Quite a weekend we’ve had to close out the shortest month of the year.
Friday began with an invite to the Skybox on the loudest hole in Golf; the 16th fully enclosed par 3 at the TPC in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Waste Management Phoenix Open with a new sponsor, again did not disappoint the golf fans and the social onlookers. My Bad Tequila and Amigo – Rick D. were guests of a Bank and Banker which have asked to remain anonymous, most likely because of the recent bailouts to numerous banks and insurance companies. Nevertheless, the Tequila flowed heavily in conjunction with Triple Sec, lime juice and margarita mix to insure delicious concoctions that Jimmy Buffett sings about with his gifted voice. We followed Phil Mickelson, Ryan Palmer and Ian Poulter from hole to hole before going to the skybox to join in the wave, heckling pro golfers errant shots and awarding loud cheers to the ones that landed their Titleist, Nike, Callaway and Spalding dimpled white balls on the green natural carpet. Today I watched the final round in an Irish pub called Ha Penny in Boise, Idaho. The weather did not cooperate as well as it could have during the final two days of the tournament which showed up in the total attendance figures of 426,000, down from last year’s 470,000. Only 44,000 braved the “cool temperatures” of Sunny Arizona to see Hunter Mahan win by shooting a total of 16 under, 268 for the championship. The young Hunter held off former fellow Oklahoma State golfer Rickie Fowler. Congratulations Mr. Mahan for taking the 2010 Phoenix Open trophy home.
Saturday was spent with Basque Amigo and former classmate Julian Lete at the Basque Center where Julian keeps the Coronas coming across the bar and an occasional shot of Pura Vida Tequila. The Boise Basque Center celebrated 50 years of existence and Mr. Lete autographed for my brother David, a book depicting and celebrating the history of Boise’s Basque Cultural Center which is envelopes an entire square block on Grove Street. The historic Cyrus Jacobs – Uberuaga Boarding House built in 1864 is the oldest surviving brick building in Boise, Idaho. While swapping junior high and high school stories of yesteryear in Marsing, Idaho with Julian, one of his Basque buddies, Mr. Daniel Aizpitarte a former University of Idaho Vandal football player came in for a visit. Daniel graduated from Emmett, ID where he was all-state as a tight end and defensive end in 2003. Since we’re on the subject of famous Basque athletes we’ll mention pro golfer and multiple Masters Champion, Mr. Jose Maria Olazabal. If you find yourself in Idaho’s capital city, take the time to visit the Basque Cultural Center and if you’re there towards the end of July then attend the International Basque Cultural Festival named Jaialdi and you’ll have a grand old time.
The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada has come to a close. What an incredible display of athletism and sportsmanship from all the many countries that were represented. Congratulations to all Gold, Silver and Bronze winners as well as all participants. For the first time in history the United States of America has received the most total medals in an Olympics focused on Winter Sports and Games. Fantastic finish on the overtime Gold medal Hockey Game, very fitting that the Canadian Team won Gold by a score of 3 – 2 over Southern rival and neighbor, USA. Congratulations to Canada on Gold and US on Silver.
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