Growing Old

“How old are you Matt?”  asked my new student.  She’s a precocious 6 years old girl who surprised me with how well she reads.

“I’m a thousand years old,” I answered.  She giggled.

But these days I do feel a thousand years old.  I have foot problems and I don’t want to take cortisone shots yet.  My chiropractor says my back is uneven, one side is a bit higher than the other.  The joint on my thumbs by my wrist still aren’t 100%.  Yesterday morning, I woke up with stabbing shoulder pains. Ugh.

She challenged me to Jenga (that game with wooden blocks that tumble if you take out the wrong one).  I don’t like that game is the noise it makes when it tumbles.  The entire room goes silent as they stare at me.  And it’s always me.

When I played it with her, I pull out those wooden blocks very slowly.  This drives my new student nuts.  So I do it even slower to bug her.  I told her we should glue or tape these blocks together so they don’t fall.  “No!”

“How about if I just take it from the top?”


She won and gave me the choice of 3 challenges.

  1.  Do the splits.
  2.  Do a cartwheel.
  3. Do a pike.

I pleaded for mercy.  Thankfully she let me off but not before demonstrating how easy it is to do all 3.

As my cousin told me, growing old is not for the weak.




Food and Friendship

Chris, an old friend from Xanga, and his husband Tawn were in town this past week. They first flew to US to visit friends and family, then to Montreal, before spending a few days in Toronto.  I’ve known Chris for many years although we never met until 2016 when I was in Bangkok.  He and Tawn were gracious hosts even though they had just flown back from Europe and were recovering from jet lag.

There was a bit of a heatwave in Toronto although Montreal was even hotter.  They only had a few days here but they managed to squeeze in quite a bit.  I’m grateful to grab some meals with them. IMG_0017

It was nice to walk around Toronto with them and to have a few good meals too.

Souffle from Hanabusa Cafe.


Dinner from R&D restaurant.

Waffles and Fried Chicken – chicken was very moist and well seasoned.


Mac and Cheese (with smoked cheese, Indonesian breadcrumb and satay sauce) – this was quite good.


Fried Rice with ground pork and chicharron, this was so nicely done.


Slow cooked octopus (charred on the outside but tender on the inside)



Pork belly with barley risotto.  This added about 2″ to my waistline.  IMG_7500

Friendship and food go together so well.