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Pictures for Pam, Day 79: Phoebe's Rave Beads

Pictures for Pam, Day 79: Phoebe's Rave Beads
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When Steve and I went down to the San Francisco Bay Area to visit my younger brother and his wife, we were really happy to learn that Nathalie's daughter, Phoebe, would also be home from college! It would be so nice to see her and catch up with what's going on in her world. Being 54, it's fascinating to talk to someone who's just starting college.

At 19 years old, Phoebe's college experience compared to mine totally floors me. It's just gob smacking. For instance, when I went to San Francisco State University, gym classes were varied with dozens of courses available. But today they have only dance classes. No gym. No badminton. No aerobics. No soccer. And of course, not my favorite--trampoline (which I took for two semesters!). All creative art classes…GONE. Etc. It's horrifying. This is the world that Phoebe lives in. Yes, she can go to a local gym for classes but they aren't on campus. Art classes would be the same situation I'm sure. Anyway, talking to her about school leaves me feeling totally staggered and I feel sad that there are so few opportunities for Phoebe's generation to explore creatively within the confines of school.

When I first met Phoebe a couple of years ago, she gave me a tour of her bedroom, which was such an honor. It was so much fun to see how she decorated her room and to tell her how I had decorated mine. She had some art on the walls but nothing too outlandish. As I grew up, my walls and ceiling became 100% covered with animal and horse pictures without any surface showing. When I turned 17 or so, I began collecting swim suits and pinned them up to my walls in tropical displays with beach posters behind them, using fake palm fronds as accents. I had a spot on one wall for pictures of cute celebrities too. Phoebe's décor was wonderful but sedate in comparison to my flamboyant display and I really enjoyed the peek into how she showed herself off in her room.

While I looked around, I was immediately drawn to a large glass bowl in the corner. It was nearly half-full of some kind of beads. Peering inside I saw…RAVE BEAD BRACELETS!! Dozens of them, in fact! HOW COOL IS THAT?!

Rave beads…what the heck are rave beads?! They are bracelets known as "Kandi," worn at dance clubs and parties, created by individuals as gifts to people they meet there. Originally started by drug dealers to stand out as a source for party drugs like ecstasy and coke, these showy bracelets soon turned into a popular fad for anyone who loves the dance scene. Bracelets are shared in a special way--essentially the two people hold hands and the gift bracelet is slid from one wrist onto the other's wrist. Specifically it goes like this:

1. Two people make peace signs (Peace)
2. They form their hands into hearts (Love)
3. They join their hearts (Unity)
4. They slide their bracelets from hand to hand (Respect)
4.a. Hug someone. (From)
(For more info & pictures about the Kandi craze, click this phrase!)

The whole rave beads-Kandy craze started many years after Steve and I were over our club days, so we never got to see any of this in action. It's a shame because I would surely have had an enormous collection myself! However, seeing Phoebe's collection filled me with excitement because I was sure they were very special to her. She confirmed this by immediately telling me all about her experiences. Every bracelet has a story, instantly coming to mind when Phoebe holds it in her hand. I loved hearing her tales and at the time I thought to myself that I'd just have to get pictures the next time I had a chance.

Visiting San Anselmo this time aligned all of the stars and Phoebe gave me permission to take pictures of her collection! My eyes twinkled as I pulled out a bracelet and asked for details. She instantly told me where she got it and who gave it to her. I took out another one. "Oh! That one I got in the bathroom when I met a girl in there!" I pulled out another one and out came another story. Such fun. Thank you Phoebe, for allowing me to share part of you with the world!

I spent quite a while photographing her bracelets and my main image shows the whole collection as a glorious pile of dance party memories. I am also including 9 insets for you to enjoy as well.

Pam, did you ever have a party phase in your life? I loved dancing but I didn't get many chances to go "clubbing." My dates rarely had the interest and I didn't have friends that liked that sort of thing. But when I met Steve, we went out dancing on a regular basis for the first couple of years when we lived in San Francisco. What fun! I hope you're having a nice day today my dear!

Explored on 1/27/19, highest placement, #5.

Stan Askew, Meral Alkim, Ruebenkraut, Zulma and 32 other people have particularly liked this photo

28 comments - The latest ones
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Phenomenal shot and PIPs!

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20 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club



20 months ago.
neira-Dan club
oh !! j'aime beaucoup
20 months ago.
uwschu club
sehr schönes Wimmelbild
20 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
So nice and colourful.
Thank you for the story.
20 months ago.
Lovely and colourful.
Beautiful story , Janet.
Have a great Sunday.
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
Pisti club
Beautiful picture, especially because you share the story behind it.
20 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
une montagne de couleurs !!
20 months ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
Very well done!!!!!!!! ...And very well told!!!!!****
20 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
I think these pictures are great. Very inspiring aswell. Thanks!
20 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Fine picture, fine PiPs ! Have a nice Sunday, Janet !
20 months ago.
 Au Cœur...
Au Cœur... club
A very lively work !
20 months ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
This tradition is very surprising. When you talk about everything that has disappeared from the colleges, I'm not surprised: budget cuts, alas! :-(( Have a nice sunday, Janet !
20 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe composition colorée avec notes. Nicole.
20 months ago.
 Noisette du 11
Noisette du 11 club
Image joyeuse !
20 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
WOW, such a great mood there !!!!! Happy Sunday, Janet !!!!!!!!!
20 months ago.
Chris10 club
Impressive series Janet! Love them all very much!

Greetz, Christien.
20 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
What a great story about these beads - I've seen them around but had no idea of their significance or the history behind them. I got some when I bought a key ring in Turkey and they spell my name. I love the variety of the insets.

As for talking about what they learn at school/college now, I can fully understand how you feel, I was astounded at what my children were learning and that was 30 years ago!!!! I'd had to learn history starting from the Stone Age up to the Second World War!!! They started around 1700 up to Queen Victoria - they missed out on so much. As well as sport, they had to do things they weren't interested in - ie football and tennis etc, and apparently things have even changed nowadays. I do hope they don't miss out too much of the general English, Maths and Science, with the odd foreign language thrown in!
20 months ago.
cammino club
Obviously a nice game!
20 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
C'est une belle image et j'étais très attentive à votre récit pour la signification de ces petites choses!****************** bonne nouvelle semaine Janet.
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
beautiful series - and thank you for teachiing me something totally new.....
20 months ago.
Esther club
I like your photo and I learned a lot about rave beads and the new college experience. Not all colleges have done away with arts and sports. It is short-sighted not to recognize their importance.
20 months ago.
 Pachelbel Canon
Pachelbel Canon
Wonderful beads and even more wonderful story(ies) about them! Your contributions are invariably inspirational.
20 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Wonderful stories that match the image perfectly Janet
20 months ago.
Danielle club
Quelle présentation si Admirable......!!!
20 months ago.
Heidiho club
Waaaoouuuww, Janet !
That`s such a surprising, outstanding picture (seen on black - what else !!!)
... and all the PiPs include a lot of nice messages. A lot of work you`ve done - but make such a good mood.

So I will send my "rusty guys" to Pam too. Hope to make her smile ...
20 months ago.
tiabunna club
A lovely colourful main image and fascinating PiPs. Not only that, but your notes were an education for me on current social procedures and lifestyles. My grandson is about to enter upper high school and I shake my head at what seem to be seen as the current "priorities", though those seem to vary from school to school.
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
Zulma club
20 months ago.

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