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Updated Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Job Opportunity at LaVida Studio
Dancing 'til Dusk

Charlotte Jorgensen Workshops
Robb Bryan, Lynda Zeman & Ron Bolin at the Hayloft

California Dreamin'
Free Outdoor Salsa Dance
Waltz & Tango Seminar with Johnny Bryant

Tacoma Dance Studio presents Ron Bolin
Swing And Everything with Tom Riza & Terry West
Annual Open House

The Dancin' DJ at Emerald Ballroom Dancers Society
Back to School Sock Hop

Seabeck 9 Dance Camp: Expand Your Possibilities
Dance Calendar August 22 to September 4, 2014
The Art of Compromise

Dear Dancin' Friends,


Do you aspire to dance with the savior faire of Fred Astaire? Or would you like to be as distinctive as Arthur Murray? If I aspire at all, it would be to dance like a combination of the two ... like Fred MacMurray! After all, where would we be without humor? ... Without imagination? ... Without flubber?

Join me this Saturday at the Hayloft in Lynnwood for CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'! I'll teach a Single-Step Swing lesson in the style of Fred MacMurray to get you movin' and laughin'. Then dance as I play songs about California and summer. I've searched my database and come up with some of the best songs for this theme ranging from California Girls by the Beach Boys to California Gurls by Katy Perry. Email me at Ron@SeattleDanceInfo.com and let me know your favorites and I'll add them to the list too. Full details on this and other dances are below along with the new two-week dance calendar.

Ron' Song of the Week:
California Girls by David Lee Roth from the 1985 EP Crazy From The Heat:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GMoLENWsSk

It was David's biggest solo hit peaking at #3 on the charts. Of course it's originally by The Beach Boys who also hit #3 with it twenty years earlier in 1965. Carl Wilson sings background vocals on David's version. I picked this version for the Twilight Zone tinged video. It's just for fun!

Ron Bolin



JOB OPPORTUNITY AT LaVIDA STUDIO
LaVida Studio in Bellevue is looking for a person to work part time in a front desk management position. Good "people skills" are important plus it would be nice to have someone who is a dance lover already! If interested email your resume and letter of intention to Kristina at lavidastudio@hotmail.com with subject line Attn.: Front Desk Position. Read job responsibilities at www.lavidastudio.com/jobs-bellevue.html.



DANCING 'TIL DUSK
NEXT DANCE THURSDAY, AUGUST 21. Dancing 'til Dusk is back with 14 nights of FREE lessons and dancing at four downtown Seattle parks. Dance under the stars on Seattle Parks & Recreation's own dance floor. All nights feature a free one-hour beginner lesson from 6 to 7 PM in the dance style featured for that evening. Dance demos and DJ'd music are featured at the band breaks. Everyone welcome, no partner needed. If the weather is inclement, call the rain hotline 206-264-5646. The schedule is below plus you'll find LOTS more details at www.danceforjoy.biz.

Tuesday, 6 - 9:30 PM in Westlake Park, 4th & Pine St.

September 4 - KGB: Waltz & more

Thursday, 6 - 9:30 PM in Freeway Park, 6th & Seneca St.

August 21 - Chassez: Waltz and more ... a Ball Rouge (wear something Red)

Thursday, 6 - 9 PM in SAM Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave.
August 28 - Valse Café Orchestra: Waltz, Swing, Foxtrot, Polka ... a Ball Blanc (wear something White)



CHARLOTTE JORGENSEN WORKSHOPS
FRIDAY, AUGUST 22. WALTZ AND TANGO WORKSHOPS taught by CHARLOTTE JORGENSEN! Charlotte is a former World, British Open, and European Professional Standard Finalist, a World Amateur Champion, and a Blackpool Rising Star Professional Champion. During her competitive career, she was widely considered to be the best female Standard dancer in the world. Today, she is a much sought after coach, and has also appeared on the hit television show “Dancing with the Stars.” Cost: $25 for 1 Workshop, $45 for Both Workshops ($20 for one or $40 for both, if you register in advance). Here is the schedule for the evening:

6:00 - 6:45 PM Waltz
6:45 - 7:30 PM Tango

7: 30 - 9:30 PM Dance Party

Charlotte is also available for private coaching, cost $185 per session, please contact Briora Ballroom to book an appointment. If you attend one of the workshops, admission to our Friday party at 7:30 PM is FREE! Briora Ballroom Dance Studio, 2260 152nd Ave NE, Suite 100, Redmond. Free parking in the lot. For more info, please contact Jessica at info@briora.com, call 425-641-5123, or visit website www.Briora.com.



ROBB BRYAN, LYNDA ZEMAN & RON BOLIN AT THE HAYLOFT
There's always something happening at The Hayloft Dance Hall, 15320 - 35th Ave W, Lynnwood. It has an awesome sound system and a 2,600 sq ft sprung hardwood dance floor.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22. COUNTRY DANCE with ROBB BRYAN
- $10 including lessons
7:30 - 8:15 PM: Beginning/Intermediate Country Two-Step lesson
8:15 - 9:00 PM: Another Country dance lesson
9:00 - 11:30 PM: Country Dance


SATURDAY AFTERNOON, AUGUST 23. CLASSES WITH LYNDA ZEMAN

1 - 2 PM Rumba (beginners only): Drop-in $10
2 - 3 PM Hustle, Series I (beginner): 1st week of $35 4-class series. Drop-in for $10
3 - 4 PM Foxtrot, Series II (beyond beginner): 1st week of $35 4-class series. Drop-in for $10

SATURDAY EVENING, AUGUST 23. CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' DANCE WITH RON BOLIN
7 - 8 PM Single-Step Swing Lesson: no partner or experience needed
8 - 11 PM Variety Dance
(more details below)

The Hayloft has plenty of other events including a full schedule of the area’s best DJs and Live Music. Singles and Couples of all ages are always welcome. For details visit www.HayloftDance.com, email Aileen at HayloftDance@gmail.com or call 425-743-6180.



CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'
SATURDAY, AUGUST 23. Join me this Saturday at the Hayloft in Lynnwood for CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'! I'll teach a Single-Step Swing lesson in the style of Fred MacMurray to get you movin' and laughin'. Then dance as I play songs about California and summer. I've scoured my database and come up with some of the best songs for this theme ranging from California Girls by the Beach Boys to California Gurls by Katy Perry. Email me at Ron@SeattleDanceInfo.com and let me know your favorites and I'll add them to the list too. Arrive at 7 PM for the lesson, no partner or experience needed. Then dance from 8 to 11 PM to music by yours truly, RON BOLIN, THE DANCIN' DJ. I'll also include a variety of Swing, Ballroom and more. Lesson and dance is $15. Dance with no lesson is $12. Fun for singles and couples, all ages are welcome. Soft drinks and water will be available for sale. The Hayloft Dance Hall, 15320 - 35th Ave West, Lynnwood, WA 98037. For more info visit www.HayloftDance.com, email Aileen at HayloftDance@gmail.com or call 425-743-6180.



FREE OUTDOOR SALSA DANCE
FRIDAY, AUGUST 29. Dance for free to Salsa and Bachata music by DJ JC outdoors from 7:30 - 10 PM in Bell Street Park between 2nd and 3rd on Bell Street. Dance on a real dance floor provided by the city of Seattle. Belltown Dance Studio will also have a social that night 1/2 a block away. Michael Burton Cahn will start kicking that off at 10 PM or earlier if the outdoor dancing gets rained out. For more info visit http://belltowndancestudio.com/events or email Adrienne.Caver-Hall@seattle.gov.



WALTZ & TANGO SEMINAR WITH JOHNNY BRYANT
SATURDAY, AUGUST 30. Enhance your Waltz or Tango during a one-day seminar with JOHNNY BRYANT. Either 2-hour workshop is $20, or take both and receive $5 off of the evening dance.

WALTZ
11 AM Technique to make your Waltz feel and look romantic
12 PM Waltz pattern variations

TANGO
1 PM Technique to create passion in Tango
2 PM Creative Tango pattern variations

EVENING DANCE
7 - 10 PM

Held at the Olympia Armory, 515 Eastside St SE, Olympia, WA 98501. Register at www.JohnnyBryantBallroomDance.com. Private Lessons are also available for $75 each. Johnny is available from 9 - 11 AM and 3 - 6 PM. SOFIE ELLIOT is available 9 AM - 6 PM. To reserve call Johnny at 206-778-3415.



TACOMA DANCE STUDIO PRESENTS RON BOLIN
SATURDAY, AUGUST 30. Tacoma Dance Studio presents RON BOLIN, THE DANCIN' DJ.
7 PM: Beginner West Coast Swing Lesson
8 - 10:30 PM: Dance Party
Dance to a wide variety of popular tunes from all eras including all types of Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Nightclub and more. Fun for singles and couples of all ages. Door prizes and mixers included! Admission is $15 for lesson and dance, or $12 dance only.

Location: Tacoma Dance Studio, 5412 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma. Street parking, also parking in the lighted Heritage Bank Lot with a back entrance into the Studio. For more information contact Bill Barber at info@tacomadancestudio.com or 253-224-8244. Visit www.tacomadancestudio.com.



SWING AND EVERYTHING WITH TOM RIZA & TERRY WEST
SATURDAY, AUGUST 30. U-R Dancing’s TOM RIZA welcomes Hall of Fame DJ TERRY WEST as your DJ for an exciting end of summer social Dance Party! Tom gets the party started with a fun beginner & intermediate Night Club 2 Step lesson followed by a fabulous mix of dance music of Ballroom, Latin & Swing dancing. Arrive by 7 PM for the beginner lesson. The intermediate lesson starts at 7:30 followed by the dance from 8 to 10:30 PM - all for only $12!

Location: Juanita Community Club, 13027 100th Ave NE, Juanita (near Kirkland).=
Directions: From I-405 take 124th St exit; stay left. Head west at the light. Go to 100th; turn right. The club is on the left just before 132nd.
Contact: Tom at 425-882-0209 or visit the U-R Dancing FB group.



ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 & 3. You're invited to the ROCKIN' HORSE DANCE BARN OPEN HOUSE from 6:30 - 8:30 PM both evenings. The FREE fun includes refreshments, Door Prizes and Door Buster Special Deals along with Dance Demos, Beginner Dance Lessons and open dancing! Stop in and pick up some invites for your family and friends and receive "Barn Bucks" as a reward for getting them to come. *ask about the details* Rockin' Horse Dance Barn, 11820 150th Ave SE, Renton. DIRECTIONS: From I-405, take Exit #5. Go east up Sunset about 3 miles. Turn right on 148th, left on 117th, and right on 150th. For more info call Dave at 425-255-9211, email rockinhorsedancebarn@gmail.com or visit www.learn2dance4fun.com.

Tuesday September 2 Wednesday September 3
6:30
Dance Demos & Door Prizes
6:30
Dance Demos & Door Prizes
6:45
Country 2-Step Lesson
6:45
Waltz Lesson
7:15
Open Dancing & Door Prizes
7:15
Open Dancing & Door Prizes
7:30
Dance Demos & Door prizes
7:30
Dance Demos & Door Prizes
7:45
East Coast Swing Lesson
7:45
Salsa Lesson
8:15
Open Dancing & Door prizes
8:15
Open Dancing & Door Prizes
8:30
Grand Prize Drawing!
8:30
Grand Prize Drawing!



THE DANCIN' DJ at EMERALD BALLROOM DANCERS SOCIETY
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5. Singles and couples of all ages are welcome. I'll teach a lesson in Swing from 7 to 7:30 PM. Then dance from 7:30 to 11:30 PM as I play a variety of Ballroom, Latin, Swing and more. Admission is $13/person or $25/couple, which includes the lesson and snacks. Fil-Am Community Center, 103 6th Ave N, Algona (near the Supermall in Auburn). Directions: Take Hwy 167 to Auburn, exit at Auburn Supermall / 15th St SW. Go east; turn right on O St. Turn right at the next intersection, Boundary Rd, which becomes Algona Blvd. After 5 to 6 blocks turn right on 6th Ave N. For more info contact Tess at 253-334-7017 or Betty at b123100@yahoo.com. Phone at the hall: 253-833-9839.



BACK TO SCHOOL SOCK HOP
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6. Many people tell me this is their favorite dance of the year, so don't miss it. The Rockin' Horse Dance Barn in Renton will be retro-decorated and I'll have prizes for the three best sock hop outfits and the winner of our annual hula hoop contest. Dance to music from Chuck Berry, Elvis, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Dion, Bobby Darin, The Beach Boys, The Beatles and many more. So don your 50s/60s attire (optional) and get ready to Rock, Swing and more to music from the early years of Rock & Roll! Arrive at 7 PM for my pre-dance lesson in Jitterbug. Have fun dancing in air-conditioned comfort on a big 4,000 square foot hardwood floor from 8 to 11 PM to music by yours truly, RON BOLIN, THE DANCIN' DJ. No partner or experience needed. You're sure to meet lots of new people in the hourly mixers. It's a great place for alcohol-free fun for all ages 18 and over. Admission is $15 for the lesson and dance, or $12 dance only. Rockin' Horse Dance Barn, 11820 150th Ave SE, Renton. DIRECTIONS: From I-405, take Exit #5. Go east up Sunset about 3 miles. Turn right on 148th, left on 117th, and right on 150th. There's a large free parking lot. For more info call Dave at 425-255-9211, email rockinhorsedancebarn@gmail.com or visit www.learn2dance4fun.com.

Upcoming themes and pre-dance lessons when Ron Bolin plays at the Rockin' Horse are:
Sept 6 - Back to School Sock Hop: Jitterbug
Sept 20 - Variety Dance: Cowboy Cha Cha
Oct 4 - Motown Mania: West Coast Swing
Oct 18 - Variety Dance: Hustle
Nov 1 - Southern Rock Night: East Coast Swing
Nov 15 - Variety Dance: American Tango



SEABECK 9 DANCE CAMP: EXPAND YOUR POSSIBILITIES
OCTOBER 23 - 26. NORTHWEST DANCE presents a weekend of dancing, dance instruction and fun designed to inspire you to dance for the rest of your life. Workshops will emphasize momentum, timing, and connection. Styles will include Swing, Foxtrot, Waltz, Blues and Zydeco. Instructors include MICHELE BADION, GAIL BOGER, CLAIRE CAREY, LILLI ANN CAREY, GUY DARIDI, SEAN DONOVAN, WINDIELD HOBBS, DEAN PATON, and DEB SEECK. Bands include SWAMP SOUL and DINA BLADE AND SWINGIN' IN THE RAIN. All meals and lodging included. Some private rooms and baths available. Seabeck is located near Silverdale on Hood Canal. Early registrants receive the best choice of accommodations. There are tons of more details plus photos, etc. at www.nwdance.net.



DANCE CALENDAR

August 22 to September 4, 2014

TWO WEEKS OF DANCES ARE LISTED. Friday dances held only on the first week are listed first, followed by Friday dances held on both weeks, ending with Friday dances held only on the second week ... and so on for each day. Changes and errors can occur, so please check with the contacts listed before attending. If you ever fail to receive the weekly dance email you can find it posted at www.SeattleDanceInfo.com.

It's less than $2 per week to list a weekly dance here. Contact Ron Bolin at Ron@SeattleDanceInfo.com or 425-917-1188 to have your dance included.

FRIDAYS

Friday, August 22
ALLEGRO BALLROOM DANCE PARTY.
Join dance instructors TIM & ASHLEY FUHRMAN from ALLEGRO BALLROOM DANCE every 2nd and 4th Friday from 8 - 10 PM for a Variety Ballroom Dance Party! They will teach a fun new step at the beginning of each party, so be sure to arrive on time! Then dance to all types of music from Salsa to Swing, Waltz to West Coast, Cha Cha to Country, and everything in between. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready for a fun, relaxed night of social dancing! Cost is $10 per person. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Held at Harmony Ballroom, 1407 132nd Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98005. For more info visit www.AllegroBallroomDance.com or email allegroballroomdance@gmail.com.

Friday, August 22
FABULOUS 2ND & 4TH FRIDAY DANCE.
Plus Late Night Blues, Fusion, & WCS at Om Culture. Join us every 2nd & 4th Friday with ARI LEVITT teaching & DJ-ing, and introducing lots of new songs from his recent travels for your listening and dancing pleasure. 6:45 PM: Doors Open. 7-8 PM: Dance Lesson (schedule at www.rolluptherug.com). 8-10:45 PM: "Fantastic Friday Variety Dance" (Waltz, Swing, Blues, Ballroom, Latin, WCS, NC-2Step and more.) 10:30 PM-12:30 AM (or later): "Late Night Blues" (mainly Blues, with a bit of Fusion & WCS thrown in.) Cost: Lesson $5; Variety Dance (before 10:30) $10; Late Night Blues & Fusion (after 10:45) $5. Om Culture, 2210 N Pacific St, Seattle (Wallingford). CLICK HERE for parking map.

Friday, August 22
HAYLOFT COUNTRY DANCE.
Finally a Country dance in the north end, held on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. Music and instruction is by DJ ROBB BRYAN. At 7:30 PM he'll teach beginning/intermediate Country Two-Step (or another country western dance) and then more intermediate moves or another dance style from 8 to 9 PM. Dance from 9 to 11:30 PM to music played on an awesome sound system. The lesson is $10 and includes free dance admission. If coming for just the dance, admission is the same, $10. Singles, couples and all ages welcome. Soft drinks & water available for purchase. The Hayloft Dance Hall, 15320 - 35th Ave W, Lynnwood. For more info visit www.HayloftDance.com, email Aileen at HayloftDance@gmail.com or call 425-743-6180.

Friday, August 22 and Friday, August 29
NOREEN'S BALLROOM DANCE.
Arrive at 8 PM for a Tango lesson on August 22 and a Cha Cha lesson on August 29. Then dance to a variety of Ballroom music from 8:30 to 11 PM. Admission is $10 or just $5 for first-timers. There is street parking and a lot across the street. Normanna Lodge (Sons of Norway), 2725 Oakes Ave, Everett. For more info contact Noreen at noreenballroom@yahoo.com or visit www.thedancefool.com.

Friday, August 22 and Friday, August 29
EVERY FRIDAY COUNTRY AND SWING DANCE. Arrive at 7 PM for a lesson in Salsa on August 22; and a lesson in Western Waltz on August 29. DJ DAVE SERFLING plays a variety of music from 8 to 11 PM, including Country Two-Step, West and East Coast Swing, Line Dances, Ballroom, and more. Admission is $12 for the lesson and dance for free, or $10 for the dance. Ages 18 and over. Alcohol-free atmosphere. The Rockin' Horse Dance Barn, 11820 150th Ave SE, Renton. For more info call Dave at 425-255-9211, email rockinhorsedancebarn@gmail.com or visit www.learn2dance4fun.com.

Friday, August 22 and Friday, August 29
SEATTLE SOCIAL DANCE CLUB.
Start with a 30-minute complimentary lesson at 8 PM then dance from 8:30 to 11 PM to a variety of popular Ballroom, Latin, and Swing music. Admission is $10. Water and snacks are provided plus a door prize drawing for free passes to future Friday dances. We offer complimentary parking passes on Friday night dances especially on game days. Just go upstairs and ask for it: we have a very large parking lot behind the building. All ages are welcome to this dance, held every Friday. The ballroom is upstairs: a 3,000 square foot hardwood dance floor. Located at Chong-Wa Benevolent Assoc, 522 7th Ave S, Seattle. For more info contact Jeanne at 425-644-3030 (or 206-725-4331 for Chinese) or email SeattleSocialDanceClub@gmail.com.

Friday, August 22 and Friday, August 29
New lesson choices! BRIORA BALLROOM FRIDAY PARTIES. Arrive at 6:30 PM for your choice of either a Newcomer lesson (schedule at www.Briora.com) or an Intermediate/Advanced Ballroom Technique class. Then dance to Ballroom, Latin and Swing music from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. Briora Ballroom is the Seattle area’s most elegant dance venue - a stunning 6500+ square foot facility, featuring two dance floors, a comfortable lounge area, and a retail shop. Admission is $13 or free if you attend a pre-dance lesson or are a Briora member. Special offer: 5 dance punch card for $50. Briora Ballroom Dance Studio, 2260 152nd Ave NE, Suite 100, Redmond. For more info contact Jessica McMorrow at info@briora.com, call 425-641-5123, or visit www.Briora.com.

Friday, August 22 and Friday, August 29
DANCEWORKS STUDIO'S FRIDAY BALLROOM DANCE PARTY. Celebrating 12 years in business! Join us for dancing every Friday night in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Most weeks we have mixed ballroom dancing with a variety of traditional and current dance music often with DJs. Lesson dance style changes weekly. See calendar at www.danceworksstudio.com/calendar.html for details. Lesson starts at 8:30 PM with party from 9:15 to 11:30 PM; $10/person for dance only, $12 for lesson and dance. Bring a friend who is new to DanceWorks and you both get in free. DanceWorks Studio, 16641 Redmond Way, Redmond. For more info call 425-869-7595, email info@danceworksstudio.com or visit www.danceworksstudio.com.

Friday, August 22 and Friday, August 29
FRIDAYS AT THE VERVE. Start the evening with an "Introduction to Social Ballroom Dancing" workshop at 8 PM. Different dances are taught each time, so visit their website or "like" them on facebook for up-to-date information. DJ TERRY WEST will play music for Ballroom, Latin & Swing dancing from 9 to 11 PM. Dance on two nice sized dance floors. Admission of $12 has you covered for everything for the evening (no credit cards please). Just blocks from I-5, with free parking right in front. Verve Ballroom 19820 40th Ave West, Suite 102, Lynnwood. For more information visit www.theverveballroom.com, email info@theverveballroom.com, or call 425-640-3070.

Friday, August 22 and Friday, August 29
EDMONDS SENIOR CENTER FRIDAY FLING. All ages are welcome to dance to live music every Friday from 1 to 3 PM. The ASTORIA COMBO plays on the 2nd, 4th, (and 5th if there is one) Fridays of the month. NICE 'N EASY plays on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Donation is $4. Refreshments are provided. Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Avenue, Edmonds, just west of the Ferry Terminal. The ballroom is upstairs and has a large dance floor, a view of Puget Sound, and mirrored ball. For more info call 425-774-5555, or go to www.scscedmonds.org.

Friday, August 29
AMERICAN BALLROOM DANCE INSTITUTE.
Dance Party at the AMERICAN BALLROOM DANCE INSTITUTE. Dance parties are held on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays of each month from 8:15 to 9:30 PM. The music includes a large variety of Ballroom, Latin and Swing. There is no charge for this event. American Ballroom Dance Institute, 18002 Bothell Everett Hwy, Bothell. For more information call Andrea Bradshaw at 206-769-2848 or email info@abdanceinstitute.com or visit www.abdanceinstitute.com.

Friday, August 29
HOTTEST COUNTRY/ROCK DANCE. At the Shelton Elks every Friday with DJ. Live Band on the first & fifth Friday of the month. A good mix of high energy 2-step, East & West Coast Swing, Waltz, Cha Cha, and Line Dance. This is upstairs with (50'x25') dance floor. Admission of $3 covers the lesson and dance; $9 with live music. Doors open at 6 PM for dinner; lesson at 7:30 PM, open dancing until 11 PM. Shelton Elks Club, 741 SE Craig Rd, Shelton. For more info: Mishelle Thompson, 360-481-3869; www.facebook.com/ElkCountry.shelton. Directions: Take Highway 101 to Highway 3, Shelton and Bremerton exit, Turn onto Craig Rd at the park and Ride and go east next to 101 to Elks club. Free parking is available. www.sheltonelks2467.com.


SATURDAYS

Saturday, August 23

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'. Join me this Saturday at the Hayloft in Lynnwood for CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'! I'll teach a Single-Step Swing lesson in the style of Fred MacMurray to get you movin' and laughin'. Then dance as I play songs about California and summer. I've scoured my database and come up with some of the best songs for this theme ranging from California Girls by the Beach Boys to California Gurls by Katy Perry. Email me at Ron@SeattleDanceInfo.com and let me know your favorites and I'll add them to the list too. Arrive at 7 PM for the lesson, no partner or experience needed. Then dance from 8 to 11 PM to music by yours truly, RON BOLIN, THE DANCIN' DJ. I'll also include a variety of Swing, Ballroom and more. Lesson and dance is $15. Dance with no lesson is $12. Fun for singles and couples, all ages are welcome. Soft drinks and water will be available for sale. The Hayloft Dance Hall, 15320 - 35th Ave West, Lynnwood, WA 98037. For more info visit www.HayloftDance.com, email Aileen at HayloftDance@gmail.com or call 425-743-6180.

Saturday, August 23
DANCE FOR JOY! AT THE RUSSIAN CENTER. Guest host, instructor, DJ Zachariah Cassady tonight. Arrive at 7:30 PM for a pre-dance lesson. Dance from 8:30 to 11 PM to glorious music for Waltz, Swing, Blues, Foxtrot, Nightclub Two-Step, Polka, Tango, and Latin too. Email Lilli Ann at lilli@att.net to get on her email distribution list to find out what the pre-dance lesson will be - it changes every month. Admission is $15 for the workshop and dance or $10 for the dance only. Held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Sponsored by Dance For Joy! Russian Center, 704 19th Ave East, Seattle. For more info visit www.danceforjoy.biz or phone 206-264-5646. For venue info visit www.russiancommunitycenterseattle.org.

Saturday, August 23
USA DANCE TACOMA 13th ANNIVERSARY DANCE. Come out for this friendly dance and lesson; all dancer levels welcome. USA Dance Tacoma has dances on the fourth Saturday of each month. Arrive at 7 PM for a lesson in West Coast Swing taught by ELIZABETH JACOBSON. Dance from 8 to 10:30 PM to music by MAIA SANTELL & HOUSE BLEND. Enjoy fun dance mixers! Bring your friends for a wonderful evening of dance. Admission is $12 for the lesson and dance; $8 for members. Lakewood Elks, 6313 75th St W, Lakewood (west of 75th and Bridgeport). For more info call 253-307-1499 or email dancetacoma@aol.com or visit www.dancetacoma.org.

Saturday, August 23 and Saturday, August 30
SONG SCOUT SATURDAYS.
West Coast Swing lesson at 8 PM. Dance 9 PM to Midnight+. Dance every Saturday to West Coast Swing and Nightclub Two-Step music played by DJs PAUL & MELINDA BOOTH. Music is an awesome blend of newest WCS/NC2 hits & classics. Neon lighting, free water & snickers too! Arrive at 8 PM for an intermediate WCS lesson for $5; drop-ins are welcome. Admission for the dance is $10. Kirkland Dance Center, 835 7th Ave, Kirkland. For more info contact Paul at pbooth@comcast.net or melindabooth@comcast.net or visit www.songscout.net.

Saturday, August 23 and Saturday, August 30
ARIA BALLROOM’S SATURDAY BALLROOM DANCE PARTY. Join us on our beautiful dance floor on Seattle’s eastside for our most popular weekly dance party. Introductory class begins at 7:15 PM followed by a balanced mix of traditional and popular ballroom music from 8 to 11 PM every Saturday. Party admission is $10 or $5 for those who take the pre-party class, (drop-in cost $12). We’ve heard we have the best music of any ballroom around. Songs for the next several dances are projected overhead so dancers can plan for upcoming dances. From waltz to cha-cha and foxtrot to West Coast Swing, there is something for every taste. Aria Ballroom, 15300 NE 95th St, Redmond. For more info, visit www.AriaBallroom.com or contact Aria at info@AriaBallroom.com, or 425-867-0777.

Saturday, August 30
TACOMA DANCE STUDIO PRESENTS RON BOLIN, THE DANCIN' DJ. Arrive at 7 PM for a beginner West Coast Swing lesson. Dance Party from 8 to 10:30 PM. Dance to a wide variety of popular tunes from all eras including all types of Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Nightclub and more. Fun for singles and couples of all ages. Door prizes and mixers included! Admission is $15 for lesson and dance, or $12 dance only. Street parking, also parking in the lighted Heritage Bank Lot with a back entrance into the Studio. Tacoma Dance Studio, 5412 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma. For more information contact Bill Barber at info@tacomadancestudio.com or 253-224-8244. Visit www.tacomadancestudio.com.


Saturday, August 30
SPECIAL EVENT! SWING AND EVERYTHING WITH TOM RIZA & TERRY WEST. U-R Dancing’s TOM RIZA welcomes Hall of Fame DJ TERRY WEST as your DJ for an exciting end of summer social Dance Party! Tom gets the party started with a fun beginner & intermediate Night Club 2 Step lesson followed by a fabulous mix of dance music of Ballroom, Latin & Swing dancing. Arrive by 7 PM for the beginner lesson. The intermediate lesson starts at 7:30 followed by the dance from 8 to 10:30 PM - all for only $12! Location: Juanita Community Club, 13027 100th Ave NE, Juanita (near Kirkland). Directions: From I-405 take 124th St exit; stay left. Head west at the light. Go to 100th; turn right. The club is on the left just before 132nd. Contact Tom at 425-882-0209 or visit the U-R Dancing FB group.


SUNDAYS

Sunday, August 24 and Sunday, August 31
NEW! LYNNWOOD BIG BAND DANCE. Dance every Sunday from 1 to 5 PM to recorded Big Band, early 50's pre-Rock, and Country Swing music played by THE MUSIC WHISPERER, DJ DON McCARTHY. Dance in the Aerie Room of the Lynnwood Eagles, 19223 Hwy 99, Lynnwood.  It absolutely FREE and open to the public. Food is available for purchase from 2 PM on. For more information email Don@TheMusicWhisperer.com, call 425-835-0898 or visit www.LynnwoodEagles.com.

Sunday, August 24 and Sunday, August 31
ARIA BALLROOM SUNDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTIES.
By popular demand, Aria Ballroom is now hosting weekly Sunday night ballroom dance parties from 7 to 9:30 PM. Music includes a variety of mixed Ballroom, including such favorites as Cha-cha, Waltz, West Coast Swing, and Salsa, among many others. What a perfect way to end the weekend! The dance party cover is the usual $10. Learn more about Aria Ballroom and the other parties and classes we offer at www.AriaBallroom.com, or give us a call at 425-867-0777, or e-mail info@ariaballroom.com. Aria Ballroom, 15300 NE 95th St., Redmond, WA 98052.


MONDAYS

Monday, August 25 and Monday, September 1
WALTZ ETCETERA. A friendly, welcoming, non-competitive dance, going strong since 1999. Your choice of a beginning or an intermediate/advanced pre-dance class, then dance! We play about half Waltzes and half other dances: Swing (both East & West), Blues, Foxtrot, Nightclub 2-step, Latin, etc. EVERY MONDAY at the Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle. Drop-in lessons at 6:30 PM, $15 (or $20 with the dance). Dance 7:30 until 10 or 10:30, $6. WE ALSO HAVE DANCES 1st & 3rd Sunday afternoons in Ballard and some Friday nights. For more info, including our current schedule and what we're teaching, go to www.waltzetc.com, or email Zachariah: waltz23@gmail.com.

Monday, August 25 and Monday, September 1
MONDAY MILONGA. New lesson format! Lessons with PATRICIO and EVA: basics at 7 PM; intermediate at 8 PM. See www.tango-experts.com to register (drop-ins are allowed on a space available/class balance basis). Dance from 9 PM to 12:30 AM every Monday to great Argentine Tango music. DJ JEANNE CASTLE plays on August 25 and DJ FRANCIS from Vancouver plays on September 1 . Plenty of space with candlelight ambiance and a view of Lake Union. Admission is $8 for the Milonga or free if taking the 8 PM lesson ($5 if taking the 7 PM lesson only). Ages 21 and over. China Harbor Restaurant, 2040 Westlake Ave North, Seattle. For more info call 206-323-7957, email Arturo at azelig@msn.com, Patricia at ptrowbridge@gmail.com or visit www.allseattletango.com.


TUESDAYS

Tuesday, August 26
KENT BALLROOM DANCE.
No dance tonight due to building maintenance. For more info visit www.Kent50Plus.com or call Helena at 253-856-5164.

Tuesday, August 26 and Tuesday, September 2
SALSA N' SEATTLE. Practice all your favorite dances at Salsa N' Seattle. Start with a free introductory Salsa lesson from 8 to 8:30 PM. Then DJ VICTOR spins a variety of Salsa and Bachata from 8:30 to 11:30 PM. $5 for the evening, or $3 for Salsa N' Seattle students. Salsa N' Seattle is located at 1200 Stewart St, Seattle; 2 blocks west of the downtown REI store. For more information visit www.SalsaNSeattle.com, email salsanseattle@gmail.com, or call 206-910-6318.

Tuesday, August 26 and Tuesday, September 2
BRIORA BALLROOM FREE TUESDAY PARTY.
Enjoy dancing to a variety of Ballroom, Latin, and Swing music -- for FREE. We'll play music for one hour (9 to 10 PM) every Tuesday night so you can have fun and practice what you have learned in class. Everyone is welcome. Briora Ballroom is the Seattle area’s most elegant dance venue - a stunning 6500+ square foot facility, featuring two dance floors, a comfortable lounge area, and a retail shop. Conveniently located in the heart of Redmond, near the Microsoft main campus and 520. Briora Ballroom Dance Studio, 2260 152nd Ave NE, Suite 100, Redmond. Free parking in the lot. For more info: info@briora.com, 425-641-5123, or visit www.Briora.com.

Tuesday, September 2

KENT BALLROOM DANCE.
Dance to live music every Tuesday evening in downtown Kent. Tonight RICHARD DEAN (vocals and keyboard) plays from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. The 2,300+ sq. ft. hardwood floor is well cared for. Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 East Smith St, Kent. There's ample free parking and the cover charge is only $4 (with donations accepted for snacks during a brief break at 8:30 PM). All ages are welcome, not just 50+. For more info visit www.Kent50Plus.com or call Helena at 253-856-5164.


WEDNESDAYS (Click here for August 20)

Wednesday, August 27
MANHATTAN BALLROOM DANCE CLUB. Tonight dance to live music by CASANOVA on a 3,200 square foot floor from 7:30 to 10 PM. A potluck starts at 6:30 PM tonight (no pre-dance lesson). The cover charge is $10 for the public and $6 for members. The membership fee is $20. The dances are held at the American Veterans Club (upper level), 5717 South Tyler, Tacoma. For more information visit our website at www.ManhattanClub.org.

Wednesday, August 27 and Wednesday, September 3
WEDNESDAY WEST COAST SWING IN BELLEVUE. Come out for a fun night of West Coast Swing dancing. Your DJ and instructor is SCOT McKAY. Scot will teach a drop-in beginning West Coast Swing lesson from 7:30 to 8:30 PM. Dance from 8:30 to 11 PM to a mix of Blues and Contemporary music. You'll learn something new each week in a free mini move lesson at 9:30 PM. The pre-dance lesson is $8, dance admission is also $8, or $13 for both. Held at the wonderful Harmony Ballroom, 1407 132nd Ave NE #7, Bellevue; www.harmonyballroom.com. For more info - or to make advance song requests which Scot always likes to receive - contact Scot at tinboy66@hotmail.com or 206-227-4277.

Wednesday, August 27 and Wednesday, September 3
DANCEWORKS STUDIO'S WEDNESDAY SALSA PARTY. Salsa, Bachata, and mixed Latin music every Wednesday night, featuring favorite DJ YAMBU on the last Wednesday of the month. Socialize and explore Salsa in a fun, friendly, and all ages venue from 8:30 to 11:30 PM. Free punch, pretzels and parking. Admission is $6. DanceWorks Studio, 16641 Redmond Way, Redmond. For more info call 425-869-7595, email info@danceworksstudio.com or visit www.danceworksstudio.com.

Wednesday, August 6
MANHATTAN BALLROOM DANCE CLUB. Tonight dance to music of DJ DAVE GREEN on a 3,200 square foot floor 7:30 to 10 PM. Dave will also teach a pre-dance Waltz lesson at 6:30 PM. The cover charge is $10 for the public and $6 for members. The membership fee is $20. The dances are held at the American Veterans Club (upper level), 5717 South Tyler, Tacoma. For more information visit our website at www.ManhattanClub.org.


THURSDAYS (Click here for August 21)

Thursday, August 28 and Thursday, September 4
ARIA BALLROOM’S PRACTICE PARTY.
Always preceded by intermediate/advanced level technique classes (Latin at 7:15 PM, Standard at 8 PM, $12 each) Aria’s Thursday night party runs from 8:45 to 10:30 PM and is the perfect opportunity to practice your steps in a relaxed environment. Dances include Waltz, Cha-Cha, Salsa, Swing, Tango, Rumba and more. Admission is $10 or $5 for students who take one class or free for students who take both classes at the ballroom the same night. Students may also sign up to dance with Aria’s dance instructors during this dance party. Aria Ballroom, 15300 NE 95th St, Redmond. For more info, visit www.AriaBallroom.com or contact Aria at info@AriaBallroom.com, or 425-867-0777.

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Wednesday, August 13 and Wednesday, August 20
MANHATTAN BALLROOM DANCE CLUB. Dance to live music by CASANOVA on a 3,200 square foot floor from 7:30 to 10 PM. A pre-dance lesson is at 6:30 PM tonight (Rumba on August 6 & 13 and Waltz on August 20). The cover charge is $10 for the public and $6 for members. The membership fee is $20. The dances are held at the American Veterans Club (upper level), 5717 South Tyler, Tacoma. For more information visit our website at www.ManhattanClub.org.

Wednesday, August 13 and Wednesday, August 20
WEDNESDAY WEST COAST SWING IN BELLEVUE. Come out for a fun night of West Coast Swing dancing. Your DJ and instructor is SCOT McKAY. Scot will teach a drop-in beginning West Coast Swing lesson from 7:30 to 8:30 PM. Dance from 8:30 to 11 PM to a mix of Blues and Contemporary music. You'll learn something new each week in a free mini move lesson at 9:30 PM. The pre-dance lesson is $8, dance admission is also $8, or $13 for both. Held at the wonderful Harmony Ballroom, 1407 132nd Ave NE #7, Bellevue; www.harmonyballroom.com. For more info - or to make advance song requests which Scot always likes to receive - contact Scot at tinboy66@hotmail.com or 206-227-4277.

Wednesday, August 13 and Wednesday, August 20
DANCEWORKS STUDIO'S WEDNESDAY SALSA PARTY. Salsa, Bachata, and mixed Latin music every Wednesday night, featuring favorite DJ YAMBU on the last Wednesday of the month. Socialize and explore Salsa in a fun, friendly, and all ages venue from 8:30 to 11:30 PM. Free punch, pretzels and parking. Admission is $6. DanceWorks Studio, 16641 Redmond Way, Redmond. For more info call 425-869-7595, email info@danceworksstudio.com or visit www.danceworksstudio.com.











Thursday, August 14 and Thursday, August 21
ARIA BALLROOM’S PRACTICE PARTY.
Always preceded by intermediate/advanced level technique classes (Latin at 7:15 PM, Standard at 8 PM, $12 each) Aria’s Thursday night party runs from 8:45 to 10:30 PM and is the perfect opportunity to practice your steps in a relaxed environment. Dances include Waltz, Cha-Cha, Salsa, Swing, Tango, Rumba and more. Admission is $10 or $5 for students who take one class or free for students who take both classes at the ballroom the same night. Students may also sign up to dance with Aria’s dance instructors during this dance party. Aria Ballroom, 15300 NE 95th St, Redmond. For more info, visit www.AriaBallroom.com or contact Aria at info@AriaBallroom.com, or 425-867-0777.

Thursday, August 14 and Thursday, August 21
DANCING 'TIL DUSK. Dance under the stars on Seattle Parks & Recreation's own dance floor. Start with a beginner lesson at 6 PM, then dance to live music by from 7 to 9:30 PM. August 7 focuses on Blues with music by KEVIN BUSTER'S LUNCH MONEY. August 14 focuses on Gypsy Swing dancing with music by RANGER AND THE RE-ARRANGERS. August 21 focuses on Waltz with music by CHASSEZ and is a Ball Rouge (wear something red). Everyone welcome, no partner needed. Freeway Park, 6th & Seneca St. Seattle. More details are at www.danceforjoy.biz. If the weather is inclement, call the rain hotline 206-264-5646.


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The Art of Compromise

You may have noticed that the stories in my emails the past couple months don't all have exactly what you would call a "happy ending." So this week, I'm including another true story ... but I assure you, it does have a happy ending! I think you'll enjoy it and maybe learn something.  It's about an experience I had that taught me about the art of compromise. And if you've ever seen the movie The Gods Must Be Crazy which is based upon a man trying to get rid of a bottle ... "the evil thing" ... you'll recognize a parallel.

I was probably the shiest guy at my school ... but that does NOT mean that I never had any friends! Of course I didn't have any girlfriends, which was my main interest from the sixth grade on, but I did sometimes have a male friend or two. By "friend" I mean someone that was not just an acquaintance that I saw only at school, but someone that I, at least on occasion, did something with outside of school.

When you're shy, you don't choose your friends
... they choose you. I can't recall how it started, but my last two years of high school I had a friend named Bill. I liked him, but he would not have been my first choice for a friend if I had done the choosing. Bill and I simply didn't have much in common.

I had always lived in the same house
on Bainbridge Island. I had travelled as far south at California and as far north as British Columbia on family vacations, but I hadn't even once been out of the Pacific Time Zone. Bill however was from a military family. He had moved around and had spent a few years in England. Even though he was born here, I think he preferred England to the US. Bill had adopted slang that he had picked up in England ... a girl was a "bird" ... gasoline was "petrol" ... and although neither of us smoked, a cigarette was a "fag." I didn't use much slang at all, and I only used normal American words, although on occasion people do tell me that I have a British Columbia accent ... must have been that trip to Penticton! I was an A student, but Bill wasn't on the honor roll and I doubt he was even close. I was tall and very skinny. Bill was average height and fat ... I'm not talking just chubby, but seriously obese. Think of us as "Laurel and Hardy" if you like, but with a skinnier Laurel and a fatter Hardy. And like in the movies, his Hardy was dominant over my Laurel.

All those differences
were not nearly as significant as the differences in our attitudes toward "the establishment." I pretty much accepted things that were given me whether I liked them or not. For Bill, it seemed to me that he was against "the establishment" ... simply because it was "the establishment." The establishment could be government, school, traditions, or even just things that the majority of his classmates were doing. He actively refused to "just go with the flow."

Richard Nixon was in his first term as president. This was before Watergate. I can't remember the particulars, but Bill didn't like something that the government was doing so he composed a rather defiant letter to mail to the president. He got several people to sign it, and because he was my friend, I reluctantly signed it too, with some fears. In retrospect, it may have put me on some FBI watch list, but nothing came of it. I only signed it because Bill was my friend. I was learning how to have a friend. I think it's called "the art of compromise." Your part is to not insist on having your way all the time. Then the other party will not insist on having their way all the time either. Compromise makes relationships work.

"When in Rome, do as the Romans." That's a form of compromise. You compromise yourself to do as they do, and everything works out more smoothly. Similarly, "when with Bill, do as Bill." That's pretty much how compromise goes if you're shy. You do your part by giving in. Getting the other person to give in is supposed to happen also ... but that's called "persuasion" and I was never good at that part. For a shy guy, just getting the first half of compromise down is an accomplishment. To this day, I'm not sure I ever persuaded anyone of anything significant. But I'll keep trying.

When our senior year started, Bill refused to go get his "senior picture" taken for the yearbook. It was a tradition, so he didn't like it. There is only one random group shot with his picture in our annual. At the end of the school year, he didn't want to go the commencement ceremony. That "pomp and circumstance" ritual was definitely a tradition. However in this one instance, he gave in (probably to parental pressure) and did attend in full cap and gown. Now we come to what this has all been leading up to ...

... the "senior cruise." As had been a graduation tradition on Bainbridge, the Class of 1972 had chartered one of the Washington State Ferries for a cruise on Puget Sound. I think it was scheduled for the night after the graduation ceremony. It would be the last time that all 179 class members would see each other together as a group. I think they had hired a band and there would be dancing. Being shy, I had not attended any of the high school dances. I had gone to Bainbridge schools since kindergarten, and I really wanted to go on this cruise. These were people I had grown up with and they meant a lot to me. I knew I would never see some of them again. But you can't imagine the fear going on the senior cruise brought to my mind. It would be even worse than going into the "senior lounge" of the high school lunch room. Only seniors could eat their lunch there, and even though I was a senior, I had never set foot in it. It was just too scary for a shy guy. Of course even if I had gone in, there would have been an easy escape ... just walk out the door. But on a ferry boat full of my classmates, if I didn't feel comfortable, I would definitely be stuck.

Regardless of my fear, I probably would have gone on the senior cruise with the comfort of a friend ... and Bill seemed to be my only real friend at the time. Of course Bill was definitely against going on the cruise because it was a tradition. He absolutely wouldn't go ... so I didn't go either.

However Bill had an idea ... and since I wasn't getting my first choice ... this one was something that I actually liked. Bill said that he and I should go on our own cruise ... we could take the Princess Marguerite to Victoria! Everybody that lived in the Seattle area at that time can sing along to the jingle:

Let's go to
Vic-tor-i-a
With Prin-cess Mar-guer-ite!


So that's what we did. It was a few days after our graduation. We were going as foot passengers. We would have to park at the Winslow (Bainbridge) dock to catch a ferry to Seattle at about 7 AM. The Princess Marguerite sailed from Seattle at 8 AM. It was a four-hour trip to Victoria, arriving at noon. We would then have five hours in Victoria to see the sights, before catching the same ship back at 5 PM, returning to Seattle at 9 PM. Then we would catch a ferry back to Bainbridge. We would probably each be back in our family homes by 11 PM ... a nice full day!

Now despite our differences, there were two things that Bill and I did have in common: 1) neither one of us had a lot of money; 2) we both had cool cars.

I had a 1957 Chevy. It had been our family car until my mother gave it to me at the beginning of my senior year. It was  white, and even though it was a four-door, to me it was still the American Dream Machine. My "heavy Chevy" was built like a tank. Its 283 V-8 got 8.5 miles per gallon. Fortunately gas was cheap at about 35 cents a gallon. You couldn't pump your own gas back then, so I would drive into a station, roll down my window and order, "Two dollars of regular." That would usually be enough. One of the coolest things about my car was the front bench seat. Bucket seats were more rare back then and were considered quite cool ... but I thought the opposite. I was glad I didn't have them.  With a bench seat, my girlfriend could sit right up next to me ... uh, that is ... if I ever got one.

Bill had a vintage Plymouth Barracuda ... well, it would certainly be vintage by now, but this was 1972 and I think his car was a 1964. Gold was a very uncommon color for a car back then, but that's the color his car was, and it made it stand out. The dome-like rear window made it pretty sporty looking for a mid-sized car. We decided he would pick me up in his Barracuda that morning. That way at the Winslow ferry dock, we would only have to pay for parking for one car, not two.

The morning went as planned.
We boarded the Princess Marguerite and walked around the ship. I had eaten breakfast before leaving home, but after a while I was getting a little hungry and suggested we get something to eat on the ship. Bill said, "No, I don't want to eat on the ship. It's too expensive. We'll get something for less when we get to Victoria." I wasn't that hungry yet, so I went along with it. I compromised.

We arrived in Victoria at noon, debarked from the ship, and started walking. I was wearing a dark blue windbreaker, which I figured would be enough as it was a pretty nice day. I didn't want to have to carry anything around, so I didn't bring any type of a bag. I suppose I could have brought a backpack and been able to carry things hands free. But in those days backpacks weren't even used by students going to school. Backpacks were pretty much only used for serious hiking or mountain climbing, so the thought of bringing one hadn't even come to mind. I'm not even sure I owned one. Anyway, this was just a walk around a city. It was nice to have nothing to carry.  I could have both hands free.

I was fairly hungry by now and pointed out a few restaurants as we walked. But Bill didn't like any of them. He had his own idea. He was good at the second part or compromise (persuasion) but hadn't mastered the first part yet (giving in). Eventually as we were walking up a small side street, we came across exactly what Bill had been looking for ... a bakery!

We went in and looked over what they had to offer. Bill ordered two or three pastries, and so did I ... lemon bars, doughnuts, etc. Tasty, but if this was what Bill considered lunch, now I could see why he was so fat. The woman working the counter put our items in separate paper bags and asked if we wanted anything else. It seemed we should have something to drink. The bakery had a selection of soda pop so we each picked one out. I think he got a Coke and I got a Nesbitt's Orange Soda. Both were in a glass bottles, I think 16 ounce. Plastic bottles for soda pop hadn't quite come along yet. Somehow it always seems nicer to drink out of real glass anyway. Twist off caps hadn't come along yet either, but they had a bottle opener in the bakery so we opened our pops right there. Since the caps didn't twist off, you couldn't twist them back on either. So the bottles would remain open until we finished our drinks. No problem ... we would be finished soon and throw the bottles away.

We walked along the city sidewalks consuming our pastries and pops as we went. It was now approaching 1 PM, and I had finished my "lunch." I saw a garbage can on the sidewalk outside a business. I was about to throw the empty bag and empty bottle in when Bill stopped me. "No! Don't throw the bottle away! You can get five cents deposit for it."

The deposit
on individual serving pop bottles had only recently increased from three cents to five cents. As I said, neither one of us had a lot of money, but to me it still didn't seem worth spending any of our time in Victoria to find a grocery store where we could turn our bottles in for five cents. But Bill wanted to, so I "compromised" again. We only threw away our greasy paper sacks. We continued along carrying our glass bottles in our hands. As you can see, I was getting pretty good at this "compromise" thing. It's what makes relationships work.

I can't remember the next part exactly, but we somehow discovered one of two possible things. Either: 1) it was some sort of holiday and no grocery stores were open: or 2) they did not give bottle deposits in British Columbia. Either way, we soon determined that if we wanted to get our five cent deposits, we would have to carry our bottles all the way back to the United States where we could turn them in at a grocery store. Now certainly at this point, you'd think that even Bill would agree to just throw the bottles away ...

... and you'd be wrong!
Bill had no problem with carrying his bottle around. Any sane person in my position would have said to Bill, "What a cheap skate! I'm not going to carry this stupid bottle around all day just to get the lousy five cent deposit!" But I didn't say it. I didn't want to make my only friend seem cheap. I didn't want to make him feel stupid. I can't remember for sure, but I may have said something like, "Okay Bill, I'll tell you what. I'll give you my bottle and you can carry it around and get the five cent deposit when we get back." However, if I did say that, he declined.

Now I had to make a decision: carry the bottle around all day: or hurt my friend's feelings. I didn't even have to think about it ... I was stuck with the bottle.

So, Bill and I continued our journey ... each with bottle in hand. My windbreaker had pockets, but they weren't deep enough to hold the bottle. I suppose I could have gotten a sack to put it in, but then I'd still have to carry the sack. I really just wanted to have both hand free. But at least for now, it was not to be.

We went into the famous ivy-laden Empress Hotel. Carrying our pop bottles seemed out of place in this luxurious hotel, but they were worth five cents each if we could just get them back to the US. A little later we came to a big natural history museum. A sign said, "No food or beverages allowed." Unfortunately for me, empty bottles were permitted. We paid our entry fee and walked through native American exhibits, fossils, dinosaur and whale skeletons, etc. for about an hour, carrying our empty pop bottles. There was a garbage can at the exit ... but I didn't dare.

We continued walking seeing more city sights. Every once in a while I would switch the bottle from one hand to the other. Even though it was just a bottle, your hand does get tired of holding it after a few hours. A plastic bottle would have been a lot lighter.

Eventually we came to a large city park where we perused the sights, bottles still in hand. It was hot out now. There were lots of garbage cans in the park, but by now I thought, "I've carried the bottle this far, so I might as well take it the rest of the way." But then I thought again, "If you discover that you got on the wrong train, you don't take it to the end of the line ... you get off at the next stop."  So I almost threw the bottle in a garbage can as I passed ... but then I thought again of what Bill might say and how he might feel. Oh well ... I switched the bottle to my left hand and wiped the sweat off my right.

Near the end of our visit to Victoria, we began making our way back to the Princess Marguerite for its 5 PM departure. We saw a wax museum that we had passed earlier and decided that we had time to go through it. Again, "No food or beverages allowed" but our bottles were empty. The wax figure of Queen Elizabeth looked a bit puzzled ... like she was wondering who these young guys with the bottles were. We had been carrying them around all afternoon, but we would soon be back on the ship.

At least on the Princess Marguerite we could set our bottles down whenever we weren't walking. I was famished by now and we both ate on the ship ... just a snack however because of the high prices. After dinner we walked around the ship some more. Then we both had to use the restroom. A men's room was in a narrow corridor, and the room itself was not very large. It had some urinals and about four stalls. We both had to wait in line to use a stall. I got to mine first. I set the bottle down beside the toilet ... then I was struck with a great idea! Why didn't I think of this earlier! I could simply leave the bottle in the stall. Bill might notice later that I didn't have my bottle, but it would probably be too late to retrieve it by then. I would finally be rid of it! I could have both hands free for the remaining four or five hours that it would take to get home.

Just to be sure, I slid the bottle so it was against the back wall of the stall. Then I exited the stall and washed my hands. Bill was still in a stall, so I went out to the narrow corridor to wait for him. Hopefully he wouldn't notice that I wasn't holding the bottle. I was so relieved. I had finally gotten rid of that dang bottle without hurting my friend's feelings. Now I could relax and enjoy the rest of the trip home.

You know, it's funny ... even though Bill was not particularly shy, like me, he also had only mastered half of the art of compromise ... the opposite half from what I had learned.  Hmmm ... maybe that's what makes the art of compromise work.

Anyway, a minute later, Bill stepped out of the restroom and reached out towards me ... in his hand was my bottle! "You forgot your bottle."

:(

So here's what I learned about compromise ... IT REALLY SUCKS!

To make a long story short, I carried the bottle all the way back home, got the nickel deposit, and was able to go to college. That's the happy ending I promised you. :)

I'm curious as to how many people read this far. If you did, send me a quick email at Ron@SeattleDanceInfo.com. Thanks!

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Sincerely,

Ron Bolin
www.SeattleDanceInfo.com
425-917-1188