Hey, wow, that last post definitely didn’t come out the way I meant it to. Bitter? Grouchy? Jaded? Perturbed? Definitely not where I was trying to go.
I *finally* got to go dancing tonight and I’m totally hoping to make this a regular weekly thing. For the SanD. locals, FYI: Cafe Sevilla (in the Gaslamp Quarter) offers free salsa lessons Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday around 8:30 p.m. I’m pretty sure Ole Madrid does free lessons on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., too, but no guarantee there. And of course, following the lessons, there’s plenty of music and opportunity to work them hips, baby.
According to one of the regulars I danced with tonight (my partner chose to stand guard over my purse after the lessons were over, but let it be known that he was an otherwise highly willing and participating student), the crowd size is "hit and miss"– tonight it was pretty packed, but then, it’s Thursday. I have a feeling the other two nights aren’t quite so elbow-to-elbow.
I still suck at spotting my turns, and when you’re in heels, dude, that is one of the hardest things to work around. It also didn’t help that they had the music volume pretty low, so it was difficult to keep track of the beat.
Also in the Gaslamp: rockabilly swing (East Coast style) at Henry’s Pub every Tuesday @ 9:30 p.m. There’s no cover charge, and I’ve heard that there’s a reliably moderate turnout. No lessons, but East Coast swing is one of the easiest dances to start learning.
San Diego actually has a really decent swing scene spread all over the county, and SwingOrama has a calendar and regular event postings that track it all. While I’m all for eventually learning Lindy, I’m trying to keep the focus on downtown, particularly the Gaslamp. I *know* this place has real charm and appeal buried underneath all the touristy mainstream consumerism… it’s just a matter of digging.
::sigh:: I’ve missed dancing, *real* dancing (though I haven’t been out clubbing in a while, too). There’s too much that I "used to do" and don’t do anymore, and darned if it isn’t about time I started fixing that. Dancing, soccer, racquetball, tennis, theatre, cooking– I’m sure the list runs a couple miles long. That. Has Got. To Change.
Last item: every Thursday, starting around 11 a.m., Horton Plaza (the circle off Broadway, near the entrance to the Lyceum) hosts a small, but nonetheless endearing, Farmers Market. There’s an equal balance of produce and flowers, and one woman has a stand with exotic plants– orchids, plumeria trees, etc. Gorgeous!
 On Thursday, there’s a $10 cover charge to get into the tapas room, but still, the lesson itself is free. And if you think about, if you go all three nights, that’s three lessons for ten bucks! Amazing!