I e-mailed Major/Sensei Bill Hayes and thanked him for his book, and he graciously replied back, pleased that I had enjoyed his book. Enjoyed is not the word for it; I freakin' devoured it! I couldn't put it down...
Thank you to Sensei John Vesia for recommending it.
In other news, I broke down and bought a Bob. (Eh.... It's not what you're thinking! (Haha...) Photo below:
I think this is going to be a fun and useful way to practice various techniques, and I think my daughter will be very happy about it, too. We have a couple of these at our dojo, and she enjoys using them to train, when our Sensei drags them out every so often for drills or technical demonstrations.
I'm also thinking of making (or buying) a makiwara, in the near future.
Class tonight, and I'm looking forward to it. :-)