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Southern flavor
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SO! I’m looking at submitting a photo or three from my trip to this year’s State Fair. I’ve never had my work entered into a competition setting, so it’s going to be new territory for me. If you’ve seen a photo on here that you think is worthy, do let me know! I’d be interested to hear opinions from other folks. 🙂 As of...

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Goodbye Shichahai
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Today was our last day of training at Shichahai, which makes me an unhappy monkey. We’re repacking and consolidating our things tonight, because we’re leaving Beijing early tomorrow and heading to Xi’an, and then we’ll be off to Tai’an a couple days after that. It *is* cool that we’ll get to see other parts of China outside of Beijing, but we could’ve easily spent...

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Hitting the (Great) Wall
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Today was Day 3 of training, which meant: conditioning! It wasn’t as terrifying as I feared, but it was still pretty rough, after all of the other things we’ve been doing, and my abs hurt like a mother. I’m really, really glad I’ve been doing so much circuit training over the past 2 months, because I wouldn’t have made it through otherwise. It feels...

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Entering the mothership
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It seems fitting to start with the whole reason I’m here: the training! We got up bright and early on our first morning here, so we could make it over to Shichahai for the a.m training session. We arrived on the campus with no real idea of what to expect, but I have to admit that, when we arrived at a small outdoor track,...

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The How and the Why
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For those who may have landed here, and either don’t know the story, or only know parts of it, I’ll fill in some of the gaps. In November of 2003, I was introduced to the UO Wushu Team. And by, “introduced,” I mean, “verbally dragged by a good friend,” heh. (thanks, Janet ;)) UO Wushu was a small club back then, and I had...

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