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Monday, January 25, 2010

Memorial Musings

There's nothing like going to a friend's memorial to make you contemplate what you'd like to see where it being held for you. Me, I'd hope my title of Chief Dance Instigator would be celebrated. A night of irreverent and joyful dancing to my favorite dance tunes would far better suit me. There would be waltzing to Dennis Leary's "I'm an Asshole" and polka to "Dead Man's Party" and off the wall ceili dancing with an extended Fairy Reel to "Disco Inferno" and jigs to "River's Dance." Hopefully Dave would be there to summon a band for some traditional tunes and Bob and Tracey would lead everyone in the Night Fever line dance. There'd be a celebration of the different forms of swing from Charleston to Lindy to East Coast to Fifties Bandstand to 70s Hustle. Above all, in the end, I'd still want to make sure I got everyone up to celebrate the pure joy of dancing.

Now hopefully it will be another fifty years of happy, healthy dancing and friends and games and teaching and learning before I really have to consider such things, but today I'm acutely aware that I don't get to choose, and the ones we lose along the way are the ones we least expect.

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