Life Update

  • I now have a defense date for my dissertation: October 22nd. The end is in sight.
  • I’ve started a new tai chi class. While the teacher at the Y under whom I’ve been studying for about a year is quite good, the class itself was a little frustrating in that few of the other students trained out of class. As a result, the teacher spent most of his time correcting elementary form mistakes rather than moving us into deeper levels. Too, it was all form work and thus the standard wave-your-hands-around stereotype of tai chi. The new class is taught by a push-hands champ and is all martial technique. In three classes I haven’t seen a form yet but have thrown and been thrown all over the mat. I’m quite satisfied; it complements the form training quite well.
  • The place where I’ve been working as a contractor has hired me full-time. This comes with a raise, benefits, and a title (I’m a vp now!). Yay, health insurance!!
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9 Responses to Life Update

  1. Robb says:

    Congrats on the job and the defense date!

  2. Caelius Spinator says:

    Congratulations! VP? Awesome.

  3. Breen says:

    Heck with the title – congrats on the health insurance!

    (The others are good too, of course.)

  4. Toni says:

    Congrats on the date. And yay for health insurance!

    Wow, the Tai Chi class sounds amazing. Instructors who can teach Tai Chi as a martial art are few and far between; this is the part of Tai Chi that most interests me.

  5. Me too, Toni! I think I’m quite fortunate to have found this guy.

  6. brian m says:

    Deo Gratias! So, is martial Tai Chi like Aikido, with graceful throws and etc.?

  7. bls says:


  8. Good for you, Derek – on all fronts. I’ve started some qi gong myself; went to a workshop for singers and then continued with a DVD. Not the same as a class, but it works!

  9. You can use that tai chi in your dissertation defense.

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