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Discussion: Activity with like folks

in: chitownclark; chitownclark > 2018-09-12

Sep 14, 2018 7:48 PM # 
You don’t seem to think much of your fellow golkers. Seems like they like everything you don’t. You Could of come up to my meet and walked the O course, Joe S and Rich were there too. Did I mentioned the outdoor Bier Garden we walked to after the meet Sunday??
Maybe you should try disc golk.???
Much cheaper too.
Sep 15, 2018 3:56 PM # 
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.
Sep 16, 2018 11:47 PM # 
I know I know, I just like giving you shit!
Thanks for your very generous donation. We are still pretty far away from the effort to buy a snowmobile to groom Parkside. I wish more of those who actually ski the trail would step up, it’s up them to show more support.

How does Parkside Community Nordic Skiers sound?

Make sure you check out XC Ski Parkside Trail on Facebook for updates on the trail, fundraising, conditions etc.
I got kicked off skinny ski postings because we didn’t have a groomer. I will never post on that site again. Others can, my reports will only be on FB.

I missed swimming in Lake Mich. down there.
Sep 17, 2018 10:29 AM # 
Well you can still come down for a visit. The Lake's still warm. And I have some O gear for you to donate to some new club members.

Don't like the name...most people don't know where parkside is. How about broadening it to The Kenosha Nordic Skiers? Or Southeast Wisconsin Cross-country Groomers? Who knows? You might get a contract from the DNR to groom Bong!
Sep 17, 2018 7:32 PM # 
Good ideas, but it’s too late. Parkside it is .

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