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so, i was flying through a solo round at la mirada, playing through groups of 8, 5, etc. all day long. 3 holes through my second round, another solo-discer with a stroller asks if he can play through a group with me & we end up playing the rest of the round together. Anyway, second-to-last hole, his turnover shot never does & his desk sails into the lake. after our round, we head to the lake to see if we can spot it. sure enough, no sign of it, however, there was this dude fishing right where we thought the disc had dropped. he told us he had 200+ discs in the back of his car & thousands more back home that he had fished outta the lake the last 6 years. he said he sold em, 3 for $10, & asked if my new friend wanted to find a replacement.

so, we both head over to this stranger's car, he pops the trunk & there's an assload of discs. without even thinking, i instinctively grab for the row of firebirds. first disc i grab is my 11-time championship firebird i threw into the lake 8 years earlier. it was the 2nd disc i ever bought & my name was still on it, along with an outdated telephone #. i held the disc in disbelief as i nearly shit my trousers. not only did he happen to place, out of the thousands of discs he had at home, the one disc that happened to be mine in the trunk of his car, but i was astounded that nobody else happened to grab such a wanted disk.

anyway, it was fucking sweet, then later that day, i got stuck in an elevator at the movie theater and got 10 free movie tickets to compensate...best day of my life!!!

thanks for reading

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Comment by brian newmark on April 29, 2010 at 1:01pm
brandon, sweet story...its like bringing back a deceased loved one. hopefully the lakes in which our discs landed weren't ancient indian burial grounds...that would suck!
Comment by Brandon Swanson on April 29, 2010 at 10:17am
You'll never believe this Brian, but I went out golfing the yester day an hour after posting a reply to your message (I live in Fond du Lac, WI BTW) and as I was playing hole 6 by the pond on our local course I see a friend of mine and another guy I didn't know swimming for discs. They were right at the spot that I lost that teerex-x I mentioned so I asked if they would try to find it for me. Well I was pretty much just joking, but then the other guy says, "I swim in here a couple times a week and I've found lots of teerexs." I then described my the teerex-x I lost a year ago and he said he found it last year and it's in his car!! He is going to bring it to league night next week for me! Can you believe that? I'd given up on that one long ago (though still fostering a glimmer of hope) and then all of a sudden I read your blog randomly, post about my teerex and then I discover who has it an hour later!

I think your disc of destiny turned into the blog post of destiny. :-)
Comment by brian newmark on April 28, 2010 at 5:51pm
I think the dude's name is Gary, or something like that. Real nice guy, just ask some locals around la mirada, they should be able to point him out. good luck!
Comment by Brandon Swanson on April 28, 2010 at 2:44pm
That's fantastic. An 11x firebird was one of my first discs as well 6 years ago. It was the first driver I bought next to a discraft flash, and an xpress. It's the only one of those still in my bag and the oldest disc I carry. I never EVER throw it near water, but I'm sure I did in the days before I realized it was irreplaceable (the 12x firebirds are truly NOT the same) With how coveted those 11x firebirds are becoming it is really a wonder no one else grabbed it. I'm glad you did. The only really special disc I threw into water was my Champ Teerex-X. I'm still hoping to come across it one of these days even though that was early last season. I bought 2 backups after I lost that first one.
Comment by Trae-Bear on April 27, 2010 at 12:35pm
so what was this dudes name i got a few discs on my wish list and i bet he has em'.
Comment by Fat Tire Flier on April 27, 2010 at 1:44am
im going to buy a golden retriever and go to la mirada haha
Comment by Evan Shippee on April 27, 2010 at 12:48am
dude thats insane. congrats man
Comment by Jeffery Nugent on April 26, 2010 at 4:36pm
Karma. You must be living right.

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