I made it to class last night and felt… okay. Last week, by the time Friday rolled around, I finally admitted to myself that I was getting worse, not better. I was planning on going to the doctor on Saturday if I didn’t feel better, but Friday morning, when I began coughing up a charming combination of phlegm and blood, I figured I’d probably better get some help.
Sure enough, I was diagnosed with pneumonia, given a stern look or two by the doctor, and a couple of prescriptions. By Friday evening, I was already feeling better.
Bing had some personal business to take care of, so we worked some basics. I showed a simple scissor sweep along with a couple of variations, including the elevator sweep. Nothing fancy, but we have several white belts, and I figure that you can’t get enough of the basics. I also talked a little about the “dead angle.”
My energy level remains very low and I’ve still got a cough, but I’m feeling so much better. I just feel like I’m dragging through the day, but I guess it takes a while to get over pneumonia. I’m just thankful that I’m on the mend and able to get to class, and I’m looking forward to Friday.
I was really pleased that Brandon was at class last night. I was able to give him his newly dyed gi and he really seemed pleased. In the second picture, I made the mistake of looking directly at it. While it’s not quite as bright as Bing’s Orange Crush, it’s pretty bright.
Also, after giving it a lot of thought, I’m going to offer my services if anyone is interested in having a gi dyed by me. While I think that the process of dying a gi is very accessible, I get there are people who want a unique color, but who aren’t interested in DIY.
The price is something that I gave a lot of thought to, and I’m going to charge $80 for a single colored gi. Considering the cost of materials, shipping and the time involved with hand dying each gi, one at a time, I think this is a very fair price.
I’m in the process of putting some actual policies together on a website so that everything is very clear. But the way I look at it, I’ll help you with information for free. I have made a lot of information available, and I encourage anyone who’s interested to give it a shot. But, I’m also available to do it for you, if you’d like to pay for the service. It’s something I enjoy, and I have done enough of them now that I’m confident that I can make your gi look really good. I’ll also be working on some hand dyed gi patches and shirts using batik. More to come on this in the near future.