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waiting for the big one - Ambar
March 31st, 2004
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waiting for the big one
So, would someone please explain to me how I can go from enjoying a leisurely week of only going to Biology, to suddenly being behind in both Bio and O-Chem? In 24 hours? Man, that was fast. Did you get the license number of that truck? (Bio midterm next Tuesday. Gwack!)

Went with Anita to see Cavalia on Saturday, which was much more fun than Cheval. Its run in SF has closed, but they're heading to LA next, and then either San Diego or Seattle after that. If they're in your area, and you like to look at pretty horses, go. If you like Cirque du Soleil-style circus and acrobatics set to original live music, you also should go. Hell, just go.

I must admit my favorite moment was an unplanned one. Picture three roman riders (each standing on the backs of a pair of galloping horses). Now picture two alongside, with one rider handing his reins to the other and then jumping off. So this woman is effectively driving a four-in-hand while standing on the backs of the rear pair. Now they start going over jumps! V. impressive, but still planned. Now, while this has been going on, various banners have been juggled back and forth between the riders and a troupe of acrobats on the ground. But wait, oops, someone dropped one, and there is a 2' long cream swathe of fabric on the ground... right in front of the setup for the last jump.

The fore pair shied, predictably, but the rider got all four of them over the jump ANYWAY. She was still standing. That was quite something.

I am now not sorry to have dropped the additional Biology class (not the semester one currently in progress, the one which would have met Monday-Wednesday nights). It's hard to appreciate sanity, but I have a definite sense of its presence right now, even if I am tired enough to fall asleep at my desk.

Oh, down six lbs since last I checked.

Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel (i) - "Waiting For The Big One"

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From:tayefeth
Date:March 31st, 2004 07:31 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that is impressive. Heck, going over jumps while standing on horseback is impressive. Do you know if they're going to visit the Right Coast?
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From:ambar
Date:April 5th, 2004 07:07 pm (UTC)
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From talking to one of the performers, the Grand Plan[tm] is to spend 3 years touring North America, and then try for Europe. But since it wasn't entirely clear whether they were heading for Seattle or San Diego after LA, my guess is that all the stops aren't planned out yet.
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From:aleeceh
Date:March 31st, 2004 11:08 pm (UTC)

Dangit.

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I didn't hear see anything about Cavalia in SF. Would have enjoyed seeing that. Have seen something similar before (blanking on the name, but it wasn't Cheval Theatre; missed that one too), and really enjoyed it.
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From:cavaliatrainer
Date:May 17th, 2004 04:11 pm (UTC)

Thank you

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I remember that day... I am the girl, (Karen Turvey) you saw on the backs of the horses. Most everything we do is planned, but when you work with horses there is nothing predictable. I have to be ready for anything that comes my way. It really is refreshing to know that someone noticed my "dilemma" and appreciated the skill it took to overcome the problem in a moments notice. Most people only see the "show" parts. Every day we have to adjust and work with the horses within their limits. I have to make sure they are happy and ready to perform. I give "Bandit" and "Hollywood" carrots after the show as way to say "job well done", and especially after that night! I am so glad you enjoyed the show and that I was able to give you a "highlight" you wouldn't forget. Check out my blog and website www.equineextremist.com
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