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Breath Of Fresh Air

Wow!  What a shift of weather!  I’d like to think that I brought this back with me from Minnesota where I spent the weekend with my father and daughter.  When I woke up here at home this morning and stepped outside I had a flashback from last October. 

I attended a music festival and camped out, alone on a mountaintop.  Well.  I wasn’t really alone, there were a LOT of other people there.  I slept in weird shifts since music was playing (and playing pretty loud like) most of the time.  I awoke one evening to a melody wafting in the darkness and to weather feeling about like today.  I stepped out of my tent and enjoyed the song.  Thought I’d share.  Step outside and breathe deeply, take it in, it’s gorgeous out there.

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Nature of Yoga

I’m stalling. 

It’s raining here and it’s raining where I’m supposed to be traveling to here in a bit. 

I am scheduled to teach yoga for the next four days in Arkansas, on a mountaintop, at a music festival.  I wanted my sister to come up and go with me.  That was the original plan.  But someone asked her to have 8 chairs reupholstered by the end of the month.  So her travel plans were pretty much nixed.  I am going alone.  In a tent.  For 4 nights.  The good news is this weather will be over by tonight and the next 4 days ahead look absolutely fabulous.

I started a new yoga job last week at the Rehab Hospital in Mt.Vernon, MO.  What a great place and what awesome people!  They turned the chapel there into a wellness center and it is really lovely.  I like the way they left the stained glass windows as they do not have any religious connotation to them.  The healing garden outside the entry is really pretty as well.

I think I may get to add a couple more classes there.  The one I started is pretty full so there’s talk of possibly adding another class right after the one I’m teaching now.  And the maintenance guys need to stretch too, so I’m told.  But they don’t want to go to a class called yoga.  I suggested we call it Maintenance for Men.  We’ll see what happens.  I love how my job opens up new possibilites all of the time. 

Just look where I’m headed here shortly!  All because I teach a free class on Tuesday mornings and an event planner attended the class.  Looking forward to just teaching yoga one hour a day for the next four days.  The rest of the time?  I’ll be reading, napping, visiting, hiking and listening to music and enjoying the great outdoors.

I’m sure I’ll have some great things to blog about when I return.


Captain Fantastic

I feel very lucky to have been raised in a house filled with music.  My mom played the accordian, my brother and my sister both played the piano and I played the violin.  From early on we listened to a lot of music at our house.  And from early on we listened to lots of different kinds of music.  Country was minimal, though we watched a little Hee-Haw and some Porter Wagoner.

We had one of those cool stereos that hung on the wall.  It was like a cabinet and when you flew the doors open they turned into speakers and the turn table dropped down.  We had a ton of records and we played them quite a bit.  I remember listening to Johnny Cash, the Eagles, Jim Croce, America, Simon & Garfunkel, Carly Simon, The Beatles, James Taylor, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Gordon Lightfoot, the Rolling Stones and Elton John.

I think the first time I saw the Captain Fantastic album I was in my uncle’s bedroom in Minnesota.  He had the coolest room ever.  It was located in the basement at my grandma’s and it was a pretty decent sized room.  Someone in the family was in the carpet business so the shag carpet in his room was all different colored squares.  Remnants I guess, but it rocked.  It was also really dark down there and pretty private.  I don’t think he liked us in his space but we felt pretty cool when we were invited in.  He had beaded curtains, lava lamps, a chess set made of stone and lots of record albums.  He also took me to see my very first rated R movie (I know he didn’t want to take me) which was American Werewolf in London.  Man I thought I was pretty uptown cool on that night.

Anyways back at my house in Missouri, my mom was in love with my now step-dad and he was in love with Elton John.  Hence Elton was turned on the table quite a bit in our household.  It was announced that Elton John would be coming to town on April 16 and the tickets would go on sale on March 19.  Great, I was going to go to that concert!  I thought so anyways.  Sadly, my plane to Sedona would be in the air when those tickets were unleashed.  I had someone try to get them for me, but it didn’t work out.  They told me through Facebook while I was in Sedona that I could still purchase a ticket online.  I quickly logged on to find that they were all sold out.  It was all good, it just wasn’t meant to be.  I got home from my wonderful trip to Sedona and the South Rim and decided to look on Craig’s List for an Elton John ticket.  Whoa.  People were wanting to sell their tickets for ridiculous amounts.  I was not going to pay more than $200 for one and that was too much if you ask me.  Remember.  I’m a yoga teacher. 

I decided to place my own ad on Craig’s List which plainly stated that I wanted a ticket to Elton John within ethical reason.  I immediately had folks e-mailing me their phone numbers.  I made a few calls to find out these folks were taking names and dollar amounts.  The tickets would go to the highest offer.  Whatever.  I only wanted one ticket.  Just one.  I left my ad up and on the second day of April , I was out walking at Close Park.  I had my phone with me and I can receive e-mail on it.  I heard my phone buzzing and almost ignored it.  But I was glad I didn’t.  Some kind soul had just sent me an e-mail that the arena had just released several single seats and that I should not have to pay scalper’s prices.  I didn’t get too excited.  This was Craig’s List and I’d been down this road already.

I finished my walk and when I got home I decided to call the JQH arena.  Low and behold the nice person that had sent me that e-mail was correct!  They had tickets and they weren’t the crappy ones.  The tickets were selling for $30, $80 or $139.  I scored an $80 ticket, no price inflation.  The night of the concert I downed two glasses of wine and walked over there.  I stopped to take some photos of the beauty along the way.

This was my fist time inside the new arena and it’s pretty nice.  I don’t think there’s a bad place to sit in this new arena if you ask me.  I took three photos at the concert with my phone and enjoyed myself thoroughly. 

Elton sang everything that I wanted to hear as well as three new songs that I wasn’t familiar with.  He played for almost 3 hours straight.  There was no warm up band.  He still has his original drummer from like 1969 or something and a guitar player from like the early 70’s.  The arena also had two jumbo screens so the close ups of his hands on the piano and facial expressions were really neat to see.

Afterwards I joined the sea of people on the yellow brick road on the way out.  The air outdoors was nice, the moon was full and the sky was clear.  I pretty much walked home before half of the people made their mass exits from the parking lots.  I can now cross this entertainer off of my list.  Great Saturday night that included no fighting for sure.