Hula Hoop Lady

Thanks to Eileen, I was reading -EDITED- today about our old wacky friend. She has a wonderful section on Life Strategies. Maybe we could have that put up as a sticky for those who don't know where to go on their trip. She has deep listening skills so that she can truly divine what your deepest wishes are.

(My apologies to the Webmaster. I know this is way off topic, but I couldn't resist.)

Posted by Tom
Hüttenfeld, Hessen, Germany
9134 posts

Deep listening skills? Didn't she lash out when we gently informed her that things like Swiss immigration laws might put a scupper on her plan?

Posted by Karen
Fort Wayne, IN, USA
1521 posts

The problem was that we were not paying her to listen to us!

Posted by Elaine
Columbia, SC
755 posts

I 've been hearing about the Hula Hoop Lady for years here, but I don't know the story. Can someone post a succinct overview becaue it sounds very interesting.............and I hate to left out.

Posted by Tom
Hüttenfeld, Hessen, Germany
9134 posts

OK, here's the short version.

Hula Hoop Lady posts on this website that she met the man of her dreams, and the guy lives in Switzerland. She had a plane ticket to Switzerland and her plan was to show up at the doorstep of the "love of her life", unannounced and uninivted, move in with the guy permanently and continue her work as a "dance therapist" in Switzerland. I pointed out that you just can't show up in Switzerland with plans to immigrate and that Swiss labour law does not look kindly on work seekers without the proper documentation. Others pointed out that, perhaps it would be a better idea to have a serious discussion about the future with the "man of her dreams" rather than suddenly popping up on his doorstep à la Play Misty For Me or Fatal Attraction. Our attempt to breathe some reality into this situaton was not thoughtfully, politely or gratefully received, you might say.

Well, guess what? As any mature adult could have predicted, Lover Boy gave her the boot, and she wrote back that she was stuck somewhere in Switzerland (was it Zurich?) without anywhere to stay, and barely enough personal belongings to last a day or two. But, at least she brought her therapeutic dance hula hoops (hence, the legendary name). I stopped paying attention shortly after that. I'd be a hypocrite if I didn't admit to enjoying more than a little Schadenfreude over the situation. I read something about her ending up in Poland somehow, but I guess that didn't last.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8761 posts

This just goes to show you that all things go round and round...

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
3586 posts

Nigel, you make my head spin...and light up...

Elaine, see -EDITED- And no, we can't give a succinct overview of the website (you've just gotta experience it for yourself), but Tom did an admirable job describing her Helpline appearance.

Who doesn't need some 'Intense Curiousity' (sic) to escape 'Stuck-Dom' - that 'stagnant, stuck, icky-yicky' place? I think we could all use some of that. Just sayin'.

Now Jo, who doesn't like a little Faux Dr Suess (complete with garbage truck) every now and then ;-) And what do you have against ushers having clean, pride-inducing vests? I think that's absolutely résumé worthy ;-)

Posted by Karen
Fort Wayne, IN, USA
1521 posts

She really does seem to be a Cirque du Soleil stalker. They might want to get a restraining order. Fortunately, they can see her coming, what with all the LED hoops and fire balls and all.

Posted by Terry kathryn
Ann Arbor, Mi
2612 posts

Interesting little diversion... she was before my time. Looked quickly at the website:)) wonder where she is now or if she knows she has become infamous here.

Posted by Elaine
Columbia, SC
755 posts

Thanks for the back story......it gave me a great laugh...and I just visited her website. Whew! I can't decide if I should pay for the full two hours of her strategy to get my life unstuck, or if I should just have some Pranic Healing over the telephone at $2.99 per minute. (Please note that Spellcheck does not recognize "pranic", nor do I.

Well, I shall just go now........" In Brightness "

Posted by Fred
San Francisco
2702 posts

Maybe it was a case of lack of attention span or lost in the translation; as "they " say Schadenfreude ist die beste Freude.

Posted by George
Canada
836 posts

This thread is probably one of the thread types the Website is trying to move away from - newbies are probably being turned off by all the coffee klatch, old-home week, boys/girls night outs, quilting-bee chatter, reminiscing about old times postings.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8761 posts

thanks for the light relief, guys. I needed it.

Posted by Nancy
Corvallis OR
969 posts

She was before my time and I've been wondering who (or what) she was. Thanks Karen for bringing it up, even if it doesn't stay up long it was worth it. Thanks to those who posted links - made my day.

Posted by Ceidleh
Boston, MA, United States
1177 posts

The Circus McGurkus Audition Video is just fantastic… a phenomenal mix of Dr. Seuss-like prose (some in French which makes it completely relevant to posting on the Travelers Forum!), Madonna, and "Poi Irish Fusion Riverdance"! Although I have to say I was bracing myself for her "Happy Ending Hula" at the end as a "Happy Ending" means something entirely different in Boston…

I think we have found a new Grand Marshall for the St. Patrick's Day Parade! She reminds me of a younger version of Underdog Lady who used to appear on The Howard Stern Show…what's not to love about this?!

Posted by Anita
Long Beach, California, USA
575 posts

I'm sorry I missed that! It was before my time but I can just imagine...going to pop over to her website and check it out...

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7684 posts

Does she still do those telephone "consultations"? She was truly a piece of work, and I think you're right, Cirque du Soleil should get a restraining order. She first said she was IN CdS, but later it turned out that she was only a volunteer usher for a few days, and that she had auditioned for them at one time (is that video still on her site? I must go check it out!) but was rejected. I think there was something about her giving the performers free massages and yoga classes, too. Remember when she lived at that yoga retreat place in Hawaii (where she first met Mr Wonderful)? Judging by the pictures she posted at the time, I suspect what really happened was that he made some sort of drunken invitation to come to Switzerland sometime, and she actually took him up on it, only she did it as a surprise. Hahaha.... good times.

Posted by Thomas
Vienna, Austria
502 posts

Karen, "Cirque du Soleil stalker" got a snort out of me. I'm gonna use that line sometime.
P.S.-- It took an update on Hula Hoop Lady to get me to post on the new message board. (Yes, I know.)

Posted by Karen
Fort Wayne, IN, USA
1521 posts

I think she resonates so much for us because she is the extreme version of the poster who doesn't want the help we can give her. She started posting because she was in a crisis-in Switzerland, the love of her life didn't want her, etc. She seemed to think she could just get EU citizenship by having a boyfriend. So Helpliners were being honest and helpful to her, and she was having none of it. Accused people of being negative when they told her she couldn't stay for a long time without a visa, etc. Maybe she thought the "Helpline" would give her a place to stay. I think at one point, someone had suggested that she take a train somewhere, and she said, well, I don't think I can take my hula hoops on a train. What?! Hula hoops??!! And a legend was born. But all of it true. We weren't being punked by a troll.

It's like she just stepped out of a Carl Hiaasen novel.

Posted by George
Canada
836 posts

And the tupperware party continues, with yet more games and stories.

Posted by Michael Schneider
New Paltz, NY
6841 posts

Would somebody please call the Ottawa SWAT team. Apparently some bad guy is holding George hostage and forcing him to read this thread. I would do it myself but talk of Underdog Lady has brought out suppressed memories and forced me to watch hours of old clips on U Tube

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8761 posts

George, if you don't like it you can change channels or skip to the next thread...

Posted by Norma
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
3410 posts

Aw, George, don't be sulky just because you weren't at the hula hoop party and are feeling left out. It was great fun and we are all smiling about it now. Do go to her website and you'll understand our mirth.

Posted by Kim
Paris
544 posts

It seems to me that this thread is beyond hilarious even if, (or maybe ESPECIALLY IF), you're a Hula Hoop Lady virgin, so to speak. Just reading the commentaries around her withOUT looking at the website bring a great deal of humor and mystery to life. I'm hooked!!

Posted by Rebecca
Nashville, TN, USA
645 posts

Okay, I have a question. A lot of them, actually. Why did she film the Circus McGurkus/Dr. Seuss Poetry Reading video while standing in a driveway in front of an old car with the front out of it; why not go to a nice peaceful park to film? Did you read the Venus Transit 2012 part? What the ???? She frequently says in her writings, that she "manifested" this or that to happen. Really.

It seems another Helpline Legend from the past has shown up here, and I don't mean Hula Hoop Lady. George, did you forget to take your Metamucil this morning? Perhaps you need some Pranic Healing over the telephone at $2.99 per minute. If you're not enjoying this thread, you must not have a funny bone, because it's flat-out hilarious.

"This thread is probably one of the thread types the Website is trying to move away from."--the Fun kind? I would bet the Webmaster is laughing his buns off at this thread, actually. I go now...to manifest some round trip plane tickets to London for later this year.

Posted by Rebecca
Nashville, TN, USA
645 posts

Apparently, she now lives in Hilo, Hawaii, and had hoped to move to Paris to teach English, but says that is not going to happen now. https://www.facebook.com/ I dig those crazy sandals.

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
3586 posts

"...newbies are probably being turned off by all the coffee klatch, old-home week, boys/girls night outs, quilting-bee chatter, reminiscing about old times postings."

Actually, a large proportion of long-time lurkers (yes, myself included) lurked specifically because of the 'coffee klatch' atmosphere. I know this because they say so in their postings. A lot of former 'newbies' are now 'oldbies'; we're just carrying on the tradition ;-)

The day this Helpline ('Oh, no, she di'n!’) loses the coffee klatch, old-home week, reminiscing/chattering feel, I'm outta here. Of course, you may say that would be a pleasant development...

Karen, I'm sorry I reminded you about the Hula Hoop Lady LOL!

OK, Everyone - break it up. Back to posting on 'real' threads...moneybelts, RailEurope, wheels vs backpacks :-P

Edit: Sports Teams - "Occupy Wall Street?!?!?" ROFL. Thanks, Rebecca. Times like these I wish I was on Facebook (sigh), but not badly enough to be bothered with it.

Posted by Tom
Hüttenfeld, Hessen, Germany
9134 posts

And then, of course, there was HeWhoShallNotBeNamed...

Posted by Susan
Sausalito, California
3209 posts

I love this reminiscing... it's fun. Thank you Rebecca, now I get it!... I just have to manifest things for myself.... can you manifest some tickets for me too please... : )
And HeWho... omg!! Like having some serious poison oak... But I swear he still makes an appearance from time to time... under a different name of course.

Posted by Rebecca
Nashville, TN, USA
645 posts

Susan, he's closer than you think. My ESP is telling me that Hula Lady is now getting a lot of new "friend" requests at her Facebook page. How nice!

Posted by Susan
Sausalito, California
3209 posts

LoL Rebecca!! I can just see it now... Meanwhile, I'm manifesting, manifesting, manifesting... nope, no tickets yet... manifesting, manifesting....

Posted by Rebecca
Nashville, TN, USA
645 posts

Susan, I do think you've got it now! Eileen, we will all proudly continue the coffee klatch tradition! And who knew George was such a party animal!

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17796 posts

What an interesting and entertaining Thread! Who could have guessed that Hula Hoop lady would have had this much impact with so many in the group. If she only knew.....

Posted by Leigh
Missouri
193 posts

I am so glad to finally hear the story of the Hula Hoop lady. I have read so many references to her while reading this forum. The website was a hoot. I would love to have read these threads when she was posting on here. Now, someday maybe someone will reveal the HeWhoShallNotBeNamedStory! So curious. And I agree with Eileen completely that this 'coffee klatch' stuff is what keeps me reading this forum regularly rather than just coming when I have a question I want answered.

Posted by Nancy
Corvallis OR
969 posts

Aw, you guys got it wrong. You can't just start manifesting. First you need some pranic healing - get those chakras balanced and firm up those squishy auras. THEN you can move on to manifesting.

Posted by Karen
Fort Wayne, IN, USA
1521 posts

As the circles of a hula hoop, so go the wheels of our lives. I'm not quite sure this is the influence she seeks to have on others.

Posted by Susan
Sausalito, California
3209 posts

Aw geez Nancy, and I've been working so hard at it all day... wondering where those dang tickets are so I can go visit George and cheer him up. I'm sure he's anxiously awaiting my arrival. Rebecca... any luck?? Are you trying hard enough?? Now I'm off to work on my squishy auras..... LOL!!!

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7684 posts

Wow, thanks, Rebecca for the Facebook page! This will keep me very entertained during odd moments at my desk. Then again, any moment I spend looking at it will be an odd moment. :)

Posted by Susan
Sausalito, California
3209 posts

Oooh look!! I just noticed the "Jump to Top" icon on the bottom right.. Ok, Jumping now....

Posted by Susan
Sausalito, California
3209 posts

Ooh and a Jump to Bottom at the top!! This just keeps getting funner and funner...

Posted by Rebecca
Nashville, TN, USA
645 posts

I have a message from George for you girls: "Stop having fun!" Yes, Susan, I have manifested the tickets and I will email yours to you. Your plane ticket to Paris, along with a map of bakeries in Paris. I must say, I have been watching more Hula Hoop Lady videos, and they are fantastic. She is quite talented, to keep moving and twirling those flaming balls of fire without hitting herself with them.

Posted by Tom
Hüttenfeld, Hessen, Germany
9134 posts

"But I swear he still makes an appearance from time to time... under a different name of course. "

I'm pretty sure he's back, but so far he's kept his post count relatively low.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8761 posts

hoohoo it made 50 posts!!! Time for a party! Get out those Tupperware bowls, pop in some dip and popcorn and let's P-A-R-T-Y!!!

We need a Party after all the changes last night anyway!! Go Kate and Andrew!!! HooHoo!

Posted by George
Canada
836 posts

I thought yesterday was TAKE your kid to work day, and let them play on mom's / dad's computer but, it looks like it's a 3 day event this year.

Posted by Kim
Paris
544 posts

I swear, more evidence of the bizarritude (one of my made-up French words, sometimes they don't have the ones I need) is Rebecca,s comment directly after mine, earlier. I mean there is
NO WAY that watching those videos could be as entertaining as reading these elliptical descriptions of them!!

Posted by Kim
Paris
544 posts

And OH! What glorious jump to top and bottom buttons!!!

Posted by Susan
Sausalito, California
3209 posts

Rebecca, you are the BEST!! I'm all packed and waiting for your tickets email... waiting...waiting... I've already gained lbs thinking about our bakery tour... Where should we start first??

Posted by Rebecca
Nashville, TN, USA
645 posts

Tupperware party at George's house!! Susan, we shall start at Ladurée, then move on from there! Now back to manifesting those plane tickets...Susan, we should call our trip Europe Through The Back Door Of The Bakeries!

Posted by Susan
Sausalito, California
3209 posts

Laduree it is!! Perfect trip name! Back door, Front door ... I'll go in any door of a French bakery!

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8761 posts

Have had no experience at Ladurée; I'll be in Paris next week. Shall I Ladurée? Anything other than brightly coloured pastry? Expensive? Which branch? Latin 1/4?

Posted by Susan
Sausalito, California
3209 posts

Nigel, Laduree is an experience you should have at least once when you're in Paris, imo. Do go and see what you think... : ) There's a Laduree in the 6th at 21 rue Bonaparte. I've never been to that one though, so don't know what it's like. I went to the one on the Champs Elysee... had lunch there, best club sandwich I've ever had. It's not inexpensive but it was a lot of fun... very posh. But you can go in and just get pastries at the counter. My favorite is the chocolate macaron... tastes to me like the best brownie ever. They also have a counter at Au Printemps in the 9th, but the one on the champs is much more fun. Enjoy!

Posted by Andrea
Sacramento, CA
4879 posts

@Nigel - We went to the same one Susan went to. It was on New Years Day and it was a very special way to start off the year. It would be a wonderful place to take your wife for Valentines Day!!

Posted by Kim
Paris
544 posts

Sorry my remark didn't hit the mark . . . I get all the jokes and think they're hilarious. If I can get in on the manifesting plane tickets, that would be swell.

Nigel, re Ladurèe, I recommend the one on rue Royale, the original shop (although if you're spending more time on the Left Bank, the rue Bonaparte one is nice too. Don't go for lunch, go for tea or hot chocolate in the afternoon. For dessert you can get mini-macarons, but for something really decadent, get a Religieuse (a stacked puff pastry filled with cream and iced and topped with amazing Chantilly cream). Usually available in chocolate, some raspberry, and vanilla. Miam miam as the French would say.

It's not an inexpensive stop, but such a rich experience! Especially on a cold February day.

Posted by Andrea
Sacramento, CA
4879 posts

I should clarify that we didn't eat a meal at Laduree. We stopped in the afternoon for a hot drink and sweets. It was a nice setting with yummy sweets. Maybe I will have to check out the rue Royale location next time!

Posted by Elaine
Columbia, SC
755 posts

Remember that old adage............It takes all kinds........

Posted by Carroll
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
1349 posts

Wow, I came on the scene after Hula Hoop Lady, and now I'm late to this thread. But it was worth the wait. What a fascinating website. Not to mention entertaining. Thanks, Karen.

I would do love to see my inhibitions turned to stardust (who wouldn't?) but I'm not sure I can give up my agenda. Still, I'm so tempted to get a phone consultation. I mean not only has she done laundry for Cirque du Soleil, she's actually checked books out of the library. I'm sold.

Posted by Jill
Regina, SK
1 posts

Before anyone deletes the thread, it's a great story. Some may see the topic as an insider regulars thing, but I'm a rank newbie to the forum and thought it was great.

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7684 posts

The Hula Hoop Lady is one of the great legends of our culture, Jill. And we could never have made her up. We must keep our legends alive through our storytelling tradition. :)

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
3586 posts

Carroll, I want to be the first to donate $3 towards your phone consultation.

I want you to have your stardust (wiping a tear).

Posted by Carroll
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
1349 posts

Eileen, I am so touched that you want to help me in my quest to Go Forward Confidently. I so need to get out of this icky yicky place I am in right now. I am hoping she can also teach me how to use capitalization successfully in my writing.