My three-year-old daughter usually freaks out around mannequins. My wife and I were wondering how she would react around giant Disney characters silently walking around. It was a Monday when we decided to test it out. We arrived at a hotel near Disneyland early in the morning to have breakfast with some of the characters.
We walked in. Mickey was hanging out with kids while their parents were snapping photo after photo.
I looked down at Olive. Was she panicking?
Where did she go?
She had bolted toward Mickey.
The rest of the morning she was in gee gee land hanging out with Daisy, Minnie, Mickey, Stitch and Pluto.
They seemed to love her enthusiasm.
After exposing her to a glimpse of a future Disneyland trip we headed out, dropped Grandma and Olive off at Grandma's and then Dish and I headed out to Eldo.
Our friends, Gabe and Tabetha, were already two rounds in when we arrived. We also met Ryan and Brian there. They were all ready to throw, so Dish and I warmed up a bit, stretched a leg or two and tee'd off.
The round started with a little episode of When Animals Attack.
While I was setting up for my second shot I noticed Ryan get startled and jump. The group walked over to see about the commotion. Apparently Ryan was getting chomped on by a praying mantis.
As we walked over to tee two Gabe did a similar dance and discovered another mantis crawling up his leg.
After a good laugh and viewing session we continued on.
Everything was working for me. I kept hitting my lines off the tee and had a great run of birdies. This is what my score looked like going into hole 14.
Hole 1: Par
Hole 2: Birdie
Hole 3: Birdie
Hole 4: Par
Hole 5: Birdie
Hole 6: Birdie
Hole 7: Par
Hole 8: Par
Hole 9: Par
Hole 10: Birdie
Hole 11: Birdie
Hole 12: Birdie
Hole 13: Par
I was sitting at -7 as we walked to tee 14. That's when Gabe, Tab and Ryan had to take off. We said our goodbyes and then Brian, Dish and I continued on.
I knew I had a chance to beat my record of -9, so I was excited to throw.
I hit an early tree. I took a four. I immediately started blaming Gabe, Tab and Ryan for leaving. Everything was going so well when they were around.
The rest of the round was a disaster.
Hole 14: Bogie
Hole 15: Par
Hole 16: Double Bogie
Hole 17: Double Bogie
Hole 18: Par
I finished the round with a 52. Par is 54.
I shoulda shot better. I coulda shot better. I woulda shot better.
That round is going to haunt me for a bit.