Musical Chairs

We sat on the curb in the parking lot outside the store drinking Mexican cola. It was raining a little but we didn’t mind. LA was suddenly very tropical and we had time to kill. We talked about girls tattooing their legs. I thought it was akin to spray painting a flower. Fashion is so strange.

My friend talked about that waitress from the restaurant we had just eaten at. There was a darkness about her from the moment we interacted, but I chalked it up to something my witch friend had told me: that evil would be in the air until the 26th of the month.

The waitress sat us in the middle of the noodle restaurant. I never like that. It’s a Malcolm X thing. But I decided not to say anything. Before we ordered, a big drop of water fell on me from the air conditioner vent above. I jumped like a man being shocked.

The waitress let us move to the corner where there was a stack of about 10 unused chairs next to our table and a group of punk rockers eating before they went to a show across the street. They were wearing the same punk clothes and band t-shirts that the punks were wearing 20 years ago. Nothing had changed except now their uniform was bought at a corporate punk rock clothing store at the mall.

I was wallowing in sadness over this thought when the waitress came over and asked if she could have the spare chair that was sitting at our table. My friend had to remove his backpack and I had to grab my sunglasses and keys so she could give this chair to people that had just walked in. My friend and I looked at the stack of 10 unused chairs next to us and laughed until the waitress came over and said, “Is everything okay?”

When I got home, I decided to go back out and walk in the rain. I was wearing a tank top and cut-off army pants from Desert Storm. It was so still and quiet in my neighborhood. So few people were out. The rain seemed to be calming the entire world.

As usual, I ran into someone I knew. They said hello and then asked, “What’s with the flip-flops?” I said, “LA is turning tropical.” They said, “No really….” I hesitated. “Ok… they are my girlfriend’s. I didn’t expect to run into you.”
flip flops

Written by Daniel Overberger

Edited by Nancy Winebarger


Live from Mysore #2 (the super soul)

Did my second class at 6am today with BNS. It’s so cool that he is leading us through the asanas, which is not traditional to this city. BNS does a few other things differently and as we went through the Marichyasana section he began yelling at me because I do not know my right from left. I was actually taught the sequence by my other teacher in a different way so it has become habit for me. I am going to try to change my habit to meet Iyengar’s way. After he said “NO RIGHT LEG! RIGHT LEG!” He said to me “your asanas are good but you must learn the mathematical system of yoga”. After the pose Garbapindasana, BNS was rolling me around on my back…. We are doing yoga by the way on a marble floor….My spine was rubbing into the ground and I got some road rash. I am afraid to tell him tomorrow that I don’t want to do that pose because I will have to show him my back which has a big tattoo of one of his Gods on it…Tattoos in India are only had by people in gangs or who are slaves and marked as property. If he sees may back tattoo I think he will flip.. He as already said, “The body is not for writing.” 😉 The good thing about the tattoos are if people see them they are a little bit afraid of me. Which can come in handy when men are staring at Nancy. Oh did you think that it was all peace and love here? Not exactly. Some of the community of Mysore are very nice and making a fine living because of the yoga boom. Some I think wish we would leave.
At the end of class today Iyengar said, “Yoga has no religion. Purify the soul and then join THE SUPER SOUL!!!!!!!” Nice