Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Fenced in the Richmond North American Cup. Did poorly. Remained at my initial seeding. No advancement. On the up side, I had a pretty good time. Good food. Good company. All my weapons are repaired and I got new shoes. So...Yay!
I am going to try and turn up my training between now and the next NAC in December. Both in the gym and practice. Hope I stick to this plan.
Haven't had much in the way of private lessons of late. Coach Miller has been ill and I am the last lesson before closing in Charlotte. Pretty short and mostly talking of late.
I am thinking about dabbling in foil. If I take a PL with Joe in Chapel Hill, I could double up my PLs there. I also have been wanting to try some low level foil event. It would mean buying some new equipment however. Just thinking about it at present.
I have put to bed a teeny tiny fencing worry. When I go to big National events, or even smaller tournaments with armory checks , I always worry/wonder about the little inspection tape on my body cord. Does it go at the glove or the back, so the ref can find it. After talking to a couple of people, I now put it at the back. Okay...it wasn't a big worry, but eliminating one tiny stressful thought before a bout can't hurt.
Looking around for some sort of clinic or weekend camp I can attend during the summer. So far, nothing of value within driving distance. Hope springs eternal.
Monday, April 18, 2016
In the post below, I am working on making a long sword cheaply. Bought a blade from Albion. Found a guard in the UK. Filed and ground the tang to fit. Made a grip. Found a pommel that would work in Australia. That is a long story short. It has been an interesting project, but has not turned out good enough to suit me. So, I will fork out the money and by an Albion sword for the artwork-like quality.
I recorded that story, so I could record these others.
Every time I mentioned buying an expensive sword, my wife would not say anything. However, she would look at me with eyes that said, " You would rather blow that money on something like that, rather than add to your grand-kids college fund?"
I had a similar conversation with my training partner. Also a woman. Also a nurse, who has seen her share of death. Her name is Henri.
Me: I want to buy an expensive long sword.
Henri: Why? What are you going to do with it?
Me: I don't know. Work out a long sword kata. Practice with it.
Henri: ( Looks at me as if to question my intelligence.)
Me; ( Scrambling to recover) It's an art object. ( Scrambling to recover even more.) Besides....If I die with it in my hand, I can go to Valhalla.
Henri: ( Raises a brow and looks at me.) Do you have any idea of what the odds are that you will die with a sword in your hand?
Me: I know what the odds are if I don't have one.