So it was very nice to spend some time in the spiral - I'd been getting a bit jaded with hooping, not least because we rarely get other hoopers coming through here and so I wasn't really learning anything new. But last night I found my groove again and had a wonderful (and sweaty) time goofing around. And I have almost mastered a new trick!
One of the difficulties of being almost the first to pick up a hoop in our circle is that there are not a lot of opportunities to learn from other people - sharing amongst ourselves means that we all know the same tricks! Almost everything I can do beyond the basics that I learned at a class has been learned through trial and error or from YouTube. This particular trick, I knew existed but didn't think to look for tutorials about. Consequently I taught myself completely arse-backwards. The guy up there says to spin the hoop backwards and I've been spinning it forwards. rivet take note - it might be easier to do it the way the experts say! ;-)
Anyway, despite the backwardsness of my trial and error attempts, it is actually possible to do it my way. And last night I was able to step backwards and forwards through it several times before I ballsed it up and whacked myself in the head with it. Shut up, this is an improvement. And there's nothing like learning new things to improve motivation.
Meanwhile, this annoyed me yesterday. Any kind of extreme drunkenness is an issue for me, but I have a problem with the "Oh noes! Teh Laydees!" line that they're taking here. If you read the article, you'll see that the majority of people treated in the 'chill' area at the stadium were women - hence the headline. But if you read further down you'll see that of the people actually admitted to hospital for injuries, most were men. And the women's drinking is the problem? Hmm..
I suspect this is headline-worthy because historically women are supposed to have been the ones that had self control, decorum and other such virtues, so the idea of women demonstrating a lack of these things causes people to clutch their pearls more than if it were men - who are apparently expected to behave like neanderthals. Personally I think this idea doesn't do either gender any favours and that folks should get over their "OMG THE WOMEN ACTING LIKE MEN!" bollocks and start thinking about "OMG PEOPLE HURTING THEMSELVES WITH ALCOHOL" instead. The double standard annoys me. Film at eleven.
Last night I also dreamed about riding off into the sunset with ferrouswheel on horses. I am quite fond of this idea. His one was called Demelza and mine was called Purdy. Don't ask me why.
Finally, you know the guy who predicted a giant earthquake for Wellington as part of the Waitangi Day celebrations? And claimed he'd seen the roof of the Beehive (our Parliament building for those playing along from foreign shores) lying in the streets? And that he'd waited 38 years to share this vision? My brother did a countback. Turns out that 38 years ago, the Beehive didn't have a roof. Hmm..