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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 06:15 PM
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I know I'm not the only one who has been subjected to interrogations that NEVER would have occurred were my skin of a lighter hue. Racism can make one crazy, however laughing together at the insanity of our collective experience CAN sometimes soothe the sting. I'll go first:

Top 3

1. "You CAN read music, can't you?"

A colleague who played double reed choir arrangements of Miles, Pharoah and Wayne-O I'd sketched, upon asking me if I wanted to do a Bach Xmas Oratorio gig, EH2.

2. "You sing too, of course(?)"

Well, this is technically a statement, not a question, most often delivered with certainty to my face when I have horn in hand, reed in mouth. No, I've never gotten used to it.

3. "But, can YOU skate?"

Presenting at the counter in my "trophy jacket," you know, the one with all the pins and patches from rinks around the globe, Olympic events, flashing "Shalom" button, exposing "serious" equipment while digging through my skating bag for USFSA ID, it went like this:

HWIC: This is NOT a public session.

Yes, I know that. (digging in bag)

HWIC: You MUST be a member. THIS is an Ice Dancing session.

Yes, I know that. I am. How much? (still digging in bag)

HWIC: But, can YOU skate?

I found my card, flashed it, grabbed my bag and went directly to the bleachers, donned my blades, then hit the ice. HWIC decided to "comp" me.


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