Well, it’s been a long process. I’ve lived in Springfield, MO for about two and half years now. While a lot of the locals bemoan having “nothing to do”, I’ve had a terrible time settling in because there are SO MANY THINGS that I want to do, and they are often scheduled on top of each other.

Prior to Springfield, I lived for five years in Jefferson “No, we really have NOTHING to do” City, MO; before that, several years in Columbia “My God, it’s full of useless Hippies”, MO; and before that I was in the “You have no time for anything” United States Marine Corps. So, I think I can be held blameless for a bit of hyper-activity. 🙂

I’ve cut myself down to ONE decent martial arts school (GM Kevin Luttrell’s hapkido program at Next Level Sport Karate, although I have little use for the main “taekwondo” program taught at the school) (Only one martial art is KILLING me… but it’s better than none. And I’ll get into other programs once I’m re-established), and one non-military physical training regimen (Powerlifting. Sans the progressive calisthenics, kettlebell training, rope-jumping, and all of the other stuff that I had been doing and still want to do. Get established and branch out from there.).

This puts me into almost the exact same physical training regimen that I was in during my latter college days which were my physical peak and, had I not been married, would have been the best days of my life.

I’ve also settled in to the morning shift at work, finally getting a schedule set to maximize my productivity around the weird sleep pattern. My next step is to finally get moved in to a local Church and Lodge.

Published by Little-Known Blogger

I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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