Who Designed This Plot Part 1 of 3
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The day before Christmas, 2011, Jack would venture, for the second time, to Jose’s home on the north-east-side of Kenosha. The first found no one home; being in the area, why not check?
Jose had bussed to Mexico on the 13th of the month to attend to his mother who had been troubled with diabetes. Moi, Jose’s eldest son, traveled with him, leaving his wife, Carmen, and Juan, his youngest son home alone at Christmas time.
Jack’s second excursion to the north side included Christmas presents, but it had also included a request. Carmen was needed to help complete an order of pyramid metal golf trays for the Mountain Course, in La Quinta, California, and Carmen could handle the spot welder in the basement of the geodesic dome better than anyone. Five more trays would satisfy the completion of this order, but Carmen could bump the inventory, in addition to the five, just in case more trays were ordered.
Jack had wondered if Bernie Casada was still the starter at the Mountain Course, in La Quinta, when first noting where the order for more pyramid trays had come from. Could it be that long ago? Jack traced the years. Could it be twenty-five years?
The bag that Jack had carried to the front door of Jose’s home held only Juan’s presents, a shirt and a vest, Carmen’s was a portrait of her father, whom Jack had painted four years ago, which defied being wrapped.
Once inside, an exchange of gifts presented Jack with three function able items. The first was a salad bowl (king size), able to sustain five or six healthy appetites on the golf shop’s sunny porch during summer. The second was a tea pot. Jack inquired from Juan and Carmen,” I wonder if Santa could see from his North Pole position, or if Jose had revealed the red button on the handle of the Dome’s tea pot had crumpled—disintegrated just before leaving for Mexico?” But, could anyone besides Jack know that this very morning the handle became detached, as well? The tea pot had seen its last days at Christmas time!
The third and final present proved to be a test. The first two took their stations as a predetermined fact: one on the stove, and the other in action on the golf shop porch, but the third—a shower curtain—struck a chord, which asked, “Am I in need in the dome’s basement? After all, that part of the dome (the full toilet facility) was frequented by most people coming and going, wasn’t it?”
The use of that shower had been maximized when Dong Lun, an exchange student from China, was here for five months, in 2009. Dong loved the shower. Five/six showers a week was not a stretch. Nothing wrong with cleanliness, but Jack’s use of that space was at times crimped. The other two rest-rooms didn’t function like the basement’s full bath. One was a half bath; the other had a tub and a shower head. However, a shower curtain had not been suited to the geodesic dome’s peculiar shape, Therefore, how could the Christmas present be suited for the upper reaches of the thirty-six foot high dome?
Jack’s cousin, Norman Nolan, had done the tile work (floors and bathrooms), and Norman, in likeness to two drywall guys of 1985 agreed they wouldn’t forget the angles of a geodesic dome!
Carmen handed Jack the unwrapped shower curtain. It was the size of the curtain’s holes within the shower curtain that were to be recipients for a pole that had first intrigued Jack. The design required a pole to fit inside the holes that were spaced equally apart at the top, but within the curtain, a less complicated design—no extra attachments.
As Jack drove home, the size of the rod and a good fit of the hole raced through his mind as he instinctively and intuitively could see materials in their various locations at Transcendental Golf. There were 10 ft sections of plastic pipe, both black and white, that were used in the construction of golf range products world—wide, but first, Jack needed to access and assess the geodesic puzzle. Jack was thinking, “I need to come from another direction, from the south, a free spirited design, i.e., no attachment to the geodesic wall, but what of stability and strength?”
When Jack arrived home, after sharing the warmth of the season with Carmen and Juan, his immediate impulse was to proceed downstairs, in the dome, and check if conditions needed change there, or would the new shower curtain find a place where none had gone before? Quick assessment unleashed motivation to the third floor. Jack thought, Carmen may have intended the curtain downstairs, but Jack needed to redesign this plot!
Booker, Jack’s chocolate lab had greeted Jack as he always does, checking bagged ingredients with his keen sense of smell, trying to uncover “what’s in this last venture, ‘for me’.” However, Booker and Jack’s pace went through the kitchen, on the main floor, the place where Booker translates the present and the future moment, for him, in the center of the dome, and carried onto an upper level, one of eight different levels in the dome.
The height of the curtain held many answers, that if incorrect, the new design as Jack had envisioned it, would fail. Standing next to the dark gray tub, holding the fabric as if it were there to stay, Jack could see it was high enough. Too high meant reducing the ‘slide’ of the curtain’s protection of water extending past the tub, onto the floor, because of the geodesic dome shape. But, this curtain would hang within the tub or to the outside; either way would work, function and aesthetics could combine in this way.
What would hold the rod in place? What is the measurement from south to north? Could it be ten feet? What is the measurement from the wall of the shower (an internal wall within the bathroom) to the south entrance into the room? Booker followed Jack to the kitchen and the junk drawer, anticipating a treat, but instead the tape measure was secured without any indication of Jack slowing down.
The first measurement (south wall to inner wall) proved to be what was sensed, a little over seven feet: 7’3’’ and the inner wall’s width 5’’) leaving twenty-eight inches for a total of ten feet.The angle of the geodesic dome’s outside wall allowed room to play with, but meant a heightening or lowering the curtain, which went against the grain! The numbers looked good. However, to know, Jack must retrieve a 10 ft pole from the barn. What color would it be—black or white?
Jack was depending on the ballast of the pole, the 7’3’’ section south of the shower room to counter balance the curtain and two feet—four inches. What would this libra balancing act have as its center piece? There are 2 by 4’s in the barn. I’ll go there. Will that center piece show itself? As Jack walked past the wood burning stove, in the barn, a 2by 8 said, “look at me. I’m a better platform than a 2by4!” “Are you the correct height?” asked Jack.
A 10ft white pole and the 2by8’s unknown height were carried upstairs. The 2by8 was placed vertically against the wall and the 10 ft pole placed upon it, coming to rest, wall to wall, created no movement, but felt too tight. It was also not level. Measurement showed three inches to be removed from the 2by 8. This meant back to the barn.
Near the power saw, on the bench in the barn, was an electrical hanger fixture for pipe. Jack put it in his pocket knowing it was the correct connector for board and pole. The three inches that was removed from the 77’’ board leaving 74’’, 6 foot two was an excellent height. So far, so good! This time the wood went to the basement of the dome to be sanded and primed.
While the paint dried, Jack practiced golf shots left handed. He thought if he’d play again it would be from the left side, not the right. His left knee wouldn’t support the finish to a well executed swing. Jack maintained, “All golfers, to find center, must swing from both sides of the golf ball. There will be times when you’ll need to “strike” the ball from the opposite side because of golf’s configuration anyhow!”
In golf, there are some that venture to the opposite side, working both left and right execution. Most times, it is those who found success in their putting stroke. Going to the opposite side they could see the line better. Jack had determined 33% of right hand golfers are left eye dominant. We’re barely out of the trees. The design of putters has been “off-set” mainly, thereby accepting “all right hand golfers to be right-eye dominant”. The art form golf may be an ingredient to keep us “out of the trees”, that is, if we’re educated to recognize who we are. This is the “information age” yet we don’t know ourselves! Finding ‘center’ is not easy!
Jack placed the electrical hanger device in position at the top of the 74 inch 2by8, and carried it upstairs. The ten foot pole’s placement to the south wall had not been stabilized yet. The pole was a free agent. The fit of both vertical and horizontal units was at hand. This time the pole was level and there was room to slip the curtain into place onto the rod at the north end. Once done, the balances of vertical and horizontal units were in harmony, but what of the south end, by the door? What would hold the pole in place above the door’s trim?
Downstairs again, to find the three inch piece of 2by8, discarded moments ago; a small pipe to fit into the 10ft pipe is needed, and quickly found. It was as though, just think it, and the small pipe appeared. Next, fit it into a 3/4 inch hole, which will be drilled 3/4’’deep into the 2by 8 piece, thereby securing both the 10 ft pole and 2by8 piece, to be placed above the door trim, but tighter because of the hole depth (3/4 of an inch), into its supportive 2by 8’s 1-1/2’’stock, would give back 3/4 of an inch, of the 1-1/2’’ stock, and tightening, once again, the curtain end next to the geodesic wall.
Who designed this plot? Certainly vision, imagination, also a certainty of materials in ones environment, and an awareness, a picture of the “shot”, the flight of the ball, or is it invisible hands?
Why is a 2by4 not what it says it is? 1.5 inches isn’t 2 inches, nor is 3.5 inches 4 inches either. The paragraph above this one says one thing, but in reality is something else. Only those who seek out measurement and relay such measurement to one another as a steady diet grow to accept their understanding that that thing is not the same, but is the same for you and me.
The number of three putt greens, and the outcome of having a higher golf score, will always go higher quantitatively in golf ( more putts—less tee to green shots ), because golfers, in likeness to the 2by4, want to appear puffed-up. They’ll deal with the quality or quantity to be the way they want it to be. Is it accurate yet inaccurate? The total score appears to be “more” or “less” for good reason. In wood, bulk and strength have value. More is good, but the “more” isn’t there! Where did it go? Who pays for it? Did the sawmill’s saw-blade devour the 1/2 inch? Not so in golf! Less is good. The “bulk” of being best is from tee to green. So why have more putts? Why not more tee to green shots? Because for the golfer more strokes accrued on the putting green means this is a way of allowing the qualitative state to appear to be more, not less where “I” want it to be i.e., before getting to the green! “So what?” asks a non-golfer?” Didn’t you score badly because of more shots? Why do you separate and attempt to distinguish one part of golf to be more important than the other? What of the whole game?” Good question!
I remember winning the Capital Times Tournament in Madison, Wisconsin, in the late fifties—early sixties. I had shot 69 that day. I was in the parking lot, changing shoes, and putting my gear away. What was great about the ‘round’ was I had hit 19 greens in regulation! Best ever, for me, in 18 holes of play, and yet a fellow competitor, Archie Dadian, had hit 20, and lost to me.
Odana Hills, nor any golf course, in Madison, Wisconsin is a push-over, and I had competed with Dadian regularly, in Racine, Wisconsin, home of many great players, schooled by Mike Bencriscutto. I knew and held dearly, like Dadian, the ability to score best was in getting to the green in regulation figures. My father always asked,” Jack, how many greens today?” The natural state of golf, (in the weather), causes the challenge to place itself greatest (tee to green).
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