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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