Good Stories Beau!
Yeah every once in awhile I think about trying drums. Not sure how the Mrs. would like that in the house.
Looks like once the family sets their mind to it they do their best to accomplish. Good trait...wish I had more of it! Maybe would settle on a hobby
Of all the things listed - I did martial arts the best....when I was younger. Many tournaments that I did ok at. Also helped the instructor. I think some of that training attributed to portions of my neck/back problems
But was fun at the time.
SP mentioned her dad did Intarsia - When I looked at some videos - reminded me of stained glass. Which I also tried my hand at.
Reminds me of another story - Wife signed up for stained glass lessons. Turned out the place was just down the street from us. The Saturday came and I was on the computer early wife had left to go up the hill for the lesson. I got a call saying she was the only one there would I like to come up. So I got dressed and walked up to the house. Turns out the lady who was instructing went to the same high school I did in New York a few years ahead of me so I did not know her at the time. Plus it was a big school. Some how both of us ended up in same town in SC. Very small world at times.
for the kind words...I thought it neat, Andrew was interested in half your list of achievements...one time or another.
, you got Larry laughing.
- we were walking back to my '84 GMC truck, when the fight broke out
- son told fat kid to F-off, your not stealing my 1st base
- a quick Karate block, of the punch and a few seconds later...
- Andrew's foot came up so dame fast...dad could not even block it
- son was trained to kick & punch, straight through target...several inches
- fat bullies side of head went back sideways / in a split second & fight was over
- all the kid needed was a cup cake after he woke up and waddled his arse back to the coaches corner
------------------------------------- #1 KSF
..mastering "thinking outside the Box
", at work and in play !!
had fun remembering the karate stories and Andrew was so driven in competition // Dad always solved his growing up problems &/or personal development, via answering one simple question..."what can I do, to build up his young confidence
", which as an adult, he has an abundance of.
Few more of BabyBear
- scouted via Atlanta Braves & Detroit Tigers recommending Scouts, as the top Canadian pitcher at 12 y/o // pitched 4 innings at Triple A tournament in Toronto & recorded 8 strike outs (he pitched hard, and had a natural fastball that would rise 4" in strike zone
- sons batting average @ 14, was 0.542 and on base percent was between 0.750 - 0.800.
- bad rotate'r cuff injury, left the game
Billiards qualified Top32 in Junior World 9 ball championships, won trip to Osaka Japan...and Dad went to.
- won the North American World Speed Pool Junior championships, potting 15 balls in 56 seconds (in the finals) // he also run an 8 ball rack off Adult World Champ
- also won the North American Junior Artistic "trick shot" Pool championships, in Tulsa, OK
Back to Martial Arts protection - Andrew
was a skilled Brown Belt, at 12 years old...one under Black belt.
- he use to air round house kick dad in the living room, walking through
would give his s*it, saying one day your gonna miss...but he never did, and always managed to create enough wind, on the side of my head, to mess up the hair over my ear
- he meet the original bully 4 years later, while Andrew walked home with an expensive Saxophone...2 on 1, son said..."frig, another fight to finish"
- they wanted to see and hold the brass music instrument...and one knows, they would drop it on the pavement, nose first
- so grade7 or 8 Andrew, bent down with confidence...in front of their feet
- there you see it // but they wanted to hold it LOL
- NOPE, Andrew locked the case up, at their feet // got up, turned his back on the 2 and walked straight home
- he owned the much older BULLY, after solid training in Martial Arts
- Andrew had power, speed and control
- and SMRT Dad, built a young lads confidence / and the whole process, helped my own brain injury survivor (70 mph car meets my Ski-Doo collision injury) ...the analytical part, was important (to expand my way of thinking)
- killing 2 birds, with one stone
I know would like "Stain Glass"...could be a good hobby to take up plus get back to sewing...thks for sharing good story Mo