Laura Finaldi in Jordan, 2012

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Birth of the Hiatus

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We spent a day in Petra, climbing rocks, riding horses and making weird faces at camels all over one of the seven wonders of the world (I’ll get to talking about that in another post). You’d think doing all of those things would be the highlight of my June 5. But it wasn’t. The real fun began at around midnight after a night out around town. A bunch of us were chillin in my hotel room late that fateful night when Gina introduced to us something so epic that the word “epic” doesn’t even really begin to cover it. Ladies and gentlemen, I think it’s safe to say that she has invented – and the rest of us have perfected – the next planking. I present to you … the Hiatus.

But how does it work?! You ask. Don’t worry. Let me spell it out for you.

First. You Michael Phelps three times to get yourself set. And when I say Michael Phelps, I don’t mean stand up straight and kind of swing your arms around. I’m talking legs apart, crouched down, arms not quite flailing but still very mobile. Got it? Good. Next step.

Second. You leave the ground. NOW PAY ATTENTION. This is not a belly flop, nor is it a dive. You need to make sure your shoulders are back and your feet are in the air. This is key to making sure your form is correct.

This is Haden doing it wrong.

This is Helen and Gina doing it right

This is Clare doing it off the back of our cruise boat like a fucking boss.

Third. Assuming you’ve done the first two steps correctly, you should have landed on your stomach, NOT YOUR HEAD. OUCH. That’s pretty much it for this step, it’s fairly self-explanatory.

And that’s the Hiatus! Why is it called Hiatus, you ask? It’s not important. Just go with it. (Gina didn’t know what “hiatus” meant when she named it, but now she does). If you think about it, doing the Hiatus is kind of like taking a hiatus. Do the people in the above photos look like they give any fucks? Didn’t think so. Hiatus it is.

The best Hiatus ever known to mankind happened on Thursday, June 7, 2012, just off the coast of Aqaba. We were anchored in on a boat cruise, taking turns jumping off the top of our boats and into the water (we were segregated–J kids on one boat, Arabic kids on the other, except Sam and Ian managed to work their way onto our boat). Gina made a half-joke about someone Hiatusing off the boat, a suggestion greeted with laughter from the group. But that suggestion sparked an idea in Helen’s cunning little brain. She decided she would Hiatus off the top of the boat and then turn it into a dive. And Hiatus she did.


Don’t act like you’re not impressed.

Oh, PS, always make sure you have a photographer on hand while Hiatusing. If we don’t have a picture, it didn’t happen.


Written by laurafinaldi

June 9, 2012 at 6:30 am

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