Just Dance – Memory #3

I’m listening to ICB’s Jazz Impressions, and a song came up that had this Latino beat to it, and I’m messing around my kitchen and I start shimmying to it. I catch myself in the mirror, and bust out laughing.

A few years ago, after college, my friends and I went down to the Dominican Republic, Las Terrenas to be precise. And LT is not a tourist attraction. It’s beautiful with sandy beaches and a great waterfall, but it’s very much a locals-only kind of city/town. After dinner one night – no doubt chicken, rice, beans and plantains – we all sort of wandered around to see what we could find to do. Of course, like mice to the piper, we headed in the direction of the music.

I don’t remember very many details. It was outside. The night was warm. There was a small live band. A lot of people sat at tables, so I presume it was part of a restaurant deal, but it was conjoined with a large public space/opening. We just kind of wandered in and stood and watched as some 10-20 people danced. I don’t remember being particularly awe-struck by any of the dancers — okay maybe one couple still sticks out as knowing what they were doing — but mainly, it was just people having a good night out.

And man did I want to dance. I wanted to go shimmy around, and shake, and get out-of-breath, and laugh, and have the same fun that I saw twirling around in front of me. I don’t know why I didn’t. Was I afraid to embarrass myself in front of my friends? In front of the locals? Was I not wearing the right clothes? Was it not the right type of music?

I don’t ever want to not dance again.

Just Dance – Memory #3

Daily Delight #9

Getting paid.

Yeah, that’s right. In my infinite make-the-world-better, hippie-do-gooder persona, I still like the green. And in fairness, I am a very hard worker and I deserve what I get. For those of you that know me very well, you also know that I keep an Excel sheet of all my major transactions throughout the year–ever since 2006. I really like graphing the numbers and making trend lines. I really like watching those trend lines move upwards. Not paying rent recently has helped me save some, even with all my traveling. And if I keep at, I should be able to pay off my student loans by next spring. (Am I the only sucker who pays student loans?) Word to your mother. Yay.

And for those of you who think I’m some money-grubbing-capitalist, I’ll also add that I’ve donated more money to more charities (WYPR being my favorite one) this year than ever before, and I hope for that trend to continue too.

Daily Delight #9