Ok, so I haven’t posted in a while. Others things have been going on, and I began to feel I was writing about the same things over and over again. I’ve also been thinking about simplifying things a bit and just writing one or maybe two blogs.
Since you last heard from me on this subject, not much has happened. I’m still going to the park on Sundays. A couple of foreigners have begun to show up as well. I practiced pushhands with one of them once; didn’t learn much. He would tense up like a rock and make three attempts to push and then shove. Every time. It got a little tedious. Probably good practice though if I were more patient about things.
I’ve been practicing moving pushhands with Teacher X a lot lately. This is interesting and probably good for me in an aerobic sort of way. Last Sunday I did some moving swordfighting with Little Qin, which is always fun, if tiring. I kept having to switch hands.
At the end of practices, around 1 p.m. or so, a DPP-sponsored Anti-ECFA group sets up in the area and plays hymns against Chinese trade pacts like “Jesus Hates Chinese trade pacts, and so should you.” This is usually my signal to leave, as it’s hard to concentrate.
The newest development in the park are oddly shaped patches of grass being planted here and there. It’s some kind of art project, but I can’t imagine all of the wrestling, practicing, fighting, etc. being good for the grass. There’s a reason that area is just dirt: A century or so of scuffling. But who knows, maybe it will take root. Stranger things have happened.