Sunday, August 24
I tried to sleep in. I woke up at quarter of ten. I was groggy. I slowly emerged from bed and made my way downstairs and cooked up a crab fritata with two organic, free range eggs, fresh cheese and chives. I had two sausage links and a piece of toast made with Ener-G’s Seattle brown gluten-free loaf. I had a glass of orange juice and consumed this while reading an article in Poets & Writers on poet Billy Collins. We read some of Collins’ poems at Fishtrap.
I ran the dishwasher, put in a load of laundry, typed up some of my blog and then got ready to leave for my haircut. I also packed a yoga bag, as I had every intention of going to the 3:30 class at Yoga Union.
I drove to the northwest and went to Dosha for my hair cut. It had been a long time since I got my hair cut, so I needed to get a lot chopped off. My hair had gotten out of control! My hairdresser thinned it out so it wouldn’t be so heavy, thick and out of control. I was pleased. I bought a few Aveda products while I was there. I walked along NW 23rd Street and wandered in and out of the many boutiques.
I got into my car and drove to the Pearl, over by R.E.I. There, I bought a couple of yoga tops on sale. Then, I went to Title Nine and bought a really heavy duty sports bra. I had needed a new one for quite some time. I missed my yoga class, but, at least, I got some much needed yoga tops that will keep me comfortable in my hot yoga classes.
I wandered up along Division and then over to Hawthorne. I went into Pho Van for a bowl of pho soup. I sat in a corner seat with a window to the entrance, with a view up the sidewalk. It was good for people watching. I unwinded with a pot of Oolong tea. I noticed a woman, tall and lean, walking into the restaurant with a baby on her hip. The baby spit up and it landed on the ground just outside the door. The mother shrugged and proceeded inside. Five minutes later, she left with takeout. All I could think about was someone needed to rinse off the sidewalk outside of the door. Someone was going to step in that small pool of pale yellow spit-up. It was pretty gross.
When my soup came, I joyfully added all of the condiments, including hot green peppers, bean sprouts, basil and lime. I added a little hot sauce, mixed up the soup and started slurping rice noodles. I’m proud that I eat my pho the way the Vietnamese ladies do, using the spoon like a bowl to hold the long, tangled noodles, pulling on them with my chopsticks as I carefully slurp them up from the spoon. I noticed three couples enter at different intervals, and I noticed, when I was patting my lips with my napkin, sipping on tea or flipping a page to my book, that each of the three handsome men looked at me, making direct eye contact with me without their dates even noticing. Wow. I think men must learn this art as small boys. It’s quite a skill. I wondered how many dates I had been on that my date’s eyes wandered, stealthily, from mine to another’s. Judging from the noticeable frequency this evening, I suspect it’s happened quite often, if not every time. It’s amazing how a man can artfully turn his glance away from a woman to look at another woman, without letting her know. The less than skillful ones get caught.
Sure, no damage done in looking. But, it wasn’t just one guy. All three looked. And not just looked – they made very direct eye contact. I had to blink and look away. I didn’t even smile. I was too stunned. I don’t appreciate that kind of exchange. Two of the three men were married and with their wives. One of the wives was very pretty and pregnant. This disturbed me. It’s supposed to be okay for a man to “look”. But I don’t know. This wasn’t okay to me.
When I left, it was raining. I tucked my book into my jacket and by the time I turned the corner onto 33rd Street, where my car was parked, I found shelter under a row of old, huge trees. As I walked under the trees, the rain did not touch me.
Half way home, I realized I had left my Dosha bag of Aveda products at my table. I pulled out my sales receipt and called the restaurant. They put the bag aside for me to pick up on Monday or Tuesday. What a pain!
I got home, emptied the dishwasher, finished my laundry and at a block of Dagoba chocolate. I got nestled into the sofa and watched the Olympic Closing Ceremonies. Crazy that the summer is nearly over. Crazy that another Olympics has passed. It seems like yesterday when I was in Montana, up on Big Mountain at Whitefish, watching parts of the Opening Ceremonies at the Bierstuben.
Ah well. Life just seems to roll along, swifty and often mercilessly.