Today's posting begins with a photograph. This is Poirot, named after Agatha Christie's always curious Belgian detective. Poirot may not be from Earth.
I'd left this little box -- it formerly held a small radio -- on the top shelf of the computer desk and as I was typing today, Poirot spotted it. He eased his way to the shelf, then stepped into the box and began to position himself for a bit of a stay. He is about 12 pounds of cat overflowing a one-pound box. But he's pretty sure nobody can see him.
THE GREAT COURSE OF LIFE: You know how every now and then you run across a great combination? Apple pie and vanilla ice cream. Movies and fresh popcorn. Road trip and gasoline under a two dollars -- well, no sense going crazy. That's not going to happen anytime soon.
But, here's a good combination: golf and animal lovers. Saw it myself.
Yep, last Thursday's KPMG Fore the Fur Golf Tournament benefiting Dog and Kitty City, the only no-kill shelter in the City of Dallas. (It's operated by the Humane Society of Dallas County. You can check it out at www.dognkittycity.com or go visit it at the corner of Denton Drive and Manor Way near Love Field. Call 214-350-7387.)
This was the first Fore the Fur tournament and it drew 69 golfers, thrilling the organizers and filling the banquet room at Stonebriar Country Club. The tournament was played in honor of Steve Watts, 64, a genuine rescuer of animals who was murdered in his Oak Cliff home last year (no arrests, no charges, no nothing.) Many of Steve's friends played in this tournament, many people who didn't know him played. By playing, they not only honored Steve, they helped one of his favorite places, Dog and Kitty City.
The only way I get to go to country clubs is when I get invited and nobody checks the guest list too carefully. But this visit to Stonebriar was certainly worth the trip from Oak Cliff to Frisco. I was invited to speak to the golfers and Dog and Kitty City supporters after the tournament -- Fox Radio/TV host Mike Gallagher was the emcee and I spoke about the legacy of Steve Watts. I was proud to be there and, frankly, grateful to know so many golfers will play to benefit animals. (I cited my personal motto: "Don't torture animals. Play golf and torture yourself.")
The event, for my funspouse Martha and me, turned out to be like meeting up with old, dear friends and having a really good gabfest. Many of Steve's friends were there. Some of them played golf. Some of them organized things. And all of them were smiling and laughing and having a good time -- which, I suspect, is exactly the way Steve Watts would have wanted it and expected it.
While Martha and I didn't know Steve, we've known some of his friends for years and our paths have crossed. It's a small world.
Now, here's what we found at Stonebriar -- it's right up the Dallas North Tollway from Dallas. As I said to the crowd that night, it is always good to drive up from Dallas to see what's going on in the rural farming community of Frisco. Hah! The term "Friscoplex" comes to mind.
Listen, I'm not making this up. Frisco is an astounding place -- it looks as if it were put together with some planning and, living in Dallas, I'm not always accustomed to that. I'm not going to say Frisco is a "finely appointed" city but on the website of the Frisco RoughRiders baseball team, they're really proud of the stadium bathrooms. Check it out at https://ridersbaseball.com/bathrooms/ .
Anyway, at Stonebriar, Martha and I both marveled at the view from the banquet room window. The vista didn't look like North Texas at all. There's a good reason for that. According to all the major golf and architecture magazines, the flat fields of North Texas were reshaped by designer/architect Tom Fazio, for whom this course is named -- Stonebriar's Fazio Course. It is beautiful.
If aliens from another planet came here and reshaped the land to meet their needs, it would be called "terraforming." If someone from Earth turns a vast plain into a place with rolling hills, greens and beautiful views, it's called a golf course.
So, in summation, a good time was had by all -- and the tournament honored a fellow who loved animals and raised money for Dog and Kitty City, a little shelter with a big mission.