Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

Columns

June 5, 2014

VALLEY: The rust belt versus the white belt

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Since the weather has turned nice, I’ve been fortunate to get out and play golf. There’s an old golf adage about playing well enough to “shoot your age.” My goal is to shoot my body temperature. 

Coincidentally, my golf and bowling averages are pretty much the same.

I went out by myself the other day, in an attempt to shake off the rust. I’m trying to catch up with golfing buddies who are already in mid-season form. They spent over a month honing their skills and cheating on their scorecards in sunny Florida this past winter.

Before they headed south, they all bought the obligatory white belts and the must-have sandals to wear over their calf-length black socks. And, of course, they got the Hawaiian shirts and print shorts (which, as mandated by Florida law, you must wear together as an ensemble. ... I’m old enough to get away with saying that.)

As one of the guys explained about the snowbird strategy, “We were tired of watching our wives shovel the driveway throughout the winter.”

And there was a genuine concern, among my pals, about the foul language the women were adopting in regard to said chores. Seriously, you can’t find a more thoughtful group of guys. Sometimes.

My wife and I don’t go because, even though I love golf, I don’t think playing several rounds is worth the trade-off of having to go through a couple weeks of Hallmark-like movies and bike rides.

I’ve got nothing against bike rides, but a bike with a basket on the handlebars, full of trinkets (which look semi-good in an open-air market but nowhere else) that would go directly from Florida to our first yard sale of the year?

Text Only
Columns
Featured Ads
Photos


Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Front page
AP Video
Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Bodies of Malaysia Jet Victims Leave Ukraine Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Bodies of Malaysia Jet Victims Leave Ukraine Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights
Seasonal Content
Helium debate
Helium
Section Teases

Seasonal Content
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.