OMGosh you guys! I went dancing! I had SUCH a good time! Some friends got together at the West Side Club for Fish Fry and dancing. I really wanted to go to supper with them but spent days plotting my escape before the band got started. I haven't danced in about 25 years.
Supper was wonderful. The band started up as we were settling up for our meals; Beach Boys, Eric Clapton, CCR. Great. My era. Crap. I decided to sit and listen to a couple of songs and then sneak out the back before the serious dancing got started. Based on my high school experience, this takes approximately a third of the evening while everyone gets over being shy and sizes everyone else up. Ummmm....seems big people dances are a little different. Apparently, the minute the lead guitar starts tuning, you start dancing. I watched and thought, you know, I can't look any more foolish than some of those folks. In amongst the people doing the latest steps, there was one guy doing 'The Grand Mal Seizure' and a couple more doing 'The Tourrette'. There were also a few that must have had their iPods on because they sure weren't listening to the same beat as the rest of us!
So I decided that if someone asked me, I'd take a deep breath and give it a try. I figured no one would ask me anyway so I'd be safe. No sooner had I formulated my evil plan, someone asked me. Crap. But I hopped up just like I was in my right mind and trotted right out there like I dance every day and it was no biggie. I was softly chanting 'Dance like nobody's watching....Dance like nobody's watching' over and over, but' fake it 'til you make it' right? And the weirdest thing happened. I LOVED it! I danced fast. I danced slow (my favorite by far... Johnny River's 'Slow Dancing' IS my favorite song after all). I was a dancing fool!
The band was 'Midlife Crisis' ; aptly named for my first foray onto the dance floor in my new life I thought! They were great! They played a nice mix and I had a full dance card. For four whole hours I didn't give a crap about anything else and was just happy! Every fear about being a wallflower or looking like a fool was blown away. I should have done this so much sooner! I didn't get home until after midnight. That's right! I stayed up late with the big kids! You can bet your butt I'll be first in line the next time someone suggests it!
For those of you that are concerned, and oddly enough there are a couple of you, Ben had a much lower key evening at home with his new friend MJ who is a dog toy like Flat Eddie the Squirrel and Foo Foo Bunny. They don't have stuffing. Ben eviscerates stuffed animals with disturbing skill. MJ (short of Michael J.) Fox is life size and is Ben's new best friend. He snuggles and bathes him for hours. My carpet is covered with red tufts from MJ's tail, but it's a small price to a pay if you could see what a fool Ben is for him. You should have seen the wrangling and promises I had to make to get him to stop nibbling and pose for this photo!
Anyway, tomorrow it's off to Epplegarten to get some asparagus with friend D. and then lunch at Red Robin (YUM! Blue Ribbon Burger) and to see 'Angels and Demons'. Then it's back home to make pork chop casserole and rhubarb pie for William's folks for supper. Hope you all are having a fun weekend too!