Meet the bloggers?

Last Friday’s Feast got me thinking about meeting about some of the local bloggers… and via BlogKC I found out that Michelle is organizing a KC Bloggers Meet Up… sounds like fun.

Are you up for an unofficial KC blogger meetup?

Tuesday, April 17th
Happy Hour until ????

Harry’s Country Club
(Harry’s in the River Market, NOT Harry’s in Westport)
112 Missouri Ave
Kansas City, MO 64106

Can you learn rhythm

I am not talking about the rhythm method, that`s what my parents were using when they had me. This week I watched some of dancing with the Stars. I have to admit it was not as good as I thought it was going to be, except for laughing out loud when the dance coach also called Joey Fatone, The Fat-one. The whole fat thing and how it is funny is another good post, but we are just talking bout rhythm here.

KC has a pretty healthy dancing community when it comes to latin dances. You can find a good party every single weekend, and even though it helps to be personal friends with one of the DJ’s there are plenty of ways to find a club that is going to be playing some great music. There are two groups of people that go out to the clubs to dance latin music. I belong to the group of people that grew up with latin music around them, I learned to dance because my Mom taught me how. The second group are the ones that learned from a dance studio… and do I dare to say, they have no rhythm…

I know I am being unfair because not simply because you grew up around the music you know how to feel the music. I see that every weekend too, other latin people trying to do a dance that does not look anything like it is supposed to, worse yet they are so lost that the music is going one way and they are going another. I am only talking here about the people that can actually dance and stay with the music. Some know how to because they feel it, some know because they have been trained to do a movement with the beat.

My Mom loves to dance, and knows how to do must of the latin dances including Tango and “Paso-Doble.” I can follow her dancing those two, but I am really good at Salsa and Merengue. I have said it before, I am a total dancing fool. I hear a beat (even in a commercial) and I want to dance. My Mom also loves Ballroom dancing and watched it every time it was on TV. I also learned to love to watch the perfectly choreographed couples move on the dancefloor. They knew the steps and performed them with great accuracy, but did they feel the music? Do they have what I call rhythm?

No one is going to pay money to watch me dance like they do professional dancers; better yet, no one is ever going to pay for a dance lesson from me. I dance because it is fun and it makes me happy, I love feeling the music and it is one of the experiences where I feel like something is actully in my blood. A perfect example of this is the movie Dance with me that stars Chayanne and “Wilhelmina” or Vanessa Williams as she was known back then before Ugly Betty. You can see in the movie how different the two ways of dancing are. There is also a glympce of it in the movie Center Stage. When you dance to have fun and actually feel the music, it is a lot more beautiful than if you are repeating steps that coincide with a beat.

I have danced with people that learned dancing from just going out and having fun, and those that are trainned in a dance studio. I have no fun when I dance with someone that is not feeling the music, but its very mechanical about what they are doing. I am sure there are professional dancers out there that love to dance and actually know how to feel the music. Most of the professional dancers I saw in dancing with the stars looked like people that see dancing as a job. At that moment when it becomes a job, it takes the fun out of it.

Rhythm is something you feel inside for me, not something that can be taught. You can learn the steps from someone else, but the real lesson is how to actually feel the music. Have fun out there dancing.

Penguins, Yes, No, Maybe

The news around town has concentrated on the political race, and to be honest I could not care less. I was watching a sports news show and I became really irritated. It seems that the Penguins coming to KC is a possibility again, and the moron commentator immediately went to say that it would be a mistake. He then went on to use the Predators situation as backing evidence. I get really irritated when people that have never been to Kansas City dismiss it as a little town in the middle of cowville. Before jumping into the rant I will explain the situation for those of you not familiar with hockey.

The Penguins are thinking about leaving Pittsburgh. One of the cities among the list of possibilities is Kansas City, which actually has a brand new arena being built right downtown. Along with the new arena which Sprint is offering to the Penguins rent free, comes a downtown that is going through a huge boom and a city that loves sports. The sportscaster’s point was that the Tennessee Predators, the best team in the NHL at the moment, don’t fill up their arena when playing home.

I am not sure if the newscaster has never been to Kansas City before, but this city loves sports. Take the NFL team, the KC Chiefs have some of the most die hard fans in the league. While The Royals suck, they still have people go to their games, granted, not like people go to Cubs games, but still. I think a hockey team will do just fine in Kansas City, and I hope that people stop thinking of this as a little city. While it might have a small downtown, its surrounding areas and suburbs have enough people to rival other big metropolitan areas. So, Lemieux, make up your mind and bring he Penguins here already.

Life or death information just ahead

I am so tired of the nightly news holding back information, especially when they start scaring you early in the morning. I am not a conspiracy theorist, but come on, how scared do they want us to be?

They always use a trick that will hit you where it hurts, either kids, the elderly or like today, your pet. The teaser begins showing a beautiful Golden retriever, playing with children and ends with a dog that is so sick that you cannot quite tell what it is. This is at 7:00 A.M. in the morning and they are not going to tell you what it is that is going to kill your dog until 9:00 P.M. I am sorry, but if you are really trying to help me, why are you waiting all day for my poor puppy to die.

I understand, they are trying to get people to watch their T.V. show but I feel there is a lack of responsibility when you scare the crap out of people so that they can watch your show. When are they going to stop relying on scare tactics and actually produce a show that I am going to want to watch because of the great investigations that you show.

Recently we had a big fire here in KC. The coverage was horrible. They relied solely on pictures from their helicopter and repeated the same information over and over. I knew that officials had not released any statements, it takes time to asses a situation and give official word, but I found more tons of by using google than the producers of the show. It is a shame that even though they stopped regular programming and watching a chemical fire on T.V. was kind of amazing, there was no meat to the reporting.

In the information age, the regular news are suffering greatly. I like to watch the news for traffic reports and the weather. The national news are better served through the blogsphere, the international news I get from papers from all over the world. If the local T.V. news continue to get me to try to watch my scaring me, the only thing they are going to accomplish is to completely make me push the off button and fire up the computer for my news needs.

Warmer weather

I am looking forward to playing some tennis this summer, and it seems that I might be able to play sooner than later. The weather seems to be betting better here in KC. Today we will hit 50s and by Thursday we should breaks 60s. The 10 day forecast says that we should stay above 40 at least for the next 10 days.

Warmer weather does help with weight loss. Outdoor activities are a lot funner than running like a hamster on a treadmill. I have been looking forward to some weight training also, but I know that if I want to shed some of the extra pounds, cardio is the best way to do it.

Warmer weather also means motorcycle weather, and even though I might have to wait for a trip to Chicago to ride one of my friends’ motorcycle, you never know, I might be able to ride out here too.

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