Welcome to the Masters
FELDY: So we just pulled into our hotel in Augusta, myself and a former co-worker from Minot, N.D., Mike Linnell -- he's the sports editor at the paper up there . We flew into Atlanta, rented a car that likes to rattle when it gets going faster than about, oh, 40 miles per hour, and made our way across almost the entire state of Georgia.
We didn't make it in time to watch any of today's practice rounds, but we did get here in time to check in and check out Augusta National Golf Club. Mike and I have both been here before, but we were still in awe of ANGC when we pulled into the media parking lot. It's unlike any other course you'll see, and TV doesn't come close to doing it justice.
One of the great side-benefits of coming to Augusta is that there are so many great places to eat in the south. I'm talking about down-home barbecuse, country fried chicken, etc. On our 150-mile drive from Atlanta to Augusta we passed approixmately 719 Waffle Houses, the IHOP of the south. I think when you buy a car in Georgia, you get a free Waffle House with it.
We also stopped to eat a Cracker Barrel. I know you can find those sparingly throughout our part of the country, but it was calling our name so we stopped. I didn't realize that it's a rule at Cracker Barrel that anything you order must be covered in gravy. We weren't arguing, just never realized it's a rule.
One other thing that got us chuckling a bit is, when we pulled into our hotel parking lot, we passed cars that had license plates from Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Minnesota and North Dakota. Being as Mike and I both are U. of North Dakota grads, we're semi-stalking the car with N.D. plates, just to find out what would make someone want to drive all this way. I know what the ultimate answer is -- to see the Masters, but why not fly? Maybe it's someone like John Madden who has a fear of flying.
I'm out for tonight; it's been a long day of travel. We need to go track down some allergy medicine, so we're going to try to find a Wal-Mart, which is just like trying to find a Waffle House around here.