Polarizing Effect
When I was younger and single, a friend of a friend decided she wanted to fix me up with some Wall Street type of fellow. I was hesitant, but a date is a date so I said, “Sounds Great!” and thought no more about it.

When my friend and I would get together to go to the movies or dinner, it would be a topic she’d bring up, “John [name changed] is really excited to go out with you, but he’s going to be out of town this weekend, how is next weekend?”

This was a little annoying, but also funny in an odd way – it became a standing joke with my other friends.

– “How’s John?”
– “Great – he wants me to have his children!”

I had never even met the guy. I wondered, why didn’t he just pick up the phone? Did he REALLY want to go out with me? What was the backstory on this?

Several weeks later I happened to be at a party where an annoyed and not-very-nice, half-drunk bond dealer trainee weaved over to me and said, “Hey, I just want you to know, I do NOT want to go out with you…!”

I’ve never figured the dynamics of the whole interaction. Someone, somewhere, was under some incredibly wrong misconception – I was just along for the ride. I didn’t even have to look for rejection, it would seek me out.

So, as those of you who’ve been reading my blog for a bit know, this is how things seem to stand with me and the Stitches folks. I keep getting rejection letters from them – and I swear I haven’t submitted classes to them for quite a while! Here’s the latest letter which arrived today – at least it wasn’t suggested that I get more prime time teaching experience.

Which reminds me – I’m in the process of FINALLY putting together my first mailing to yarn shops to try to get some regional tours set up. Folks email me all the time about visiting a certain part of the country, but it just doesn’t pay unless I can work out teaching gigs at several/many different shops and venues. If there’s a shop or guild near you that you think may like to have me, email me with snail mail info and I’ll put them on the list to receive my class info!

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