Sunday, September 30, 2012

Day 69: Still tired from yesterday?

Ever have one of those days? I call them sloth days.

Yesterday I  attended a 5-1/2 hour training session 
given by Hokubei Karate-do Shihankai
a group of Master instructors.

Four Shihan taught us from their years of experience.
The event was held at Genbu-Kai headquarters.
My Sensei, Shihan Fumio Demura, spoke.

Followed by Shihan Hayawo Kiyama, of
Daito-Ru Aiki Jujutsu. 

Kiyama Sensei, 78,  did amazing demonstrations.

Taking control of the attacker

The assailant is immobilized
My photographs do not do justice to Kiyama Sensei's skill.

Just know that the blur is the attacker mid-air, 
upside down before hitting the mat. Amazing.

Another apology, this photo did not capture all 48 participants.

Demura Shihan presented Kiyama Shihan 
with a plaque that he made.

Shihan Tomohiro Arashiro,  Instructor to many 
national champions, taught us the kata, Anan.

Shihan Joseph Kajima, 82, taught judo throws and falls.
You haven't really lived until you practice ukemi 
break-falls and nage waza  throwing techniques in a tiny 
96 degree dojo.  But we were all glad for the opportunity 
to train with these great Masters.

I am still tired.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Day 68: Just "i-phoning" it in!

Too tired. After a five hour workout, I am beat!
So I am going to "i-phone" it in tonight.

I don't watch much tv. But when I do, 
I usually play with my i-pad or i-phone.
So, I am posting a few recent play things.

This one is called "T-town2"

Hard to resist a palm tree and a pink sky?

 I am from Indiana.

My take on a little church in Tustin.

Can you tell I had fun? Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Day 67: I met Emily!

On Day 8 of this fledgling blog, 
I mentioned the Tustin Historical Home Tour
It's an annual May tradition in our little town.

It's a walking tour of homes on unusually large lots.


But who would expect to meet "Emily"? An emu!

I was captivated.

Emily was curious.

Then pensive, as she was pretty sure I didn't have food.


Not known for my moderation, I shot continually, 
from every angle,  like the paparazzi with a diva. 

And then it was done. 

Posing was done, I was excused.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Day 66: I climbed to heaven.

As I mentioned in Day 55 post, I visited Yogyakarta.
The morning of our flight I asked what we would see there? 
They said, Oh, you're going to the Borobudur!" 
I had never heard of this amazing destination.

A disclaimer: I copied this 1990 magazine fold out for you but the pages discolored differently? 
I don't want to lose my Photoshop rating! ;o)

The Borobudur Temple in Java sank and was covered 
with volcanic eruptions for over a thousand years.  
This really is what it looked like as we approached.

My Dad chose to stay on the bus with A/C.
The temple is huge, ten levels, with steep stairways. 

Steps were 12" high and 8" deep, so the foot had to be angled.

Our guide said making it to the top ensured going to heaven.

I was determined.

Each pupa held a buddha, each with different 
hand positions depending on the direction faced.

Two hours later, I was in heaven.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Day 65: In the mood for flowers?

Ralph Waldo Emerson said the "Earth laughs in flowers".

A visit to Sherman Gardens in Corona Del Mar 
produced a bevy of beautiful flowers to giggle.

A green orchid? Who knew?

Lots of color everywhere.

Plants thrive in this beach locale.

Of course I meant to focus on the background ...

A casual group shot.

And a close up.
I hope you enjoyed a "flower fix" today?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Day 64: I love Santa Ana!

One day, several years ago, I walked around Santa Ana.

I took a lot of photos and then played with them.

This one shows the building behind me, in the
windows reflection. A little busy, but fun.

Even the alley was fun.

I titled this "hanger".

If you go here, it has changed.

But I bet you can still find a bike waiting.