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Good grief

Posted by Tracy

March 25, 2010 The PastThe Present  No comments

It's 4:20 a.m. I just wanted to get this started, so I don't have an excuse not to write later. I don't know why I've been resisting ... just too lazy, I suppose. I've had a cold, then an icky stomach virus. I'm mostly better, but still occasionally get a wave of fatigue, either a remnant of the illness or just from waking up with the Boo in the middle of the night.

Tonight, it wasn't because he woke me up. Last night, he fell asleep on his belly. I had Jason flip him over at about the time we went to bed (SIDS paranoia has been drilled into my head), but then he screamed and screeched and yelled in protest - and flipped himself back over. So we let it go. When I woke up around 4, I did an upright bolt, then went to make sure he was still breathing. He was. Is. But I still can't get

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Happy Tournament Day!

Posted by Jason

March 22, 2010 The Present  No comments


I've been a part of the Independent Karate School for more than 25 years.   In that time, I've been a competitor, scorekeeper, stage-runner, judge, center judge, arbitrator and chief referee.    I have worked with hundreds... (possibly thousands) of competitors, and it has been a great experience.  Today, for the first time, I was a parent of a competitor.    And I'd just like to say, that today I experienced that greatest moments of my IKS tournament career.

My daughter started karate late last year.  She is a white belt, who is still learning her material, and as a six year old sometimes lacks focus.  (No different from any other normal six year old).    This morning she competed for the first time.

She didn't really remember her form.   She actually got called up, and had

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Jane’s First Day

Posted by Jason

November 14, 2009 The Present  No comments


I'm bursting with excitement today.   Today will be Kiki's first day of karate.   I mean, I've taught her a few things as she was growing up... I have some great pictures of her learning how to hold a katana... and I taught her how to bow a long time ago.   But today she will be putting on a gi, coming with me to the Independent Karate School, and bowing in with class.    I'm excited, but also a little nervous.   I mean, what if she doesn't like it?

This is a big deal for me.   I've talked it up to her, and in a lot of ways in the back of my head, I've been thinking of it in a very non-chalant way.   But I woke up early this morning full of excitement -- with the same feeling I used to have for birthdays and Christmas.

I know that a lot of people have hobbies that they want to

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