I leave later today for Patterson, La., where tomorrow I’ll play in another of the Offshore Marine Service Association’s scramble golf tournaments. It’s a great time with all the good people, good food and, of course, cold beer. The weather right now in south Louisiana is at its best — lows in the 50s and the high around 80. I’ll be out of the office and riding around a golf course all morning. What a way to spend a workday.

The only fly in the ointment is my golf game. It stinks. The partners I will play with tomorrow (two of the three shall remain nameless to protect the innocent) will be called upon to carry me, not physically, but metaphorically. It’s unfair, I know. But I keep telling my boss, David Krapf, that he needs to play instead of me. Unfortunately, he has been through a series of injuries (not all self-inflicted) that have kept him off the golf course. Luckily, Chris Dimmerling, sales director, for the International WorkBoat Show, Pacific Marine Expo and the new WorkBoat Maintenance & Repair Conference and Expo, will be playing. Chris is a good athlete and swings a mean club. I am not and do not. On the other hand, I like to eat and drink.

To all out there tomorrow, hit ’em long and straight. And if you see me, let me say in advance — FORE!

Ken Hocke has been the senior editor of WorkBoat since 1999. He was the associate editor of WorkBoat from 1997 to 1999. Prior to that, he was the editor of the Daily Shipping Guide, a transportation daily in New Orleans. He has written for other publications including The Times-Picayune. He graduated from Louisiana State University with an arts and sciences degree, with a concentration in English, in 1978.