It's improvement time around the studio (I'm a photographer btw) and you know what that means (or maybe you don't, I'm assuming a lot here). It's time to break out the paint covered jeans, dirty t-shirt, throw on the movie montage playlist, and get to building, sanding, painting, etc.
It occurred to me today as I was painting a set of french doors that I actually learned how to paint from Mr. Miyagi. I saw the movie before I was even old enough to be enlisted by my parents to purposefully paint anything in or around the house. Therefore, when the time came to repaint a bedroom door or fences for my Dad, I already had my method. Long, smooth strokes up and down, up and down.
And that's not all. Mr. Miyagi showed me how to wax and sand a surface, too. I can't wash a window with the "wax on, wax off" repeating in my head.
Now, not all of sensei's lessons have proven useful. I gave up on the one-hit hammer technique after the fifth hole in the drywall. Not sure if my parents were really thankful for that tutorial.
In closing, I'd just like to say thanks, Mr. Miyagi. You taught me more than 8 seasons of Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor ever did.
On the next episode of "Life Imitates Art": Everything I Know About Masturbation I Also Learned From The Karate Kid...