In Reply to: I've found something I love besides my car! posted by CRA Z on June 09, 1999 at 20:57:58:
: Not more than my car, not as much as my car but it could get ugly. Don't get me wrong my husband and kids rank right up there, but I am obsessed with my baby. It is pampered and loved and tucked in each night. It has never seen snow and doesn't see rain unless I screw up. I even painted my toe nails Atlanta Blue for the Door County Drive, there were witnesses to the madness. I even learned about cleaning the engine and never fear, there will never be dust under my hood again!
: But something has crept into my life and I see myself spending money on this horrid thing that could be spent on toys for the baby. Golf. Who would have thought that I could go for such a stuffy thing. First my husband wants to join the "Country Club", for business reasons of course, right! All that money that my baby won't be getting. Well, I must be a good sport and agree because I have my "baby" and doesn't he deserve to pursue his hobby.
: I decided to take a few lessons so that I won't be a golf widow and now I'm hooked. I just spent money on an expensive golf bag, (do I own clubs, no . . . duh) that I could have spent on my wish list for the car. I'm paying for lessons from a guy that thinks I have natural talent, I am left handed and am going to play right, this excites him for some reason. (right, like he's gunna say I suck when I'm paying big bucks), too damn funny!
: Stop the insanity!!!!!!!!! Help, I'm sinking into a very little black hole. P.S. does anyone know of a message board for new golfers?
No, you are not insane, you've just discovered the greatest game even invented. Like you, I love my toys - 3 week old Mroadster, twin engine Baron airplane, Cobalt boat, jet skis, lake house, Bass boat with tons of fishing equipment, snow skies, scuba equipment, hunting gear, etc. etc. But, if I had to, I would gladly give them all up in order to keep my membership at our country club. Having things is nice, but golf is all about self improvement, positive results, discipline, emotional control, personal goals and rewards and outdoor competition. The longer you're involved with this wonderful game the more you'll realize that it's not just for the wealthy - it's everyone's game, rich or poor. I've only been playing golf now for about 43 years and it has never gotten old. My wife took it up with a passion about 13 years ago and it has been a solidifying factor in our relationship. Joining a country club has been the best thing we've ever done - it's become like a family of best friends and you get to play golf like it's meant to be played. I suffered along on public courses for several decades but really took my game to a higher level after joining the country club. So, my advice is: check out the clubs in your area and join one - true quality of life is "doing" not "having", and your Z3 will probably enjoy her new company.