Great piece! I hope to see more of your writing.
@Urwelt I'm totally with you on the whispering. That's one of the things I like best about asmrmassage - she speaks softly (with a subtle Southern accent), but doesn't whisper.
I was a frequent Ambien user before getting pregnant, but I've been trying to deal with my insomnia sans drugs while gestating, and ASMR videos have been an absolute godsend. I've always found head massages and hair brushing super-relaxing, so much so that even reading about them makes me sleepy. A few months ago, I decided to look for hair brushing videos on YouTube and discovered asmrmassage (I'm delighted to see that other commenters like her too!). A month later, TAL ran their story, and now this!
These external validators make the whole thing much easier to explain to my husband, who was at first skeptical of what he dubbed my 'hair porn' videos. (For several weeks, I didn't even tell him about the videos, because they seemed so weird and fetish-y. Then I figured he might wake up one night, see the glow of the iPad, and think I was watching actual porn in bed while he slept next to me, which seemed...way more embarrassing. So I went ahead and confessed my hair porn addiction, and now he just laughs at me.)
FWIW, I haven't taken a Unisom in over a month. These videos are the best.
"And even after Obamacare makes it illegal to refuse insurance based on pre-existing conditions, they can still charge you way more for it" - incorrect. Rate prices will be based on: 1. How fancy the plan is (every plan must have a baseline amount of coverage, but there will be 'Cadillac' plans that cover more and cost more), 2. Your age (old people will pay up to 3x as much as young people), and 3. Whether you smoke. Having a pre-ex won't enter into the equation after it goes into effect next year. (Just went online to verify the 3x stat, and found this on Obamacarefacts: "Health insurance issuers in the individual and small group markets would only be allowed to vary premiums based on age (within a 3:1 ratio for adults), tobacco use (within a 1.5:1 ratio and subject to wellness program requirements in the small group market), family size, and geography. All other factors – such as pre-existing conditions, health status, claims history, duration of coverage, gender, occupation, and small employer size and industry – would no longer be able to be used by insurance companies to increase the premiums for those seeking insurance.") Seven more months!
I first saw the Broadway show a few years ago, and did not realize until I read the program that 'Sign' was only for the movie. It destroyed me.
Please make this a regular feature - it was one of my favorite pieces I've ever read on the Hairpin. There are so many possibilities: Sound of Music (universally acknowledged clunker: Something Good), Grease (Hopelessly Devoted! So underrated and so good. But There Are Worse Things I Could Do is the obvious winner.), Mary Poppins, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, etc.
@Didldidi THANK YOU. You are my Valentine.
I've been trying to remember this particular YA mystery series for YEARS. It was about a girl (whose name might have been Christina? Or not?) who was sent to live with an evil woman in a grand house on an island off the coast of Maine. She had amazing hair in three different shades, and she spent a lot of time hanging out in the cupola.(To this day, I'm still not 100% certain what a cupola is. I could Google it, but I prefer to imagine it.) I think it was a trilogy, and I would have read it in the late 80's or early 90's. It was in the vein of Christopher Pike, but not Christopher Pike.
I'm pregnant with my first. AND TAKING COPIOUS NOTES.
Not that it detracts from his life's work on behalf of the American Indian people, but for whatever it's worth, Russell Means was not a progressive, at least not in the traditional sense. He was an ardent libertarian and a controversial figure in both Native and Democratic party circles (and I'm guessing R circles too, though can't say for sure). A relatively minor point, but one I thought worth mentioning.