Most of you anticipate the early days of spring by looking forward to days on the golf course, getting the bikes tuned up, pleasant walks in the par… or even the drudgery of cleaning winter’s debris from around the house. My idea of opening day may differ from yours. The opening in my days is envelopes. Once the Derby envelopes start arriving life changes for me. This year unreliable mail delivery has put me behind behind schedule. Entries are about equal with what they were last year at this time when we learned that the season would be delayed. Unreliable mail delivery has resulted in the number of entries received at about 40% of 2019 levels at this time.


I do enjoy operating our game and I am rewarded with 6.7% of every  entry fee. But things have changed in the last 30 years. After getting home from work around 5:00 there is time for a quick meal and shower before plopping down at the computer. I try to give it at least three hours a night but am finding that I don’t do as well under artificial light as I once did.  And on weekends I have a difficult time spending the ten hours a day that was possible in my 30s. Once upon a time I could key in 600 entries on a weekend day. Stamina, and my back, now make this tough to accomplish. But it will get done!


The time data below is for actual sheet entry only. It does not include other tasks like maintaining the the website and email list, tracking (lots of) Robin Rule Transactions, and generating bank deposits. All of this is not meant as a ‘grump’, just sharing.

Daily Time

Number of Sheets Entered

Total Time

Total Sheets Entered to Date

Entry Sheets

released

Saturday

February 27

0:30

17

H : M

Sheets

0:30

17

H : M

Total

0:45

24

H : M

Sheets

0:45

23

H : M

Sheets

1:15

41

H : M

Total

1:54

64

H : M

Total

No mail again means a wasted weekend!

0:45

25

49 Minutes

32 Sheets

3H 15M

132 Sheets

H : M

Sheets

At this time of year PMB135 is NEVER empty. But there have been no envelopes for 3 days!

2:39

89

3H 28M

 121 Total

6H 43M

 253 Total

H : M

Total

Empty again!

MAIL!

Unreliable mail deliveries have really hampered the progress of entering sheets

3H 49M

176 Sheets

1H 27M

78 Sheets

10H 32M

 423 Total

12H 0M

 501 Total

Entry Postmark Deadline April 1

Deadline

35H 48M 1,713 Total

9H 28M

513 Sheets

Worked on Hockey Reports

36H 57M

1,760 Total

1H 09M

47 Sheets

40H 05M

1,920 Total

3H 09M

160 Sheets

44H 11M

2,154 Total

4H 06M

234 Sheets

14H 45M

 621 Total

2H 46M

120 Sheets

Worked on 288 check deposit.

Watched hockey game with Hawks crazy wife!

23H 24M

 1,081 Total

8H 50M

580 Sheets

50H 24M

2,497 Total

26H 20M 1,200 Total

6H 13M

343 Sheets

2H 45M

119 Sheets

Disappointing number of entries means I will be done well before my wife’s May 19 birthday!

Hope to be finished entering by my long suffering wife’s birthday!

My wife’s

birthday