Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Labor Day

Our Labor Day celebration was a potluck dinner.  We certainly have some awesome cooks at this park!  All the dishes were just scrumptious. 

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That was the last of the summer time events.  We finally packed up the tables and chairs in preparation for the season to begin.  Summer events are easier because we can just leave up the tables and chairs so they’re set for the next dinner. 

Outdoor work continues getting the park ready for your return.  Today we saw the pavement crews out patching the blacktop on the streets.  The first trucks have real high pressure blowers that blow the dust away.  Then a different crew follows behind with a man who puts the tar across the crack….followed by two guys with some special brushes that smooth the fresh tar. 

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I noticed that they removed all the rose bushes from the ‘rose garden’.  I don’t know what is planned for that area but I’m guessing it will be something other than roses.  Roses are soooooo hard to grow in the desert.

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Maintenance crews are staying busy with all the repairs that need to be completed before your return.  We found Jake and Eddie repairing another water riser where they had to freeze the line to make the replacement.

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I saw Bill Wrightson out on his daily golf course rounds this morning.  It looks like he played about 8 shots to the green.  He said after the third shot, they finally start getting close.  Open-mouthed smile

He has a special golf tool he carries along to repair ball marks on the greens.  I’d never seen it before so stopped for a close up.

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Ball with ball mark

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Place the repair tool over the mark and presto.

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No more ball mark.  If not repaired, it can take up to 10 days for the mark to heal.

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When pressed down against the ground, these little teeth come out and pull the grass back up again.  Very clever device and it sure beats all that bending over to repair the mark by hand.  Thank you, Bill, for helping to take such good care of our course.

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Weather Report:  Good news!  The weatherman predicts that we are done with the 110 temperatures for the rest of the summer!  Hallelujah!!  There is a HUGE difference between 103 and 113.  Some of it may be psychological, but over 110 is really hard to take.  We set an official all time historical record as we had 33 days of temps over 110 this summer.  We had some rain last week for about 20 minutes.  It was a lovely thunderstorm with some locally strong winds but nothing worth commenting about.  It was some PRECIOUS rain, however.  Every drop is welcome after this long drought of a HOT summer.  After watching the national news, I think I’m grateful to be here in spite of our heat.  At least we didn’t have horrible fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, flash floods, mud slides, high heat with ugly humidity, that the rest of the country suffered through these past months.

 

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