Rules of Play

I’m leaving tomorrow afternoon to attend a USGA Rules of Golf seminar in Charleston, West Virginia. The recent news from Charleston involves a chemical spill that has contaminated the municipal water supply. To combat potential poisoning I’m taking enough wine that I won’t have to drink the water. Ha!

I hit my first golf ball at the tender age of 23, or so, I think in about 1970. I thought it was a wonderful game, but not something I had time to actively pursue. I ended up playing off and on, mostly off, for the next 35 years. Then I was presented with an opportunity to join a ladies 9-hole league that played weekly. I was terrible, but I got hooked.

Now I’m retired and have the time and wherewithall to play two to three times each week. My game has gotten better, though nothing worth bragging about. I play in local tournaments where I’m competing with women of equal skill and have had some success. I find the Rules and their nuances fascinating. That’s why I’m braving three hours on the road each way in bad weather, avoiding cancerous water, to sit in a hotel meeting room eight hours a day with what I expect will be snotty nosed men.

Will I feel fulfilled afterward? Who knows? Stay tuned.

Social Purchasing Power

I frequently read a Web site that discusses Apple products, like Mac computers and iPhones. This morning there was an article about Apple entering the payment processing business. One of the commenters to the story pointed out a company already doing a great job in payment processing but refused to do business with them because of their anti-2nd Amendment agenda. A couple of other commenters thought it was silly to base business decisions on the social “agendas” of companies. It only took a moment for me to realize I do exactly the same thing.

I don’t like the deep-fried chicken parts of unknown origin at Chick-fil-A; but even if I did I wouldn’t eat their food because the corporate ownership are very public homophobes. When Exxon bought Mobil Oil they tore up Mobil’s very inclusive Equal Employment document and wrote one that’s much more limited. I don’t buy at ExxonMobil. Staying with the petrolium theme, I won’t buy BP because of the Gulf oil spill they haven’t done enough to clean. There are probably a dozen more companies that I go out of my way to avoid because of their public social stances on a variety of subjects even though it’s occasionally inconvenient.

This can go the other way too. I make a point of shopping at Whole Foods whenever I’m passing near the store.  Even though it’s significantly out of the way for normal grocery shopping, I approve of their stance on environmental issues. Chipotlé’s chicken parts are grilled and locally sourced whenever possible; I enjoy their food and like doing business with them.

What about you? What companies do you avoid and which will you go out of your way to support?

And So It Begins

I’ve been threatening to do this for a very long time. Blogging, that is. The reason for not beginning sooner is I was unsure whether I’d have anything of value to say. I finally realized I just needed to write what I’m thinking and if no one cares, or even reads, that’s OK. Anyway, if you’re here: Welcome!

A little about me. I’m a retired, 67-year old female living in the midwest, though I’m originally from California. I’ve had a few different jobs during my work life including secretary, programmer and airline pilot. Flying was the best but I developed an ailment that prevented me from continuing my career. Since my retirement I’ve become an obsessed golfer and begun learning photography to keep busy during the winter.

Through this blog I’ll share my thoughts on just about anything that strikes my fancy using examples from my past wherever possible. I promise to be truthful and spell correctly. If you have comments on anything I write feel free to add them.