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Random Observations by Pat Ostrye

Sudden Death! Tiger Wins One More Time! 

     This is Father's Day at 7pm.  I've waited as long as possible to put these few words on paper so that I could include naming the final winner of the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines after another "nail-biting" three days in front of the TV.  Today's 4th round of golf started about the time I left the house to join in the Father's Day celebration at the home of one of my sons.  As I returned this evening, I clicked on the TV in time to hear that there was now a tie between Rocco Mediate and Tiger Woods, to be settled Monday with 18 more holes.  Although I didn't see any of the day's events, I understand it was just as exciting for the 54,000 capacity crowd as Saturday's had been.  Being totally unknowledgeable when it comes to golf, I cannot figure out why it takes 18 holes for a run-off!  Wouldn't 9 do the job?! Or how about 3?!

     Tiger Woods always guarantees an exciting performance even though most of the sporting world figures he will pull it off and pick up one more trophy at the final hour.  But his movements around that golf course on Saturday were anything but promising.  At each hole, we held our breath to see if this would be the one where he would take over in his usual suave manner, but right at the top remained Rocco and Lee Westwood, presumed winners until Tiger's eagle at the 13th hole, then the birdie at  the 17th and, by golly, another eagle at the 18th, making him the winner of that round after all.  He was in great pain on Saturday having had knee surgery in April, so I'm sure Sunday was the same, and who knows what tomorrow will bring!!  Can he do it one more time?!

     Getting back to Father's Day,  there are three young fathers in our immediate family.  All of the married members took their time in taking the big step to the altar, consequently, there are large gaps of time between grandchildren.  All of these young guys are great fathers, really appreciating their good fortune.  One family has two growing adults, a young lady in the 3rd year of Astro-physics in Boulder, Colo, plus a son (would anyone believe, 6 ft. 9?) just graduated from high school this year.  Another family has two adult girls, one at UC Santa Barbara, the other into design and architecture, bringing me down to the youngest son and his family with a 2 1/2- year old girl and 5 month old little guy.  That's where I was today, such a joy being around the little ones and sharing in the festivities.

     Now, one more thought.  What  a shock, Tim Russert's sudden death.  Makes many of us with families in that same age group ( I have 7) stop and think.  The "50" years are probably the most crucial in one's life.  My late husband, Peter, had a coronary thrombosis at age 54, being Mayor pro tem in Monrovia at the time, given 72 hours to live.  He did live another 20 years but such worry!  And even that was still too young to leave this world, so I'm certain this past weekend mothers and fathers were reminding their kids in that Boomer age to take it easier!

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