- My friend, an anonymous benefactor bought Adidas judo gis for everyone. Many of our gis initially came from friends whose children had quit judo or outgrown their gis. Over the years, those had gotten pretty beat up. A year ago, Jesse Moya, of Moya Brand, had donated gis for every student - but kids in middle school grow FAST so many had outgrown theirs, and we had new kids join. So, look how cool they are all in judo gis that fit!
- Our friends at Gracie Barra Newport Beach offered up their school for two days on a weekend in December, for free, and instructor Tom Reusling offered to help teach.
- My friend, Steve Seck, 1980 Olympic team member in judo is coming to teach.
- My other friend, Gary Butts, a judo black belt and Marine Corps wrestler is coming to teach.
- My other friend (how did I get so lucky!) Patricia Gill, is a college admissions counselor and she's coming to speak with our students about college requirements and what courses they should be taking in high school.
- My friend (yes, I have another one), Brian Marks is one of the most renowned kata instructors in the country. He is coming to teach kata to get our green belts ready for their brown belt test. Another talent of Brian's is Christmas decoration. Yes, he has one of those unbelievable houses with the kid-size train set you can ride, slides and light displays that people drive to Orange County to see. He has invited us to his house after the team dinner on Saturday for a traditional Christmas party with cookies and hot chocolate.
- My lovely youngest daughter and HER friends are going to come in the afternoon to tutor students between practices.
- My lovely niece, her fiancé and HIS friends from U C Irvine's doctoral program in mathematics are also coming to tutor students.
I once commented that I felt I had better friends than I deserve to which Jacob Flores, Jr. (the son of one of my very best friends) commented,
I don't think that's possible. I think people get exactly the friends they deserve.
Damn! I sure hope he's right, because if he is, I must be far more amazing than I think!
In the Christmas spirit ?
Buy games that teach math, social studies and FUN !
Buy it for yourself, for a gift, or donate to a school.
Buy Fish Lake or Spirit Lake and we'll throw in a beta license for Forgotten Trail for free.