Monday, December 24, 2007

rugs not cut...shredded

Well, on Christmas Eve I put in my day's work 6am-6pm, and then had to rush to get cleaned up for our fancy dinner. I managed to get myself seated with a bunch of people I didn't know, so it wasn't as much fun as it could have been. Beef Wellington and lobster tails were the main entrees for the evening. After dessert, I opted for the sweet potato pie, the dining room was gradually cleared out and converted to a dance floor.

It took a little while, but eventually the place was really jumping. I stood on the sidelines watching and wishing I were a bit more comfortable joining the fray. It's like a switch that goes off inside me at events like this, and has been ever since my first middle school dance in the Presby Church way back in the day. To say that I get really reticent to hit the dance floor is an understatement on the order of declaring that there are a few people in China or that Bill Gates has a decent income. Anyway, a bunch of girls solved that problem for me when I was just trying to walk out to go change into some more comfortable shoes. I was dragged onto the dance floor, surrounded by some of the aforementioned lovely ladies of SP, and-to put it mildly-initiated into the arcana of the socially extroverted. I am dubious whether my flailing constituted decent dancing as such, but it was fun none the less. I really have no idea how to dance with a partner, and would like to learn how to swing dance or even do some of the country steps. It would make it a lot easier for me to get out there if I didn't feel like I was going to look like a fool. I stuck around to the very end of the gathering, and helped reconstruct the dance floor after the last song.

This morning it's back to work. I'll probably take time out to participate in the Race Around the World, but won't be a contender for finishing anywhere near the front of the pack.

Merry Christmas to you all.


Scott said...


I've been enjoying reading your blog - keep the posts coming.

Merry Christmas to you and everyone at the pole!


Becky said...

Hey kiddo! Glad to hear you had fun. And maybe you'll get to use the electric candle I sent you.
I got my shirt today-perfect timing.
I think that the Jeff person who commented on the last post was at the Pole the last time I was, but the contact address didn't work. tell him I said hi if you can get in touch.
And all my best to the whole SP crew-lucky devils!

Journeyman said...

Good morning! It is Christmas morning here and we are ready to go over the river and through the prairie for Christmas brunch with Grandma and Mike's family. We had a nice time together yesterday, too. After brunch, all the out-of-towners need to head home.

Your mother and I want to thank all the young ladies who peeled you off the wall at the dance. Maybe you can find a dance instructor to help you learn how to cut the rug during those long polar nights.