elvis & ballerina

elvis & ballerina, originally uploaded by renfield.

A wee Starbucks break with the kids before a huge cutting session at Honbu. Over 10 people, so we cut mats and made a whole buncha trash. Great session; I wasn't totally lame, but lame enough. Gotta work on my left kesa, and I didn't quite manage to get through the second roll on a double yoki-ichi

-- if I spiked the targets I would have had it, but since spiking is for sissies, I failed wonderfully. So much more to learn!


toyoda, originally uploaded by renfield.

In celebration of the demo we did at Gajoen, had dinner at Hashimoto's Toyoda with Niina-gosoke, Hoshina-san, and Orita-san. The thee of them ripped through several bottles of expensive sake and ended the evening trying various upper-arm fat aikido grips.

brunch @ cravings

brunch @ cravings, originally uploaded by renfield.

Was supposed to meet up with The Buena Vista so that I could try and hook him up with Miri (full disclosure: it's her mom that's desparate, not Miri herself!) but he pulled an all-nighter partying. So, I swing'd by the Plant to get some pre-brunch fixins and headed over to Miri's.
Miri herself was having a bit of a late start, so I drank some iced coffee and waited for the air conditioner to kick into high gear. Did the standard sit/chat/stare at the grill until it was obvious that the Buena Vista was a no-show, and then Hiroko called and said she'd be along shortly, so I waited patiently before digging into my SuperSize scrambled eggs with all the trimmings.
Risa, her husband, and her dogs, kicked it at the outside tables, and then SkyCorp Penthouser drives by on his motorcycle, so I wave him in and he gives in to a brunch feast as well.
Managed to spend several hours talking smack and drinking coffee and harassing Miri about hooking up a wireless internet connection, so that I could really REALLY spend all day hanging out and being productive.