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October 08, 2003

Hugs on standby

Someone who recently attended a Cal Shakes (California Shakespeare Festival) party with me remarked that there was "a lot of hugging. About an hour of hugging" toward the end of it. I heard that, and it got me thinking - there *is* an awful lot of hugging. Not just at the end of any given event, but at the beginning, in the middle, and often for no reason at all.

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It seems as though we just can't keep our hands of each other. We are always hugging. Short hugs, long hugs, drunk hugs, sober hugs, happy hugs, sad hugs. Hugs hugs hugs hugs hugs. All the time with the hugs.

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Fact is: I love it. I've come to appreciate these people and their hug-happiness. It's brought out the hugger in me as well. Like Didofoot's Nation of Me, I have often shied away from unsolicited hug attacks, but there is no embargo on the free-trade of hugs here. Imports from these Pro-hug nations, and exports, are unequivocally welcome.

And sometimes a gal needs a snuggle. Sometimes she likes having another human rest their head on her shoulder. This gal, for one, likes that she knows right where to seek it out when I little snuggle-lovin' is necessary. Hugs aplenty.

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There are some people who I have not met at Cal Shakes who I also enjoy hugging. I know some excellent huggers. I'm talking skills, here. I think I'd really just like to be hugging the people I want to, whenever the mood strikes. Sadly, though, I live a solid 800 miles away from a hug. I did my best to make up for it on my last trip home - refill my hug reservoir. I happily leaned against a back that I'd been missing, and tugged on the collective sweatshirt strings of those I wish I could still see everyday. Now I can have some hugs on reserve for when I need them, in this: the hug-free land I now call home.

This was a non-Cal Shakes hug, but certainly one for the files! I'm grinning like an idiot and he's making his Sexy Picture Face. Love it! Rrrrraaar.


Posted by kati at October 8, 2003 01:15 AM


Have you heard that Izzard is going to be the next Dr. Who!? It'll be fantastic!

Posted by: Jacob at October 8, 2003 09:16 AM

why can't you hug ash and robyn and bj? except watch out for robyn's wrist. and bj's cheekbones, because they could slice you up if you're not careful.

Posted by: didofoot at October 8, 2003 10:18 AM

Jacob: I had heard the rumor about Dr. Who, but it was unconfirmed and I was waiting to be sure. But yes, it'll be fantastic!

Dido: There doesn't seem to be the same pro-hug mentality down here in SD. That's just how it is, and you can't force the hugs. It ain't the same.

Also, bj's cheekbones = deadly weapons. Handle with extreme care.

Posted by: kati at October 8, 2003 10:27 AM

it's like a dream come true for you! that picture is amazing!

Posted by: michele at October 8, 2003 12:16 PM

it IS amazing...did you photoshop it?

Posted by: dfoot at October 8, 2003 12:25 PM


He really looks that good. Er...and so do I.

Posted by: kati at October 8, 2003 01:46 PM

too right you do. although in real life your face has more color.

Posted by: didofoot at October 8, 2003 01:55 PM

That is an amazing picture! Were you like total jello meeting him? Did you try to touch... him? Why aren't you hugging him in the picture, you shoulda been all over that!

Posted by: Kristina at October 8, 2003 08:10 PM

that is a great pic! bravo! let's see some more...hmmm, maybe naked ones? ;)

Posted by: cody at October 8, 2003 08:19 PM

Kristina: No worries girl, I got to touch plenty! I even got an unforced hug. I think I will post the other pics and the whole story soon.

-now that I can put pictures online, (aren't you proud of me Gene!?!) Pics and a hyperlink all in one entry, and all just from READING THAT RIDICULOUS MOVEABLE TYPE MANUAL!!! woooha! I got it all in check.

Posted by: kati at October 8, 2003 09:53 PM

I love Kati V!!!

Posted by: Kelly at October 13, 2003 07:21 PM

I resent the fact that you say you live 800 miles from a hug. Me and Miles (no pun intd.) are fuckin' Hugs-R-Us.

Posted by: robyn at October 13, 2003 10:20 PM