Jul. 1st, 2006 04:26 pm
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I have always lived near the water.

I love water. Maybe it's a pisces thing.

I just love the sound of seagulls and the distinctive ocean air. I have fond memories of when I lived by the harbour and railroad tracks. I used to enjoy listening to the clatter, squeals and whistles of the trains as they rolled by as well as the sounds of the harbour. I never had any trouble sleeping through all this.

The funny thing is I have a fear of water. No... it's not what you think... I have a fear of deep water where I can't see the bottom. I seem to do fine on large boats but being in small vulnerable canoes and such brings out this fear.

I was canoeing one time and I remember being able to see the bottom of the lake beneath me. I remember the uneasiness when that bottom suddenly disappeared into a bottomless black chasm. I made sure to keep my eyes focused straight ahead after that. I have a vivid imagination that gets out of control at times. It's not knowing what lurks within the dark depths of water that I'm afraid of. Who knows what sort of sea monsters and creatures might be swimming around down there. I know I would absolutely lose it if something came up or swam by when I was in that state.

I'm also not a very strong swimmer. Being helpless in water doesn't help alleviate my fear.

During school, I managed to miss most of the swimming lessons. It wasn't that I tried to avoid them but something always happened to me to cause me to miss those sessions. One year it was because I received a nasty cut on my finger. This was the first time I ever received stitches. I couldn't get my cut wet with chlorine, pee or who knows what in the pool.

The next year I broke my arm. I certainly couldn't swim with a cast on my arm. I still had to walk the dog though.

After that, it was a badly sprained wrist from playing basketball. Ouch.

My friends first found out what a pathetic swimmer I was when we all went swimming at a motel during a trip to Sacramento. We had a race and I remember swimming as hard as I could. All I did was a lot of splashing. When I stopped and looked up, I discovered that I only travelled ten feet while everyone had made it to the other end.

I'm not completely helpless in water. I can manage some kind of dog-paddle and I can do the back stroke. If a boat that I'm on ever sinks, I could do the back stroke back to land. If I could see where I'm going.

So.. yeah. I have a fear of water but I love the water too. I love beaches, harbours and baths. I also love drinking it.

But I don't like scary sea monsters.
piscesdreams: (bhangra)
1) Name a CD you own that you think no-one else on your friends list does:
Kate Bush: This Woman's Work Anthology

2) Name a book you own that you think no-one else on your friends list does:
The Borghese Gallery

3) Name a movie you own on DVD/VHS/whatever that you think no-one else on your friendslist does:
Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter

4) Name a place that you have visited that you think no-one else on your friendslist has:

5) Name a piece of technology or any sort of tool you own that you think no-one else on your friends list has:
Iwata airbrush looping Buddhist chant player!
I'm sure no one has one of these! I give up! :P
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tagged by [livejournal.com profile] spider__woman

Ground Rules: The 1st player of this "game" starts with the topic "5 weird habits/facts about yourself" and people who get tagged need to write an entry about their 5 weird habits as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next 5 people to be tagged and list their names.

1) I can raise either eyebrow individually.
2) I have a phobia of the number 13, even though I don't admit it.
3) I can wake up on cue without the aid of an alarm clock.
4) If a cute girl is working a cash register, sometimes I go to another one because I'm afraid I'll become too flustered.
5) I have a poor sense of direction. I get lost at every opportunity.

I tag:
[livejournal.com profile] dreams_denied
[livejournal.com profile] profoundtruths
[livejournal.com profile] xsongbird
[livejournal.com profile] blackdreams
[livejournal.com profile] evrydyishallown
piscesdreams: (bhangra)
Welll.... Since you asked some time ago...

I was always fascinated by those Bollywood movies on television. Whenever I flipped through the channels, I would stop... transfixed by the bright colours, beautiful women and song and dance sequences I stumbled upon. I never knew what was happening since I usually came in the middle of the movie...

Sometime over a year ago, I heard of an Indian movie called Dhoom that also featured motorcycles (sort of like Torque. Nesha and I had always been similiarily fascinated by these Indian movies we always caught a glimpse of so I thought it would be a nice thing to try. I am always interested in other cultures anyhow. The movie was cheesy but it wasn’t bad at all. We loved the story, music and the eyecandy. It was a refreshing change from all the other Hollywood movies we saw.

The next Indian movie, Kal Ho Naa Ho I brought home was even better. It starred a very charismatic Shahrukh Khan and Nesha and I loved it. We thought it was just a romantic comedy with lots of fun song and dance scenes but it turned out to be a typical Bollywood masala movie... a movie with a mix of everything for everyone... drama, comedy and romance. We were taken by suprise as it was an intense tearjerker... we found ourselves bawling throughout the movie as more details were revealed. When the movie was over, we were both emotionally exhausted. But we were hooked from that point on. Kal Ho Naa Ho remains as one of my favourite movies and I never get tired of watching it.

Bollywood movies had everything for me and Nesha. We both enjoyed learning about Indian culture through them, the beautiful actors and actresses, gorgeous clothing, and the songs and dance scenes. We both enjoy the romance/drama/comedy mix in these films and it also appealed to my interest in foreign movies. These were movies that we both can easily agree to watch together.

When I am interested in something, it becomes almost like an obsession. I tend to learn all I can about that specific topic and Bollywood movies were not an exception. Through this process, I discovered many interesting things about certain aspects of Indian culture. This always led to other things. As I researched deeper and deeper into one thing, it usually led to another.

I believe the other Indian subject I find most interesting is their traditional dance styles. Dance is something I hav enjoyed in all it's forms in the past. As I learned more about classical Indian dance, I got to appreciate it a lot more. I have attended numerous Indian dance performances and have always come away enthralled with what I had experienced. Indian pop music has also become another favourite. Most of the time, I am listening to Hindi music in my car and my MP3 player only has Indian music in it now!

Although I have not watched as many Bollywood movies as I used to, I still watch them whenever I get the chance.


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