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water: shower

most americans don't go down to the river much anymore. we are away from the source of water.

pour some water on me - mopawi summer 1997 in honduras, when i wanted to bathe, i went to the river in mocoron, or otherwise carried water from the well to pour on myself.

you would fill large buckets in a small shed or shack of room with water carried from somewhere else, then, with a small bowl, you'd wet your body and soap and then rinse.

very intimate.

raista shower
the shower in raista was outdoor, by the sea: breezes, open air, pouring bowls of water on myself from well-drawn water in blue barrells.

in america we have brought the river/source to our homes.

i think showering is one of the most spiritual times in the course of daily life. being near water, warmth, (probably) alone, touching our bodies, being connected with how we're feeling.

i like to shower in the dark, lights out, maybe candles. but absolute blackness is preferable.

i like my water hot, as hot as i can stand, and then a little hotter. i like the purging heat, enough to make me feel woozy and sweat a little

and then to finish off, no matter how long or short a shower, i like to resolve with a freezing rinse. i'll tell you, in the mountains, or in the winter, you can get a headache quick from the ice water coming out.

water temperature is a chance to push myself and make the showering state increasingly altered.

i've heard nicholas negroponte, at mit, has six shower heads. someday i'll have me a shower like that maybe.

i think about expressive showering being water wasteful, but it seems like water is inherently recyclable. i don't take real long showers more than once every once in a while anyways.

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