today is sunday. it is taiko performance day. i had a potential late night in which i opted for earlier. it is a good thing too because i played outside for less than an hour and it was very hot. if i had not slept last night today would have been not so fun. in fact i knew the songs better but my hands were opposite most of the time. but i am getting better. like charly i can feel it. he knew when he was getting smarter. i know when i am advancing. in fact i was able to give harris teeter eco bags to the mothers of the group. it felt good because they drive their children to many places and help with what azuma sensei needs. i gave the fathers some snacks. i am so happy to give a little something. in fact i was able to give the other women players their omiyage, too. i can only think of 2 more people i have to give.