"If someoone shouts in your dream, do you wake up?" -- November 2010
Mason at Moo Duk Kwan, Redding's karate studio: Redding takes karate classes at a studio five doors down from our back door. At 5:00pm he walks out for his 5:30pm class so that he can get there early and watch the older group before him. At 6:30pm he walks back to the house down 20 de enero, lets himself in the back door, and sometimes I don't even realize he's gone. This is my kind of extracurricular.
Mason I went last Wednesday to see him practice. The instructor, a tall, lean, elegant Mexican, was calling out all kinds of commands, in Spanish. Uno, dos, grito. Cambie de mano y cruza. Dos golpeas y patata de frente, un pie arriba, and a whole bunch of other rapid-fire stuff that I couldn't understand. I asked Mason, "Do you understand all this?" "Yes." "Really?" And then rather disdainfully he said, "He's not speaking Chinese." -- November 2010