Category Archives: Misc
Good News! The August class made…
Right now, we are in the tail end of the “Summer Months” where people’s lives become very very busy, understandably so. As a result, attendance in dance classes drop off, not just mine…all dance classes.
Things pick back up in the Fall, thank goodness, but every dance instructor, including myself holds their breath through the last bit of Summer wondering how many students are going to show up.
I’m happy to say that we squeaked by with JUST enough students for August to “make the class” Whew!
…which presents us with a unique opportunity…
One of the things I do in my Tuesday Night Class, is tailor the dances I select to the skill levels of the students in the class.
Which means that most of the time, I teach dances which are in the middle of the “Beginner” level and sometimes goes up into the “Improver” level.
Right now, the group of students in the class who have signed up for August, are all on the upper end of the “beginner” spectrum, able to handle “High Beginner / Improver” level dances pretty darn tootin’ good…
Yes I’m complimenting you, my awesome wonderful students…because it happens to be TRUE!
…so…I am going to present
“a Special Series of Dances”
Hopefully this “Special Series” will challenge and entertain the current crop of students for August AND…
….TEMPT some of you folks who haven’t been to class in a while to come back and join the fun!!!!
…And MAYBE even bring some new folks into the class!!! Woot!
- AUG 9th — 6, 8, 12 / choreographed by Daan Geelen
— 32 count, 2 wall, Smooth (Nightclub), Newcomer Level
— Music: 6, 8, 12 / by Brian McKnight
— Video: http://ucwdc.org/associatemembercenter/stepvideos/2017/2017%20Newcomer%20Smooth%20-%206%208%2012.mp4
- AUG 16th — Happy Girl / choreographed by Marlon Ronkes
— 48 Count, 2 wall, Cuban (Cha-Cha), Newcomer Level
— Music: Happy Girl / by Martina McBride (pitched down to 108) — This dance can be danced to just about any slow cha-cha song. I’ll provide information in class about how to adjust the tempo “pitch” of a song. Those who have been in my class know that I sometimes “slow a song down” — Now you’ll know how to do that too!
— Video: http://ucwdc.org/associatemembercenter/stepvideos/2017/2017%20Newcomer%20Cuban%20-%20HAPPY%20GIRL.mp4
- AUG 23rd — Move That Grove / choreographed by Tina Argyle
— 32 count, 4 Wall, Stage/Novelty (Pop) Newcomer Level
— Music: We Are Family (A.R. Remix) / by Groovy 69
— Video: http://ucwdc.org/associatemembercenter/stepvideos/2017/2017%20Newcomer%20StageNovelty%20-%20MOVE%20THAT%20GROOVE.mp4
- AUG 30th — Because these three dances are on the upper end of the “Newcomer/Improver” range for this class, we will use the last class of this month to Review & Practice of these three dances — Sort of a “graduation” / “mini-dance party” Woot! IF we have time at the end of the hour, we’ll learn a fun “Party Line Dance” that you can use with just about any piece of music.
Why these three dances?
I’m sure you’re wondering what makes these dances so special? And why teach them now?
LOTS OF REASONS…
- “Why now?” is explained up above.. Woot! You did read all that right? LOL!!!
- These three dances are the UCWDC Newcomer Level competition dances for 2016-2017. There are not one, but two UCWDC events held here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area where, if you choose, could compete, using these dances: The Dallas Dance Festival, in November; and Big D Bash, held in February. — Big D Bash is an all line dance event – 3 days of nothing but line dancing.
- Taking these three dances in my “Tuesday Class” is a HUGE cost savings. When I teach these dances privately to students wanting to get started in line competition, the cost is a $120 for the three dances. Here’s your chance to learn them at a fraction of that cost!!!!
- Two of the students in the class right now (for August) happen to be competitors or former competitors and the other student is is just oozing with talent and can easily handle these dances. And since I “tailor” my classes…well, there ya go!
- These dances are fun and filled with the steps that show up in line dances of all kinds and difficulty levels so they are excellent “teaching tools.”
- Two of the three dances use music which “Couples Dancers” will recognize: Cha-Cha and Night Club Two-Step. The line dances incorporate basic footwork from those two styles thus these dances are an EXCELLENT PRACTICE DRILL for Couples Dancers who wish to have a way to practice fundamentals on their own.
And….DanceMakers Winter Showcase coming up…!!!!
DanceMakers has a “student showcase” twice a year, one in the Spring and one in Late Fall…
I thought that we could, as a group, do one of these dances in the Showcase. Which would be AWESOME fun!!!!
Think about it….I’d really like to see a bunch of students from my Line Class dance together in a number in the show!
See ya in Class!
And yes, I know I type long posts…. BUT I wanted folks to know the background about this “Special Series”
Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!
Line Dance Class – When & Where:
- Every Tuesday at 6pm
— Four classes left in August: 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th
- — 6201 Sunset Drive, Suite 630 Fort Worth, TX 76116 [Get Directions]
— Studio Phone: 817-244-8500
- Drop-ins Welcome ($15 per class) but save money by paying for the entire month ($10 per class–e.g. 3 classes left is $30)
OR by taking advantage of the August “Dog Days of Summer” Special
—- get a discount for taking more than one class. [Full Class Schedule]
Yes Virginia, there is a garage sale…
I’m doing some Spring Cleaning and…
I’m trying to de-clutter and…
I’m trying to raise some much needed cash. So…
Check out ALL the stuff I have for sale here:
or if you only want to see the “Dance” stuff:
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I’ll be posting more “Dance Swag” and other stuff over the next few days. 🙂
See you on the dance floor!
It is harder to figure out than you think…
I’m headed to my doctor’s office on Tuesday, so in preparation for that I’m printing out reports from my Blood Glucose Meter.
I was looking at the reports and started to wonder about those “target ranges” and what exactly did they mean. I wanted to know:
- “What is a normal blood glucose level?” (the answers I found are in this post)
- “Given that there is a normal RANGE… is it OK for a person who is diabetic and on medication to be anywhere in that range?” (couldn’t find an answer from a trusted source so I’m gonna ask my doctor on Tuesday)
Getting a “good” “reliable” answer…
Depending on where you look, you get different answers. sigh And it MUST be correct because it’s on the Internet! Right? sigh
All kidding aside, some sites are better than others when it comes to reliable information. But even with sites you trust, there can be differences.
Take it from a retired Librarian with over 30 years of searching experience: check and double check when doing “research” on the web. Then check it again, just to be sure. Not all information resources are created equal.
The ones I’m sharing with you now are, in my professional opinion, on the “reliable” end of the spectrum.
Bayer (as in Bayer aspirin) the maker of my Blood Glucose Meter says:
The meter I use is the Bayer Contour Next. The default settings are:
- 70 – 180 mg/dL — Overall
- 70 – 130 mg/dL — Fasting
- 70 – 130 mg/dL — Before a meal
- 70 – 180 mg/dL — After a meal
I’ve been testing consistently for about 3 months now and my doctor wants to look at the data when I visit her on Tuesday — which is what prompted my questions and this post in the first place. 🙂
One of the questions I have for her is whether or not the default settings in the monitor are what she wants me to use as my “target” ranges OR does she want me to use something different.
Maybe I Should Become a Reporter…
Two days ago, (on Aug 9th) I emailed a Washington Post reporter with a story idea. Then I went to bed. And I couldn’t stop thinking about the story idea and couldn’t get to sleep. So I got up after about an hour and sent him a second email with an “expansion / clarification” of the idea. Then I went to bed and slept on it. And yesterday morning I forwarded both emails to two other Washington Post reporters along with a much larger bullet point presentation of why I thought it was a story that should be covered. My idea? It was:
Look at the huge rallies that Bernie Sanders is having and examine the aspect that they are achieving these numbers with no advanced publicity by the Sanders campaign other than a simple press release. All of the buzz is being generated locally through word of mouth and social media. — Then maybe expand it a bit to talk about how a political rally like the one Sanders is doing comes about. Who are the people who bring it together and who attend.
And this morning… [drum roll please] TAH-DAH! What should to my wondering eyes appear in the Washington Post? But this…. Woot! WooHoo! Uh-huh! WhoseyerDaddy? Uh-huh! Here is the link to the article: (or click the image above) 100,000 people have come to recent Bernie Sanders rallies. How does he do it? OMG! OMG! OMG! [doing a happy dance while typing] OMG! OMG! OMG! Sqeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!
[singing] “Just goes to show what little people can do!”
Full disclosure. The reporter never emailed me back. I have no idea whether or not this is just a freak coincidence or IF my emails actually prompted the guy to investigate and write the story, BUT in going through the story, just about every single point I made in my emails is included in the story! Woot! So, either the reporter did as I suggested at the end of my email…
I know that I’m not a “pro” like you guys but I smell a story… 🙂 I hope that you take the idea and run with it.
… OR this is one of the most amazing coincidences of all time! Maybe I should take a journalism class? Or buy a lottery ticket? No matter what, this is WAY FRIGGIN COOL! Because at the very least, it means that I spotted a “story” that was worthy of inclusion in the Washington friggin Post! before the story appeared! AND my main points were all covered in the story! Woot! Now for a bit of related seriousness… …brace yerself I’m gonna talk politics. You may if you wish stop reading, but I hope you don’t…
Why the sudden Political Post?
First an explanation to my regular readers — this post is the rare exception, not a sign of things to come. So take a deep breath and keep reading. 😉 I realize that under normal circumstances, that this is not a political blog. I have certain themes I post here and that is why you, my loyal readers keep reading what I write. And, for the most part, I steer clear of politics. You may be assured that the usual shenanigans about my dancing and my diet (or lack thereof) will resume without delay and in abundance. 🙂 But I am going to make an exception today and talk about politics, actually about two things: (1) the importance of being involved and (2) an old dude from Vermont. Why? Because politics is not just something off in the distance that doesn’t matter. Much to the contrary, what politicians do in Washington and in the 50 state capitals around the country and in City Halls across the land have real world impact on people like you and me. And most of us ignore it or gripe and moan a bit and that is the end of that. We never do anything about it. And that needs to change. Why? Because politics really does affect our day-to-day life in the “real world.” It matters because it is not just something in the news. It affects my life. It affects your life. It affects all of our lives. So yes, I’m breaking the “theme” of this blog briefly, I’m writing something political. When I do this there has to be pretty darned important reason for me to do so. One example was the day the Supreme Court announced the ACA decision and another was the day the Supreme Court announced the Same Sex Marriage decision. This particular post is another. This coming national election in 2016 is probably going to be the most important election in my lifetime. No matter where you are on the political spectrum, I encourage you to…
- Register to vote (each state has its own requirements… Google it and find out what your state requires)
- If your state requires you to register with a political party in order to vote in the primaries then do so, now. Don’t wait.
- Vote in the primaries
- Vote in the general election
- Start being politically active now and stay active from now on. Democracy only works if its citizens take part in the process.
How I met Bernie Sanders…
If you are one of my friends on Facebook or if you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I have become a Bernie Sanders supporter.
I actually attended a rally here in Dallas. I was in the front row and got to shake his hand after he finished speaking. 🙂 There were approximately 8,000 people at the event. Yes, eight thousand people — in Texas — a red state — with no advanced publicity other than “word of mouth.” THINK about that for a moment and you might begin to get a feel for what appears to be happening. A real honest to goodness grass roots campaign for a man who most people agree is the genuine article: an honorable politician. What Mr. Sanders has to say is very impressive and he says it with a conviction that frankly I have rarely heard from politicians. I first heard about Bernie Sanders from my roommate who is much more politically savvy than I. When he mentioned Bernie I said “Bernie who?” but since I like my roommate and trust his opinions…. He’s my best friend in the whole world. — For the record, he’s actually my best friend. Not partner though people often assume we are married because we finish each others sentences and all that kind of stuff. Single! I’m single! Available! Spread the word! I can even get married now! Woot! But Uhmmm…. I digress… I do that you know. 😉 So, because I respect my roommate’s opinions, I did my research. I read about this guy from up in Vermont and I was impressed by what I read. Very VERY impressed. So I signed up to follow him on Facebook and that was pretty much that. Then I happened to be coming back from the grocery store and was listening to NPR, which is KERA here in Dallas/Fort Worth. KERA, was airing a segment, produced locally, where they do an in-depth feature on each of the Presidential candidates. And they were doing a live interview with Bernie Sanders. And that interview changed everything for me and made me take notice of this man:
- When asked a question about a straightforward issue, he gave a direct straight forward answer, often, just “yes” or “no”
- When asked a a question about a complex issue, he gave a nuanced thoughtful answer.
- When asked a question about an issue on which he had not yet done his research, he honestly said “I don’t know enough about that yet to venture and opinion, but I will look into it and if you have some way of sharing the answer with your listeners, you can give them my answer later.”
I literally sat in my truck in the Texas heat, to finish listening to this interview. I was impressed by the sincerity that I heard in his voice. Obviously these are my impressions; I invite you to do your own research and draw your own conclusions BUT…
- There is no doubt in my mind that this man genuinely believes the things he says in his speeches.
- The level of conviction in his voice (and in his body language) when he speaks is an amazing thing to see.
- There is no doubt in my mind that this guy really does want to improve things for everyone in the whole country.
- It is clear from his speeches and from his writings that he is intelligent and informed on the issues. He is open to debate and willing to discuss, really discuss difficult topics.
- His record on Civil Rights is amazing. He actually marched on Washington with Martin Luther King Jr, was arrested during his college years for fighting against segregation, and has been a constant supporter of LGBT rights since before most Americans even knew what LGBT meant.
- He is a “normal guy.” He is still flying commercial airlines to get to and from his campaign appearances, depending on local volunteers to pick him and his wife up from the airport.
- He is not taking any donations from the big corporate donors. All of his campaign donations come from folks like me and groups of real people like teachers and nurses professional organizations. Not superPACs. I gave him a $3 donation and a $10 donation which on my $812 a month pension is a considerable amount!
- During his announcement that he was running for President, he said, rather gruffly, to the dozen or so reporters, that he didn’t have a lot of time for questions because he needed to get back to work. In the Senate, which was behind him, just up the hill. Imagine that! A Senator, concerned about getting back to his office and actually DOING HIS JOB!. Wow! Just friggin Wow!
- I found a blog from a lady in Vermont that talked about how “real” Bernie Sanders is. How she bumped into him at the airport luggage turnstile and joked with him about his luggage being the first one out of the chute. She kinda slapped him on the arm and teased him about “being special” because he was a Senator. Bernie laughed along with her saying he wished it would happen all the time and then trundled off. The blogger confessed that she then turned bright red because she realized that she had just struck a sitting US Senator! But that is how comfortable the folks in Vermont are with Bernie who has overwhelmingly high approval ratings in his home state.
I hope that this man will be the next President of the United States. I encourage you to read my article ahem ok, ok, the reporters article. grin the article in the Washington Post. I encourage you to do your research on him. I encourage you to visit his website: http://www.berniesanders.com. I encourage you to go on YouTube and do a search for “Bernie Sanders” — You’ll find lots of videos. Then… Make your own judgement, but I believe that you may like what you see and hear and read. And I believe that rumbling sound which you are barely hearing in the distance is a political tsunami about to change things for the better. His name is Bernie Sanders. See you on the dance floor!