And to think I never owned any of them (it helps that my GI Joe action figure days were relatively pretty short and limited). These are pretty dumb and note the years. More evidence that marketers are just plain running out of ideas.
Returning from the last quadrienniel are Ed Korfanty for Women's Saber and Yury Gelman for Men's Saber.
Anthony (Buckie) Leach - Women's Foil
Roberto Solbavarro - Women's Epee
Mauro Hamza - Men's Foil
Sebastien Dos Santos - Men's Epee
These four are new (or new again in the case of the first two) to National Coaching and we can hope that their programs continue to prosper under them. I suspect from the rumblings on f.net that the Women's Epee program will be very closely watched from all sides as there have been grumblings about the way the program was handled in the past. Mauro is extremely capable as a coach, but as being a National Coach is slightly different, there might be a period of adjustment. I know nothing about Mr. Dos Santos's career as a coach so that might be one to watch as well.
It's particularly good to see the continuity in the Saber programs to continue to build off the success of the past two quads.
Men really don't want Princesses, nor do they want to be Princes.
Princes are born into success, men make their own. We want women who
share that same ethic, however it is success is defined. It’s just not
sexy to date a helpless princess with an aversion to peas and a
bluebird fetish. Give us Sarah Connor in a black cocktail dress pumping
a shotgun any day.
I can say that of the list, I really don't eat any of them (except dark meat) on a regular basis, when they're on the menu. I don't buy celery, nor seaweed, and especially not hemp seeds. Scallops are rare, but that's more based on price of the Bay kind then anything else.
One of my more common searches is for fencing dummies. The training partners that just stand there and take it.
The first coach I trained with in Chicago had one in his club. He explanation was "it is for technical practice." The lesson was for tactical practice. We would occasionally do drills on it in a line. So we could watch each other and have him critique us while we were doing it.
Here's one of many links to finding plans for the Fencing Dummy. I have not used one since, and can not endorse any specific plans.
If I remember correctly, Rudy Volkmann's book "The Big Book on Fencing" also has plans on building one (as well as so much other stuff, spend your coin on this instead of just the plans, you'll thank me later).
It occurs to me that the "about me" picture on the left there is about.... 6 years old. Really, I've got to get around to getting a newer one up, preferably one that doesn't have me making such a dumb-looking face in it.
The last couple of days ended me doing Y-12 Boy's Saber and then a little of a couple of things.
The saber pool went pretty well, I got a compliment from a well-known and respected coach (and former ref who once mentored me). He said I "understand fencing".
However, in the DEs one of his assistants disagreed quite a bit and I know I should have carded him for his disagreement. The call was one of those where "it's only Y-12, you should keep it simple," is not much of a defense when your student makes a BIG mistake and loses a crucial touch because of it.
But other than a few memorable moments, I have no idea what else I did that day. Surely Y-12 Saber wasn't the only thing. I shared a pool of Junior Women's Saber and did 1 DE bout. After the bout, with the final score of 15-7, the coach of the losing fencer walked over and said "I'm sorry you don't understand Right-of-Way." My response was "Thanks, but that's not at all helpful." After that was over, I went to Junior Women's Team Foil to relieve a sick referee. That was interesting, as I'd done saber all day and now had to watch arms and heads twisting and moving. The first couple of calls were tough, but I settled in and found a grove. Once I finished that match, I was released for the day.
The next day (and final day for me), I observed a young lady from Portland, ME (Hi Adam! Her coach and a former teammate of mine) and had fun in Div 3 Men's Foil. I got to ref a few bouts and then took notes on how she did. That was my second observation this competition. Something that I've only done once before in all my years as a ref. Pretty interesting there. Then I was sent to Girls' Y-12 Saber. Which is still pretty much foil. Although there was one girl in my pool who could actually fence saber. That was also interesting as I got a handshake from a coach from DCFC who just a couple of years ago asked a ref to take his fencer's bouts when we were sharing a pool. Guess I've improved some.
I was then given both a Quarter- and Semi-final bout and apparently didn't suck there either. During the DE rounds one coach was standing about 3 feet from me (so he could the same angle and criticize my calls while still speaking to his fencer), he was screaming at her to move her feet and you could see her fence worse the more he yelled. I looked at him and said "Coach, you're starting to disturb me."
His reponse was a quick "I understand, I'm sorry," and he moved down a bit and stopped yelling and she returned to the actions that were scoring touches.
All-in-all, Nationals was a fun time. Long, and stressful, but fun and I got to see some good fencing (even if I didn't referee much, but that's me not being very active last season).