Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Plan for Now

I fenced last week.

It was the first time I had ever seen a video of me fencing. Dang! I thought I was better than that. I now see things to work on.

In my driving to Indiana during the week, I have not found a club near Jasper, Indiana.
Note: The job is long and fairly physical, so staying up late and driving far is not an option.

I do pass through Louisville, KY. 1 1/2 hours from Jasper and they have a club or two. I will explore this after I become more acquainted with my job and other matters.

There are some season end tournaments. Tournaments will now become practice. Get in some bouting when I can...where I can.

I might be able to meet with some friends on the weekend and bout.

If things go okay with the DFC, they may start free fencing on Fridays. I may can work that in.

The summer is always slow, so just as long as I can keep at it a bit, I may not loose to much. Of course I do not have ALL that much to loose.

My plan is to be a nomadic fencer....a homeless fencer for a while....but to still keep at it.

Not great. Not what I want. But it is a plan of sorts. If I had my way, my life would not be as it is. A lot of people would say the same thing.

Never more than of late, have I ever wanted to do the thing that makes me happy and forget all about the things I should do.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Postings Will Be Less Frequent

It is a sad time and depressing time for me.

Like many companies these days, the one for which I work is encountering financial difficulties.

My job is tied to the housing industry.

Last week, I found out that I would almost certainly lose my job by August. I worked a deal (if a deal is what you can call it) and took a job in Indiana. I will drive eight hours every Monday......work there through the week..........and drive eight hours home on Friday. Even doing this, my job can not be considered secure. There is still risk and uncertainty.

So, for the foreseeable future, fencing will become something I do whenever I can find the time and a place.

There is no choice in the matter. I have a son in college and a wife with huge medical expenses.

Like I said, even this does not offer definite security regarding my employment.

If I were unemployed, I would have time for fencing, but not the finances to do so.

My career has always been very specialized. As furniture is no longer made in the US, that has eliminated that option. I can get a job in China...I think....but my wife could not be without the medical treatment here, and I would need to live there and my family here. I have seen how this has worked for other people. Let's just say the results are not pretty.

There are also laws about hiring in the US (if there were jobs to be had), but anyone in their fifties know that there is prejudice in hiring someone in our age group.

Relocation is not much of an option. I can't sell my houses.

I will just have to see what the future brings.

I suspect posts on this blog to be less frequent.

I love fencing. It is/was my passion.

However, my greatest regret is not missing the fencing, but missing the people I care about who fence.

For the time being, I am going to buy a leather bound journal and record some of the things I have learned about fencing epee. I will include drawings (I was an art major).

I have always had a fantasy that one of my grandchildren (when I get some) would find something like this and become interested in fencing.

That's pretty unlikely. However, once in a blue moon, I buy a lottery ticket.

Grey Epee....over and out.