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Read the ongoing saga, drawn from real life, but fictionalized to protect the guilty, of high spirited Kuri, straight laced Thomas, and the All Knowing Camp Director as they work to take care of Sensei, and get a nap in before the next practice...
Most likely, everything would get taken care of on its own. That was the "Aiki Spirit" he rolled his eyes even as he thought this phrase. But Thomas would take care of the Zen pillows, and Kuri would remember the weapons. If Sensei's room contained broken glass, urine, and furniture all askew, then Billy Bob and Aneko would clean it all up before Sensei arrived. And every student knew to sweep the mat after practice.
But what if the mats stored in the barn in Santa Rosa had become infested with rats? What if Sensei caught a cold, and could not teach? WHat if the cafeteria ran out of food before the Aikido campers reached the front of the line? What if someone drove off the Golden Gate Bridge on the way to camp?
Kuri rested her head against the window, and while its cold hardness did refresh her in some way, and the steady rattle soothed her, the truck would bump and crack her on the head every few seconds. So she drew her posture up again --- she supposed this was good training.
"You never know what you are going to get with a rental truck." She said. Thomas tilted his head a little, but said nothing. He was Driving. He thought about calling into John to let him know they were now 15 miles south of The City. Kuri continued:
"Doesn't it alarm you that rental trucks have star emblazoned phrases painted on the door that say things like 'Air Conditioned' or 'All trucks have power steering?'..."
Thomas leaned well over to check the sighting on the driver side mirror. But Kuri kept talking:
"... I realize that relative to some trucks, and some times in the distant past, these might be considered luxuries, but in 21st century California, you might be impressed with 'Free Internet in every truck' or 'Navigation system included' but these trucks might as well say 'Driver side steering wheel' or 'Cushioned seats included!' In fact, I think some trucks actually have something like this 'Truck can go uphill.' Hurray."
Thomas had an idea. He would pretend to be tired, and propose that Kuri drive after they had picked up the supplies in The City. He figured this might scare her into silence.