Archive for August, 2009
This has turned out to be one of my favorite days of the Summer: taking the day off from work and watching the senior PGA golfers during the opening round of the Boeing Golf Classic. I get up early enough to play eighteen holes myself then spruce up and head to the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge course. Once there, I watch the pros warm up, have a hot dog for lunch and then follow some of my favorite players around the course for the afternoon. Finally, I’m always impressed that many of these guys go right from the final hole back to the practice range. They are just so remarkably good. And what a glorious setting: is this a fantastic finishing hole or what?
I swear I could hear the plants “Ahhhing” in relief. We finally got some real rain; for the first time in 83 days. A light sprinkle fell most of the night to end our three-month rainless streak.
Twenty-Five years ago today Trisha and I exchanged wedding vows at the District Court House in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Surrounded by our families, sheriff deputies and even a couple of inmates, the presiding judge led us through a brief morning ceremony so we could all make it home in time to watch the 100-meter finals of the ’84 Summer Olympics. We had a marvelous afternoon with a reception in the shady back yard of our first home at 1561 Marian Drive in Ann Arbor.
We celebrated our 25th anniversary with a weekend at the Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, WA. Trisha got to spend a few days away from her University work and household tasks; we had an afternoon at the spa; and Sunday morning Trisha rode the golf cart with me for a delightful round of golf. The Suncadia course is a lovely setting meandering through the woods and we were the only people on the course so we enjoyed a tranquil few hours together taking in the delicious summer morning.
June and July have been seen numerous weather records…
- We had the hottest day in Seattle history with that 103 degrees on July 29
- The low that day was 71, marking the first time in Seattle weather records that the temperature failed to drop below 70 at some point during the day
- There was virtually no rain with an official 0.06 inches of precipitation
- We had five days above 90 degrees; we usually don’t have that many all summer
- July followed an also very dry (0.18 inches of rain) and warm (three degrees above normal) June
- There were a record 29 consecutive days without rain (May 20-June 17)