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on January 5, 2010 - 7:17pm

About 7 years ago, our local Budokan offered self defense classes for women. Since I always wanted to learn Karate, and felt the need to learn self defense techniques, I signed up. Besides, the instructor worked in an office in our building.

I really liked the class. I felt more confident in being able to protect myself, which is good because I work in felon control. Our instructor thought it would be beneficial if the 'Red Man' came to our class so we could practice our new found techniques.

Now, I am only 5'3", and the 'Red Man' was a 17 year old with a black belt, about 5'11" and wore thick padding all over, head/face protection, boxing gloves, the whole show. Our instructor, Christine, said, "Who wants to start?" You've got it! I raised my hand. He came after me and I tried to protect myself. There I went.............slightly air bound to the other side of the DoJo. I had an egg on my head for weeks. That poor kid felt so bad.

Do you think that was the end? Heck no. I signed up for Karate classes, earned my yellow belt within a year, hurt my foot doing bag kicking exercises, ripped the crotch out of my pants, and that was it.

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Risk Taking Adventures - Part #1

on January 4, 2010 - 11:11pm

Many years ago, I made a list of everything I wanted to do in my lifetime and I'm not doing too bad.

It all started when I was a senior in high school. One of my first adventures was taking beginning Belly Dancing lessons. The more I learned, the more fun I had. We designed and made our own costumes. One of my friends and I ended up in advanced classes with a different instructor, Merry (not joking). Did I mention we were naive? Okay.......... As time went on, we became good friends with our instructor. She was very talented. One evening she came to class and asked if any of the students were interested in performing professionally at a new dance club/bar. Well, of course my hand went up. I was game.. I was 20 years old and it sounded like fun. I did mention I was naive... There were three of us; the instructor, another student and myself. Our instructor said if the owner liked us, he would hire us to perform on occasion and the money was very good.

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on January 1, 2010 - 9:04pm

Living in a small town has its ups and downs, especially for those of us who work in the law enforcement field. Take for example the felons we see over and over again. Years ago, I remember one day taking a walk with my friend during a noon hour summer day. All of a sudden I hear, "Hey Kath, I'm up here!" Sure enough, one of our felons was hanging half out of his upper apartment window waving at me. My friend said, "That's it. We can't even take a walk downtown." A few years later, the same friend and I decided to go to a garage sale. We walked toward the house, I recognized the home owner as a client of ours, turned right around and walked to the car. My friend did not see me go the other way so she was talking to NOBODY all the way to the house. I laughed so hard. She said, "That's it. Can't even go to a garage sale. Now you have to get a wig and sunglasses."

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New Years Resolutions

on January 1, 2010 - 11:33am

Most years I make a mental list of my New Years Resolutions. Most year my mental list of resolutions seems falls in the "I don't want to deal with it" section of my brain.

So, today before midnight, I am writing down all of the changes I want to make in my life, and there are what seems to be millions.

Several years ago I read in a book (I think is was "Aladin's Magic Lamp")that if you write down what you want to do or change you make it 'real', and will be more successful at making changes. For two consecutive years after that, I made a list and set it aside until the last day of the year. I was able to check off all but one thing, putting electricity in the garage.

So, on December 31, 2010, I will give "MY CONFESSION" TO all of my fellow Grobanites as to how successful I was. One of my resolutions is to limit my computer time. I am a computer junkie.

Happy New Year to all.


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2010 Is Here

on December 31, 2009 - 10:14pm

It is hard to believe that one second in time moved us all to another year. That one second has so much power: In one second, a child will be born. In one second, somebody will lose a loved one. In one second ..........

Since New Years Eve and New Years Day are holidays, I don't have to go to work. I was able to stay at home. I filled my bird feeders finally.

The intestinal flu has taken down everyone in the house except me. Only lasts about 6 hours, but it is nasty. Maybe I have been flu-free because I have been practically living at work. I better not say too much or I will get it for sure.

I am getting the urge to be creative; sew, cook, craft, etc. Even sitting down with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate is inviting. It has been snowing and my cross country skiis have been calling my name. However, the trails close to home are not going to be groomed because of Michigan's poor financial situation. I will have to figure something out.

Time to get a snack before I go to bed. I have not eaten much today so I better eat something.





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