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Can this election be over? Pretty please?

I am soooooo looking forward to November 4th. On that date, we will finally cast our vote and will end all this campaign circus. Also on that date, I will hop in a plane and fly to Florence. Yay me!

Of course, that means that I will cast my vote in the morning, hop into that plane in the evening, and remain totally ignorant about who actually won the election until my plane arrives to Paris. I will be checking my text messages by then.

Gah! The suspense!

On other news, my dear son, El Brato, rear ended someone last afternoon and may have totalled the car. Thankfully, no one was hurt but the front of his car now looks like an accordion worthy of an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry -- which is what the car was supposed to do in the first place. So it's okay. The other car only suffered minor scratches.

Of course, El Brato was not happy. "Forget about me!" he wails. "My car got screwed up!"

"Yes, my dear," I say. "Your car can be fixed, replaced or towed. You, on the other hand, not so much." Ditto for the people in the other car.

Thank God for small favors.

Also thankfully, he didn't get a ticket but just a warning. The slick conditions of the road in a rainy afternoon were such that the cop said he was surprised that more accidents had not happened.

Moving on.

As you can imagine, I was in no mood for fencing practice. However, I am glad that ballistabob dragged me there. Fencing makes my endorphins kick in, lifting my mood in the process.

On that note, I decided to start playing with my new 40" blade. This is the one that I refurbished right before Pennsic because I wanted a longer blade for melees. (Old guard, new blade.) This also means that I had not really tested it before getting there and, after doing a couple of trial passes with dante_di_pietro at the Pennsic battlefield, I decided that going out there with an untested blade was not a good idea.

This blade is considerably heavier than my usual 37" "Needle." And because it is a new Darkwood blade rigged into an old school Darkwood guard, it took some work to put it together. As a result, this weapon, alghough sweet, is a bit more tip heavy than I am accustomed to.

But last night I whipped it out and gave it another try. Much to my surprise, I liked it. True, it is an entirely different game. I cannot move it as fast at my Needle. On the other hand, I can do a number of other moves based on counterweights and all of a sudden I've got reach!

Gotta love the laws of physics.

The other thing that we've been doing and that's working very well is fighting on a bear-pit, and switching weapons forms every time we lose. It makes for a very entertaining practice since you rarely match forms at all. If you do, it's a freaky coincidence. When each indificual switches forms every time he's booted out of the pit, say going from single rapier, to rapier and dagger, to rapier and buckler, etc., and this switching is not synchronized with the other fighters, it is not easy to match. This is not only a lot of fun, but it takes all of us out of our comfort zones. Or at least puts us in our discomfort ones. At any rate, it works.

Last but not least, for all of those fitness junkies out there, I have discovered that Whey Gourmet powdered protein rocks. It tastes great, it packs protein, it's cheaper than buying ready-to-drink protein shakes, it's easy to dissolve, and it already contains the glutamine and arginine that help with muscle soreness.

Try Piña Colada. It's awesome.

And now, back to the salt mines.



( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 26th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
see? you already found a fruity drink! put an umbrella in your Whey Gourmet -- party on... yeah, that's the ticket...
Sep. 26th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
That's genius! "We put the muscle in your umbrella"
Sep. 26th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that it was the car and not the son that got squashed. If he whines, remind him that replacing car is not nearly so big a deal as planning a funeral or months of rehab.
Sep. 26th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
For real. I told him that, and it's going to take some time to sink in. In the meantime, he can walk or take the bus. Annoying, but better than being in the hospital. :-)
Sep. 26th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
You suck! Our flight got moved to leaving at 6:20am. Which means I now have to go look up the rules for absentee ballots....
Sep. 26th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
But you will find out who won before I do. :-D
Sep. 26th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
How? I'm going to be stuck in the air between Chicago and Brussels at the earliest the elections will be called.
Our flight leaves the airport here at 6:20am, goes to St. Louis, where we wait for a 2:30 flight to Chicago. Yeah, never say the airlines make sense....
Sep. 27th, 2008 09:37 am (UTC)
I've already voted
Ha Ha Ha.....

Thanks to being in Korea....
1) I only get election coverage when I seek it out
2) I vote by absentee ballot, which I've already done
3) "They" probably won't count my vote....

The best part is that I can ignore the whole election coverage, which I find just a little disturbing.

Sep. 27th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
Re: I've already voted
Some people have all the luck! :-)
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