Tomorrow, I move more stuff into my office, and also start boxing some things up here (mostly things on/in items that will be moved). I also have to look into a new king-sized bed frame.
Then tomorrow night is the final day of the black belt promotion. The way it works is that black belt candidates from all four NYC dojos have a three-part promotion that's just them and other black belts (including all the senior-most folks in our discipline): on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Then on Monday is the last part of the promotion, which is held at the separate dojos, and includes the participation of the other color belts. Basically, the regular Monday night color belt class becomes the final day of the black-belt promotion. At the end of it, they're awarded their belts, and then we all go out to a local Japanese place for dinner and saké.
We have a lot of people going up -- some second-degree black belts going for third degree, a first-degree going for his second, and several advanced brown belts going for their first-degree.
After this, I will be effectively the senior-most color belt in the dojo. (There's another brown belt who's senior to me, but he hasn't been at the dojo in months. If I am promoted to advanced brown belt next month, as I'm truly hoping, though that decision is not in my hands, then I really will be the senior-most color belt in the dojo.)
In other news, and with apologies to greeneyedkzin, fibro_witch, suricattus, querldox, and any other Red Sox fans reading this, the Rays are beating the BoSox 3-1 after eight innings. In the top of the eighth,
Three outs to the possibility of the Tampa Bay Rays going to the World Series for the first time in their ten-year history, and good for them, say I. They were the league's punching bag for a decade, but they've spent the last several years using their basement-level status to make some excellent draft choices, and those picks are the backbone of the 2008 AL East champions.