First, I was able to search the web and find a good "free golf on your birthday week" type deal at Elkins Ranch Golf Course, where I had not played since 1997 (see picture below). The deal was honored, but I also picked the first day this year where the dreaded Santa Ana winds blew strong: and they blew very strong. The course is located in an agricultural area and has mature trees as well, so let's just say that there was a crazy amount of debris on the greens and dust in the air, making for a long day of golf. The course itself was actually pretty solid, but my timing couldn't have been worse.
Anyway, if this was an isolated incident, i wouldn't have written the post, but over the last 4 years, i've played 6 rounds during my birthday week, and 5 of the six have yielded bad scores with strong winds on half of them and me even getting injured once. I'm beginning to wonder if I should spend my birthday weeks indoors!!