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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Nice night out

    by , 12-01-2008 at 10:12 PM
    The kids in my winter fencing group at school are fantastic. I'm going to give them sabres soon. They follow directions, they work hard, and they understand things really well. I played double-advance lunge game with them, and they figured out a number of ways to hit their partners--start as the defender is beginning the advance, use body feints to make their partners think they are going, allow their partners to be lulled into a false sense of security by not going or not making a serious attack, ...
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  4. Swelling Down

    by , 12-01-2008 at 07:15 PM
    Despite having done all the things that usually cause my knee to swell, I have no additional swelling today and the swelling I had before Saturday appears to have lessened. [I am basing this upon visual differences and the ability to bend the knee without that tight rubber band feeling and the ability to sit back on my heels without pain. I note, however, that I get the Rice Krispies effect while bending the knee -- snap, crackle, pop!]

    I attribute the success to constant icing post-fencing ...
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  5. Coming to Fruition

    by , 12-01-2008 at 02:04 PM (Greybeard's Brain Blog)
    I am so stoked. This weekend I am finally going to make it to the club. I have the OK. I am going to meet with Scott and measure stuff so I can order my chair. Fortunately we have a spare chair at the club. (not for competition, just a regular wheelchair.)

    I hope to get in both epee and foil just to get some of the cramps out and hopefully get some drills I can do at home. I imagine I can lower my target dots and practice hitting them to get some point control.

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