8.21.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 7/17/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Laura

Ukemi:

Normal slaps and I got in a full set of ukemi.  My first in quite a while

The Walk:

Not tonight

Releases:

Laura worked through her releases with me

Techniques:

We worked on Shomen-ate and Aigamae-ate

Commentary:

None of note..

Aikido Tuesday Night - 8/15/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Adam, and Laura

Ukemi:

Normal slaps

The Walk:

Twice

Releases:

Adam and Laura

Techniques:

I had the two of them work on 14 through 8 and then back up again.

Commentary:

None of note..

8.20.2017

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Friday, August 18, 2017


Thursday, August 17, 2017

8.16.2017

Volleyball, 0-3

Opponent: uncertain

We did ok, but still got slammed.  10-21, 11-21, and ?-15.  Our last match of the season, Probably ended up in next to last place.

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Monday, August 14, 2017


Sunday, August 13, 2017

8.15.2017

Weekend update

Friday:
Stopped by and picked up the riding mower.
Refreshed the sourdough starter
Paid bills
Balanced checkbooks (8 months worth)


Saturday:

Stopped by the bank to order checks/registers and deposit
 ArmadilloCon emails
World Fantasy email,buttons, and registrations
Entered in books from ArmadilloCon
Worked on roadie case
Dinner with K at El Centinela

Sunday:

Mowed
Baked sourdough and sourdough croissants
Re-inventoried the pens and put string tags on them all

8.12.2017

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Thursday, August 10, 2017


Wednesday, August 09, 2017

8.11.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 8/10/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Randy, John, Adam, Laura, Willie, and Tabitha

Ukemi:

Normal slaps

The Walk:

Twice

Releases:

Not tonight

Techniques:

Adam and I worked through the following:  Yon Kata 1-14, San Kata (kneeling), San Kata (standing).  We both worked on them as uke and tori.  Adam had some really good work on Yon Kata.  There were some improvements made to kneeling (3, 4, 6, 7, and 8).  We worked on uke issues for standing 2 and tori issues for standing 4.

Commentary:

None of note..

8.09.2017

Weekend update - ArmadilloCon Trip report

Thursday:

Up bright and early to be on the road by 6:30.  No pit stops along the way (after stopping by Shipley's down the street for breakfast).  Made it to the hotel by around 9:30 or so, unloaded the truck (5 or 6 trips) and then chilled watching SportsCenter until about 11:05.

Headed off to Aikido of Austin for their 11:45 class.  I got there a little later than I liked, but managed to get on the mat before class started.

Headed back to the hotel, went for a swim, and then waited for dinner at Fonda San Miguel with the staff and guests of the convention.  I think this will be the last time I go to FSM with the group.  The meal takes forever, the enchiladas are at least $18, and the parking is atrocious.  The camaraderie is great, but I don't think it outweighs the rest.  I'll be hitting a dive close to the hotel instead.

After dinner, we set up the Art Show.  It went up in about an hour, so we were done by 11.

Friday:

Up early for breakfast at Kerbey Lane on Lamar, then back to the hotel and into the Art Show room to set up computer, printer, etc. and hang art.  Opened up the room a little later than I liked, but had good traffic.

Shut the room down for dinner at a local Tex-Mex joint and then back to the Art Show to be open during the meet the pros.

Saturday:

Up early for breakfast in the hotel, back to the Art Show and the grind.  Closed the art show at 6, had the auction at 7 (all 5 pieces), and opened the art show back up for a while to handle transactions for people not sticking around much on Sunday.

Laura and I went to Wholly Cow for burgers.  They were quite good, and the combination burger shop/convenience store provided and interesting vibe during the meal.

Sunday:

Breakfast at Magnolia Cafe and then back to the Art Show for close out and disassembly.

Dinner was the traditional meal at County Line BBQ.  Not worth the money for the food, but for chatting with folks from the convention.  I think I'll continue to go to this.

Monday:

Up later than I should have been.  Loaded the truck and left the hotel.  I attempted to ship out all of the mailin art before leaving town, but the rain and the hours of the shipping places (and the fact the Office Depot no longer does UPS) caused me to rethink that idea.

As a change of plans, I decided to ship the stuff out when I got home. 

The drive home was 3+ hours of non-stop rain.  Occasionally, I had to slow down to 45 mph on the interstate due to the heavy rain.  Once, even with the heavy load my truck had, I did a little hydroplaning (as did the car in front of me).  So, the drive was not the calm, quick trip it normally is.

My wife was worried about me as I'd texted her from Buc-ee's in Bastrop around 9 and I was not home by noon.  I was almost home at that time, I was dropping off packages at the Post Office and the UPS store for shipping.

Then home.  Unloading the truck before the skies opened up (I'd outpaced the rain at the very end of the trip), and then a nap.

I'll be doing something very similar in November.

Aikido Thursday Afternoon - 8/3/17 - Aikido of Austin

I normally hit this dojo's midday class on the Thursday before ArmadilloCon.  Laura D., one of my assistants in the Art Show at ArmadilloCon is a student here.

It's interesting going to a place with a completely different style of aikido.  I'm a complete beginner in this style and it causes my brain to really work to grasp the general basics, much less the finer points, of their techniques.  It's a good dose of humility, as well.

A nice hour-long class, and then back to the hotel for pre-convention stuff.

Volleyball, 3-0

Opponent: uncertain

We did very well for this match.  My serves were on.  In the third game we won 10 straight points on my serve.  I think we around 6 straight on my serve in the second game.

8.08.2017

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Sunday, August 06, 2017


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8.04.2017

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017


Tuesday, August 01, 2017

7.31.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

ArmadilloCon work
Oven repairman
Saturday:

Mowed part of the lawn
Work on Ron's keyboard case
Aikido at Trey's
Dinner at El Centinela with K
WSOP on TV

Sunday:

Baking: Cinnamon Rolls, Cinnamon Swirl Bread, Chocolate Chip cookies
NapArmadilloCon work

Aikido Saturday Afternoon - 7/29/17 - Trey's place

Aikido players:

Trey

Topics:

We worked through techniques 1-10.  Discussing, tweaking, exploring and figuring out approaches to teaching.  We found a common flow amongst all of the techniques.  All of the techniques showed a "J" shape for flow/off-balances.  We might try to formalize this some more as we explore it.

Aikido Thursday Night - 7/27/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Randy, John, and Adam

Ukemi:

Not tonight

The Walk:

Not tonight

Releases:

Not tonight

Techniques:

Adam and I worked through his demonstration items.  It looks like we'll be concentrating on this for the next two months or so.

Yon Kata 1-14 went well

San Kata (kneeling) : issues on 4, and 6

San Kata (standing) : issues on 4 and then some issues with uke remembering the attacks

San Kata (tanto) : issues on 3, 7, and 8

San Kata (bokken) : issues on 4

San Kata (jo) : no issues

Commentary:

John and Randy are getting ready to set the date for Adam's demonstration.  Probably sometime in October.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017


Friday, July 28, 2017

7.27.2017

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Monday, July 24, 2017

7.26.2017

Volleyball, 1-2

Opponent: Bumpin' Uglies

The scores were along the lines of 21-21, 14-21, 8-15

Both teams started off less than full strength and ended up full strength.  Godd, solid play all around.

7.24.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

VO auditions
Oven repairman
Putt-Putt with K. and C.

Saturday:

Work on Ron's keyboard case
Aikido at Trey's
ArmadilloCon work
WFC work
Dinner at El Centinela with KWSOP on TV

Sunday:

Work on Ron's keyboard case
Nap
Steaks grilled out by in-laws

Aikido Saturday Afternoon - 7/22/17 - Trey's place

Aikido players:

Trey

Topics:

We worked through techniques 8, 9, and 10.  Discussing, tweaking, exploring and figuring out approaches to teaching.

7.23.2017

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Friday, July 21, 2017


Thursday, July 20, 2017

7.21.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 7/20/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Randy, John, and Adam

Ukemi:

Not tonight

The Walk:

Not tonight

Releases:

Not tonight

Techniques:

Adam and I worked through his demonstration items. 

Yon Kata 1-14 went well

San Kata (kneeling) : issues on 4, 5, 6, and 7

San Kata (standing) : issues on 3

San Kata (tanto) : lots of uke trouble : issues on 3, and 7

San Kata (bokken) : issues on 4

San Kata (jo) : issues on 1, 2, and 4

Commentary:

I took a lot of wrist work this evening.  It got fairly jacked up for a bit.  At one point my body said "lie down or you're going to faint."  Weird.

Weekend update

Friday:

Dinner at Ninfa's on Navigation with K
Astros baseball game

Saturday:

Blueberry pancakes
ArmadilloCon work
Storms came through, so kept Tank company in the closet
WSOP on TV
Dinner at El Centinela with K

Sunday:

ArmadilloCon work
WSOP on TV

7.19.2017

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Monday, July 17, 2017


Sunday, July 16, 2017

7.15.2017

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Thursday, July 13, 2017


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

7.14.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 7/13/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Randy, Adam, and Laura

Ukemi:

Not tonight

The Walk:

Not tonight

Releases:

I worked with Laura

Techniques:

Adam and I worked with Laura on 11-14. I worked with her until Adam showed up.  She was having enough of an issue working with me that we switched over to Adam so she could accomplish something.

Commentary:

None of note.

Aikido Tuesday Night - 7/11/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Adam, and Laura

Ukemi:

Not tonight

The Walk:

Twice

Releases:

Adam and Laura worked together

Techniques:

Adam worked with Laura on 11-14. 

Commentary:

None of note.

7.11.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Haircut
Lunch at Habanero's solo
Picked up beer
Picked up truck from McRee
Paid bills
Worked on shelf for coworker

Saturday:

Up early for college campus visits with K and D
TAMU visit
Lunch at Hullaballoo
Drive to Huntsville
Sam Houston campus visit
WSOP on TV

Sunday:

Jewelry class at TX/RX Labs
ArmadilloCon work
WSOP on TV

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Saturday, July 08, 2017

7.07.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 7/6/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Randy, Adam, Laura, and Willie

Ukemi:

Not tonight

The Walk:

Not tonight.

Releases:

I worked with Willie.

Techniques:

I worked with Adam.  We ran through Koryu Dai Yon (1-14), and did pretty well.

Adam worked with Laura on 11-14.  Then we had Willie work with Laura on the same techniques

Commentary:

None of note.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2017


Tuesday, July 04, 2017

7.03.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Lunch at Habanero's solo
Mowed a good portion of the back yard

Saturday:

Mowed ditch and "Back 40"
Worked on shelving for coworker
Nap
Aikido at Trey's
In-laws grilled out steaks

Sunday:

Watch some Tour de France
Started and finished "Temping Fate" by Esther Friesner
Nap
Watch "Home" and Despicable Me 2"
Make salsa with veggies from reunion silent auction
Made peach cobbler
Grill beef/bacon/cheese burgers

Aikido Saturday Afternoon - 7/1/17 - Clear Creek Aikido

Aikido players:

Trey

Ukemi:

None

The Walk:

Not today.

Releases:

Not today.

Techniques:

Trey and I continued our investigation/theorizing on improvements in teaching aikido.  We worked on techniques 5, 6, & 7.  We played with the off-balances of #5 and explored it in more detail, finding planted heels and corner throws, etc.


We also came up with a possible new "kata" that will explore the footwork for the first five techniques before the students ever get to lay hands on an uke.  We want them to get very familiar with the footwork as one of the principle parts to a technique.

Commentary:

We played at Trey's house as the new dojo is under a contested lease status.  Maybe we'll hear word on some sort of resolution soon.

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Saturday, July 01, 2017

6.30.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 6/29/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

John, and Adam

Ukemi:

Basic stretches and no falls for me.

The Walk:

Not tonight.

Releases:

Not tonight.

Techniques:

I worked with Adam.  We ran through Koryu Dai Yon (1-14), and did pretty well.

We then ran through Koryu Dai San: kneeling, standing, knife, sword, and stick with Adam as tori.

After that was complete, we did Koryu Dai Yon: 15-22 with me as tori.  We did not make it through the final three before the end of class.  It was great to work on some stuff that is strictly in my desired demonstration set and not in the Sandan demonstration set. 

Commentary:

None of note.

6.29.2017

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6.28.2017

Volleyball, 0-3

Opponent: Young Balla's

The scores were along the lines of 16-21, 14-21, 8,15

We came back from 8-18 down to be 16-18 down, I think.  We played well, but they were better.  I did not expect us to be that close.

6.26.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Started working on gumbo for the reunion
Lunch at Habanero's with K
Dropped the truck off at McRee
More gumbo work

Saturday:

Up early to load up for reunion
Tweaked back while loading
Drive to reunion
Reunion
Drive back from reunion
Collapse

Sunday:

Wake up lateish
Rest my back.
Make salsa with veggies from reunion silent auction
Grill burgers

6.23.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 6/22/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Randy, John, Adam, Willie, and Tabitha

Ukemi:

Basic stretches and no falls for me.

The Walk:

Not tonight.

Releases:

Not tonight.

Techniques:

I worked with Adam.  We ran through Koryu Dai Yon (1-14), and did pretty well.

I worked with Randy a bit on the double-bokken stuff from San Kata.

Then worked with Willie on 6 & 7 form Ju Nana Hon Kata.

Commentary:

None of note.

6.22.2017

Aikido Wednesday Night - 6/21/17 - Clear Creek Aikido

Aikido players:

Just me

Ukemi:

Basic stretches.

The Walk:

About 2 times.

Releases:

None tonight

Techniques:

No walking practice tonight

A series of regular attacks with the jo (72). Followed by a couple of cycles across the mat with the attack for "hi otoshi" (72).

Straight attacks with the bokken (72), attacks for oshi taioshi (72), attacks for shihonage (72), attacks for Ai gamaeate (72).

No pushups tonight, had two volleyball games Tuesday and was a bit worn out..

Commentary:

Not certain why Trey did not show up.  Tropical Storm Cindy was approaching landfall.

6.21.2017

Volleyball, 0-3, 0-3

Opponent: I'd hit that

19-21, 14-21, 7-15 (approximately).  A decent match.

Opponent: Aceholes

Another good match, but we still did not threaten to win a game.

6.19.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Lunch at Grazia Italian solo
Meeting at Morgan Stanley
Picked up the repaired Flex
Worked on bench for reunion
Trip to the beach with K, D, and the dogs

Saturday:

Blueberry pancakes
Banking
Class at new dojoMore work on the bench
Work on the album shelves for Ron
Dinner at El Centinela with K.
Sunday:

Stain album shelves for Ron
NapCollege World SeriesMower to rental
Take Waldings car to O'Reilly for elctrical check
Astros v. Red Sox on tv

Aikido Saturday Afternoon - 6/17/17 - Clear Creek Aikido

Aikido players:

Trey

Ukemi:

Basic stretches.

The Walk:

Not today.

Releases:

We played with the first 4 releases. We talked about different approaches to teaching them and teaching the principles behind them.

Techniques:

Before Trey arrived, I did a series of regular attacks with the jo (72). Followed by a couple of cycles across the mat with the attack for "hi otoshi" (72).

After Trey's arrival, and discussing releases, etc., we did some work on the first 3 techniques of Ju Nana Hon Kata. We did lots of discussion in between, kibbitzing as well as discussion of teaching approaches.

Commentary:

I was wrong about Trey making a trip to the deer lease and he made an appearance.

We spent most of the class talking about how we wanted to structure classes in some way, shape or form. I'm not certain we came up with a set approach, but we're going to try a slightly less regimented approach to class. I'd like to try that, and I'm going to try that, but I also know I'm very likely to fall back into a by-the-numbers approach, that's just how I'm wired.

6.16.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 6/15/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Randy, John, Adam, and Willie

Ukemi:

Basic stretches and no falls for me.

The Walk:

Not tonight.

Releases:

Not tonight.

Techniques:

I worked with Adam.  We ran through Koryu Dai Yon (1-14), and those went ok.  We then went through Koryu Dai San: kneeling, standing, tanto, bokken, and jo.  I think we did really well on all of it.  Of course, there's always room for improvement.

The stuff we need to work on now, mainly, is presentation.  Maintaining a relationship with joseki, maintaining awareness about our location on the mat and where we'll be sending uke so that we don't throw each other into a wall.

Commentary:

None of note.

6.15.2017

Aikido Wednesday Night - 6/14/17 - Clear Creek Aikido

Aikido players:

Just me

Ukemi:

Basic stretches and slaps.

The Walk:

About 5 times.

Releases:

None tonight

Techniques:

No walking practice tonight

Straight attacks with the bokken (72), attacks for oshi taioshi (72), attacks for shihonage (72), attacks for Ai gamaeate (72).

Next a series of regular attacks with the jo (72). Followed by a couple of cycles across the mat with the attack for "hi otoshi" (72).

Ended the night with 50 pushups.

Commentary:

Trey had planned to be there, but a migraine made an appearance. I think he's going to a deer lease this weekend.

6.14.2017

Volleyball: 0-3

Opponent: Block party

19-21, 14-21, 7-15.  A decent match.  My serving was not terribly effective, but not surprising as I did not get a chance to warm up properly and it's been a while since we've played.

6.12.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Lunch at J. Henry's solo
Meeting at Morgan Stanley
Work on ramp for WFC
College Super Regionals
NBA Finals

Saturday:

Blueberry pancakes
Mower over to the rental
Class at new dojoMore work on the ramp
College Super Regionals
Dinner at El Centinela with K.

Sunday:

Worked on the ramp for WFC
Worked on some album shelves for co-worker
Painted the bench to sell at family reunion silent auction
College Super Regionals
Packed up art work for SoonerCon

Aikido Saturday Afternoon - 6/10/17 - Clear Creek Aikido

Aikido players:

Trey and Jo

Ukemi:

Basic stretches, slaps, and a normal set of ukemi.

The Walk:

3 times.

Releases:

Worked on the first two releases with Jo.

Techniques:

I did 100 sword cuts with the bokken.  As I was finishing up, Jo and Trey showed up.

We did some basic off-balancing drills.

Commentary:

First class with a brand new student.  Still need more students.

6.09.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 6/8/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Randy, John, Adam, and Willie

Ukemi:

Basic stretches and no falls for me.

The Walk:

Not tonight.

Releases:

Not tonight.

Techniques:

I worked with Adam.  We ran through Koryu Dai Yon (1-14), and those went ok.  We then went through Koryu Dai San: kneeling, standing, and tanto.  We had lots of issue with the tanto stuff.  I'm blaming my faults on the full moon and the work I did on the mat on Wednesday.

Who really knows why things work one night and not the next?

Commentary:

None of note.

6.08.2017

Aikido Wednesday Night - 6/7/17 - Clear Creek Aikido

Aikido players:

Just me

Ukemi:

Basic stretches and slaps.

The Walk:

About 5 times.

Releases:

None tonight

Techniques:

I worked on my basic walking skills. 200 tsuki ashi steps on both sides

Straight attacks with the bokken (100), attacks for oshi taioshi (100), attacks for shihonage (100), attacks for Ai gamaeate (50).

Next a series of regular attacks with the jo (50).  Followed by a couple of loops around the mat with the attack for "hi otoshi" (50).

Ended the night with 50 pushups. 

Commentary:

Trey had planned to be there, but his knee acted up on him earlier in the day.  He plans on being there on Saturday.

6.07.2017

Aikido Tuesday Night - 6/6/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

John, Adam, and Willie

Ukemi:

Minor warm-up stretches

The Walk:

Not tonight.

Releases:

Not tonight.

Techniques:

Adam and I ran through Yon Kata 1-14 and then the following portions of San Kata (kneeling, standing, knife, bokken, and jo).  It was a good workout, a few minor bobbles from each of us as both uke and tori.

Commentary:

None of note.

6.05.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Lunch at Santa Barbara Italian cafe with K.
Stops at Salvation Army, and Forgotten Angels
On to stops at Staples to recycle toner and then to Academy for new shoes.
Trifold brochure work

Saturday:

Banking, trifold brochure proof review
Trifold brochure changes
Class at new dojo
Proof and approve trifold
Trip to Galveston after D finished taking the SAT (driving around G and stopping at Seawall for beachcombing)
Dinner from Whataburger

Sunday:

Slept in a bit
Worked on the ramp for WFC
Nap
NBA Finals

Aikido Saturday Afternoon - 6/3/17 - Clear Creek Aikido

Aikido players:

Just me

Ukemi:

Basic stretches, slaps, and a normal set of ukemi.

The Walk:

About 5 times.

Releases:

None today.

Techniques:

I worked on my basic walking skills.  Next a series of regular attacks with the jo.  Followed by a cycles back and forth with the attack for "hi otoshi".  Straight attacks with the bokken, attacks for oshi taioshi, attacks for shihonage, and finally attacks for Ai gamaeate.  I think I probably did about 40 attacks of each type (80 attacks with the jo, and 160 with the bokken).

I ended the session with 40 pushups.

Commentary:

Another afternoon at the new location.  I worked out for about an hour.  Half of the time in the back room (they were doing their quarterly belt testing for kids' karate), and then I moved into the main room.

 I expect student(s) maybe this Wednesday.

6.02.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 6/1/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Willie

Ukemi:

Basic stretches and no falls for me.

The Walk:

Twice. And then some detailed tweaks and corrections

Releases:

I worked with Willie, but he had a toe that was causing him too much pain to continue so we called it a night.

Techniques:

None tonight

Commentary:

None of note.

6.01.2017

Aikido Wednesday Night - 5/31/17 - Clear Creek Aikido

Aikido players:

Just me

Ukemi:

Basic stretches.

The Walk:

About 5 times.

Releases:

None tonight

Techniques:

I worked on my basic walking skills.  Next a series of regular attacks with the jo.  Followed by a couple of loops around the mat with the attack for "hi otoshi".  More regular attacks.  Straight attacks with the bokken, attacks for Ai gamaeate, attacks for oshi taioshi, attacks for shihonage.

Commentary:

Another night at the new location.  I worked out for about an hour.  I was in the front area (the back area was taken up by kickboxing), so anybody who walked by could see me.

 I expect student(s) maybe next Wednesday.

5.30.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Helped Mom set up new router
Lunch at Seabrook Classic Cafe
More pictures for ebay/listed a new item

Saturday:

Spraying poison ivy
Transported the mower to and from the rental
Class at new dojo
Nap
Worked on image gallery for new website design
Brisket from a neighbor for dinner

Sunday:

Blueberry picking
Blueberry pancakes
Nap
Dinner at Tookie's with the in-laws

 Monday

Worked on a trifold brochure for aikido
Baseball

Aikido Saturday Afternoon - 5/27/17 - Clear Creek Aikido

Aikido players:

Kim

Ukemi:

Stretches and some falls throughout class

The Walk:

5 times.

Releases:

Kim and I worked through one set each

Techniques:

We did some work on 1-5

Commentary:

I had a class for this day, but the building was open when I showed up.

5.26.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 5/25/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Randy, Adam, Bao, Willie, and Laura

Ukemi:

Basic stretches and no falls for me.

The Walk:

Twice.

Releases:

I watched and worked with Adam.

Techniques:

Laura and Willie worked together on 5-10, and 12


Commentary:

None of note.

5.25.2017

Aikido Wednesday Night - 5/24/17 - Clear Creek Aikido

Aikido players:

Just me

Ukemi:

Basic stretches.

The Walk:

About 10 times.

Releases:

None tonight

Techniques:

I worked on my basic walking skills.  Next a series of regular attacks with the jo.  Followed by a couple of loops around the dojo with the attack for "hi otoshi".  More regular attacks.  Straight attacks with the bokken, attacks for Ai gamaeate, attacks for oshi taioshi, attacks for shihonage.

Commentary:

Another night at the new location.  I worked out for about an hour or so, occasionally venturing into the lobby to make certain no one was looking for aikido.

 I expect student(s) maybe this Saturday or next.

5.24.2017

Aikido Tuesday Night - 5/23/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

John, Adam, and Ben

Ukemi:

Basic stretches and a complete set of falls

The Walk:

Twice.

Releases:

I worked with Ben, who did quite well for such a raw white belt.

Techniques:

Adam and I worked on our Yon Kata work, running through that once each.

Then, I was uke for Adam on his San Kata work: kneeling (8), standing (8), knife (8), jo (5), bokken (5).



Commentary:

Just a bit sore the next morning.

5.23.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Drop the Flex off for bodywork at McRee - took a long time
Lunch at Habanero's with K
More pictures for ebay
NBA Playoffs

Saturday:

2 hours of yardwork: mowing/weedeating the ditch, spraying poison ivy
Class at new dojo - but unable to get into the building
Nap
Dinner at El Centinela with K

Sunday:

Blueberry pancakes
Nap
Work on the ramp for WFC
NBA Playoffs

Aikido Saturday Afternoon - 5/20/17 - Clear Creek Aikido

Aikido players:

Just me

Ukemi:

None.

The Walk:

None.

Releases:

None

Techniques:

None 

Commentary:

No class.

First Saturday at the new location.  I knew it was likely no one would show up, but I thought I would be able to get into the dojo.  I did not have a key and the dojo was locked up tight.

5.19.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 5/18/18 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Adam, Bao, Willie, and Laura

Ukemi:

Basic stretches and a few falls

The Walk:

Twice.

Releases:

I watched and kibbitzed as Adam worked with Tabitha and Bao worked with Willie

Techniques:

Bao and Willie worked together on 5-10

Adam and I worked with Tabitha on her balance.


Commentary:

None of note.

5.18.2017

Aikido Wednesday Night - 5/17/17 - Clear Creek Aikido

Aikido players:

Just me

Ukemi:

Basic stretches.

The Walk:

About 5 or 6 times.  I lost count..

Releases:

None tonight

Techniques:

None tonight

Commentary:

First night at the new location.  I knew it was likely no one would show up.

Aikido Tuesday Night - 5/16/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

John, Adam, Bao, Willie, and Laura

Ukemi:

Basic stretches and a few falls

The Walk:

Twice.

Releases:

John and I watched and kibbutzed

Techniques:

We started out the evening with a Blum line for kote gaeshi.  It went pretty well.

Adam and I ran through the kneeling portion of Koryu Dai San.  I made it through my portion.  We made it up to Shihonage for Adam.  We then ran through Koryu Dai Yon to finish the evening.


Commentary:

None of note.

5.15.2017

Weekend update

Friday:


Lunch at Habanero's with K
NBA Playoffs
Saturday:

Errands at: post office, and bank.
Also drove to the dojo to see about picking up a key, but it was not there for me to pick up
Nap
Cleaned up the shop
Dinner at El Centinela with K
Sunday:

Up early to make some rolls for lunch
At V's for Mother's DayNBA Playoffs
Astros vs Yankees

Aikido Thursday Night - 5/11/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Randy, John, Adam, Bao, and Ben (a new student)

Ukemi:

Basic stretches and a few falls

The Walk:

Not tonight

Releases:

Not for me tonight

Techniques:

Adam and I ran through Koryu Dai Yon.  Our second run through, at the end of class, was quite good. 

We also did the bokken, jo and tanto portions of San Kata. Everything went pretty well, I think.

Commentary:

None of note.

5.10.2017

Volleyball, 2-1

Opponent: Bumping Uglies

We won a match!  Our first win of the season on our last match of the season.

21-17, 15-21, 15-9. Just a good night for us.  Amanda and I did a good job serving out the end of the first game.  I got a couple of kills in.

5.08.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Put some items up on ebay
Late lunch at joe's with K and the in-laws
Stopped by a place that might be a good place for a dojo
NBA Playoffs

Saturday:

Up early to drive to Austin
Arrive in Austin and go through a guy's Roger Zelazny collection
Drop prototype box off at Mike's dad's place
Drive home
Dinner at El Centinela with K
NBA Playoffs

Sunday:

Blueberry pancakes for breakfast
Inventory new acquisitions
Make some Bread Pudding
NBA Playoffs

5.05.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 5/4/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Randy, Adam, Bao, and Ben (a new student)

Ukemi:

Basic stretches, but no falls

The Walk:

Twice tonight

Releases:

Not for me tonight

Techniques:

Adam and I ran through Koryu Dai Yon.  Our second run through, at the end of class, was quite good.  the first one we dilly-dallyed a bit, picking bits and pieces apart.

We also did the bokken portion of San Kata.  That went fairly well.  I had issues with the attack for technique #4 in that series, as I always seem to.  I had to work on it a bit.

Commentary:

None of note.

5.03.2017

Volleyball, 0-3

Opponent: Hot Mess

14-21, 8-21, and ?-15. (or something similar) As usual, we were never really a threat to win any of them.  Still, we played well, but they played much better.  their hitters were amazing and practically life-threatening to us.

5.02.2017

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5.01.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Solo lunch at Habanero's
Caught up on some episodes of Legion
NBA Playoffs

Saturday:

Up early to go retrieve the truck from McRee
Take mower over to rental
Off to sean's for voice over demo recording
NBA Playoffs
Sunday:

Mow the back 40, creek and the front ditches
Turn some pens
Nap
NBA Playoffs
Assemble some pens
Watch a portion of "How to Train your Dragon 2"

4.28.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 4/27/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Randy, Adam,Willie, Tabitha, and Ben (a new student)

Ukemi:

Basic stretches and a most of my falls for warm-up

The Walk:

Not tonight

Releases:

Not for me tonight

Techniques:

Adam and I ran through Koryu Dai Yon. Adam did much better this week than last.  He had issue with #8 (the counter to #1) and was not finishing it properly.  I got a bit of a sore wrist from working on it multiple times.

We also did the jo portion of San Kata.  That went fairly well.  I had issues with the attack for technique #5 in that series.  I had to work on it a bit.

Commentary:

None of note.

Volleyball, 0-3

Opponent: How I Set Your Mother

12-21, 13-21, and 7-15. (or something similar) As usual, we were never really a threat to win any of them.  Still, we played well and had 1 or 2 amazing points in amongst the dross.  I had a stretch of about 5 or 6 points won with my serve, but it was not terribly effective.

4.24.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Haircut
Late lunch with K at Habanero's
Cleaned up the winter clothes in the closet
Bunch of ordering (maple syrup, amazon, pen supplies)
Organized art show information for WFC meeting
Dillo art show work
Fencon check for art show

Saturday:

Up at 5 a.m.
On the road at 6 a.m. to San Antonio
Pull in to hotel at 9:55 for 10 a.m. meeting
Meet K at Central Library around 1:30, do some genealogy
Wander around downtown
Dinner at Rampant Lion burgers & beers
NBA Playoffs
Sunday:

On the road around 8:30 a.m.
Pecans at Berdoll's
Breakfast in Columbus at Schobel's (fabulous French Toast) just before 11
Home around 1 p.m.
NBA Playoffs
Assemble and photograph pens for artfire

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4.21.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 4/20/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Randy, John, Adam, Bao, Willie, Tabitha, and Ben (a new student)

Ukemi:

Basic stretches and a most of my falls for warm-up

The Walk:

Twice

Releases:

Not for me tonight

Techniques:

Adam and I ran through Koryu Dai Yon. Adam did much better this week than last.

Then we worked on the standing portion of Koryu Dai San.  I made it through my rep.  We made it to the third technique (out of 8) for Adam

Commentary:

None of note.

4.19.2017

Aikido Tuesday Night - 4/18/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

John, Adam, Bao, and Willie

Ukemi:

Basic stretches and a few falls for warm-up

The Walk:

Not tonight

Releases:

Not tonight

Techniques:

Adam and I ran once through Koryu Dai San.  We then worked on San Kata Tanto Dori.  I made it through my reps, and we made it to the third technique for Adam.

Commentary:

None of note.

4.17.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Lunch with K at Habanero'sTook Boots back to mom's
Picked up loaner vehicle at McRee

Saturday:

Pancakes
Down to Galveston for tours of Elissa and El Galeon Andalucia
Lunch at Shrimp and Stuff in Galveston
NBA Playoffs

Sunday:

Late start to the day
WFC and ArmadilloCon work
Prepping pen blanks in the shop
Tumbling some rocks in the tumbler
Dinner at the in-laws
NBA Playoffs

Aikido Thursday Night - 4/13/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Randy, John, Adam, Laura and Willie

Ukemi:

Basic stretches and a few falls for warm-up

The Walk:

Twice

Releases:

Worked with Laura

Techniques:

Adam and I spent  little bit of the class on Koryu Dai Yon.  We each ran through one reps.  We also worked on the bokken section of Koryu Dai San. 

Commentary:

None of note.

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4.13.2017

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4.12.2017

Volleyball, 0-3

Opponent: Cervaces

16-21, 13-21, and 13-15.  Close games, but we were never really a threat to win any of them.  Still, we played well and had 1 or 2 amazing points in amongst the dross.

4.11.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Local coin dealer with f-i-l
Late lunch with K at Habanero's
Load up truck for Spring Sparkle

Saturday:

Spring Sparkle
Lunch with mom/Gail
Turning pens/pencils.  Lots of failures

Sunday:

Pancakes
Masters golf tournament
Nap
Assemble pens/pencils

4.07.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 4/6/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Randy, John, Adam and Willie

Ukemi:

Basic stretches and a few falls for warm-up

The Walk:

Not tonight

Releases:

Not tonight

Techniques:

Adam and I spent  little bit of the class on Koryu Dai Yon.  We each ran through two reps.  We also worked on the jo section of Koryu Dai San.  I had the usual problem on the usual technique on the jo stuff

Commentary:

Looks like the move to a different portion of the business park will be delayed and might be to a different spot than the one we saw last week.  I guess we'll wait and see.

4.05.2017

Volleyball, 1-2

Opponent: Passing Out

One of the perennial powerhouses in the league, they were playing with only 5 players.  We won the first game 21-19.  Lost the second 12-21 and the third 10-15.

We played pretty well.  I suffered some lapses, but made a few decent plays, too.

4.03.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Lunch with Sensei at La Forchetta
Oil change for the Flex
In the shop turning pens
NCAA Women's basketball

Saturday:

Out in the yard to tear up bits of a rotten deck
Slam my hand a couple of times with a hammer
Attempts at turning, no successes
Ribs barbecued by a neighbor down the street.
NCAA Men's semifinals

Sunday:

Search through tapes for desired footage/extract it
NCAA basketball

3.31.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 3/30/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Randy, John, Adam and Willie

Ukemi:

None

The Walk:

Not tonight

Releases:

Willie and Adam

Techniques:

Adam and I spent  little bit of the class on Koryu Dai Yon.  We each ran through two reps.  We also worked on the sword section of Koryu Dai San.  I had the usual problem on the usual technique on the sword stuff

Commentary:

The dojo will be moving to a new portion of the business park.  The mat will be quite a bit large, not as large as the mat in the building on my property (if it ever gets built).  It'll also have 2-stall and 3-stall bathrooms plus two other offices.  It'll be a nice workable space.

We'll have to generate a few more students to be able to help James pay for it.  It'll be an extra $1200/month for the space.

3.29.2017

Aikido Tuesday Night - 3/28/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

John, Adam, and Willie

Ukemi:

None

The Walk:

Not tonight

Releases:

Adam and Willie

Techniques:

Adam and I spent ran through Koryu Dai Yon, 1-14.

Commentary:

No volleyball tonight, so on to aikido.

Also, the guy whose space we use may be moving to a larger unit in the business park.  We'd have a mat space 12' larger on one dimension, and 30' larger on another.  It's give us, possibly the second largest mat in Houston.  Second only to Diamondback Judo.


3.27.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Up at 4:30 a.m.
On the road at 5:00
Shipley's
Bernardo to New Ulm to Industry to Nelsonville to Blieberville, to Wesley to Latium to Burton to Gay Hill to Independence to College Station
Checked in at AggieCon
Lunch at Carter's Burgers
Panel at the con
Check in at the hotel
Dinner at La Carreta Mexican Grill
Pictures on campus

Saturday:

Up at 7
Breakfast at Kettle
Panels at the con
Depart College Station at 2
Home around 5
NCAA basketball

Sunday:

Work on new fence for band saw
Lasagna
NCAA basketball

Aikido Thursday Night - 3/23/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Randy, Adam, Laura, Bao, and Willie

Ukemi:

None

The Walk:

Twice

Releases:

Bao and Willie, Adam and Laura

Techniques:

Adam and I spent  little bit of the class on Koryu Dai San.  We each ran through one rep.

I had Bao and Willie working on 8, 9, and 10.  Adam and Laura worked on Shihonage for most for the evening.

Commentary:

None of note.

3.22.2017

Volleyball, 0-3

Opponent : Young Balla's

Lost the first game: 19-21

Lost the second game:  18-21

Lost the third:  11-15

All good, close games.  Disappointing that we did not manage to squeak out a win.  Did manage a good serving streak at the beginning of the second game.  And one good spike.

3.20.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Pick up traveller at airport
Lunch with K at Habaneros
Over at mom's to pick up tax stuff
Pen turning stuff in the shop
NCAA basketball

Saturday:

Pen turning stuff in the shop
Attempted meeting for WFCInternet work for family reunion
Yard work
Dinner with K at El Centinela
NCAA basketball
Sunday:

Yard work
Pen turning stuff in the shop
Nap
Pen turning stuff in the shop
NCAA basketballPen turning stuff in the shop

3.17.2017

Aikido Thursday night - 3/16/16 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Randy, John, Adam, and Willie

Ukemi:

None

The Walk:

Not tonight

Releases:

Not tonight.

Techniques:

Adam and I spent the evening working together.  Koryu Dai Yon with each other as uke and with Willie as uke.  We also did the first 4 of kneeling Koryu Dai San.

Commentary:

None of note.

Volleyball, 0-3

Opponent : I'd Hit That

Lost the first game: 12-21

Lost the second game:  12-21

Lost the third:  7-15

All scores are approximate.  They had 5, we had six.  Disappointing

3.13.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Move mower over to rental
Drop off art at RevelCon
Visit Circle Saw to see if a motor is available for lathe
Visit Woodcraft and buy a new lathe
Bring mower back
Dinner with K at El Centinela

Saturday:

Video work
Email work for WFC
Dinner with K and D at Tookie's

Sunday:

Pick up art from RevelCon
Video work
Assemble Lathe
Clean up some of the wisteria and scrub trees from the hedge
Make calls for ALAMO meeting

3.10.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 3/9/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Randy, John, Adam, Laura, Bao,  and Willie

Ukemi:

None

The Walk:

Not tonight

Releases:

Not tonight.

Techniques:

Adam and I spent the evening working together.  We worked on the bokken portion of Koryu Dai San and the the first 14 of Koryu Dai Yon.  We actually did fairly well.

Commentary:

None of note.

3.08.2017

Volleyball, 1-2

Opponent : Block Party

First time on the court in about 3 months

Lost the first game 18-21

Won the second game 21-16

Lost the third  8-15

Start of a new season

3.06.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Lunch at Habanero's with K.
Refreshed sourdough starter
Started/finished a bench out of 2x4s

Saturday:

Grocery store for flour
Bank
Farmers' Market
Grocery store for more flour and beer
Made some rolls
Video editing
Discovered our oven was not working
Steaks grilled out by the in-laws.

Sunday:

Taxes
Various Star Wars films on TV
Got stuff ready for RevelCon

Aikido Thursday Night - 3/2/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Adam, Laura, Bao,  and Willie

Ukemi:

Warm up slaps and a portion of my ukemi

The Walk:

Twice

Releases:

Adam and Laura, Bao and Willie

Techniques:

Adam and Laura spent a good amount of time working on releases.  Willie/Bao worked on 8, 9, and 10.

Commentary:

None of note.

3.01.2017

Aikido Tuesday Night - 2/28/17

Aikido players:

 Laura, Bao, and Willie

Ukemi:

Warm up slaps

The Walk:

3 times.  Once with eyes closed and me walking around the mat counting

Releases:

Round robin

Techniques:

The manager to get through 6 and 7.  We then worked improving the skills for doing techniques at a 3 step distance.

Commentary:

None of note.

Weekend update - Killeen Seminar

Friday:

Head West right out from work
Miss the turn off for 36 in Sealy, continue on to LaGrange
Arrive in Killeen, hotel does not have my reservation.  They do have a reservation for me in March!
Get a room, grab a nap.
Dinner at a Mexican joint nearby
Seminar starts up
Groundwork with an instructor who used to work for Blackwater
Get thrown off the mat onto tile, get injured.

Saturday:

Breakfast at the Waffle Den
Off to the seminar to watch
Lunch at Galaxy Burger with Frankie and Tonya
Back to seminar
Dinner with the seminar crowd at a Mexican joint

Sunday:

Wake up at 2:30 a.m., hurting.  Debate leaving for home.  Fall asleep.
Ignore alarm at 5:15
Wake at 6
Leave by 6:30
Uneventful drive home
Bake banana bread
Discover the my latest OS upgrade has disabled my video processing software

2.24.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 2/23/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Randy,  John, Adam, Bao,  and Willie

Ukemi:

Warm up slaps and a portion of my ukemi

The Walk:

Not tonight

Releases:

Not tonight.

Techniques:

Adam and I worked on Koryu Dai Yon and the jo portion of Koryu Dai San.  Yon Kata went pretty well.  We got stuck on Adam's "Lo otoshi", but we did make it through eventually.

Commentary:

None of note.

2.22.2017

Aikido Tuesday Night - 2/21/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

 John, Adam, Laura, Cheryl, Don and Willie

Ukemi:

Warm up slaps and a portion of my ukemi

The Walk:

3 times

Releases:

Various and sundry combinations

Techniques:

Adam and I worked Koryu Dai Yon and the tanto portion of Koryu Dai San

Commentary:

None of note.

2.21.2017

Weekend update - Presidents' Day

Friday:

Lunch at Subway with K.
Refreshed sourdough starter
Dinner at King's Biergarten with K

Saturday:

Blueberry muffins
In the shop, turning
Refreshed sourdough starter
Make another batch of Leche Quemada (4 hour version)
Assemble turned pens, etc.

Sunday:

Bake sourdough bread
Pictures of turned items for artfire
Post items on artfire

Monday:

Took malfunctioning lathe to repair shop

Aikido Thursday Night - 2/16/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

 Adam, Bao, Willie, Tabitha, and Brianna

Ukemi:

Warm up slaps and a portion of my ukemi

The Walk:

Twice

Releases:

Adam/Brianna, Willie/Tabitha/Bao

Techniques:

Adam worked with Brianna until she bowed of because of not feeling well.  The other three worked on #5, #4, #6, and #8

Commentary:

None of note.

2.20.2017

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2.16.2017

Aikido Tuesday Night - 2/14/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

 John, Adam, Bao, Willie, and Tabitha

Ukemi:

Warm up slaps and a portion of my ukemi

The Walk:

Not tonight

Releases:

Not tonight

Techniques:

Adam and I worked on the 14 of Koryu Dai Yon and the kneeling portion of Koryu Dai San.  We got through all of my tori work, but got stuck on the first kneeling one for Adam of Koryu Dai San..

Commentary:

None of note.

2.14.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Over at mom's for some honey-do's
Over at my aunt's for some computer work
Lunch at Seabrook Classic Cafe

Saturday:

Haircut
Mail bills
Banking
In  the shop
Over at my aunt's for some computer work and honey do's
In  the shop

Sunday:

Nosework trial with K to meet up with K
Sleeping off the allergy 14 hours

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2.10.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 2/9/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

 John, Adam, Laura, Cheryl, Bao, and Don

Ukemi:

Nothing for me

The Walk:

Twice

Releases:

Laura and Cheryl, Bao and Don

Techniques:

I oversaw Cheryl and Laaura working on the first 14.

Commentary:

Still slightly under the weather so I was not very active.

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2.06.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Drop of Flex for brake job and new tires.
Lunch at Habanero's with K.
Ground bacon and beef at Perry's for hamburgers
Leche Quemada (not certain which direction to go for desired flavor)
Browned butter Chocolate Chip cookies (perfect, I think)

Saturday:

Sleeping off allergy.

Sunday:

Guacamole, salsa, burgers
Puppy Bowl
Super Bowl

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2.03.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 2/2/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Nobody else showed up.  So after waiting a respectable amount of time, I went home.

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