bjarvis: (white hat)
Because of tropical storm Hanna drifting through the area, all rodeo activities at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds are canceled, including our square dance demo. Bummer.

I'm guessing the evening dance at the McLean Hilton is still on. We're not scheduled to perform at tonight's dance but might attend anyway, depending on our mood and the weather.
bjarvis: (white hat)
Because of tropical storm Hanna drifting through the area, all rodeo activities at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds are canceled, including our square dance demo. Bummer.

I'm guessing the evening dance at the McLean Hilton is still on. We're not scheduled to perform at tonight's dance but might attend anyway, depending on our mood and the weather.
bjarvis: (white hat)
The gay rodeo hotel this year has been moved from the Capitol Hill area of downtown DC to Tysons Corners in Virginia. Judging by the vastly smaller crowd at the dance tonight, I'd say this move may not have been a winner. Hopefully, it's the foul weather keeping people away but the venue location can't help.

A surprising number of rodeo regulars seemed to be absent but we had enough square dancers for a half-hour demo & first-nighter lesson. We didn't have much of an audience as the schedulers put us in a side room while the Manhattan Prairie Dogs were performing in the main dance hall. Bummer, but such is life.

As soon as our performance was over, we hit the road. My ears were close to bleeding from excessive volume in both dance spaces, but of course I'm a gentle & delicate thing. Now to get some sleep so we can repeat our show at 1:45 PM tomorrow afternoon, presuming that tropical storm Hanna doesn't wash us all out to sea.
bjarvis: (white hat)
The gay rodeo hotel this year has been moved from the Capitol Hill area of downtown DC to Tysons Corners in Virginia. Judging by the vastly smaller crowd at the dance tonight, I'd say this move may not have been a winner. Hopefully, it's the foul weather keeping people away but the venue location can't help.

A surprising number of rodeo regulars seemed to be absent but we had enough square dancers for a half-hour demo & first-nighter lesson. We didn't have much of an audience as the schedulers put us in a side room while the Manhattan Prairie Dogs were performing in the main dance hall. Bummer, but such is life.

As soon as our performance was over, we hit the road. My ears were close to bleeding from excessive volume in both dance spaces, but of course I'm a gentle & delicate thing. Now to get some sleep so we can repeat our show at 1:45 PM tomorrow afternoon, presuming that tropical storm Hanna doesn't wash us all out to sea.
bjarvis: (white hat)
It's rodeo weekend in DC once again but the weather is definitely not cooperating.

The weather reports this morning were warning of heavy rains and potential flash floods across Saturday. The bulk of the rodeo events are in an open stadium in Montgomery County so we're either going to get utterly soaked or the events will be scrubbed. Figures.

[livejournal.com profile] kent4str and I are calling for the DC Lambda Squares dance demos Friday night (midnight!) at the official rodeo hotel in McLean, VA, and again Saturday afternoon at the soon-to-be-drenched county fairgrounds. We'll either have a captive audience in the only dry space in the area or we'll have no audience at all as everyone stays home (or gets washed out to sea).
bjarvis: (white hat)
It's rodeo weekend in DC once again but the weather is definitely not cooperating.

The weather reports this morning were warning of heavy rains and potential flash floods across Saturday. The bulk of the rodeo events are in an open stadium in Montgomery County so we're either going to get utterly soaked or the events will be scrubbed. Figures.

[livejournal.com profile] kent4str and I are calling for the DC Lambda Squares dance demos Friday night (midnight!) at the official rodeo hotel in McLean, VA, and again Saturday afternoon at the soon-to-be-drenched county fairgrounds. We'll either have a captive audience in the only dry space in the area or we'll have no audience at all as everyone stays home (or gets washed out to sea).
bjarvis: (Olympus SP-500 UZ)
I've just posted the photos from today's ASGRA rodeo to my web site. Click here for hot men & good times.
bjarvis: (Olympus SP-500 UZ)
I've just posted the photos from today's ASGRA rodeo to my web site. Click here for hot men & good times.
bjarvis: (DC Lambda Squares)
Last night was the trail-in dance at the Hyatt in downtown DC.

Our little group rendez-vous'ed at home in the early evening, dressed for the occasion and headed to Union Station to park and have dinner at America.

Following dinner, we walked the few blocks over to the Hyatt, meeting up with most of the other DC Lambda Squares folks in the lobby of the hotel.

For the most part, [livejournal.com profile] kent4str, [livejournal.com profile] cuyahogarvr and I simply lazed around the lounge areas outside of the ballroom: I simply didn't have the energy or fortitude to go out into the larger crowd or to attempt two-stepping. Friday nights aren't the best time for high-energy activities after a long and exhausting week at work.

There wa lots of very distracting eye candy on the floor... I wished for my camera but indoor shots in low light with a flash is just annoying so I'll just have to trust to fond memory. :-)

Our DCLS dance demo performance was originally scheduled for 1 AM but some negotiation moved it back to midnight, still not a great time but better than before. Alas, the drag queen performances ran late so we were still nearly a half-hour behind when we finally took the floor.

Despite the number of us that were dragging severely, we acquitted ourselves well with Howard Richman calling to two squares. I did a quick 60 second spiel on the mic about DCLS, our open house and such stuff, then we collected unsuspecting non-square dancers from the audience for a brief impromptu tip, then closed with another demo.

Note to self: next time there are two squares on the floor, be a bit more aggressive about putting the clearly stronger square in front and the weaker square behind. I wasn't running the event and I couldn't immediately think of a diplomatic way of tackling it, but I think I'll be a little more assertive next year. That said, this was one of our most successful demos ever at an ASGRA evening dance and I'm cautiously optimistic that a few of the folks present will be at our open house.

Following the demo, [livejournal.com profile] kent4str, [livejournal.com profile] cuyahogarvr and I packed ourselves up and headed for home, collapsing in bed in record time. *snore*
bjarvis: (DC Lambda Squares)
Last night was the trail-in dance at the Hyatt in downtown DC.

Our little group rendez-vous'ed at home in the early evening, dressed for the occasion and headed to Union Station to park and have dinner at America.

Following dinner, we walked the few blocks over to the Hyatt, meeting up with most of the other DC Lambda Squares folks in the lobby of the hotel.

For the most part, [livejournal.com profile] kent4str, [livejournal.com profile] cuyahogarvr and I simply lazed around the lounge areas outside of the ballroom: I simply didn't have the energy or fortitude to go out into the larger crowd or to attempt two-stepping. Friday nights aren't the best time for high-energy activities after a long and exhausting week at work.

There wa lots of very distracting eye candy on the floor... I wished for my camera but indoor shots in low light with a flash is just annoying so I'll just have to trust to fond memory. :-)

Our DCLS dance demo performance was originally scheduled for 1 AM but some negotiation moved it back to midnight, still not a great time but better than before. Alas, the drag queen performances ran late so we were still nearly a half-hour behind when we finally took the floor.

Despite the number of us that were dragging severely, we acquitted ourselves well with Howard Richman calling to two squares. I did a quick 60 second spiel on the mic about DCLS, our open house and such stuff, then we collected unsuspecting non-square dancers from the audience for a brief impromptu tip, then closed with another demo.

Note to self: next time there are two squares on the floor, be a bit more aggressive about putting the clearly stronger square in front and the weaker square behind. I wasn't running the event and I couldn't immediately think of a diplomatic way of tackling it, but I think I'll be a little more assertive next year. That said, this was one of our most successful demos ever at an ASGRA evening dance and I'm cautiously optimistic that a few of the folks present will be at our open house.

Following the demo, [livejournal.com profile] kent4str, [livejournal.com profile] cuyahogarvr and I packed ourselves up and headed for home, collapsing in bed in record time. *snore*

ASGRA Rodeo

Sep. 9th, 2006 07:40 pm
bjarvis: (white hat)
Friday night was relatively low-key. [livejournal.com profile] cuyahogarvr arrived from Cleveland late Thursday and spent much of Friday being a tourist around DC while [livejournal.com profile] kent4str and I were at work. In late afternoon, Woody arrived from Pittsburgh, completing our household for the weekend.

After a quick disco nap, the four of us ate at "America" at Union Station before walking over to the Hyatt for the evening country dance. All four of us claimed our "entertainment" passes which have given us complimentary access to all events (and thus saving us a bundle of cash).

The dance itself was off to a slow start but it filled in nicely by 10:30 PM. Soon enough, however, we were meeting & greeting a large number of friends, both local and out-of-town.

Our DC Lambda Squares square dance demo at 11 PM was lightly attended but lots of fun nonetheless with a quick tip. Somehow I was given the microphone for an impromptu invitation to all present to come to our open house on Monday night; I managed not to make a fool of myself on mic --as near as I can tell anyway.

We stuck around until about 12:30 AM or so before heading home and sleeping soundly.

Saturday afternoon was spent milling around the hot men at the fairgrounds in Montgomery County. I'm not big on the rodeo events themseves: as the old joke goes, I was taught not to play with my food. :-) More to the point, I'm only peripherally interested in the competitions and the arena itself has no shade so I wouldn't be able to bear the heat & direct sunlight for more than a few minutes anyway. Yeah, I'm a wuss. The sweat lodge portajohns were oppressive enough on my fragile consitution.

Still, there were lots of people we knew among the dancers and community groups in the dance & vendors tents. I have 50+ photos I'll assemble onto a web page later this weekend. In the interim, I offer the following impromptu LJ assemblage:


zzbear, copperred, stormecho, otterpop58 & kent4str zzbear, copperred, stormecho, otterpop58 & kent4str

Impromptu LJ gathering at ASGRA rodeo, 2006-09-09, Gaithersburg, MD.



Now off to dinner and the evening dance!

ASGRA Rodeo

Sep. 9th, 2006 07:40 pm
bjarvis: (white hat)
Friday night was relatively low-key. [livejournal.com profile] cuyahogarvr arrived from Cleveland late Thursday and spent much of Friday being a tourist around DC while [livejournal.com profile] kent4str and I were at work. In late afternoon, Woody arrived from Pittsburgh, completing our household for the weekend.

After a quick disco nap, the four of us ate at "America" at Union Station before walking over to the Hyatt for the evening country dance. All four of us claimed our "entertainment" passes which have given us complimentary access to all events (and thus saving us a bundle of cash).

The dance itself was off to a slow start but it filled in nicely by 10:30 PM. Soon enough, however, we were meeting & greeting a large number of friends, both local and out-of-town.

Our DC Lambda Squares square dance demo at 11 PM was lightly attended but lots of fun nonetheless with a quick tip. Somehow I was given the microphone for an impromptu invitation to all present to come to our open house on Monday night; I managed not to make a fool of myself on mic --as near as I can tell anyway.

We stuck around until about 12:30 AM or so before heading home and sleeping soundly.

Saturday afternoon was spent milling around the hot men at the fairgrounds in Montgomery County. I'm not big on the rodeo events themseves: as the old joke goes, I was taught not to play with my food. :-) More to the point, I'm only peripherally interested in the competitions and the arena itself has no shade so I wouldn't be able to bear the heat & direct sunlight for more than a few minutes anyway. Yeah, I'm a wuss. The sweat lodge portajohns were oppressive enough on my fragile consitution.

Still, there were lots of people we knew among the dancers and community groups in the dance & vendors tents. I have 50+ photos I'll assemble onto a web page later this weekend. In the interim, I offer the following impromptu LJ assemblage:


zzbear, copperred, stormecho, otterpop58 & kent4str zzbear, copperred, stormecho, otterpop58 & kent4str

Impromptu LJ gathering at ASGRA rodeo, 2006-09-09, Gaithersburg, MD.



Now off to dinner and the evening dance!

WTF?!

Jul. 10th, 2006 04:54 pm
bjarvis: (white hat)
Prompted by [livejournal.com profile] otterpop58's note about the upcoming DC rodeo, I went to the ASGRA web site to see if I can order tickets yet. Alas, no, but what really caught my eye was the following:

"NOTICE: The fairgrounds will be charging a $10.00 parking fee. This fee is not included in the cost of your rodeo ticket and is outside the control of ASGRA."

The fairgrounds are 12 miles from my door and there isn't public transit between home & there. I suppose I could kill a couple of extra hours to drive or take public transit into downtown DC, then hop the ASGRA-provided shuttle bus back out to the suburbs --past our own house-- to the fairgrounds. Or I could hope for a parking space somewhere along Rockville Pike outside the fairgrounds. More likely, however, is that I'll simply skip the ticket package and pay at the gate for the Saturday events only, skipping Sunday's events.

On the good side, I've found out about this now instead of at the gate in September.

WTF?!

Jul. 10th, 2006 04:54 pm
bjarvis: (white hat)
Prompted by [livejournal.com profile] otterpop58's note about the upcoming DC rodeo, I went to the ASGRA web site to see if I can order tickets yet. Alas, no, but what really caught my eye was the following:

"NOTICE: The fairgrounds will be charging a $10.00 parking fee. This fee is not included in the cost of your rodeo ticket and is outside the control of ASGRA."

The fairgrounds are 12 miles from my door and there isn't public transit between home & there. I suppose I could kill a couple of extra hours to drive or take public transit into downtown DC, then hop the ASGRA-provided shuttle bus back out to the suburbs --past our own house-- to the fairgrounds. Or I could hope for a parking space somewhere along Rockville Pike outside the fairgrounds. More likely, however, is that I'll simply skip the ticket package and pay at the gate for the Saturday events only, skipping Sunday's events.

On the good side, I've found out about this now instead of at the gate in September.
bjarvis: (white hat)
Photos have just arrived and are now published to my web site here!
bjarvis: (white hat)
Photos have just arrived and are now published to my web site here!
bjarvis: (Default)
I haven't had a weekend this good in a long time.

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I haven't had a weekend this good in a long time.

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