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October 9, 2012

Golf was something I did in another life

Some friends who think I do nothing but sit around on my big behind all day (which is not true; occasionally I stand) recently invited me to join them for a round of golf. The conversation went something like this:

Friends: "Hey, Mike. Join us for a round of golf."

Mike: "No."

That should have been the end of it, but I have persistent friends - persistent friends who like to remind me of a time when I would drop everything to play golf, especially if "everything" meant work.

I was a music critic then, which meant I wor ... well, you can't call it work, really. It was mostly going to evening concerts and writing snarky things about them for the next day's newspaper. It's exactly what I would have been doing anyway, save the typing. I would have just said the snarky things instead.

Anyway, this kind of schedule left me with lots of open time during the day, which I would waste by smacking a little white ball around a pasture with weirdly-shaped sticks. And I did it just about every day.

That kind of dedication usually pays off in expertise. After all, if you study something for 30 minutes a day you'll be an expert in a year. Well, I devoted way more than 30 minutes a day to golf, and I did it for way more than a year, and when it all shook out, I was still caroming shots off passing cars or launching them into all available bodies of water, including sewers. I even had a ball land in back of me once. My game was somewhere between "Wretched" and "Try Pinochle."

Then my job changed and I was - get this - expected to start showing up at the office. This cut into my free time, so I stopped playing golf.

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