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Signs Of Life

Columns by Pamela Majteles

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If only life were a party

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Posted by pam on January 14, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Originally published September 29, 2006

This column is reprinted with permission from The Hills Newspapers.

If only life were a party.  The kind of party I attended recently when a friend turned fifty.  Like any successful party, there was plenty of good food and conversation.  Unlike other parties, though, I went home with more than the usual party favors.

On her fiftieth birthday, my friend wanted a memorable celebration beyond the ordinary. As part of the festivities, she arranged for a magician, numerologist and artist to circulate among the guests and show-off their talents.  Like traveling carnivals of long ago with the fire eater and human cannonball, there was one act after another offering thrills and amazement.

It might sound like a party with a lot of fun and games.  (And it was.)  At the same time, I also got some handy tips for every day life.  From the magician at the party, I received the most practical lesson.  A lesson that was equally helpful for trussing a chicken in the kitchen or putting up a tent in the woods.  He showed me that neither scissors nor other sharp instruments were really necessary for cutting rope.

By slight of hand, the magician repeatedly transformed one piece of rope into two.  He invited me to do the same.  Despite many attempts, I could not quite accomplish it.  At his urging, I planned on practicing more at home.  For the day my scissors disappear just like the magician’s white rabbit, I intended to be ready.

While the magician worked on my girl scout skills, the numerologist at the party addressed my inner character.  Similar to a psychic, a numerologist predicts what your future will hold.  To do so, a numerologist assigns you a series of numbers based on the letters of your name and your date of birth.  These numbers correspond with certain character traits that impact your course in life.

According to the numerologist, I was a 5, 7, 11 and 22.  On the positive side, I had great capacity for concentration and analysis.  Apparently, I could also be aloof, moody and melancholy.  Although I did not particularly recognize these less desirable traits, I would use my great capacity for concentration to concentrate on avoiding them in the future.

To better ensure I avoid the pitfalls of my character flaws, the numerologist recommended certain activities and environments.  Among the activities, she suggested I listen to classical music and take long walks.  As for environments, I was to stay away from loud, busy places.  Like the party.

Despite the good advice of the numerologist, I was not quite ready to leave.  With my character well in hand, there was time for me to focus on more superficial matters.  The artist or caricaturist at the party was happy to help.  As he sketched my picture, I had to wonder if he was really capturing me in the best light.  The last time I checked the mirror, my nose and ears had not looked so large.  Also, I had previously believed my head to be in good proportion to the rest of my body.  Not to worry.  The overall effect of my caricature was pleasing despite a few minor details.

By the end of the party, I could not believe how much I gained.  I experienced a lot more than the usual fun and games.  As birthday parties go, this one really took the cake.

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