WOW! I've been absent for several months. That's not good!
What is good is that I finally tested for 1st dan or Shodan in Aikido and I got my belt. After five long years of working at this and as I told my friends, (lots of blood, sweat and beers), it is done! I have really enjoyed the journey and I look forward to continuing on with my Aikido studies. It is a life long endeavor once you get this far.
I'll get back into this blog soon and start a more regular post.