The Soapbox Archives:
By the way, I've been a member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) since college and one of the best features of this organization is the Spectrum magazine that all members get. This is a great technical magazine on some of the newest technology and ideas but aimed at a wider audience. There are always great articles on subjects in technology that don't require me to be an expert in a specific area, such as "Unclean at any speed, which talks about the environmental costs of building electric cars. (If I ever hit the lottery, though, I'm still going to buy a Tesla Model S).
If you're listed on the page for local independent dance instructors, you should make sure you do your own self-promotion. By this I mean putting together a small webpage or public Facebook page that describes what you do. If you provide only phone number or an email address, you're at a disadvantage because you're not doing anything that would encourage the reader to hire you or take classes from you. The reader needs to know that you're going to provide the classes they want.
I walked away with my own theory: There are a lot of people who spend their time interpreting the Bible and also have very dirty minds because when given a choice of 10 different interpretations of a sentence, they seem to pick the one that involves sex.
By the way, if you don't want to wake up Sunday mornings to get to Park Street Church, you can go to their website and listen to the live feed from each of the three Sunday sessions (the afternoon session is a "comtemporary" service). The sermon from a few weeks ago talked about the physics of "David and Goliath" and what (probably) really happened.
Local dance organizer Dan Mezrich passed away October 20, 2014, after a long illness He was 61.
Dan was a mainstay of the West Coast Swing community since the early 90s and the founder of Vera's Rhythm & Blues Club, originally at the Veronique Ballroom in Brookline and later at the Cambridge VFW; he switched over to swing & lindy with Swing City which then sold to Olaf Bleck. Dan ran a record label, Wanna Dance Records, and got publishing rights to a variety of some of the R&B music that was used at every dance. He was also the creator of the West Coast Swing event, The Boston Tea Party.
When Roger Weiss said that he'd like to run an annual dance with two bands, I think I was the first one to coin the phrase, Boston Swing Dance Network's Annual Farewell Dance, and it seems to have stuck.
Dancing doesn't seem as much fun as it used to be without this dance around. I hope you'll join me at Boston Swing Dance Network's Annual Farewell Dance on Saturday, November 1. How often do you get to go dancing to the music of both Eight To The Band and The Love Dogs at the same event?