i needed to know about life.
what i learned from the Karate Kid is you never know what you’re learning.
wax on, wax off may have been a brilliant scheme from Mr. Miyagi to get Daniel-san to clean up around his home and wax his car,
but in reality he was teaching the young ralph macchio, who was nothing more than a second-rate teen heartthob at the time, how to be a first-rate teen heartthrob.
often times i have found myself either editing the closed captions of mindless television, or putting together worthless excel spreadsheets as busywork, to writing reports for a supervisor who’d never read them,
and i said to myself, waxon waxoff tonysan, you are learning something that you dont even know youre learning.
youre building muscles and skills from this repitition that will help you in the future, so just do it,
theres a sensai at work whose training you oh-so subtlely.
and sometimes i think i was right.
pat morida, mr miyagi, and also arnold in happy days, passed away today, he was 73.
metafilter, as always was right on the story and printed this funny exchange from the classic film –
Daniel: Hey, what kind of belt do you have?
Miyagi: Canvas. JC Penny. Three ninety-eight. You like? [laughs]
Daniel: No, I meant…
Miyagi: Daniel-san… karate here. [he taps his head]
Miyagi: Karate here. [he taps his heart]
Miyagi: Karate never here [points to his belt]