Exploring the World

One Dance Step At A Time

Quote of the day
Remember we are not bodies with a spirit, we are spirits with a body. Feed your spirit.

People who don't keep their word
A few weeks ago a lady called and said she wanted to hire me for 3 hours on June 23 to do face-painting, henna and balloons at a company party in the Hollywood area. She said she'd get a check right off to me so it would be waiting when I got home from my trip, and I said I'd fax the contract over on Monday (which I did).
Now all I get from them is the run around. First she said she faxed it back and I said that wasn't possible because I don't have a fax to send it to unless I turn it on and turn off my phone. Then she said she was sure she'd given me their credit card number to pay and again I said no, we never discussed credit cards because I don't even take them. Then she floundered a bit and said "I'll call you back." Well, that was 3 days ago.
I felt I was purposely being shined on, but I talked with my 3 best friends and they all said I should call her yet again. It seems pretty hopeless now, but since I was up at 6 AM I figured I could leave a message at least. So I left a message about honoring verbal contracts and at the very least, let me know if they were cancelling so I could free up the day in case I got another booking.
Do I expect to hear from her? No, not really. But it still makes me sick to my stomach to think about it. That $350 would have helped me to survive this month.

What medieval job are you suited for...

All these quizzes want to make me a ruler
Your distinct personality, The Benevolent Ruler might be found in most of the thriving kingdoms of the time. You are the idealistic social dreamer. Your overriding goal is to solve the people problems of your world. You are a social reformer who wants everyone to be happy in a world that you can visualize. You are exceptionally perceptive about the woes and needs of humankind. You often have the understanding and skill to readily conceive and implement the solutions to your perceptions. On the positive side, you are creatively persuasive, charismatic and ideologically concerned. On the negative side, you may be unrealistically sentimental, scattered and impulsive, as well as deviously manipulative. Interestingly, your preference is just as applicable in today's corporate kingdoms.

I was wondering if the rest of you have other names you post under, or if I'm the only one suffering with multiple personality disorder. I just like naming things I guess, and having more options. Each name attracts different friends and onlookers. Or maybe it's the cardinal nature of capricorns,...we are always starting things. Finishing on the other hand, may be difficult.

Life's a trip.
The Trip

The trip to my exes house was great. It reminded me of how grating he is on my nerves and how lucky I am that I don't have to live there. But it also reminded me of how to really be agressive in marketing my unusual skills if I hope to survive in this world. He complimented me by telling me he misses having conversations with intelligent woman. I said "Like who" and he said "You". Wow, too bad he never said that in 16 years of marriage.
I went there to attend my daughter's graduation....300 miles by train. When she got up to give her speech, she said I'd like to thank my Dad, if it weren't for him I would have flunked. Then she walked off the podium. It took a minute to hit me...tears started rolling down my cheeks so I went outside and sat at a picnic table and cried awhile. A lady there with a group of happy graduates asked me to take photos for her. (People can be so dense). I sniffled and cried and said "No thanks, I'm really not in the mood." Then she started gushing all over me and then took off to be with happier folks.
Finally my daughter and ex came out. They had no idea where I was or why I left so I told her. She said she wanted to mention me but couldn't think of anything to say. So we hugged and made up and went for Chinese food.
I love that town, but I could never live w/ my ex. And my boyfriend lives here not there. And my 2 best friends live here, not there. Life seems to be wired so that we can't have everything we want.
Sounds like a rolling stone song. We can't always get what we want.
But the trip did inspire me to work harder, clean up my messes, get organized, get fit, and get on with my life instead of overthinking everything. I have 2 beautiful daughters that somehow miraculously survived my bad marriage. Life isn't perfect but I'm determined to make it worth as much as I can squeeze out of it.

Trying to make a community
Everytime I think I'm getting the hang of LJ somethings else thwarts me. This time it's making communities. I've been trying to make a community, but everytime I think it's going to work I get an error message saying 'Maintainer account not found". It doesn't seem to matter which name I enter there, I get the same error message. If anyone has come up against this problem and solved it, feel free to jump right in.

I'm still out of town visiting my kids. I have one more gig tomorrow (juggling, magic, balloons, face-painting) and then I'm catching the train at 6:30 AM on Sunday. That gives me one more day to have fun here. Tonight we went to play pool at Cal Poly. Earlier we had dinner at an Italian restaurant by Von's. I was so stuffed. Right now I'm really tired and stiff so I'm calling it a night.

San Luis Obispo
I'm up in SLO for the week doing some gigs and seeing my daughter graduate from High School. The train ride was the first time in a long time that I could hear myself think.
I didn't see any dolphins this time but I did see 3 deer off to the side. They had short furry antlers.
My daughter made me pancakes....more later.

I'm looking forward to World Juggling Day. A friend gave me a flyer for the local group that is juggling at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley, CA that day. It's June 15 or 16. I need to find the flyer and get the details.


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