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(2022-11-25 11:42:10)

TheweekendbeforeThanksgivingwasbusy.At6:00amSat,MomandTimleftfor theVEXtournamenthostedbythehighschoolroboticsclub.Thekidhadbeen workinghardwithfourclassmatesontheirbotforthepasttwomonthsandtoday wasshowtime.Afterhismartialarttrainingatnoonandwithsoremusclesall over,Billjoinedtheeventasaparentvolunteer. Heknewnexttonothingaboutroboticsand,asitturnedout,therewaslittle forh...[閱讀全文]
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(2022-11-25 08:40:40)
Today,Billreachedpage990oftheAmericanHeritageDictionary,4thed.,almosthalfway.Hestartedexactlythreeyearsagoandaveraged0.9pageaday.HereadthewordLaputanonpage988:Absurdlyimpracticalorvisionary,especiallytotheneglectofmoreusefulactivity.[AftertheflyingislandofLaputainGulliver'sTravelsbyJonathanSwift,whereabsurdprojectsarepursuedandusefulpursuitsneglected.]Itfeltserendipitousandseemedtodescribethis...[閱讀全文]
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(2022-11-18 20:20:19)

TheysayoutofahundredthatwalkintoaBJJdojo,onegetshisbluebelt. It'sunbelievableIcouldbetheone:I'vedonenothingspecial;Ijustshowup andtrainhard. [閱讀全文]
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(2022-11-14 08:43:40)

Sundaymorning,afteronepageofthedicitonaryovercoffee,Iwatchedafew jiu-jitsuvideosandaround11:00am,decidedtogogroceryshopping.Wejustran outofextra-softtofuandithadbeenawhilesinceIlastbraisedmackerel.I crossedtheCaltraintrackatSanAntoniostationandonmytrustede-bikesped downCentralExpress. Afterafewrainyandcloudydayslastweek,aclearblueskylookedcheering. Themid-daysunwasbeaming...[閱讀全文]
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(2022-11-13 10:32:04)
EarlyOctoberbroughtasombereveningwhenparentsthrongedtheschooltheater foronehourofpaneldiscussiononsubstanceabuseandespeciallyfentanyl.Mr. EdTernanwholostacollegesontoaninnocent-lookingpilldrovethemessage home:asaparent,youhavetobeaware.Themeetingwaswell-timedasBilljust finishedreadingabookonthehistoryofopium. Itslowcostanddosagehavemadefentanylthekiller,Mr.Ternansaid.Unlike ...[閱讀全文]
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(2022-11-06 16:03:27)

Injiu-jitsu,wedrilltocommitthemovestomusclememorysothatwhenthe timecomesreflexeskickinautomatically.Thenumberofrelativepositionsis mind-bogglingandatinychangecanmakeaworldofdifference.Therefore, theattacksanddefenseonlyperfectovertimeandpracticeisessential.In October,Ihaveprogressedinthepapercutterchoke(PCC)andtheupa. ThePCCisoneofmymaincross-sideattacksandIhavehadit...[閱讀全文]
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(2022-10-30 20:02:29)

IntothesecondhalfofOctober,ithascooleddownquiteabit.Mornings alreadyfeelchilly,thegingkocrownsareturninggolden,andeverywherethe motorsofleafblowersremindpeopleoftheseason. Saturday,Billtookabreakfromjiu-jitsuandrode20milestohisoldhouse inFremont.HetookTim'se-bike,agiftfrommomayearagowhichhadsince beengatheringdustinthehallway.Billhimselfwouldneverbuyatoylikethat butbe...[閱讀全文]
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Thismonth,Ihaveshowedupfivetosixtimesaweek,stoppedfighting,and feltclear-headedinmytraining.Ihaveanalyzedpositionsmoreandasa result,mistakeshavetrulybecomelessons.Everyday,Ilookforwardtosparring whereIhaveachancetoimprovemytechnique. Onenight,IwascaughtbyStevefromthehalf-guardbottomwithakimura.I revisitedthepositionandsuccessfullydefendedseveralsimilarattemptsfrom othersinthe...[閱讀全文]
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(2022-10-16 20:57:12)
Myformulaforgreatnessinahumanbeingisamorfati:thatonewantsnothingtobedifferent,notforward,notbackward,notinalleternity.Notmerelybearwhatisnecessary,stilllessconcealit...butloveit.-Nietzsche[閱讀全文]
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(2022-10-08 10:16:52)
Septemberwasanamazingmonthforme.Mytraininghasbecomemoretechnical,I learntafewgreatmoves,newandoldinjurieshealedwell,andmyenergyseemed tohavereachedanunprecedentedlevel. AttheendofMarkandJay'sseminarearlyinthemonth,threeofmytraining mates,amongwhomGelstartedalmostthesametimeasI,werepromotedto bluebelt.Standinginline,Ithoughtnexttheyweregoingtocallmeandwas scaredasIdidn'...[閱讀全文]
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