philosophy

My Song Haiku

My Song Haiku

My song is a slow
tuneless empty silent song
that ends up nowhere.

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Haiku Over Easy

eggs over easy

Haiku Over Easy

Eggs over easy
ain’t the only easy thing
that isn’t easy.

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If You Run…

“If you run the beast catches, if you stay the beast eats.” – Brazilian saying

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Gasshuku, Sandan Promotion

Mount Saint Alphonsus Retreat Center, Esopus, New York

I’ve recently returned from a weekend on the East Coast. The occasion for my travel was the Annual World Seido Karate Gasshuku, held at the Mount Saint Alphonsus Retreat Center in Esopus New York. It was also the site of a special promotion for out of town black belt candidates. I was traveling with my instructor, Jun Shihan Tom Tanaka, and two other candidates for shodan (first degree black belt) promotion, Becca Taylor and Jack Foy. I was promoting to sandan, or third degree black belt.

We took the redeye from Seattle to Newark, rented a car and drove the two hours to Esopus. Upon arriving at the center we had a brief orientation, followed by a long workout. The promotion candidates were then separated out for about three hours of formal testing, followed by an hour plus of non-stop kumite. The kumite was very lively, and I fought both promotion candidates and other black belts that were there to assist with exams. As if on cue, for the last and longest fight the sky opened up and it poured rain and thunder on everyone. (more…)

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Directions

In art, as in life, it matters enormously where you take your marching orders from.

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Where’s The Champagne?

This is the inaugural post of my personal weblog. Here is where I get to talk about the things that are eating me, as well as the things that I’m eating. I’ll explore my many interests, and try to find some coherent connections between them. I’ll highlight discussions with my friends, and forcibly coerce some of them to post here as well. If any reader has accidentally stumbled upon this blog, here are a few things that you should know. I’m a 58 year old white male, single, politically leftist, an artist/painter/teacher, a martial artist with a 2nd degree black belt in Seido Juku Karate, a lover of music, good literature, poetry, film, and culture in general. I live in the Pacific Northwest, like to travel, like to stay at home. I was a Haight-Ashbury hippy, married, divorced, married, divorced, married, divorced, could somebody jiggle the needle PLEASE! I’m obsessed with sex, which means I’m a lot like you. I think we should get the FUCK out of Iraq and cart the entire Bush admin off to the Hague where they can be tried and punished for their crimes. People should be treated with the respect and dignity that they deserve. I love Japanese food, Indian food, Mexican food, Iranian food, Thai food, Chinese food, Armenian food, Greek food and food food. My favorite blogs are Talking Points Memo, Huffington Post, Firedoglake, Political Animal, Informed Comment, The Washington Note, Daily Kos, Bradblog, Eschaton and Consortium News. I use a Mac G5 tower desktop, and a MacBook Pro laptop. I do website design, database design, graphic art and other computer related jobs on the side. I love gadgets. I love road trips. I love New York, Tokyo and Chicago. I’m not a Canadian nor am I a jellyfish. There’s two things in this world that I don’t want to run into, mister, and both of them are zombies.

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