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It takes a lot to get me downtown on a weekday evening.

Last night’s “a lot” was a Laurelettes night out at Wings Over Washington.

We started out at WOW, a tourist trap modeled after California Adventure Park’s “Soaring Over California” ride.  After that it was dinner for twenty or so at Red Robin.  A few of the girls — Reese included — finished things up with a quick ride on the ferris wheel.  By “quick” I mean that, including the wait, the ride took 45 minutes.

A few photos:

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2016 Masters Pool

 

With the Gouks, Egglestons and sundry other friends at the 2015 Masters.

With the Gouks, Egglestons and sundry other friends at the 2015 Masters.

The best sporting event of the year is forty-eight hours away.  The Masters, a tradition unlike any other.  Last year we spent five days at Augusta National.  This year I’ll be watching CBS’s coverage from casa de Jenkins, munching on pimento cheese sandwiches all the while.  And because it is the best sporting event of the year, there will be a pool.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. THE MONEY. $20 buy in.
  2. WHAT TO DO.
    1. Pick ONE player from each of the six categories below.
    2. E-mail your picks to nick@jenkinsproperties.net or nicholasgjenkins@gmail.com.  In Subject line put your name and Masters Picks, so Smith — Masters Picks.  In body of your e-mail write your picks: (A) Smith, (B) Jones, (C) Wilson, etc.
    3. Pay your $20 entry fee before Thursday morning.  Deliver to me (Nick Jenkins) on playground or Paypal to nick@jenkinsproperties.net.  In “for” line make it “Masters Party.”  DO NOT mention a pool or betting.  No limit to entries; offspring encouraged to play (gotta learn about The Masters at some point.)
  3. HOW I’LL PAY
    1. At the conclusion of each round, I’ll add up the cumulative overall standings of each participants players.  Lowest cumulative standing wins.  (The perfect score would be 6, where each of your six players is tied for first. Will never happen, but you get the idea.)
    2. I’ll pay out 20% of the purse to the leader after the first round; 20% to the leader after the second round; 20% to the leader after the third round; and 40% to the leader at the end of the tournament.  (By “leader” I mean the participant with the lowest cumulative standing.)

FINE PRINT: For the third and fourth rounds, players who miss the cut will get a score of the number of players who make the cut +1.  Thus if 46 players make the cut and you have a guy who missed it, he’ll get a score of 47.

Good luck.

Group A

Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy

Group B

Brandt Snedeker, Charl Schwartzel, Danny Willett, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Louis Oosthuizen, Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson

Group C

Branden Grace, Brooks Koepka, Jimmy Walker, Marc Leishman, Matt Kuchar, Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia

Group D

Justin Thomas, Bill Haas, Harris English, Ryan Moore, Jason Dufner, Kevin Kisner, Charley Hoffman, J.B. Holmes, Ian Poulter, Kevin Na

Group E

Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood, Angel Cabrera, Billy Horschel, Shane Lowry, Danny Lee, Byeong Hun An, Kevin Streelman, Andy Sullivan

Group F

Keegan Bradley, Victor Dubuisson, Chris Kirk, Graeme McDowell, Webb Simpson, David Lingmerth, Bernd Wiesberger, Jamie Donaldson, Scott Piercy, Russell Knox, Emiliano Grillo, Rafael Cabrera Bello, Hunter Mahan, Ernie Els, Anirban Lahiri, Daniel Berger, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Chris Wood, Bryson DeChambeau

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On Friday night Rhonda and I joined a couple of hundred or so Laurelhurst Elementary parents for the LES Auction, 2015 version.

It was our first-ever trip to the auction and it was a lot of fun.  The venue was Club Husky at the remodeled, track-free Husky Stadium — my first-ever trip to my alma mater’s home field.  The auction was full of exceedingly friendly parents and some pretty great stuff to bid on, including a couple of items procured by none other than yours truly.

Downside was how I felt the next morning (not good), but I’m pretty sure I wasn’t alone.

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Montreal

I just spent the last four or so days in Montreal visiting my buddy Simon Spratley.  It was my first-ever visit to Quebec as well as my first-ever visit to any province other than British Columbia.  Cards, photography and Formula 1 racing were the order of the weekend — the latter because the Canadian Grand Prix was last weekend.

A few observations, good and not so good:

  • America isn’t the only North American country with an obesity — or, at least, weight — problem
  • Formula 1 racing is big, big money.  According to some guy at the bar, each team has 100+ employees, and it takes three 747’s to transport the cars from race to race
  • Formula 1 drivers are young.  Very young.
  • Poutine, which I had never heard of, is Canada’s national drunk food.  Or at least Quebec’s.
  • In the “I wish I’d have done that” category — learning a second language.  That French-English thing is pretty cool.
  • Montreal reminded me of a Midwest to East Coast city.  Philadelphia, sort of.   Lots of very old and very new.
  • Capris might be coming back in for fellas.  Good thing, because I haven’t worn my pair since the last time they were in.
  • There aren’t many photos out there that can’t be saved with a little post processing, cases in point:

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The Valley Club at Montecito -- one of three new additions to my 25 favorite courses list.

The Valley Club at Montecito — one of three new additions to my 25 favorite courses list.

 

It’s been a year since I last updated my “Whipping It Out” list — known in more conventional terms as my 25 favorite courses list.  Since last year’s list I’ve gone on a few golf trips and a few additions are warranted:

  1. Cruden Bay (Cruden Bay, Scotland). If there’s a more fun course on the planet I’d love to know what it is.
  2. North Berwick (West)(North Berwick, Scotland). Back nine is the most enjoyable nine holes I’ve ever played.
  3. Prestwick (Prestwick, Scotland.) Very eccentric and about as historic as it gets.
  4. Royal Dornoch (Dornoch, Scotland.). Other-worldly.
  5. Muirfield (East Lothian, Scotland) Probably the strongest course I’ve ever played.
  6. Turnberry (Ayshire, Scotland.) Has the beauty and course quality, but lacks Cruden Bay and North Berwick’s fun factor.
  7. Bandon Dunes (Bandon, OR). Probably not as great as its Pacific Dunes sibling, but considerably more enjoyable.
  8. St. Andrews (Old)(St. Andrews, Scotland.) Makes my top ten because it is the Old Course, but truth be told its true greatness escaped me.
  9. Chambers Bay (Tacoma, WA). Too bad I can only afford to play it once a year max.
  10. Los Angeles CC (North) (Los Angeles, CA). Played LACC in November for the first time since 1993.  Every bit as great as I remembered.
  11.  Pacific Dunes (Bandon, OR). The best course I’d ever played until I went to Scotland.
  12. NEW Pinehurst No. 2 (Pinehurst, NC).   Only course I’ve ever played that didn’t have rough.
  13. Royal Aberdeen (Aberdeen, Scotland.) Not as memorable as many of the other Scottish courses, but I remember it enough to know it was outstanding.
  14. NEW The Valley Club at Montecito. (Montecito, CA.)  Course is very good, but the upper-crust vibe is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
  15. Royal Oaks CC (Vancouver, WA). Put the Oaks near a major East Coast city and it’s a top 100 in the U.S. for sure.
  16. Musashigaoka (near Tokyo, Japan). Click here to see pics of me, Sharkey and Norman there in ’04.
  17. NEW Bel Air (Los Angeles, CA).  Played it for the first time since the 1990’s on our November LA trip.  Liked it more than I remembered.
  18. Victoria CC (Victoria, BC). Holes 7-10 are among the best stretch around.
  19. Bandon Trails (Bandon, OR). Would be 4-5 places higher on this list but for the fun factor.
  20. Old MacDonald (Bandon, OR). Top 100 in the world, I’m sure Old Mac will wear on me in the years ahead.
  21. Predator Ridge (Predator)(Kelowna, BC). Oft-times host of the Canadian Skins Game, Predator would have a much greater reputation but for its location.
  22. Kingsbarns (Kingsbarns, Scotland.) Would rank it higher but it lacks the intangible vibe required of Scottish courses.
  23. Gold Mountain (Olympic) (Bremerton, WA). Has to be one of the top 25 muni’s in the country.
  24. Lancaster CC (Lancaster, PA). Site of the 2015 Women’s U.S. Open, I last played here in 1994 with my buddy and LCC member Tom Ix. As traditional as layouts get.
  25. Bandon Crossings (Bandon, OR). Underrated because of its distant cousins at Bandon Dunes, Crossings is a far better track than, say, Oregon’s nationally-acclaimed Crosswater.

Knocked off the list: Bear Mountain (Victoria, BC); Suncadia Prospector (Roslyn, WA); and Mauna Kea (Kohala Coast, HI).

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Like most people who read this post, I’ve been asked more than a few times this past week about my take on the Boston Marathon bombing. My feelings, in no particular organization or order:

  • This should go without saying, but I’m damn glad they caught the guys. I hope they can keep Dzhokar Tsarnaev alive. A quick pre-trial death would be a lucky escape for what I suspect is in store for him.
  • According to this CNN report, Tsarneav will be represented by a public defender. I don’t envy that guy.
  • With some notable exceptions explained below, law enforcement greatly distinguished itself in the time from the bombings to the time of arrest. The actual arrest and thereafter — I’m not so sure about. The fact that the arresting officers did not read Mr. Tsarnaev his Miranda rights is quite troubling. I’m no fan of Miranda — the Warren court wrote it into the Constitution out of whole cloth — but it is the law. The public safety exception to the Miranda rule, which allows investigators to question a suspect before apprising him of his rights when they believe there is an imminent public safety threat, simply does not apply. Law enforcement can invoke that exception in cases like the hypothetical ticking time bomb, where police may question suspects as to the location of the bomb lest lives be lost. There was nothing close to that here. Indeed, if I’m not mistaken the Boston Police Department announced that the threat was over. IF the possibility of an imminent threat is enough to invoke the public safety exception, then the Miranda exception eats the rule. If that be the law the Supreme Court of the United States ought to announce it, not the BPD. (This may be the first issue on which I agree with both Alan Dershowitz and the American Civil Liberties Union [more].)
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  • Glad to read this morning that the Justice Department decided not to treat Mr. Tsaerneav as an “enemy combatant,” as many politicians have urged. The enemy combatant designation, which allows prosecutors to take criminal suspects out of the U.S. justice system, was designed to deal with combatants of a known enemy, such as Taliban fighters engaged in combat against American forces. They have to be affiliated with a known enemy. As of this writing, there is zero evidence — zero — that Mr. Tsaerneav is affiliated with an enemy of America. The fact that Mr. Tsaerneav is a theoretical enemy of the American people should not be enough. Indeed, most — if not all — persons who engage in violent crime on our shores are, at some level, enemies of the American people.
  • I started all this by saying that “law enforcement distinguished itself in the time from the bombings to the time of arrest.” I said that largely on the basis of the result — they caught the guy in four days. But some of its tactics were quite troubling, in particular this door-to-door operation by what I believe is the BPD. The Fourth Amendment simply prohibits invading homes without probable cause, but that appears to be exactly what the BPD is doing here. The fact that the bad guys might have been in the house doesn’t justify these ordering the residents out at gunpoint. It’s called probable cause, not possible cause, for a reason.

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  • I’m not so proud to say I’ve failed a bunch — but I’ve never blamed anyone but myself.

    Here’s hoping the kids will follow my lead — not President Obama’s.

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