Created April 2001
Miscellaneous past and future things
I attempted pointe classes for a while, but time constraints and the lack of consistent, convenient classes forced me to drop that. I don't have time or willingness to take two classes a day anymore, so if I have to make a choice between pointe class and hip-hop, it's hip-hop!
(Note in 2013: this is amusing, who knew I'd get obsessed with running and skiing, so contrary to dance. I still love to dance, but running suits my life better, and frankly is much easier mentally.)
However, new joyous things in my life have removed the angst and need for escape that was a large motivator for weekends away spent riding. I do miss the contact and stimulation from seeing so many beautiful things in California from the unique perspective of a motorcycle, but I've always felt glad for people who found such fulfillment in their personal lives that even the joys of riding and exploring were overshadowed. Lucky me, I fit into that category now.
That said, the weekends that we get away and in which I'm immersed again in the challenges of riding and seeing all sorts of new places are very satisfying. Even before my 10-month hiatus in Virginia 1996-1997, I was getting away from commuting and local sport rides, and transitioning more to a "touring" rider, where most of my rides are weekend trips or long day rides with the BMW club, and this is still where most of my moto-satisfaction is derived.
Meantime, a wonderful new sport developed: dog agility. I'd always liked the part of advanced obedience trials in which dogs would jump over fences, but little did I imagine that one day, the amazing fun of agility would evolve. I spectate agility events whenever I can, and am really looking forward to training my own future dog for agility. I always try to make local NADAC and USDAA trials, as some of the "top dogs" in the country are trained right here in San Jose.
My family had several dogs while growing up, enough for me to know that I needed the right living situation before I could consider my own dog. When I do get a dog, we'll adopt an older dog from a rescue organization.
Unfortunately, I had to stop when I went to UCLA in 1990, and have not picked it up again. I was at a point where I needed to make big committments to advance any further, such as half-leasing a horse and investing in a dressage saddle. Though I haven't ridden seriously in years, it will always be one of my basic loves. It's just on hold for now.
As many things as I'd love to get into, it's a challenge to manage my concentration. If I started skating or mountain biking, there's a good chance I'd get completely swept up and obsessed and take time away from other things I love, and never give enough attention to any one thing to feel good in it. Throughout my adult life, the one activity that has persisted and pretty much always taken priority is dance, and I expect this will continue.
(2019: The above was written in 2001 -- note the absence of children. That has been nothing if not a miscellaneous pursuit, past, present, future and forever. For the record, there are three of them, born 2002, 2003 and 2006. This goes a long way toward explaining why this Web site got frozen in time.)