Sunday, October 15, 2006

Bill Nye The Science Guy -- Lindy Hopper?

On Thursday night, my sociology professor friend Constance invited me to come to Lindygroove, a weekly lindy-hop dance at the Pasadena Masonic Temple every Thursday. You have to understand, I am chronically inept at any couples dance, despite being extremely good at solo dancing. Lindy-hop is the rocket-science of couples dancing, so for everyone's sake, I just went to watch her and the surprisingly large group of folks (> 100) twirling to and fro.

One of those twirling was Bill Nye The Science Guy, wearing a black & white horizontal-striped shirt (reminiscent of those old cartoon burglars). Constance had encountered and danced with him several times before, so after their second twirl-session, she introduced him to me.

He had nothing but great things to say about Lindy-hopping. "You've got to try it, Brian," Bill pleaded, just before he whisked her away for another set.

To me, it looks like lassoing, belly-dancing, and trying to tap-dance on a crowded merry-go-round, all in time with music and without hurting or otherwise humiliating oneself in front of a total stranger of the opposite sex.

Constance is very good at it though. And I suspect, when she has her house-warming party, Mr. Nye will be one of the guests!

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Blogger Sarah M said...

I first heard about this from a friend yesterday.. I can't believe it's actually true! I've been lindy-hopping for about a year now and my new ultimate dream of life is to dance with The Science Guy. Oh man. Hope you don't mind that I'm going to bookmark this page in hopes of someday getting to that dance...

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