Monday, February 24, 2014

A One Hole Golf Tournament

Elfego Baca was born February 10, 1865. At age 19 he bought a mail-order badge. I didn't misspell "bride", keep reading stupid. He stole some guns. Then he appointed himself Sheriff of Socorro County, New Mexico in 1884.
While the rest of the wild west was becoming tame, Southwest New Mexico was like international waters. It was common for cowboys to come into town and take over. They'd get drunk, get bored and shoot up the town. Just because there was a town with a saloon, general store and bank, didn't necessarily mean there was law enforcement.

Most westerns are horseshit when it comes to accuracy, but this guy's life followed the story line of the movie Tombstone. Back then, when you killed the right people, folks thought you were a cool dude. So, after being in a few gunfights ,and surviving them, a legend was born.

Fast-forward to the present, the laws of the land aren't as simple, but one can't deny a legend. The Elfego Baca Shoot Out golf tournament takes place 7,243 feet above sea level on Socorro Peak. There is only one hole and it lies 2550 feet down hill with an overall distance of 3 miles. That's right, a golf tournament that consists of one hole.

Even a good shot is hard to find, a bad one is often a guaranteed loss ball which means one stroke.From the tee box the spotters go to work attempting to find the ball or decide where to drop the ball if it goes down a mine-shaft. Oh yeah, there's a ridiculous amount of mines along with all the rocks and elevation. Each participant can lose 10 balls then they're disqualified.

The hole record is 9 shots set by Mike Stanley, but the score card goes all the way up to 75 strokes. Needless to say, par isn't even a consideration, just finishing with any of the ten balls your given is a win in itself.

Entry Fee for the Elfego Shootout is $100.00
1st        $750
2nd      $500
3rd       $400
4th       $300
5th       $200
6th       $100

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Friday, February 14, 2014

So It's Valentimes Day

An Old Lady fighting through the sadness.
I've noticed a great deal of
entrepreneurs on the side of the road selling over priced flora, candy and gift baskets. Then I thought to myself, "Why can't I make money off desperate people?"

So, without further adieu, here's a list of what my magical Valentimes Baskets will include:
  • Clearance chocolate from last year's Valentimes
  • Toilet paper rose
  • Counterfeit Beanie Baby (either lobster or squirrel)
  • Roll of cherry Rolaids
  • Disappointment
  • 12 oz. zip-lock baggy of Merlot
  • $20 gift card to Olive Garden with only $5 on it
  • Signed head shot of retired Texas Ranger Julio
    Julio Franco is all about "Uh Gud Tine."
  • Engraved heart pendant that says "I'm Sorry"
  • 1 quart of pink cake icing.
Also, the basket is technically a promotional tote bag for the anti-depression medication Cymbalta. In addition, the containers housing the cake icing , bought at a surplus freight auction, are slightly burnt.
Get it all for $60 and show them how much they mean to you. Look for me today at a toll booth or turnpike near you!

Friday, February 7, 2014

5 Celebrities that Should Be Less Admired

Johnny Cash - The story doesn't start with Cash's love of cocaine. Nor is it about finding Jesus and attempting to atone for his sins. Nope, I'm talking about the total eradication of a species.

One day, Mr. Cash was driving through Los Padres National Forest in California as a wheel bearing on his truck failed. FYI, when a bearing fails, the inevitable result is heat from the friction. Johnny was stranded, his truck was lame and "just a little bit" on fire. So like any responsible person he decided to abandon the smoldering vehicle and go fishing. A cup of coffee could of put the fire out.

The neglected fire burned almost an entire square mile of forest. Part of the destruction contained 53 California Condors, which at the time was roughly half of the entire species. Only 4 condors of the 53 at the reserve survived the fire and Johnny Cash was fined $82,000. All a defiant Cash had to say about the incident was "I don't care about your damn yellow buzzards."

Chuck Berry - For those of you too young or not into music, Chuck Berry is a guitarist and songwriter. He's a music pioneer and is credited with being one of the inventors of the Rock n' Roll genre.

Before he was a legend he dabbled in armed robbery and grand theft auto, but it's what occurred later in his life that's shocking. In the 80's Berry owned a restaurant/bar built around his greatness and decided to place a camera in the women's restroom.

The poorly hidden camera was soon discovered by one of the customers and footage was seized that contained images of female customers, some minors, as they used the facilities. The legal suits followed and Berry settled each one out of court to avoid charges.

Bill Cosby - What? This must be a mistake. Why is everyone's favorite TV dad on this list? In a shocking court case from 2003, that didn't get much publicity, a woman close to the comedian claimed he drugged and sexually assaulted her. The case mysteriously never went to trail, but it did cause a flood of victims to come forward some as recent as last year.

The 10 plus women that have come forward all have the same story of being drugged and fondled while in a narcotized state. However, no criminal action against Cosby has taken place because none of the women ended up pursuing charges. In fact, most formally retracted their stories.

The suits where settled with financial dispatch that is thought could total as much as $50 million to keep the 10 or more women quiet. This number is merely speculation and is based on the average settlements of more public cases' that have actually went to trail.

Michael Jordon - The NBA legend and merchandizing mogul is a gambling addict. In 1992 Jordan's vice-free image was tarnished when his signature appeared on a personal check made out to James "Slim" Bouler for $57,000. When Bouler, a high-level cocaine dealer, was convicted, Jordan was asked to explain his connection to the kingpin. In a deposition, Jordon claimed it was a business loan, but later recanted his answer and confessed that it was payment for money lost in one weekend during a poker tournament.

All while Jordan and the Bulls dominated their competition in the 90's rumors would surface of Jordan losing $900,000 in golf-related wagering, staying up all night before games at baccarat tables and private poker games in hotel rooms.

Mainstream news was a partner in crime as they seemed to ignore these occurrences and focus on his greatness. That is until Jordan's unexpected retirement from the NBA. The theory behind his decision was that the NBA could no longer ignore his gambling. Which would make one think they discovered he was betting on NBA games. Which is incredibly illegal, just ask Pete Rose.

Phil Robertson - The outspoken patriarch of Duck Dynasty was quite the hell raiser in his 20's. The respectable man of today and on TV was a vile human in his youth. He abandoned his family and chose the bottle over being a responsible parent, but he found Jesus and took back the role of family leader when he sobered up. I'm a fan of anyone that hits rock bottom and bounces back twice as hard in a positive direction, but victims were left in the wake of this man's transformation.

Before his financial independence and the Duck Commander brand became an industry leader, he was an owner of a dive bar. When the day came to renew the bar's lease the landlords, a husband and wife, informed him the rent would be going up. Phil didn't agree with the price increase and proceeded to savagely beat both of them.

Rumor has it, the beaten couple awoke in the hospital to Robertson's wife attempting to persuade them not to press charges. Her efforts were successful, but they still filed a restraining order against Phil.