Excuse me, folks. I am in a Mood. Just received a call from an alleged potential client. "Do you do Tantra?"
"NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT," I said.
"What do you do?"
I went into my schpiel about integrated Swedish, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, Reflexology and energy work. Not wanting to waste my breath, really, because a client who is clueless enough to ask about Tantra before identifying himself is not a client I want.
"Do you do Reiki?" he persisted.
"Yes, that's energy work," I replied.
"Do you do Reiki and Tantra?"
"NO. Tantra is erotic. I am a THERAPEUTIC massage therapist. I do not do sex work. Do you UNDERSTAND that?"
"Well, sometimes people do Reiki and Tantra together."
You are an idiot. Please go away.
"Well, I've never heard of that, and anyway I don't do Tantra. I have to be defensive with new clients, because some people do not understand the difference between massage therapy and sex work."
"I'll call you tomorrow around eight o'clock."
Yeah, right, dude, I will be available for a pervert who calls me last-minute on a holiday.
"Okay, call me when you're ready to MAKE AN APPOINTMENT. Bye."
This weekend, both my cell phone and my land line decided to simultaneously, inexplicably stop working. Which meant that I couldn't call either phone company and say, "What the hell?" but had to email them, which never works.
This afternoon the cell phone just as inexplicably started working again. I called the land line company and they said they'd do a line test and call me back. I'm still waiting.
Of course, I will be switching phone companies as soon as the correct cable box comes, anyway.
I DO NOT WANT TO BE HERE. I do not want to be in town for another Fourth of July. I want to be at a lake, with people, with a barbeque. Town is hot and oppressive and isolated and I DO NOT WANT TO BE HERE.
I DID have a new client call me the day after his session last week, just to tell me that his foot stopped hurting. He said it had been hurting for months, and the session healed it. This was nice. Now if only he tells 50 people so that I can pay my bills.
I have decided that I don't like working in a series where the pieces are intended to be grouped together. It works much better for me to do a series of individual pieces and then group them if I so choose. This column was loosely based on the chakra system, and frankly I don't like it much. I was so concerned with how each piece would 'relate' to the one next to it while I was working that I didn't push them far enough; thus I don't like either how they stand alone or how they stand in a group.
I did discover a number of ideas that I'd like to work with, however. Having the 'center point' pushed all the way to the edge is fun. Organic spirals are fun. Straight lines are fun. Twisted lines are fun. Having the pieces in a group is fun, as long as I don't plan it that way beforehand.
And I don't like doing borders, either. Feels like I'm drawing a picture frame.