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Postby Bill B. » Mon Mar 19, 2001 2:08 pm

My congratulations to all candidates who passed their dan test yesterday. This being my first vist to Gary's dojo, I must say he has a beautiful school and the promotion itself was as smoothly run as any I have seen over the years. It was an honor for me to sit on this board and I thank all for a wonderful day. I pray that the injury to Fidele is not serious and he has a quick recovery. His performance was indeed, exceptional, a credit to our system. A GREAT job by all. AND, thank you George!!
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Postby Steve » Tue Mar 20, 2001 7:36 pm

...and let me chime in with how great it was to finally meet you, Bill!

Even better to find out that we are from the same area of the country and have probably hunted some of the same woods and fields.

Thanks for letting me drive your van - what a luxurious vehicle.

Best regards, Steve

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Postby gmattson » Tue Mar 20, 2001 8:56 pm

In case anyone doesn't know Bill, he and I had our picture taken at the dantest and I posted it on the home page as part of the slide show. Bill is the handsome one!! Image

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Postby Ron G » Wed Mar 21, 2001 4:58 am

Hey bill, Looked at your picture and thought I would be seeing some old guy. Lookin good!
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Postby Bill B. » Sun Mar 25, 2001 11:48 pm

Steve, it was my pleasure meeting you as well. I had a great day. Ron, you expected correctly, you were looking at an "OLD" guy, but thanks anyway. I might add, George was correct, I am the better looking one. lol. And considering that I am like 2 1/2 months older than George, well, all I can say is George you should take better care of yourself. (with all due respect sir!)
I wanted to mention that Thursday night Art Rabesa came over and picked me up and we went to Pembroke. Peter Blackman taught the class and before long Art was in there with his specialty, first gear attacks. Jim Maloney, Van Canna, Bobby Bethaney, Art and myself were there. I did gi up but only did a san chin. That is the first for awhile and I must admit it felt like a million bucks, it probably looked awful but I think I can improve on it, I just have to gear everything back. From there, Jimmy, Art, Van, Peter, Bobby and me went to a restaurant and had a wonderful meal. The restaurant was closed, we were the only ones there and the food kept coming and it was just delicious. These guys, especially Bobby and Jimmy started telling the stories, (of course I have heard them many times over the years), but we were all in stitches and it was 1:30 in the morning when Art dropped me off. Poor guy, he had to work in the morning. But it was just a great time with the wild bunch of great guys and some of the elite Uechi teachers. I have been exhausted ever since. Just can't take the night life anymore. lol. It was the best night out in years and I thank the "guys" for including me. Next time I do san chin and maybe another kata.
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