July 4th? December 25th? January 1st? May 5th? March 15? These are but dates on a calendar. We get presents on some of them which is fun, or get to take a day off school/work, but is there that much else to them? I dunno. What I do know is that any day I feel I've had a productive aikido workout is an independence day for me. Leaving the dojo, I no longer have the grim reaper (Fear) as my guide, and this is true liberation in my calendar.
By the way, I just had squid sushi for the first time today (ika I think it's called). It was frightenengly delicious. Yakiniku is the single greatest food in existance, w/o a doubt. I saved my seaweed salad for desert, but I'm not sure if it will misogi (cleanse) my palette. 8).
Drew-waza (that isn't supposed to make any sense, my posts are kind of free writes.)