Back at the dojo except in back in the hot tub ................
SPB: So Grasshopper Deshi, how was your social event last evening?
GD: Most wonderful Sensei. The uni created an evening that was simply maaavalous! Say Sensei ........... why is it that when you get in the hot tub you put a little hanky on your head?
SPB: That's to keep it dry and wipe my face since the water is so hot I'm starting to feel like the frog in my lab class back in high school.
GD: So ............... is this where I say ............ Stick a fork in you 'cause you're done?
SPB: Ha, Ha,BwaBwa, Bwahahahahahahaha ............... only if you went to spend the rest of the day cleaning the makiwari with a tooth brush.
GD: Sensei, we don't have a makiwari in the dojo.
SPB: So I'll buy one. So did you learn anything last night?
GD: Hai Sensei! I learned that you have to have a plan.
SPB: Explain Grasshopper.
GD: Life and the social scene with your best companion must be savored and not rushed but must also be focused such that the universal energies flow. You must irimi and blend with the energy flow that is directed towards you while not attempting to exert control.
SPB: Oh My Gosh! You're starting to talk like me ............ hmmmmm ........... that's scary! Go on and try to speak English this time.
GD: Hai! We had a relaxing lunch. I went home an thought most vigorously about where to go on my date. I planned it out, bought the tickets ahead of time on-line, made dinner reservations, went to the Food Net and looked up the best wine to go with the Cajun food I thought would be nice, double checked that I had enough money in the bank to pay and cash in pocket to tip, and ...............
SPB: OK, I get the idea now. To sum it up you made a plan and stuck to it start to finish. Does that about sum it up?
GD: Hai Sensei.
SPB: Good! Now translate that to the tatami.
GD: If I want to progress and become Galactic Dan someday I must plan ahead.
SPB: Yes Grasshopper. Plan ahead, ask what you have to know for the next rank, find an uke when it's time and always keep your eye on the sea urchin .... er ........... ah ...........ball that is. Too many times we are promoted and slack off only to someday look up and discover that we now hold the dojo record for greatest number of decades as Ikkyu. You must always go to class and have enjoyment in the moment but you must temper your enjoyment with the plan to always work to advance and learn and progress. In other words, get on the jo .... er .... ah .... stick. Osu.
GD: Osu Sensei?
SPB: Yes Grasshopper ..... osu ....... we suffer together.