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I'll be flying to Seattle on Friday, Jan 23, and out (to Wenatchee (iata:EAT) (and then on to Quincy)) on Sunday, around 4pm. I'm staying at the Ace Hotel and haven't yet decided to rent a car.

On Wednesday, I'll be flying EAT->SEA->SFO and driving down to Sunnyvale, where I'll be staying Wed and Thu. night.

I'll have a car, and be at loose ends, from Friday after work until Sunday, 6:30pm, when I fly SFO->SEA->BOS.

The only square dancing I've found during those times is:
Interlocked Squares, Cupertino, on Thursday (I'm not sure I'll be able to make it, there might be work obligations, or not...)
... and I THOUGHT there was something on Friday, but I can't find it now.

I have no idea where I'm staying for that weekend.

Who wants to do things? What things should I be doing?
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I'm going to be in SF from Jul 3-13(ish) and will be kicking around the area touristing for the 8-13ish. I'll be at the National Gay Square Dance Convention over that 1st weekend.

Should I come home on a Saturday night/Sunday morning red-eye, missing whatever the Bay Area has to offer for that night, and getting more rest on Sunday (before returning to work), or do I just push through it and come home on Sunday - again, probably on a red-eye - and go to work on Monday?

Also, if you're out there: A) Shall we visit? B) might you happen to have some crash space for some of the time? Possibly for 2 people - I'll be kicking around the area with another square dancer...

Also, what shouldn't I/we miss?

Off we go!

Jul. 4th, 2011 10:33 am
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Today starts my 2 week European odyssey...
Today I fly to Hamburg, Thu-Sun I'm in the Hamburg suburb of Barmstedt for http://ipac-barmstedt.de/ then back to Hamburg for a couple of days, then 6 days in Amsterdam and an overnight layover in Iceland on the way home.

I expect to have net, and I expect to mostly not use it that much.

If you leave me your address in a (screened) comment, I'll _try_ - no promises - to get you a postcard. :)

If there's anything I _must_ do, let me know.

Have lovely fireworks!
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Person in Tech Class: (. . . I don't trust {long-not-dancer}'s answers necessarily because he hasn't done squares in a couple of years)

Me: >7, I think.

Them: Yeah, sorry, I was using the poly definition of "couple" there. :)

Me: {LAUGH!}
I'm so blogging this.
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Person in Tech Class: (. . . I don't trust {long-not-dancer}'s answers necessarily because he hasn't done squares in a couple of years)

Me: >7, I think.

Them: Yeah, sorry, I was using the poly definition of "couple" there. :)

Me: {LAUGH!}
I'm so blogging this.
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As some of you might have noticed, I started square dancing about 6 1/2 years ago. :)

The next chance for YOU to start square dancing - or relearn, if you once knew and have forgotten - with Tech Squares is tonight.

My various burbleings about it here are available at my squares tag

Tonight's class is in the MIT student center, room 407. Show up around 8. Class dancing starts at 8:15.

Oh, and I'm the class coordinator this semester. :)
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As some of you might have noticed, I started square dancing about 6 1/2 years ago. :)

The next chance for YOU to start square dancing - or relearn, if you once knew and have forgotten - with Tech Squares is tonight.

My various burbleings about it here are available at my squares tag

Tonight's class is in the MIT student center, room 407. Show up around 8. Class dancing starts at 8:15.

Oh, and I'm the class coordinator this semester. :)
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25+ hours notice!

Tomorrow at 8pm, Tech Squares' spring class begins. Lobdell dining room, 2nd floor, MIT Student Center.

While you can bail out at any time, the class is a commitment, and you probably shouldn't do it if you'll have to miss more than one (2, really, as MIT has one week off from classes per semester, but I don't know when that is) Tuesday in the next 14 weeks... unless you have some idea what you're doing already, or think you can get some of us to run an off-hours catch-up session for you... but be that as it may, if you're free, you can certainly start tomorrow! :)

It's fun. See my Squares tag for more of my burblings over the past 4 years. (Damn. I've been doing this for 4 years. And I'm not doing C1 yet because of that other group that's hogging!)
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25+ hours notice!

Tomorrow at 8pm, Tech Squares' spring class begins. Lobdell dining room, 2nd floor, MIT Student Center.

While you can bail out at any time, the class is a commitment, and you probably shouldn't do it if you'll have to miss more than one (2, really, as MIT has one week off from classes per semester, but I don't know when that is) Tuesday in the next 14 weeks... unless you have some idea what you're doing already, or think you can get some of us to run an off-hours catch-up session for you... but be that as it may, if you're free, you can certainly start tomorrow! :)

It's fun. See my Squares tag for more of my burblings over the past 4 years. (Damn. I've been doing this for 4 years. And I'm not doing C1 yet because of that other group that's hogging!)
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So, I meant to post this earlier. Oops.

Tonight is MIT Tech Squares Fun Night (official text here). It's a FREE introductory modern western square dancing class with no strings attached.

If you'd asked me years ago whether I'd be doing MWSD, I would've said no chance. But tech avoids the cliches (the music doesn't suck, nor does the clothing) and will teach you in 13 weeks what the outside world says should take 1 year of teaching and 1 year of dancing in the middle.

It's cool.

8pm, Lobdell Dining Room, 2nd MIT Student Center.

If you can't make it tonight, the class itself starts in 2 weeks.
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So, I meant to post this earlier. Oops.

Tonight is MIT Tech Squares Fun Night (official text here). It's a FREE introductory modern western square dancing class with no strings attached.

If you'd asked me years ago whether I'd be doing MWSD, I would've said no chance. But tech avoids the cliches (the music doesn't suck, nor does the clothing) and will teach you in 13 weeks what the outside world says should take 1 year of teaching and 1 year of dancing in the middle.

It's cool.

8pm, Lobdell Dining Room, 2nd MIT Student Center.

If you can't make it tonight, the class itself starts in 2 weeks.
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Tech Squares' next "Crash Course" (what takes the outside world about... 60? 80? weeks to learn, we do in 13) in Modern Western Square Dancing starts this coming Tuesday, 9/12.

This week, class is in Walker Memorial, Morss Hall, but is usually in a room of the Student Center.

It starts at 8, runs til 10:30, for the next13 (maybe 14, given school holidays) weeks and one should plan on not missing any, as we pack a lot in to each class and each one builds on the one before.

But really, it's a lot of fun and Tech has one of the best callers out there.

Give it a try.

No partner required, nor any special clothes.

See you there? :)
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Tech Squares' next "Crash Course" (what takes the outside world about... 60? 80? weeks to learn, we do in 13) in Modern Western Square Dancing starts this coming Tuesday, 9/12.

This week, class is in Walker Memorial, Morss Hall, but is usually in a room of the Student Center.

It starts at 8, runs til 10:30, for the next13 (maybe 14, given school holidays) weeks and one should plan on not missing any, as we pack a lot in to each class and each one builds on the one before.

But really, it's a lot of fun and Tech has one of the best callers out there.

Give it a try.

No partner required, nor any special clothes.

See you there? :)
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Shortly following the annual fun-night post comes one of the semi-annual start-of-class posts...

The next instance of the Tech Squares Crash Course starts in 2 days.

Yes, that's Valentines Day, I know.

It's fun. Really.
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Shortly following the annual fun-night post comes one of the semi-annual start-of-class posts...

The next instance of the Tech Squares Crash Course starts in 2 days.

Yes, that's Valentines Day, I know.

It's fun. Really.
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It's occasionally a bit disturbing just how much of a Booty Vortex show would be appropriate for an evening at Tech Squares...
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It's occasionally a bit disturbing just how much of a Booty Vortex show would be appropriate for an evening at Tech Squares...
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So, as you may or may not have noticed, I started doing Modern Western Square Dancing 2.5 years ago. (It looks like this is the 1st I wrote about it.)

So, the Fall class starts... tonight, in about 5.5 hours.

Y'all should still try it.

1st hit's free!

(8-10:30, Lobdell dining room, 2nd floor, MIT Student Center. (That's W20, right?))
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So, as you may or may not have noticed, I started doing Modern Western Square Dancing 2.5 years ago. (It looks like this is the 1st I wrote about it.)

So, the Fall class starts... tonight, in about 5.5 hours.

Y'all should still try it.

1st hit's free!

(8-10:30, Lobdell dining room, 2nd floor, MIT Student Center. (That's W20, right?))
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Repeatedly I've pulled up my LJ client and then failed to post anything, though I initially had things I wanted to say.

This is mainly because I keep forgetting more than just a fragment of what I was going to say. More than once I've started a post and been unable to figure out how to make it say what I wanted.

This is all annoying.

So in lieu of real content, I give you a piece of music that I'm convinced that Tech Squares should be dancing to, esp. given our caller's musical proclivities.

Black Arabs - The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle: Anarchy in the U.K. / God Save the Queen / Pretty Vacant / No One is Innocent (Medley)
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Repeatedly I've pulled up my LJ client and then failed to post anything, though I initially had things I wanted to say.

This is mainly because I keep forgetting more than just a fragment of what I was going to say. More than once I've started a post and been unable to figure out how to make it say what I wanted.

This is all annoying.

So in lieu of real content, I give you a piece of music that I'm convinced that Tech Squares should be dancing to, esp. given our caller's musical proclivities.

Black Arabs - The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle: Anarchy in the U.K. / God Save the Queen / Pretty Vacant / No One is Innocent (Medley)
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Tonight's non-Tech Squares dancing was Sligo Middle School and the Ferris Wheelers, caller Kenny Farris - one of Clark and Bill's suggested callers.

Standard data: 3-4 squares. Most people in The Clothing, though with about half as many crinolines as I might have expected. The men were less 'Clothed' than the women, and almost no couples matched. Thank the gods. Average age: 70? Yes, each has been older than the one before. (I failed to give an average for Chesapeake... I'd guess it was about 40, maybe a bit higher.)

All open tips. Mostly pairs of tips. Singers after most patters, except for the 3rd set, which was Singer then Patter and the 2nd, which was a 'workshop' tip... This seemed to be a weekly attempt to break dancers of the bad habits and assumptions they've picked up over the course of the more 'normal' dance experience. Tonight's workshop was primarily on Peel Off with some work on other things with Peels... The Top, Follow Your Neighbor, from all formations, all gender mixes, etc... you (tech folks) know what I mean... exactly what Ted teaches from the get-go. It wasn't a bad thing, though nothing new.

Some rounds were cued between some of the squares, mostly by Kenny, but also by someone else.

Despite the age, there were slightly fewer of the really annoying habits of the past 2 dances. More than half of the dancers did a whole square through. They generally allemanded. Many swung, though never more than 1x around. There were no R&L Grand flourishes, nor on weave the ring.

Kenny did a good job, though it did seem that he was reigning himself in a great deal to keep his dancers from getting lost too much. Despite that, there were fairly regular breakdowns... but rarely from more than one square at once, so I don't blame him for it. ;)

While none of the patters actually ended stirred, the dancers then stirred themselves before the singer started.

Big positive: It was pie night. :)

I danced all but one tip, with women whose partners weren't up to dancing. I was told last night that this was likely to be the way a random single was going to be integrated. The one I was out, I danced w/7 phantoms and didn't do too poorly, though not nearly as well as I might have liked.

I was unable to keep a breaking square together, but I managed to hold myself in place for longer than the breaking down people.

I'd happily dance to Kenny again, but would prefer it to be at some other club.

Oh, and talking to a (relatively) younger member of the club, she said that she'd love a club which didn't require the Clothes and she agrees that that's one of the things hurting the survival of the hobby.

So, that's the last dance I'll be getting to down here, I expect... I'm not sure of my return schedule yet, so it's not entirely certain. It's certainly been an experience... I'll be happy to return to Tech. :)

I've updated my caller list to not only include the last 2 down here, but a couple of callers for Tech-related dances that I'd left out before. 17 total.
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Tonight's non-Tech Squares dancing was Sligo Middle School and the Ferris Wheelers, caller Kenny Farris - one of Clark and Bill's suggested callers.

Standard data: 3-4 squares. Most people in The Clothing, though with about half as many crinolines as I might have expected. The men were less 'Clothed' than the women, and almost no couples matched. Thank the gods. Average age: 70? Yes, each has been older than the one before. (I failed to give an average for Chesapeake... I'd guess it was about 40, maybe a bit higher.)

All open tips. Mostly pairs of tips. Singers after most patters, except for the 3rd set, which was Singer then Patter and the 2nd, which was a 'workshop' tip... This seemed to be a weekly attempt to break dancers of the bad habits and assumptions they've picked up over the course of the more 'normal' dance experience. Tonight's workshop was primarily on Peel Off with some work on other things with Peels... The Top, Follow Your Neighbor, from all formations, all gender mixes, etc... you (tech folks) know what I mean... exactly what Ted teaches from the get-go. It wasn't a bad thing, though nothing new.

Some rounds were cued between some of the squares, mostly by Kenny, but also by someone else.

Despite the age, there were slightly fewer of the really annoying habits of the past 2 dances. More than half of the dancers did a whole square through. They generally allemanded. Many swung, though never more than 1x around. There were no R&L Grand flourishes, nor on weave the ring.

Kenny did a good job, though it did seem that he was reigning himself in a great deal to keep his dancers from getting lost too much. Despite that, there were fairly regular breakdowns... but rarely from more than one square at once, so I don't blame him for it. ;)

While none of the patters actually ended stirred, the dancers then stirred themselves before the singer started.

Big positive: It was pie night. :)

I danced all but one tip, with women whose partners weren't up to dancing. I was told last night that this was likely to be the way a random single was going to be integrated. The one I was out, I danced w/7 phantoms and didn't do too poorly, though not nearly as well as I might have liked.

I was unable to keep a breaking square together, but I managed to hold myself in place for longer than the breaking down people.

I'd happily dance to Kenny again, but would prefer it to be at some other club.

Oh, and talking to a (relatively) younger member of the club, she said that she'd love a club which didn't require the Clothes and she agrees that that's one of the things hurting the survival of the hobby.

So, that's the last dance I'll be getting to down here, I expect... I'm not sure of my return schedule yet, so it's not entirely certain. It's certainly been an experience... I'll be happy to return to Tech. :)

I've updated my caller list to not only include the last 2 down here, but a couple of callers for Tech-related dances that I'd left out before. 17 total.
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[livejournal.com profile] dancingdeer was in town this weekend, and so we got to go dance A2 with the Spinning Windmills at Cherry Hill Park, College Park, MD, called by Gary Felton. [livejournal.com profile] lonebear also came out tonight.

10 couples. Dancing off of cards. 1 open and 5 carded tips. Singers on the 1st and last only. Average age: 65? Only 1 person in The Clothes.

Various notes I took:
from a wave: box counter rotate, Motivate = funky. Is there any reason to thing that the circulate of the rotated center 4 doesn't stay in the center box? I have a bit of instinct that says that the out-facing people should be circulating to the end of the (non-existent at that time) 4x2 column.

These folks also allemande by turning to face, clapping with their corner, and continuing on. I still don't like it, and neither does [livejournal.com profile] dancingdeer.

As well, they Circle Four, Breakout to a Line without the 2 couples actually connecting with each other. Ick.

In attendance was Linda Silversmith who, it seems, danced with Tech starting 2 months after its founding.

Gary started the carded dances with a 45 that sounded an awful lot like "Baka", by Outback but which was labeled as being called "Right" (b/w "Wrong") on Rhythm Records (Also see this homepage). Must remember to ask Chris (Tech dancer, brother of Graham - ex-Outback (and Dr. Didj)) about this. It sure as heque looked like a pirate record to me. No author credit was given on the disc.

It seems that an A2 class had just recently finished and that, to a certain extent, Gary was calling to the class... not that this was a bad thing. He'd repeat sequences that caused breakdowns with additional queuing; he'd work with certain calls repeatedly in a given tip to drill it, and so on. At the same time, he wasn't calling boring material.

Tomorrow, I may well try to go to Kenny Farris' dance in Silver Spring, though I'm told that, while being single won't be much of a problem, not having The Clothes might be.
Ah well, I can always leave again. I'll drop Clark's name and recommendation when I arrive and see if that sways Mr. Farris.

It's very late. I need to sleep.
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[livejournal.com profile] dancingdeer was in town this weekend, and so we got to go dance A2 with the Spinning Windmills at Cherry Hill Park, College Park, MD, called by Gary Felton. [livejournal.com profile] lonebear also came out tonight.

10 couples. Dancing off of cards. 1 open and 5 carded tips. Singers on the 1st and last only. Average age: 65? Only 1 person in The Clothes.

Various notes I took:
from a wave: box counter rotate, Motivate = funky. Is there any reason to thing that the circulate of the rotated center 4 doesn't stay in the center box? I have a bit of instinct that says that the out-facing people should be circulating to the end of the (non-existent at that time) 4x2 column.

These folks also allemande by turning to face, clapping with their corner, and continuing on. I still don't like it, and neither does [livejournal.com profile] dancingdeer.

As well, they Circle Four, Breakout to a Line without the 2 couples actually connecting with each other. Ick.

In attendance was Linda Silversmith who, it seems, danced with Tech starting 2 months after its founding.

Gary started the carded dances with a 45 that sounded an awful lot like "Baka", by Outback but which was labeled as being called "Right" (b/w "Wrong") on Rhythm Records (Also see this homepage). Must remember to ask Chris (Tech dancer, brother of Graham - ex-Outback (and Dr. Didj)) about this. It sure as heque looked like a pirate record to me. No author credit was given on the disc.

It seems that an A2 class had just recently finished and that, to a certain extent, Gary was calling to the class... not that this was a bad thing. He'd repeat sequences that caused breakdowns with additional queuing; he'd work with certain calls repeatedly in a given tip to drill it, and so on. At the same time, he wasn't calling boring material.

Tomorrow, I may well try to go to Kenny Farris' dance in Silver Spring, though I'm told that, while being single won't be much of a problem, not having The Clothes might be.
Ah well, I can always leave again. I'll drop Clark's name and recommendation when I arrive and see if that sways Mr. Farris.

It's very late. I need to sleep.
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This week's dancing adventure, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lonebear, was to the Phantom 8's and caller John Marshall. (A2)

Let's start with John. He's good. Quite good. As he was on Clark's list of callers to try to catch while I was down here, this isn't really surprising. I think Tech'd like him and may want to get him in for something, if it's feasible. (Of course, one sample doesn't a fully valid experience make.)

He's more than happy to make people do things from any arbitrary position, to do odd combos, to be confusing and playful. It was good.

The club itself was fine. 4+ squares of dancers. I gather that many of them dance various C levels. Computerized square configuration. NOT a singles club - luckily, [livejournal.com profile] lonebear can dance A2 arky - but they also don't wear the garb. Average age was about...55, I'd have to guess. It was another 2 hour dance. 7 tips, but patter only, except for the last one, which also had a singer. (1 open and 6 computer generated.)

A couple of dance habits I didn't like - they don't star through (which is a typical C-dancer behavior, I gather) and they don't allemande left - instead they turn to their corner and eat a couple of beats with some sort of clapping thing and then on to the next call. Basically, they don't flourish. In general, however, they were friendly, welcoming and good dancers. During the one singer, I did discover that there were a number of reasonably good swingers, too. :)

My A dancing is still what I'm calling A1.5... There are a number of calls that I just don't have at ALL memorized - Switch To A [foo], Mini-Busy, Spin The Windmill, and probably others. My hourglasses need more work. My Swap Around is bad. (He called "swap around as many times as you can" from a Double Pass Through... The 2nd one wasn't obvious to me - though it also wasn't to the person next to me, either.) There's probably more. My Chain Reactions and Motivates are pretty good, at least.

Oh, and Square Through from a wave totally flummoxed me. (Wow, the Mac's spelling dictionary knows 'flummoxed'. Cool.)

All in all, an enjoyable evening. If they danced every Tuesday, I'd probably go next week, too. As it is, John's looking to see what else is happening next Mon or Tue.

My callers page is now up to 13.

Oh, and John has a great recording of "(You Ain't Never Had) A Friend Like Me" (from Aladdin), recorded for a singer, but it works fine for a patter, too. Desert Gold Records, catalog DGR-014... http://members.cox.net/callerbob/songclips/dgr-014.mp3 has a clip of the with-caller side of the record. I gather he has one from Lilo And Stitch, too...
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This week's dancing adventure, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lonebear, was to the Phantom 8's and caller John Marshall. (A2)

Let's start with John. He's good. Quite good. As he was on Clark's list of callers to try to catch while I was down here, this isn't really surprising. I think Tech'd like him and may want to get him in for something, if it's feasible. (Of course, one sample doesn't a fully valid experience make.)

He's more than happy to make people do things from any arbitrary position, to do odd combos, to be confusing and playful. It was good.

The club itself was fine. 4+ squares of dancers. I gather that many of them dance various C levels. Computerized square configuration. NOT a singles club - luckily, [livejournal.com profile] lonebear can dance A2 arky - but they also don't wear the garb. Average age was about...55, I'd have to guess. It was another 2 hour dance. 7 tips, but patter only, except for the last one, which also had a singer. (1 open and 6 computer generated.)

A couple of dance habits I didn't like - they don't star through (which is a typical C-dancer behavior, I gather) and they don't allemande left - instead they turn to their corner and eat a couple of beats with some sort of clapping thing and then on to the next call. Basically, they don't flourish. In general, however, they were friendly, welcoming and good dancers. During the one singer, I did discover that there were a number of reasonably good swingers, too. :)

My A dancing is still what I'm calling A1.5... There are a number of calls that I just don't have at ALL memorized - Switch To A [foo], Mini-Busy, Spin The Windmill, and probably others. My hourglasses need more work. My Swap Around is bad. (He called "swap around as many times as you can" from a Double Pass Through... The 2nd one wasn't obvious to me - though it also wasn't to the person next to me, either.) There's probably more. My Chain Reactions and Motivates are pretty good, at least.

Oh, and Square Through from a wave totally flummoxed me. (Wow, the Mac's spelling dictionary knows 'flummoxed'. Cool.)

All in all, an enjoyable evening. If they danced every Tuesday, I'd probably go next week, too. As it is, John's looking to see what else is happening next Mon or Tue.

My callers page is now up to 13.

Oh, and John has a great recording of "(You Ain't Never Had) A Friend Like Me" (from Aladdin), recorded for a singer, but it works fine for a patter, too. Desert Gold Records, catalog DGR-014... http://members.cox.net/callerbob/songclips/dgr-014.mp3 has a clip of the with-caller side of the record. I gather he has one from Lilo And Stitch, too...
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I went up to Baltimore to dance with Chesapeake Squares tonight. Their caller is Dayle Hodge.

It was an interesting night. They're a gay club, with a (generous) 2 hour dace time that covers Mainstream through (combined) Advanced. There were 2 MS squares and one+ for Plus and A2.

The night went (more or less): Dancer's Choice (plus tonight), MS, A, Plus (I think - this tip might not actually have occur, MS, Short A, MS (tag-team called by the 2 callers in training of the club, with Dayle watching over them, mic-in-hand to pull their bacon out of the fire if needed), 'hot hash' MS (IE: calling as fast as the calls can be done - faster than Callerlab's suggested beat count, allowing for as little space between them as possible.

I danced arky for most of the MS/Plus and Man for the A tips.

My A is still nowhere near what it should be. My arky MS/Plus is pretty good, but is still susceptible to: the occasional slide through failure, a likelihood of allemanding left to my partner rather than my corner, and more vulnerable to weakness in the square than when I'm dancing 'normal'.

This was a much touchier (in the touchy-feelie sense) club than the Minnesota Wild Roses (see an entry about them sometime in Mid-March)... each tip ended with a group Thank You (cross-armed in and out)(as opposed to the Tech out-only) FOLLOWED by a whole series of one-on-one hugs... about 20% of the time, a front-back couple (what's the term?) in a square awaiting further calls (while, say, the other square cleans themselves up), there'd be some sort of flirtatious contact.

I can't say it was all unpleasant, though there were few people there I found attractive. There were times it was a bit over the top, but I gather that the club culture is fine with that. I completely understand why Tech isn't that way, though I can't really say I'd be upset if it had more of it; I know that many would be, though, including the 'Tute, and I'm fine with it being different that way from most of the other social circles I hang out in.

My caller list has been appropriately updated.

(Oh! One of the dancers there went one of the Boston Uncommons fly-ins and expressed dismay that Tech wasn't a gay club and thus that the Tech dancers there were less likely to be appropriate flirtation targets. :)
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I went up to Baltimore to dance with Chesapeake Squares tonight. Their caller is Dayle Hodge.

It was an interesting night. They're a gay club, with a (generous) 2 hour dace time that covers Mainstream through (combined) Advanced. There were 2 MS squares and one+ for Plus and A2.

The night went (more or less): Dancer's Choice (plus tonight), MS, A, Plus (I think - this tip might not actually have occur, MS, Short A, MS (tag-team called by the 2 callers in training of the club, with Dayle watching over them, mic-in-hand to pull their bacon out of the fire if needed), 'hot hash' MS (IE: calling as fast as the calls can be done - faster than Callerlab's suggested beat count, allowing for as little space between them as possible.

I danced arky for most of the MS/Plus and Man for the A tips.

My A is still nowhere near what it should be. My arky MS/Plus is pretty good, but is still susceptible to: the occasional slide through failure, a likelihood of allemanding left to my partner rather than my corner, and more vulnerable to weakness in the square than when I'm dancing 'normal'.

This was a much touchier (in the touchy-feelie sense) club than the Minnesota Wild Roses (see an entry about them sometime in Mid-March)... each tip ended with a group Thank You (cross-armed in and out)(as opposed to the Tech out-only) FOLLOWED by a whole series of one-on-one hugs... about 20% of the time, a front-back couple (what's the term?) in a square awaiting further calls (while, say, the other square cleans themselves up), there'd be some sort of flirtatious contact.

I can't say it was all unpleasant, though there were few people there I found attractive. There were times it was a bit over the top, but I gather that the club culture is fine with that. I completely understand why Tech isn't that way, though I can't really say I'd be upset if it had more of it; I know that many would be, though, including the 'Tute, and I'm fine with it being different that way from most of the other social circles I hang out in.

My caller list has been appropriately updated.

(Oh! One of the dancers there went one of the Boston Uncommons fly-ins and expressed dismay that Tech wasn't a gay club and thus that the Tech dancers there were less likely to be appropriate flirtation targets. :)
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Next week: 36-40 hours over 6 days.

Week after: 36 hours over 5 days. It's a double-dark (Dark both Mon. and Tues.)

There's a Mainstream-Advanced dance in BMore on Tuesdays... Hm...

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