When we were kids, there was one music store in town. Mr. Hagedorn’s shop was right on Main Street, in one of those little, dark and crowded spaces that felt welcoming and homey, like going into someone’s living room. And Mr. Hagedorn was always there, tinkering with something and ready to sell me the clarinet reeds I needed on a fairly regular basis.
My mother doesn’t fly. Never has, never will. She’s afraid of heights at every level. Airplanes, bridges, ladders–doesn’t make a difference to her–they’re all the same and she can’t do ’em.
That doesn’t mean she hasn’t gotten around (well, she’s 92 now, so her getting around days are kind of removed) but she’s managed to travel all over North America.
True confession: I was a drum majorette in my high school marching band.
For three years, I got to carry the big baton and lead the 50 or so members of the band as we worked football games and parades.
My dress was a cream color, with a backing of satiny gold material on the underside of the skirt, so that if I happened to spin or even swish my hand past my skirt, spectators would be treated to a flash of brightness. I don’t recall what I wore for panties, but there must have been something. Yikes.
Sometimes I like to walk in cemeteries.
There are a few good reasons for this, the title of this essay being one of them.
But here are some other thoughts:
First, there’s usually very little, if any, traffic.
What’s the best feeling in the world?
Well, probably an orgasm.
I floated yesterday.
I went to one of those pod places—sensory deprivation float tanks–and gave it a shot.
There was a Groupon so I thought I’d take a chance and see what it was all about.
Now, I’ve never been suspended in warm, heavily salted water, soft spa music piping through, completely naked and in total darkness in my life—not even sure I really wanted to try it.
But for the price, it was worth trying out.
The only other time I can recall actually being suspended in water was at the start of what I often refer to as one of the strangest days of my life.