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Aikido

About five years ago Julien and I started studying Aikido at Aikido de la Montagne. He stopped going at some point, and then I had to stop because work was just too hectic. Thing is, I always missed it. I kept telling myself that I would go back, but never got around to it.

Now three things have converged to allow me to go back to it. One: I earn enough money to afford the 50-60$ a month or whatever. Two: I live close enough that it is easy for me to attend classes, even in the winter, without worrying about finding and paying for parking. Three: my situation at work is such that I can take a couple of early afternoons a week without having to ask my boss for permission.

So I’ve started Aikido again! I am thrilled, despite my aching and sore thighs. Yay me! I did my first class in five years on Tuesday, then dropped by the McGill Go club for a game and caught up with a few old friends. Now I’m debating going back to Aikido tonight versus waiting until next Tuesday.

I finally did it.

Yes, I finally offset my carbon emissions for 2005. It wasn’t an easy choice (previous posts 1, 2, 3) but I finally did it. I won’t say here which of the two organizations I was looking at (Carbonfund or Terrapass) finally won out in my mind, because I think they are both fine projects and I don’t want to endorse one over the other. But if you really care you can ask me directly. Or find my car and see whose window cling I’m sporting :)

I’d like to once again thank Carbonfund president Eric Carlson and Terrapass CEO Tom Arnold for leaving such informative comments on this blog. The clarifications in what they wrote elevated both organizations in my mind and made my decision more difficult, but ultimately were very helpful.