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Extra ordinary…

April 21, 2010

Teach me…

my heart said…

but I held back the words…

— in The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy

Teacher often tests our core strength,

or at least she threatens too…

She says,

I should be able to push you,

hard,

and you should still be able to hold yourself,

in your position…

She gets us to practice holding our arms in flamenco form while a partner pushes down on them,

so we can isolate our muscles and make sure that we’re working from the correct areas of our back,

while keeping our hands soft…

She tells us,

That is the arte of flamenco…

You have to hold the tension and aggression in your body,

while at the same time relaxing your hands…

Your fingers don’t move…

The movement comes from the wrist…

You must contain your energy…

Stay centered…

Give your audience something to focus on or they’ll get nauseous…

And work with the element of surprise…

Before you know it everyone will be eating out of your hand…

Sounds like a back to basics game plan for the Canucks and their war pipes…

When I get back from bata de cola tonight,

I’m expecting the tale of the tape,

to be screaming out,

a sound recipe,

for how to train your dragon,

in 4D…

I had another dream about Alain Vigneault last night…

He was in the middle of a snow storm…

Calmly shoveling his way out from where he was,

wearing his gold rimmed Ray Bans…

I told him,

You already know this…

The key is the unexpected…

A little bit of kung fu panda…

As he drove off into the stormy night he threw something over his shoulder…

Something about subscriptions to satellite radio,

and a call,

from out of nowhere…

Riding across the desert on a fine Arab charger…

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