Emily and I are sitting in a jumbled mess of an apartment (Me: Where're my
shorts? Em: Shorts? You got shorts? I been wearing the same pants for three
days! Where's the cat???) as we prepare for the shippers, pack luggage (we
invested in a suitcase almost as big as our apartment; no really, a small
family could LIVE in there and the kids would have their own rooms), try to
sort perishables (Martin, you want some mustard, black beans, Boca Burgers
and an open tin of chipotles?) from things that'll keep for the weeks or
months it'll take our stuff to follow us to Germany.
Emily, in the meantime, has gotten herself nationally certified and is
studying German. I had my last day at work (wandered the halls giggling as
I out-processed), and have turned the dojo over to Tim.
We're almost ready to start our adventure and are eager to be past these
next 72+ hours and be on the way.
We took a break in the mad dash and frantic last-minute errands and played
with sticks yesterday with a grand bunch of folks, dear friends and more
family than some blood relations. The Kim and Tim show, aka Not Exactly
Wood and Steel IV, was a blast and a fitting swan song to pass the reins of
The Dojo to young Timothy.
I'm getting ready to dismantle the computer (stand by for withdrawal
symptoms) for packing and will likely not have access to e-mail or the net
for several days at the least.
Emily sends her warmest greetings and we want to tell you all that we'll
miss you and think of you fondly. We hope to see many of our Stateside
friends show up on our doorstep in the years to come and are eagerly
anticipating reuniting with old friends in Europe as well as making new
friends (hope to see many of ya'll at Andy's in June and more of you in
Berlin later this year!)
Take good care and train hard!
Chuck and Emily
PS: Our e-mail addresses email@example.com
ONLY ones that will remain active. We'll check them as soon as possible.
PPSS: Check http://www.katsujin.com/mle/
for updates and a travelogue!