Friday, November 10, 2006


A few years ago, I was into the sport, or martial art, of fencing.

When my aunt found out I was a fencer, she said, "You know, you have a cousin in New York City who used to be into fencing."

I said, "Oh, yeah?"

She said, "Yes, but he got caught with twelve car radios in his trunk so he doesn't fence anymore."

I said, "Auntie, the kind of fencing I did was with a sword."

She said, "Really? Your cousin used to carry a pistol."


Blogger Matt said...

Very fine.

Sunday, November 12, 2006 5:29:00 PM  
Blogger James Burnett said...

ha! with a sword you'd have to be able to throw that thing with precision in order to do the kind of fencing auntie was talking about.

a few buddies and i were confronted in london once coming out of a bar by a guy with a knife. a couple of the guys grew up in rough areas where guns were common. So after the initial shock my buddies cracked up, which seemed to startle our would-be robber. As we turned and walked briskly the other direction one buddy called over his shoulder "Unless you work in a traveling circus and know how to throw that thing, or unless you're a track star and think you could catch us on foot, give it up. We're not scared!"

i admit, we were prepared to take off running if he'd come after us. But he just seemed kind of dejected and slinked away the other direction.

fencing? very cool sport to watch. Did you ever compete formally?

Sunday, November 12, 2006 11:49:00 PM  
Blogger The Sarcasticynic said...

On the other hand, if the would-be robber had a SWORD ...

I never fenced formally, but I did attend the Fencing Nationals in Charlotte as a spectator and was blown away by the showmanship of the participants.

Monday, November 13, 2006 6:47:00 AM  
Blogger James Burnett said...

interesting, fencing natls. in charlotte. i'd love to see that kind of competition.

one more plus for the city i'm callin my next home - post-south florida.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 10:38:00 PM  
Blogger The Sarcasticynic said...

James, Charlotte's Fencing Nationals are intense, but friends I have in Charlotte say they don't like the city nearly as much as they like those in NC's "Triangle" region. I do hope you'll check out this area with the same interest you have in that NASCAR town.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006 6:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Rhea said...

Very funny.

Monday, November 27, 2006 11:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Jim said...

Oh, that's laugh-out-loud funny!

Thursday, January 04, 2007 9:01:00 PM  
Blogger The Sarcasticynic said...

Thanks for the visit! Come back again ...

Thursday, January 04, 2007 10:03:00 PM  

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