Friday, June 18, 2010

Planning for Wisconsin

In case any of you have wondered how we plan our annual Michigan golf trip, here's the direction we head. Tom has always been our "Julie" (for those who are too young, Julie is the cruise director from the Love Boat). He and I often converse prior to an email like he sent below (partially because he and I have gone on most of the trips; also possibly because I'm a control freak). Pete and Dave are virgins to the trip, so we need to set the framework.

Here's Tom's email:

Wisconsin Campers:

Those of you with A.D.D. still read through this.....

Except for our last golf day (Friday 6th), I have put together a tentative itenerary which I am going to try and book as early as today. IF THERE ARE ANY OBJECTIONS TO ANY OF THIS PLEASE TRY AND GET BACK TO ME BEFORE NOON TODAY.

Liz and Dave both have suggested we play Erin Hills, north of Milwaukee and sight of the 2017 US Open. After a major renovation, it opens the day we arrive, Sat. July 31st. It looks great on the website and unless we end up playing crazy expensive private clubs on Friday, it will be the most expensive round (by far) of the trip at $160 plus approximately $85 for the caddy....NOTE-ESPECIALLY PETE...ERIN HILLS IS WALKING ONLY AND YOU EITHER CARRY YOUR BAG OR TAKE A CADDY...NO PULL CARTS. It is apparently pretty difficult and very much a links-style course. Interesting article (it may scare you) at

It will be difficult to play twice on arrival day and get to Pete's house at a decent hour (original idea was to play University Ridge outside Madison on the way to Hancock). Also, Liz has a strong desire/need to see the Harley-Davidson place (they have a VERY highly rated museum) both for herself and Tony (Dave-Tony is Liz's boyfriend and a longtime Harley owner). I have owned three Harleys myself and think going to the museum would be very cool as well. Therefore, subject to strong objection from anyone, the plan is to land in MKE, go eat breakfast, go to the HD Museum in central Milwaukee (Dave would look SOOOOO cute in a black HD t-shirt! and full leathers!!), have lunch and then play Erin Hills, which is about 40 minutes north. It is then about 2 hours to Pete's house.

The rest of the week would look like this (assuming I get the tee times I want):

AM PM Comments

Sun Lake Arrowhead Pines Lake Arrowhead Lakes About 35 min drive from the house close to Wisconsin Rapids. 1st round $67 and second (twilight) is $39

Mon Northern Bay ($60 before 9am) Sentry World ($75) Long day to play 2 top-ranked WI courses. 45 min to NB and 1:15 to Sentry (Steven's Point) back thru Hancock

Tue University Ridge OPEN (**need decision) Univ Ridge is the top-ranked public course in WI & 1:30 from house. Tue is $79 unlimited play & includes buffet lunch

Wed Wild Rock ($89) Trappers Turn ($65 twilite) Courses are within a few min. of each other in Wisconsin Dells, about 1hr from house. Both on Golf Dig. best to play

Thurs Lawsonia Woodlands Lawsonia Links(many awards) Ranked #55 by Golfweek,in Green Lake 1 hr from the house. All day play is $105 w/cart.

Then we drive a little over an hour to Liz's vendor's [Appleton Coated Paper, thanks to Kim Starr] house (which Liz got us for FREE!!) outside Appleton. Supposedly the house comes with a CHEF to cook us dinner!!

Fri TBD TBD Talking to Liz's new "freind" about which courses best to play in Appleton/Oshkosh/Green Bay. Trying for private clubs

**NEED A DECISION-do we want to try and play another Madison-area course on Tuesday, play University Ridge again (incl in one price) or be tourists/relax??

DAVE/PETE....we have found in the past that it works great for one person to pay for ALL the meals, ice cream, snacks, ice cream, booze and ice cream. We will each give Liz $300 on Day 1 ($1200 total kitty) from which she will pay everything and keep a running total. If/when whe runs out, we will each put in $100-$200 more depending on how fast we are burning/drinking through it (Dave likes good scotch and Liz likes wine). If one person is drinking/eating more than anyone else, he/she would be expected to put in a little more but we do not make a big deal out of it. Last year, one of our guys liked REALLY good wine and he paid for it himself outside the kitty although we all drank it.

I have a minivan reserved for the entire week for $600.

I estimate the costs for each of us as follows:

Housing FREE!!!!!
Golf $1075...$825 for what is planned, assuming we all use caddies at Erin Hills (which I think is great fun!). Assume $100-$125/round on Friday for private club golf, less if we go public
Van $150 each
Ice Cream $450...includes all that other, booze, snacks....but who cares? Could be less if we are always too tired to eat (NEVER too tired for ice cream...sometimes that is dinner)

Total Basics $1675


Gas ??
HD T-shirt $30
Dave's leathers $800
Strip Club $2000.....Wisconsin softball players!!....Yum!!!
Club Repair $200...put this in for Pete....Dave, you never played with Pete but he throws/breaks one or two clubs/putters a round
Emergency Room $ of us will get hit by Pete's club
Therapy $500...we will all need it after living together for a week

Please respond as soon as you can on any objections, suggestions, and a decision on Tuesday afternoon. We leave six weeks from tomorrow.

Your faithful tour guide,


Friday, June 11, 2010

Contact Info for ID Theft

Sitting in the Admirals Club in San Diego, I found a great article on ID theft in PC Today (May 2010, page 73) that included Important Contact Information. Since my objective today is to clean off my desk (meaning: get rid of piles of paper), I figure that this would be a good post if I ever need this information. Thanks PC Today for the comprehensive list.

Get Credit Reports
Request free credit reports.
Order report: 800.685.1111
Fraud alert:888.766.0008
This is a credit reporting agency.
This is a credit reporting agency.
Order report: 800.888.4213
Fraud alert: 800.680.7289
This is a credit reporting agency.

Opt Out
Direct Marketing Association
Indicate mail preferences.
Opt out of preapproved credit or insurance offers.
Consumer Debit Resource
Obtain a consumer reportabout checking accounts in your name.
Internal Revenue Service
Criminal Investigation Informant Hotline:
Find out if someone has filed a tax return in your name.
On the Web site, click Consumer and Check Fraud/Forgery to find out if anyone has used your driver's license or ID to write fraudulent checks.

Report Other Problems
Call this hotline to find out if anyone has been writing bad checks in your name.
Social Security
Administration Office of the Inspector General
Report fraudulent use of your Social Security card to obtain benefits.
U.S. Postal Inspection Service
To report stolen mail or a fraudulent address change, look in your local phone book for the nearest Postal Inspector or go to this Web site.

Report Credit Card Fraud
American Express
(Click Fraud Protection Center)
Card replacement: 800.992.3404
Customer service: 800.528.4800
Bank of America
Customer Service:800.427.2449
Credit Card Customers
Personal: 800.436.7927
Business: 800.346.5538
On the Web site,click Protect Your Family From Identity Theft
Citi Cards
Discover Card
Report lost or stolen credit card: 800.627.8372
Wells Fargo Bank

Additional Resources
Call For Action
Federal Trade Commission ID Theft changed
877.IDTHEFT (438-4338)
Identity Theft Resource Center
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Department Of Justice
Includes the Identity Theft Quiz for Consumers.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

August Golf

It's official: we are not going to Michigan this year for our annual golf trip. Instead: Wisconsin ( Get ready for some new posts (and pictures) and a comparison to Michigan when it's all said and done. When we figured we could save $200 each on airfare by flying to Milwaukee, the Wisconsin trip we have spoken about became a reality Trip begins July 31 and ends August 7.

Fun Facts About Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin's dairy farms produce more milk than any other state (YUM, cheese and ICE CREAM).
  • Famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born in Richland Center. Today places like Wausau boast a number of Wright's designs.
  • The Green Bay Packers are actually owned by the city of Green Bay and have a massive waitlist for season tickets.
  • Wisconsin is nicknamed the "Badger State", but this refers not to the state animal but to its early miners who often lived like badgers, beneath ground.
The planning begins now that our flights are booked. It's a bit sad that we won't be playing Bay Harbor, or Forest Dunes. But, it's good to have a new adventure. Just more planning because it is hard to come up with two different courses each day for a week.

Stay tuned for more as we plan. The great reps at Appleton, Neenah and Sappi have been helping provide lists of courses so that we can build the trip.

NIRI National 2010

OK, another NIRI National over. I believe this was #10 for me going to National. I know I now have a 10+ Year Member ribbon to wear. Hopefully they don't have a 20+ Year Member ribbon. As usual, it was great reconnecting with people I only see once a year at National. It's beginning to feel like a family reunion of sorts. We comfortably catch up and reminisce.

And golf. This time, Coronado with Jason, Brian, Bruce and Nick (who caught up on the second hole). Coronado is a muni. They let us play as five. The pace was as slow as you could get for a Saturday. But the company was great, so we didn't mind. A nice comfortable track to start off the conference. Golf tournament at Grand Del Mar with fore caddies. We had two in our group and while we didn't come in first or second, we met our objective: beat Weeks, Roop, Andy and Ken. Awesome course (Phil Mickelson plays there). Monday was Aviara because a slot opened up. Aviara is BEAUTIFUL. And Glen, the starter, after telling me where all of the restroom areas were (that was very important to him), caught up with us later and gave us tootsie pops. The little things that make you smile. We ended Tuesday at Salt Creek Golf Club ( A great track, but I think the economy has made them slow down on the maintenance. Greens were in great shape, but the rest was a little beat up. I still recommend it.

And socializing. Saturday we had some BBQ at the Top Gun bar across the street from the Manchester Grand. Not great, but great company. Sunday was the opening reception, followed by the Texas mixer, followed by Georgeson. Of course the highlight was Georgeson! Monday was more gathering. Tuesday the same. Not much sleep, but great company, at NIRI National.

And, important note: I did attend a session this conference. Of course I had to hear Ken Janke, AFLAC and Andy Backman, iStar Financial speak. Of course we showed up five minutes late, in our golf outfits and flip flops, with my clubs parked outside the entrance. But, great topic.

Headed home on Wednesday. Now I can't wait until NIRI Southwest Regional, in New Orleans, August 18-20. Get to catch up again with old friends.