January 9th, 2007


Why do I take such long showers?

For those who don't already know, I take really long showers. I'm talking at least half an hour here. For a long time I thought it was just because I'm slow in the shower or because I'm a perfectionist or because I'm a clean freak or whatever.

Last night in the shower, I figured out why.

It's a chance for me to think. Seriously. The noise of the water cascading against my body and onto the shower floor is so monotonous but not completely so, and it helps me tune out everything else in the world around me. The showering process itself is something I've done so many times before that it becomes routine: wash face, shampoo, wash body, conditioner, shave (not every shower since that's too time-consuming--the first four steps alone take half an hour, and I'm a slow shaver too). But without the distractions of the entire world around me, while I'm contained in just a few cubic feet of space, my mind isn't limited to the same old thoughts. Instead, my thoughts bounce everywhere, even to the unknown, even to things I've never thought of before. I've wondered why I get my best ideas in the shower, and I think it's because I'm away from all the distractions of the world around me. I've actually considered bathtub crayons to write all these down, but I'd spend even more time writing them down than actually showering, and then I'd spend even more time in the shower. Plus if I don't have any flashes of brilliance in the shower, I'd just doodle instead of shower. Then again, it would be fun to do math in the dorm showers and leave it there for the next person.

I went to the dentist today and got a wisdom tooth removed, the one that had been poking against my cheek since I came home for Christmas. It feels a little funny but otherwise fine. I actually wrote in the dentist chair while waiting. I've been thinking of interesting or just plain bizarre places to write in my attempt to add to my collection. So far I think my writing in the back of an ambulance while it was in motion wins that one. (I've written while on an airplane too, but that just doesn't have the same "Huh?" to it.)

I have yet to write while in a swimming pool--or in any body of water, for that matter. Maybe that should be next. I'll have to be careful not to get Dr. Nbook wet. Any suggestions (on keeping Dr. Nbook dry and on places to write) are welcome. I'll probably do some math there too, although I hope I won't have to repeat the ambulance experience.