(This post is from the blog of the Mother of Invention Acting School in San Francisco (www.utteracting.com): an acting class in San Francisco for serious, motivated students.)
If you’re looking for something to do with a special someone, or just for something to do, you might consider full moon kayaking on the Bay. There are a few companies that do it, google will take you there. Kayaking is a great thing for actors to do. I often talk about how acting is a mind-body trick, a very particular coordination exercise that involves engaging the muscles in the abdominal core and keeping every thing else as open and relaxed as possible, so that the impulses born in the core can pass through the rest of the body expressively and transparently. Well, kayaking is a great challenge in this regard. You have to paddle, using your core muscles if you don’t want your arms to get very tired, and if you are in the back, you have to steer with pedals. While you would paddle right to turn the boat left, you would use the left pedal to do the same thing. Plus you have to paddle in synch with your partner and keep an eye on your environment, other kayaks and other potential obstacles on the water. The nighttime/full-moon part of it adds a spiritual dimension to the whole thing. And we live near this beautiful bay. So what are you waiting for? Go!