Every year at this time, our family goes to Florida during the school vacation. Since I recently took up golf, this is one of the activities I am looking forward to later this week. I had always heard about how business is done on the golf course. This past year, it happened. I ended up with a transaction as a direct result of me being on the local golf course. Today, I met with a client to discuss various financing options that might fit his family's situation. Turns out that he is a golfer and we will likely go out on the course here once the snow has disappeared. And he is also interested in becoming a basketball official. You just never know where things will lead.
I just found out that the course I golf at in Lehigh Acres is due to close and that the resort where we own 2 weeks of time shares may end up buying 9 holes of the 18. It is kind of disheartening, but I will not let it bother me. It does illustrate a point, though. Since this is my 3rd season of golf coming up, it means that I have not taken advantage of the adjacent course for the forst 3-4 years of vacationing there. It is that way in life, too, isn't it. The things that are close by, we never seem to take advantage of while they are close by. And we miss those things when they are no longer near.
I look forward to the head start on this golfing season. I am saddened though at the same time. One of my most frequent golf companions died suddenly a couple of weeks ago. One of my favorite things to do was to call him and ask what he was doing at 2:16. I will miss that. But perhaps I have found another golfing companion. It is really amazing how just learning the game I avoided for so long has opened up new friendships. Try it. You'll like it.