Finding Your Mini-Golf

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This past weekend Bing and I had some alone time (Lucy had a birthday party to go to). When you ask Bing what he wants to do he almost always without fail chooses miniature golf …  And from the point I say “Sure, lets do it” to hours afterward you have never encountered a happier kid.  On the way there he will give direction and ask questions – “Dad, are we going to take Magnolia or the 101?” “I think the freeway will be better, it’s Saturday the traffic shouldn’t be that bad.”  He will banter (after a route has been decided) on which course to play, what color ball to choose, which holes are his favorite… He could talk all day about it.  When you get there he makes a B-line for the counter where you get the clubs and scorecard and while I’m paying he is already at the ball  dispenser deciding on a color.  Serious thought goes into which course to play… He can tell you how many times we have played each one and what features they have.  And once we are on the felt and putting he follows all the rules, plays close attention to not only his shots but yours too… He is the first to compliment you on a put well played.  And when he makes an amazing shot, or even better a hole-in-one, you can see the pride on his face (he had two hole in ones on Saturday!)  His excitement doesn’t fade on the 18th hole, he’ll recap the game, talk about unusual shots and changes on the course, re-live those hole-in-ones… My point is the kid truly loves mini-golf, it provides him with intense happiness.

As I watched Bings joy on the purple felt greens, I thought “I wish I knew what my mini-golf was?”  I wish I had that one thing that got me so excited and filled my heart with joy, that I could talk about all day… And then I realized that my mini-golf was taking Bing miniature golfing… or Lucy to a concert, watching Bing bowl, seeing the pride in Lucy’s eyes when she makes a basket.  I might not have a hobby or activity that brings me as much joy as the ones my kids have, but being able to watch them and participate with them has the same effect on me… being a parent is my mini-golf.

Wranglers

Wranglers

The kind people at Wrangler provided me with a couple pair of Wrangler Men’s Relaxed Straight Fit to try out and review… So I thought I’d let you know what I thought. It’s hard to be too critical of a pair of pants… Did they cover my a**, yep, then they worked! So functionally I have nothing negative to say, they fit well, material was rugged yet comfortable and at a price point of just over $20 they are a solid deal.  My only critique would be about styling, when I think Wrangler I instantly think of cowboy jeans, a little tight in the backside and thighs, loose towards the ankle… You know, so the cowboy boots fit under them.  These are not those jeans, these are “relaxed fit” which means a much looser fit all around  and built in flex… They kind of felt like jeans with a sweatpant fit.  I personally would have liked a happy medium… same flex material with a little snugger fit would have been more my style, but like I said, I’m just kind of nit picking, they might not ever make it to a red carpet, but they are perfectly suited for a trip to the market and chasing the kids around the park.

Wranglers taking a break on my desk at work

Wranglers taking a break on my desk at work

We finally made it to the California Science Center to check out The Space Shuttle Endeavour

Space Shuttle Endeavour in it's new home

Space Shuttle Endeavour in it’s new home

If you have never visited it I highly recommend it… But if you were lucky enough to see it when it was transported there you might be a tad disappointed.  After watching it fly over the Hollywood sign and get dragged across Los Angeles seeing it sit in a hanger was kind of anti-climatic… I know I was spoiled by such a cool experience.  I thought I would re-post a few of my photos from that amazing journey.

Shuttle Fly by

Shuttle Fly by

Street full of people and Space Shuttle

Street full of people and Space Shuttle

L.A. Traffic

L.A. Traffic

Me & Endeavour

Me & Endeavour

The museum is cool (ignore my shuttle snobbiness), the kids loved it and I must admit, the rose garden is one of my favorites.

Yellow rose

Yellow rose

Bumble Bing buzzing the flowers

Bumble Bing buzzing the flowers

There's a real bumble bee in this one

There’s a real bumble bee in this one

Rock climbing in the Science Center

Rock climbing in the Science Center

Bing halfway up the rock

Bing halfway up the rock

Lucy cycling 3 stories above the museum floor

Lucy cycling 3 stories above the museum floor

You can take the Expo Line right to Exposition Park… It makes for a fun adventure for young and old alike.  For more info on the California Science Center click here and to find out more about the Expo Line click here.

That is all for now! Rock On, Jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Kricki

    Everyone should have their own “mini golf”. In a small way the pod cast is one of mine. No really. You guys make me laugh and cry and I look forwar to your stories. Even on solo days.

    Big hugs- Kricki

  • WhaleRiot

    I have to admit, I also like jeans that cover my a**!