Ahhhh… two weekends in a row full of fire and friends. Last weekend was the backyard burnhouse burn, this past one was a housewarming (and BOY did we warm it up! ;o)
Last night the fire conclave rehearsed using fire for the first time. I was really nervous. Not sure why – just the idea of having so many of us so close together, and an audience of people passing by in the park who stopped and watched. As soon as we lit and got in positions though, the nerves went away. Still I focused more on just burning safely than always being 100% in time with the other poi performers – timing will come to us.
My new fireheads burn longer and brighter/hotter, a little nervewracking when I have to stop in a position (can’t keep them hanging in one spot or my hands will get too hot!) or when we are close in a line up, but I am getting used to them and really love them. I’m suddenly really excited to be part of this performance – not that I wasn’t before, but it’s becoming more real. I never was much into doing fire for performance, but the idea of being part of the circle spinning in front of the Man was exciting. Now, I’m really appreciating the practices (despite the commute) and spending time with so many amazing people.
(If you are near Philly, you are welcome to come watch a practice. I’ll be there the next 3 Sundays for sure, 6-8, western Philly area. Contact me for details.)
I am at work (last hour or two is always nice and quiet, immediate neighbors are all early morning folks and they are gone) and realized I had a hair elastic on my wrist still. Not usually an issue but these brand are heavy duty (and yet still have trouble staying in my hair figures) and I don’t wear them on my wrist because it cuts off circulation. Well I put it on last night intending to put it in the drawer next time I got up (the kitten is a thief and LOVES hair elastics!) and forgot about it. It hurt as soon as I took it off, but I never noticed the constriction until now.
Made me start thinking of things we adjust ourselves to accepting as normal, and it can hurt to stop/get out of the situation, but once we do we know we’ll be better off….
Yeah. Deep thoughts over a piece of elastic. Well it’s monday afternoon what do you expect?
Phoenix Rising and PDF are just around the corner…. I can’t wait, and yet I know I won’t be ready when it’s time. But it doesn’t matter what I end up wearing or eating, I just want to be around my fire family and spin some fire! Burned the last two nights and know what? Even though my hands/wrists are a little sore (different hold on the poi, and heavier heads – just need some time to get used to it), I just want to go out and do it again and again. ;o)