04 June 2016

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee

I don't like boxing, I don't like watching people beat each other up. I liked Muhammad Ali, he stood up for what he believed in and threw away a lot of his career because he defied the draft.

"Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-call Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs."

The Jim Crow laws were real. He took so many punches. But he just kept on going as long as he could. He was the Greatest.

Banksy's dogwalk is broken again. She started doing her head check again a couple of weeks ago, all it took was once, I got too far behind in my class and she looked for me and now she looks over and misses.

The way to fix it is I have to fix it. I try this and that, I drive up to the field and try this ball or put the toy there or move a jump over here and she misses and I watch her miss and try something else. There's no magic solution, although I keep looking for one. The only way to fix it is to just be patient and fix it, over time. Sometimes a lot of time.

In agility, a dogwalk's just one thing. There's a lot of fish to fry out there on the field, the dogwalk just shows up once in a run, some runs don't have it. It's a lot to do, to keep on going, just to make sure she doesn't tilt her head to the side and mess up her striding while she's running full speed. It's an odd thing to spend so much time on. The most time. I could spend all my time doing this, if there weren't other things. Nobody will ever call us the Greatest, definitely I won't.

We'll stay out there and dance around, as long as we can. Maybe that strategy of outlasting something, maybe if every time there's a  miss I dance around it and find a hit and keep finding them, and then one day, she has it.

"Your hands can't hit what your eyes can't see."

Don't look over Banksy, just hit it with your feet. Run ahead, run straight and true, run the feet through the yellow as fast as you can, don't look sideways, only move ahead. That's when she'll have it, when she can do that. We'll hold on til then, keep dancing around out there, til we win.

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