I played a round of golf with a buddy at the beautiful Pleasant Valley Golf Club in Virginia. The course was in great shape. But that's not all. I had a heck of a round. To be more specific, the first 12 holes were the best I've ever put together on a course of this length.
We played from the blue tees which measured 6,500 yards.
Hole 1: I hit a good drive that was five yards left of the fairway and near the cart path. There were some evergreen trees but the ball cleared them and I was left with an open second shot. I hit the green and two-putted for a par.
Hole 2: I hit another good drive but my second shot was short. I hit a great sand wedge close to the hole and one putted for a par.
Hole 3: My drive sailed right and just off the cart path. Luckily, I had an open second shot. My second and third shots were decent but I was left with another chip shot. I two-putted for a bogey.
Hole 5: I continued to drive the ball into the fairway from the tee. My second shot with a three wood was straight. I pitched onto the green and two putted for par.
Hole 6: This hole was a bit uphill and the wind was going against me. My drive found the fairway but my second shot was short of the green. I had my first bad chip of the round and left the ball short of the green again. From there, I needed three shots and finished with a double bogey.
Hole 7: A very intimidating 170 yard par 3 with the green across a pond. I swung hard to get the ball through the wind and across the water. The ball landed pin high near the left edge of the green. My long putt curled in for a birdie!
Hole 8: Another par 4 and into the wind. I found the fairway again but left my second shot short of the green. I chipped on and two-putted for a bogey.
Hole 9: A short 305 yard par 4, I hit a solid drive into the wind. I found my ball in the fairway and 95 yards from the hole. I landed my shot 10 feet from the pin. I almost birdied the hole but settled for an easy par.
And with that, I carded a 39 on a par 36! My buddy couldn't believe how well I was playing. I was happily surprised myself. This was my first time breaking 40 on a par 36. I was so pumped that I left two clubs next to the green and walked off initially. We stopped by the clubhouse before starting the back nine.
I started the back nine with a bogey on a par 5 and saved par on a par 3. On the next hole, I hit one of the best shots. From 220-230 yards out, I hit my 3 wood onto the green. I made the putt for birdie. Here I was two-thirds thru the round and only 3 over.  Unfortunately, I proceeded to bogey, double bogey, and fell apart on the last six holes. I didn't break 80 but let's not let that get in the way of my accomplishment, a 39 on a par 36!
Let's move on to another sport, hockey. I didn't follow any MLB or NHL teams while living in Tennessee. Once I moved here, I started paying attention to the Nationals and the Capitals. It didn't hurt that both teams were making the playoffs regularly.
Wednesday night I went town to Chinatown, right next to the Capital One Arena, to watch game seven between the Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning. A group of us met at the Yard House sports bar to watch the game.
One minute into the game the Caps scored! Everyone went wild. The good times kept on rolling and a 4-0 victory secured a spot in the Stanley Cup Final. For the first time in twenty years, a DC NFL, NBA, MLB, or NHL team will be playing for a championship. Afterwards, the fans gathered outside to celebrate. It was great.
And lastly, I received a pleasant surprise from a package that was delivered this week. Since this post is getting way too long, I'll write a separate story about it in June.