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meme time

If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, even if we don't speak often, please post a comment with a memory of you and me. It can be anything you want, good or bad. When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people remember about you.

I prefer good memories to bad, but I'd rather have honest bad memories than made up memories. Please do comment, and if you post this in your journal I'll respond in kind. Thanks.


Jun. 11th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Clutter
The biggest complaint you expressed in my presence about the judo class was that they were always making you do push-ups. Even just three weeks of that should have been enough to build up your shoulders ... hence upper body strength. And the knockout did end your being tormented (or your complaints about being tormented). Your teachers and the school administration were happy about what happened, although they couldn't officially commend you. You should have no regrets.
Jun. 11th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Clutter
We may very well have done pushups, and situps, but I doubt it. Judo isn't about strength. It's about discipline, control, leverage, and fitness. I remember we did an awful lot of running in a room with no ventilation which felt like a sauna. And a lot of calling out numbers in Japanese. And instruction on how to fall and on two or three basic throws. And some sparring.

I also remember how excited I was when, years later, in junior high, I finally was able to do a real pushup. I had always failed before then, but when I was with Troop 20 across from the PX I started training myself and got to the point where I could do 8 in a row, a huge accomplishment for me back then. I think I did it because someone bet I couldn't. I only did enough training over a one-week period to win my bet and then I stopped. That's not enough for a significant increase in upperbody strength.

And if you remembered a little more carefully, you'll recall that the incident with Garth happened in the 5th grade. Certainly you can't forget the incident in the 7th or 8th grade at Curundu JHS when I went around for a few days pretending to be part Vulcan, and incident which ended when an older kid kicked me in the chest with both feet at once to test my claim that I didn't feel pain. No, neither my being targeted nor whatever complaints I may have made ended with that punch.

And I should have every regret. Violence rarely solves anything, and in this case the violence was unwarranted and ended a friendship.
Jun. 11th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Clutter
I remember that it happened when you were in elementary school. My memory is highly flawed when it comes to pinning down actual dates for anything, though. Perhaps that's why I enjoyed Wolfe's Soldier in the Mist so much, though its hero didn't remember anything at all that he didn't write down on his diary scroll.

I guess, then, what happened was that reports of your persecution stopped reaching me after that punch. I never heard about the later kicking incident.

Probably the reason you kept complaining about having to do the push-ups was that they were difficult for you. But even making an honest attempt and failing would build up your shoulders. I'd say you got more out of that admittedly brief judo class than was apparent at the time.
Jun. 11th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Clutter
I never heard about the later kicking incident.

You simply don't remember it. You and Mom both sat with me in either the principal's or vice principal's (I don't remember which) office.

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