Well, that's over. We had the awards assembly this afternoon, and after Remi's speech I handed out the plaques for sportsmanship, most improved, and coach's award. I hate giving only three awards when so many kids deserve them. Anyway, I think Max, Grayson, and Remi were very pleased. It was funny, when I was leading up to the sportsmanship award Gerard H., who was sitting behind Brayson and isn't even a fencer, was making exaggerated pointing gestures to the back of Grayson's head as if nominating
My recent efforts at improving my game have centered on fencing “eyes open”. That is, as I develop an action, I do so with a loose plan in mind, but keep an eye on my opponent to see if they are departing from my script. In fact, the script that I develop for any given action is no longer linear. I have a plan A, a plan B, and often a plan C. The plan can branch off into an alternate plan at any given time that my opponent throws an action at me that was not a part of the original plan.
I went to the doctor for the follow-up on yesterday's cataract surgery on my right eye. He said I was healing nicely and could stop using the eye shield at night, and that I can shower and resume my normal activities if I like.
"Can I get hit on the head?" I asked and he laughed, because he knows I was referred to him by my friend Joel Spielberg, a fellow veteran fencer and member of the US team in veteran epee.
"Only if you wear one of those things," he said, scooping
This is Remi's speech for Awards Day (Friday), which he e-mailed to me over the break.================================
Hey, as most of you know, my name is Remi ----, and I am captain of the fencing team. First, I would like all fencers to stand and salute the audience. Fencing is not just what you seen in the movies. It is not the hacking with two-handed swords. Sabre, the type of fencing Dr. T has been teaching us, is actually the controlled, respectful, and contained slashing with
No, I'm not back on the piste yet.
However, my knee has improved to the point where I can literally... well... after 5 minutes of exercise to loosen it up... kick butt. My butt, to be exact.
I can now stand up, put my right hand against the wall to keep from falling over, and pull my left foot up until I touch my butt.
This is a hopeful sign.
I'm taking it slow, staying off the strip, and focusing on spending 1-3 hours a day (during and after