Monday, August 29, 2011
Hello my Spark friends!
I have been so out of the loop these past two weeks because I have been travelling with The Canadian Tour doing the calligraphy on golf scoreboards. I love doing it, but for something that sounds so 'relaxing' and 'gentle'...it is downright HARD WORK. I am thankful that my stamina is as good as it is because of my love for Zumba...or I would not be up to the challenge.
My work is like hand building huge "billboard" size posters with all of the competing players and their hole-by-hole scores over 4 days of tournament play. The first two days describes play by play details for approximately 160( and sometimes more) golfers...all hand done. That's 160 players, times 18 holes, plus three totals ... or approximately 3,360 entries per day! Accuracy is critical, because these are professional golfers who pay their bills ...or not...through these tournaments! So, you can imagine the critical eyes that examine this information!
After that, the field gets cut to about 60 players ( plus ties)...at which point I have to tear down all the original work, create an entirely new board, and begin all over. I spend hours in preparation of the tournament play, listing the players etc., installing the sheets, negotiating arrangements for information details etc. When the play begins, I try to arrange some assistance to help mark birdies & eagles visually on the boards and then I hand enter the players scores as they come in. Usually, that happens from about 9:30 am until the sun sets. Virtually there are no 'breaks' except the occasional washroom visit. My back aches...I suffer way too many muscle cramps...my markers run dry or challenge me in other ways...and there are always new surprises every day. Some days I am in full blistering sun which nauseates me easily but other days can be even more challenging such as the two tornadoes that hit during tournaments this year in Crystal River, Forida and Goderich, Ontario. My boards survived both even though I wasn't sure I would! If rain comes...it is a dash to get the boards covered with plastic and then I PRAY that the rain will not destroy them.
Sometimes I say..."Tell me again why I love doing this!"
What I love about doing these scoreboards is being able to make 'numbers' become a work of art. I love it when people enjoy taking a wee bit of time to appreciate the process of calligraphy which is becoming a lost and undervalued art. I love being able to make people feel special by seeing their names in a 'beautiful way'...and sometimes illustrating their accomplishments ( eg. hole-in-ones) with personalized posters. I LOVE writing out those giant cheques that are presented to the champions! It sure feeds my soul to get complimented on my work....but most importantly, I love the friendships that I have developed with people in many corners of the world through my art. I am grateful that God blessed me with a talent and has rewarded me with opportunities to use them.
So I figure.....I'll never be too old for this!
Thanks for 'listening'!