The Dancing Bug

My Favorite Things

Posted on: April 8, 2013

Here are some of the best things that can happen while you’re out swing dancing:

  • Practically your favorite lead in the whole wide world is visiting from out of town to teach a workshop, and you get to reconnect and have some amazing dances together.
  • Two crazy leads get into a stealing war over you, giving you your very own birthday jam when it isn’t even your birthday.
  • You share some soul-healing dances with a lead who has the good sense and taste to know that a really yummy Balboa basic is worth ten times its weight in tricky moves.
  • You have a crazy lead-and-follow switching dance with some giant moose of a guy, and you grab him and execute a dip right on the last beat of the song, and onlookers applaud.
  • You’re waiting for the perfect song to come on so that you can ask that really special person to dance, and then the song comes on, and you look around the room for that person, only to find them pointing at you and asking you for a dance.
  • About nine people tell you they love your outfit.

All those things happened to me at the dance last night. Thank you, Mindy Hazeltine and Stumptown Dance, for the night. Thank you, friends and neighbors all, for being an awesome swing dancing community.

And a special mention to the impossibly swoony Peter Flahiff: Thank you for being wonderful. L.A.’s gain is the Pacific Northwest’s loss, and I shall miss you piteously. See you next year at the California Balboa Classic!

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4 Responses to "My Favorite Things"

There’s a lot of happiness in this post!

, I do think that America is becoming more and more toernalt with things that can be considered out of the ordinary. Both candidates grew up in foreign countries, and in the past, voters may have been turned off by that fact. Only about 2% of America is Mormon, and at least from what I’ve noticed, many Americans feel comfortable with the fact that Romney is a Mormon. If the election were held today, I think that it would be very close. I think that the debates are playing a bigger role in swaying the undecided voter from one side to another than they have in the past. If I were 18 in time for the election, I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be sure on who I’d vote for. That being said, I think that if the election was held today, Obama would narrowly win. He did a good job of bouncing back from the first debate, and being more aggressive towards Romney. The biggest thing that is being held against Obama is the lack of economic growth in his first four years in office. In the second debate, Obama did a good job of outlining what he did accomplish in his first term, and even though he opted out on the question of What have you done to earn my vote in 2012? , I thought that he did a good job of explaining that now that we’ve gotten the issues in Iraq cleared up, we can spend the next four years on focusing on the economy.

Aaah I love this! These are the moments that are so wonderful about dancing. The second one just happened to me a couple weeks ago and it made me the happiest ever. I’m still grinning. :D

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