Yes, yes, this is another whiny post about Bob’s job.
This cartoon partially captures the life of Bob. I had more than a few suits tell me that this could be my hardest year as a director. They probably are right. I’ve consistantly hit 50 hour weeks and can’t wait for the holiday break.
Trademark Bob Patterson laundry list — all in process:
- Staff and faculty reorg
- Personnel challenges
- Three major building remodels
- Revising our budget process
- Developing a new collaborative service with a passive-aggressive IT dept.
The suits have paid me compliments and also kicked loose money that is external of my operating budget. These are good signs.
Back to the cartoon…
I’ve been hanging on to exercise 3x per week. Mixed in there is very light review of martial arts fundamentals and stretching. Past that, I’m usually so drained that I end up vegetating on the sofa or in the bedroom, falling asleep early, and then waking up at 4 a.m.
I have been productive in my laziness — at least to a degree. I’ve taken to forcing myself to sit in seiza for 5 – 10 minutes BEFORE I lay on my ass. This is in preparation for a tentative aikido run in February.
Bullshit I say, bullshit!
Iheanacho and Matsumoto said separately that the symptoms described in the campaign are “nonspecific,” and could be linked to diabetes, circulation problems, or depression, as well as aging.
Or working too much!
“God bless us, everyone!”
A real-life case of Santa behaving badly…
“He is facing an assault charge after being accused of pinching a female coworker’s backside.”
Sixty-two-year-old Herbert Jones was arrested Saturday after he allegedly groped an 18-year-old woman who was playing an elf at the Hanover mall’s Santa display where he works.
I just finished reading Funakoshi’s Karate-Do. Yes, yes, I’m a tad behind here and have been meaning to read this book for several years. Since many others have given it thorough reviews I’ll forgo that and just bullet out my impressions or thoughts.
- Martial guilt: Funakoshi led a very simple life. He taught in the education system and practiced and taught karate his whole life. He did not concern himself with physical trappings or dan rankings. This guy slept on a thin mat his entire life, ate a spartan meal of rice, vegetables, and small amounts of meat. His exercise was karate and he practiced it daily. His entertainment was seeing other practice karate, writing poetry, and reading. Can you imagine giving up your 21st Century lifestyle to live that way?
- Karate was “the way” for Funakoshi. IMO the philosophical aspects of it were more important to him than the self-defense aspects were. “The great virtues of karate are prudence and humility.” – Funakoshi
- He debunks chi. Several times throughout the book he acknowledges that without training most people can break a few boards or tiles. It is through persistent training and honing the body one can learn to break more tiles, snap thick bamboo with your grip, etc. than the untrained person. He takes a very dim view of the charlatans who try to promote this as anything other than devotion to physical training and superb technique!
- In his world view, karate was the court of last resort for violence. He constantly counseled his students and others to use their heads and not their fists.
I can’t help but wonder what his sense of Japanese nationalism was concerning the Korean occupation of Japan? Longtime readers know I experienced the bad side of this when I ended up being the only taekwondo practitioner at a Shotokan table. This happened during my instructor’s wedding reception. She practiced taekwondo and her husband practiced Shotokan. Their instructor–a 5th dan–threw Funakoshi’s teachings out the window in favor for nationalism and would not win any etiquette awards.
Back to the first bullet point and martial guilt! I have high respect for the fact that he could live the way that he did. I fear, however, that he was a dying a breed. As much as I respect it I’m not sure I’d want to give up all the amenities that make me soft. Were I 15 years younger without the responsibilities I would consider becoming a Uchi-deshi in aikido or karate. Giving up a year would have been no worse than my brief military service and more beneficial IMO.
If you practice karate, taekwondo, or tang so do you should read this book.
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