Saturday, February 25, 2006

A REAL Italian singer

I used to go to a local Italian restaurant that always played the same Luciano Pavarotti operatic cd over and over. One day I asked the owner, "Why don't you take off that guy and put on a REAL Italian singer?"

"Oh yeah? Who'd that be?" he wanted to know.

"Sinatra", I said.

-- Dalton Hammond

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Friday, February 24, 2006

My Hole In One

Last Friday, February 17, 2006, I choked way down on a 4-iron and knocked a Titleist Pro V1 golf ball exactly 160 yards into the par-3 hole for my first hole-in-one.

What can I say? It was a very good shot and a lucky one, too. I got a certificate and a bag tag from the club, but I still had to pay the cart fee.

Heck, my playing buddies were so little impressed that I had to hit third on the next tee. Tough crowd.

-- Dalton Hammond, d/b/a Bob Jones

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Friday, February 03, 2006

Canis Bogey

The visit and steak dinner with my daughter had been as pleasant as I had hoped, and as the city lights began to fade into rural darkness my thoughts as I drove homeward began to turn once more to memories of my beloved dog and best friend Bogey who had just died a few days earlier. We had been inseparable companions for eighteen years and I was missing him badly.

I became aware of a bright light in the sky by my left shoulder and I let down the window for a better look. The stars shone back with an unusual intensity. The bright object was Sirius, the Dog Star and brightest star in the sky. The night was so clear I could almost see lines that connected Sirius to legs, feet, and even a tail, to form the constellation Canis Major, the Big Dog, who has remained by the feet of his master for millions of years and will faithfully continue for millions more.

And suddenly I understood why this aphorism of stars had stood out from all the millions of others in the sky, for me this night.

"Hi, Bogey", I whispered, as a tear drizzled down my cheek.

-- Dalton Hammond