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    How I Learned About Mulligans

    If you had asked me five years ago what a Mulligan was, I would have stared at you blankly with no reply. It is only since I’ve known Herman that I found out what this was. It’s a golfing term for an extra free stroke.

    Now before you jump to the conclusion that Herman is a golfer, I have to tell you that is wrong. He often states that the two main fund raising events he administers as director of our local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency are things he doesn’t do. Bowling and golfing. And since he has to run things in the background, that’s just as well.

    We usually get the Mulligan cards along with sports bottles of water from our local Culligan dealer. Hence the term, Culligan Mulligans. They have generously donated bottled water at every tournament we’ve had.

    Herman used to also have a hole-in-one car displayed at the tournament, but decided the hole-in-one insurance cost wasn’t worth the price as it didn’t bring in an equivalent amount of golfers. Not that anyone ever came close to winning when I was watching, anyway. You see, there must be a “spotter” to confirm a hole-in-one on the hole in question, and I usually got elected for that honor. So, hours later (working on my tan) I could report as to the winnings.

    I’ve gotten used to both the bowling and golf fund raisers, but even when I could, I did not bowl or golf either. I’ve noticed that it takes a certain type of person to be patient enough to golf. There’s a lot of walking involved and waiting around, too. Herman tells me there’s a quote by Mark Twain describing golf as “a good walk spoiled.” Maybe so, you couldn’t prove it by me.

    As for the bowling tournament, this past year I actually waited outside in the sunshine through most of the event. It was a beautiful sunny day and I couldn’t imagine being inside the bowling alley.

    Fortunately for Herman and our Big Brothers Big Sisters agency, not everyone feels the same way I do. I was the only one sitting outside, and glad to be there. I was the official greeter, you might say. So I do have a calling. As long as it’s in the sunshine.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"