Sunday, November 27, 2005

Show Me "Paint the Fence"

It's only fair that, after talking so much trash about The Karate Kid, I pay my respects to actor Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, who departed for that big karate tournament in the sky on Thursday, November 25, 2005.

In his role as gardener turned karate sensei Mr. Miyagi, Pat Morita gave us all hope that maybe, just maybe, it really was possible to become a karate master if you did enough home improvement work. More importantly, he transformed young pupil Daniel Larusso from his dippy, unlikeable self into a self-defense king capable of netting Elizabeth Shue, Tamlyn Tomita AND Robyn Lively.

While Mr. Miyagi's teaching methods were questionable, Pat Morita showed us the importance of kicking butt and tweaking noses. And, of course, looking one's opponent in the eye.

Always look eye.

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