|Volume 13 Issue 7
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Letters From Ralph
San Diego Vacation Rental
Lee Celebrates his 90th birthday
Our biggest event this month was my husband’s birthday. He celebrated 90 years. We are very grateful that he is still in good health. He can hear, see, walk, talk and most importantly, still remember. In fact his memory is almost photographic. He can remember dates, times and especially cars. He is not too confident in walking very far anymore, but he won’t use a cane or any helps at this time. However, I did buy myself a walking stick and I love it. I followed Juliana for a few holes in a disc golf tournament a few weeks ago — up and down hills — and the walking stick came in very handy. At our age we appreciate every day we have and are very grateful for each day.
Summer selling gets a little slow at times, however, people are starting to realize that I carry golf discs and I often have little boys come in and look them all over. They don’t always have money to buy, but they love to spend time looking over the discs. We sell occasional wooden shoes, especially to visitors and books are always popular. Thread is also a good year round seller. And we still process UPS shipments year round.
Juliana on tour
Juliana is on tour and will be through this fall. She played in Iowa at the Des Moines Challenge July 9 - 11 on a course that she helped develop and design. The best players in the world were there (this was the one that I went to, too). However, they really struggled with the weather and the women only played 36 holes instead of 54 because of lightning delays. Juliana has played in ten tournaments since last March and she has placed in every one taking 1st in the two age protected tournaments. If you go to pdga.com and click on membership on the top of the page. You can put Juliana’s name in it, you can get all the current information on her (or any player) and if you look up upcoming events, you can see her current schedule. Until the next newsletter she will be playing in Discraft’s Great Lakes Open in Milford, Michigan from July 23 - 25; then in the Preserve Championship at Clearwater, Minnesota from July 30 - August 1; then the Discraft Ledgestone Insurance Open presented by GRIPeq at Eureka, Illinois from August 5 - 8; then at the Idlewild Open presented by Dynamic Discs & The Nati in Burlington, Kentucky on August 13 - 15. Only three women have ever won the World Championship Disc Golf title five times and all three of them will be playing in this tournament, i.e. Elaine King, Juliana and Paige Pierce. They almost represent three generations and it should be interesting to watch them compete. Then the last one before our next newsletter comes out will be the Stafford Open which is a DGPT Silver Series Event driven by Innova which will be at Vorhees, New Jersey. That will take place from August 20 - 22. She is signed up for several more, but I’ll tell about those in future newsletters.
I have quite a variety of books to review this month.
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga.
This book was a New York Times Bestseller and the winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2008. It is a novel (not based on any actual person) about a young man from India who begins life as a servant and ends up an entrepreneur. When Lee and I took our trip around the world, we spent some time in India and this book describes how dirty some places in India are. We saw that first hand. The lives of the poor people there are pretty challenging, but this is the story of a young many who overcame a lot of the challenges. However, it also describes a lot of the corruption there and our main character isn’t immune to that. I like reading about other countries and cultures and this was a very entertaining book. This is a used, soft cover book and sells for $3.00.
2030, How Today’s biggest Trends will Collide and Reshape the Future of Everything by Mauro F. Guillen.
Mr. Guillen is a professor at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an expert on global market trends. I’m not sure why I received this book, but it just came in the mail with no explanation. It might be because we are listed as a book store, but if someone sent this to me and you get this newsletter, please let me know. This is a new book with a copyright of 2020. I don’t agree with a lot of it, but it is interesting, He predicts what the world will be like in 2030 and he believes that it will be very different from today. He believes that the next industrial revolution will be in sub-Saharan Africa. He states that women owned 15% of the world’s wealth in 2000 but that by 2030 that % will be 55. He predicts that world hunger will go down drastically and that by 2030, 50 % of all Americans will be obese. He believes that the largest middle-class consumer market in 2030 will be China. This is a hard cover book that retails at $28.99, however, if anyone is interested in it, call me and we can negotiate a price.
The Civil War, A narrative, Red River to Appomattox by Shelby Foote.
It combines the scholarship of the historian with the high readability of the first-class novelist according to Walker Percy. It is over 1000 pages with approximately 50 maps. If you enjoy Civil War stories, this is the book for you. It is soft cover and sells for $4.00. The original book has a copyright of 1974, however, this is a September 1986 edition.