How is Everybody doing? What's new?

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How is Everybody doing? What's new?
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Wed, 04-30-2003 - 1:37pm
Since the board does not archive like the previous board did, I'll post a "How is Everybody Doing?" message every so often. If you are new, PLEASE fill out a profile for yourself so that we can learn a little bit more about ya.

So Whatchabeendoin?

I just got over a bad cold or flu or something that hit me this past Saturday. I had no energy, my nose was running, my head felt like it was 80 lbs, I was coughing, and had a fever. Monday I stayed home and slept about 16-hours. Today, I'm about 90%, but back in the game.

My Thursday night class just had their finals and I have a little break before teaching again. Veronica and I are doing great and I'm really getting spoiled with her being at home. She's making breakfast every morning, the house is clean, she started planting some flowers outside, and yesterday she cleaned and organized our closet. This is a first for me and I must say that I am liking it a lot!

Curtis

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Wed, 04-30-2003 - 1:51pm
Fine and thanks for asking.

Today is my last day of school. I've been up since 5:00 working on an assignment for this afternoon's last class. If it tells you anything about my personality, I've had a week to work on this. Procrastination is a much maligned art form.

I've been running around all week trying to get my teacher's signature for my thesis. She's never where she's supposed to be. I'll probably have to spend all day tomorrow tracking her down.

Dealing with a friend who's gone AWOL on the group due to new infatuation and who has taken to not returning phone calls or e-mails. I'm trying to be understanding, but it's not really working.

Going to a concert tonight with good first date guy from last week and have tons of plans for the weekend including but not limited to salsa dancing.

~Artie

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Wed, 04-30-2003 - 1:59pm
Doing fine. Actually I over did it a bit this weekend. Between Friday and Saturday evening, I spent about 12 hours driving back and forth to NH and ME. I did all the driving, and most of it was in the rain. I really need to get some new tires... :-)

I entered and won an SCA fencing tourney on Saturday. I entered and won a different SCA fencing tourney on Sunday. I let myself get dehydrated, my wife kept me up quite a bit that night (she was sick) and was really feeling like crap warmed over on Monday morning. Since work has been slow lately, I took the day off and went back to bed for another 6 hours. I felt much better after that.

Baby stuff is coming along slowly. We went shopping for the first time at Babies-R-Us. What a scary experience! We were registering for the baby shower coming up in June.

This coming weekend we have no plans, so it will be nice to spend some quality time cleaning the house and working on projects.

Brokk...

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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 10:27am
I'd procrastinate if I could ever get around to it. Best of luck with getting your paper signed. What is your Thesis over?

Curtis

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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 10:34am
Is fencing very difficult? How long does it take to get to the point where you enter and win competitions like you do? A magnet school in the Kansas City area offered fencing and one of the students went on to an Olympic trial or some large national tournament and was highlighted on TV. Is there a "dominant" style?

Curtis

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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 12:21pm
Well I think I've finally recovered from my birthday weekend...

My birthday was Monday. On Friday night, I went out to a swanky restaurant with DH, my couple, and my FWB. Yes, all at the same time. We had a grand time. :-) I must admit to being a touch disappointed by the food--it was wonderful, but not quite on par with some other places I've been. I *love* fine dining. FWB had never been to a seriously fancy place before, but seemed to enjoy himself. I introduced my couple to the concept about 2 years ago. DH came pre-trained. ;-)

We all gathered again on Saturday up at the couple's place in the mountains to celebrate three birthdays--mine, the female half of my couple, and my FWB's best friend. There were more people and more drinking this time.

Sunday, I took a leaf from a well-known religious text and rested.

Monday, I went to work and got a really nice birthday present in the form of a substantial raise. I also got a peek at the salary bands, job classifications, etc. GoGo would be so proud of me--I've managed to squeeze into a spot where there's lots of room for advancement both in responsibility and in salary level. All of this is of course no guarantee that I will not be laid off. But here's hoping!

--fc

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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 12:28pm
Congrats, dude!! Two tournaments in two days--I'm impressed. :-) I'm a little less impressed about the dehydration thing. That's not so good for you. I don't know how easy it is to dehydrate and how bad it is for you in fencing as opposed to heavy list fighting, but still.

Btw, if you or Rozii have the lyrics or better still, lyrics and tune to that song about fencing out of my Kingdom, can you send to me on email? The Lady of my house was quite interested. ;-)

--fc

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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 1:15pm
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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 1:21pm
I know. I know. I should take better care of myself when competing...

I hadn't brought much liquid, so I didn't end up drinking as much as I should. It was more of a minor competition (Baronial Champs). I'm better about being fully prepared for the major competitions. Especially if they are outside (this was inside).

Excuses, excuses...

I can find the song at home, and probably the words. I might even find the website I grabbed it from if I look around a bit. I'll see what I can do for you.

A hard drive crash at work has slowed me down from finding things as fast. They are no longer at the tip of my fingers.

Brokk...

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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 1:29pm
Hmmm... Good questions. None are easily answered. How long does it take from the point you start, to the point you start winning? If you are lucky, as little as one year. You have to have some natural talent, a lot of drive, and either a good teacher or be good at self teaching. More realistically, you need about three years. I think I won my first competition at 1.5 years. I fall into the category of "good at teaching myself". However, the other half of the bell curve will tell you that not everyone gets to the point of winning competions. My local twin (we eerily resemble each other, but no relation) had been involved about as long as me, had similar natural talents, and he had *much* better teachers than I had... He's won roughly two competions, and has since dropped out of being active. In the same time he won two, I had won about 18. He would regularly get near the finals, then simply not make the final stretch.

Is there a dominant style? In modern fencing, "Foil" is probably the most popular, followed by "Epee", and last in the line would be "Sabre". Each style is very different, and attracts very different people.

Brokk...

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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 2:08pm
Oh, FC- sounds like your birthday went *wonderfully* for you! Glad a good time was had by all! I love the fact that everyone got together for you. That must have made you feel really loved. :o)

As for the raise- Congratulations! I know you deserve it-- and glad to hear there is still room to grow (professionally and financially) for you with this role and company. So many people I know are feeling more than a little trapped by the economy and their current positions. I know it is no guarantee of secure employment long-term, but I would take a good raise as a solid sign.

Kudos to you!

And the countdown is on until I see you in SF...

Cher

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