The Newsroom Pub, home of an impromptu dance party Saturday night.
The Newsroom Pub, home of an impromptu dance party Saturday night.

You can dance if you want to

I went to the wedding on Saturday night of one of my wife's best friends. The reception, at the Newsroom Pub, was great fun, and while the ladies rocked out on the impromptu dance floor, us dudes sat at our tables, watching and kibitzing.

"It's sort of like an eighth grade dance, isn't it?" said the guy sitting next to me.

His next question proved to be the topic for this blog.

"Hey, I read your stuff on OnMilwaukee.com," he said. "I always wonder how you come up with different ideas for stories and blogs."

"Well, it's not always easy to 'feed the beast' every week," I answered honestly. "But I look at every experience and ask myself if it's blog-worthy."

I paused, pulled out my iPhone camera and snapped a dark photo of people dancing.

"Sort of like tonight. Why is that people will make a dance floor out of any flat surface and bust a move?"

It's not really a deep question, but I'm always amused to watch people dance at weddings. At the drop of a hat, a bunch of guests will inevitably jump to their feet and start shakin' it until they're hauled off the dance floor.

I, for the record, will only dance when forced to or if the song really, really moves me. It's a hang-up of mine that I'm not especially proud of.

My wife, on the other hand, is totally sincere when she says, "There are two things I will do with little or no prompting: dance and put on a costume. Sometimes both at the same time."

Though dancing isn't really my thing, I'm heartened to see people doing it. Even when the dance floor isn't a dance floor, and the music is just an iPod plugged into speakers, it's obvious that weddings make people happy, and happy people dance.

Americans should dance more often.

And not just at weddings.

Hey, maybe even I would dance more, and without the need of any liquid persuasion, if the activity wasn't confined to weddings and clubs. I've been to my share of clubs over the years, and at 35 years old, I feel silly at every one one of them, save Friday retro dance parties at The Mad Planet.

The whole thing reminds me a little of my trip to the Dominican Republic in 2006. Walking down the streets of Santo Domingo, I noticed that some sort of salsa music blared out of every home and business. And people danced. In the streets. At home. At restaurants. Everywhere.

Americans, myself in particular, are far too stuffy for that much dancing. Why?

Why not, really? Life's too short not to make an ass of yourself on a dance floor. Even if that dance floor is a tiny clearing in the middle of a restaurant. I for one, pledge to dance a little more in 2010.

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allysonlassiter | March 17, 2010 at 10:52 a.m. (report)

35500 Here here! I think so many people don't dance because they're worried they'll look stupid, or because they don't know how to dance. Well I'll tell you what- I don't exactly know how to dance for real, and I'm sure I look stupid when I do it- but I'll never miss a chance to join a dance party!! especially if it's at a wedding. so much fun! I'm all for more dancing in 2010!

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Broner | Dec. 4, 2009 at 9:09 p.m. (report)

Did I miss a memo about talkbackers getting paid by the word? My god. Brevity people, especially when wildly deviating from the article's topic.

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speakthetruth | Dec. 4, 2009 at 12:31 a.m. (report)

@HckyBoy00

I'm not defending murder by any means, but I do believe that the sanctity of life means that we must make efforts to value the life (and punishment for taking that life) in a fair and balanced fashion. It may well seem ridiculous to incarcerate someone who murders a crack dealer for the same term as someone who kills a child or a police officer in the line of duty, but I'm a firm believer that the penalty should be equivalent and that penalty should be harsher and quicker than the current state.

It just pains me to no end that some people who are "different" do nothing but bitch about inequality and discrimination, yet their suggested action to remedy their position is with legalized forms of inequality: hate crime legislation, affirmative action, etc. I have zero problem with enforcement of things like the fair housing act--everyone must be treated equally, and that's the way that all of these matters should be handled.

While I'm on the topic or things that don't make sense, I'll mention that I think that being pro-life and pro capital punishment makes absolutely no sense. If you are pro-life and consider a fetus a human life, you are against ending that life artificially...yet ending an inmates life is somehow morally acceptable???

The inverse--pro-choice and anti capital punishment--is different matter altogether, as most of the people in that camp do not believe that life begins at conception.

My point is simply this: if you wear "different" on your sleeve and insist on being treated "differently" because of your race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. then you effectively become a complete and utter hypocrite.

...and you should know that no one in Shorewood or parts north would ever be caught dead drinking Miller Lite. That's one of the 834 reasons why I live downtown.

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ButterBurger | Dec. 1, 2009 at 11:03 a.m. (report)

35957 How did a blog about dancing turn into an argument about neo-cons, gay marriage, hate crimes, and Miller Lite? This is why I love OMC.

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Hckyboy00 | Dec. 1, 2009 at 12:52 a.m. (report)

first off, i would suggest leaving gingers out of it, they are a surly bunch.

Secondly, are you defending hate crimes? As much as i'd love to debate the merits of most worthy reasons to kill somebody, your idea is absurd, and expectantly cruel from someone presumably walking the right side of the aisle. Technically speaking, if you were to beat up a latino simply because they are latino, that is a hate crime, it's doesn't only apply to blacks and homosexuals. I'm not saying vegans are a protected class, because vegans are not genetically disposed to being vegan, it's a choice they make, unlike the color of your skin or your sexuality. And seriously, your curly red hair argument is along the lines of gay marriage leads to marrying your dog type of an argument. As much as you would like everybody to be white upper class north shores who only like smooth jazz and Christmas music and a rousing brunch after service on sundays before watching american football and drinking cold filtered miller lite before your week of middle management useless, thankless job in a cubicle, that's simply not how life is for everyone. diversity of all kinds should be celebrated, not forced into assimilation. I know when it stops being European it's a problem, but after millions of years after killing dinosaurs, i hope you'd come to grips with the fact that our two purposes in life aren't to procreate, and then procreate some more. I understand that we shouldn't allow gays to marry, because the only real religions says it's bad, and we shouldn't subject the sanctity of christian marriage to be spoiled by somebody else's 50% divorce rate.

oh, and the indian thing. 100 years of us proping them up after 100 years of us lying, cheating and stealing our way to every possible income source they could think of until they decided to just simply put up bright lights and let us give them our money under the guise of gambling for entertainment. thats a fine arguement.

Show me the overly sensitive liberal PC police, and how they have possibly done more harm to american culture than the likes of the FCC, PTC, and neo-cons like Haggarty who have a microphone in his mouth while his masseuse finishes with his completely herterosexual happy ending.

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