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The follies and follicles of Vee Levene
"My goal is to dominate people in their sleep."
I do this thing in the bath, I plug my nose and curl up under water,… 
4/17/06
I do this thing in the bath, I plug my nose and curl up under water, on my back and my knees to my chest, so I don't float to the top. I recently discovered I can cover my eyes so light doesn't shine through my lids. It's like sensory deprivation. I don't strain too much--well, sometimes I do, but not these days--and sometimes I curl into the fetal position. I don't ever feel any kind of spiritual womb rebirthing thing, but for a few moments after I resurface, my mind is clear as my senses adjust once again to the stimulation they so love/hate/never don't have. And as my mind is never clear, that's pretty nice.

"I woke in bits, like all children, piecemeal over the years. I discovered myself and the world, and forgot them, and discovered them again. I woke at intervals until... the intervals of waking tipped the scales, and I was more often awake than not. I noticed this process of waking, and predicted with terrifying logic that one of these years not far away I would be awake continuously and never slip back, and never be free of myself again." (Annie Dillard, An American Childhood)
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4/18/06 (UTC)
I've been playing with the idea of going to a "floatation" place for a while now, for this very reason. There are two here in town that are fairly inexpensive (under $30 a session) and quasi-religious experiences notwithstanding, I'd like to see how much this is than my own bathtub experiments.

I do that too, by the way. Hell of a couple of seconds, that coming back up experience.
4/21/06 (UTC)
i saw those places in sf all the time, next time i'm in a city i'll have to check it out again... everything's worth a try, yea?

thank you for doing the same thing. the last time i did it, the other night, my first thoughts upon coming up were, "someone else does this, too..." :)
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