Playing golf is supposed to be relaxing, isn't it?
Playing golf is supposed to be relaxing, isn't it?

Stepping out of my "comfort zone"

Spending time at the golf course is supposed to be relaxing.

Depending upon your skill level, it can also be frustrating and at times embarrassing.

I'm preparing myself for the latter.

Today, I'll be taking part in the annual "Bob and Brian Open" at Grand Geneva. While hundreds of loyal 102.9 The Hog listeners hack their way around the beautifully manicured course, I'll be standing at a par-3 hole, playing the part of the "Beat the Pro" guy.

Basically, I'll hit a tee shot with each group that comes through. There may or may not be betting (for charity, the whole shindig is a benefit for the MACC Fund) and there will be some hooting and hollering.

Time for the excuses. I'm doing this as a favor to my friends, Bob and Brian, and the chance to network with a lot of friendly (and possibly sunburned and a bit tipsy) business contacts.

I just finished reading a book about networking (you'll hear about it next week here at and the author stressed the importance of getting outside your comfort zone. He meant meeting new people and putting yourself in different situations.

Today qualifies for me on both fronts.

I don't play a lot of golf -- not enough to be good, anyway. I hate playing golf when I have to stand around a long time between shots. As I squeak into my mid-40s, I have a hard time staying loose.

I don't anticipate hitting many good shots. But, I do anticipate having a pretty good time. The only thing is, I have to condition myself to enjoy the day and not worry about the results or what people think about my golf game.

Hitting shots in front of a hundred or so strangers isn't my idea of a comfortable activity. When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone?

Why waving the white flag isn't so bad

Think of your least favorite task.

Maybe it's filing TPS reports at work. It might be meeting with a boring client that never knows when a meeting is supposed to end. Perhaps it's talking to a supervisor with severe halitosis. At home, it could be cleaning the cat's litter box, pulling weeds from the garden of filing your income taxes.

Imagine your disdain for that task, and then multiply it by a factor about about 50.

That should give you an idea of what Ken Macha went through last night.

The Brewers manager hates, hates, hates the notion of using non-pitchers to pitch. He considers it an embarrassment for his team and -- on some level -- disrespectful to the paying customers.

He would rather use a pliers to pull out one of his own molars at home plate than allow a non-pitcher to take the mound as Joe Inglett did during a 12-4 loss to Cincinnati Tuesday night at Miller Park.

"It's really the first time I've ever used a position player, even when I managed in the minor leagues," Macha said. "It was interesting. He was throwing 51 [mph] and got them out."

Inglett, the first Brewers position player to pitch in a game since Trent Durrington on April 17, 2004 against Houston, didn't want to talk about his adventure afterward.

His outing became necessary when starter Yovani Gallardo exited after 2 2/3 innings. Macha used Todd Coffey to close out the third, pitched Chris Capuano for three innings, got an inning out of David Riske and Trevor Hoffman before sending Inglett to the hill.

The Brewers, who are playing their 14th game in 14 days today, had four pitchers in the bullpen -- Kameron Loe, John Axford, Carlos Villanueva and Zach Braddock, but none were available for various reasons.

As tough as it may have been for Macha to use Inglett, the spectacle of a non-pitcher pawing at the dirt and flipping 50-mph pitches to the plate in a 1-2-3 inning added a little levity to an otherwise unenjoyable night at the bal…


Naked truth: You're an idiot!

A critical lapse in judgment may land a Brookfield teen a spot in the "kicker" of every newscast in the land.

According to this story in the Journal Sentinel, an 18-year-old Glendale man tried to send a nude photo of himself to his 17-year-old girlfriend in Brookfield.

Unfortunately for the amateur photographer, the girl shares a cell phone with her mother, who shared the picture with Brookfield police, who cited the man for disorderly conduct.

You can imagine this story will be used on just about every radio morning show in the country tomorrow.


The violence of last week's flood on the East Side was captured in this shocking video.
The violence of last week's flood on the East Side was captured in this shocking video.

Shocking videos of East Side flooding

As Milwaukee continues to clean up after last week's flood, we present shocking videos of the damage that racked the East Side area near Oakland Avenue and the usually quiet streets in Shorewood.  

The torrential rain -- reportedly close to 7 inches in an hour -- caused flash flooding in several parts of the city. The East Side was hit particularly  hard and this band of merry videographers captured the action on film.

When you watch it, you'll be amazed by the ferocity of the flood and the damage it caused to homes, cars and businesses. You also may wonder about the sanity of the guys shooting the video and cavorting in streets awash in storm water and raw sewage.