Uncle Johnny, Aunt Rose and Me

Trip Start Jan 16, 2012
Trip End Jan 23, 2012

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Skip was up early and out the door. I slept until about 8:00 and tried to read the paper, but there weren't any USA Today's left at the front desk, so I read the news on line...oh well. Sent out a couple of blog updates as well.

Got ready and out the door to meet Uncle Johnny about 10:45. About 10:45 Uncle Johnny showed up and we headed to the golf course.

It was a course that was pretty close. It was at Luke Air Force Base called Falcon Dunes and open only to US military or civilian employees. Uncle Johnny spent his working career at the USDA, so he qualified. I had seen and heard the Air Force jets from the two golf courses I had played on Tuesday and Wednesday, but today, I would see and hear them up close and personal. I noticed it right away. We were right next to the airstrip, and jets were taking off, doing touch and goes and landing all during our round.

Uncle Johnny and I had lunch in the clubhouse, Uncle Johnny paid golf for me (Thanks Uncle Johnny!) and we headed to the putting green. After being called to the 10th tee by the guy on the PA system (why they were starting us on 10, I have no idea??), we met our two partners (Gary from Wyoming and Denny, a local guy).

Before I tell you about our round, I need to tell you about Uncle Johnny. Uncle Johnny is the youngest son of my maternal grandparents (James and Mary Lowrey). Uncle Johnny is a very smart man. I understand he was at the U of I engineering school sometime before he got his first B in any school. All the rest had been A's. I've always had a great relationship with Uncle Johnny. He is 19 years older than me. And I always knew when his birthday was...December 25...Christmas day! He is 5 years younger than my Mom. Mom is 85. Uncle Johnny, forgive me for telling this story, but I love to tell it (I know Uncle Johnny and Aunt Rose read my blog). I have had several firsts in my life which involved Uncle Johnny. This first was the first time I had ever gone 100 mph in an automobile. Uncle Johnny was driving from Clinton, IL to the little town of Lane, IL (about 10 miles away) where his then fiancee, Delores lived (who he later married and eventually divorced....remember that...). Anyway, I was a kid and riding along with him in his 1956 (I think) Chevrolet when he hit that magic number, 100 mph in that car. Many years later I reminded Uncle Johnny of that incident when he sped 100 mph toward Lane, IL to see his fiancee...to which Uncle Johnny replied, "Yea, I wonder why I was in such a hurry???" I always laugh at that story. Hope you don't mind me telling it Uncle Johnny.

Uncle Johnny later married Aunt Rose, and they have been a great couple ever since. You can tell they love each other very much, and are very loving and special people to my Mom!

Back to golf...they started us on #10. I played fair on the front nine...45. But on the back, I got hot. After a bogie, I started a streak of 6 pars in a row, another bogie and completed the round with my 7th par of the back 9...for a 38 and a total of 83. Uncle Johnny will take credit for some of the back nine as he gave me some good advice which started my run of six pars in a row. Slow down and follow through. Sound advice for any golfer. I just hope I can still play as well as Uncle Johnny when I am 80 years old.

We got done and after loading up our clubs, headed to pick up Aunt Rose for a great Mexican dinner. My treat. In fact, Uncle Johnny said he told Aunt Rose not to eat any lunch because I was going to spring for dinner!!! LOL! He's such a character!!! I love him dearly! We all had margaritas. And we all had great Mexican food at Uncle Johnny and Aunt Rose's favorite Mexican restaurant. Always great to see them!

Then it was back to the Wigwam and I blogged a bit before Skip came home. God bless Skip! Today, he got every one of the dozen baseballs we went together to buy and two baseball bats signed by all of the White Sox stars who were in attendance at the camp. Just a few gifts for my misguided White Sox friends!

Then it was bed time for bonzo. Heading to Skip's baseball camp tomorrow. They only have a half day (one game). Figure I can take some pics and see the White Sox Fantasy Camp in action. More tomorrow.

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