I haven't talked much about my recent resumption of the study of martial arts. Since I'm taking classes at the Y, the cirriculum doesn't include everything I'm used to (no free sparring being the most notable absence -- but then, that's good, considering how rusty I am). I've noticed that my speed and flexibility are much degraded from five years ago, but on the other hand, the muscle memory of technique is still surprisingly reliable.
Today the youngsters in class got to break boards -- the plastic rebreakable kind. I was honored that my instructors had me demonstrate breaks with the basic kicks, but then breaking the equivalent of one wooden board with a kick shouldn't be a problem.
I was pleased, however, that my instructors let me take a shot at breaking the yellow-belt board with a spearhand -- striking with the tips of the fingers -- and I was successful. Of couse, that board I can break just by flexing it in my hands, so it's only equivalent to about a four-inch-wide pine board. But then, I used my right hand -- and I'm not right handed. And I've never attempted, much less succeeded, to break with that technique before. So yeah, I'm feeling pretty cool about it.
Sorry for the dearth of posts yesterday...for some reason, Blogger wouldn't publish from my home computer. (In fact, it's been notably slow and cranky lately; I don't know if it's my connection or my use of Mozilla's Firefox, but it's a drag nonetheless.)
I did manage to save yesterday's posts as drafts, and I'll be rolling them out directly.
It’s kind of pathetic how the proponents of the majority faith in this country whine that they are so terribly oppressed, when all that’s restricted is their ability to abuse positions of authority to proselytize.
According to Reuters, "blog" tops U.S. dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster's list of the 10 words of the year.
Merriam-Webster Inc. said on Tuesday that blog, defined as "a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments and often hyperlinks," was one of the most looked-up words on its Internet sites this year.
Eight entries on the publisher's top-10 list related to major news events, from the presidential election -- represented by words such as incumbent and partisan -- to natural phenomena such as hurricane and cicada.
We arrived home from New Orleans this morning at about 2 a.m. Between unloading the car and all the coffee I'd had for the final stretch, I didn't crash until about 3. I took the day off work to rest, unpack and take care of miscellaneous business, but blogging didn't quite make the list. I hope to turn the lights back on here in the coming week, but for now at least we can go to sleep in our own beds, and the daily routine resumes tomorrow.