Transportation Club of St. Louis
Fall Golf at Quail Creek on Oct 5th
Happy October 2018 everyone and that means it is time for my monthly Al’s Corner note I write for the Transportation Club of St. Louis. For over 10 years I have been writing this note and I am here to say that this is my last one as I have finally run out of events to promote and topics to discuss---JUST KIDDING this is not my last one. I bet that made the few soles that read this excited! Did you really think I could ever run out of topics, or things to talk about? Gotcha! It’s been said many times if I ever got laryngitis that day should become a National Holiday! Ha Ha.
Ok, on to some real stuff. On September 27 the YSCP celebrated 5 years of networking and fun. Around 50 attended the event at Wheel House downtown. Congrats to the President Kelly Costello for putting on a great event and to the members for making this new group a huge success.
October 5th is the Fall golf tournament held again at Quail Creek in south county. Lunch, Dinner, Prizes, drink tickets, and 18 holes of golf. Total cost is $85 per person. This event is always full of surprises and is well attended so register now or let Brad Reinhardt know.
Hot Topics both Nationally and Regionally---The Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Me-Too Movement, Mid Term Elections, and the St. Louis Cardinals fail for the 3rd year in a row to make the playoffs.
This Month’s Al’s Corner Topic---"Don’t take your relatives and close friends for granted, they, like you, will not live forever!”
I think as we all get older reflection on our lives and trying to find meaning become a big focus. What I have found is that most people don’t really care what others believe in, or care to listen to what people have to say. What is funny about this is many older people want to share their experiences. I really have stopped trying to do it except for this note, which is light hearted, but sadly with similar results. I do still try to have a big impact wherever I can though. The reason I am writing this is I have lost both of my parents, all my aunts and uncles, plus a bunch of my lifelong friends. On September 8th I lost a very close friend Dennis Kania. Dennis and I met 20 years ago at Tamarac Golf Course in O’Fallon, IL. At that time Dennis was trying to start a Singles group that was focused on golf at the time, so he recruited me. Over the years we became close friends and even arch rivals in golf. The golf group is called the Metro East Golf Singles and, in its heyday had 250 members. Many, many lifelong friendships and even marriages were made and continue to this day because of his idea. This very competitive guy was a real character who was famous for calling me and issuing WWE wresting type of threats on how he was “going to kick my butt in our next match!” My wife was not left out either as he would say to me while she was listening to our phone calls “I’m going to wipe that smirk off her face too on the golf course!” He once even started a several month-long DAILY series of calls he would leave on my voicemail called “The Morning enlightenment.” These messages were hysterical and were meant (I think) to make me a better golfer and person. FUN STUFF and a nice break from the real world. I in return once sent him a self-help book with the title “how to make any woman love you in one minute” or something like that. He would sometimes even quote from it which was very funny. A few years ago, he told me he didn’t know how to use or set up his Voice-Mail, so I did it with my voice on it, which made me laugh every time I heard it.
Dennis was a great father and grand pa and leaves behind a devasted family as well as many lifelong friends, me included. Long live the memory of “The Master of Golf,” as he called himself. I can’t believe I will never talk or shoot the bull with him again.
So please keep this in mind, make time for your family, make time for your friends, and this includes your work friends. Even tell them that you love them, it might be your last chance you will ever get. I hear people all the time people say that they don’t have time to do things, make time!
Have a great month, see at Quail Creek,
AL Hursey, Giltner St. Louis