I saw the rumored dumpster-diving bear tonight. It’s hard to tell from this iPhone photo taken in the dark, in the rain, from across the parking lot, but that organic-looking shape on the upper right-hand corner of the big rollaway dumpster is a rather large bear!

In addition to that late-night excitement, We have had a heck of a lot of really awesome training. Five classes today, beginning with Chuck Hauk Sensei, and then the four main instructors for the retreat. I think it was something like five hours on the mat. Each session is an hour, and there are ample breaks and open mat time.

Each day starts at 7 AM, and tomorrow the guest instructor is Linda Holiday Sensei, who I have not trained with yet. Looking forward to that. I had best get some sleep before then!