November 26th, 2003

socks and cat

Today is the day

I vowed I wouldn't go back to Seattle until I learned to hang upside down from the pole. Today is my last private session. Tomorrow morning I head to Bakersfield for a family Thanksgiving and then Friday I start driving home.

I'm going to attack this pole trick with the same attitude that helped me learn the others. It basically goes like this: I don't care what happens. I don't care if I fall off and get injured. I don't care if my head slams into the pole and I have to be taken away in an ambulance. I don't care if I twist my wrist so bad I can't type, drive or work for months. In summation: fuck it I want to do this dammit!!! I'd rather do serious harm to myself attempting something that I absolutely love than sit around for the rest of my life at stupid office jobs that make me miserable.

If for some reason I'm not able to hang upside down today then I'll just have to find another place to stay in LA, unpack everything (as I'm all packed and ready to go home) and spend as much as I need to to learn and stay as long as I need to get this right. But that won't happen because I'm going to do this TODAY!. So off I go to learn to hang upside down from the stripper pole. Wish me luck.
socks and cat

I flip for the pole!

The instructor for my private session today was Terry. I chose her because I heard she was was the best at pole. Before we attempted the upside down trick I had her go over all my previous pole lessons. She had improvements for them all! I was't pivoting and falling back in a relaxed stance when I was doing the half-pint backward spin. She taught me some head flipping accents to go with the one handed firefly. And apparently I was doing the ballerina move all wrong. I can't believe none of the other teachers could teach me the way Terri did. It's all about wrapping the back of the ankle instead of the back of the knee and just letting go and twirling down the pole with your knees falling to the floor. I suddenly went from doing the most awkward ballerina spin to a graceful, sensual ballerina.

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And then came the moment of truth! She demonstrated the upside down move, basically grabbing the pole and taking a step forward and flipping her legs up over her head and wrapping them around the pole. As I grasped the pole and contemplated the impossibility of what she had just done, I said "I can't do this." God was I scared! Have you ever leaped into the air and flipped your legs up over your head!? You don't know how you'll land!

Remembering my resolve to do this even if it killed me (literally) I gave it a try. I think the secret to learning any art is to not be afraid to do it poorly at first. Just do it, perfect it later. My first attempt was pathetic and I couldn't get both legs around the pole. But an amazing thing happened, I suddenly learned at that moment that I could in fact flip my legs up over my head! After that I did it! And did it again...and again...and again! I coudn't get enough of it! Kitten can hang upside down from a stripper pole! Woooo-hoooooo!!!!!

Without even my asking she continued the lesson and taught me the most beautiful backward pole arch EVER!! And a fun little leg around the pole bend forward accent to end the firefly move with. Oh yes! I am a happy woman!!!
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