Digging out from snow...digging out from work.
I decided to wait a few days to think over what I would say. Now I am finally able to post on this, and suddenly I feel I'm at a loss for words.
The trip to Florida was wonderful (well, that doesn't even come close!)
I came back with some very valuable gifts...the chance to enhance my karate, new friendships, new perspectives, great memories, and laugh lines.
Thank you to everyone I had the opportunity to meet and work out with. I don't think I can do justice to the specific details of how you all (not to be confused with y'all) added to the great time I had.
HAHA...well maybe a few....David - that kick to Tony's head - so fast I didn't see it but the look on Tony's face said it all, Peggy Hess - awesome lady and new role model, Al and Curtis - great Dan Kumite session - thanks for sharing your insights, Lori Loftus - supplying her dojo and that poor heavybag, George-Sensei, Roy-Sensei, Raffi-Sensei, Gary-Sensei - WOW!!!, my "IHOP - I'LLTRYNOTTOBOUNCE" mug (which I left behind) , Mr. Pinchy - the most noble lobster of them all, Toby - the white blur in the backyard, too many shells on the beach - too many shells in my suitcase (Customs: Anything to declare? - Yes, there are no shells left in Florida), my deep respect for the kitana, Sensei Brendt's dojo with the beautiful tea room, Christmas trees burning in the night and seemingly dancing flames, good food, Tony's tapdancing on the patio (keep up with that practice - someday you'll be famous), chocolate shot glasses (sheer brilliance there, I swear), DavidT - you are a scream! eh, Manny, Charlie, Ray, delicious garlic bread, keys that get locked in cars with engines running (that's just not right), flights that got cancelled and gave me an opportunity for even more laughter and friendship, the lump on my head from the sticks (okay, yes, I hit myself in the head), great coffee, "in" jokes that everyone shared, the difference between move over and roll over, the welcome hugs, the goodbye hugs...
Tony and Susie I especially wish to thank. Your hospitality touched my heart and I do hope we can return the favour some time in the very near future.