June 15th, 2008

socks and cat

Well...I don't have any with me right at the moment

The first thing some one said to me when I walked in the door at the stuff swap party last night: "Do you have any stripping clothes?"

I was rather confused by the question since we don't use "stripping clothes" in my classes. I teach women how to strip out of their everyday clothes. You know, their jeans, their skirts, their tank tops, etc. We don't have any special stripping clothes. I wonder if my reputation as a dance instructor has somehow been distorted down the line and people think I'm a stripper. If I were, I wouldn't be bringing my stripping clothes to a swap. Stripper clothes are too sexy and/or too cute to part with.
secretary glasses

Why I don't read, but bought books anyway...

Today I did a very un-CageKitten like thing. I went to the book store and purchased three books. As my learning disability has gotten worse over the years, I have mostly stopped reading books completely. With the way my brain impairment works, as soon as I put a book down, I pretty much forget most of what I read. So I can try to pick the book up a day or two later right where I bookmarked it, and be completely confused by what I'm reading because I have little to no memory of what I read prior to that point. I can remember who people or characters are, but not their names or what they have done up to that point in the book. So for me it's like always trying to pick up a brand new book and read it from the middle and trying to make sense of it that way. I'd rather not read at all than deal with that frustration.

But half the reason I'm taking that cruise to Alaska in July is because my favorite philosopher and author is giving workshops on the cruise. I'm just finishing his second book (yes, without remembering hardly any of what I'm reading). So I just purchased his third book as well as his latest book. Even if I finish both, I'm still not caught up. He's probably written 10 or more books. But it's a start. And I do lots of highlighting as I read. So even if I can't remember what's in the book, I know what to peruse if I want to try and get a refresher later.

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