Episode 16 From Hubbard, Wisconsin- “Susan Johnson’s Summer”

Summer is Susan Johnson’s favorite season. In spite of the fact that she’s carting the kids all over town for soccer, baseball, and piano lessons, she finds plenty of time to play golf. This summer she is playing nearly every day with the local pro, Bill Haley. They often go out at daybreak when Bill has a little extra time. Susan pays for two lessons a week but Bill spends at least three more days with her at no extra charge.

They’ve been lovers for nearly nine months, sparked by that early morning incident in the pro shop back in October (Episode 8 October 23, 2005). At first she just couldn’t believe that she was an adulteress. It wasn’t part of her plan, nor was it morally right. She thought of what it would do to her children, her husband, her parents and her friends if this were ever revealed, but the lure of Bill’s charms made the risk seem worthwhile. Because of their mutual insistence on discretion, they haven’t had many opportunities to make love, but the few times that it has happened the sparks have really flown.

Susan can’t believe that she is 36 years old and feels like a teenager. When she goes to bed she thinks of Bill. He is the first thing on her mind when she awakens each morning. She dreams about him every night. So far Craig has no clue. She knows that all of this is pure foolishness on her part, but it’s just too good to let go. She wonders what the “end game” will be like. Will someone find out about their secret or will no one ever find out? Will he find someone else? Will she get tired of him like she did with Craig?

Working in the pro shop for the summer months is Smita Patel (Episode 13, February 19, 2006). She isn’t a golfer, but her pleasant personality and infectious accent is a hit with the country-club duffers. Unlike the pimply-faced teenagers who usually work at the shop in the summers, 22-year old Smita is respectful and even gracious around the customers. When Bill asks her to do something, she does it cheerfully and speedily. If she doesn’t understand something she asks him what to do. Once told how to do something, she doesn’t have to be told again; she performs the task perfectly. Smita’s efficiency gives Bill more time for lessons on the course, especially with his favorite client, Susan Johnson.

Last evening when Smita and her husband Sachin were preparing rice and dahl for their evening meal, Smita mentioned that Bill spends a lot of time with Susan. Sachin was curious. He wondered how Susan’s husband could let her spend nearly every morning out golfing with another man. “Strange culture”, he thought, “when a man will let his wife go off every morning to spend time with another gentleman.” Both relatively devout Hindus, it didn’t occur to either of them that Bill and Susan Johnson’s relationship could be about anything but golf.

One of Smita’s duties is to prepare Bill’s golf bag before he goes out for his next lesson. She wipes off the clubs, stocks the bag with new balls and tees and otherwise readies his equipment for the next lesson. One afternoon, after Bill’s last golf lesson of the day, Smita found a packaged condom with Bill’s golf tees. Embarrassed, she left it in the bag with the tees, hoping it would go away as soon as possible. At daybreak the next morning Bill went out golfing with Susan. They returned around 6:15 a.m., just as Smita was coming to work. Bill had to meet with some property developers at 6:30 a.m. and was in a rush. He pushed the bag in the door and asked Smita to make sure it was ready for his 9:00 lesson. She inspected the clubs, put in a couple of new balls and checked the golf tee pocket. The condom was missing.

The strange disappearance of the birth control device was the subject of Smita and Sachin’s dinner the next evening. Sachin thought that perhaps Haley might have thrown it away or lost it during the round. Smita thought: “Where would Mr. Haley use a condom between 5 and 6 in the morning giving a golf lesson to Susan Johnson?”Summer is Susan Johnson’s favorite season. In spite of the fact that she’s carting the kids all over town for soccer, baseball, and piano lessons, she finds plenty of time to play golf. This summer she is playing nearly every day with the local pro, Bill Haley. They often go out at daybreak when Bill has a little extra time. Susan pays for two lessons a week but Bill spends at least three more days with her at no extra charge.

They’ve been lovers for nearly nine months, sparked by that early morning incident in the pro shop back in October (Episode 8 October 23, 2005). At first she just couldn’t believe that she was an adulteress. It wasn’t part of her plan, nor was it morally right. She thought of what it would do to her children, her husband, her parents and her friends if this were ever revealed, but the lure of Bill’s charms made the risk seem worthwhile. Because of their mutual insistence on discretion, they haven’t had many opportunities to make love, but the few times that it has happened the sparks have really flown.

Susan can’t believe that she is 36 years old and feels like a teenager. When she goes to bed she thinks of Bill. He is the first thing on her mind when she awakens each morning. She dreams about him every night. So far Craig has no clue. She knows that all of this is pure foolishness on her part, but it’s just too good to let go. She wonders what the “end game” will be like. Will someone find out about their secret or will no one ever find out? Will he find someone else? Will she get tired of him like she did with Craig?

Working in the pro shop for the summer months is Smita Patel (Episode 13, February 19, 2006). She isn’t a golfer, but her pleasant personality and infectious accent is a hit with the country-club duffers. Unlike the pimply-faced teenagers who usually work at the shop in the summers, 22-year old Smita is respectful and even gracious around the customers. When Bill asks her to do something, she does it cheerfully and speedily. If she doesn’t understand something she asks him what to do. Once told how to do something, she doesn’t have to be told again; she performs the task perfectly. Smita’s efficiency gives Bill more time for lessons on the course, especially with his favorite client, Susan Johnson.

Last evening when Smita and her husband Sachin were preparing rice and dahl for their evening meal, Smita mentioned that Bill spends a lot of time with Susan. Sachin was curious. He wondered how Susan’s husband could let her spend nearly every morning out golfing with another man. “Strange culture”, he thought, “when a man will let his wife go off every morning to spend time with another gentleman.” Both relatively devout Hindus, it didn’t occur to either of them that Bill and Susan Johnson’s relationship could be about anything but golf.

One of Smita’s duties is to prepare Bill’s golf bag before he goes out for his next lesson. She wipes off the clubs, stocks the bag with new balls and tees and otherwise readies his equipment for the next lesson. One afternoon, after Bill’s last golf lesson of the day, Smita found a packaged condom with Bill’s golf tees. Embarrassed, she left it in the bag with the tees, hoping it would go away as soon as possible. At daybreak the next morning Bill went out golfing with Susan. They returned around 6:15 a.m., just as Smita was coming to work. Bill had to meet with some property developers at 6:30 a.m. and was in a rush. He pushed the bag in the door and asked Smita to make sure it was ready for his 9:00 lesson. She inspected the clubs, put in a couple of new balls and checked the golf tee pocket. The condom was missing.

The strange disappearance of the birth control device was the subject of Smita and Sachin’s dinner the next evening. Sachin thought that perhaps Haley might have thrown it away or lost it during the round. Smita thought: “Where would Mr. Haley use a condom between 5 and 6 in the morning giving a golf lesson to Susan Johnson?”

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