If that weren't enough martial arts excitement for one weekend, I was doing some web surfing when I discovered that the first season of the television series Kung Fu just came out on DVD last month. Laugh if you like, but that show was a life-transforming experience for me. It was my introduction to Taoism, and after I learned about the Tao Te Ching, I immediately tracked down a copy in Pattee library. We are talking dark ages, my friend, many years ago before you could find a half-dozen different versions of the Tao Te Ching at your local bookstore. I was so taken and transformed by the book that I knew I must have a copy of it. In these ancient days, one had to search long and far for a Xerox machine (no Kinkos on every corner), and I was too poor to afford to copy the book anyway, so that left me one choice: copying it by hand. I did so on a manual typewriter, and it was a real labor of love.
I had always dreamed of owning copies of all of the Kung Fu shows, and thought seriously about the Columbia House offer to sell me one tape a month (with two shows) for something like $15-20 per tape. With 62 shows, that would have been a mighty expensive proposition. Even though I had a job at that point, I also had a family and could in no way shape or form afford to be spending that much money on videos, even if they represented a life-transforming experience for me. I dreamed about buying the series eventually. Turns out that this wouldn't have worked out anyway, as Columbia House released fewer that the full 62 shows.
But, now, finally, we have the first season on DVD, and I bought it at Best Buy on Sunday. The reviews I read nit-picked about certain aspects of this project, but the bottom line is that this is way better than no Kung Fu at all. I look forward to watching these shows with enormous anticipation.