Once again, I find myself at the bar at The Outback steakhouse.

Why is this weird? I’m a vegetarian and some kinda health / fitness freak. I assure you, it feels sorta weird.

Why does it work? Well first off, Outback has a number of fine non-meat options. It helps that I consider fish to . . . → Read More: Steakhouse?


Is it seriously almost May? Holy crap.

Just got back from a quick trip to New Jersey. On said trip, I … well … let’s just say it was work, a little stressful, it’s not quite done yet. You should see the other guy. I drove, so staple 10 hours in the car onto an . . . → Read More: Busy

How to conduct yourself in training

I copied this off the wall of the dojo the other night. As I’ve re-read it a few times and shared it with a few people, I find it more and more valuable and accurate – in contexts not necessarily limited to the martial arts.

I particularly like the bit about “when training – . . . → Read More: How to conduct yourself in training


I notice that I haven’t been posting all that much lately. What can I say? February tends to emphasize to me that life is short … a short month full of short days … so I spent more time doing rather than documenting.

Caught up at home this weekend, and it’s been really nice. . . . → Read More: Hobbyist

Level up

I tried something new at the gym today: There’s a guy who teaches karate and does (light) open sparring both standing and on the ground on Sundays. He’s around 220 pounds of solid muscle, has perhaps 2 inches of height on me, and is wicked fast. I worked in, with some nervousness. Stand-up sparring is . . . → Read More: Level up


I passed. Got the certificate and everything. The only mishap was my own dumb fault, when I got kicked in the fingers. If I had, for example, been making a fist like they tell you on day one, I wouldn’t have four kinda-sorta-jammed fingers now. All things considered, a small price to pay.

Also lots . . . → Read More: Test


Today I test for a new belt at the karate school. I’ve eaten my high-carb dinner and breakfast, I have my bottles of water, and I’ve got the *material* pretty much down (though at this point there’s enough stuff that I’m sure I’ll blank on something). I’m in good enough shape that while several hours . . . → Read More: Test


I may have mentioned the news crew that came by the dojo to film some self defense footage. Well, it aired.

Yup. That’s me on TV. Yup.

Public beatings

I have a couple of public beatings scheduled for the next few days:

On Sunday, I plan to enter the Mass State Judo Championships. I’m eligible in two divisions: Seniors (over 17) and Masters (over 30). The seniors will be, by far, the larger division, so there will be subdivisions by skill level. I will . . . → Read More: Public beatings