Hey! Yes, I do remember you, man! :-)
Yes, my “paunch” came later… after I stopped training and exercising and life caught up with me. You’re very welcome, and thanks for your compliments on this piece.
Re: Gary. I was in touch with him very briefly through Facebook about… yikes, something like 10 years ago…? But he hardly ever used it, at least back then, and so I lost touch with him. I presume he’s still out in BC, and his sons are big, strapping Gary-types, no longer the little guys we used to see run and play around the dojo.