Sunday, July 01, 2007

Visit with Rick in Atlanta

Months ago I called Rick and hit him up for floor space so we could take William to the AUSKF Summer Camp 2007 in Suwanee, GA. He graciously agreed. We got to his apartment after the first night of gi-geiko and discovered just how tiny it was! After agreeing to spend the evening and grabbing a bit of sushi from Whole Foods, we tried to get some sleep. The next day we got a hotel near the camp site for the incredible rate of $44.99! Again, our deepest thanks extend to my generous parents who gave us a little extra pocket money for the trip. We couldn't have managed this hotel without it! Another Arigatou Gozaimasu to Rogers of Memphis Kendo who found the hotel and post to the Kendo World forum about it. We got that great rate by going online. Complete with many cable channels, a salt-water pool and Wifi, we then invited Rick to spend the night with us as a kind of mini vacation. We had a relaxing time by the pool after William finished camp for the day. We bought all William's favorite foods (again from Whole Foods) and just hung out all evening. No photos of breakfast, but I finally succumbed to the Memphis Kendo club's penchant for Waffle House. Rick was insistent that it was great and William has always wanted to join "the guys" at their hearty breakfast, so I walked over with them and admit those hash browns were great. Rick even went and watched some of the Kendo kata before asking to be taken back to Atlanta. Luckily we got to see him again before we headed home.

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