with the predictions of an "epic storm" for that night and the next day the city was emptying fast
The blizzard could not have come at a worse time in the show. I was planning on being there for the entire event starting with a seminar on Monday at 8 AM. Will and Chris assured me they could handle any storm that came and my wife said she would be fine alone, although Bert is a handful when I am not around, so I kept my plans. Let me tell you it was an adventure. The seminars on Monday went off without too much difficulty but with the predictions of an "epic storm" for that night and the next day the city was emptying fast. I enjoyed my seminar on drainage and learned a lot. I had made plans to have lunch with an old friend that I worked with before coming to Mink. We used to see each other at this show every year but he has been out of the golf business for many years now so it has been a few years since I have seen him. He happened to be there taking a class necessary to renew a Mass hydraulics license. I worked hard to get this class on our schedule. It was too late for me as I renewed in Dec but this was my reward. After lunch I sneaked my way into a special seminar for grass tennis courts set up by past president of the NERTF Mike Buras. Mike is in charge of the Longwood Cricket Club in Brookline, MA. Here is a link to Mike's BLOG This seminar is the only one of its kind in this country and I wanted to see what it was all about. The experience changed my life.
|from my hotel room|
|Fascinating club with a lot of history|
|very busy cub|
|the End of Peter's talk|
|Neil doing his talk again on the big stage for the golf group|
|Peter speaking close to Lisa Golden because of her laryngitis and Neil as we had our 3 hour dinner|
|Londoner excited over the snow|
a degree in "turf science" = mowing the grass and "golf course mgt." = mowing the grass a lot..."
The Londoners were so enamored with the snow since they get a dusting every now and again (which cripples the city) but never anything like what they were showing on the news. Another island connection for the week was Nathan Salmore who is on the staff with Lisa Golden at the Longwood Cricket Club. Nate used to be the guy in charge of the Field Club in Edgartown but did not care for island living so returned to LCC. It was great to hang out with the Tennis crowd and make a few new friends from across the pond. Dinner Tuesday took 3 hours and it was not a 7 course European affair. The hotels were short staffed and the kitchen was running out of food. We had a good laugh as the poor waitress came to the table twice to get someone to order something else. The company was exquisite so I did not notice the time. The boys brought the snow home with them as London received an inch of snow and Neil told me in an email it "took him 2.5 hrs to go 6 miles, we are useless over here". Peter has become a Facebook friend and will now force me to be more active there to keep in touch. By the numbers the show was a flop. By the experiences I had it was one of the best shows I have ever had.