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The Consort Considers His Holiday Options

Hello-Hello, all.  The Consort here dashing mikeside to amuse and baffle you while The (lovely and extremely talented) Princess meets her volunteer obligations.  I thought we might spend a few moments grappling with holiday deadlines, old friends and whatever else wanders into the wasteland that remains of my mind.  Let’s begin!

I’m considering the merits of beginning my Christmas shopping.  Now some of you might be chuckling and wondering if I’ve lost my mind.  Yes, but that’s not the point.  The point is I understand time.  After decades of working in broadcasting I know one minute is truly a long time.  Don’t believe me?  Stare at someone for one minute.  Do not speak. Do not avert your eyes.  Just stare for one minute.  See what I mean?  One minute is a long time.  Now string together sixty of those minutes and you’re talking some real time.  So I have plenty of time to buy holiday gifts.  And that’s another thing: I don’t shop – I buy.  Most guys do the same thing.  We walk into a store and head directly to whatever it is we intend to buy.  It all comes down to prep work.  A little research can be a timesaver and a lifesaver this time of year.  Or it can work in the other extreme.  When that happens I call it Zen buying.  Walk into a store with a empty mind (not hard for most guys) and listen for the gift to speak to you.  When it happens it’s a truly magical feeling.  When it doesn’t happen then everyone gets gift cards and it’s time to head to the nearest bar.

I’ll be having lunch in a couple of days with some guys who have been my friends since middle school.  Some of you are young enough that that’s not too remarkable.  For this bunch it’s quite a feat.  There will be eight of us around the table.  Through the decades we’ve seen weddings, divorces, births and, sadly, deaths.  Some of us have moved around in our careers while others stayed close to home.  Now a couple of the guys are even retired or considering taking that step.  We’ve all followed our own paths but managed to stay connected.  It’s more than just a lunch.  For a brief time we’ll be eighteen again.  We’ll tell the same stories we’ve always told and poke fun at each other.  We’ll laugh at the old jokes and wonder “whatever happened to…”.   It will be one of the best gifts I will receive this year.

The Princess and I tossed Tilly in the back of the Prepmobile and went for a short ride around the neighborhood the other night.  We thought it might be fun to look at the decorations.  It was nice but in a couple of instances I wanted to get out and ask the homeowners if they had lost their minds and any shred of decency they might have possessed.  Garish does not begin to describe some of these houses.  I struggle with the idea of someone randomly draping thousands of dollars worth of decorations on every available inch of space on their property.  We saw one house that was likely setting off seizures with the incessant strobe effect of the lights.  Too much is often just that: too much. It seems the over-the-top decorating is everywhere and so I better get used to it.  There are entire streets where the neighbors combine their efforts to create a well thought out wonderland of light.  But some good can come of this.  In some cases these neighborhoods are accepting donations for local food banks or other charity groups.  Maybe I should just get over myself and appreciate some people’s willingness to add a little light and color to the world.

But I’ve blathered on long enough.  The Princess will return to this space tomorrow with items of much more interest than I brought to the dance today.  So I’ll leave you with the usual reminder to take good care of your waitperson because they’re working hard for you today.  Good night, everyone!

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The Consort Hits Out of The Rough…again

Hello-hello, all.  The Consort here striding confidently to the teebox while the lovely and talented Princess fulfills some prior commitments.  I had the luxury of playing a couple of rounds of golf with some friends recently and I had some thoughts I want to share.  I’ve put together a modest list of things I’ve learned while wandering around golf courses and how it all relates to life in general.  Perhaps these thoughts might resonate with you or you’d like to add your own musings.  By all means, share.

1.  There is always going to be someone who plays better than you.  That is a fact of the game and of life.  Be gracious and learn from that person.

2.  Never underestimate your opponent.  They might not be dressed to impress or have the most recent generation of equipment but watch out when they suddenly want to “sweeten” the game.  You are very likely heading into dangerous terrain.

3.  Know your limitations.  Not everyone can, or should, hit from the tips.  There is no shame in being realistic about your skill set.  You will contribute to the match and the people around you will appreciate your efforts.  Don’t be afraid to ask for advice but remember:  There is a time and place for lessons.  During a golf match or a meeting in the boardroom might not be that time or place.

4.  Equipment will not automatically raise your skill level.  You know the person: Has to have the latest and greatest golf equipment, tech gear or fashions.  It always gets back to what you can do.  There are great stories about veteran golfer Lee Trevino hustling bets by using only one golf club during a match.  He won a lot more money than he lost.   And haven’t you run into someone like that in your professional experience?  The person who gets things done with a minimum of fuss and bother.

5.  Your foot is not a golf club.  One of the fundamental rules of golf is that you play the ball where it lies.  There are penalties if the ball is moved and you are expected to call those penalties on yourself.  It has been my experience that if someone will cheat on a golf course they will likely cheat off a golf course.

6.  While standing in the rough take a moment to remember that more than likely you’ve been there a time or two.  You worked your way out before and you’ll work your way out now.  Same rules apply off the course.  Take your best shot and keep moving forward.

7.  Have fun.  Whether you’re golfing or not life is too short to not enjoy what you’re doing.

And I’ve enjoyed our time together.  I’m going to hitch up my plus-fours and head back on the course.  Remember to take care of your waitperson because they’re working hard for you today.  I’ll be back soon but before I go enjoy the musical stylings of some young men from Detroit who put the rythmn into rythmn and blues.

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