Sister maeJoy is a "Hydrationista" [urban dictionary] - meaning that she is over the top at reminding people to stay hydrated.
Face it... if you were put into a blender and centrifuged down, what would be remaining is up to 85% water, with the rest being assorted collections of Calcium, Nitrogen, Carbon, a little potassium & a few other amino acids. So, clearly, you don't have to be a water sign, the truth is you are full of water. that's because water holds many important roles for us to be able to function humanly. Water keeps out blood liquified so that oxygen can be circulated throughout our bodies. Water is a large part of our sexual secretions. Water is the driving force behind the work of our kidneys & our liver. Water is also key for the maintenance of body's temperature. Think about drinking water, and carry it with you in eco-friendly containers that will not be confiscated from you at venues.
Please note: water is not: Jack Daniels, Coffee, Tea, a drink on "the rocks", or orange juice. Water is Water and your body needs water. if you're drinking alcohol or practicing other co-factors of various natures and tendencies (see that section) it's important to drink water in order to rid the body of the some of the by-products of that co-factor.
DRINK WATER & CARRY IT WITH YOU!!
We are what we eat, so if you don't eat how can you be anything? (Other than a cranky friend that doesn't have the energy to make it the next event/party/activity you promised your friends you would be at two hours ago.)
Plan ahead to carry food with you, with enough emergency rations for a friend you might run into as well. Nuts, dried fruits, & energy bars are small enough to carry in a backpack so you can re-fuel before you run outta gas.
HAVE BRUNCH & CONTINUE EATING THROUGHOUT THE DAY!
Whether you're visiting San Francisco, or going to Pride somewhere else, take time to purchase a map of where you will be & do some planning in advance for an enJOYable Pride Celebration wherever you are going to be. Check out weather conditions, how public transportations systems work, where the geographic locations of "Queer" exist, and if you are staying with friends, take the time to create working agreements so that you will have an enjoyable visit with them. If possible, take an extra day off for more relaxed travel. Don't get caught in a bad area, in the cold, without a jacket, water or a little food.
Co-factors of various natures and tendencies [Sex & Drugs] can interfere with hydration, nutrition, relaxation & visitation in addition affecting your own personal behavior, communication skills & friendships in all types of sordid ways. check out the Sisters "Play Fair" booklet for more information about sex.
- If drugs (prescription or non-prescription) are a part of your pride lifestyle, think about securing them ahead of time from trusted individuals that you have done business before. Waiting until the last minute can add stress, humiliation and expense to your pride experience, and can even end up ruining your entire Pride.
- If you might need a prescription, think about filling it ahead of time, or traveling with your prescription.
- If you are traveling to new areas make sure to take the time to check out the laws of the land you will be on regarding that particular drug you are wishing to consume.
- Finally, if you plan on incorporating any Co-factors into your pride please take the time to read the sections on Hydration & Nutrition two more times.
DON'T GET DOPED!
For information on how to play safe and play fair, check this out!