Another Sunday before Halloween, another pumpkin carving party at the Becker’s. (2013I2012.)

Was supposed to be a peacock costume, but this looks good, too ...

Was supposed to be a peacock costume, but this looks good, too …




The New Bandon Dunes

Just back from a quick golf trip before heading back east.  My buddy Jeff Benezra and I met my pal Aaron Walley and his pal Steve Ward at a new course in Eastern Washington called Gamble Sands.

Prediction: Gamble Sands will be Washington’s Bandon Dunes.  And if either of you don’t think I know what I’m talking about, just ask Golf Digest.  It recently named Gamble the Best New Course in America.   I likened it to a rugged Castle Stuart.  That’s a good thing: CS is ranked no. 56 in the world.

Place was simply outstanding.  A big boy design from David McLay Kidd but a very playable one thanks to its massive fairways (great for me) and excellent bent/fescue greens.  (Chambers Bay should be so lucky.)  I shot 85 the first day but rebounded with a 73 the next — my best round of the year.   Although I did not hit the ball particularly well, I scored because I was able to avoid most of the massive bunkers that killed my card the day before.   Oh, and Gamble also had what has to be the Northwest’s most beautiful cart girl — a little added incentive for the four-hour drive.

I suspect I’ll be coming back year at least once a year for the next several.  Gamble will also be a new addition the next time I update my Whipping It Out list.  Oh, and a Greenspan Cup or two is almost certainly in Gamble’s future.

Camp Orkila 2014

The kids and I spent the last weekend at Camp Orkila with our respective Y-Guides circles.

I’d like to say great times were had by all but I can’t.

What a difference a cabin makes.

Reese’s Pink Pandas had a cabin right down by the beach.  Perfect.

Finn’s Laurelhurst Lightinghawks, by contrast, got stuck in a cabin in the middle of the woods.  It was roughly 1/2 mile from anything, probably 3/4 of a mile from the beach.   By Saturday night half the circle (myself and Finn included) had bailed for siblings’ cabins.

Oh, and I almost got in a fist fight on the ferry.

A few pics:

Yesterday the family Jenkins ventured north to the Lynnwood Rec Center for Finn’s sixth birthday party.  It was a bit late — I was in San Diego the weekend of his birthday and Rhonda was in Los Angeles last weekend — but it was better late than never.

A few pics of the “Jaws”-themed gathering:

Reese Ties Her Shoes!

Actually it was “shoe” singular, not “shoes” plural, but one’s better than none.

Tied ShoesNot sure where she learned it, but I digress …


Last week I started quite a ruckus with my post about the Ray Rice affair.  With readership of the family blog tripled thanks to me posting a link to it on Facebook, brouhahas broke out in my house, at the park (with me not there), on my guys weekend in San Diego and, of course, on the social network.

With all that fun I’m compelled to share my thoughts on the Adrian Peterson affair.

1.  A parent has a right to use a switch to discipline his child.  I wouldn’t think of doing it in a million years, but it’s not my place to impose my values on other parents.  According to Charles Barkley, switching is a common means of child discipline in the African-American community.  I have no reason not to believe him.

2. That said, when a parent grabs a tree branch he runs a considerable risk of negligently or intentionally injuring his child — more so than, say, if he used an open hand.  As such, said parent should be pretty darn careful when he’s wielding that stick.

3. In this case, Daddy Peterson did not take care to not hurt his kid, as the photos so graphically show.  Those photos, which I won’t post on this blog, were taken five days after what the Vikings star called “a whooping.”  I can only imagine how the kid looked when Daddy put the stick down.


He doesn’t LOOK like a child abuser, but …

As for whether Peterson should go to jail — that depends on whether he violated the laws he’s alleged to have violated.  I don’t know Texas law on the subject so I have no opinion on the matter.  One person who does, blogger Gregory S. McNeal,  concluded that he likely did.   I don’t know if Mr. McNeal’s legal analysis is correct — it’s a lot more conclusion than analysis — but I’ll go with it here.

What I do know is this.  If a Texas jury does not convict Peterson of something, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be under intense pressure to sanction Peterson, anyway.   The photos don’t lie.   If he doesn’t do something, Goodell will be gone.

And deservedly so.

This past weekend I joined my buddied Mike Waldner and Joel Aro in San Diego.  The occasion: the Seahawks game against the San Diego Chargers.  The game didn’t go so well — the Bolts clobbered us 30-21 — but between golf at Torrey Pines, bodyboarding and biking on Pacific Beach, the game at Qualcomm and Sunday night at the pool — we had a ton of fun.

I’ll let the pics speak for themselves:


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