GOLF "My mother lives at Del Webb's Sun City retirement community in Georgetown. I go out there and play some golf with her. They've got two courses, and it's pretty nice. The back nine at Sun City is damned good. Even if you get off the box big, you gotta swing some 7-irons. They didn't pinch up on the real estate, on the dirt, which a lot of these places do. The Hills Country Club has a Nicklaus course with a killer par 3 on 7, their signature hole. Barton Creek has a couple of good golf courses - a Fazio course, and they just built another one that's really fine. There's a lot of undulation, and they wound the course through the cliffs."

EXCURSION "Take the Canyon Lake exit off I-35 when you're going south toward San Antonio to a campground called White Water. It's right there by the bridge in New Braunfels. I got introduced to it while I was there in college. With summer school, you'd take three hours of classes, just so you could stay in Austin. So you could go down there and skip class and go float the river. We pitch a tent at the riverside, and you get your tubes there, plus one extra tube for the cooler of beer. So you camp at night, party on the river, and then the next morning you get up and go catch about a four-hour float. River rats and that river, that's sort of a subculture all its own. It's one of the most relaxing things in all of Central Texas."

ONE INTERESTING NIGHT