What is a Langkah?

Langkah (Indonesian) - noun: literally step, move, pace, action, measure, stride, leap, foot, footstep, gesture, tread, footpace

In Indonesian martial arts, Pencak Silat, it commonly refers to geometric patterns on the floor used to train footwork and develop an understanding of the role of the lower body in maintaining balance and a base from which to generate power.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Man Of Value

I arrived at Warrior's Way in Wichita Falls, TX at 12:30 PM. The school is owned and operated by Guro Harley Elmore and his wife, Krystal. This weekend, they're having their annual "Family Gathering" event.

When I arrived, Krystal greeted me and told me everyone else was out at lunch. I'd expected as much given the timing of my arrival.

When they returned, I greeted Guro Harley and all his tribe who I know. There were a couple of surprises when I spotted Larry Laurich and Richard Hartstein, who are Shen Chuan brothers of mine. Of course, Ryan Dewitt, also a Shen Chuan brother and a student of Guro Harley, is the connection but seeing Larry and Richard still took me a bit by surprise.

Training resumed and, as with every event of Guro Harley's that I've been involved with, it was excellent. He'd put a lot thought into the structure of the event and, between sessions, he explained the theme to me.

The theme was self-defense. Not really surprising for a martial arts event, but, in true Elmore style, he'd expanded it to places a lot of people miss. Each instructor presented something related to self-defense, but not always martial arts. Guros Chuck and Kara Giangreco gave a presentation on good security habits when using social media. Guro Chad, a long-time IT professional, discussed some basic security measures for home networks and being online in general.

Tomorrow, the formal event will continue and, I'm sure, it will be just as fantastic as today was.

I'm not here to talk about the event, though. I'm here to talk about Guro Harley and Warrior's Way in general.

What I Really Want To Say

I met Guro Harley in 2001 when he hosted a Sayoc Kali seminar with Tuhon Chris Sayoc. I had previously met Tuhon Chris, very briefly, at the Kuntao Silat de Thouars Family Gathering in 1998 and he and his presentation had impressed me a lot.

I don't think Guro Harley had ever heard of me prior to me walking into his school for the seminar. I honestly don't remember our friendship developing. It just was. I don't remember introducing myself to him or the first time I met him. I just know it was that year at that event. All my memories with Guro Harley are memories of kinship. We share a lot of history in our martial backgrounds, what we've trained and who we've trained with, but it goes much deeper than that.

We share very similar mindsets about training. Our approaches differ, but run very parallel, and tend to be very complimentary.

I know Guro Harley is a full instructor under Dan Inosanto in at least a couple of different disciplines, and I know he's a full instructor in Sayoc Kali. I know he's closely affiliated with Bahala Na. Basically, I know he's got a wall full of paper but, as is common in our circles, paper alone means little. While I'm aware of his paper credentials, what I know about him is what I've seen and felt.

Guro Harley is, first and foremost, an exceptional person. A man of integrity, generosity, caring, and compassion. As a martial artist, he excels. His understanding of weapons, especially blades, is top notch. No one who steps onto the mat where he's teaching, or crosses arms with him, has any doubt about his skills and abilities as both a practitioner and a teacher.

I feel honored to know him, to call him a friend, and to consider him part of my tribe. When I visit, Guro Harley and his people always welcome me with open arms. What Guro Harley has done here in Wichita Falls, and beyond, with his Warrior's Way organization is truly impressive. It's a strong organization with a lot of high quality people involved and, of course, with that foundation, it tends to attract other high quality people.

If you're near Wichita Falls, TX, or passing through, and have any interest in martial arts, you should check out Warrior's Way. If you have the chance to train with Guro Harley—maybe at a seminar he's teaching in your area—I would highly recommend it.

Mabuhay and Selamat, Guro Harley. Keep up the good work.


The Wandering Guru

"Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value." — Albert Einstein

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cool Author Moment

A few days ago I wrote, “a hush fell over the room” in a story.

My editing/critiquing partner, Sean, said, "Major cliche. What else ya got?"

I considered it, hit Google, and, from there, Wikipedia, and found that the Greeks, in Ptolemic Alexandria, developed a mythos around a god named Harpocrates. The god of silence evolved, erroneously, from the Egyptian child god Horus.

Apparently, a statue of Horus depicted a child holding a finger to his lips. In Egyptian, this symbolized childhood. The Greeks mistakenly assumed it meant silence. So, when they adopted the god, they made him a god of silence and bastardized his name as Harpocrates based on the Egyptian, “Har-pa-khered” (meaning “Horus the Child”).

I rewrote the line as "Harpocrates stole into the room and even the crickets outside grew quiet." A much better way of saying the room got quiet. Hurray for the internet.

Today, as I drove up Oak Creek Canyon, heading from Sedona to Flagstaff, I had an epiphany. A major epiphany. And a very humorous one.

My mind wandered back to the name, Harpocrates. It played with it a bit and hit on the Harpo portion of it. I immediately thought of Harpo Marx, the silent brother of the well-known comedy troop. I realized the connection and laughed out loud as I drove down the road. I pulled over at the next available spot and texted Sean to let him in on the joke.

Now I'm sitting at Chick-Fil-A. I just finished eating and am writing this blog post. I did a bit of research and it turns out that Harpo, in fact, took his name from the fact that he played a harp. However, the brothers were aware of the coincidence and Groucho once joked about an intentional connection. From there, the connection became a bit of urban legend that some people believe.

Coincidence or not, I find the connection incredibly humorous and I love the fact that my writing led me to find it, and led me to learn a bit more about both Ptolemic Alexandria and about the Marx Brothers (who I've always enjoyed).

To find out more about Harpo Marx, the character and the man, visit the website maintained by his son: http://www.harposplace.com/

The Wandering Guru

"" — Harpocrates

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tai Chi Alchemy 2014 - Review

Every year, for the past twenty, an amazing group of people have converged on Sedona, Arizona for an event called Tai Chi Alchemy. I began attending in 2005 so this marked my tenth year of attendance, and what an incredible year.

I could enumerate the training sessions that happened or, at least, the ones I attended. It would mean nothing to you, though, unless you attended. And if you attended, then you need no explanation. I will say, though, that the theme of the event was, "Get out of your head and into the game."

Our Stories

Stories rule our lives most of the time. We tell ourselves stories about how good we are, or how bad. We relive the stories handed down to us from our parents. These stories influence our decisions, actions, and every aspect of our lives. Some of the stories are helpful sometimes. Ultimately, though, the stories remove us from the present. Instead of engaging with the world and people around us, we objectify and tell ourselves stories about the world and those people.

While, in our day-to-day life, these stories rarely cause us problems, the path to a healthier life must be sought outside the stories, in the moment. These stories take place completely in our heads. The theme, then, really dealt with getting out of our stories and into the present.

All the people who presented a session addressed this topic in one way or another and presented tools for accomplishing the goal of getting beyond our stories and into the moment.

The Result

Words can't do justice to the experience shared by the group, the Alchemists, at the event. Alchemy, at its root, is about transformation. The Alchemists who gather among the red rocks of Sedona each year focus on transforming ourselves, becoming increasingly better versions of ourselves, so, in turn, we can carry that transformation out into the world and help others. Our real goal, is the transform the world.

We realize the loftiness of that goal, but we still shoot for it. Each person who attends experiences transformation of some sort. Every year. It's not a fluke. We repeat the results every year. The details of the results vary from year to year, but each year, without fail, most of the people in attendance experience some sort of powerful transformation. The most common word used to describe it is "miraculous."

When we leave, we carry that change with us. It influences how we interact with the world and the people around us. While only a few dozen people attend the event most years, the ripple effects touch hundreds, if not thousands.

The Call

The more people who attend, the more impact we, as a group, have on the world. The more impact, the closer we get to achieving our goal of changing the world, of making it a more loving place overall. We want more people at the event.

It doesn't matter if you train in Tai Chi or martial arts at all. Plenty of people have attended the event over the years starting at ground zero and have come away with their own miracles.

If you are an open-minded person who genuinely cares about your fellow humans and wants to learn about engaging more deeply with your world and those around you, this event is for you.

If you yearn to find a place where perfect strangers become family and the most common greeting is a sincere hug, this event is for you.

And, yes, if you're interested in Tai Chi or martial arts in general, you'll find plenty of people willing to discuss and share in these areas, too.

The words Stephen Watson used to convince me back in 2005 were, "It'll change your life." He was right. It did. Each and every year, it has changed my life for the better.

Everyone I've talked to about the event says it has, each year, changed their life for the better, too.

Come join us. It'll change your life.

To find out more about the event, its past, its future, and other related things, visit http://taichialchemy.com

The Wandering Guru

"This is why alchemy exists," the boy said. "So that everyone will search for his treasure, find it, and then want to be better than he was in his former life. Lead will play its role until the world has no further need for lead; and then lead will have to turn itself into gold. That's what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too." — Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tai Chi Alchemy 2014

Yesterday, Tai Chi Alchemy, for me, had its informal kick off. The alchemists began converging in Sedona, the ingredients of the transformative process began to come together, to mix and mingle, to reunite and start to fizz in the wonderful way TCA always does. More people will arrive today, more tomorrow, and the official event will begin tomorrow evening with the opening circle.

If you haven't attended TCA, you should. Doesn't matter if you practice Tai Chi or not. While some Tai Chi definitely happens during TCA, the event, really, at least from my perspective, is about the alchemy. The group of people who gather each year, whether veteran alchemists or new arrivals, is amazing. Other words which might be used to describe them and the event include awesome, fantastic, inspiring, loving, miraculous ... well, you get the idea.

My Story

In 2004, I met Stephen Watson at an event in Miami, Florida. We immediately struck up a friendship. Over the next seven or so months, we talked regularly either on the phone or via email. We also saw each other about once a month, and usually because of serendipity. For instance, I once called him and, in passing, mentioned I was in Denver. He said, "So am I! Let's get together."

That sort of thing happened routinely for us that year. When we got together, he'd share some Tai Chi with me, and we'd compare notes about all sorts of things. But I've sort of strayed from the primary topic.

Every time we talked, whether in person or otherwise, Stephe would tell me, "You've gotta go to TCA. You've gotta go to Sedona." Every time.

And, every time, I responded, "Why? I don't do Tai Chi. The event costs several hundred dollars, plus travel and expenses. Why on earth would I want to go to this event?"

"You gotta go. It'll change your life."

I don't know how many times we had that conversation. Finally, mostly to shut him up, I paid my money and attended the event in September of 2005.

The experience blew me away. I can't do it justice with any sort of description or explanation. Whole new vistas, ripe for exploration, opened in my understanding of martial arts and, specifically, in my understanding of my Silat. I learned a bit about Tai Chi principles and how much they have in common with my Silat. I shared some of my own material with the group.

And, Stephe was right. It changed my life. No exaggeration.

That year, I only spent three days in Sedona, Friday through Sunday of the actual event. The first thing I realized when I left was that I needed more time after the event to decompress. I loved Sedona, but I thought it was mostly the event coloring my perception of the place.

In 2006, I spent week in Sedona, a couple of days before and after the event. I had more incredible experiences, and I realized I loved Sedona. The event played a major role, but I loved Sedona for itself both before and after the event.

In 2007, my wife, Margaret, came to Sedona with me. We rented a house in Sedona for 2 weeks. She didn't attend the event, but she hung around the fringes, meeting people, and hanging out. After two days, she asked me, "So, when are we moving here?"

In 2008, we rented a house in Sedona for a month and Margaret got more involved with the alchemists, but still didn't attend the actual event.

In 2009, we moved to Sedona. Margaret, who isn't even a martial artist, began attending the actual event.

We've been every year since. The group of people who meet here are part of our family. The lessons learned, whether about Tai Chi, healing, or life in general, have been profound on so many levels, I can't even begin to enumerate or explain them.

Come To Sedona. Come To TCA. It Will Change Your Life.


The Wandering Guru

“God made the Grand Canyon, but lives in Sedona.” — Anonymous

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Thoughts on Cross Training

I just posted this as an article on the main website but want to share it directly here, too.
  1. Pure martial arts systems do not exist. Every system has drawn influence from other systems, either directly or indirectly. When fighters fight, they inevitably influence each other. Since martial arts wouldn't exist without confrontation, all the martial arts systems have been influenced by other systems. Where they didn't directly "steal" from each other, they developed things specifically to counter each other.

  2. Cross training isn't a new concept. The Shaolin and the Samurai both cross trained. And while those examples are the best known, others cross trained, too. Cross training has existed for a long time—probably as long as martial arts. In this day and age, though, we have a larger variety of options available for cross training.

  3. There are some universal pros and cons to cross training. But, on top of these, each person will have his/her own personal pros and cons when it comes to cross training. Some people are simply wired in such a way they would be spinning their wheels if they tried to cross train. Others are wired such that they'd get bored and quit if they couldn't change gears every so often.


Cross training can be very valuable—if done properly. A foundation is vital. The foundation gives a student a certain baseline understanding and something with which to anchor future learning. The foundation can be developed alongside supplemental training, but the training must be perceived as such (e.g.: a foundation and supplements).

Once the student has a solid foundation and understands the basic principles, then s/he can spot those principles in other training. Principles are universal. Every martial art draws from the same large pool of concepts and principles. The emphasis a system places on various aspects, and the approach it takes in applying the various concepts and principles make the system unique.

Once the basic principles are understood, it's useful to see how other arts, systems, styles, or instructors approach those same principles. Where an art overlaps one's foundation, one gains depth. Where it doesn't overlap, one gains breadth.

Without the foundation, though, you're digging a bunch of shallow holes and will likely never hit water.

Dig until you hit water, then you can look for other flavors of water.

Technique Collection Vs Understanding Principles (Why Not How)

Don't worry about how an instructor does something. Focus on why it works. An instructor may be able to do something a particular way because of specific attributes that you don't have. By focusing on why it works, though, you can figure out how to make it work for yourself.

I think it is possible for a person to develop a core while simultaneously training in supplemental material. But, for most, I don't think this is the most efficient approach to training. Until the student has a foundation, they're really just collecting techniques. The foundation, an understanding of the underlying concepts and principles, is what ties all the various techniques together. Technique collection is one of the universal pitfalls of cross training. Like any pitfall, though, if one is aware of it, it can be avoided.

It doesn't matter which system forms the foundation. What matters is that the student develops an understanding of the underlying principles, and an eye for spotting them. The student should reach a point where s/he understands the underlying principles and can answer the question, "Why does this technique work?" Once that understanding is developed, the student should have the mindset of seeking the principles and a foundation for recognizing/comprehending them.

Each student starts as a mimic. S/he mimics the instructor to learn the basic movements. Later, the student mimics the instructor's explanation of the movements. At some point, though, the student should start understanding the movements. The explanation may or may not change, but the understanding should change. The student should reach a point where s/he can explain the same movement in a variety of ways that branch from that understanding. Without the understanding, the student can never do more than parrot the instructor's words and actions.

If a student seeks only to learn how to fight, then cross training isn't necessary, though it may still be helpful. Look at MMA's usage of Muay Thai, BJJ, and other systems as an example. I think martial artists, though, should seek out other perspectives in order to deepen their own understanding. A martial artist should always be in pursuit of developing a better answer to the question, "Why does this work?"

Students must learn to seek the underlying principles instead of techniques. If you learn one technique, then all you have is one technique. If you learn the underlying principle behind that technique, then you have a thousand techniques. This is analogous to, "Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime." If a student never digs deeper than the techniques, then the s/he will become a technique collector. S/he will have a bunch of pretty techniques but no real understanding of why they work or how they might be tied together. To return to the fishing analogy, this would be like collecting a bunch of fish instead of learning to fish. That collection of fish, no matter how large, will only feed the person for a few days before the fish start to rot.

Here's a specific martial arts example (from my own experience) of this concept:

In AGPS, we had a specific joint lock called Outside Shoulder Lock. One variation of this lock is identical to Aikido's shiho nage. AGPS and Aikido get to the lock/throw in different ways. If I just learn these two techniques then all I'll have is a couple of ways of getting to the same lock/throw.

But, because of my solid foundation in Silat, I understand that the principle of that lock is used in several other locks. Since I understood this, when I learned shiho nage, I automatically had literally dozens of "techniques" based on that shared principle and I deepened my understanding of the foundational elements.

Since they are based on valid principles, each of these dozens of techniques is also valid. Though the practicality of each, for me, will depend on my testing of each. But I know that each one is valid because it is firmly rooted in a valid principle.

So, a technique collector would come away with two techniques. A martial artist comes away with dozens.

Refinement Is The Key

Cross training shouldn't be about learning how to fight. It should be about refining the understanding of the principles. Technique collectors aren't refining, they're loading up. Eventually, they'll overload. Proper cross training should be about refinement. It should be about finding options within what you already know, not about adding new techniques to the pile.

A potential problem with trying to cross train too early is that all of the student's classes will be beginner's classes. If one studies 5 arts for 1 year, s/hd will only have one year of training. The student will still only be a novice in each of those arts and in his/her overall development. If the student then starts switching and studying other arts, s/he will never be taught anything past the rudimentary basics. Some people can train in several things simultaneously and, intuitively, find the underlying connections between the arts. For most, though, this approach is the long way around.

Generally, the most efficient route to building a foundation is to train in one system until the foundation is built. Once the foundation is built, then cross training can be useful for shoring up weak areas in the foundation, and in building a house on that foundation.

Jack Of Many Master Of None

A common argument against cross training is the "jack of many, master of none" pitfall. It is a valid concern and an easy pit to fall into. It's also possible to avoid it.

During the bulk of my training, I trained in Sikal. I attended seminars and classes on a wide variety of other systems while training in Sikal. The key, though, I wasn't training in those other systems.

As an example, in 20007 and 2008, I was teaching Sikal. One of my private students was a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Pedro Sauer. So, after teaching him Sikal, we would go into his BJJ class and I would train there. I wasn't training in BJJ, though. I was still training in Sikal.

Sikal has some ground fighting from Harimau Silat but BJJ specializes in ground fighting. Training in BJJ strengthened my foundational understanding of ground fighting and, in turn, enhanced my understanding of the Harimau Silat aspects of Sikal.

These days, AGPS is my core. When I, for instance, attend a workshop on Tai Chi, I'm really still studying my Silat. Through my exposure to Tai Chi, I learn more about structure and balance. I learn more about the internal aspects of central equilibrium and energetic coherence. These principles, in turn, influence my Silat and the AGPS curriculum.

A Fine Line

It's a fine line to walk. Cross training is easy. Proper cross training is difficult. But if one can walk that line, they are likely, though not guaranteed, to be better martial artists because of it.

On the flip-side, cross training isn't necessary. It's possible to be a good martial artist and to develop a solid foundation and understanding of the underlying principles without cross training. For people who can't walk that fine line and find proper cross training, though, they're better off not cross training at all.


Cross training isn't the right option for everyone. However, it shouldn't be discarded out-of-hand simply because it's not right for someone else. Explore it, it might be right for you.

Remember, two of the most famous groups of martial artists in history, Samurai and Shaolin, both cross trained. They considered cross training important and vital. For example, it was common for a Samurai to train Kenjutsu, Tantojutsu, and Jujutsu—not to mention calligraphy and poetry.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Words, words, words

Words have power. Maybe it's because I'm a writer. Maybe because I've studied some NLP. Whatever the reason, though, I have a deeply rooted awareness of the power of words.

We've all heard the adage, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me." This is true ... but incomplete.

Words can hurt me. If I let them. Any words I internalize have a direct and profound effect on me, and on how I deal with the world. How I deal with the world, in turn, affects how the world reacts to me.

In general, humans don't deal with reality. We deal with an internal map of reality. We deal with labels and abstract concepts. We tend to take snapshots of reality, and deal with those snapshots.

These maps and snapshots are, for most of us, comprised heavily of words. Sure, we have some images, sounds, smells, and touch-memories mixed in but, mostly, words. We describe the world to ourselves.

Snapshot Example

An example of the snapshot idea might happen with a car. You buy a beautiful new car. It's your favorite color, and everything about it is perfect. Six months later, though, there are minor scuff marks on the driver side door handle from holding your keys while you open it. The dash is slightly faded from the sun, the driver's seat has a mild depression in it. When you think of your car, though, you still see the snapshot in your head of that perfect car you bought. It's no longer that car, though. And, eventually, you'll notice the discrepancies between your snapshot and reality and it might cause you pain because it's no longer perfect. The pain might be subtle. You might not even consciously notice it. You might just decide, "I'm over this car. Time to buy a new one." Whatever.

Map Example

A common example I use for mapping relates to the words push and pull in martial arts. These words, for most people, automatically include the idea of confrontation. The map most people develop from early in their life tells them that a challenge must be met with strength, and strength requires tension, and it should feel like work. All of these ideas originate with our internal map.

I have an exercise I sometimes share with people. I have them get with a partner. Partner A faces a wall and Partner B stands behind them, lightly resting their hands on the trapezius muscles Partner A's shoulders. Now I tell Partner A to push against the wall when I count to three.

I say, "One. Two." I pause. "Partner B, what do you feel in your partner's shoulders?"

Almost always, they report tension in their partner's shoulders. They haven't even pushed yet, but they've already tensed their shoulders in preparation to push. Their internal map tells them, "We need to push. That means we need to overcome a challenge. That means we have to tense up and be strong."

Anyone who has trained in martial arts—or, for that matter, various physical activities like sports or dancing—knows tension slows things down, kills acceleration, decreases power. The key to generating power lays in relaxation.

I have Partner A shake it out and consciously relax their shoulders. Then I have them set up again but now I ask Partner A to reach out and touch the wall. I count, "One. Two. Three." Partner A moves and touches the wall.

"Partner B, how much tension?"

"Almost none."

That's the standard response. Almost none. Or very little.

The motion didn't change. In fact, in the second model, they actually did something to the wall. The only factor that changed was the word. Changing the word changed the way Partner A acted, changed the way they interacted with the world.

What's the difference between reaching to touch a target and pushing it? The only differences are acceleration and intention. If you want to push something hard, don't think about pushing it. Think about reaching through it. You'll find less tension in your motion which, in turn, will increase your acceleration and increase the amount of energy you're transferring into the target.

Guess what? The word "punch" usually sets up the same tension in people as the word "push." Want to increase your punching power? Change the word in your head. Reach through at a high rate of acceleration and it becomes a very powerful strike with very little tension in your own body to reduce the acceleration.

Tension in your body also chews up your own energy. If you keep unnecessary tension in your body while sparring, you'll just wear yourself out that much quicker because you're fighting your own body and your opponent.

Sugar Coating

Earlier tonight, I had a conversation with a guy on the train. He asked what I did and I told him I teach martial arts. He asked if what I taught was more "offensive" or "defensive."

"Honestly, I don't use those words. I prefer the word 'protective.' The word 'defense' has connotations of passivity and 'offense' has aggressive connotations. Protection is active and assertive."

"So you sugar coat the words."

Nope. No sugar coating. I choose to use the words that accurate describe my intentions because those words shape my internal map and influence how I deal with reality. They influence how I respond to a threat.

Words have power. Be careful about using them, careful about which words you use, and careful about which words you internalize.

The Wandering Guru

"But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought." — George Orwell, 1984

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Little Things

On the inter-terminal bus at Hong Kong airport, an employee pushed a woman in a wheelchair aboard and wound up parking the chair just in front of me. She tried to lock the wheels but the locks didn't hold very well.

As the bus lurched and turned, the wheelchair tried to roll forward and back. The employee, a middle-aged woman wearing glasses, had trouble keeping the chair in place. With my free hand, I took hold of the handle of the wheelchair and helped to keep it in place.

I saw the employee's eyes lock onto my hand where it held the handle of the wheelchair. Her eyes first lit with a question, next an accusation, finally realization. She smiled at me, radiating gratitude, and mouthed, "Thank you."

I smiled back and said, "No worries."

That look of relieved gratitude turned a rather tedious bus ride into a pleasant experience.

In the main terminal, after clearing immigration and customs, I walked over to the money changing station and handed the woman my 350 Filipino Pesos and asked her to convert to U.S. dollars.

She explained, "I first have to convert to Hong Kong dollars, then to U.S. Dollars. After both fees, you'll only get seven dollars."

About what I expected. Financially, the conversion wasn't really worth it but, what the hell.

She pulled out a $5 bill and a $2 bill. I laughed.

"Is something wrong, sir?"

"No. I just got a kick out of the two dollar bill. They're pretty rare in the States."

She smiled politely and nodded. I don't think she really understood what I meant. Nonetheless, I was amused and that made the exchange completely worthwhile.

The Wandering Guru

"At the sight of what goes on in the world, the most misanthropic of men must end by being amused, and Heraclitus must die laughing." — Chamfort