October 6th, 2005

socks and cat

How do I get down?

No internet for me today, not until tonight anyway. Oh, and I feel like some one beat me up. On Tuesday I practiced a different way of hanging upside down from the pole. I tried it so many times that my quads ache and the joints that hold my legs to my hips feel like some one tried to tear my legs out. Then I had to do some unexpected heavy lifting on Wednesday. I'm even limping a little now. Oy!

And speaking of the pole trick, I can't figure out how to get up (or should I say down?) from the trick. I switched from the previous way of hanging upside down because this old way is hard to get into from climbing the pole and suspended too much body weight from my ankles and shins (more ouch and not so steady!). This new way suspends my body weight from the area just above and inside my knees. In fact, the skin there is all black and purple now from doing the trick so many times. It's so much easier to get into than the ankle suspension. But how do I get down?

Here's a picture taken of me doing the trick during pole practice on Tuesday. According to the DVD I learned this from, you're supposed to be able to gently release your leg grip on the pole and slide down slowly and gracefully. Doesn't work for me. The minute I try to ease up on the tension I go straight down...fast! Lucky for me my practice space is carpeted so I don't hurt my head. I've also tried just sitting up from there (takes lots of ab strength but I can do it) and sliding down the pole upright. This hurts the area between my knees like hell (when I sit up while still gripping the pole with that area) and doesn't look nearly as good. This is the part where I wish I knew more strippers so some one could show me a graceful way to get down. ANY STRIPPERS OUT THERE? Or does anyone that's seen this trick done at the pole competition at the Fenix happen to remember how the girls get down from this?
Kitten dancing in a cage2

Why smoking at clubs should be banned

Thank you ocicat for bringing I-901 to my attention. If this passes, all bars and restaurants in Washington will be going smoke-free on January 1st.

Here's my take on this. How many of you are artists? Do you paint? Are you a photographer? Are you a writer? Did you go to school and spend lots of money to improve your skills as an artist? Well if so, how would you like it if the only way you could ever display your art or make a living as an artist is by breathing in other people's noxious and toxic smokey fumes? I mean you literally have to choose, do and show your art from your home where no one will see it...or share it with your community but only while breathing in crap that has been proven to be a serious and potentially fatal health risk.

I didn't just get up into a cage one day at a club and suddenly become good enough to be paid for it. Believe me I tried. I didn't get the job until I took belly dancing to improve my skills and spent hours practicing what I learned. And I spent over $2,000 so that I could attend the country's most prestigious pole dancing school (that was about the total cost when you add up tuition, the cost of driving to Los Angeles and back, the income I didn't make so that I could take the time off to do this, and the cost of living in LA for a month so that I could attend the school). Dancing is an art form and I paid to improve my skills as an artist. And after paying I invested in the equipment necessary to practice at home and continue to improve at this. Dancing is art, that's why there are schools for it and different degrees of dedication and skill.

I want the same privilege as all of you other artists out there; painters, photographers, graphic designers, writers, etc. I want to be able to share my art with my community and make money at it without being subjected to toxic smoke the entire time. But I can't. Because there are no non-smoking clubs in this town that employ pole dancers or cage dancers. Why do the rest of you have a right to make a living at your art without being poisoned? Don't I deserve the same privilege?