A Stroke of Luck…Literally

Often when something bad occurs, we don’t take the time to realize the good that may have come out of it. We’re too shrouded in our negative thinking to see beyond the tormenting situation, but often in hindsight, we see that it happened for a reason. Such is the case in this story:

There were so many things Chris Logan could have done last Fourth of July.

He could have slept in. He could have hung around his apartment and gone out later for a holiday barbecue. One item pretty far down his list that day was to walk around Aronimink Golf Club in 95-degree heat for several hours watching the final round of competition in the AT&T National.

Eventually, his love of the game combined with the lure of tickets, and Logan traveled to the golf course with a friend. But he had his day cut short when a tee shot from Sean O’Hair, one of his favorite players, struck him in the left temple at the 18th hole.

As emergency medical technicians hustled him to a nearby tent to be examined, Logan had no idea this would be the luckiest day of his life.

While checking him out for a concussion, a doctor inquired about a lump just below his throat and urged him to visit his family doctor to get it checked out. The lump turned out to be a malignant tumor on his thyroid. He underwent two surgeries less than six weeks after being struck by the ball.

Almost one year after it happened, Logan, who now is cancer-free, finally got to meet and shake hands Tuesday with O’Hair at Waynesborough Country Club, where O’Hair and fellow Tour player Hunter Mahan were giving a junior golf clinic.

“Sorry,” O’Hair said as the two men shook hands.

“Thank you,” Logan said, almost at the same time.

“We had a little battle on what to say,” said Logan, 25, of West Chester. “He hit me in the head and then helped me out with the cancer diagnosis. So that was pretty funny. He’s a really nice guy, glad to finally meet him.”

The 28-year-old O’Hair, who also lives in West Chester, called the whole episode “something cool to be involved with.

“You feel bad about hitting him, but yet you feel good that he found out about the cancer, found it early, and got it worked on,” he said. “It’s a cool experience.”

Source: Philly.com


Chris Logan says fate put him in front of Sean O’Hair (left) (CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer)



What is the Patriot Guard Riders?

The Patriot Guard Riders is a diverse amalgamation of riders from across the nation.  We have one thing in common besides motorcycles.  We have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security.  If you share this respect, please join us.

We don’t care what you ride or if you ride, what your political views are,or whether you’re a hawk or a dove.  It is not a requirement that you be a veteran.  It doesn’t matter where your’e from or what your income is; you don’t even have to ride.  The only prerequisite is RESPECT.

Our main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family.  Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives:

1.  Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.

2.  Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors.

We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means.

To those of you serving and fighting for freedoms of others, at home and abroad, please know that we are backing you.  We honor and support you with every mission we carry out, and we are praying for a safe return home for all.

Check out the Patriot Guard:  www.patriotguard.org



The Ford Thunderbird

Do you remember the Ford Thunderbird?  Way back in the 1960’s when I was still in high school, I drove a 1959 Thunderbird.  It was one sweet car.  I used to call it my Thunderchicken.  Okay,so I was young at the time.  For my final project in my Flash Animation class a couple of semesters ago, I built a complete Flash website that was dedicated to the Ford Thunderbird.  Check it out at http://www.danpolecheck.com/thunderbird.  I hope you enjoy it.

Time to Step into the 21st Century

I figure it is finally time that I step up into the 21st century and start an active blog.  Many of you may or may not know, but I am presently a full time student at NWTC pursuing a degree in Web Development.  I hope to graduate in June of 2012.  I have already learned a lot, but I still have a lot more to learn.  Other than that, I can be found on Facebook where I am slowly realizing that I am addicted to the Gardens of Time Game.  Okay, we all have our vices.