Last few times I have played Disc Golf I have encountered new players. They are easy to spot, they are the folks having the most fun. My game wavers & it is troubling when you miss a putt you think you should have made, or you have a shot off the fairway. Playing with new players keeps things fresh, the oohs & ahhhs are what the game is all about. My round today had shots that made me happy, I guess that is why I have been playing the game weekly for the last 4 decades! Get out there make new friends & grow the sport!
Greg Barsby 2018 Disc Golf World Champion! First time I spoke to Greg was at the San Francisco Safari many years ago, 2004 was the year.I was wearing a hoodie with the logo of a Swedish metal band named Bathory. Greg & I chatted about the band & got to know each other. Greg won that event! Years later I found myself storing my boat for the winter in Greg's home town, So for the next 2 years I would drive to Grass Valley ( 1 hour 45 min drive ) to drop off the boat in the fall & come back & pick it up in the spring, during these times I would contact Greg about a round of golf on his home course. We would chat about music & golf. I had not started playing guitar at that time but Greg was in a band drumming & singing! He got me thinking about being in a band too! He would tell me he was not very competative in casual rounds, well he got the job done at the highest level! Being from Southern California but having lived in Northern California a larger portion of my life I am proud of a local boy done good.
I have wrote that when I started collecting I did not have a direction. I have also wrote that Victor's book gave me stuff to shoot for. I have also noted that when I got Ralph Williamson's collection he had a bunch of Pluto Platters. This was my early direction. To fill the gaps in Ralphs Pluto collection. Along the way I found my self at Phil Kennedy's house where he showed me a 5th style ( double esker ) that we later traded for. I also found a American trends Pluto platter on e bay! Dan at DTW helped me with a 6th style & after finding a second I did a trade with Phil for a 4th style giving me all molds. Along the way I found a white WPP1 & a unknown color ( blue ) in the 4th style. Thanks John Kirkland! the blue was in the package & I traded my double esker in the package to give John all the styles. I got to know most the collectors in this area & know that there are only 3 of us that have all the Pluto Platter molds.. Then Father Lyle comes back into the fold. Father Lyle being one of the oldest disc sleuths, it was good to get to know him. Now with renewed interest Lyle wanted to be only the 4th known person to have all Pluto molds. Having found 2 more ATPP I worked a deal with Father Lyle. I think I am in good company!
The " Good Egg Award " goes to my buddy Jim Marino, Jim showed up to a poker game at the secret Frisbee basement with homemade appetizers & beer with disc golf on the cans! I got to know Jim over the years on the disc golf course here in Napa ( Skyline Wilderness Park ) Jim has become a fishing buddy making the annual trip to Cabo the last several years! Jim also has a love of old school Metal music, we have seen many a cool show! Now he joins in on my Band " Mid-Life Krysis "playing harmonica & working the sound board! A good dude you can count on!
Ryan & I are getting around, Last weekend we were in Southern California & played a new course in Murrieta, & as always we meet local folks that are cool! Here we have Jayson Young, Ryan, Matt Stilinovich & myself, the weather was super hot, we got in a round starting at 7am. My putting is strong as far as I hit the what I call garage putts, in a 2 car garage you should be making 100% & on the course there are short putts that were testers for me this last year, changing my putter but more important, I got out of my head & just played. Feels good! Now if I can just keep it going into the fall & winter, my game struggles in the winter, but now, I am flying high! Looking to play the local weekly at the home course this week.
Playing the game & feeling the love, got to play a few courses in Montana ( that makes 30 states I have played disc golf in! ) Nice turn out of 23 platers in Big Sky. Ryan Tyler Jason & me on the 3rd tee box. Everyone we talked to made us feel welcome, just a reoccurring theme with the Frisbee family!
As I spend more time with my music endeavors I am drawn away from my collection obsession, It will me nice to consolidate all my plastic & music at one space once we get the barn built, ground breaking could be just 2 weeks away, here I hope to entertain my music & frisbee family. Here Zakk Wylde trys to melt my face, that is as cool as hitting a ACE!
Right or wrong I am in the camp of saving my Ace discs, Could be I am storing perficetly worn discs but that is what I do. All together I think I have had 20 give or take a few. When I got my first ace back in 84 it was super cool, there was a hole in the trees that another player pointed out, so instead of up the gut with tons of trees I pitched the perfect anhyzer that landed in that old Mach 1! I did not know about the tradition of dating & signing & marking other details. Fast forward a few years & I am in Northern California playing the game we all love & by this time I had whiteness a few ACE shots & knew what to do, I had even got a second ace & added the info onto that disc. This Eagle was still in my bag & there was a water hole at the Berkeley course & you guessed it I threw it in! I went back the next day got in the water & fished it out, I could not leave it there, so every ace after that I have saved for better or worse!
Many of you know I am selling off many of the extra discs in my collection. I call them extra for a lack of a better word. I have known I had too many discs but that did not stop me from getting more! Funny thing happened once I started to reduce the number of disc I had, I gave me a different perspective on what I was doing. I just feel a little different. I am proud of these little plastic discs I have collected but also a little silly. One thing is for sure, the buying switch is turned off! It is almost a relief but it also makes me a little sad. I have always said once I start a activity I stick with it for life, like snowboarding, disc golf, playing guitar, cycling, traveling, & others things. A new feeling has come over me while selling a few very hard to find & expensive discs, but letting these disc go to a new home I have gotten the feeling of joy from others, This is very rewarding! So while I thin down the number of discs, that gives me joy ( there is that word again ) in many different ways, I have taken a hard line with myself by keeping many blocks of my collection like antiques, Wham-o & golf discs by Innova, Discraft & DGA, so if you see something you NEED now is a good time to get in contact with me!
- Marvin's Flying Disc Collection
- Golf Discs
- Novelty/Early Sport Discs
- Frisbie Pie Tins
- Home Made
- other stuff
- Wham-o Flying Saucer
- Wham-o/DGA Midnight Flyers
- Wham-o Pluto Platter
- World Frisbee Championships held at the Rose Bowl 1974-1981
- Short Visit to see John Kirkland
- Napa/Vintage Cup artwork
- More Golf Discs
- Stuff For Sale!
- Frisbee convention, Naperville Illinois 2018.
- Doug Korns Freestyle discs.
- Trip to PA to see the old Goat 10/1/19