Duane was a great insurance man and a business partner of mine with The Advantage Group. I have great memories of Duane, especially with him and his wife at a 2003 Safeco agent trip to Banff, Canada. Duane took a big horned owl on his arm (with a thick glove as protection from the claws) at one of the Safeco events. I learned a lot about insurance from Duane and will be eternally grateful for his wise advice to a young insurance agent back in 1999. We did not always agree on things, but he was a smart, wise professional. He will be missed.
One day, Sensei walked onto the floor. "Are you guys preparing to fight Elves?" he asked.
Puzzled, we looked at one another.
He then stated; "Well the "S" has fallen off the sign and we are now The Bellingham Academy of Elf Defense."
As we ran outside to see, we all laughed and several students worked throughout the month to repair the sign.
Sensei often equated the cleaning of the dojo to be analogous to the polishing of ones own spirit.
He was a great man for a great many reasons and I am thankful to have learned from his example.