Merry Food!

I’ve gotten an upsurge in spam lately, and it’s most interesting — there seems to be a trend lately for clusters of nearly identical spam messages coming in droves of droves. I’m guessing it’s banks of spambots spewing it out in chunks, but it’s amusing and weird. Every few days a new batch… most recently it’s been of the same word, but with the name of the person in the From: header. As a technique I have to question it, really — even if you were fairly green, you’d think 10 messages like that would tip someone off, no?

At any rate, I broke down and further set up my procmail rules to sort out my known friends, a whitelist of sorts, to reduce the chance of accidentally deleting messages in a quick scan of ‘yes, no, yes yes yes yes, no yes’ of my emails.

This post comes post-xmas, and I trust that everyone created for themselves a fantastic holiday. I didn’t get a chance to go home this year due to late time-off-requestness and my parents came down to visit instead. We had a fantastic time, and got to hit a couple of very nice restaurants. Food bloggage ahead…

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Unintended Consequences

So I went to the ER last night… (how many stories start off that way!) Nothing to worry about, as it turns out (though pain a spot that would give cause to worry) and after diagnosis they gave me some pretty potent anti-inflamatory medication. I have this thing about taking over-medication but thought it prudent to do so in this situation, so I took it last night and went to bed.

This morning, I HAVE NO PAIN IN MY WRIST WHATSOEVER, no matter what angle I’ve pushed it too. Wow. Amazing stuff… and also good to know that it really is just inflamation/tendonitis there and nothing horribly damaged.

Funny side effect, though.

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Up to date

‘Twas a good weekend for me. Got a chance to take the newly patched WoW for a spin (after I had managed to find all the updated or replacement add-ons, its amusing how ‘dependant’ I’ve become on them) and enjoyed all the new paladin talent goodness. Then there was not one but two xmas parties that Melissa and I attended, with Sunday’s being a true treat. After missing it for the past couple of years I made a point of working out to be at Patrick and Mo’s winter cheer party, complete with amazing baking by Patrick and much xmas tree ornament making that started with a Polaroid of yourself (actually done digitally with a photoprinter now, given Polaroid’s bankruptcy) taken by Mo. Much amusement, merriment and discourse was had.

Sun Tai Chi continues to be amazing, and Sunday evening we completed Granite’s campaign that ended in a TPK. Honestly I’m ambivalent about the ending. What he set up was not clear cut and led to soul searching and questioning, which was his intent and well handled. That it ended with the destruction of the world is not the outcome I consider good, nor am I completely satisfied with the process that led to its demise.

Today I type with burned fingers after an oops yesterday. Ow, not recommended!

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Sun Style

I’ve been somewhat avoiding speaking about Kung Fu over the past little while. With the close of Tiger/Crane came the closing of the school. Sifu has retired from public teaching after four decades, and the space itself has been repurposed. Sifu has not, however, dropped out from our lives entirely; we (being a group of the senior students) still meet twice a week to learn. Currently we are learning Sun style Tai Chi, which is exciting given Sun Style’s background and union of Xing Yi, Bagua and Wu Tai Chi, bringing the art back to a whole.

If I thought Bagua was an interesting switch, Sun Tai Chi is even more so. The whole feel of it is very different, naturally, and most interesting is its subtlety. Turning a hand or a foot even one inch one way or the other can lead to a total lack of strength in a position. It’s fascinating and illuminating, and the sensitivity being developed is really fun, as is the greater energy generation and control (this especially will be useful for me in winter when my hands tend to go bone white). We’re definitively just getting into it, so it will be a nice long learn, and that is just fine with me.

We’re also working on arranging for another space to practice in at least once a week, which will give us a larger area for Hung Gar/Shaolin sets. On Sundays right now we’re meeting outside at a local community centre, and this past Sunday was a) sunny and warm and b) the first time in a long time I’ve done actual KF sets. I have to admit I have not been being responsible for the upkeep of my training (especially on Thursdays) so I’ve been actually feeling my body/heart complaining about not getting enough use. To this end I’ve done some runs again at Rancho San Antonio, including a quite amazing (to me, didn’t realize I had it in me) 5.5mi run / 2mi hike over the turkey weekend. But the sets winded me this past weekend, aptly showing the 1 day missed / 3 days lost rule.

Winded or no, it felt real good to hammer out those sets again.

Learning continues, in further and further depth, still practicing, still committed to it and still loving it. The times and particulars have changed, but my passion has not.

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