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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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We touched down and were towed with agonizing slowness to the arrival gate. When the captain turned off the Fasten Seatbelt sign, we all shot out of our seats, wincing and grimacing. As we scrabbled in the overhead compartments for our luggage, music started playing at us, one of those bouncy, happy pop songs from the 1950s. I grabbed the seat in front of me and yanked my upper body to the right to crack my back. When I eased around again, I saw the elderly gentleman in front of me step into the aisle. Without warning, he started to wiggle his hips in time to the music. People started to stare. He kept dancing, oblivious to their looks. The woman beside me nudged me and giggled, "What a dork."

I looked at her. "Yeah," I said. "I think it's the best thing I've seen all day."

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I passed a car that was blaring hip-hop this morning on my way to work and I had to make a conscious effort not to start walking in time to the beat. If I had been able to identify the song, I would have had to stop myself from pausing in the crosswalk to boogie. I can't help it. I always want to dance.

Poll #500704 Do you dance?

Well? Do you?

Even if I don't like the song, my feet start tapping when I hear a beat.
32(65.3%)
Sometimes. I can take it or leave it.
8(16.3%)
Only if I'm really drunk.
5(10.2%)
GOD, NO.
4(8.2%)
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[User Picture]From: sparklepbass
2005-05-25 22:53 (UTC)
i can't answer that poll, really. at a club, i'll only dance if i'm drunk. in my room, i'm dancing all the time. when i'm listening to my minidiscs on the bus, i'll tap my feet and shuffle in my seat a bit. it all depends on context!
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From: capitalflash
2005-05-25 23:35 (UTC)
i do comedy dancing to silly songs until i get told off.
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[User Picture]From: sparklepbass
2005-05-25 23:37 (UTC)
i'm such a meanie, aren't i?
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[User Picture]From: leidan
2005-05-25 23:15 (UTC)
I answered that my feet almost always start tapping, which is true, but I've got pretty good at doing this on the inside.
I dance like a dork, I know that, it's not what anyone would call subtle, but I like to think that I can manage to be mostly in time. However since I have moved back to little old Christchurch I have noticed that I dance less when I am at parties or clubs. I just don't seem to fit in, hell, at one club (note this is a bar that plays a lot of nu-metal and suchlike) I got asked to tone down my dancing or I'd be kicked out. This was on an almost empty floor at 10 at night, well before it became crowded and the chances of me hitting someone went up.
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[User Picture]From: becala
2005-05-25 23:28 (UTC)
My favorite people at clubs are the ones who dance like dorks, but with the beat. It's the reason I'm glad the gothy club I always went to in Austin had no dress code. I lived for the one guy in light-colored clothes who danced like he obviously didn't give a fuck.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2005-05-25 23:54 (UTC)
Yay! Then you like me, you really, really like me! Complete dork, but I gots me some rhythm. *curtsies*
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-26 20:02 (UTC)
Strange. Maybe people are less inhibited in LA. Or more drunk. :-P
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[User Picture]From: becala
2005-05-25 23:28 (UTC)
Actually, the only times I don't feel like dancing are at clubs. I have to be feeling it to get up and dance on an actual dance floor.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-26 20:03 (UTC)
True. I get fussier about which songs I'll dance to when I'm at a club. I may tap my feet all night, but getting out on the dance floor will only happen when I hear a song I like. I'll get out there even if no one else is around.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2005-05-26 00:58 (UTC)
Gods, yes. I dance around the apartment going from point A to point B. I move my feet and shoulders when I'm doing dishes. I used to dance around the lab and, later, my office. Just this evening, I found myself bopping along with the music at the restaurant. And I will dance to damned near anything. The only radio station we got in the lab was a top 40 station and I'd dance around to things that I despised. Sing along with as well. That made me cringe. A little part of my inner child died every time I sang (and danced) along with Britney(sp?) Spears.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-26 20:06 (UTC)
I seat-dance in my office all the time. I forget that other people are here. Fortunately, they're all hunched over staring into their computer screens, so it doesn't matter anyway.

My commiserations about the Britney Spears thing. There's this Usher song that's really popular in London that I can't stand. Doesn't stop me from dancing to it every time I hear it. Feh.
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[User Picture]From: zehntaur
2005-05-26 01:39 (UTC)
and I had to make a conscious effort not to start walking in time to the beat.

Oh, but who’s gonna know? When I walk someplace (if, rather — I rarely walk much of anywhere anymore, alas) and there’s any kind of rhythmic stimulus, my pace adjusts to match it. Even if there isn’t any, I walk to the beat of whatever is playing in my head. Nobody else is going to notice; and if they do, so what? It’s socially acceptable to have rhythm, anyway.

<tangent>And I somehow manage to avoid most cracks while I’m at it. Funny, it isn’t really a conscious phenomenon anymore; someone could do a mathematical study about how or why it’s not necessary to radically adjust the length of your pace to avoid stepping on a crack, regardless of the distance between any two.</tangent>

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[User Picture]From: becala
2005-05-26 05:20 (UTC)
Me. Too. On all counts.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-26 20:08 (UTC)
You know, I was a meticulous/subconscious avoider of pavement cracks from childhood. Then I moved to London and became more interested in avoiding spilled lager, loogies and puddles of vomit. I step on the cracks these days.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-30 19:27 (UTC)
Heh. I was in a supermarket here the other day, and the linoleum was a semi-random pattern of foot-a-side black and white squares. There were a lot more white squares than black ones. A little boy, about five years old, had decided he could only step on the black squares. He was all sweaty and out of breath from the flying leaps he was having to take.
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[User Picture]From: mysti77
2005-05-31 20:08 (UTC)
plus, there are too many cracks in london. i am afraid for people with OCDs if they have to walk on the cobbled streets.
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[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2005-05-26 03:24 (UTC)
I've learned to restrain myself, but my impulse is to move whenever there is a rhythm.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-26 20:15 (UTC)
I've learned to restrain myself

You're a step ahead of me. I imagine it's probably rather embarrassing to be out in public with me sometimes.
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[User Picture]From: wurlitzerprized
2005-05-26 03:47 (UTC)

GOD, NO...

; D
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-26 20:12 (UTC)
My mother always says, when you have two left feet, it's simply safer for all parties concerned that you stay seated.
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[User Picture]From: bellelaqueen
2005-05-26 07:55 (UTC)
My secret ambition is to be a broadway star. It's all I can do not to break into song as well ;)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-26 20:13 (UTC)
Hey, go for it. Forget this science business. It doesn't pay.
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[User Picture]From: sadira42
2005-05-26 13:43 (UTC)
We're allowed to play music at work, so occasionally I'll get up and shake my booty. Not what you'd call real dancing, but it's nice to get moving, instead of sitting on my ass all day.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-26 20:16 (UTC)
Ha, very cool. I have one former labmate who's also pretty extroverted. When we were working together, we'd play music in our basement lab and dance around.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-26 20:17 (UTC)
...I should probably qualify that. Pretty extroverted for a scientist.
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[User Picture]From: mysti77
2005-05-31 20:11 (UTC)
i love to dance, and i don't think i'm great at dancing, but most times i don't care about that. i'm from the caribbean, so it's very natural for us to start to at least tap our feet when any type of beat is playing. yup, that includes the terrible songs as well. excuse the lack of proper capitalization, spelling, grammer and punctuation, i'm tired (went on my first trip out of london this weekend - scotland)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-06-01 16:31 (UTC)
My boyfriend is Puerto Rican, so I know what you're talking about. The Filipinos are the same way - my dad is Filipino, so I guess that's where I got it from.

No worries about punctuation. I read your Scotland entries, it sounds like you had a whirlwind trip. We drove around some of the same areas of the midlands when we went there in March. BTW, the hairy cows are Kyloes (pronounced "KYE-lees," from what I understand). They look like despondent mops, don't they?
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[User Picture]From: mysti77
2005-06-01 20:47 (UTC)
Hah, that's what they are called! I think they are cute tho. I wish I got to take pictures of the kyloes :(
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