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Today is grayer then I can ever remember being. The skyline was muted and somehow withdrawn. It rained and snowed , and dwindled between being frigid and temperate. I saw the sun rising this morning and felt like the light was being restrained, held away in the shadow of something fierce. Winter curls around us like a chilly blanket and it seems that spring will never come. Looking out into the rain I had to wonder what march would hold, as the new month approaches faster then I would like.
This is the "calm" day of my week. Only two classes today. Math seemed to drag on forever.. But Wind Symphony… Ah, the souls content. We started the Rossini piece, and I was pleasantly surprised. We poor foold of the third clarinet sang out so beautifully that I had to wonder why things suddenly clicked. How, in such a grey and heavy day, the sweet lullaby of the clarinet could somehow brighten the din which has seemed to settle over us all.
Aikido was quite interesting last night. I was praised for my … interesting ukemi. They don't call me the ukemi bowling ball for nothing… but on a serious note, I made another step ahead. Things seemed to click between me and my training partners. Yes, I was roughed up a bit, but who wasn't? We laughed, we grumbled, we poked fun at some point (the skirt of doom… long long story). The night was good.
I have won the battle against the unbleachable Gi. When I put it through the wash last night I added some citrus extract and boom, its starting to soften up! Terrian was trying to buy my Gi off me last night . "Say if you ever think of getting rid of that Gi I would be more then willing to take it…"
Ouy Vey. I think I irritated sensei Crocker last night. A certain ikkyo (I think) just wasn't working for me. I managed to get the stupid thing backwards about twenty times. Maybe I'm dyslexic or something. It wasn't that complicated.
The highlight of the night was my accidental Hand stand + ukemi + grace at the very end. Very interesting and totally spontaneous. I thrown into my roll just a tish bit too hard, and the result had some Ooooh's and Aaaaah's. And of course the incredulous glances from Nage and those who I rolled past. Germany only gave me a 9.5 …. I got so cheated!
Tomorrow will be interesting. We work with Jo's. Hopefully I will dodge a bit better this time. Jo's and bokkens are incredible hard for me to see, for they are moving and they tend to blend with the surroundings. Blah I say!
Hopefully the dampness and the cold will move away from the Mesa's… lest I'll not be able to move. And hopefully, just hopefully, I will get that damned wrist lock down