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This isn't where I thought I was going to be when I looked forward into my life, but here I am....

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Questions from Janel

Here are the questions I got from Janel (I'm not posting the bit again about offering y'all questions, but I've already given out too many *smile*).

1. Out of all the different forms of martial arts, why did you choose Hwa Rang Do? Would you like to learn any other forms?

The original choice was because of Kyle. Kyle had studied Hwa Rang Do before and after we gradated he wanted to start training again and wanted me to join him. I wasn't so sure at first, but after an scary situation I was in at lunch one day, I realized it would be in my best interest to learn to defend myself. So, the original choice was one of convenience. The scary experience was a near harassment by kids of the Armenian mafia. A group of 5 guys was on their way over to mess with me when someone ran up and distracted them, so they all left.

As for other arts... if anything, probably Aikido. The thing I prefer about martial arts are the joint locks and soft style techniques. I like to be able to defend myself and incapacitate a person using little to no force. The kind of stuff that I scare Kody with. :) My friend/co-worker, Roger, was an Aikido blackbelt and he and I used to go hang out and lunch and discuss similarities and differences. It was a lot of fun. However, I think that Hwa Rang Do (as an art, not necessarily as a society) fits me really well. So, if anything I would choose to stay with that.

2. If you could go back and relive your college experience what, if anything, would you change?

Hm, this is really tough. There were several bad things that happened in college, but more often than not they were coupled with good things so I'm not sure I'd want to give up the good with the bad. For example, there was one big choice that I made in college that had I chosen the other path would more than likely change 90-100% of everything in my life right now. It's hard to conceive of the repercussions of such things, so I don't think I can include this particular item.

After giving it some thought, the one thing I'd like to change is how judgemental I was in my relationship with Thea. Now, I was judgemental with a lot of things, but if I had to pick one it would be Thea. The difficult part of changing this though is that the course of my relationship with Thea was what started me down the path of realizing that I needed to change. This is all coming out very confused, but I think you know what I mean. My goal in changing this wouldn't be to try to have maintained the relationship until now or anything, we've gone our seperate ways, we're still good friends and I have had many good experiences since, so I wouldn't want to change that. However, I wish I had been a nicer to her in the moment. :)

3. I know that you strive to escape your past as a Jehovah's Witness, but describe something good about growing up as a Witness.

I try not to escape my past as a Witness, I think I try to learn from my mistakes. ;) Without a doubt though, what I learned growing up as a Jehovah's Witness was how to stand by what I believe. I had to develop the ability to stand up to kids who would make fun of me at school and the ability to defend my beliefs to people when preaching door to door. The beliefs that I stand by are different now, but I still have the self-confidence to do what I feel is right and believe what I believe, regardless of the people around me.

4. Complete this sentence "If I were a piece of furniture I would be..." and describe why you chose that item.

... a comfy chair. Brightly colored, and maybe a little funky, so that I warm up a room. Designed well so I'm very practical in addition to being SUPER comfy. I considered if I am a couch, because I think I add a lot to a group of friends hanging out. I went with a chair though because I think I'm at my best in one on one situations. The kind of chair that everyone at the party calls dibs on, while still being the kind of chair you are relieved to flop into at the end of a long, hard day.

5. You created journalscape with Jenn. Has it been all you hoped it would be? Are there any changes or improvements in store?

JournalScape has been awesome! There are many things I wish were better about it, it still has several problems, but in spite of that, I could never have hoped for it to be as beneficial to my life as it has been. We receive emails fairly often from random users who just drop us a message to tell us how much it has improved their lives. One person actually said that it changed his life for the better on such a grand scale that he compared JournalScape to the invention of the word processor. That's good stuff.

As for changes and improvements... sadly, I don't know that many are coming any time soon. Realistically, I'm always making little changes here and there to fix bugs or tweak things that aren't quite working just right. I haven't been able to find much time/energy to make big changes in recent memory and with the addition of medical school to my schedule, I don't know where I'll find the time. One thing I wished I had done earlier was to have rewritten the system in Java. Right now it is written in Perl, which despite what people say is an awesome language. Java is the language I use at work, so it's the more comfortable language and it has much broader support for doing large scale web applications such as JournalScape. The only feature I'm working on currently is a way to stop comment spam. It's a really tough thing to fix without imposing complexity on the users, which is contrary to the ideals we founded JournalScape on.

Bonus Question: As the saying goes, Jahbean is da coolest! What is it about Jahbean that in fact makes her da coolest? :)

Indeed, Jahbean is da coolest. We became fast friends in college and I think it was because you are who you are. No need to change yourself to fit in, if people don't like who you are then they can go find other friends. I always respected that you were a straight edge in high school. I have so much fun dancing or partying without drinking or drugs, why add that into the mix? It was really nice to meet someone who understood.

You're smart, driven, fun, attractive, open-minded and just all around awesome. You've been SUCH a great friend to me throughout time, how could you be anything but da coolest?

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