12.29.2015

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12.28.2015

At the movies - Star Wars the Force Awakens

Star Wars the Force Awakens - 4

I wholeheartedly enjoyed this movie, which appears to be the only one I've seen in the theatres this year.

I hope to see it in the theaters again.

Weekend update

Wednesday:

Lunch at Honeymoon.  Good sandwich, good soup.  May have been overcharged, not certain
Baked raisin and pumpkin pies

Thursday:

Up at 7 a.m. to bake rolls
Early Xmas dinner at mom's
Gifts

Friday:

Gifts at the in-law's
Poker with K, D, and C

Saturday:

Star Wars for the first showing
Geocaching
Dinner at the in-law's

Sunday:

Football


12.25.2015

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12.23.2015

Weekend update


Friday:

Lunch at Moonshiners. Good sandwich.  Sysco bourbon pecan pie, I think.

Saturday:

Aikido at Phillip's place
Dinner with K at El Centinela
Poker with K, C, and D

Sunday:

Geocaching
Football



Aikido Saturday Afternoon - 12/19/15 - East Houston Aikido Club

Aikido players:

Tim, Jeff, Gail, Trey, Phillip, Phillip, Mario, Marvin, and Dan

Ukemi:

Got in most of my usual set

The Walk:

Not today

Releases:

We really worked on releases all day today.  And mainly just 1 and 2.

The attack that Jeff and Gail use in their dojo is different than the one we use in ours.  Different intent, really.  Ours: uke is trying to steal your Rolex.  Theirs: uke is trying to pull you in range for a punch.

Techniques:

None today

Commentary:

Phillip got frustrated with me and handed me off to Jeff.

12.21.2015

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12.17.2015

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Monday, December 14, 2015

12.16.2015

Volleyball, 0-3

Opponent:I'd Hit That, 6 p.m.

Played one of the power teams and lost all 3.  But we played decently.

The first one was 12 - 21, the second 12-21 and the third was 12-15, I think.  Something along those lines.

12.14.2015

Aikido Saturday Afternoon - 12/12/15 - East Houston Aikido Club

Aikido players:

Phillip, Mario, and Dan

Ukemi:

Barely got in one third of my usual set

The Walk:

Once

Releases:

Not today

Techniques:

Mario and Dan attempted to work through 1-17.

Mario got through about 6 with Dan as uke before he had to disappear.

Dan got through 7 with me and Phillip as uke before Squirrel!

Phillip and I did some work with each other.  Phillip was working on Hiki Taoshi with me and I ended up being very resistant to it.  After thinking about it, I think I was resistant to it because of his death grip on my wrist.  I'm pretty sensitive to that sort of thing and get very solid when it happens.

We also did a little work on Tenkai-kote-hineri and Kote Gaeshi.  I showed a few tweaks on Tenkai and a couple of variations of Kote Gaeshi.

Commentary:

Dojo is about 40 minute drive from home.  I will probably only go out there on weekends as other days would have be back around 10 p.m.  If Kim wants to go on Mondays, I'd go out there.

Working with Phillip has been an adventure in the past and I think it will be in the future unless I can get him to stop giving me so much feedback.  Maybe I can take advantage of this coming weekend when Jeff and Trey are supposed to be there and get them to tori with me as uke.  Have them randomly clamp down/not clamp down and see the different reaction I generate.

I think the main difference is that Phillip sees things as uke's fault first where I tend to assume it's my fault as tori.

Weekend update


Friday:

Lunch at Don Patron's Bar and Grill - Definitely not a bar.  Barely a grill.  But, good food.
Started mixing up and baking cookies.

Saturday:

Blueberry muffins
More cookie work
Aikido at Phillip's place
Dinner with K at El Centinela

Sunday:

Slept until 10 a.m.!!
More cookie work
Football
Pizza



12.13.2015

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

12.10.2015

Aikido Wednesday Night - 12/9/15

Aikido players:

Dan

Ukemi:

None

The Walk:

Twice

Releases:

Dan with me

Techniques:

Dan worked on Ude hineri

Commentary:

Dan had a rough night tonight.  Releases were a problem, footwork being the main culprit.  Ude Hineri was aproblem as well, with the initial off balance being the main culprit there.

12.09.2015

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Monday, December 07, 2015


Sunday, December 06, 2015

12.07.2015

Weekend update - SMOFCon 33


Friday:

Up at 5 to get ready for travel
Out of the house at 6
Bank, Shipley's
In Fort Work around 10:30
Lunch at Cooper's in Fort Worth with a big crowd, two car loads.
Panel: Who's Who in Convention Committees, and Why are They There?
Panel: Keeping Staff Motivated
Dinner break, but I was still full.  My eye was quite painful, so I headed to bed.

Saturday:

Montgomery Street Cafe for breakfast - a good, old diner.
Panel: Who was Sasquatch?
Panel: Making social media work for you
ALAMO board meeting
Dinner at Cooper's with a different, smaller crowd
Panel: Fannish Inquisition (What a Show)
Panel: Statistics and Probability Seminar (I ended coming in 7th.  I only won 2 or 3 hands at most)
To bed at 3 a.m.

Sunday:

Up at 7 a.m.
Breakfast at Dixie Cafe
Pack up the car for the trip home
Panel: Enthusiasm Self Care and Burnout
On the road back home
Stop in Fairfield at Cooper's Farm's shop
Home around 3:30 p.m.



Aikido Wednesday Night - 12/2/15

Aikido players:

Dan

Ukemi:

None

The Walk:

Twice

Releases:

Danwith me

Techniques:

Dan worked on Shomen ate, Aigamae ate, Ushiro ate, and Oshi Taoshi

Commentary:

None of note

12.05.2015

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12.02.2015

Volleyball, 2-1

Opponent: Bumpin' Uglies, 8 p.m.

The start of a new season.

We won the first 1 21-12, lost the second 12-21 and won the third 15-9 or so.  Our opponents were having an off night, they normally play better than they did.

12.01.2015

Weekend update - Thanksgiving edition

Wednesday:

Got home from work, started working on 4 pies: Pecan, Apple/Raisin/Coconut Cream, Blood Orange Meringue.
In bed around 11.

Thursday:

Up at 6 to start working on bread.
Dinner at V's

Friday:

Up at 6 to get ready for Seguin trip
Breakfast a Schobel's in Columbus.
Cemetery in Seguin
Lunch at Cooper's in San Marcos
Back home by dinner

Saturday:

Eye is aching
Walk the boys at Challenger
Watched football while K, C, and D played poker.

Sunday:

Lazed around because of aching eye



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11.27.2015

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11.23.2015

Aikido Saturday Afternoon- 11/21/15

Aikido players:

Dan

Ukemi:

None

The Walk:

Twice

Releases:

Dan with me

Techniques:

Dan worked on Shomen ate and Aigamae ate

Commentary:

Left knee is mostly better

Weekend update

Friday:

Lunch at Christian's Tailgate, again


Saturday:

Blueberry muffins
Aikido in the shop
Nap
Minor repairs at the rental
Dinner at El Centinela with K
Football

Sunday:


Work on ALAMO annual meeting stuff
Football
Walked the dogs at FCR park
Went by and help Aunt G with her computer
Lasagna for dinner
Poker with K, D, and C.



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11.19.2015

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015


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11.16.2015

Weekend update

Friday:

Lunch at Christian's Tailgate
Refreshed sourdough starter
Loaded the truck for Fall Haul i day

Saturday:

Truckload to Fall Haul i day, picked up a tree
Refreshed sourdough starter

Nap
Walked the dogs around Art in the Park
Work on sourdough bread
Dinner at El Centinela with K
Brownies with Ganache


Sunday:


Went into work for 5 hours
Football
Walk the dogs
Steak for dinner with the in-laws
Sourdough bread



11.15.2015

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Friday, November 13, 2015


Thursday, November 12, 2015

11.12.2015

Aikido Wednesday Night - 11/11/15

Aikido players:

Marvin

Ukemi:

None

The Walk:

Twice

Releases:

Marvin with me

Techniques:

Marvin worked on Waki gatame, Kote Hineri, Kote Gaeshi, and Tenkai Kote Hineri

Commentary:

Took a tumble as uke on one rep of Kote Hineri and landed on my knees on the concrete.  Left kneeis in a bit of pain.  I don't *think* it's a long-term injury, but only time will tell.

11.11.2015

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Monday, November 09, 2015


Sunday, November 08, 2015

11.10.2015

Weekend update

Friday:

Lunch at District Bar and Bistro
Refreshed sourdough starter

Saturday:

Blueberry muffins

Work on sourdough bread
Dinner at El Centinela with K
Brownies with Ganache


Sunday:

Bill paying
Electrical work at the rental
Football
Sourdough bread



11.07.2015

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Thursday, November 05, 2015


Wednesday, November 04, 2015

11.05.2015

Aikido Wednesday Night - 11/4/15

Aikido players:

Marvin

Ukemi:

None

The Walk:

Twice

Releases:

Marvin with me

Techniques:

Marvin worked on Ude-gaeshi, Hiki-taoshi, and Ude-hineri

Commentary:

Had the mats in my shop for the night.

11.03.2015

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Sunday, November 01, 2015


Saturday, October 31, 2015

11.02.2015

Weekend update

Friday:

Lunch at Perbacco's
Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake

Saturday:

Awakened by thunderclap at 4 a.m.
Heard tornado go by shortly thereafter
Woke up at 5:30 a.m.
Blueberry muffins
Back to bed until noon
A&M football
Cleaned debris out of drainage ditches and french drain
Fire ant bites
Fry's, Academy
Dinner at El Centinela with K


Sunday:

Didn't get moving until noon
Texans football
Tree cleanup at the rental after the storm passed through
Grilled out burgers and brats



10.30.2015

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015


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10.29.2015

Aikido Wednesday Night - 10/28/15

Aikido players:

Dan and Marvin

Ukemi:

Dan did some simple backfalls as warm-up

The Walk:

Twice

Releases:

Dan with Me and the Marvin with Dan

Techniques:

Dan and Marvin worked on Mae otoshi and then Sumi otoshi

Commentary:

Put the mats in my shop for the night.  Worked well with better light.  I don't know if it would have had condensation.

10.26.2015

Weekend Update - IlluxCon 2015 Trip Report

Thursday

Up at 3:45 a.m. to catch a flight.  Out of the house by 4:10, at the airport by 4:35, boarding by 5:10.
One stop in St Louis.  I did not see much of the airport, but the terminal airport seemed crowded.  There was not much space around the boarding lines.  Reading "The Dispossessed" and "The End of All Things" on these legs.

One of the legs was supposed to be completely fully, but it looked like there were a good number of open seats.

Landed in Philly around 11:30, got the rental car and headed for Allentown.

Checked in at the Holiday Inn and then grabbed some breakfast/lunch at the Hamilton.  The burger I had was good, but their menu seemed to be limited.

Off to IlluxCon at the Allentown Art Museum.  Wandered around, drooling over artwork.  K. asked me not to buy any art this weekend, but I knew that was pretty much a lost cause.  There were about 10 pieces I considered at some point over the weekend.  Luckily, I was too slow on the trigger and some were already sold before I made the decision to buy them.  Well, one got sold.  A color sketch of "The Ice Queen" by Stephen Hickman.

Dinner was a solo affair at the Allentown Brew Works.  I was not impressed by the beers I tried.  Maybe it was a result of the travel day?

Friday:

Breakfast at the City Center Diner. 

Back to IlluxCon to wander around, chat with the artists, and I went to a panel that was "Biz Basics Bootcamp for Artists" to see what artists need to know so that I might be able to pass the information along at a later date.  I also picked up a hardback copy of Spectrum 21 and Spectrum 22.

I had some good conversations with John Jude Palencar, mainly talking about his uncle.  Also talked with Gary Lippincott, as always a congenial man with a seemingly iron trap mind for names.  Stephen Hickman and I talked about camouflage pants while I examined the piece of his I was interested in.

Dinner at"Islands in the Sun" for Jamaican food.  Pretty good stuff.  A one man operation, at least on a Friday night.

Back to the Holiday Inn for the Showcase.  I talked to about 10 artists about sending their artwork to ArmadilloCon.  I got some positive responses, so I need to follow-up this week and remind them about our conversation.

Saturday:

Breakfast at Billy's diner.  Upscale diner food.  The waitresses were a little in the weeds due to the convention being in town.  They are across the street from the hotel, so they got a lot of extra business.

Back at IlluxCon, the Weekend Showcase was open, so there were more artists to check out.  Found another piece I was interested in, one that broke through my resolve to not buy any art over the weekend.  I ended up buying 3 pieces: a William O'Connor, a John Harris, and a David Palumbo.  Those have been handed off to a shipping guy, so I hope they'll be in hand by the end of next week.

Went to Jane Frank's panel on the state of collecting today.

Dinner was at Damascus, a Syrian restaurant.  We had a goup of at: Andrea Senchy, Jannie Shea, Mark Olsen, Mike and Beth Zipser, Joe Siclari and Edie Stern.  A big group of art SMOFs.

I then went through the Showcase at the hotel again and then off to sleep.

Sunday:

Breakfast at the City Center Diner.

Killed a little time until time to leave for the airport.  Took forever to find a gas station near the airport to fill up the rental car.  I probably should have just taken a train from the airport up to Allentown, and would next year if the convention was going to be in Allentown again.  It's going to be in Reading instead.

The first leg of the flight was supposed to be completely full, but I had an empty seat next to me.  the second leg had mild turbulence throughout the flight due to the remains of Hurricane Patricia.

K picked me up at the airport adn we went home and had pinto beans and cornbread for dinner.

Aikido Wednesday Night - 10/21/15

Aikido players:

Dan and Marvin

Ukemi:

Dan did some simple backfalls as warm-up

The Walk:

Twice

Releases:

Dan with Marvin

Techniques:

Dan and Marvin worked on Ude gaeshi

Commentary:

Mats got damp due to humidity late.  I stepped on the mat toward the end and slipped because of the moisture.

Volleyball, 0-3

Opponent: Hot Mess, 9 p.m.

We lost all 3.  None of the games were close.  My serves were not spectacular.

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10.22.2015

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