Thursday, March 23, 2006

Martial Arts Pick-up Lines

WARNING! If you are under-aged or have a weak constitution, don't read this post!!

A friend and I were discussing some of the fawning that goes on among our more youthful students in martial arts class. As you can imagine, the XY out number the XX by quite a bit. The conversation turned hysterical when "martial arts come-on lines" were bantered about. Here, for your entertainment:

  • It just doesn't hurt bad enough. (Ike or Jujitsu)
  • I just love being in the guard. (Randori)
  • NO, not there, just over a bit....OHMYGOD that hurts So right! (joint locks in general)
  • It is best if you come from behind. (sparring)
  • I might have to hit you with my BIG stick (Kobudo)
  • Yeah, it's solid wood (ditto)
  • The mount is my favorite (Randori)
  • Here, I have to touch you to show you the proper position (side kick)
  • Oh, my, did I bleed on you? (well, just pick an art)

And my current favorite:

That yellow and greens of your black eye really go well with that scarf....

I'm In!!

The word is in….I’m accepted!

Fate was looking out for me when I did not get into El Centro’s nursing program last semester.

This time around the powers that be told of a different path.
I will be attending Collin County’s nursing program this fall, 2006. I am very excited!

I have most of the classes already so the only big classes will be the nursing rotations. Two years of “starving student” and then it will be oh so much better!

Monday, March 06, 2006

The Ten Tenors

Last nightI went to see the Ten Tenors at the Majestic Theater in Dallas. What a treat! Ten Australian men with fantastic voices! I must admit, I was a little dubious after their first two pieces, as these were a bit stiff and very traditional. My opinion changed very promptly with a fantastic rendition of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and then a equally impressive medley of the Beach Boys. People around us became teary-eyed at Simon and Garfunckle. Opera “without the boring bits” was an great experience. I must listen to live music more. It is a complete sensory experience. You see the performers, you feel the reverberations of the music, and your nervous system responds. It is great!

Last night was their last night in Dallas and you missed a treat if you like exceptional singing. Catch them next year. Wonderful!

Excellent thoughts...

Most of you know I do not lend myself to religiously slanted stories. But I felt this was meaningful enough to over look its slant. I hope you enjoy it. I have actually witnessed this type of situation, so it is especially meaningful.
As humans, we have so much to learn from the critters around us.

Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it. From a distance, each looks like every other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing. Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him. This alone is amazing. If nearby and listening, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to her halter is a small bell. It lets her blind friend know where he is, so he can follow her. As you stand and watch these two friends, you'll see how she is always checking on him, and that he will listen for her bell and then slowly walk to where she is, trusting that she will not lead him astray. When she returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, she stops occasionally and looks back, making sure her friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell. Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need. Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse, helping others see. Good friends are like this..........You don't always see them, but you know they are always there. Please listen for my bell and I'll listen for yours.