He is going away to Japan for a few years to teach english and to be with his girlfriend. I feel saddened by his going away, even if he will eventually come back (or so he says), because I know I will miss him. There will be a vacuum at my right side when we bow in at the start of class; there will be no-one who I can just exchange looks with to correct eachother's form.
When he returns, as I'm sure he will, he will undoubtably be graded higher than me. Only recently did he obtain first kyu, and even though I've had it for years (two, by my calculation), I have no doubt that he will shortly recieve sho-dan. It seems that everyone changes, grows and excels, except for me.
In other news, I am writing an in-chatacter diary for my character in Scott's upcoming 7th Sea game. Just to scare him with my enthusiasm.