A combination of Fist in the Frost’s latest blog post and a recent visit from an old friend got me thinking about the above quote. I’ll spare you all the philosophical diarrhea about my old friend, and just leave it at: “You can’t go back to 1986.”
Now, on to the Frosty one…
My wife retires next June and I’m anxious to leave our jewel of the North to go to civilization; preferably the pacific Northwest. I’d have to get a job with the corporation that runs my current job, so the wife and I are headed down to that neck of the woods to take a look at the area a bit more and see if it’s right for us.
While I have been coming to terms with this I realized that I’ll be able to shop around for gyms, restaurants and finally martial arts.
I’ve not lived in the Outer Rim as long as Frosty has lived up in Alaska, however, I have a pretty good sense of his excitement. In remote areas you figure out how to make due with less.
In two years the job search will start again for me. The thought of this is one part excitement and one part dread.
- My excitement mirrors Frosty’s and is due to the plethora of things a denser population area offers.
- The dread is the job search. There is no guarantee that in two years I’ll instantly find that “perfect job” in the perfect location. This means staying here longer than two years or compromising (again) on job/location criteria.
As for that next martial art? Well, the short list in no particular order:
- Tai Chi (traditional)
- Wing Chun
- Xing Yi Quan
- Hapkido (never landed in an area that offered classes)
This is not to say that I would not consider other martial arts — it all depends on the area and what the future brings.
Over the last two years I’ve noticed a significant decrease in martial arts bloggers. It could be a combination of my old feeds dying and a lack of effort on my part in looking for new bloggers. Still, I know of some long-time martial arts bloggers that no longer blog…
This was the fourth week of boot camp and so far I have lost 3 lbs. Weekly I pre-register for three classes, usually make two, and have never attended three in a row yet. I’m at 194 lbs and have set a goal of 185. We shall see.
Due to the recent vacation, work, and work-related travel (today) I only made boot camp once this week. This weekend I’ll hit the gym twice, hike Zen trail on Saturday, and practice tai chi and martial arts.
Operation Fatty marches on!