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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Saturday, February 04, 2017


Friday, February 03, 2017

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.

2.02.2017

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Monday, January 30, 2017

1.30.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Lunch at Habanero's with K.
Gutter and electrical work at the rental
Leche Quemada (recipe needs less butter and higher br. sugar to white sugar ratio)
Browned butter Chocolate Chip cookies (need just a little less flour [2 TB less] next time)

Saturday:

Oil change for the Flex
Copy Dr. for Armadillocon and WFC copies
Folded and stuffed flyers for Dillo and WFC Art Shows
Cut wood to size for pens, etc.Dinner with K. at El Centinela

Sunday:

Not feeling great, stomach ailment
Stamped and mailed flyers
Drilled and glued blanks for pens, etc.
Frito Pie for dinner

1.29.2017

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Friday, January 27, 2017


Thursday, January 26, 2017

1.27.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 1/26/17/ - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

 Randy, John, Adam, Laura

Ukemi:

Stretches and a few rolls

The Walk:

Not tonight

Releases:

Not tonight

Techniques:

Adam and I worked on the first 14 of Koryu Dai San under Randy's supervision.

Commentary:

None of note.

1.25.2017

Aikido Tuesday Night- 1/24/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

 John, Adam, Laura, Cheryl, Willie, Bao, Brianna

Ukemi:

Stretches and a few rolls

The Walk:

3 times.

Releases:

Watched Laura and Adam

Techniques:

Supervised Laura and Adam, and Cheryl and Bao

Commentary:

None of note.

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Monday, January 23, 2017


Sunday, January 22, 2017

1.23.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Lunch at Habanero's with K.
Finished the Cross-cut sled

Saturday:

Drained bad gas from mower
Added new gas to mower
Started mower after 40 pulls and 3 blisters
Cleaned more vines out of the hedge
Order pencil making supplies online
Dinner with K. at El Centinela

Sunday:

Removed 20 year old printer and replaced it with a spare.
Browned butter chocolate chip cookies
Savory kolaches (aka klobasnicky)
Football
Steaks grilled out
Football

1.21.2017

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Thursday, January 19, 2017


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

1.20.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 1/19/17

Aikido players:

 John, Adam,  Bao

Ukemi:

Just some stretches

The Walk:

Not tonight.

Releases:

Not tonight

Techniques:

Adam and I worked on the first 14 of Koryu Dai Yon and the standing 8 of Koryu Dai San.  No weapons work.

Commentary:

None of note.

1.18.2017

Aikido Tuesday Night - 1/17/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

 John, Adam, Don,  Bao, Laura, Willie, Tabitha, Brianna

Ukemi:

Just some stretches

The Walk:

Not tonight.

Releases:

Not tonight

Techniques:

Adam and I worked on defensive tanto.

Commentary:

None of note.

1.17.2017

At the movies - Assassin's Creed

Assassin's Creed - 3

Fun little movie.  I'm interested to know who the protagonist's bloodline ran to.  The movie folks wanted me to think it was Torquemada

Weekend update

Friday:

Lunch at Subway with K.
Woodcraft for some supplies
Meeting with Tom about the building

Saturday:

About 2 hours pulling vines and trees from the hedge
Swept pine needles off the roof
More work on the prototype
Cinnamon Raisin Swirl bread
Football

Sunday:

More work on the prototype
Worked on a new chainmaille weave (Ocean Waves) and made a necklace
WFC and ArmadilloCon work
Football
Peach Cobbler

Monday:

Worked on a crosscut sled
Michael's for supplies
"Assassin's Creed" at the theatre
WFC and ArmadilloCon work
Dinner at El Centinela with K.
BBC Sherlock on TV

Aikido Thursday Night - 1/12/17

Aikido players:

 John, Adam, Don,  Cheryl, and Willie

Ukemi:

Just some stretches

The Walk:

Not tonight.

Releases:

Not tonight

Techniques:

Adam and I worked on defensive bokken.
Commentary:

None of note.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017


Saturday, January 14, 2017

1.13.2017

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Tuesday, January 10, 2017