As per the request of one of the DanceNet readers, here are copies of the past ramblings of the DanceNet Webmaster.
"Congrats and thanks for putting together such a terrific site. I think maybe you could characterize it as the "NO Spin Zone" of dance in NE !! Lots of good info, up to date, and a little brash. SUPER JOB !!"
"No Spin Zone". I like it. :-) Thanks, Jon.
Lesley's band was in Rochester the night before and headed to Pittsburgh the next day so I don't envy their work. However, they are a great swing dance band that everyone should listen to; the Lady has a sweet voice. And it should be noted that they were told to tone it down for this crowd. Tone it down? What are they like to dance to when they're *hot*? Someone should bring them (back) to town.
It as ironic that I had to drive for 90 minutes to hear BJ Magoon and Driving Sideways because they had played at the Sit 'n' Bull pub in Maynard for a few years and I never went there. This is a blues band that can play for east coast swing AND west coast swing dancers. Fast or slow, they can pack the floor.
This weekend it was announced that former president Jimmy Carter was this year's recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, an award that many felt was long overdue.
In 1978, Mohamed Anwar Al-Sadat and Menachem Begin, enemies for countless years, after melting down their swords of war and shook hands for peace as a result of the Camp David Accords, won the Nobel Peace Prize. President Jimmy Carter, without whom the Accords would not have been reached, was left out of the nomination. While Sadat and Begin did deserve their awards, it didn't seem fair that the longtime combatants were honored for doing what they should have done a long time ago and the one who arranged that peace was not equally honored.
Of course, former president Carter has gone further as an ex-president to promote peace, democracy, freedom, and equal rights throughout the world than he could have managed as president and earned the respect of the rest of the world which factored into his Nobel prize selection. It's nice to know that history will smile upon the achievements of this former nuclear sub engineer and son of a peanut farmer.
I'm sure you've all heard comments about "plumber's crack", that flash of skin that is exposed when the plumber is working under your kitchen sink and his jeans rides down his rear end. In Family Handyman magazine, they sell a "t-shirt for bashful plumbers" which adds 3-inches of tail length to "preserve your dignity and the innocence of casual observers." The "before" picture in the article was censored. :-)
Today I finally noticed that Dunkin' Donuts' largest cup of coffee is now called "The Great One" (with the words printed on the side of the paper cup). I have to wonder if they changed it for the same reason why I always laughed when I saw someone holding that very large cup of coffee (no, if you don't understand the joke or remember the old name , then I'm not telling you. :-P )
From one of my readers...
"This question involves classroom situation where you have a rotation of partners. How do you handle someone who has been incredibly rude to you just outside the class. I donít want to dance with them, ever, especially when there are other girls that like me and would appreciate my company on the dance floor.
Would excusing myself subtly from their presence for omething trivial be acceptable? Then coming back in and dancing with someone else.
Iím good at some styles and not so good at others, and I canít afford to squander my confidence."
It'd be too easy to give you the quick answer of yes or no because that'd just give you permission or guidance to do something which doesn't require any additional thought or morality on your part. At the same time, I don't know the other side of the story.
Instead of just thinking "yes" or "no", a mere intellectual and painless decision, think about it along other lines.