Originally, I was hoping to move to Thailand to learn Muay Boran in a much more intense fashion upon graduating high school, before I went to college. There are several reasons for which this did not happen, including visas, money, and the fact that I did get a lot weaker with lymphoma (It’s supposedly gone, now, thanks to what I thought to be copious irradiation).
Looking for something else to do, instead, I took the place of a junior Ajarn who was going to France for a Savaté tournament. I did very well, since, you know, the guys I was fighting were French. I got offered to be an instructor, temporarily, at a French kickboxing school. Which is like being a student at a Thai kickboxing school except I actually know what the hell people are saying, and I get paid in things besides enough rice to live on and bruises.
I left almost completely spur-of-the-moment (with little enough preparation I had to send my college decisious by mail from France, instead of my house). I took my finals and checked out of highschool early, so I’ve been here for a little over a month. I’m heading back in two weeks or so, most likely, since I’m not learning much and spending as much as I earn (Vegetarianism is very expensive in France, for some reason. Coupled with my Chartreuse consumption, it ends up with me pretty much broke a lot), and I’d like to spend some time with friends before I leave.
Sorry, the 984 and Vicki, by the way, but I picked Brown. I liked Durham alot, but I couldn’t connect with the kids at Duke nearly as well, for the most part, Brown’s curriculum was too open for me to pass up, and Duke students told me some of my interests (international studies, foreign language, other hippie bullshit) were some of Duke’s weakest (which is still pretty fucking strong, of course) areas.
Um, so, what’s going on with you guys?