There was something about the tournament on Han’s Island that inspired every red blooded American Male from my generation to believe that even though he had never entered a single dojo, somehow written in the deep recesses of our DNA was the latent knowledge of a Kung Fu Master. Why else would Jean Claude Van Damme have such a catalog of films (even though he has no discernible skills)? Steven Segal with limited acting ability carved out many action films
with 3 syllable titles. Jason Statham (the Transporter) has become an action star even though he is follicly challenged. Kill Bill, The Man with the Iron Fist, the Shaw Brothers, Golden Harvest Studios, are all words which are music to the ears. So when one of the Government Twins (aka Lil Bit) was in her dojo training for her Kumite it was a nice break from the calendar.
The calendar…February is at least as busy as October. As always we are working to maintain work life balance while expanding and establishing the brand. The demands of opening and running a business are myriad and merciless. There is never an end to the demands on our time. The stresses of executing each job at the highest possible level while constantly looking to land the next job leaves us sleep deprived and at times grumpy. So in the midst of all this WORK, (we are back to having two jobs in a day at least once a week) we have children that we need to raise and guide, and romance to keep alive.
Benjamin Button is getting serious about his future. I don’t know if it’s because of his girlfriend or he is just coming to the conclusion that life is serious. Budget talks, higher education, trade school, and living within your Values are the gist of our words of late. It takes work to find the most effective delivery of the information. It takes work to deliver a message in a manner that can be received. Information is no good if it is not delivered or accepted…ask any high school geometry or algebra teacher.
The Government Twins are….special. One believes she is grown. She is all of 11 years old. The other is the most dedicated student I have ever seen. She would rather do homework than sleep. Odd right? Anywho, her major discipline is Karate and this weekend is her Kumite tourney. The “team” going to Yuba City ranged from under 5 to 17. The belts ranged from yellow to black. But the thing that was coolest was how the kids all interacted.
Because there was the lone little girl the Sensei had all the kids interact and introduce themselves to one another. I was sitting reading my favorite book on my ipad when the instruction came that the kids had to introduce themselves, their favorite color, favorite food, and something weird about themselves. Knowing Lil Bit tends to play it close to the vest, I had to give the group my undivided attention. Because she is at that tweenage I won’t divulge her secrets. Well her favorite food was sushi. What kid’s favorite food is sushi? But I guess when you consider her environment it makes sense. But all her contemporaries were talking about pizza and pasta. I think we may have messed this child up. The weird thing will remain locked in the vault. The best response came from the 5 and under girl. If you know me, you know I am not by any stretch of the imagination a soggy guy. The reasons are many and there is not enough time to go into it. But I am not easily moved to that “Notebook” induced Ahhhhhh space. So when I heard 5 and Under say her favorite color was Rainbow (yes Rainbow), I had to stop and take stock of my life.
We are busy working on our menu. We are constantly organizing our assets and acquiring talent. We are incessantly emailing and responding to inquiries. But why do we do it? All the kids want is time. Kids love rainbows and vacations. Seriously whose favorite color is rainbows? Thank you 5 and under girl, you helped keep it in perspective. I can’t wait for it to rain again.
Tonight was good to step away from the waffle cave to remember
why we do what we do.
Life is short…eat something