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December 9, 2011

Incredible !ndia

When Forest Gump spoke his famous line "Life is a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get", he might as well have been speaking about the roads in India.
I have never under my 37 years and 40+ countries visited, seen anything like it. It is, without exaggeration, extraordinary.
With a driver, my two friends and I spent 10 hours in a car going from Delhi to Taj Mahal yesterday and I found every second highly entertaining. It's only 220 km (138 miles) but with the roads and it's occupants it's hard to break the 5 hour barrier each way.

People had told me that I would see everything on the roads here. Cows, pigs, donkeys, monkeys, elephants, goats, water buffalo. Little did I know that reality would exceed my imagination.

It's started off with a lorry crash on the highway early in the morning. Since our side was blocked, people, us included, made the executive decision to turn around, drive against the traffic, make the first U-turn, go against the traffic on the other side and when the accident were behind us, cross back over to the right side of the road. All of this while it was still dark out.
Kajsa, Bo and I were, of course, a bit surprised at this strange way of going against traffic. The only time we see that at home is on the evening news. Little did we know that it was far from the last time we saw that this day. We had all sorts of stuff going against traffic. Granted, most of it on, or fairly close to, the shoulder. Highlight in the going-against-the-traffic department was won by not one, but two, not at the same time I have to mention, horse and carriage rides coming against traffic in our fast lane.

Dinner or sweaters?

For as long as we spent in the car I can't remember seeing one single traffic light. The intersections were free-for-alls. Someone should build a hotel at an intersection in India and charge "sea view rates" for the rooms facing the street. They are that entertaining. Not only did you have all the animals and cars. You had bicycles, motorcycles, tractors, lorries and buses using up every free inch available. It was like the post office slogan "if it fits, it ships". If you could fit into the space you saw, that is were you were going. That's is probably why most cars had their rear view mirrors tucked in. That or the fact that they would be taken out if you left them out. 

Propane gas??

Since they go under the motto "if it fits, it ships" white lines are pretty useless. If you can squeeze three cars in two lanes, you will see three cars and a donkey pulling a vegetable van. Doesn't matter in what direction any of them are going.

Everything in/on the Taj Mahal is symetrical

We took little over and hour to walk around the Taj Mahal and it really deserved to be one of the seven wonders of the world. When we first came thru the archway, it looked fake it was so white. I guess when you build something out to only white marble, it going to be white.. Construction during day and night for 22 years with 20,000 people working, the eye for detail is extraordinary. You really have to see it to understand it. Built between 1631-1653, it's really a tomb for one of the sultans wife that died at child birth. He also built a mosque to the left of it and then decided on a guest house to the right of it so it would look submetrical. No one ever stayed in the guest house. Why he decided on a guest house next to his wife's grave is a bit odd if you ask me. 
He was planing on building a black Taj for himself across the river but his son convinced him to stop waisting the tax payers money. The son became very popular with the people and went on to rule for a very long time. 

So while I did learn some great stuff about the Taj Mahal, what I learnt on the street was almost better.
To summarize my trip I would say I know that direction is merely a suggestion, intersections are entertaining and white lines are a waste of paint.  

What else did I learn?

I learned that if it's a big white round thing in front of you, it's being pulled by an extremely old tractor or a camel.

I learned that you can fit 15 people in a tuck tuck.

I learned that cows like the median strip of the highway cause the breeze from both directions keep the flies away.

Smart animals

I learned that you honk the horn to announce you are coming, not cause you are pissed off and you want someone to move.

I learned that cows rule and dogs get run over.

I learned that you shouldn't drive a scooter behind a woman throwing up.

I learned that if you take a picture of a monkey with a dress and lipstick on, the owner is going to want too much money.

Sanitizers were needed afterwards

I learned that you yield for herds of water buffalo.

He fell behind the herd

I learned that road rage doesn't exist even thou it would be a prime location for it.

I learned not to have my camera in my lap when a monkey on a stick comes and breathes on my car window.

I learned that if you load a lorry with 100 bags of rice unevenly, it going to turn over.

I learned that only the driver of the motorcycle is required to wear a helmet. His wife and 2 children are not.

If you ever have the opportunity to go and see this vastly different country, I would warmly recommend it. Not just for the fact that you can have curry morning, noon and night but it's one of those, you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it places. It is, as the CNN commercial says, Incredible India

October 3, 2011

Solheim week

Where do I start?

The team
We had such a great team and I can’t praise my team mates enough. For the first time ever I felt we didn’t have a weak link. We had 12 strong players and with that comes freedom for the captain. I know I needed one match rest and with that I was able to go out in the singles and pull out what I needed. Without that match rest I’m not sure I would have been able to keep my good play up on the back nine on that Sunday.
When reporters asked us what we did during the three rain delays the answers were “we sang songs”. I know that sounds real lame but if you heard the songs.. you know were did it in true Euro style. The fun we had I will always remember.

.. the greatest golfing country in the world for Sophie. Solheim was my 7th win on the Emerald Isle. I know I come off sounding like a right plonker but for months before Solheim, all that was running thru my head was “I have never left Ireland disappointed and I’m not about to start now”. I was not going to loose in the country where the people had adopted me as their own.

The interview
I have gotten so many responses for the interview I did during the week and I wanted to talk a little bit about that.
Many people don’t know how hard speaking is for me. For most people who stutter, the more comfortable they are, the better they speak. If you put us alone in a room, asking us to talk to ourselves, I can promise you, none of us will stutter. If you put us up in front of people, I can guarantee that we will all struggle.
For me to be able to do this I knew we had to do something out of the ordinary. As you can imagine, having camera guys and a reporter in the room with me would have totally messed me up. I knew I had to be alone in order to have any chance of making this work. So with the help of Val Skinner, the Golf Channel set me up alone in a room with a rolling camera. I had gotten the questions written down for me so all I had to do was read out the questions and then answer them. Sounds pretty simple.
What you saw in the 3 minutes and 30 second interview was a 70 minute struggle for me and a 2 hours and 30 minutes editing for the poor bugger at the Golf Channel.
I am, however, very glad I did it and I am overwhelmed by the amount of positive response I have gotten. I had absolutely no idea that this interview would stir up so many emotions in people.
I just wanted to say a few words about the tournament I love.

April 14, 2011


Well it's been awhile.
Don't get too excited, this will be a short post. It's 21.46 and we have the second round of the European Nations Cup tomorrow so I'm not far off my bed.
I just wanted to share a couple of pictures I took tonight while we were out searching for dinner.

 It's kinda vital that you speak Swedish to get the joke

The moon is up early here

  In search of food

Nice little square where we had dinner.

February 16, 2011


So the last month was spent in Orlando trying to get my game in shape. I've been working my butt off trying to make sure this year is going to be better then the last. Lots of time in the gym and lots of time at the Grand Cypress training center. I have to say, I feel better then I remember ever feeling about where I am and where I'm heading. Now all I need is patience to let it all come together.

I've made my way to Thailand and lovely Pattaya. I think this might have been a nice place to come about 25 years ago but now it's just kinda sad.. too many x-rated bars and fat old men in speedos. One of the great things that they have here thou is tons and tons of massage places. Oil, Thai and foot massage... it's a dream after a long day on the course.

The course we are playing is very nice and in great shape. The greens are like my hard wood floor after I've soaped them, slippery. If you can avoid a downhill putt, I'd most certainly recommend it. I putted off the putting green when I get on there on Monday..

Today I spent my afternoon out on the town taking a few pictures. This is one of the few places you can sit in one spot and still get an ever changing canvas.




January 15, 2011

One pix

I did manage to take one pix (out of my bedroom window) on the beautiful day. Granted, the sun was barely up (on the other side of the house) but it's still gorgeous!

January 14, 2011

Still winter here

Yesterday morning might have been the most beautiful day I have ever seen. Every tree branch, every little bush was covered in snow. It was that hard snow that gets stuck on the smallest of branches. The sun was coming up and the light was amazing. If they would have shot a movie here yesterday you would have thought it was one of the painted backgrounds, the lame movies use. It was unreal. I had a hard choice to make. Either take my camera and go out and take pictures or go cross country skiing. Believe it or not, I choose the latter. Now, a day later when the sun is gone, I kind of regret it but I got a great workout done out there. I went back again today for more punishment and I actually think I have gotten better! I'm no Gunde Svan but I have spurts of decent skiing. 850 calories burned during 72 minutes is a pretty good workout.

The start of my season is creeping closer and I read tweets and blogs that players are worried when they haven't touched their clubs in 2 weeks. When I touch mine next week it will have been 44 days without as much as a sniff of my clubs. I have to say, I'm not worried, I still have a good month before my first event. If I can't get ready in a month.. I should start looking for another job. I think having a good off season is very beneficiary for someone like me who doesn't eat, live, breathe golf. If I play all the time, I get sick of it. Granted, I'm like that with most things. Too much of anything always gets sickening sooner or later.

Tomorrow, however, I might touch a golf club, not mine but some loaners. Friends have booked a time for indoor golf in a simulator and they want me to join them. I have a hard time with the simulators, they are so far away from the real thing. I played St Andrews in a simulator last winter and even with beers it was annoying.
Might just go bowling next door instead..

Have a good weekend folks

January 1, 2011


Happy New Year!!!

So what really comes with a New Year? To me it's only really one thing. Hope. Hope for something better. Hope to improve. Hope to be able to exercise more, drink less, stop smoking, be a better father/mother/daughter/son and so on.
I like New Year. It gives you a clean slate to start something better. I know, I know.. you don't need New Year to start something good but I tellya... it sure helps :-)

So the clean slate of the Gustafson family was to book a ski trip next weekend. Change of scenery sounded good to all of us. We had such a blast last year when we went so we decided that we'll do it again this year. Last year when we were away it was -30C/-22F so the skiing time was max 90 minutes before your toes and fingers started to loose feeling. Hard to believe I still thought it was fun...This year we are going a little further up north to a bigger resort and the forecast is just below freezing so we should be golden! Just hope I stay upright so I don't mess up the start of the season.. not to worry.. long time until it starts anyway ;-).

Bought cross country skis the other day and tried them out. Turns out having a 20 year break makes you kinda bad... And the skis now are SO NARROW! How are they expecting you to stay upright on them? Well, I'm going out on a long ride tomorrow around the golf course and hopefully that will improve my form.

Wish me luck please