This morning I did a search for a song to Blip and up popped a name I hadn’t thought about in a long time — blues musician Johnny Adams.
When I was in college, I worked summers, weekends, and some afternoons at the public golf course system in Baton Rouge. One of the courses I worked at was Howell Park Golf Course. Each day, the same group of golfers came through to play their daily round. Afterwards they would all sit around the clubhouse chit chatting. I’d sit behind the counter, joining in the conversation from across the room while drinking a Coca-Cola out of a mini paper cup.
I learned a few things things while working at Howell Park Country Club:
- A hard quarter is an actual quarter, as opposed to 25 cents made up of other monetary amounts
- Howell Park Golf Course was referred to as the Country Club by the patrons, all who lived through the civil rights era and weren’t allowed to join private golf clubs back in their younger days.
- Public golf courses, similar to a firehouse, is the place where mental patients like to visit when they are out of the hospital.
- It is entirely appropriate to continue your golf game even if there is a hostage situation going on across the fence.
- Collecting lost golf balls from Hurricane Creek can be a lucrative side business.
- Mr. Johnny, a regular, was really blues musician Johnny Adams.