259. Dress for Stress

Help Wanted: for my Prom Dress Project.

Please think about whether you may have a photo – scanned or otherwise – floating around of any prom you may have attended. As long as you’re a reader of this blob, it would be fun to find out what you looked like in your prom dress or tux.

If I get any photos, I’ll post them in groups during June, and then I’ll put all of them in one big blob in sequential order by year.  Everybody will look beautiful.  You’ll see.

Besides your name, how about including the year of the event(s), name & city of the school, first name of your escort, a description of the dress or suit, whether you bought it, made it, borrowed it, or inherited it, what happened to the dress (or tux) later – (like, do you still have it, or did anyone else borrow it to wear at their prom?) -, and any particular memories you may have of the occasion.

For some of us, that means oiling up some of those rusty old memory wheels. Even if you don’t have a photo to email me (to ford@fordvideo.com), maybe you can draw a picture for us with words.

I’m asking you this because I know you don’t have anything else to do, right? . . .  I thought so.

Okay, the only reason I’m making you do this is for your own good. Yep, there may be a little stress trying to fumble through old photos looking for the prom(s). But maybe the search will bring back some happy memories. And, afterwards you – and everybody else – will be able to see or remember you as you were then.  In all your eighteen-year-old glory! 

Before searching for the photo(s), this might be a good time to offer you some support in times of stress. Of course, if you’ve never experienced any, you can skip the following recommended procedure.

Otherwise, read on:

** Stress Management Techniques – by Alicia Moss **
Subject: an eight-step stress management technique

Just in case you’ve had a rough day, here’s an eight-step stress management technique recommended in the latest psychological texts.

1. Picture yourself near a stream.
2. Birds are softly chirping in the cool mountain air.
3. No one but you knows your secret place.
4. You are in total seclusion from the hectic world.
5. The soothing sound of a gentle waterfall fills the air with a cascade of serenity.
6. The water is crystal clear.
7. You can easily make out the face of the person you’re holding underwater. (Editor’s note: That’ll be Octo-woman’s.)
8. See? You’re smiling already.


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