The Happy Golfer

He’s off and running!
March 23, 2009, 2:18 pm
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The Happy Golfer with his new Callaway gear

The Happy Golfer with his new Callaway gear

An update from Fran, Nick’s wife: After a small dinner party with family and close golfer pals Friday evening, The Happy Golfer was ready to pack up the Winnebago View and hit the road on Sunday. Saturday rolled around and he watched youngest grandson David play basketball, taking along #3 grandson, Nicholas, his namesake was visiting from San Francisco. Nick was fully intending to watch grandson #2, also Nicholas, (we’re Greek you know,) play baseball that afternoon, but preparations for his adventure kept him away.

Saturday evening, sons Dean and Kraig and their families, along with sister Sophia, came to wish him safe travels. Kraig, who has always been into gadgets and a loving son, brought his dad Spot – not a dog – a satellite personal traveler so that he can contact us daily to tell us he is OK. After dinner, the two of them sat at the table to program Spot. That mission began at 9 p.m.; at 10:30 p.m. they were still at it. Nick had promised us he would get to bed by 9 p.m. since he planned to leave at 4:30 the next morning. In the meantime, the three grandsons were fascinated by Spot, so Nick contacted them on cell phones. By then, it was nearing 11 p.m. We’d all received messages from Spot assuring us that Nick was OK, which we knew because he was sitting right next to us!

Sunday morning, true to his word, Nick was ready to head for Kingman, AZ at 4:30, with Spot at his side, ready to begin his adventure. Will he remember to put Spot into his Callaway golf bag so that he can contact us? Did he have a good round in Kingman? What time did he arrive in Las Vegas to prepare for the next day’s round? We’ll do a Spot check to find out and let you know!


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Just love what you are doing. Enjoy your trip and the golf.


Comment by Eugene

Jim is jealous. So this is where your son gets his crazy ideas. We envy you your energy. I will keep Fran occupied. Ann Owens

Comment by Ann Owens


Not sure if you remember meeting me when Dean was running through Ohio on his way back to St. Charles from the 50/50/50 event? As I recall, the RV was in need of repair and you spent most of that day taking care of it.

I’m ultra impressed with your golf goal and The Happy Golfer endeavor. If you need anyone to fill out your foursome while you’re in Missouri, for goodness sake drop me an email and I’ll do my best to be there.

Enjoy every shot!


Comment by Jason Eads

Good luck buddy. Wishing you well. May the sun always been at your back………..

Comment by Dean Patterson

You are already missed so much at Inside the Outdoors. I look forward to reading your updates. Like I said on Friday, be safe and be careful. Fran, you are a good girl for keeping us informed of his status.
Have a great day today!
Stephanie Smith

Comment by Stephanie Smith

Didn’t you wish Leo was there to help you program Spot? we are anxiously awaiting your arrival in the midwest, Nick. Good luck and don’t forget to holler Fore or is it four? xoxo

Comment by Sophia

Opa Niko:
All your Orange County group wishes you the best in this special journey.
We will be following your adventures.
Take care of yoruself and see you when you return.
Best of Golf
Angelo and Terry Maroutsos

Comment by Angelo Maroutsos

Love seeing your smiling face in the paper! What an exciting venture you have challenged yourself with. It’s no wonder where your son gets it. We’ll miss seeing you at church but blessings will be sent your way.
Best of luck and a safe return,

Comment by Erini Papandreas Redmond

Hi Erini, Bill & Boys, I am in Akron , Ohio now and Played in Clev, this afternoon. 36 holes today. Two very wonderful girls came out of Clev, Ohio, I got lucky, and married one, and you Bill married the other. Hugs to all, THG May 15 09 XXX

Comment by The Happy Golfer


I’m jealous!! Hope Dean got you in shape!Didn’t see Augusta National in the agenda?

I’m hoping Callaway gave you enough balls, I know your game?! Maybe that’s why the RV is sagging in the back!

Safe travels!! Enjoy every minute!

John Jacovides (It’s been too long)

Comment by John Jacovides

Cheering you on from Newport Beach, looking forward to following another Karnazes adventure! Go Nick!
Love, Richard, Laura, Hank and Preston

Comment by The Richard Lee Family

Good luck! and Have fun!

Comment by Spurgeon Hendrick

What a hoot!!! Are you going to post along the way? Can’t wait to hear more!! How long do you thing the trip will take? xophyllis and david

Comment by Phyllis Phillips

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