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  1. No fencing

    I wanted to be at fencing tonight, but as I was winding up my department meeting at 4:30 I realized I couldn't find my keys. I checked my e-mail, saw the message from the department secretary saying she had found them, got the facilities manager to open her office, and they weren't there. We called the department secretary, who was on her way home with my keys in her purse, and she turned around, but at that point I had to stay at school anyway to make some phone calls I had scheduled with applicants ...
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  2. Gah! Can't be bothered!

    So far I've managed to completely waste four and a half hours of my precious study time. The reason? Lack of motivation. I have a lab write-up due on friday, so you'd think that would drive me to do it. Nope. It just doesn't interest me. This is a big problem. I'm one of those people who has to be interested in something to be motivated to spend time on it. How do I generate the motivation from within?

    Fencing doesn't suffer from this problem. Real life generally does. I've read a ...
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  3. deserted

    At 6:30, I came in, and it looked thoroughly foilish. Nick L was there, as were Cricket, Jessie M & Jessie 2 and a boy named Matt who told me he mostly did foill. I too ka lesson with AL doing the tiny-disengage hit-to-hand thing. Then I fenced Cricket, Jessie M., Matt, and Cricket again. That was about it. I took a lesson with MM, who is partly recovered from the galloping never-get-overs he had last week. He ran me through the tiny-disengage hit-to-hand thing and then we worked on coming ...
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  4. Directing at the Arnold Competition

    I was hesitant to do this, but I'd been practicing, re-reading the rules, and thought I could perform adequately so off I went to direct sabre at the Arnold competition.

    I am disappointed with myself.

    The day's events were Y10, Y12, and Y14 and I thought I did a good job with Y10. The fencers from our club were experienced and had parents who knew what to expect and were well-prepared. Some of the other fencers were competing in their first competition and I tried to ...
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  5. Adventures at the Arnold Competition

    Friday night, E and I drove to Columbus, OH to referee the sabre events. This particular posting will relate only to the non-directing aspects of that event and I will save my directing comments for a separate entry.

    We checked in at the venue, got our wristbands, asked if the change in
    hotel meant we had one room night (Friday) at the 2-star hotel and then were back to the Drury Inn at the venue for Saturday and were informed no, it was the 2-star hotel for both nights. ...
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