Thank you wives!

Posted by Grant on 12/15/2011 to Grant's Corner
As I'm sitting at home, three days removed from the birth of my little girl, I'm mindful of the help and support that the Disc Golf Station wives have given us.  My wife, Chelsea, Clint's wife, Kelly, and Wallace's wife, Jenny have all been instrumental in helping Disc Golf Station take care of the day to day shipping of orders, the restocking of inventory, and the much needed help while we are at tournaments. 

My wife especially has taken a very large role in not only raising my son (and now daughter) but in making sure packages get shipped out on time each day.  Disc Golf Station is truly a family owned and operated business.  We're not a corporation and we don't have employees outside of family.  DGS is run by the Stanleys and the Hendersons.  I take pride in this!

I am looking forward to a time when my son (18 months old) can actually help with the store.  Right now, he loves it when we get restocking orders because his favorite thing in the whole world is to spread as many discs out all over the place as soon as possible.  On a recent tournament order, he removed and spread out over 20 discs in about 2 minutes.  "Thanks for your help little buddy," I said.  But honestly, I meant it.  He was helping in the only way he knew how.  He loves "fizz-bees" and that makes me excited.

Anyways, a big thank you to our supportive family here at Disc Golf Station, most of all to our wives that put up with the business and with us!

See ya on the course,


Top 5 Rock Albums for Disc Golf

Posted by Grant on 9/8/2011 to Grant's Corner
When playing solo rounds of disc golf, listening to music is a nice way to simultaneously relax and get pumped up to make that next great shot...or to refocus after that not-so-great toss.  This is also an excuse to brag about my highly refined taste of music and tell you about some of my favorite rock albums of all time. 

Here's my Top 5 Rock Albums for Disc Golf:

Disclaimer: This is my list.  If yours is different as surely it will be, feel free to post yours in the comments.

Honorable Mention: De-loused in the Comatorium - The Mars Volta, The Black Album - Metallica, Rage Against the Machine (self-titled) - Rage Against the Machine

5.  Between the Heart and the Synapse - The Receiving End of Sirens

The Receiving End of Sirens - Between the Heart and the Synapse

This one of the original and best post-hardcore/experimental bands you'll ever listen to.  The Receiving End of Sirens put together a masterpiece with "Between the Heart and the Synapse" featuring a favorite of mine, Casey Crescenzo on many of the lead vocals.  (Casey also shows up in this countdown a little later.)  There is not a weak track on this album but my favorites are "Planning a Prison Break," "The Evidence," and "This Armistice."  Youtube this stuff people!  Seriously, I can't say enough about the state of mind this album will put you in.  Highly melodic and catchy but never trite, you'll be singing this poetry long after the music stops.

4.  The Used (self-titled) - The Used

The Used - Self-titled Album

Wow!  What a debut album from the pioneers and perfectors of the screamo-but-not-emo genre.  "A Box Full of Sharp Objects" introduced me to the beautifully abrasive screaming and super high singing of lead singer Bert McCracken.  Just TRY to sing along for one song.  I bet you can't scream and sing back and forth like he does...but it's sure fun to try.  This album is full of songs for all energy levels...especially HIGH energy.  Every song is worth listening to, no need to skip around here.  "Poetic Tragedy" is a must.  Truly an incredible first effort from a band that is still around and still making good music.  But this is probably every fan's favorite album.

3.  Act II: The Meaning Of, And All Things Regarding Ms. Leading - The Dear Hunter
The Dear Hunter: Act II: The Meaning Of, And All Things Regarding Ms. Leading

The lead singer/creator of The Dear Hunter is Casey Crescenzo, formerly of The Receiving End of Sirens.  Casey needed an avenue to better express his creativity and explore a different story lyrically than would have fit with TREOS.  The end result: pretty much everything I love about TREOS but with a concept series of albums.  It's not possible to listen to this record and not get many different lyrics and melodies stuck in your head.  For days.  In a good way, not a Bruno Mars way.  If you've never heard of the Dear Hunter, listen to "Red Hands," "Where the Road Parts," and "Black Sandy Beaches."  If you don't like these songs, you probably don't understand great music and can go back to listening to Nickelback.  (Sorry folks, just speaking my mind...remember you can always make your own list)

2.  Sing the Sorrow - AFI

AFI - Sing the Sorrow Album Cover

I first started listening to AFI during my freshman year of college at Sam Houston State.  This became the anthem of that year and the years to follow.  It's one of the most fun albums to sing along with at the top of your lungs.  I have very fond memories of a car full of my best friends hollering it out to "Sing the Sorrow" driving down the highway.  There are great "band" vocals on this record that make it very easy to participate in the music rather than just listening.  Much of the lyrical content is dark, contemplative, and emo...but not lame.  This album has one of the best opening tracks ever with Miseria Cantare (The Beginning).  Davey Havok's hauntingly melodic vocals will keep you coming back for more.  The was my first AFI album, their previous two albums and following two are just as good and deserve your 15 bucks.

1.  Ride the Lightning - Metallica

Metallica - Ride the Lightning Album Cover

Song for song, this is my favorite Metallica album.  Picking a favorite Metallica album is like picking a favorite child shouldn't do it because you love them all in their own way and for different reasons.  "Ride the Lightning" deals with the topic of death, each song explores different death experiences.  The standout song and fan favorite has to be "Fade to Black," a sad story about suicide that features one of my favorite guitar solos of all time.  This album was written and performed by many fans' favorite lineup of Lars, James, Kirk, and Cliff.  This 1984 masterpiece concludes with one of their best instrumentals "The Call of Ktulu." 

Like my list?  If not, comment with your own top 5!  It's harder than you might think to narrow it down.

See ya on the course (but I may not hear you...)


Making time for Disc Golf!

Posted by Grant on 7/3/2011 to Grant's Corner
Happy 4th of July weekend to everyone!  Thank you to all of the troops out there that continue to keep our way of life safe.  I've got a few moments with the computer at my in-laws get-together so I thought I'd share some of my thoughts on making time for my favorite game.
Disc golf is by far my favorite hobby/sport/activity but these days I'm finding it increasingly hard to make time to play.  With a one year old at home, I just can't be gone like I used to.  If I'm out playing with my frisbees, my wife is at home alone with the baby.  Oh yeah, did I mention my wife is pregnant with #2 and we live in Texas...and it's summer...
I'm not going to lie, I feel like I'm going through a mini midlife crisis.  I'm realizing that I'm not able to do everything I want to do and where I'm seeing that most clearly displayed is disc golf.  This is the first time I've had trouble accepting the new role of parenthood.  I love my son more than anything and don't mind the extra work to care for him, or to get up late at night, or to change the nuclear bombs that go off in his diapers.  But the one fact-of-life that has taken time getting used to is the decreased ability to make personal decisions regarding my time.  My decisions get made for me by our budget and our family needs. 
It's the control freak in me, I guess.  Am I the only control freak here?  Maybe this is the death of my control freak.  Maybe that's a good thing. 
I just can't wait until we're in cooler weather and the baby is older so he'll enjoy going out more.  In the meantime, I'll just have to man up.
My advice to all of the dad's out there: MAN UP!  You're disc golf game might suffer a little temporarily but c'mon, there's no substitute for that little child that squeals "Dada" as he runs up to hug me as hard as he can.
See ya on the course....sometime!

"Y'all here for the flag burnin'?"

Posted by Grant on 5/15/2011 to Grant's Corner
Last Sunday, my brother Wallace, brother-in-law Clint, and brother from another mother Brandon went disc golfing at a new course in Trophy Club, Texas.  As we stopped at the front gate office to pay our dollar to enter, the nice old man guarding the booth simply and sincerely asked us those six perplexing words..."y'all here for the flag burning?" 

Confused, I politely said "Excuse me?"  He repeated the question.  Loving America like I do and not wanting to be included in some hate rally I quickly said "No sir, we're here to play disc golf."  He replied "Oh ok, well the Girl Scouts are burning flags today in the same location."  Wow!!!

IGirl Scouts Burn Flagsmmediately and intuitively, I knew that the Girl Scouts were learning how to properly dispose of a flag but it was just too funny.  I paid our dollar and drove into the park.

The new course at Trophy Club is a nine-holer designed by the Funkytown Flyers disc golf club from Fort Worth.  It's still in development so I'll reserve judgment on it yet.  There was a mix of hole type and length.  What I noticed though was that this park area has room for about 100 more holes of golf in there if they'd allow it. 

There was something supremely unique about 30 little Girl Scouts reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before torching Old Glory.  Honestly,  the smell was disgusting and likely unsafe to breathe in but we all know that the only proper way to dispose of something is to light it on fire.

On that note,  go buy some Girl Scout cookies and play with your frisbees!

See ya on the course,


P.S. - What is your favorite flavor of Girl Scout cookies?  Don't act like it's not Thin Mints!

Disc Golf Birthday Extravaganza

Posted by Grant on 3/11/2011 to Grant's Corner
Ok, so not really but my birthday is March 12th (Wallace's too...) and I am getting my wife to go play the disc golf with me.  My mom is going to watch the baby for a few hours tomorrow morning while Chelsea and I go out to Haslet Community Park to play disc golf together...something we haven't done in...uh...2 years. 

This is counting as a birthday gift.  I promised to not "coach" her the whole time and just let her play.  Very hard to do.  I'm a teacher, coach, disc golf enthusiast, OCD,I have OCD and controlling by nature so that's going to be tough.  But really I'm just looking forward to going out to the course with my best friend and enjoying some great disc golfin' weather.

For MY birthday, I got HER a disc golf bag with a funny name and a 150g Surge. 

Friday Minute Clinic Update.....We had shot video for a minute clinic this week but when we got inside for editing the wind noise was just too much to handle.  Remember my OCD nature...I just couldn't stand to put up a video with that "wind blowing across a microphone" sound throughout the video.  We'll get back at ya next week with a wind-free (hopefully) Friday Minute Clinic.

Go play some disc golf this weekend...and bring a friend!

Cheers, see ya on the course!