Well the older I get, I feel a kinship with other old guys...just because they're older. We're all fighting the battle to remain alert and physically able, almost on a daily basis.
But most golfers are younger and out of shape. So I don't feel much 'kinship' with them. No. I go out to these distant golk courses for the fresh air and sunshine. Walking the course with other golfers in gas-powered golf carts not only pollutes the country air, but results in different timing on each hole.
They hit their tee shot, jump in their cart, and dash out to their ball. While i'm still putting away my club, picking up my bag and beginning to walk off the tee. So when I reach my drive, they're down the fairway, waiting for me to hit my second shot. And I'm reluctant to swing, because I don't want to hit them. So they get back in their carts and drive back...and wait. So I gotta hit, feeling their disapproving gaze. It is just easier, less pressure, and more fun to play by myself.
And as far as coming to O events, both Joe and Rich are stronger, younger and more stable than I. Walking around in the forest, on trails or off, is still easy for them. For me, it is a stability issue; I just cannot walk with confidence on uneven ground any more. Ask Rich: one time we were walking together down Michigan Avenue in Chicago...and I tripped on a crack in the sidewalk, and splat....sprawled full-out on my chest and shoulders!
Last week Joe and I ran a 5k out in Itasca
. Joe's time was 29:26 mine was 54:16. Embarrassing! But one of the reasons I don't show up at O meets any more.
I fully support you in your effort to groom Parkside. There must be a couple million people living within an hour of that area, with no other reliably groomed trails to ski that I know. So you're doing a fantastic community service by giving up so much time to provide for others' enjoyment in our long, cold winters.
I've already sent you some money; let me know if you need more.