Well, here's a post I never
thought I'd be making... friends and family are in shock... Why's that, you ask? On Tuesday, I became a member of the U.S. military, specifically the Air Force!
I'm still a bit wierded out by the whole thing - but that's not why I'm posting. In addition to totally changing my life around, this is going to necessitate a move away from Mattson sensei's dojo, where I have been privileged to train for the past nine or so years.
The help I am hoping for is twofold. I will be stationed at Wright-Patterson in Dayton OH. From a combination of Mapquest.com and the instructor listing, it seems the nearest dojo is 190 miles from the base. While not the end of the world, I'm kind of hoping to find something closer...
The first question I have is: who's out there in the area? I'm interested to hear from people who do Uechi in the area (whatever assoc.) or of anyone who can point me in the right direction. I tell ya, folks, when there were posts recently about managing one's training in between a regular dojo stint, I should've been paying more attention! I've been spoiled - and I suppose I shouldn't complain, but this is going to be a hard transition...
The second question (although I may kick myself later for asking it) is more out of curiousity. For all of you active and reserve folks out there, any thoughts, pointers, etc. about survival in the service? Remember, please, to be kind (i.e. this is not the time to say "are you f-ing crazy?!" - the decision has already been made...), and to give constructive
Please also feel free to e-mail me at <A HREF="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</A> with any info about dojo etc.
greg (1st Lieut. Gregory Postal, USAF)
[This message has been edited by Greg (edited 04-29-99).]