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The Summer of My Discontent

Well, sometimes you just have to take that big boy pill.

It's basically coming down to going to conventions or getting the house remodeled. After all the stupidity with the first contractor, even more stupidity with the banks and the inability to borrow my own money from my 401K in the quantities I desired or over the time period I wanted, we have finally secured a good contractor and sufficient funds to at least accomplish most of what we want to do with this house.

Plus, we HAVE to get the AC fixed. Pronto. It's melt city here.

Unfortunately, that means sometimes you put aside fun stuff to do adult stuff. (Not that kind of adult stuff . . . get your mind out of the gutter. *sheesh*)

So, it looks like FantaSci and Archon are going to bite the big one this year. Just money I don't need to be spending with my medical bills and with the house remods. I'm hoping this should be a temporary state of affairs, but better to be safe than sorry. I apologize to the hosts of the two shows but family has to come first.


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Jun. 15th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
At least you still *have* a 401k... :)... so there is something there.

RE: the remodel, since its been going on 3 years... I would say that you are heartily sick of it and a relatively small sacrifice to get it done should be tolerable. Especially, when you can see the fruits of said sacrifice.

Also, w/Wish going out of town for so long (not sure the timing on your conventions), leaving the daughter-unit unattended may not be a good idea. (So says the one who's 16yo just returned from a 9-month exchange from Germany, but wouldn't trust the 18yo 9 HOURS alone... LOL).

I hope you are progressing in your therapy. Give my love to the fam.....
Jun. 15th, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)
Thanks. The daughter-unit was going to stay overnight with a friend for FantaSci. Archon isn't until October.

I still have to decide if I can afford to go to the Southeast Kendo Federation tournament in October to test for nidan. Course that'll depend on whether or not I'm back to full strength.

Luckily, I don't have to make that decision now.

Jun. 15th, 2010 05:47 am (UTC)
Not that I know much about Kendo, but I am fairly familiar with knees and I saw your video of your tournament, so I feel fairly safe in saying this: "Just say NO."

You may be released, you may feel fine, but at only 20 or so weeks out of surgery, one wrong move can not only set you back, but put you behind (and in a worst case scenario, facing another surgery).

If the testing is at ALL strenuous (and I used to watch David in TaeKwonDo, so I know it probably is), I would wait til next year. SERIOUSLY.
Jun. 16th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
Actually, not all that strenuous. There are techniques known as "old men's kendo" for us over the hill guys that rely a lot more on positioning and getting your opponent to do stuff than rushing at him and whacking him about the head and shoulders.

The sparring only lasts two minutes. Then it's line up and do kata which resembles Tai Chi a lot (lots of precise, scripted moves that are done at a deliberate pace). You have to do them quick enough so the judges don't think you don't know what the next move is, but they can't be rushed either or you get penalized for being too anxious. It's a fine balance.

But, October 9th is a ways away and both my sensei and my doctor will have to clear me before I can test.
Jun. 16th, 2010 10:41 am (UTC)
ouch. well, at least you have a contractor, right? Although I have to laugh at the 'need AC' comment. I've been living without it at home for my entire life. I do have to mention that it's now I'm laughing. We hit a stretch of muggy 90+ weather, and I'll probably be agreeing. :D

If you need any distractions I'm only a county or so over. I'm a bit distracted lately, with the new job and every car we own needing repair, but I've been considering inviting you guys out to a movie or something to celebrate a full month of real honest to god paychecks....
Jun. 16th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the finding work again. Yeah, we had talked about doing an anime night and then "boom", doctors, contractors, etc. . . .

Let us know when your schedule gets a little less crazy and we'll hook up this summer.
Aug. 31st, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
Sorry you wont be at the cons, but I understand. Believe me, I do.
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