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One Long (but good) Saturday - Elizabeth Unexplained
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greyautumnrain
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One Long (but good) Saturday
So, Warren and I had a bunch of crazed plans this Saturday. Wake up at 5am (5:20 for him) so that we can shower and leave the house by 6am and drive down to New Haven to watch our rookies dance. Drive back to Somerville in time for Warren to take a 4pm call about a possible small job, and then change and leave in time for my company holiday party which was to start at 6pm.

The getting up part actually went remarkably well. I did not need to drag Warren bodily out of bed. We were in the car by 6:10 am. I drove down to New Haven, and MapQuest was actually very close to right on the travel time and we arrived at 8:30. I went in to hair and makeup mode, though I'd neglected to bring my own supplies.

That's when I discovered the real treat of the morning. It turns out that jcatelli was there! She's started dancing again and was competing with a guy from UConn named John. After hugging her and saying hi I promptly celebrated by borrowing her eyelash glue to use on the rookies. I also insisted on playing with her hair. Alas, my first attempt at a french twist did not survive her tango head flicks, but the second attempt held.

The rookies did well; they all made it to quarterfinals. Since it was "beginner" smooth and not newcomer they were competing against some couples who'd been dancing much longer, but they certainly held their own. There were three MIT couples in the finals. I also enjoyed watching jcatelli and John dance. I'm hoping the partnership works out.

We had originally though about staying for the standard as well, but Yale was running even more behind than they usually do. They were supposed to run Smooth from 9 to 10:30, then standard from 10:30 to 12:30. When we left at 12:15 they were just starting the standard, and hadn't even announced the Smooth results yet. I was a bit upset about having to leave before the results. I wanted to know the final placements for our rookies, and I was curious about how the judges would place jcatelli and John (i.e. would they vote for quality or for flashy choreography). Of course, one of the reasons I've cut back on competing so much lately is because flashy stuff wins over actual good dancing far too much, so maybe its a good thing I couldn't stay for the results.

We drove back, grabbing a quick late lunch at a rest stop on the way. We arrived home with half an hour to spare before Warren's call. He was really psyched about the project after he got off the phone, so that was a good thing.

Then we changed to formal clothes and headed to the holiday party. We managed to lock ourselves out of the house in the process, but we had a good time a the party anyway. The food was good, and my company actually managed to hire a DJ who knew what a foxtrot was! We got in some good dancing during dinner, before other people moved onto our dance floor. I had a great time showing Warren off to my coworkers.

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jcatelli From: jcatelli Date: December 6th, 2004 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was great to see you! And thanks again for the hair; my own hairstyles tend to be pretty basic. :)

We placed 2nd in smooth and 3rd in standard. I think we could have danced better than we did, but it was a reasonable showing for our first ever comp. My one complaint is that some of my friends told me that the couple that won the gold standard was dancing off time....
twe From: twe Date: December 7th, 2004 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)

You!

You're alive! Talk to me... :)
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: December 7th, 2004 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you liked the 'do. If you're going to Tufts on the 12th I can do it again if you like. :-)

Just out of curiousity, do you remember which couple beat you in the smooth? I can't comment on the standard since we had to go before you danced. :(

Let me know when you can come by and look at the dress. I'll be home between 6 and 8 pm on Friday. (Competitors practice is Friday nights from 8:30 to 10.) Saturday's schedule is still not settled, we usually teach on Sundays, but that might happen on Saturday this weekend because Tufts is on Sunday. Sunday I'll be watching the rookies at Tufts, at least for smooth, but as the competition is within walking distance of my house, I can be pretty flexible on Sunday. :-)
twe From: twe Date: December 7th, 2004 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

visits...

I think she'll be at our house this weekend. (Though the Friday night activity has been moved from our place to baronet and vorpalbunny's place, or she could pop over easily Friday night.)
jcatelli From: jcatelli Date: December 8th, 2004 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Eric and Egypciel beat us in smooth. If you're going to lose, do so to friends! :)
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