Nobody wants to be branded a "martial arts nutcase". Part of being a martial artist (or at least someone who trains in martial arts....) is all about having a life.
We were born on this Earth to experience physicality with all its fun and games. Why spend your life stuck in a dojo or living in a cave far from anywhere? Enlightment in these conditions is easy. The real challenge is doing it in the company of five billion-plus individuals.
If you want to understand life you have to get into the loop, as my post-modernist urban spiritual gurus would put it.
Martial arts training is about getting out there and getting involved. Get a job, start a business, have one drink too many, whatever. We're here to experience things.
Today, for example was a day off. We took a ride on an old steam train, complete with santa and elves. The kids had a great time, received presents from the big man, then we went to collect our Christmas tree.
The scenery in this part of the world is fantastic - I wish I had taken the camera.
Ah, never mind. Here's some links: