Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Christmas in May

OK... so it's not as impressive as Christmas in July or August, but what a bloody great day it's been!

After getting to have a rare morning where I wake up and get to kiss Squealie, I get dressed in my RKC Team Leader polo and head out for a photo shoot at Black Belt Magazine.

Rick Hustead, the photographer, & I have worked together on a number of projects, so we know how to get stuff done in jiffy. I know angles, he knows lighting, and we crank out a shoot in no time flat.... although doing a 70-lb TGU repeatedly and holding positions while he adjusted lighting was a little, well, interesting.

The day only gets better when I get to see the quality pics that Rick has generated. VERY cool! Look for some of them online and in print soon, and I'll be sure to give you guys a heads-up.

On top of that bit of fun, I got to hang out & have lunch with my boss, the executive editor, Robert W. Young.

I come home to a bunch of things that I've ordered off of ebay... Surefire flashlight batteries and a pair of wide frame Wiley X sunglasses (for the next time I find myself out in the sunlight for long hours).

The best gift of all was from someone who requested anonymity... the Emerson folding karambit with the wave technology feature. So Doc's Wishlist has once again been updated.

There are days when you feel so very blessed. A supportive blog comment from a colleague, a kind word from a boss, a gift from someone unexpected, and light traffic on the 405 just make for a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

Better get back to crackin' on Master Lin's book. Hopefully I'll crank that out before the CEU weekend on the 6th!


Franz Snideman said...

It's great to have days when you feel blessed!

I had one today! Rock on brother; and may God continue to bless you and your familia!!!!!!

Iron Tamer said...

I feel you man!

last week one of the newly minted MN RKCs sent me a hand-made knife and sheath. Its is awesome and humbling to recieve such things!

Mark Reifkind said...

you're always getting good stuff happening Doc and this is just great. see you soon!

Authentic Strength Trainer said...

'The longer I live, the more beautiful life gets'

Frank Lloyd Wright

W2 smiling and out. . .

Dr. Mark Cheng said...

Brethren, life just gets better & better. Last night was The Police concert at the Hollywood Bowl w/VIP passes, and tonight was me taking off from work and just hanging out with the senior instructors at the Inosanto Academy. Guro Inosanto even had me talk to his Silat class about the importance of stability and mobility a la Grey Cook.

Sometimes, you can't help but to just give thanks and be deeply humbled. There was something bothering me today, and 3 people took me aside (at different times), talked to me about it, and then put it all in perspective. The last couple of days have really been about inspiration, and I've gotten that in spades - from the incredible energy of The Police concert, and then an incredible moral boost today from three guys I really look up to. Such blessings!

Adam said...

Dr Cheng

The maddness has returned, Bottoms Up Get Ups are back! rally the war machine, we will prepare the troops!!

Rannoch Donald RKC said...


You deserve it. Every day should have a little sunbshine no matter the time of year.

Hope to catch up soon for discussions about the stage of our plan!



Eniko and Adam RKC said...

This year Christmas was in May too, in Hungary,because you and the RKC course were here in our little country!