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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Tiger Woods Turns 37

The Golf Blog: Happy 37th Birthday, Tiger Woods! | The Golf Blog:

"The Golf Blog says: Tiger Woods turns 37 tomorrow. That means he needs 5 more majors in the next 10 years–assuming he follows Jack Nicklaus’s pattern of obtaining his last major by age 46–in order to beat Jack’s record of 18 majors. With that pace, Tiger needs to win 1 major every 2 years in order to set the all-time record. The pace seems at least within the realm of possibility, if not plausibility."

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Champagne Corks - Vision Damage Danger

Eye doctors warn of champagne: You could poke an eye out with that — State — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine:

"Champagne bottles contain pressure as high as 90 pounds per square inch — more than the pressure found inside a typical car tire,” the academy announcement states, in part. “This pressure can launch a champagne cork at 50 miles per hour as it leaves the bottle, which is fast enough to shatter glass. Unfortunately, this is also fast enough to permanently damage vision.” "

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Asparagus As Hangover Cure

Asparagus might be good for treating hangover...


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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Beer May Have Anti-Virus Properties - Humulone in Hops

Beer May Have Anti-Virus Properties, According To Study Funded By Sapporo Breweries:

"Does beer have anti-virus powers? According to a new study funded by Japanese beer company Sapporo Breweries, a "key ingredient" found in the world's most popular alcoholic beverage may very well help stave off winter sniffles.

Researchers at Sapporo Medical University found that humulone, a chemical compound in hops, was effective against the respiratory syncytial (RS) virus, AFP reports. In addition, humulone was also found to have an anti-inflammatory effect, according to Sapporo's news release."

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Crooks Use New Device To Open Hotel Locks

This is alarming. Looks like we have to take care of ourselves by using the security chain, and room safe (when they've available).

Rossen Reports: New device lets crooks crack many hotel locks - TODAY News:

"Some insiders are calling it a security crisis at hotels nationwide: A breach, leaving you more vulnerable.
When you lock your hotel door, you assume you're safe and your stuff is safe. Don't be so sure: Thieves have invented a small, simple device that can unlock hotel doors at some of the most popular chains. Some hotels have known about this security problem for months -- so why hasn't it been fixed?"

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wine & Food Books for your Christmas Shopping List

I love the recommendations from our friends at Wine-Knows Travel . . . just follow the link to their Top 10 picks:

Wine-Knows: Fine Wine & Gourmet Food Journeys for the Discerning Traveler: Great Books on Wine and Food:

"Winter is approaching…for many of us in the northern hemisphere, this means more time to read that stack of books we’ve been “meaning to get to.”  The holidays are also approaching and books often make terrific gifts.  Here are my Top 10  in which wine and/ or food are the central plot."

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Smoking may worsen hangover after heavy drinking

Smoking may worsen hangover after heavy drinking:

"Researchers found that college students were more likely to report hangover symptoms after a heavy drinking episode if they smoked more heavily on the day they drank."

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tiger Woods Opposed To Belly Putters

I agree. There's no place in golf for belly putters.

Tiger Woods reiterates opposition to belly putters in golf - latimes.com:

""I just believe that the art of putting is swinging the club and controlling nerves," Woods said at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, where the World Challenge tournament that benefits Woods' charities is being played this weekend.

Having one end of the putter at a fixed point, Woods said, "is something that's not in the traditions of the game. We swing all other 13 clubs, I think the putter should be the same.""

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Monday, November 26, 2012

18 Annoying Playing Partners

Hmmm, this made me stop and think . . .

18 Annoying Playing Partners ‹ 19th Hole – The Golf Blog From Your Golf Travel:

"We all look forward to getting out on the course, having a good walk, enjoying the fresh air and spending time with our friends whilst we do it, but sometimes those sharing the fairways with you can make you wish you’d just stayed at home!

Drawing on a lot of personal experience, here are just some of those playing partners that can ruin a perfectly good round…"

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Martha Stewart Thanksgiving Cookbook 2012 - Free Download

Just follow the link below to the recipes and downloads:

Thanksgiving 2012 - SiriusXM Radio:

"Thanksgiving dinner is a wonderful celebration of family and friends, and we'd like to help make sure this year's feast is the most memorable ever. That's why I've asked an esteemed group of chefs — including Mario Batali, Amanda Freitag and Jonathan Waxman — to share with you their go-to Thanksgiving recipes, and I've added many of my own favorites as well. In this book, you'll find inspiring ideas for every course, from appetizers to desserts. "

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US Presidents – Top 5 Golfing Commanders in Chief

This is an entertaining read. I especially love the snippets about President Clinton . . .

US Presidents – Top 5 Golfing Commanders in Chief ‹ 19th Hole – The Golf Blog From Your Golf Travel:

"With Barack Obama securing a comfortable-ish victory in the US Presidential Election we at Your Golf Travel are glad to have a golfing president in the White House. After all, who would use the putting green outside of the Oval Office if the non golfing Mitt Romney would have been elected?! With Obama’s re-election we were curious about which other US Presidents had a love for the game and were somewhat surprised to learn that a fairly large proportion of recent US Presidents had regularly taken to the fairways. Here are the top 5 golfing presidents…"

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

I just read this . . . there's no "need to wash your turkey"

I found this a little surprising . . .

A little bit of Food Safety Advice for Thanksgiving | Marler Blog:

"Step away from the sink, and no one will get hurt:

You don’t need to wash your turkey before you roast it, and doing so can be dangerous. A British study found that washing poultry in the sink can spray bacteria up to 3 feet away. And with one in 50 turkeys estimated to be contaminated with salmonella, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food-safety inspectors, you don’t want a mist of turkey juice on your relish platter."

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FDA Inspections - Airline Food With Mice, Roaches, etc.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

7 Rules To Follow When Thinking About Wine And Thanksgiving

7 Rules To Follow When Thinking About Wine And Thanksgiving | Food Republic:

"Every year, it’s the same story: what wine to pair with the Thanksgiving Day meal.

Here’s a newsflash for you: nothing pairs with the Thanksgiving Day meal. Or rather, so many different wines pair with so many different parts of the meal that trying to match one or two to the spread is an exercise in oeno-futility. But you have to drink something, right? "

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Adults get nearly as many empty calories from alcohol as sugary drinks

Adults get nearly as many empty calories from alcohol as sugary drinks | CTV News:

"Soda and other sweetened drinks -- the focus of obesity-fighting public health campaigns -- are the source of about 6 per cent of the calories adults consume, on average. Alcoholic beverages account for about 5 per cent, the new study found.

"We've been focusing on sugar-sweetened beverages. This is something new," said Cynthia Ogden, one of the study's authors. She's an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which released its findings Thursday."

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pictures: Venice Flood Makes a Swimming Pool of St. Mark's

Check out the pics of folks using St. Mark's as a swimming pool!

Pictures: Venice Flood Makes a Swimming Pool of St. Mark's:

"Floods in Venice usually mean breaking out the waders, but a few adventurous souls in St. Mark's Square threw in the towel Sunday and stripped down to swimsuits."

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Steamed Turkey, the Jacques Pépin Way

This sounds like fun!

Steamed Turkey, the Jacques Pépin Way - NYTimes.com:

"The first thing you have to do, if you want to cook a Thanksgiving turkey the way Jacques Pépin thinks you ought to cook it, is to reach way back into your kitchen cabinet and haul out the sort of caldron you might use to steam lobsters. Next, adjust your expectations.

We understand if your first instinct is to resist. But proceeding with his recipe will yield a bird with an incomparable balance of crispness and moistness; we’re talking about white meat so moist that it stays tender even after a few days encased in Tupperware in the fridge."

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

TORRONTES --- the Next "In" Wine

Here's what the fine folks of Wine-Knows Travel are sharing . . .

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"The varietal is the new "in" wine.  The New York Times published last year a review of twenty Torrontes that their panel of wine experts had tasted.  Each time I visit a retail wine shop, I notice new producers of Torrontes.  Last month I attended the annual meeting of the Society of Wine Educators and what do you think the seminar speakers from Argentina were touting?   You guessed it...Torrontes. We’re heading to Argentina in March 2013 for the Southern Hemisphere’s harvest…guess what I’ll be drinking!"

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Virgin America: Why an Airline That Travelers Love Is Failing

Say it isn't so!

I love Virgin America for direct flights between San Francisco and Fort Lauderdale.

Virgin America is the the best!

Virgin America: Why an Airline That Travelers Love Is Failing | TIME.com:

"Reporting in August, the Chronicle noted that, despite all of its rewards and glowing reviews, since 2007 Virgin America has posted a net loss of $671 million, and an operating loss of $447 million. More recently, Bloomberg News reported that after large net losses in the second quarter of 2012, the airline would be cutting back flights and asking employees to take voluntary work leaves in early 2013."

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sandy snarls flights, trains and public transit: What you should know if you're traveling - Travel on NBCNews.com

Good set of Sandy-related travel tips to reference . . .

Sandy snarls flights, trains and public transit: What you should know if you're traveling - Travel on NBCNews.com:

"Deteriorating weather conditions forced airlines to cancel nearly 14,000 flights through Tuesday, and that number is expected to grow, according to Jackie Butcher, a spokesperson for FlightAware.com. Philadelphia International was most affected on Monday with 1,259 cancellations, followed by the three major New York City-area airports."

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Global Entry - Expedited airport security clearance

Wow! I just learned about this.  Hopefully you'll find this useful if you fly a lot and can make use of it.

Global Entry:

"Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Though intended for frequent international travelers, there is no minimum number of trips necessary to qualify for the program. Participants may enter the United States by using automated kiosks located at select airports.

At airports, program participants proceed to Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place their fingertips on the scanner for fingerprint verification, and make a customs declaration. The kiosk issues the traveler a transaction receipt and directs the traveler to baggage claim and the exit."

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Monday, October 1, 2012

In Business, Nondrinking Can Be a Costly Expense

In Business, Nondrinking Can Be a Costly Expense - NYTimes.com:

"Still, research supports the idea that nondrinkers have a harder time climbing the corporate ladder. Multiple studies have shown that moderate drinkers earn more money than those who don’t drink, though heavy drinkers earn less than moderate drinkers."

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Tiger goes winless -- and irrelevant

How totally disappointing.

Tiger goes winless -- and irrelevant -- at Ryder Cup | Detroit Free Press | freep.com:

"Finally, there was the ultimate ignominy of the 18th hole Sunday. After Kaymer's putt allowed Europe to retain the Cup, all Tiger had to do was par the 18th hole to ensure that he would win his match, meaning the competition would officially end in a tie, 14-14. He couldn't even do that. Tiger completely missed the hole on his four-foot par putt, allowing Molinari to win the hole and halve the match, and Europe to actually win the Cup, 14 1/2 to 13 1/2.

"After that all went down, my putt was useless," Woods said. "It was inconsequential. So I hit it too quick, and gave him his putt, and it was already over."

That 18th hole served as a fitting metaphor for Woods' long weekend: No victories. Little intensity. And perhaps worst of all, totally irrelevant."

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Malbec - Bordeaux's Potential Renaissance - Argentina's Shining Star

Wine-Knows: Fine Wine & Gourmet Food Journeys for the Discerning Traveler: Malbec: Bordeaux’s Potential Renaissance & Argentina’s Shining Star:

"Bordeaux’s vineyards were completely replanted after the phylloxera epidemic...mainly with Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon/Franc because Malbec didn’t take well to grafting (grafting was necessary to prevent a return of phylloxera).  In the 20th century Malbec lost further ground due to its sensitivities to mildew from Bordeaux’s wet climate, as well as frost brought by the bitter Atlantic storms (the severe 1956 frost wiped out a significant portion of the Malbec vines).  Today, however. Malbec may be making a come-back in Bordeaux."

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Google buying Frommer's travel guides

Google buying Frommer's travel guides – USATODAY.com:

"The software giant is buying the Frommer's travel brand — including guidebook content and digital properties — from publisher John Wiley & Sons. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

Google has been expanding its travel assets in recent years. Last year, it bought Zagat Survey, a restaurant reviewer. Google also bought ITA Software, a developer of airfare search-and-pricing systems, in 2010."

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Wine-Knows Travel - How To Use Zucchini Blossoms

Follow the link to some delicious zucchini flower recipes . . .

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"How to prepare them?  I have several wonderful recipes but my fave is the way I first learned to eat them on the island of Capri in the 1970’s…sautéed in olive oil.  After taking a class in Italy solely on zucchini flowers and much experimentation in my kitchen, I think I’ve perfected this method.  My batter includes . . . "

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Patience serving Tiger Woods well in Open Championship at Royal Lytham - ESPN

Go Tiger!  We want to see more patience and some more brilliance!

Patience serving Tiger Woods well in Open Championship at Royal Lytham - ESPN:

"He had fond memories of the place, having been low amateur here in 1996 and calling it one of his favorite courses on the Open Championship rota. He enjoyed the challenge of avoiding the numerous pitfalls of the old links. Without saying so, he appeared determined to put an end to his four-year major championship victory drought.

Part of the plan was to stay out of the numerous bunkers that give Royal Lytham its teeth. The wind was down and the course was soft, but getting into those hazards is, well, hazardous."

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Fare relief: Airlines offering fall sales earlier this year

Fare relief: Airlines offering fall sales earlier this year - USATODAY.com:

"Starting Aug. 20, many airlines will slash fares on their cheapest domestic seats by 10% to 20%, says Rick Seaney of the price-tracking site, FareCompare.com.

Carriers normally cut fares once the kids head back to school. But this year, Seaney says, the deals are coming sooner as airlines try to woo fliers who may be reluctant to travel while the economy is still struggling."

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Phonies make wine sleuth see red

This article is an interesting read about phony high-priced wine, and finding out if you've got a fake bottle.

Phonies make wine sleuth see red - SFGate:

"Downey is one of the experts you call if you're worried your Romanee-Conti, Lafite or Sassicaia might not be legit.

For more than a decade she's been on counterfeit high alert, first at three auction houses and now at Chai Consulting, the San Francisco wine collection management firm she founded in 2005."

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Lost in transit: personal devices pile up at U.S. airports

Holy cow!  Hang on to your valuables people!

At least ID label your items if you're going to lose them.

Lost in transit: personal devices pile up at U.S. airports - Travel Kit:

"As for getting your lost electronics back, your odds are slightly better than 50-50, said Glynn, with 52 percent of items, on average, getting returned to travelers. The numbers were significantly higher in San Francisco (80 percent) and Miami, where 90 percent of laptops and slightly more than 50 percent of smartphones and tablets made it back to their owners."

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Travel the world for free? A new book shows you how

Hmmm, after reading this book chapter excerpt, I'm way too soft to try what he did.

Travel the world for free? A new book shows you how - books - TODAY.com:

"Michael Wigge endeavored to travel the world without any money, driven only by the necessities to eat, get to the next destination and find a place to sleep. In “How to Travel the World for Free,” he discusses his amazing, arduous and life-affirming experience. Here’s an excerpt."

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

CA foie gras ban proves confusing, hard to enforce

Foie gras ban proves confusing, hard to enforce - SFGate:

"But chefs and purveyors in California say the state law is far from clear. Restaurateurs want to know whether it's legal to cook foie gras and serve it without accepting payment. Purveyors from outside California want to know whether it's legal to ship it into the state.

"We've talked to several lawyers, and there are two conflicting schools of thought," said Hudson Valley's Marcus Henley. His company will stop shipping to California, even though the state accounts for nearly 19 percent of the firm's $16 million in annual sales. "The law says you can't sell in California, but if I'm in New York ... well there's no clarity there."

Even peace officers aren't exactly sure how they're supposed to enforce the new law. For example: How will they know the difference between pate made from a force-fed duck and a regular-fed duck?"

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Tiger Woods passes Jack Nicklaus with 74th PGA Tour win

Woods won for the 74th time as he held off Bo Van Pelt on the back nine of the Blue Course at scorching Congressional Country Club to win the AT&T National on Sunday.

Tiger Woods passes Jack Nicklaus with 74th PGA Tour win – USATODAY.com:

"With a final-round, 2-under-par 69, Woods beat Van Pelt by two shots and became the first to win three times on the PGA Tour this season. It is the 12th season in which Woods has won at least three times. Woods has won three of his last seven starts and his 30-month winless drought on Tour after a late-night car accident in November 2009 is becoming a distant memory."

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Tiger Woods improves AT&T position with 3-under 68

Glad to see Tiger scoring and teasing us again. The question is whether he can keep this going through Sunday.

Tiger Woods improves ATT position with 3-under 68; Hunter Mahan leads - ESPN:

"A day after comparing the conditions this week at Congressional to a U.S. Open, Tiger Woods fought his way on Friday morning to a 3-under-par 68 in his second round of the AT&T National.

Woods' two-day total of 2-under par left him five shots off the lead held by Hunter Mahan."

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tiger Woods admits short game coming up short

It's painful to watch Tiger's short game on TV.  Hoping there's some improvement on the way.

Tiger Woods admits short game coming up short – USATODAY.com:

""I finally have a swing that doesn't hurt, and I am still generating power, but it doesn't hurt anymore," said Woods, who overhauled his swing previously with Butch Harmon and Hank Haney and is now working with Sean Foley. "I would say certainly my short game has been something that has taken a hit, and it did the same thing when I was working with Butch and the same thing when I was working with Hank."

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

A Piece of Paradise in Provence - Wine-Knows: Fine Wine & Gourmet Food Journeys

You've got to go to Chateau Talaud!  Follow the link to learn more.

A Piece of Paradise in Provence - Wine-Knows: Fine Wine & Gourmet Food Journeys for the Discerning Traveler:

"Being the owner of a company that conducts food and wine tours throughout the world I am frequently asked regarding my favorite spot for a personal holiday.   Both my husband and I agree that it is Chateau Talaud in Provence.   We’ve been here too many times to count and each time this charmer exceeds our oh-so-very-high expectations.

I particularly love the attention to detail of the chateau...from the luxurious fabrics to the carefully chosen cutlery and dishes. It's easy to understand why the property has been featured in the European edition of Architectural Digest.   But, the property is any thing but stuffy---it is quiet country elegance with a “comfort-food-for-the-soul” kind of vibe."

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Woods `Had Control' of Game in U.S. Open 1st Round

Woods `Had Control' of Game in U.S. Open 1st Round - The Washington Post:

"Woods began his bid for a 15th major golf title with a 1-under-par 69 at San Francisco's Olympic Club, three shots behind leader "



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Sunday, June 10, 2012

What’s next for Tiger Woods?

What’s next for Tiger Woods? - BostonHerald.com:

"He’s healthy. He’s hungry. He’s hot.

Tiger Woods comes to the Olympic Club this week having recaptured much of the long-misplaced skill, swagger and intimidating aura that some thought was lost forever.

His reconstructed swing is starting to look sweet. His once legendary putter, while still betraying him at times, is beginning to revert to divining-rod form." . . .

"Perhaps Nicklaus’ opinion on Woods’ immediate future — specifically at Olympic — carries the most weight.

“I suspect No. 15 will come for Tiger Woods in about two weeks,” Nicklaus said at the Memorial trophy presentation. “If he drives the ball this way, and plays this way, I’m sure it will. And if not, it will surprise me greatly.”"

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Friday, June 8, 2012

The Big Drink: 50 Cocktails to Try Before You Die

Oh my gosh! What fun!

The Big Drink: 50 Cocktails to Try Before You Die | 7x7:

"SF is one of the best cocktail cities in the world—and not just according to us locals. To drink the top cocktails in the most interesting places, you’ll need to visit hotel penthouse bars and seaside dives, restaurants and beer gardens, tiki lounges and neighborhood watering holes. Quality ingredients and mixology techniques certainly influence the flavor of a cocktail, but so do the vibe of the place and the people behind the bar. We give you our list of 50 drinks to try before you die. Please, pace yourselves."

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Tiger Woods Wins Memorial Tournament 2012, Ties Jack Nicklaus With 73 PGA Tour Wins

Matching another milestone.

Tiger Woods Wins Memorial Tournament 2012, Ties Jack Nicklaus With 73 PGA Tour Wins:

"With a remarkable rally even by his standards, Tiger Woods birdied three of his last four holes to win the Memorial on Sunday and match tournament host Jack Nicklaus with his 73rd title on the PGA Tour.

Woods was one shot behind and looking at probable bogey in deep rough behind the 16th green when he chipped in from 50 feet for birdie to tie for the lead. In the group behind him, Rory Sabbatini made bogey from the bunker on the 16th hole and never caught up.

Woods closed with a 5-under 67, matching the best score of the final round. He won the Memorial for the fifth time. Woods and Nicklaus are tied for second place in career wins on tour, trailing Sam Snead at 82."

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Tiger Woods wins again, and for now, that’s enough

Wow, what a finish!

Tiger Woods wins again, and for now, that’s enough | Devil Ball Golf - Yahoo! Sports:

"This was a vintage performance from Woods, but let's not forget that his three greatest challengers, Spencer Levin, Rickie Fowler and Rory Sabbatini, all started leaking oil down the stretch. Woods deserved the win, but the troubles of his playing partner and the pairing behind him made it that much easier."

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Sunday could be special for Woods at Memorial Tournament

Come on Tiger, hang tough and stay consistent!

Sunday could be special for Woods at Memorial Tournament | McClatchy Tribune News Service | The Bellingham Herald:

"Tiger Woods is 1 stroke and two rounds away from tying Jack Nicklaus for the second-most victories in PGA Tour history.

There would be no more fitting tournament to do it than the Memorial, founded and hosted by Nicklaus on the course that Jack built, Muirfield Village Golf Club.

"We've got a long way to go for that," Woods said. "Obviously it would be nice, but I've still got half a tournament to go.""

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Wine-Knows: Gianduja - A Marriage Made in Heaven

Yum!  Follow the link to the rest of the delicious story.

Wine-Knows: Fine Wine and Gourmet Food Journeys for the Discerning Traveler: A Marriage Made in Heaven:

"Chocolate lover?  Hazelnut nut?  In the 1850’s, before Italy was even a nation, a chocolate-maker in the sophisticated food-loving city of Turin (the center of the powerful House of Savoy) invented the perfect union of these two culinary gems.  He named it Gianduja (john due yuh) after a marionette character who was the popular local folk icon.  "

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Tiger Woods' consistency saves his round of 70 at Memorial

Now if he could only keep it going and be consistent! . . . I'm hoping.

Tiger Woods' consistency saves his round of 70 at Memorial - ESPN:

"Coming off his worst three-tournament stretch as a pro, Tiger Woods returned to the type of golf Thursday that typically has led to good performances in his career.

Woods birdied three of the par-5s at Muirfield Village Golf Club, made several good par saves when he missed greens, and overcame a double bogey at his ninth hole to shoot 2-under-par 70 at the Memorial Tournament, where he trailed leader Scott Stallings by 4 shots."

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Who hates cilantro? Study aims to find out

This is really interesting to me as I'm American-born and of Chinese descent. I grew up in a household that cooked using cilantro, and I hated it growing up. Now as an adult, decades later, I love cilantro!

The Body Odd - Who hates cilantro? Study aims to find out:

"Researchers found an aversion to cilantro ranged from a low of 3 percent to a high of 21 percent among six different ethnic groups.

Young Canadians with East Asian roots, which included those of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese descent, had the highest prevalence of people who disliked the herb at 21 percent. Caucasians were second at 17 percent, and people of African descent were third at 14 percent.

Among the herb's fans, the group with the fewest number of people who disliked cilantro were those of Middle Eastern background at 3 percent, followed by those of Hispanic and South Asian ancestry at 4 percent and 7 percent respectively."

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Tiger Woods turning things around at The Players Championship

Good for Tiger!  I wasn't sure he was going to make the cut.

Tiger Woods turning things around at The Players Championship - ESPN:

"He isn't on the Players Championship leaderboard. His two-day total puts him behind 29 other players. But at least Tiger Woods is still here, which is more than you can say for world No. 1 Rory McIlroy or for Eldrick, circa 2011."

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

4 golf greats differ on Tiger's future

Any way you look at it, it's going to be a long uphill climb.

4 golf greats differ on Tiger's future - Yahoo! Sports:

"Nicklaus and Player think Woods still has time to rediscover his game and surpass Nicklaus' total. Palmer thinks Woods is ''going to have trouble'' reaching the mark. Trevino thinks it'll be harder for Woods to win four more majors than it was to win the 14 he already owns."

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Tiger Woods holds fans-only Q&A via social media Facebook, Twitter

The Q and A video on Tiger's website:   http://web.tigerwoods.com/video/20946851

Tiger Woods holds fans-only Q and A via social media Facebook, Twitter - ESPN:

"The only questions Tiger Woods fielded before his next tournament came from his fans.

Instead of a news conference before this week's Wells Fargo Championship, Woods answered 19 questions Monday in a 15-minute video posted on his website. The questions were submitted through Facebook and Twitter.

The timing of the decision was peculiar. Woods is coming off his worst performance ever at the Masters, a tie for 40th in which he finished 15 shots behind and was roundly criticized for kicking his 9-iron in disgust after a poor tee shot on the par-3 16th hole in the second round.

Woods typically speaks to the media before every tournament. This time, he will not speak to reporters until his first round Thursday at Quail Hollow."

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

How To Get A Free Upgrade

This caught my eye on MSNBC, "How to get a free upgrade."

 
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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Code-sharing confusion scuttles Bahamas vacation

What?!

Since when does a colleague qualify to be a person's supervisor.  Give us a break!

Code-sharing confusion scuttles Bahamas vacation:

"When you're on a code-sharing flight, it means you need to be extra careful. Don't just call your airline to confirm the flight - call the airline operating the flight. A system error like this, while rare, might be caught with a simple call.

If you're stuck in a situation like this again, politely ask the Expedia representative to escalate the call. You can do that by calmly asking to speak with that person's direct supervisor - not "a supervisor" or "someone in charge" since that can be interpreted in many ways and could land you with an agent's colleague who will proceed to tell you it can't be done."

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Overhead Bin - Mishandled bag rates drop, but tensions remain in the airline cabin

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I'm definitely in the 72.4 %.   ... and I've certainly seen my share of attempts to put a piano in the overhead bin, 'nuff said.

Overhead Bin - Mishandled bag rates drop, but tensions remain in the airline cabin:

"Either way, for many travelers, the improvement in mishandled-bag rates is likely to be considered small consolation in light of the crush of carry-on bags in the cabin. In fact, according to a report issued by U.S. Travel, an industry trade association, last November, 72.4 percent of air travelers listed “people who bring too many carry-on bags through the security checkpoint” as one of their top five frustrations — more than any other complaint.

“All [the airlines] have done is move the problem from the belly of the plane to the cabin,” said Hess. “You sit there and someone comes in and insists they can fit their piano in the overhead bin. It’s ridiculous.”"

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mesothelioma Blog: Golfer Fred Couples designates Presidents Cup funds to mesothelioma research

Mesothelioma Blog: Golfer Fred Couples designates Presidents Cup funds to mesothelioma research | myMeso:

"Professional golfer Fred Couples designated $25,000 from the 2011 Presidents Cup tournament to go to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. The Presidents Cup tournament raised a record-setting $4.5 million in proceeds to be distributed to charitable organizations around the world. Beneficiaries are chosen by the 30 players, captains and captains’ assistants. Couples chose the Meso Foundation with his girlfriend and caddy, Midge Elo Trammell, whose father, George Sheldon Elo, passed away in 2009 after a battle with pleural mesothelioma."

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Beer makes men smarter: study

Researchers report that men with a couple beers under their belts were actually better at solving brain-teasers than their sober counterparts.

Beer makes men smarter: study - NY Daily News:

"“Sometimes the really creative stuff comes out when you’re having a glass of wine over dinner, or when you’re taking a shower,” Wiley said."

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Google HotPot - One of 10 Google Products You (Probably) Never Knew Existed

I never knew about this until today.  Check it out!

10 Google Products You (Probably) Never Knew Existed:

"Google HotPot – With SO MANY food review and recommendation services in existence, this seems like an odd one to add to the Google bucket list. And although it sits pretty seamlessly on top of Google Places. But I don’t know anyone who uses it, do you?"

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Pickpocket-proof pants and other gear to keep your valuables safe

Travel Kit - Pickpocket-proof pants and other gear to keep your valuables safe:

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Can Tiger Woods win? Watch for these signs

Watch for these signs and more . . .
  • Keep track of his three-putts: No more than four
  • Translating his Masters IQ into well-executed shots
  • Is he pulverizing the par-5s?
Can Tiger Woods win? Watch for these signs – USATODAY.com:

"Woods has 12 top-10s in 15 starts as a professional at Augusta National. In his last seven starts here, he hasn't done worse than a tie for sixth. Over time, patterns have formed regarding what happens when he wins here and when he doesn't.
Here are factors that might decide whether Woods breaks through again this weekend and dons a fifth green jacket."

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Wine-Knows Travel: Truffle Oil --- Buyer Beware!

Say it isn't so!  I didn't know any better until now, so I'm sure I've fallen for the knockoffs in the past.

Let the buyer beware!

Wine-Knows: Fine Wine and Gourmet Food Journeys for the Discerning Traveler: Truffle Oil---Buyer Beware!:

"Mama mia…imagine my surprise when I came across an article in the New York Times talking about knock-off truffle oils.  If it says "Truffle Essence" or "Truffle Aroma" it is SYNTHETIC, made in a laboratory from chemicals that mimic the smell of the glorious tuber.

Buyer Beware!  If you’re shopping for truffle oil be sure to carefully inspect the label to make sure it says “infused with white truffles.”  Don’t even think about labels that have “essence” or “aroma,” as their imposters made with 2,4-dithiapentane in some lab."

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Tiger Woods faces psychological must-win with 54-hole lead at Bay Hill

This is a critical juncture for Tiger. I agree. He really needs to win this one . . .

Mark Cannizzaro: Tiger Woods faces psychological must-win with 54-hole lead at Bay Hill - NYPOST.com:

"The greatest closer on the planet this side of Mariano Rivera must close today, put his foot on the throat of Bay Hill’s 18 holes and the remaining contenders in the Arnold Palmer Invitational field and win.

In a year when blown 54-hole leads have trended toward an epidemic (Kyle Stanley at Torrey Pines, Spencer Levin in Phoenix, Charlie Wi at Pebble Beach and Bubba Watson at Doral), Woods today will try to close out his 49th victory in the 53 career events in which he’s entered the final round with the lead.

If he does, it will be Woods’ first PGA Tour victory since the BMW Championship in September 2009, which also happened to be the last time he carried the outright 54-hole lead into a Sunday and closed the deal."

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Tiger Woods holds share of lead at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Go Tiger!

Tiger Woods holds share of lead at Arnold Palmer Invitational - ESPN:

"On Friday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Tiger Woods looked like the player who had won the tournament a record six times.

His second-round 7-under 65 gives him a two-day total of 10 under, and with 36 holes to play, he has a share of the lead with Charlie Wi."

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Rick Smith on The Big Miss: Hank Haney violated player-coach confidentiality

It's good to see that some folks have some common sense and a moral compass . . .

Rick Smith on The Big Miss: Hank Haney violated player-coach confidentiality - ESPN:

"Rick Smith, a long-time swing instructor on the PGA Tour and former teacher to Phil Mickelson and other notable players, including Rocco Mediate and Lee Janzen, spoke out on Wednesday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational about Hank Haney's forthcoming book, "The Big Miss," about the teacher's six years as Tiger Woods' swing coach.

"I would rather be broke and not have a penny to my name before I violate the code of player-teacher confidentiality," Smith said. "In 27 years out here, I've never done that. I'm personally upset with Hank because he's broken and violated our code of ethics. If you have the opportunity and you're privileged to conversations, you will not and should not share anything from them with anyone. I don't care who it is.

"For all the guys who have committed their lives to teaching, this should be very upsetting and I know that I'm not the only one that feels this way. What Hank did is against the rules.""

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Tiger Woods' Achilles' tendon injury is a mild strain

Tiger Woods' Achilles' tendon injury is a mild strain - latimes.com:

"Woods disclosed late Monday that tests on his sore left Achilles' tendon revealed a mild strain, keeping open the chance he could return in time for next week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational.

“Got good news from doc tonight,” the golfer told his Twitter followers. “Only mild strain of left Achilles. Can resume hitting balls late in week and hopeful for next week.”"

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