So this week was my time on jury duty, our black belt promotion, and also six people from our discipline's Italian branch visiting. Somewhere in there, I squeezed in my usual rewatches and a visit from my uncle and a Scotch tasting. Oh, and last night was our dojo's 24th anniversary party. Yesterday, Senpai Cliff and I taught the four kids classes before we did the final part of the black-belt promotion, which was fighting.
You will be shocked to learn that I'm incredibly tired......
It has been an amazing week, with wonderful people. Kyoshi Massimo and the rest of the folks from Italy -- especially the delightful Senpai Emanuela -- have been a joy and a privilege to spend time with. It was also a strong promotion, with some amazing spirit shown by the candidates.
One of the joys of karate for me that I didn't really count on when I signed up twelve years ago was the sense of community. Thanks to being part of the dojo, I have been able to meet and hang out with and be friends with some amazing people I never would have met otherwise. They're all genuinely good people who have enriched my life, and I'm so grateful to have found such a place, and grateful to Shihan for making the school so much more than a school.
I also want to give a shout-out to my fellow jurors on People of New York v. Edgar Rodriguez, as that was a really really great experience. These were twelve people genuinely interested in making sure that justice and the law were served. And we all paid close attention to the most important part of the trial, which is the part you never see in dramatic portrayals of trials, which is the judge's instructions on the law to the jury. This is right before deliberations where the judge explains the law and lays out the criteria by which you can find the defendant guilty of the charge or charges. It's the most crucial part, because that is what the jury bases their deliberations on, far more than any lawyer trickery or questioning or cleverness. And yet, I've only seen the judge's instructions to the jury dramatized once, in the Masterpiece Theatre adaptation of Dorothy L. Sayers's Strong Poison starring Edward Petherbridge as Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Walter as Harriet Vane -- and that wasn't even an American court, it was a British one in the 1920s, for cryin' out loud.......
Anyhow, I need to get back on the proverbial horse, as the writing has suffered a bit this week, to say the least. I have the thriller to work on, I've got another project to work on that I'm horribly late with, and a short story to write. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Today's plan is one final gathering with the folks from Italy, as we're having a little barbecue at the home of a family of karateka (husband and wife are a sensei and a senpai, and both their kids are black belts as well), and then tonight I will be doing a Bat-rewatch bonus: reviewing The Return of the Caped Crusaders animated movie!