4.29.2016

Aikido Thursday Night - 4/28/16 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Adam, Tabitha, Don, Cheryl, Rodrigo, Vincent, Jacob, Jauncey (sp?)

Ukemi:

None for me tonight

The Walk:

Twice

Releases:

Oversaw everyone

Techniques:

Rodrigo and Tabitha worked on releases.  Cheryl and Will worked on his next demonstration material.  Don and Jauncey worked on 2 & 3.

I worked with some folks during hand randori time

Commentary:

None of note

4.27.2016

Aikido Tuesday Night - 4/26/16 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Adam, Tabitha, Don, Cheryl, Rodrigo, Bao

Ukemi:

None for me tonight

The Walk:

Twice

Releases:

Oversaw everyone

Techniques:

Worked with some folks during hand randori time

Commentary:

None of note

Weekend update

Friday

At home, trying to get a start on finding a new job

Saturday

Banking
Leatherworking class at TXRX Labs

Sunday

Attempted to complete a deal for leatherworking supplies off of cragislist, but failed
Leatherworking class at TXRX Labs

Aikido Thursday Night - 4/21/16 - Wasabi Dojo

I didn't write this down soon enough after the class that time, and the other events of the day, conspired to remove most details from my memory.

I worked with Adam on something.  Maybe Oshi Taoshi from Koryu Dai San?

In the unemployment line - 4/21/16

At 3:00 p.m. I received a call and was told to bring my laptop up to the 20th floor.  When I got there, I was informed that, due to the trouble in the Oil & Gas industry, my services were no longer needed.

I packed up my stuff in a little over an hour and struggled out to the bus with my hands full.  I hope I didn't bump into too many folks when getting on and off the bus.

The search for a new opportunity begins.

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Monday, April 25, 2016


Sunday, April 24, 2016

4.23.2016

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Thursday, April 21, 2016


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

4.21.2016

Aikido Tuesday Night - 4/19/16 - Wasabi Doho

Aikido players:

John, Adam, Will, Laura, Rodrigo, Bao

Ukemi:

Stretched instead of roll-outs.  Took a couple of big falls

The Walk:

Twice

Releases:

Worked with Adam with the usual methodology and then did a set attacking the center

Techniques:

Worked with Adam on some Yon Kata.  Did some hand randori

Commentary:

None of note

Weekend update

Friday:


Lunch at Lakehouse

Saturday:

Blueberry muffins

Banking
Pills for Tank and Strider at vet
Car Show at Stevenson Park
Dinner at El Escondido with K.
"Second Samuel" at College of the Mainland

Sunday:

Blueberry pancakes

4.19.2016

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Sunday, April 17, 2016


Saturday, April 16, 2016

4.15.2016

Aikido Thursday Night - 4/14/16 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

John, Will, Tabitha, Rodrigo, Bao, Victor, Jacob and Vincent

Ukemi:

Got just a few rolls in

The Walk:

Three times.  Once with me counting in Czech.  It threw everyone off.

Releases:

Worked with Vincent.  I remembered the name earlier.  Grr.

Techniques:

Worked with Vincent on 1-5

Commentary:

None of note

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

4.13.2016

AggieCon 47 Trip Report - 34th Aggiecon

Friday morning I got up at the usual time, mucked around and manged to get out of the house around 5:45 a.m.  First stop was the neighborhood Shipley's.

Then on to the Beltway and out to San Felipe.

I drove near Stephen F. Austin State Park on blacktop which turned into a gravel road.  About this time, Kim called me to see how the trip was going.  As we chatted, an owl swooped over the car and perched in a nearby tree.  (The owl turned out to be a Barred Owl.  I did not manage to get a picture as my camera was not within shooting distance, regrettably.)

After hanging up, I continued on travelling on 36 for bit where I managed to snap this picture.








The next road was 949, taking me near Cat Spring and then on to New Ulm.

I managed to get some wildflower pictures along this stretch of road.






FM 109 led me to Frelsburg, 1291 took me to Lone Oak and Fayetteville.  I think I took 159 for the next road to take me on into La Grange.  My goal of the morning was to make it to La Grange and the Fayette County (named after the Marquis de la Fayette) Courthouse to grab a picture.


From LaGrange, I took a circuitous route to College Station. up 159 and 237 through Warrenton and Round Top.  If I'd known in advance, I might have planned more time in the area.  There was a massive antique show going in on the road.  Form Warrenton all the way through the town of Round Top there were tents set up with antique dealers on both sides of the road.  I was amazed!

One of the common items being advertised were cow hides starting at $125.  Some of them listed the hides as coming from South America.

I missed my turn for 2714 out of Round Top, being distracted by the antiques and traffic, so I had to catch 2502 outside of Carmine to get me headed toward Latium and Welcome.  Up through Brenham and on to Gay Hill.



From Gay Hill, it was on to Independence where I normally stop and take some pictures.  At this point I wasn't feeling it, the sun was fairly high up in the sky, and I just wanted to get on to Aggieland.  So, up 50 and off to 21 and the Brazos County Expo Center.

I pulled into the parking lot, got out, stretched, and made my way in.  Got up to the registration table and quickly handled the details there.  Took a quick tour through the Dealers' Room and then sat down to examine the program book.

The secrets it revealed to me were these: nothing happening on Friday until 5 p.m., nothing really of interest to me happening on Friday at all.  Iron Artist used to appeal to me back when Stelfreeze and others attended, but I'm harder to please these days.

Off I went to get some lunch at the Hullaballoo Diner.  Back in to town and off to Half Price to grab some more reading material.  Went to see a matinee of "Dead Pool". Then dinner at a Mexican joint and back to the hotel.

Saturday morning had me up and going promptly.  I wanted to get to Iona, Tx for breakfast.  I ate there last year and it was good, better than the joints in B-CS that I know about.  After traveling 30 miles, I discover the restaurant is out of business.  Back to Bryan for a meal at the Kettle.

Off to AggieCon for more trips around the Dealer's Room and to catch the last of CosPlay 101, all of Armor Up, Brian Muir: Fantasy Sculptor.  I stood around and chatted with some old Cepheids for a while and made the decision to head home for dinner with the wife and end my AggieCon trip.

I got to the hotel too late to get any part of my Saturday night refunded to me.  That was what I expected.  I'd hoped otherwise, but it was my own fault.

About 2.5 hours later I was back home and heading out for my usual Saturday night Mexican meal.

Aikido Tuesday Night- 4/12/16 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

John, Adam, Will, Tabitha, Laura, Rodrigo, Bao, Paul

Ukemi:

Too many folks to add my bulk to the mat for warm-up

The Walk:

Twice

Releases:

Worked with Paul.  Showed him the releases and went through the first 4

Techniques:

Worked with Adam on some San Kata.  Some hand randori

Commentary:

None of note

4.11.2016

Weekend update

Friday:


Lunch at Zydeco's

Dinner at Franca's
Refreshed sourdough starter

Saturday:

Blueberry muffins
Sourdough bread
Banking
Funeral for Randy Smith's wife Barbara
Pills for Tank at vet
Trip to Cabela's
Dinner at El Centinela with K.
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Sunday:

Finished "Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen"
Master's on tv
Baked sourdough
Mowed bluebonnet patch and ditch

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Saturday, April 09, 2016


Friday, April 08, 2016

4.08.2016

Aikido Thursday Night - 4/7/16 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

John, Adam, Will, Tabitha, Rodrigo, and Linda(?)

Ukemi:

Got a small portion of my normal set done

The Walk:

twice

Releases:

Worked with Tabitha and did my set and her set

Techniques:

Did some hand randori, and worked with Rodrigo on Shomen-ate

Commentary:

None of note

Aikido Tuesday Night- 4/5/16 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

John, Adam, Will, Tabitha and a few other folks whose names I don't remember

Ukemi:

Got a small portion of my normal set done

The Walk:

twice

Releases:

Worked with Will and did my set and his set

Techniques:

Did some hand randori, a judo choke, and worked with Will on 3 and 6

Commentary:

None of note

4.07.2016

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Tuesday, April 05, 2016


Monday, April 04, 2016

4.06.2016

Weekend update

Thursday:

Lunch at Hubcap

Friday:

Up and out the door for trip to AggieCon (trip report to follow)
Lunch at Hullaballoo Diner
AggieCon
Dinner at La Carreta Mexican Grill

Saturday:

Attempted breakfast in Iona, Tx
Breakfast at the Kettle
AggieCon
Drove home from AggieCon
NCAA basketballDinner at El Centinela with K.
NCAA basketball

Sunday:

Not much

4.03.2016

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Friday, April 01, 2016


Thursday, March 31, 2016