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  1. When Losing Ground, Throw More Dirt.

    by , 12-05-2008 at 11:54 PM
    actually, the proverb says otherwise, but human beings have a penchant for proving irony right. Did I say that right?
    Finals are upon us and I find my thunder thighs of once great sabredom shrinking and being changed out for adipose tissue instead. The scale says I'm fine, but I know otherwise. So, to adjust to this, I have aquired a pair of HUGE Allstar knickers. A backup for my very tight, butt-sculpting Uhlmanns.....right.
    So on with business.
    I was unaware clubs had polices ...
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  2. Watch Me Panic

    by , 12-04-2008 at 02:56 PM
    If I hadn't already purchased non-refundable tickets, I'd be seriously considering cancelling the NAC-C. AT&T is eliminating 12,000 jobs and guess where my husband works. The axe hasn't fallen yet, but we've been looking for other opportunities for a while and there is nothing that doesn't require a move. Given that my job is (relatively speaking) stable, that's not a viable option.

    On the one hand, I am glad that we had prepared for this possibility. Our home has no debt. I don't ...
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  3. sort of using weapons

    by , 12-02-2008 at 08:31 PM
    I handed them sabres today. Louie, Charlie, and one other boy weren't there, so I had enough weapons. I showed them how to hold them, had them do footwork with "coach says" while waggling them loosely, then had them keep distance in engagement. They told me the weapons were heavy. I had them play a game of 3-15 and dismissed them. I really only have about 45 minutes tops to teach them, and though I warm them up for 5-10 minutes beforehand I have given up leading stretching.
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  4. Crazy voters

    by , 12-02-2008 at 05:15 PM
    Literally.

    Should people with dementia vote?

    My sister and I (co-guardians for our mother) decided we just wouldn't tell Mother about the upcoming election because she couldn't track anything. She is deaf and has couldn't remember much so we figured if she voted, one of us was actually getting two votes. [And given that we lined up on opposite sides, this seemed like the best solution.]

    Today, I confirmed that Mother had, in fact voted. Almost everyone at ...
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  5. Something is WRONG here...

    by , 12-02-2008 at 12:32 PM
    So at practice yesterday, I was running some footwork drills, one of them being double retreat lunge. The best fencer on the team very seriously questioned me on it afterwords, when we weren't around the rest of the team. Saying that retreat lunge isn't important in any weapon, except maybe epee.


    WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!


    The ability to lunge out of advance OR retreat is so important, in any weapon. In epee, direction doesn't matter, nearly as much as distance, ...
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