It was 1982, and for me, the beginning of punk. I remember the first time I heard Boys Don’t Cry, the album, and it blew my mind. There was a club in those days, Einstein A-Go-Go, and years later, on open mike night, I would watch my friends play there, badly.
It was also the time when the wider world began to slowly seep into my consciousness. I can’t say for certain whether my interest in the martial arts began then. I know I began reading about Aikido in high school. It didn’t matter in any case – I wouldn’t start training for another decade or so. But the seed was planted.
A few minutes ago I heard the single What a Wonderful World, covered by Joey Ramone. I can’t help but think about O-Sensei, idealism, and the crazy, anarchic world we live in.