I'm quickly developing a reputation as a San Francisco snob, which is ironic since I live adjacent to one of San Francisco's best known crack alleys. A friend invited me to a SuperBowl party in Alameda but I just won't risk driving on East Bay freeways anymore. About two years ago I was driving on the 880 and a metal bar feel off a car in front of me, taking off my front license plate and damaging my bumper. Since then I avoid crossing the bridge like I avoid triple bogeys.
Speaking of which, played the front nine at Harding this afternoon before the game. Was feeling extremely lethargic, needed to get in some exercise and fresh air before the start of the work week. Twilight rate is $45 so I didn't feel too bad leaving at the turn, making it home in time for most of the game.
Got put with two other singles who gave up on football once the 49ers lost two weeks ago. They were nice enough but one guy took too much liberty checking out other people's equipment without permission. In "Who's Your Caddy" there's a story of a Tour player telling his caddy to "keep your mouth off my ball" after the caddy encouraged the ball to "get up." I have a new saying, keep your hands off my clubs!
The three of us are making small talk about equipment and new clubs while waiting on the tee. Then the guy just straight reaches into the other guys bag and pulls out a club to check it out. I mean completely pulls the club out of the bag, checks out the grip and does a practice swing. No, "can I check out your club" or "may I..."
I couldn't believe it. Complete stranger and he just grabs a club out of the bag without asking. Frankly, I'm not sure how I would have reacted if he had done it to me. Would I have been polite/diplomatic or would I have said, "WTF, please don't touch my clubs without my permission." Touching another man's club crosses the line in my book. It's like getting in a man's car to see how comfortable the seats are without asking. Shit, this ain't no test drive or store demo. I probably would have been diplomatic. The guy was nice enough, just doesn't have common courtesy.
Remember, we live in the U.S. of A, where there's still personal property. Keep your lips off my ball and hands off my club!