notmypresident: (Twitchy Tina)
Another pleasant evening dancing with the Oaktown 8's square dance group.  The easygoing nature of the folks there is right up my alley, and there's very little in the way of the "Alpha Dancer Syndrome" that can make the evening seem like a competition.    Everyone just seems very friendly.  I'm still working on firming up my knowledge of the boy part and it's great that the group is letting me "learn as I go" throughout the summer.  I did fairly well tonight, but for some reason I continually messed up Track II -- because Peggy kept calling it sashayed and I was concentrating on the boy part!  Sheesh.  I found myself mildly flirting with someone, though I'm sure he was completely oblivious.  And that's for the best, I reminded myself, since I'm trying to overcome the whole sexual tension issue I'd previously run into.

The drive home from the dance is such a pleasure, as the road weaves and bobs through the hills and passes by a major reservoir.  It's a relatively quick drive too, only about 25-30 minutes.  All made even more pleasant, of course, by my iPod.

Tomorrow is the start of the two-day depo.  I'm nervous as hell because it involves out-of-state attorneys, and they tend to be a real pain in the ass.  But I'm sure I'll get through it without any loss of life.  That's what I keep telling myself, anyway.

And I rather like the expectant look on the face of this Favorite Bear of the Moment.

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notmypresident: (Dancing Bears)
Tonight was my second time dancing with the folks from the Oaktown 8s, and I have to say I really enjoyed myself.  [livejournal.com profile] bigjohnsf drove over from SF to also take part, and it wasn't until I was talking with him that I realized one of the big differences between Foggy City and this group is the amount of sexual tension.  The FCD class is 100% men and about 75% bear -- so it's not surprising that the sexual tension can be quite thick at times.  The O8s class is about 65% men and about 20% bear -- the result is a much more relaxed, easygoing atmosphere.  And right now, that suits me just fine. 

There's another advantage to the O8s.  I spoke with Peggy about my desire to make it into the Midnight Squares' Advanced class in October, pointing out that I need to learn the boy part before I can do that.  She said she would have no problem with me dancing the "boy" part this summer with the O8s, as they were going to spend these next few months shoring up the Plus class members who just graduated.  Peggy, having watched me last week, said she thought I would have no problem and that I wouldn't be too disruptive.  And guess what?  I wasn't!  I danced the "boy" part for the entire dance tonight -- my first time ever.  Except for one or two rough spots where I had to quickly learn how to do some boy-specific moves, I think I did pretty good.  And at Plus level, too!  Woo-hoo!  By the end of the evening, I was exhausted from concentrating so intently.  But it was a very satisfying feeling to see that I might just be able to make it into that Advanced class after all.

I wonder what this weekend will be like in San Francisco, with all the bears headed up to Guerneville.  I joked to John about the fact that the Starbucks folks at 18th & Castro will probably wonder what the fuck has happened to their clientele!

I'm guessing the Favorite Bear of the Moment will probably be there too.

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