Stranger kills Iowa father with single punch

If you are not law enforcement, the reality is that there are going to be times you cannot be armed with a firearm. What's your backup plan? Even if you are armed, a sudden attack from close range will result in you being struck before you can get the weapon out of the concealment holster. What's your backup plan?
A Des Moines father died after a single punch to the face during a bizarre encounter with a stranger Monday afternoon.
Ryan Thompson, 32, was talking with his fiancee outside their home in the 7300 block of Southwest 17th Street around 3 p.m. when a man driving a dark-colored Sedan stopped and approached them, according to police records.
"You owe me money," he said, and punched Thompson once on the side of the face, the report states. He then walked back to his car and drove away.
Thompson was dazed, but he made his way inside the home to wait for medics. Officers reported that he was speaking unintelligibly and slurring his words. The fiancee told police that Thompson was not intoxicated.
He died a day later at Iowa Methodist Medical Center.


Reading a book this afternoon and it used a word I had not heard before, "shibireru". It can mean the pins and needles feeling you get when your leg falls asleep. It is often used to describe what happens in the dojo when you are sitting in seiza.

Ichi-go ichi-e

Ichi-go ichi-e is a Japanese phrase. It can mean "this time-this meeting", but it has a more expansive concept behind it. It means "for this time only, for each time is unrepeatable, so cherish and treasure this time as it happens." It comes out of Zen and Japanese tea ceremony.

I first heard it in reference to dojo practice. It is a reason to always finish a technique, even if you make a mistake or do the wrong technique. Because every interaction is unique, even between people who work out together regularly, the vectors and energy are never identical, you should always fully finish with intent.

It also means at any gathering, a family picnic for example, you should treasure the group and the individuals that are there. It is a unique gathering and it may be the last time you get to be with them. Even if you see them every week, this moment is unique as we are all changing. It encompasses the bittersweet nature of this life and the transient nature of our lives.


They're smiling. That's a good thing.


Part of Hawaiian culture,  Ľohana means family (in an extended sense of the term, including blood-related, adoptive or intentional). The concept emphasizes that families are bound together and members must cooperate and remember one another.