Why does man create? Is it man’s purpose on earth to express himself, to bring form to thought, and to discover meaning in experience? Or is it just something to do when he’s bored?
-Calvin and Hobbes
Many people think that doing yoga is kind of a stretch. I, a superlative male, once looked down my nose at it, reasoning that only bench presses could properly channel my laddish energy. My girlfriend, who has come into possession of a permanently pulled fiber in her poor haunch, also thought that yoga was unsuitable for her. That we both recently tried it and liked it is a testament to just why the exercise has endured for thousands of years. Dani Leverington of Downtown Yoga could have told us as much.
My father took me to Germany when I was 12 years old. Late one night in the island town of Lindau, the hotel he had booked a room in was already full upon our arrival. “Eet eez not possible,” repeated the polite receptionist, slightly bewildered by the increasingly agitated Amerikanisch standing before her.
Steve Lee Swift — the man’s name alone sounds like a fusillade of quick blows. Known to all as “Sifu,” which is Cantonese for “Master Instructor,” he is a grandmaster of Wing Chun Kung Fu, a traditional Chinese martial art form that turns its student into a battering ram. The signature of the discipline is the rapidity of its movements. If you were to throw a serious punch at Sifu Swift, it would miss him before he proceeded to punch you back eight times in one second.
Have you ever tried to control a room full of elementary students? It’s like herding cats, except you also have to teach the cats math and they all have cell phones. Jen Goetz of Styled4Bliss was a teacher for two decades, so she learned how to maintain total control over a complicated, social situation. That’s why she is now a damn good wedding and event planner.
I would not be so brazen as to suggest that we ought to discount cultures which haven’t got booze. I am certain that there are lovely things to appreciate about Brunei and Bahrain, where barbaric prohibitions are in effect, while you’re sober as a judge, but who would argue that embracing foreign cultures isn’t more fun while you’re half in the bag? Many people, I’m sure, but I don’t espouse such puritanical sensibilities.