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The Final Push

Spring break is almost here. It's so near I can taste it (it tastes like snow). All I have to do is revise one five-page paper, and then a whole sweet week with no classes to get in the way of my homework.

That didn't come out quite right. . .

I seem to have developed a slight case of épée pox along my weapon arm. The only other épéeist at fencing last night has a perpetually foul temper and hits much harder than strictly necessary, even in drills. However, I give back as good as I get, and I don't really mind getting épée pox in a drill. In a bout is another matter, but I don't bout with this guy. I did get to bout with two other guys, though. One was a foilist who wanted to give épée a whirl, so we just played without keeping score. And then I switched to foil and bouted a few more times. I even managed to get myself in a duel of honor. Which I won, 5 - 3. So there. All in all, a very good night.


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Mar. 18th, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC)
then a whole sweet week with no classes to get in the way of my homework.

Funny how that seems to be the way of spring break, isn't it? I hope you enjoy the week all the same. :-)
Mar. 18th, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
Well, it'll keep me off the streets. And it's cheaper than going to Cancún, anyway.

The University is large, and I know that several of my friends, including my pet freshman, are staying around for break. And I am looking after the cats of one of my sparring partners, so I'll get a daily fur fix. Life could be much worse.
Mar. 19th, 2005 10:07 am (UTC)
Ohh! Break, with KITTIES! :).

Also love the little suckers, huh? (Pryes hers off her arm so she can type. lol.)

Speaking of arm, would that condition be from having a foil whipped across your arm? Just curious. I recall that happening. (And losing an entire fingernail to one chich, who made it a habit.)
Mar. 19th, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC)
It was an épée instead of a foil, and stabbing instead of whipping, but that's pretty much it. I've never gotten any serious bruising from a foil. Little one-pounders are flexible enough that a good hard poke never hurt anyone, and I've been fortunate enough not to encounter any whippers of the foil persuasion. For me, bruising and épée pox comes mostly from épées. Though the largest bruise I ever got came from a modified épée in a modified game. Coach got mad and smacked me one. He was not a good coach, and our bouts in those games often got personal.
Mar. 20th, 2005 07:13 am (UTC)
That does not sound like a good coach. I never dealt with the epee. (Runs to look it up. lol.) I did, however, encounter one monumental whipper. The only satisfaction was that I trounced her sorry behind. I lost a fingernail from the root down, and had some very viscious marks going up BOTH arms, though, from facing her (And that was just the one competition bout). She was a real piece of work.

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