Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Golfers in Vegas - WSOP Main Event for $10

My buddy and old college roommate Colin has an excellent long drive company called Thunderball. In order to promote the business, he's set up a simulator from Full Swing Golf right in the Rio hotel. For $10 you get 5 swings. If you get an ace, your $10,000 entry fee to the main event of the WSOP is paid! Sweet deal. I get no kick back for this (unless you really want to, buddy). Press release is below.


Full Swing Golf offers $10,000 for an ace!
Poker players can win entry fee with a hole-in-one

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (June 28, 2010)—With only a week until the world’s largest poker tournament begins, Full Swing Golf is getting into the spirit by offering players the chance to get their $10,000 entry fee paid for with an ace (hole-in-one) on Full Swing’s world-class indoor golf simulator at the Rio Hotel, the host venue.

“Given the fun-loving nature of the audience, this is a great way to get players to try our simulator and who knows, someone just may walk away with their ticket to the World Series of Poker Main Event paid for!” says Brian Arnold, Full Swing’s Senior Vice-President. “Several top poker players have our simulator in their homes so it was a natural place for us to exhibit.”

For $10, each player will get five chances to score an ace. Players will be trying their luck and skill on the par-three, 159-yard 17th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links from the amateur tees.

“We expect that many people who are outside the Main Event will try to get in by making an ace on our Full Swing Golf simulator,” says Arnold. “It will be very exciting if someone actually does it!”

As the worldwide leader in golf simulation, Full Swing Golf features a start-of-the-art infrared tracking system to supply golfers with the most accurate and sophisticated instant feedback in the game. Full Swing technology provides golfers with an extraordinary experience and precise shot information including yardage, launch angle, ball speed and carrying distance.

The Full Swing Golf Simulator is located inside the ‘Bad Beat Bar’ adjacent to the Main Event competition floor and is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily in the Rio Hotel.

Full Swing Golf, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets premium golf simulators to businesses and consumers worldwide. The company offers several different configurations of its system that can be custom fit into a large number of applications including golf centers, retail businesses, resorts, teaching facilities, and luxury homes.

Founded in 1986, Full Swing Golf is headquartered in San Diego, California. With simulator installations in 68 countries, the company's distributor network spans the entire globe.

For more information, please visit;;


Brian Arnold
Senior Vice-President, Full Swing Golf
858-675-1100 X 135

Tim O'Connor
O'Connor Golf Communications;519.341.4778

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Lost Vegas: The Book

I just bought mine.
Click on the pic to get yours.

Now from one doctor to another, how do I get it signed?

Saturday, June 26, 2010

New Ferrari Video

For those that like this kind of thing, here's another video from our Ferrari run today. What I didn't mention in the video was that at the end of the run, 4 of us stopped on the side of the road to wait for a straggler. A cop spun around and pulled in behind us. With his mirrored shades and tough-guy stance, he told us that they'd received several 911 calls about Ferraris driving recklessly through the countryside.

"Whatever are you talking about, officer?"

In truth, we were very sedate today. It's tough to drive aggressively (not to mention outright dangerous) with all those bicycles on the road. I can just see the headline:

Doctor in Ferrari Kills Marin Bicyclers

Not something I want on my résumé.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

The Duck Club

Last night I tweeted, "I am in a room with 25 multimillionaires." In truth, I am not sure if that's a true number. There were certainly more than an handful, and the ones that weren't definitely had power. These were the movers and shakers in the small town where I work. Once a month they get together for a dinner club. Men only. They drink heavily and trade stories that get louder after each bottle of red. They all meet at the Duck Club, which is an active hunting and outdoorsmans club. You have to drive over miles of levies in order to get there. I have no idea how they managed to get back alive in the dark after drinking so much, but they do. The roads are all single lane and they fall off sharply on both sides. No guardrail and certainly no pavement.

I was one of the younger men in the crowd. There were several Vietnam vets and we shared some pretty incredible stories over veal chops that were cooked by a professional chef they brought in special just for the occasion. These are men who know what they like and they know how to live. Despite the money and power, there was no pretentiousness. It was just good ol' boys enjoying each others company.

Kinda reminds me of the blogger group, actually. Without the poker. Or the women.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Driving the Ferrari - YouTube

Just experimenting with video editing software and my camera. Man, this is fun!

(FYI - Tubi is the upgraded exhaust that the previous owner had installed. Adds more growl)