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I haven't played since shortly before the first snowfall here in central Wisconsin. Now, I know a lot of you brave the arctic temperatures and potential frostbite to keep that plastic flying. You brave souls have my respect. Admittedly, I'm not so ballsy. The cold is not my friend, but I'd definitely "man up" if that was all there was to it. Unfortunately, there's still three feet of snow on the ground to contend with. The wet and the cold aside, I DO NOT want to walk off the course with less plastic then I walked on with. I work hard to pay for each disc I have in my bag. I'm not about to toss one into the snow for some random jackass to find after we get a decent thaw. I'll admit however, it is nice to find one once in a while...

Speaking of which, I managed to find two today. It was almost 50 degrees here today (a rare feat in February) so, of course, I had to spend some time outside. Still too chicken to break out my drivers, I figured, what better way to spend the day then working on my short game. Off I went with my buddy Dan, with discs and a camera in hand to capture any potential action. Okay, I admit, I sucked. But the ability to be outside without having to be bundled up Eskimo-style made my lack of ability seem almost non-existent. On hole #3, I noticed a very worn, very used Classic Roc sitting atop the small public restroom building. After a half hour and some serious trial and error, we got it down. It took a little investigation to find out what kind of disc it was, as the stamp had been completely worn off. No identifying marks, no names or phone numbers, so I dried it off and in my bag it went. I know whoever lost this disc would probably want it back, but I'm sure that they would rather I put it to use rather than let it lie...

After some short approach shots and long putts through holes four, five and six, we came to the shortest hole on the course. It's a definite ace run, and we could not resist it's charm. Of course, I had to see how that Roc was going to fly, so with Dan manning the camcorder and me on the tee, I let loose the first drive of 2009. I shanked it left, but managed to keep my eyes on it. Dan said he had lost sight of it, but heard it land a number of yards to his right. We both headed to where it landed, but it was gone. It lay somewhere under the snow in our immediate vicinity, but with previous tracks and snow kicked up everywhere, there was no way to see where it went. We killed another half hour searching, but with no luck. We moved on, disappointed. But not for long...

As we approached hole #9, I saw a flash of blue in the clump of pines leading to the basket. It was hardly even hidden. I'm surprised it hadn't been spotted before. I picked it up and inspected it, finding it in much better shape the the one I found earlier. It was almost new. A first-run, even! I wasn't really familiar with the Skeeter, but figured with a little internet research, I'd know plenty soon enough. We finished off the other holes, but with the luck we were having finding lost plastic, we were more concerned with keeping our eyes peeled on the ground. We tossed a few more into the basket on the putting green, packed up our discs and headed home.

After I had changed into some dryer clothes and researched the DX Skeeter we found (not bad...), I reviewed the pictures and footage we took out at the course. I eventually came to video of that fateful drive. I watched the disc rise up, out of frame. But shortly before the end of the clip, Dan had turned the camera just in time to catch a glimpse of it falling to the ground. We judged by his shot the general area the disc had to have been, so back we went. With help from a that video clip (and a shovel), we managed to dig it free from the snow. I suppose it seems like a long way to go for a old, beat up disc. But hey, a free disc is a free disc...

I can't wait to get out there and really let 'em fly, but I had a good time anyways. I just hope my game gets better...

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Comment by eric beich on April 10, 2009 at 9:24am
I'm just shankin' your drive ,haha.
Comment by Chainz-4-Brainz on April 9, 2009 at 11:27pm
Yes, sir. This was intended. 8^)
Comment by eric beich on February 8, 2009 at 9:12am
I'm not about to toss one into the snow for some random jackass to find after we get a decent thaw. I'll admit however, it is nice to find one once in a while...

I hope you do see the Irony of this statement.

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