The Soapbox Archives:
My town still has a partial parking ban in place, with parking allowed only on the odd-numbered side. What this means in the residential side streets is that there's reallly only *one* lane for traffic in both lanes. People park in the lane on the odd-numbered side because they're allowed to and that blocks the road on the odd-numbered side. What they should do is haul away the snow on the odd-numbered side so people won't block the road if they need to park.
If you do anything in the public eye that relies on the support of the public (dance teacher, dance organizer, band leader, etc) and you participate in social media, such as , then it might be a good idea to separate your public face from your private one. For instance, if you're a band leader and you rely on people to hire your band, then you should make a Facebook page for your band as well as a private page for yourself. It's probably not a good idea to put personal opinions and/or controversial comments on your public page.
As an example, a friend of mine talked to me about getting a second Facebook page because she couldn't help putting her (apparently extreme) political comments on the page. She also had a lot of friends of the polar opposite political spectrum and was on the road to totally alienating her friends. She created a second account with which she "friended" all of her like-minded compatriots/comrades so she could politically vent to a sympathetic crowd.
To someone running a business, it could mean the difference between getting someone to look at your venue and just skipping over you.
I was thinking that during flu season, the handshake is probably not a good idea. Some people might be (understandably) concerned about catching germs and getting sick (I've gotten sick from *dancing* with someone who was sick). After shaking the hands of someone around you in church, it would probably be rude to wipe Purell all over your hands in front of them and it'd be fairly difficult to not touch your face until an hour later when the service was over and you could get to the rest room
I remember at the Boston Star Trek Convention in 2013, Levar Burton ("Geordi LaForge") didn't shake hands with his fans; he gave them "fist bumps" and said that it would minimize the chance that he'd pick up germs from one of his fans and spread them to other fans. Imagine everyone at church giving each other fist bumps!
I just noticed that there was one listing where I had a typo in the website URL so the link never worked since I added it in September of 2013.
If you're a dance teacher or a band leader, do yourself a favor and get a webpage. There are people out there who don't want to talk to you until they had a chance to check you out. A website will give them a chance to figure out who might be a good fit without the sales pressure.
"I really appreciate you posting these dances; we have had many a couple that have found out about our dances from you web site."
Thank you to those who tell the dance organizers that they found out where to go dancing from this website. By telling this to the organizers, you're encouraging the dancer organizers to send their information to be included on the various calendars.
Please tell *all* the dance organizers whom you know that they should be getting their information listed on this website. That ensures that you the reader have more information made available to you so you can decide where to go.