Time to crawl out from under this rock

June 24, 2009 at 12:54 pm | Posted in family, life, martial arts, math, motorcycles | Leave a comment

Hi all,

Just some quick update stuff. I wanted to mark my return to the blogosphere with something deep and/or profound, but nothing’s coming to me. So it’s just non-deep and non-profound me here.

Dad and Sandy are coming to visit in 9 days. Excellent. It’s also giving me/us an excuse to get some delayed house projects off the back burner. Good stuff.

I haven’t been motorcycling much since Jenny hurt her back a while ago. The few solo rides I’ve taken have been good, but I’ll be glad to have my riding partner back in the saddle. Best not to rush the healing of these back injuries, you know.

I’m doing the REU again, and the team I’m directing is making progress. They also seem to be enjoying the work, which I’m glad about. I also finally got some comments and suggestions from my editor about the paper I submitted last year. Essentially, it’s recommended for publication after serious revision, but the editor’s notes are detailed and thorough. I’m digging in.

I haven’t gone back to TKD this summer, and my attendance last year was sporadic due to work. I need to get going with the physical activity, though. The gut does grow without it.

There it is. Nothing deep or profound. I told you.

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General Update

February 6, 2008 at 8:28 pm | Posted in life, martial arts | 8 Comments

I’m up to my nose in grading.

TKD is going well. 3 classes down so far. The other beginner and I have both had martial arts before, so they’re really throwing everything at us. In 3 classes I’ve learned 1 punch, 4 kicks, 4 blocks, 4 self-defense techniques, a white belt practice combination with 12 moves, and the first form with 19 moves. And that’s interspersed with being exercised to the point where I’m shaking.

Friends are visiting Friday night. We started something when we bought our house. We call it Bring Your Own Happy Hour. We used to go to happy hour a couple times per month on Friday’s at a local place called Maxfield’s. But being homeowners, we decided that should happen much less frequently. So we invited people over our place and said, “Bring something to drink and/or share. Pay liquor store prices instead of bar/restaurant prices. We’ll provide ice, munchies, and the space. Show up at 5pm on Friday. Those who stay past 6pm often go in on take-out/delivery.” In practice we also throw in some drinks of ours.

The last one was two months ago, and for the holiday edition of BYOHH we served up some warm, mulled holiday wine and some homemade egg liqueur and coffee liqueur. (Yes, it’s Oma’s recipe.) It’s cool. We get happy hour, we get to see some of our friends. We don’t have to drive or pay bar/restaurant prices.

But we do have to clean. And that is what I must do now. Fare thee well.

Martial Arts

January 30, 2008 at 9:29 am | Posted in exercise, martial arts | 7 Comments

Well, I’ve done it again. I’ve started taking martial arts classes again.

It’s been 15 years or more since I’ve studied Isshinryu karate at Jersey Judo Karate Kai in Mine Hill, NJ and Oak Ridge, NJ under Sensais Norris and Wargo, respectively. I studied there for a few years in my late teens, more sporadically once I started college.

It’s been about 5 years since I’ve studied Aikido at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ under Sensai Skinner. I studied there for about two years, but I regrettably stopped training to concentrate in grad school. It was the right choice to make at the time, but I wish it wasn’t necessary.

And now, after living 1 1/2 years in the north country, I have settled on Tae-Kwon-Do. It’s really the only game in town. There are other styles, but the drive is far, and the instructor who teaches on campus, Andrea Malik, comes highly recommended. Her students seem friendly and serious about their training.

And it’s sure more of a physical workout that Aikido ever was. I’ve had one class, and my heart was racing, I was out of breath, and I pulled a muscle doing a turn kick (roundhouse). I’m a little sore, but it’s a good sore, and it’s the first I’ve felt it in a long time.

So, Tae-Kwon-Do it is. Woo-hoo!

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