Kickboxing Kouple
03/09/2003
Another interesting story ...

This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting Nick & Penny of East Lansing, who reserved a couple of nights and ended up staying through the weekend to enjoy our (hopefully) last snowstorm of the season. They are a young couple, and based on that fact, I thought that I would be the elder one sharing worldly thoughts and experiences at breakfast each morning. Boy, could I be more wrong ...

It turned out that Nick, in his short 20-some years, has traveled the world as an international kickboxing champion. (Don't worry Dad, this will NOT be my next hobby). He shared with me that he was first introduced to the sport when he was 6, trained throughout his young school years, and competed in local, state, national and finally international competitions throughout his high school years. His successful kickboxing career took him to many countries in Europe, Russia, Japan, and the middle east - until he unfortunately was forced to retire due to medical reasons (his description was "after I blew out my hip"). During his tenure, however, Nick held the distinction of being 5th in the nation and 11th in the world for 3 years. He has just completed his degree at Michigan State, where he has also been instrumental in teaching kickboxing lessons. And yes, my friends, it is in kickboxing class where the romance of Nick & Penny began

Needless to say, I was very careful in preparing breakfast this weekend, as I was not sure how Nick or Penny would react if I served them burned bacon. Upon their departure, they assured me that during their next visit, they would show me some of their critical moves. Anybody interested in a kickboxing weekend?

"Thank God for competition. When our competitors upset our plans or outdo our designs, they open infinite possibilities of our own work to us."-- Gil Atkinson

More later ... have a great week!

Sherree Hyde
Innkeeper/Owner
Brigadoon Bed & Breakfast
www.mackinawbrigadoon.com