year in hopes I’ll bring them another puzzle :)† Here’s a picture of Kati and Hector working the puzzle and another of me by the pool.