Nov 082007

I’ve been struggling with Z over the idea of long term goals and the concept that one must sacrifice some things in order to achieve greater things. Disc Golf was supposed to be a lesson in this but the girl simply refuses to practice and when she does so there’s not much I can do about it but watch her go through the motions, pretending. Frankly I can barely stand the stress and I end up blowing up at her about it. Since the goals we worked out together aren’t sticking, I’ve given her an assignment to come up with a long term goal all on her own, but she doesn’t seem to be getting anywhere. Thus, I’ve decided to make a list of my long term goals in order to giver her something to work off of.

In no particular order-

  • Lose 20% of my body weight – Although I’ve always detested exercise and eat pretty much crap food I’m only feeling the pain of being overweight recently. I’m seriously pushing 250 pounds at this point and that’s just too much weight for my non-athletic six foot frame. I thought the final straw would be my inability to ride the Fireball at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, but it turns out it was the pain in my legs and feet after a full day of disc golf.
    Goal: Lose 50 pounds
    By: June 2008
  • Compete in a Pro disc golf tournament – We started playing disc golf for Z, but I have found I really enjoy it. It seems to be the perfect blend of athleticism, brain puzzle, competitiveness and quirkiness for my demeanor. Right now I’m neither fit enough nor good enough to compete in any type of serious tournament. However, I am practicing and improving.
    Goal: Play in a pro tournament
    By: Summer 2009
  • Earn a full time salary from blogging – When I was in high school I decided I wanted to be a professional writer (since it seemed I’d never get to be Scooby Doo). I sold several stories and articles to various publications, so technically achieved the dream as I was paid for my work. However, I quickly realized that the type of writing I wanted to do was not a good career choice. My fiction was never solid enough to really compete in the open market and while my non-fiction seemed to be I couldn’t stand the idea of writing only (or mostly) on topics that were assigned to me. Blogging seems to be the answer. In September I brought in almost $500 from Philaahzophy, October netted me closer to $1000, and I’m on track to top that in November.
    Goal: Earn $2500/month blogging
    By: Undetermined date
  • Quit Smoking – I’ve been smoking for about 30 years now. I know I’m an addict and that irritates the hell out of me. ‘Nuff said.
    Goal: Be smoke free
    By: ASAP
  • Ride Every California Coaster – According to the Roller Coaster Database there are 74 coasters currently operating in California. Of those I’ve ridden 35, so I’m just over halfway there. Now that Z is becoming an enthusiast as well, this goal should be both fun and achievable.
    Goal: Ride every roller coaster in California
    By: Undetermined
  • Dismantle Government – The ultimate in long term goals, I like to think that every time someone reads this blog we get one tiny step closer to the reality of an anarchist society.
    Goal: Freedom
    By: My lifetime
Nov 052007

Z had made alternate plans for Sunday, so we had to squeeze disc golf practice into our Saturday plans (more on the adventure in a later post). As a result of those other plans we were joined by Z’s friend K who had played Frisbee before, but never disc golf. Z was grumpier than usual and I’m not sure if it was frustration to be there when she wanted to be on the day’s adventure, tiring on the thoughts of disc golf altogether, the fact I was helping K more with her shots then I was Z, or something else entirely.

Z and K played from the front tees while I played from the back as usual. Most of the baskets were in the C position, though a few seemed to be in position B. Both Z and I were off our games, though K did remarkably well for her first outing. We only played nine holes again and Z was exhausted by the 6th, wanting to quit then. I fear that even if she sticks with it we’re still a long way from being able to play in a genuine tournament due to the walking involved in playing 36 or 48 holes.

Hole 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Total
Aahz 3 4 5 3 5 4 3 5 7 39
Z 5 5 6 3 5 6 4 6 4 44
K 5 5 5 4 8 5 6 6 4 49

Oct 312007

This past weekend Z and I played in the fourth Palm Disc Golf Tournament in Milpitas. This tourney is a little bit different than a standard PDGA sanctioned tournament in that it’s a “target” course instead of a “basket” course. Since the course was created in and around an office complex there are no hole baskets available and instead the “holes” include such things as ‘land on the bench/sewer grate/etc’ or ‘hit the light post/tree/fire hydrant/door/etc’. They actually ran two courses – a Par 2 Putting Course and a Par 3 Course. Z and I only played the first so as not to slow down the groups on the longer course (and lessen our chances of doing damage to the property). We both had a blast!

I managed to score 3 “aces” and 7 pars out of 18 holes, placing me firmly in 5th place for the short course and scoring $11 worth of prize money. Z scored par on 3 holes (including one I double bogeyed), but had a really rough time with the “out of bounds” penalties. For most of the front 9 she was thrown off by the short distance on the holes and wasn’t actually throwing the disc, but was trying to lob it like the (stronger) men she was surrounded by. This caused her to come up short quite frequently and land in the OB we were all clearing easily. Still, she managed to bring home $3.50 in prize money herself!

We played in a 5some with Ted Dorff (the tournament director), Doug Korns (who we played the Discraft Ace Race with earlier in the month), and Matt Kelly (who ended up winning the tournament by setting a new course record!). While they ran the second course Z stuck with our original group to act as a spotter/scorekeeper while I served the same duty for another foursome. Everyone was great and a fun time was had by all! I can’t wait to play this “course” again, though that probably won’t be until next year.

Hole 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
Aahz 3 1 3 2 2 4 2 1 2 2 2 3 1 3 3 2 3 3 42
Z 3 3 4 4 2 2 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 5 5 2 3 4 60

Oct 112007

I’m slowly starting to pick up some regular readers (thanx everyone!) and realize that Philaahzophy can come off as a bit unfocused. People may be interested in my thoughts on earning online, but not on the personal posts about Z. Or they may be interested in the anarchistic theory, but not care at all about PTR programs or my Yuwie successes. Of course, while reading the blog directly the tags and Category menu should solve these problems for most, but that still leaves those who read via RSS stuck with many posts they may have no interest in. Hence the latest upgrade to Philaahzophy…

I now have Category Specific RSS feeds for the following categories: Aahz (personal posts), Disc Golf, Anarchy (political posts), Earning Online, Personal Finance, and Webmastering. Each category feed will carry all of the subcategories as well. So Aahz will contain all Fatherhood and Disc Golf posts, and Anarchy will contain Case Studies, Living Free, etc.

All of the feeds will be available on the new Category Feeds page as well.

Oct 082007

I opened part one of this weekend’s report with the statement that I was physically unable to write this earlier. Then I never really pointed out why. Well, here’s your answer…

Emboldened by our successful french toast endeavor, Z and I headed up to Hellyer Park in San Jose to play our first round of disc golf with her new discs. Last weekend, before we headed to the hospital we stopped and picked up some specific discs for Z to train with:

  1. Driver – Innova Champion Sidewinder 150g
  2. Midrange – Discraft Elite Z Glide 167g
  3. Putter – Lightning Rubber Putter 168g

She did remarkably better than in our first outing and we both enjoyed the day much more. We only did nine holes because I was getting hungry and we were both getting tired. But Z shot a 48, while I shot a 35 with my Discraft Spectra which I am really not liking at all anymore. Z was only 7 strokes behind me until she fell apart on the last hole and started beating herself up, causing her to take a 12. She actually beat me on two holes and tied me on two others.

We headed into downtown for a lunch of the best burgers in the Bay Area at a little hole in the wall called Burgers on Santa Clara St in downtown. We both highly recommend their food and great service. Then we cruised on down to Santa Cruz for the first night of the Pirates of Emerson Invade The Boardwalk which is the Boardwalk’s Halloween event. Since Girl Scouts were canceled we ended up arriving about 5 hours early, so played around in the arcade for a bit then wandered the streets of Santa Cruz and explored the Municipal Wharf which Z has frequently seen, but never actually visited before. As a result I could barely walk by the end of the day.

Saturday was the Discraft Ace Race which would be our first official disc golf tournament. Essentially, this is a promotional event and wide beta test for one of Discraft’s latest discs. Every player gets two prototype Discraft discs, a Discraft hat, and a special mini. They then play a shortened course only making a single throw. You only score by getting an Ace (hole in one) or a hit (hitting any part of the basket). Otherwise you just score a zero on the hole, pick up your disc and head to the next tee.

We figured this would be a good first event for us because expectations were fairly low (the winner only had one ace and two hits) and we only had to make 36 throws. But the group at Hellyer Park decided to throw both discs on every hole, so we got expanded to 72 throws, not to mention three treks around the course. We both had a grand time and we got to play in a threesome with Doug Korns, who is both a 30 year disc golf vet and a member of the Silicon Valley Disc Golf Club‘s Board of Directors. We all had a great time despiting Doug scoring the single hit on our card. However, I was once again barely able to move once the course was done.

Still, we headed over to the Hellyer Park 10th Anniversary barbecue afterwards at Parque De La Raza. Chow was much enjoyed and after about an hour’s rest for my legs Z, Doug and I played in the 9 hole mini disc golf tournament as well. It was a lot of fun and incredibly challenging as well. I ended up four over for the course (+7), and Z ended up ten over (+13) – once again, not bad at all for our first outing. They had several other games at the barbecue, but our favorite was the Ring of Fire where basically everyone circles a single basket and putts simultaneously. It was a blast despite neither Z nor I making a single putt.

In fact, we had so much fun during the day that we ignored our budget and both became SVDGC members on the spot!

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Length 132 112 182 153 248 149 157 217 ?
Z 3 6 4 4 6 3 6 4 12 48
Length 267 255 253 275 330 212 223 233 ?
Aahz 4 4 4 4 4 5 3 3 4 35