Monday, March 29, 2010
Installation Continues In The Next Room
My hands used to blister and rip open after a time on the parallel bars. These were called rips by gymnasts and were hugely painful. You had to chalk up before hitting your routine and the chalk made the rips burn. The only way to get around it was an evil liquid called Tough Skin which felt like pouring liquid fire on an open sore. After, the sore closed up and formed a callous so the show could go on.
I wasn't very good at the bars. My strength was always the floor. Yes, these two lines are examples of self-service humor. You can make up your own joke. But I did have a perverse enjoyment of the callous-forming process. I haven't seen Tough Skin in years, but I think about it when I'm in pain and need to get over it quickly. Your hands and what they are dealt are always changing.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"When we cannot change a situation, we are forced to change ourselves." Victor Frankel
Drinking movie suggestion: The Secret Lives of Pippa Lee
Benedictions and Maledictions