The dark skinned woman points to her face and asks the question again. “Skeeen? Vatdoyouuse? — Nice.”
Imagine. I hold up the small jar of Vaseline she’s about to ring up and add, “water, no soap, well occasionally some mild scrub — maybe twice a week — I like Aveeno.” Ok, enough. She was probably just being polite anyway.
Imagine. Not a bad thing to hear at 6:30 in the morning when I’m padding around Mandalay Bay in hotel-issued slippers and a sweater thrown over what I slept in last night just minutes before observing what may be the new cleavage — a woman exposing her bare rear end like people do this all the time, what are you looking at?
Imagine. I start the trek back to my room with a new spring in my step —clutching my magic skeeen potion and thinking ‘who knew waking up to find a dead computer and the entire hotel without a drop of water could be so much fun?’
Imagine. My boss and I gowning up to attend a big gala that night. Me standing in a reception space listening to Ode to Joy played a million different times a million different ways while the room fills with 5,000 people sipping Curtinis and Maritinis.
Imagine. Me being a sucker for a guy in a white dinner jacket and it taking a few minutes to register that my boss has been found by the friend she was hoping to find. A few more minutes to register that the friend has a friend, and a few more minutes for the introduction that will send the friend’s friend into my arms screaming “Jul-eeeee! Oh my god!”
Imagine. Two girls sitting pretty in party dresses on the bench of a picnic table at a birthday party 40 years ago. Thrown together in the desert at the 70th Anniversary of a legendary Minnesota company along with Garrison Keillor, who boarded the airplane right behind me less than 48 hours ago.
Imagine. Unhooking myself from a few things I take for granted and a few things that I control and that control me. And then just letting go.
I think I could be on to something here.