bjarvis: (sleeping)
It's been a full but relatively comfortable day. Let's see how much I can write up here before I fall asleep at the keyboard...

I awoke at a decent hour this morning, about 9am. That's a couple of hours earlier than usual for me on a weekend but it felt OK.

[livejournal.com profile] cuyahogarvr returned home somewhat early today, thanks to relatively light traffic. He had been visiting his youngest daughter & her hubby in the vicinity of Williamsburg, VA, for the past few days. And he brought all sorts of goodies: chocolate, pie, cake, wine and such. He'll have to take us with him next time.

[livejournal.com profile] kent4str and I went to a meeting of the National Capital Area Square Dance Leaders Association, established 1952, along with our membership forms. We had been approached by the association's president recently and after digging for some additional information, decided we'd give it a go.

There were some pleasant surprises:
  1. The ones we met (we numbered about a dozen) were actually pretty casual and funny people. I always fear these sorts of meetings might be overly formal or take themselves entirely too seriously but that doesn't seem to be an issue here. Yay!
  2. We know a number of the members although nearly none of those we know were present at this particular meeting thanks to a number of dance schedule conflicts. I expect such schedule conflicts happen a lot: indeed, we had to leave half-way through the meeting because we were due in Baltimore to help the Chesapeake Squares with our entry in the Baltimore Pride parade.
  3. [livejournal.com profile] kent4str and I were voted in as full members. Another caller couldn't be there today but was also voted in. A fourth was voted in as an associate member because he doesn't yet have a regular local gig which would allow him to meet the full member requirements. A vote of 2/3 of the voting members in attendance was required but there were no dissenting votes. Yay again!

Baltimore's Pride parade is a mercifully short affair. There was a record number of floats (62) and while it kicked off precisely at 4pm, our portion was entirely over by 4:20pm. Did I mention it's a short parade?

Earlier this week, we had recorded & mixed a few simple Mainstream square dance figures with some contemporary music to play over the reviewing stand's sound system. This idea proved to be a winner: everyone could hear/see us and not having to call in real-time meant [livejournal.com profile] kent4str and I were available to fill a square. Next year, we'll mix a new set with two medium length figures instead of three short ones and try to keep it closer to 60 seconds in total rather than 90... we don't want to overstay our welcome in the spotlight with other groups coming up behind us in the parade.


We stopped at a convenience store on the way home. There are few pleasures in life which bring as much simple joy as air conditioning, an ice cream bar and an ice-cold coke on a hot & humid afternoon.

The first thing I did upon returning home was have a cool shower, then stretched out naked on the bed under a ceiling fan for a half-hour nap. Good times.

This evening, DC Lambda Squares was hosting a psychedelic 60s-themed community dance with caller Howard Richman. We had about four squares of people attending, more than enough for continuous Plus and Advanced dancing 7-10pm. It was a good wrap-up to the day.


Tomorrow, we're spending a few hours at Baltimore's Pride Festival in Druid Hill Park, then attending a late afternoon concert with the Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington DC. I predict ice cream in the evening.
bjarvis: (sleeping)
It's been a full but relatively comfortable day. Let's see how much I can write up here before I fall asleep at the keyboard...

I awoke at a decent hour this morning, about 9am. That's a couple of hours earlier than usual for me on a weekend but it felt OK.

[livejournal.com profile] cuyahogarvr returned home somewhat early today, thanks to relatively light traffic. He had been visiting his youngest daughter & her hubby in the vicinity of Williamsburg, VA, for the past few days. And he brought all sorts of goodies: chocolate, pie, cake, wine and such. He'll have to take us with him next time.

[livejournal.com profile] kent4str and I went to a meeting of the National Capital Area Square Dance Leaders Association, established 1952, along with our membership forms. We had been approached by the association's president recently and after digging for some additional information, decided we'd give it a go.

There were some pleasant surprises:
  1. The ones we met (we numbered about a dozen) were actually pretty casual and funny people. I always fear these sorts of meetings might be overly formal or take themselves entirely too seriously but that doesn't seem to be an issue here. Yay!
  2. We know a number of the members although nearly none of those we know were present at this particular meeting thanks to a number of dance schedule conflicts. I expect such schedule conflicts happen a lot: indeed, we had to leave half-way through the meeting because we were due in Baltimore to help the Chesapeake Squares with our entry in the Baltimore Pride parade.
  3. [livejournal.com profile] kent4str and I were voted in as full members. Another caller couldn't be there today but was also voted in. A fourth was voted in as an associate member because he doesn't yet have a regular local gig which would allow him to meet the full member requirements. A vote of 2/3 of the voting members in attendance was required but there were no dissenting votes. Yay again!

Baltimore's Pride parade is a mercifully short affair. There was a record number of floats (62) and while it kicked off precisely at 4pm, our portion was entirely over by 4:20pm. Did I mention it's a short parade?

Earlier this week, we had recorded & mixed a few simple Mainstream square dance figures with some contemporary music to play over the reviewing stand's sound system. This idea proved to be a winner: everyone could hear/see us and not having to call in real-time meant [livejournal.com profile] kent4str and I were available to fill a square. Next year, we'll mix a new set with two medium length figures instead of three short ones and try to keep it closer to 60 seconds in total rather than 90... we don't want to overstay our welcome in the spotlight with other groups coming up behind us in the parade.


We stopped at a convenience store on the way home. There are few pleasures in life which bring as much simple joy as air conditioning, an ice cream bar and an ice-cold coke on a hot & humid afternoon.

The first thing I did upon returning home was have a cool shower, then stretched out naked on the bed under a ceiling fan for a half-hour nap. Good times.

This evening, DC Lambda Squares was hosting a psychedelic 60s-themed community dance with caller Howard Richman. We had about four squares of people attending, more than enough for continuous Plus and Advanced dancing 7-10pm. It was a good wrap-up to the day.


Tomorrow, we're spending a few hours at Baltimore's Pride Festival in Druid Hill Park, then attending a late afternoon concert with the Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington DC. I predict ice cream in the evening.

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