Monthly Archives: March 2004


Yesterday’s word of the day at was cock-a-hoop.
Here is the entry:

cock-a-hoop (kok-uh-HOOP) adjective
1. Being elated or exulting, especially in a boastful manner.
2. Askew.
[Of uncertain origin. Perhaps from the phrase to set cock on a hoop (to be festive).] “Randy Atkinson and Shawn Ewing, the Vancouver Pride Society’s co-chairs, were all cock-a-hoop when the 25-year-old organization’s ninth annual gala dinner sold out at the Coast Plaza hotel Sunday.” Malcolm Parry; Pride Society Dinner Humbles Debt; Vancouver Sun (Canada); Jun 17, 2003.
“The Blues come to Newlands this week cock-a-hoop while the Stormers dressing-room had a funereal look …” Stormers’ Monday Blues; Cape Argus (Cape Town, South Africa); Apr 14, 2003.

Elated? Definitely.

Hooping made her day

Amy and I hooped at the Berkeley Marina today. It was just the two of us. At one point a woman pushing a bicycle approached us. The first thing she said was “If I was a filmmaker, I would totally make a film about the two of you.” Apparently she had been watching us from a distance. We asked her if she would like to hoop with us. She declined at first, but then, like any sensible human being should, changed her mind and tried it. Her name was Alex. After a few minutes of hooping, she exlaimed “This is so cool!” She thanked us for introducing her to hooping and asked where to get hoop making materials. She wanted to make hoops for all of her friends.
Before Alex continued on her way through Cesar Chavez Park, she said in parting “I was happy earlier, but now I’m really happy. I knew that something good was going to happen today.” Hooping had happened to her today. It was a rewarding moment.

Tips For Close Quarters

It’s not every day that you can take your hoop to the park, and hooping inside takes up a lot of space. Here are a few tips (mostly common sense) for hooping in close quarters like clubs or homes:
1. Always do a pre-spin
Hold your hoop around your waist and slowly step in a circle. Is there at least a foot or two between your hoop and all furniture, people, and walls? If not, you’re prone to bumping, breaking, or bonking something. Might not be a good place to hoop. Doing a hoop-held pre-spin also gives people around you a visual cue that they might want to watch out.
2. Start slow
Start with a cautious waist-only spin. Check all around you to make sure you’re not too close to anything. Don’t pitch into the tricks right away — you will break something. TIP: Be sure to check ceiling height before you take your hoop overhead! Hitting a lamp with a hoop is a bad way to introduce yourself.
3. Watch for pedestrians
Keep your eyes constantly peeled for people who may need to pass through the space you’re in. Constant vigilance, hoopers! As good as it feels to those of us in the loop, there’s nothing more frustrating than an eyes-closed blissed-out hooper blocking the way to a bathroom. People really appreciate a hooper who, unprompted, stops hooping and lets them pass.
4. Share the space
Be hyper-considerate of those around you — you’re taking up WAY more space than most dancers, and whatever you do: DO NOT assume that everyone wants to stand aside and watch you do your thang. In other words, no hogging the dance floor! If several hoopers are present, and there’s limited space, be sure to graciously offer the space up every few minutes.
5. Collisions
If you bump someone with your hoop, stop hooping! Check in with them to make sure they’re ok, maybe offer them a chance to give the hoop a spin as an apology. If your hoop hits other bodies more than once, it’s time to seriously re-asses whether the space can really accommodate hooping. Remember, you can dance without the hoop. It’s fun, actually. Give it a try! The last thing you want is to be a dancefloor hog, so if there’s really not room — put the hoop down!
…Any one else have any “close quarters” tips, learned in the school of hard hoop knocks?

Dream Hoops

You know you are an avid hula-hooper when you dream about hooping all night. After recurrent dreams of hooping and waking up swiveling my hips in the bed, I did some research into the symbolism of hoop dreams. Hoops are universally a positive image for dreams.
Hoops are a happy dream omen. To dream about rolling or whirling a hula hoop signifies a good outcome for your current hopes. The Greek philosopher Artemidorus once wrote: “If you dream about rolling a hoop, it means that you have come to the end of your troubles, and abundant happiness will follow.”
Native American dream catchers are hoops with a web inside and decorated with feathers and beads. The dream catchers represent the web of life and are used to sort through one’s visions and dreams. The good in the dreams is caught in the web and held in the hoop, while the bad escapes through the hole in the center.
Happy hoop dreams!

Stilt Hooping

When springtime hits Seattle, people get this irristible urge to run out and play. Last Saturday we had the warmest day we’d seen in months, so the stilts and hoops were brought out to meet the outdoors. Here’s Jordan whirling his hoop on stilts.