I feel incredibly embarrassed. Visiting the E-budo message forums, I happened upon what I thought was karate historian Mr. Patrick McCarthy's e-mail address. Figuring that it wouldn't hurt to ask (the worst that could happen would be that he completely ignores me), I sent him an e-mail asking if he had any information on Chibana Choshin or if there were certain print sources he recommend I look up. I included a link to this blog.
In preparation to compose a "sorry-I-haven't-posted-anything-in-a-long time-but-I'm-really-busy-preparing-for-final-exams" post, I discovered I had roughly 100 unique hits today. I usually average 10. Excited, (I am a little bit of a geek) I was curious as to what could have possibly happened for me to have attracted so many visitors - I don't really advertise the site, but I've noticed if you Google "Chibana Choshin" this shows up as one of the first few selections (second from the bottom of the first page).
As it turns out, I appear to have sent my inquery to Mr. McCarthy over an entire e-mail listserve - all the referrals to my blog today originate from e-mail addresses. If you were one of the unintended recipients and have followed the link here, I apologize for polluting your inbox with my nonsense. I feel so sheepish that's it not even funny. I would send another e-mail apologizing to everyone on the listserve, but I don't want to fill their inboxes with my nonsense again.
For those of you who do frequent here, I'm still working the Okinawa Times
translation. I should have part of it presentable later in the week. Please understand that my final exam (I only have one!) takes priority.
Again, if you have any comments, feedback, or references you can point me to, please leave a comment for me. Thank you!