Beautiful Torture

I ran out of cigarettes yesterday around 2 pm. I decided not to get any more. I’m not on the nicotine patch. Yes, I’m quitting cold-turkey. I feel cravings that are insatiable no matter how much I eat. I barely got out of bed from about 4 pm yesterday until 7 am this morning. I […]

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Thanksgiving 2008

This Thanksgiving, David, Kim, and myself went up to the Tampa area to visit Nik and his family. They just moved up there. It was a great time. Nik & Harmony were extremely hospitable and really set the groundwork for a fantastic extended weekend. Thanks guys! I hope we brought you enough of those freakin’ […]

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Ebb & Flow

Not long ago, I posted a blog entry about some bumpy roads. But for every ebb, there is a flow. As of late, life has been great. On November 15th, I competed in my first karate tournament in almost 20 years and performed extremely well. I entered 2 events and won first place in both. […]

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MAF Tournament 2008

This past Saturday was Larry Mabson’s tournament. I’m very proud of my students that attended: Damian, Felipe, Fabrizzio and O.J.. Competition, especially a karateka’s very first, is not easy. The event was very slow going and lasted most of the day. Because of that, many competitors didn’t stay to compete in all their intended events. […]

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Meeting Up

My life has changed so much recently. I’ve greatly cut-back on the amount of client work I’ve been doing and taking more time to live. I joined a site called Meetup. The site is free and allows you to meet up with groups of people that share similar interests. I highly recommend it to anyone […]

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Daytona Biketoberfest 2008

Yesterday, Denis & I got back from Biketoberfest. We had a great time. The ride up to Daytona was perfect. All the recent upgrades to my bike made the trip much more comfortable. The hotel was cool. It was the same hotel I stayed in during Bike Week. It was right on the beach and […]

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Bumpy Roads

It’s been a while since my last entry. There’s good reason for that. The past 6 weeks or so have been pretty crummy. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s been going on: Misty & I broke up after three years My business lost 2 good clients One of my programmers went missing in action for […]

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Book Review: The Karate Dojo

The Karate Dojo, written by the late Master Peter Urban is a short and easy read with much valuable information. Grand Master Peter Urban created the USA Goju style of karate. I was lucky enough to meet this man in person, although I was too young to realize the importance of the man during the […]

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Osu, Oss, Oos, Os

You hear this during almost every class and outside of class when speaking with other karateka. You probably also say it yourself but what does it really mean? There’s much speculation as to it’s true origin. However, the most logical explanation in my opinion is that it’s a contraction of the Japanese term “Oshi Shinobu”. […]

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Tropical Storm Fay is Coming

It’s been a few years since we in South Florida have been threatened by a serious storm. The last one was hurricane Wilma which did considerable damage to my home. You can see pictures of the damage here. Now here comes Tropical Storm Fay. It doesn’t look like anything major so I’m not putting up […]

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