Jim's Week in Review:
I did well in sabre. I did very well in epee last night and I think my confidence is returning. Fortunately I have foil to balance this out, so I do not get overconfident. Why is that weapon so hard for me? Did my love of epee turn me into a person that just can't deal with that type of ROW? I think the difference is that sabre is over so quick. In foil, I find myself consciously thinking about ROW and ...Do I have it? This can't be good. It is to slow a thought process.
If I do not have to work (High Point Furniture Market is in two weeks) I am thinking about going to a KOS tournament and fencing (god help me) sabre. It might be time to see what that is like in a strange tournament environment and to also see how refs that I am unfamiliar with call things. In essence it would be a class.
I just reread the part above about seeing how other refs call things. Is that part of the joy of epee? Is epee TRULY truth? I don't know how much that enters into it. I think it is more how the there are opportunities of the moment and how it flows from defensive to offensive. I think trying to figure out why you have a love for epee is like trying to figure out the meaning of life.
On that note, I think I have to go with Kurt Vonnegut's meaning of life.
"You are put on this earth to fart around. Don't let anyone tell you any different>'
Editors Note: I do not have that quote in front of me, but it is words to that effect.