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One of the things that drew me towards Aikido and Japanese culture in general is the tradition. I am very much a traditionalist in more than a few aspects of my life. Some things I think should just not be toyed with. I mean could you imagine walking into dojo not bowing, leaving your shoes on etc.. Besides being proper etiquette all those things are tradition. Here in the U.S. we have Thanksgiving and it is tradition to have the biggest turkey you can find with stuffing,cranberry sauce and other seasonal delights. We don't mess with that. We sit and watch football, stuff our faces and then pass out into a food coma.
My point to this ramble is what is going on in the world today? Every where I look it's unisex this metro sexual that. What happened to the man's man? All of a sudden everywhere I look I see guys in pink shirts, drinking a designer coffee talking about how they have to go tanning then to the salon (yes the salon) to get they're haircut. What happened to regular coffee, being in the sun and going to the barber? It doesn't stop there. Today I have to (against my will) go to a wedding shower! No your eyes do not deceive you, a wedding shower! Where am I? Did I go to sleep and wake up in a queer eye show? Now having said all that I guess I myself am turning into what I despise the most. If I was a man's man I would do my best Jackie Gleason put my foot down and say I'm not goin! But hey, if I have to go maybe we can stop at Starbucks on the way.