The PyCon tutorial on Django in Depth was ending. I had been sitting next to my friend Barbara and we got up to go when I heard a feminine voice ask: "Are you bshaurette?" I turned and it was like I got punched in the gut.
It was the first time I met Audrey. I remember every detail of how she looked at that moment. The clothes she was wearing, the part in her hair, that her eyes met mine, and that they didn't turn away. I was immediately captivating, but fortunately remembered to act like a gentleman. I tossed in a casual invitation to her to join us for lunch, which I pulled off even though my heart was pounding. Thankfully she accepted.
Speaking of the Capoeira Open Space, have you signed up yet to participate? Your skill level or athletic ability doesn't matter, just come and have fun!
How I'm training
Losing enough weight to make jumping easier without losing strength/endurance.
Practicing a lot of Capoeira. Especially on my non-workout days
Before you say, "do plyometrics!", keep in mind that Capoeira already has a lot of similar movements and I've got a tricky ankle. I've done plyometrics before and found that they caused my ankle grief. Capoeira's tight focus on smooth transitions isn't just distinctive, I think it's been good for healing what has been a problem joint for me for the past 9 years.
How I'm doing
I'm getting there.
I can do a butterfly kick badly, mostly because I don't arch my back enough. My hope is to get my head down further and my legs up higher. The end result is Aú sem Mão, right?
Why am I trying to do this?
Because I haven't done it before. And there is no time like the present. :)
For several years I've wanted to have a Capoeira event at PyCon US. Think of it: a lively blend of martial arts, music, dance, and nifty moves all done with and for a large crowd. Well, this year it looks like it may happen! PyCon is giving us a room and my own teacher, Contra Mestre Xingu will be in town. We would love for you to join!
The only hindrance is before I can make this happen, I need just twenty (20) people to express interest in participating; either learn some beginner friendly moves, play in the Roda, or just play instruments.
We aren't going to make you do crazy tricks, in fact, anyone can do Capoeira. It doesn't matter if you've never done anything athletic, or you won the gold medal in Olympic gymnastics. Just fill out the form and we'll see you there.
Every once in a while I think about moving off of blogger. My favorite part about it has been the reliability of hosting from a large provider like Google. However, I'm not a fan of the changes that have been occurring in terms of UI and delivery. While I don't have to use those changes now, I worry about being forced to accomodate them in the future.
I may go for Hyde instead, because it's a Python based solution and I can get finicky that way. On the other hand, Jekyll, at least in terms of documentation, is much more polished at this time. This may sound childish, but figuring out the kinks is not something I want to do with a blog - I just want to write and be sure my site doesn't go down.
All I know is that after doing so much note taking with restructured text, git, and Read the Docs, doing it in almost bare HTML in Blogger is really, really tiresome. It's time for a change!
I've been fortunate enough to land a moderating spot at the invitation only March 8th Python Web Summit that takes place at PyCon US 2012. The panel I'll be moderating is the somewhat contentious issue of code reuse across different Python frameworks. I'm working on some questions, but I would love input from the entire Python Web Community.
In June 2010 I started Capoeira while in Lawrence, Kansas under Celso Wills. I stopped for a few months after moving to Los Angeles in November of 2010. I picked it up again in the spring under Contra MestreXingu and have been training under him ever since at Valley Capoeira. I go as much as possible every week, each session usually being about 2 grueling hours with the heat in the gym turned up as high as possible. Why? Because it's about:
Fun! I love doing Cartwheels!
Learning new moves I never imagined before I began.
Trying to stop being the member of my family who can't play musical instruments.
Overcoming my fears of singing in public.
Showing them whippersnappers how us old people do it.