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Time flies by so fast and two weeks of non-blogging can easily become a month if I don’t watch it.

I learned the Everybody Dance choreography before getting to National Dance Day at the Kentucky Center for the Arts and wasn’t planning to do the Master Hip Hop Routine but I did it anyway and I am happy to say I hung in there with the best of them.  I did, however, screw up the Everybody Dance routine a gazillion times so I guess my muscle memory can only hold so much information before pushing other stuff out.  It was fun as hell!

Later that same day, I went to Fandomfest which, for us fans, was deemed a complete failure on the organizer’s part.  It was next to impossible to read the map, everything was way off schedule and I was happy I didn’t pay for anything extra because I heard people who paid for the VIP passes didn’t get anything they were promised.  Up to 150 volunteers failed to show up and it was obvious.  No signs at the convention center saying certain events were being held in a different building.  Queues for Q&A panels were disorganized and because the panels were off schedule, they asked the big draws of the evening to cut it short.  WTF?  I sat in on Stan Lee, members of the Firefly cast and John Barrowman from Doctor Who/Torchwood/Arrow/many musicals.  I was 6th in the queue to get Alan Tudyk’s signature when he broke for lunch – and because I was with my buddy Mary Beth, I gave up my place card for the line in order to speed hobble to get to a panel she wanted to attend.  I was in bad shape even though I had a cane – 2 hours of dancing, 14 hours on my feet, 2 hours of more dancing at the masquerade ball.  I couldn’t walk the next day!

I booked a vacation to go back to New Orleans over Labor Day week.  I have a short story for that but I didn’t realize about this time of year was when Katrina hit.  It’s the first trip I’ve ever booked over Groupon.  I’m not really sure how this hotel will work out but as long as there aren’t critters coming out of the wall, I’ll be okay.  If I’m staying in the hotel room more than being out, I’m doing New Orleans wrong.

Busy at work.  Busy busy busy busy.

I got a call from one of the companies that offered me a job then rescinded the offer because they hired an actuary instead.  I’m not sure if I want to go through with it yet.  I’ll find out more tonight.  I’m concerned about the viability of the company because if they couldn’t afford to create two positions, that’s not a good sign.  Then again, I once interviewed at a place that brought me in for 5 different positions and 3 second interviews and were contemplating another position when one solid offer somewhere else came through.  Ugh.

Workout-wise, I did a lot of the spin bike this week and I’ve been working a lot this weekend on bike maintenance.  Or as much bike maintenance as a doofus like me can do.  I changed both tubes which took, not kidding, an entire fucking hour because I couldn’t get the tire back on the wheel without it popping off in another section.  Changed my pedals, oiled the chain, put new tape on my clip on aerobars and put on the bike computer I got really cheap.  I found out why I got it super cheap, other than it being used.  No English instructions.  I started swimming again earlier this week but just short workouts and I saw a massage therapist at a different hospital on Friday which was AWESOME.  I learned some new stretches that would help my knee and my hip felt great.  The nurse taped it up and I’m trying to make the PT tape last more than a couple of days.  It’s not itchy yet so that’s a plus.  Fingers crossed.

I walked half a mile.  Yay!!

On Friday after trudging through a full day of work, I went to a party at my friend Jen’s house where we played board games and drank beer/spiked punch/hootch all night.  I got home late and managed to get a whopping 1.5 hours of sleep between 8:30am and 10am before making it to my old lady eye exam to see if I needed bifocals.  Doc was ok with my adapting to different distances but my right eye’s prescription changed a lot so I ordered a new pair of specs.  No bifocals needed yet.

After the exam, I dragged myself to swim.  It was hard.  I didn’t feel like eating nor did I have time so I was working out on residual energy.  I wasn’t sure flip turns were a good idea, either.  I wasn’t sloppy drunk Friday but I was definitely fatigued.  Cranium can take it out of a person!

600 warmup (200 swim/200 pull/200 kick)

400 pull

200 IM kick no board

5×100 IM

5×50 free

5×50 IM order then last one choice

100 cool down

I lost count during the 400 pull and ended up doing 200 extra.  Also, I took liberties with some rest time but because of that, my 50 free repeats hit in the 30’s and that was unexpected.  I haven’t done 30’s since I was in high school.  Let me beep beep beep go back and say these were very high 30’s.  I’m a long way and long weight off from getting anywhere close to 29 seconds!

After a short stint in the hot tub, I did 45 minutes of the spin bike on low resistance.  I was STARVING by the time I left the gym and scarfed down a cheese enchilada.

Today (Sunday), I only swam about 1000 yards since I was swimming with a woman who wanted me to give her some guidance.  I watched her swim a bit then we did 5 x 100 with the goal of short or no stops at each end of the lane during the 100’s.  She did great and was pretty consistent with her time though her form would start falling during the 3rd link.  We’d take 60 seconds rest between each 100 and go again.  She should be able to make it through her triathlon just fine in 2 months.

I did about 20 min of the spin bike and my high rep weights before taking a break for lunch.  Then I went to a different gym to take one of the free Everybody Dance class for National Dance Day.  It was a lot of fun!  There were about 20-25 of us in the room.  Every color, age, shape and size – it was neat to see so many turn out on a holiday weekend!  Here’s the routine below taught by two of my favorite dirty old men:

The master class isn’t being taught at the YMCA I went to but I think some dance studios are teaching this routine with Tabitha, Napoleon and Comfort below (oops, forgot new baby London in there, too):

Anybody learning this routine out there?  I think I’ll try this at home.


Heh.  Gotta love it!!!  Fikshun was just so fun to watch but Amy really brought it.  I still cringe when Cat says Ratchet but hey.  It’s all ok.  Along with Carlos and Mariah, Aaron and Jasmine were my favorite routines for the night.  The rest was iffy for me.  I had a tough time with the tango because Jasmine was stomping and some transitions were weird.  I think a lot of the routines needed polishing up which is just a casualty of learning new routines weekly.

But the worst of the night was the up front eliminations.  That needs to go DanceOnFox.  Twitter was not happy at all.