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S - A - T - U - R, D - A - Y... night!
Yeah, it's Saturday night, and sadly, I'm at my computer. I had a few things to do, but when gas is EXPENSIVE and money is scarce, it's not so much an option. So I'm sitting on my butt, talking to people and watching a bit o' DVD. Bleah, I have a mild headache, so it's probably not a bad idea.

Why do I have a headache, you may be asking? (Or you may be NOT.) Well, today was full contact practice. And Sifu's getting a little less rough on us, which is nice for a change. It's more fighing now than anything, and I'm still the only one sparring Justin. Although Sifu did start making us do situps instead of crunches, and a lot of people don't do GOOD crunches, so full situps hurts a bit more. So it's been a hundred situps each time. I think I need to bump mine up another fifty, because I feel it's cheating for me. I don't have a LOT of weight to sit up. More of my weight is in my legs. You know, after so many horse stances, all that.

ANYway, my headache. Yeah, we sparred, and Justin and I went quite hard against each other. I wore full gear so he could practice hitting harder. We went for a while, trading some good hits, both ways. And at the end of it all, we closed up, he circled behind me and did a perfect sweep, taking both of my legs out from under me. Yeah, I hit the ground with my feet in the air, top of the back and head hitting first. Everyone that was there gave a big "Oh!" when I hit, but I was laughing. It was a great sweep. Yeah, my head's a little sore, but it was a good fight.

Ooh! That reminds me - I don't think I talked about it, but one of our practices (I think two weeks ago) I actually nailed Justin for the first time in a while. Feint the right, then follow through, perfect shot to the nose. Actually bloodied his nose. I think I bloody someone's nose every time we have practice. Today it was Cory. Last time I think it was Jordan, although I've been nailing Cory in the face on a regular basis. He has a bad habit of turning his head INTO punches. Dislocated his nose slightly once. But it recovers nicely. Unlike his fractured shin, which he hasn't seen a doctor about. I'm pretty sure it's fractured, but we don't know for sure.

So last weekend. Two things happened. Where I was was TEC, so there was that. I was in charge of music stuff, and it turned out not too bad. I have to say, it was a great weekend. I got to meet some cool new people, make some friends, see old friends. I gave a talk, and I think people liked it. Good times.

The other thing? The fight! Justin and Crystal both fought. I didn't get to watch, but I heard a lot about it. There's supposed to be a video of it, so when we get it I'll definitely be watching. Crystal was in the first fight, against what was apparently some sort of mutant female. Supposedly 17, but looked more like 26. Had thighs thicker than Justin's. Crystal charged her, and the girl landed a solid thrust kick into her stomach. She still moved in, started going hard, and the ref stopped it, pulled them apart. Then she went back towards the other girl, and BAM - another kick. Stopped Crystal cold (knocked her wind out), and the ref called the fight. Alas. At least it was a good first experience to break Crystal in. A few more fights, and then Justin was up. He fought a third degree black belt in taekwondo, who had some Muay Thai as well. The guy was 32 and 6' tall. So he had an age and reach advantage on Justin. That didn't stop Sihing. What I hear is that the guy threw a lot more attacks on Justin, but hardly landed anything. Justin threw fewer attacks, but they were harder, and he landed most of them. Sadly, the judges ended up in favor of the other guy, although a lot of people told Justin they thought he had won the match. Some of Justin's co-workers came to watch, they sat in the public seating, and they said the other guy's hits didn't look too hard... but when Justin hit him with his kicks, they could hear it, all the way in the far seats. Clearly. It sounds to me like the other guy was probably hurting a bit after the fighting was done. Justin got a black eyelid, and a few hip bruises, but that was about it. The black eye was from the other guy doing an illegal move - the grab on the back of the head followed by a knee to the face. Yeah, that's not legal in the ring. It was okay. Justin got him with a solid face shot that rolled his eyes. He kept clinching up, though, so Justin couldn't follow through. Which was too bad. Justin said he loved it, though, and he's definitely going to be back. And he asked the guy for a rematch. I'll definitely be there for that one.

Oh! Almost forgot. Here's a pic of almost all of our full contact fighters (Jordan's not there). From left to right: Kim, Cory, Crystal, Me, and Justin (Sihing!).

We're fierce!

So this week has been more job hunting. Ugh! I'm getting tired of the people hiring taking their time. One of my leads that sounds like it should come through soon I've been waiting on for something like a month. So if anyone out there has any contacts I might be good to be contacting, please, please let me know. IT stuff, development, security, web-related, even database stuff. I have a pretty wide base of knowledge.

Okay, time for a joke. I'm warning you, some of you may be offended my this, but it made me laugh.
On a transatlantic flight, a plane passes through a severe storm. The turbulence is awful, and things go from bad to worse when one wing is struck by lightning. One woman in particular loses it.

Screaming, she stands up in front of the plane. "I'm too young to die!" she wails. "Well, if I'm going to die, I want my last minutes on Earth to be memorable! I've had plenty of sex in my life, but no one has ever made me really feel like a woman! Well I've had it! Is there ANYONE on this plane who can make me feel like a WOMAN??"

For a moment, there is silence. Everyone has forgotten their own peril, and they all stare, riveted, at the desperate woman in the front of the plane.

Then, a man stands up in the rear of the plane. "I can make you feel like a woman," he says. He's gorgeous. Tall, built, with long, flowing black hair and jet black eyes, he starts to walk slowly up the aisle, unbuttoning his shirt one button at a time. No one moves.

The woman is breathing heavily in anticipation as the stranger approaches. He removes his shirt. Muscles ripple across his chest as he reaches her, and extends the arm holding his shirt to the trembling woman, and whispers:

"Iron this."

AHHH hahahaahahahahahaha! Yes, it is funny. Humor is good for the soul.

I think it's time for a bit of cereal and some CSI (rented, I still don't have cable). So I'll lay some random links on you! I have lots this time, to make up for lack of blogging. I bought some very nice headphones a few years back, and they're awesome for plane trips, just getting away. But they're pricey. Want decent headphones that aren't pricey? Seriously, good headphones make a difference. Check them out. I found a random site about travel info. Had some definitely interesting info about one city in particular. Are you female? Worried about crazy guys trying to attack you, but don't know kung fu? Your options have broadened. I've put these guys up before, but they're still cool. Especially if you like both rock music and video games. And finally, just a comic I liked.
Wow... remind me not to go to wikitravel again. That section on Tulsa was one of the most horribly written things I've ever seen. They didn't do so well at hiding their agenda, and the colloquialisms they used were rampant.
Joke = hillarious
You in that pic = hot stuff!

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