Follow us:

Take 2

A different spin on sports by The Seattle Times staff and readers.

June 13, 2014 at 6:07 AM

Postcard from Pinehurst: The demonic tape recorder and my new pal, Phil Mickelson

In my dreams as a kid of covering events like the U.S. Open, they never included a tape recorder that went to the dark side.

But mine did. After years of being a trusted companion, it just quit working, right before I was set to interview several members of the advance team for the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. My tape recorder was dead. Nothing. Not even new batteries helped.

Last night, I went to bed early to treat myself to six hours of sleep. But at 1 a.m., I started to hear this odd beeping noise. It was the kind of noise that you hope will go away because you don’t want to get up, but you know that it  won’t.

After about 15 minutes, I could take it no longer, and I got up.  Five minutes later, I finally discovered what was making the noise: my tape recorder. It was flashing and beeping but still not functional. So I did the only humane thing to this terminally ill piece of equipment: I broke it into 1,000 pieces. And of course, it took me an hour to fall back asleep. So much for the six hours.

I went shopping yesterday at the 39,000-square-foot main merchandise pavilion at Pinehurst No. 2. I asked a worker what was the weirdest item in the store. His answer was the periscopes, and by luck, the owner was there to help hawk them.

He was Phil Mickelson. Not that Phil Mickelson, but his pop. And after a long chat with my new buddy, I realized the periscopes aren’t really that weird after all. If you are back in the gallery, it’s tough to  see the action. But the periscope extends 22 1/2 inches into the air, so you are seeing above everyone’s heads, and it has a zoom lens so you can get closer to the action.

“It’s like being on a two-foot ladder with a pair of binoculars, but using just one eye,” Mickelson said.

Years ago, he wanted to buy a dozen so he and his friends could more easily follow golfer Phil at tournaments. When he contacted the owner, Mickelson was “offered such a good  deal, I bought the company.”

Phil’s a nice guy and will undoubtedly be at next year’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. And say hi. Just look for the guy using a periscope.

Want to be a reader contributor to The Seattle Times’ Take 2 blog? Email your original, previously unpublished work or proposal to Sports Editor Don Shelton at dshelton@seattletimes.com or sports@seattletimes.com. Not all submissions can be published. Opinions expressed are those of authors, and The Times reserves the right to edit and publish any submissions online and/or in print.

 

Comments

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►