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Jun. 23rd, 2007

01:09 am - Highs and lows.

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First of all, sorry 'bout that last post (now locked on account of angst). The story is, I came across an online frontend to the national registry of horses, and started gleefully looking up horses I've known... Only to discover that one of my favorite mares ever was not, as I had long thought, sold off to whomever, that bitch*. No. She died years ago. She was 14. That's not old, for a horse. I can't say it wasn't a blow.

Anyway.

So, this year, I have begun doing martial arts, as I've already spoken about once or twice. It's been... somewhat rough.

Not that the thing itself is particularly violent. It derives from the relatively recent discipline of Shintaido, the New Way, although the particular branch I'm taking, Bô-Jutsu, stick fighting, is plenty martial, martial enough for me at any rate.

Still, it didn't start off very well for me. Because we only heard about the courses in out town in October or so, I missed the first few lessons. And then, after a mere few courses, I tore a muscle in my right leg. Had to stay off practice for a few weeks more.

And I was the only one who seemed to be having any problem.

Which is the sort of situation I don't quite deal very well with.

So, I guess, I threw myself at the practice with stubborn determination, because that's the sort of thing I do.

Anyway, let's keep it short. This last Sunday was the annual exam. I don't remember minding school exams in any significant way, but somehow, sports exams... I was way more stressed out than it warranted.

Out of the ten or so that joined the course at my level at the beginning of the year, only two passed at the level we were attempting, and I'm one of the two.

Elated? Damn yeah.

Highs and lows.

And at the practice the VERY DAY AFTER, I hurt my FUCKING OTHER LEG.

Oh well. Humility in all things, I guess.



[*] No kidding. She had an awful temper. Once, at the time she was into the habit of nibbling, which is bad because horses have rather large teeth and strong jaws, I scolded her after she started nibbling on my coat. She sulked for weeks. She only stopped when I gave in and allowed her to nibble again. That bitch...

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From:unblue
Date:June 23rd, 2007 02:50 am (UTC)
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I will be honored to fight you upon my return.
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From:balinares
Date:June 23rd, 2007 11:11 am (UTC)
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Fight? Holy shit, I think you are VASTLY overestimating what an entry-level student can do. :D
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From:unblue
Date:June 25th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
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My reputation is vastly overrated ; I haven't even trained in years. But it will be a pleasure anyway.
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From:balinares
Date:June 27th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
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Eh well, if it makes you happy. :) Just please don't think of it in terms of actual fighting because we... don't do that. I mean, we're talking wood tighter and heavier still than that of the bokken with which Miyamoto Musashi crushed skulls. We just don't fight. :)
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From:reveille_d
Date:June 23rd, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
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Congratulations on the test! Sorry to hear about the rest. >_
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From:balinares
Date:June 23rd, 2007 11:10 am (UTC)
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Eh, it's okay hon. :) *hugs* It just amuses me, I guess, that I never seem to earn any victory without some measure of bittersweetness. I guess it's just the kind of person I am.
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From:reveille_d
Date:June 23rd, 2007 11:13 am (UTC)
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I think having a bittersweet victory is good. It means that the next will be better. And the next even better. I believe the only perfect victory should be on the day of our deaths, for once you've achieved it, there is nothing left to aim for.
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From:kefen
Date:June 23rd, 2007 07:44 am (UTC)
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Kudos for he exam! And I was sorry to hear about Byblos.

I've gotta stop by to your place for some long overdue cuddles!
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From:balinares
Date:June 23rd, 2007 10:46 am (UTC)
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YES.
If you hop into the next train, when can you be here?
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From:kefen
Date:June 23rd, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
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Aw, I'm sorry I missed the comment before leaving. AS you can tell, this is a busy week-end (appointment at my bank today and washing-machine delivery tomorrow...)

I'll keep pestering you 'till we find some convenient time to have a drink, tho ;)
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From:balinares
Date:June 23rd, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
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We should, yeah. Tigers are for happy. And drink. :)
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