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09 February 2007 @ 06:59 am
Saber Fencing  

I think I may already have mentioned that Gavi started fencing saber last year when she was in seventh grade and she's continuing to fence this year. Last night SPA had a meet with Roseville, and Gavi won her … what do they call it in fencing? bout? match? test? over? round? game? … her thingie, anyway. Actually, I guess she's won at least a couple of them this year, and we overheard her telling her Bubbie that she'd been named MVP of last week's meet. (She wouldn't actually come right out and tell us, you understand.) We are very proud.

Very proud.

And puzzled. Where the heck does she get it?

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Mayor of "There"rmjwell on February 9th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)
She's been known to hang around Hungarians and, as you're well aware, Hungarians invented competetive saber.

Congratulations to her. I'll just sit over here in the corner and wonder where the time has gone; I remember when she was the spud.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 10th, 2007 12:40 pm (UTC)

Hmmmm. Now that's an interesting theory that you, yourself, have. But The Hungarian gave her not a saber but a pair of maracas for her birthingday. Besides, he lives in Lost Wages now—she hasn't seen him in years.

I will pass along your congratulations.

If you figure out where the time has gone, please tell me, 'cause it totally escapes me.

Yes, I do believe you do remember when she was "the spud," which was a very long time ago indeed, since as soon as she emerged from her comfy little place there we realized that she was not "the spud" after all by any means whatsoever but rather "the peanut."

Mayor of "There"rmjwell on February 10th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
While The Hungarian has not been around her for quite some time, I've found it a good idea never to underestimate them, either in general or specific. Just sayin'.

Sadly, I have no notion where time is going, either. Perhaps we could build a time preserve, where lost or damaged times could be gathered together in humane and caring conditions, cherished and eventually returned to the wild.

And whether spud or peanut, your daughter seems to be growing into a remarkable person of remarkable parentage. Congratulations to the entire family.
Liana: comic metezliana on February 9th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
You mean independent thinking, and a strong desire to pursue what interests her? Go ahead, try to tell me with a straight face that she doesn't get that from her parents.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 10th, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC)

No, I mean athleticism and a strong desire to thwack people with a long pointy stick.

Matthew B. Tepper: Another avatar by <lj user=" title="Matthew B. Tepper: Another avatar by " />asimovberlioz on February 9th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
It's just her own particular manifestation of being excellent at something. Therefore, it should be obvious that she gets it from you and your wife.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 10th, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)

I guess. It just seems to me to be one of the stranger and more unlikely manifestations that could have erupted. Is all. I mean, I'm just sayin'…

Geri Sullivangerisullivan on February 9th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
Whoohoo! Go, Gavi.

It's not just a question of where she got it...this is the young woman who as a toddler had her Barbie doll do the monkey bars without ever then trying them herself.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 10th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
. . . but watch where you're goin'!

You're quite right—it is more puzzling than it first appears on the surface. Then again, that Barbie stuff makes a certain kind of sense: Barbie did it, therefore Gavi doesn't have to. QED.

Ah. Now I get it. If we'd bought her Saber-Fencing Barbie™, then Gavi wouldn't have to do that herself either

(Speaking of Barbies, could you ask around where you are this weekend and see if anybody can provide me with a copy of or a link to Jeanne Gomoll's entirely-too-brilliant-for-words "Flaming Barbie" or whatever it was titled? Thanks!)

Shannonbuttonlass on February 9th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
That's wonderful!
Fencing is great fun. The word you were looking for is bout. Plus she's doing Sabre? That's the really hard one.

There are a couple of fencing clubs in the Twin Cities. The one I remember is the Minnesota Sword Club on 47th(?) and Chicago. Good people 17 years ago, I haven't been in a while.:)I went when I was 15.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 10th, 2007 01:34 pm (UTC)
Re: That's wonderful!

Yes, she says she's having great fun. She appears to be having great fun. I have no reason to doubt your word—you think it's great fun.

I don't get it.

Bout, eh? Bout, bout, bout, bout. How a-bout that? Thanks. Bout. I shall have to try to remember that.

"Plus she's doing Sabre? That's the really hard one." Yeah, it looks like it isn't all soft and bendy like those little épées.

Seriously, though…

Yes, the Minnesota Sword Club is still around and it appears that it's still very good people.