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Grand central swings.

Grand central swings.

In celebration of GST's 150 years, the music of a by-gone era. A slippery floor that was jam-packed with people, but a cool experience nonetheless.

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02 2013

Girl walk all day and night

Girl walk all day and night

I don't often find myself at a church on a Sunday night, but I headed over to St. Paul's Chapel for a screening of Girl Walk // All Day, the feel-good movie of the year. To summarise, it's the story of a people dancing through the streets of NYC for a day. You can't watch it and not dance.

Check out photos from the event here (look for me in all-black): www.flickr.com/photos/girlwalkallday/sets/72157629100655847/

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01 2012

Scott and Leah Go Swing Dancing

In spite of the bitter chill of December, I managed to get Leah out for a bit of swing dancing. As expected, she’s a natural, and by the end of the night was moving like Ginger Rogers. Live music and Thai food made it a fun evening all around.

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

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12 2009

10 Years of Thankfulness

Today is Thanksgiving, and tomorrow is our ten-year reunion. And while I’m not usually the sappy type to list things for which I am thankful, I have to say that over the last ten years, I have a lot to be thankful for. When added up, the past decade has been an immense time for me — learning, seeing, growing, doing — and it has made me the man I am today. So in spite of my less-than-brilliant life situation (eg, broke, single, unemployed), I still have to give thanks.

In the last ten years, I:

  • Moved to Philadelphia
  • Survived my first term at college
  • Made the Dean’s List
  • Learned to play rugby
  • Became good at video games
  • Mastered basic Calculus
  • Visited London
  • Learned to Salsa dance
  • Moved back to Maplewood
  • Got my first [indoor, professional] job
  • Voted in my first Presidential election
  • Became a disgruntled working stiff
  • Got fired
  • Joined a Shakespeare troupe
  • Built websites
  • Attempted Modern Dance
  • Learned to Swing Dance
  • Attempted Ballet
  • Visited Minneapolis
  • Joined a Fraternity
  • Forgot how to Salsa dance
  • Mastered the finer points of Shakespeare
  • Mastered the finer points of Christopher Marlowe
  • Visited London
  • Worked as a graphic designer
  • Read all the Harry Potter books
  • Visited New Orleans
  • Performed modern dance and ballet
  • Finished a degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Moved back to Maplewood
  • Worked an unpaid internship
  • Moved to England
  • Visited London frequently
  • Learned the basics of British culture
  • Voted absentee ballot in a Presidential Election
  • Visited Paris
  • Learned to use Chopsticks
  • Mastered the finer points of British culture
  • Picked up a British accent
  • Waited on line for the midnight release of a Harry Potter book
  • Earned a Master’s Degree in Graphic Communication
  • Moved back to Maplewood
  • Freelanced as a graphic designer
  • Lost a British accent
  • Started a design blog
  • Started a podcast
  • Got a full-time job
  • Moved to Brooklyn
  • Became a disgruntled working stiff
  • Quit a full-time job
  • Returned to Freelancing
  • Trained for a marathon
  • Waited on line for the midnight release of a Harry Potter book
  • Ran a marathon
  • Returned to playing rugby
  • Moved to Jersey City
  • Started a blog about business cards
  • And the rest is just details.

    Thanks to everyone who made the last 10 years necessary.

    Jazz in Washington Square Park

    As Summer expires, we accept that there are fewer and fewer chances to wander outside and enjoy the City. With Rashan, freshly laid off from his job of nearly two years, we watched two rather bad movies, Jennifer’s Body and Surrogates. Then to the park, where a band later identified as The Loose Marbles played for a crowd of summery onlookers.

    Sadly, I was partnerless, and unable to provide the folks with some swing-based entertainment.

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

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    09 2009

    Jay and Steph’s Wedding, 3/3

    We’re still at the reception, but stepped out into the sun for a moment of garden hijinks. Charlie, Pete, and I sat posed for a minute, taking advantage of the setting to capture a cheeky moment.

    Back inside for a few more photos. Missed eating the actual cake, I’m afraid.

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

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    08 2009

    Jay and Steph’s Wedding, 2/3

    After sweating it out in the summer sun, we shuffled our way into The Manor for cocktail hour, during which all manner of goodies were available to us. Never before have I seen a full carving station during a supposed cocktail hour.

    And in we go. Dancing, laughing, snapping photos, giving speeches, catching up, gossiping, pretending to be Michael Jackson (just for a second), and stuffing our faces with some truly excellent food.

    The photos tell the story, I suppose. Except they can’t illuminate the sporadic nature of the DJ, who changed songs every 35 seconds and spun such wedding classics as “Baby Got Back” and messed up the names of the wedding party at least 3 times, by my count. So aside from that the day was rather smooth.

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    Easy, Charlie, don’t take her arm off …

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    Can’t see my feet, ’cause they move so fast …

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    Let them eat cake …

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

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    Midsummer Night Swing with Charlene

    Met Charlene at Midsummer Night Swing in Lincoln Center to hear 90s favourites Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Ended up not dancing at all. And that was ok. Good to catch up with an old Underground Shakespeare pal, even if we did wade a little deep into the depressing subject of healthcare in America.

    Sweden is looking more and more attractive by the day.

    strange days indeed

    21

    07 2009

    Midsummer Night Swing

    After years of saying “oh, I should have gone to that”, I actually went. To Lincoln Center, that is, for some outdoor swing dancing and fanfare with live music. Some old faces, many new ones. Who says swing dancing is out of style?

    I’ll probably go again later this month, if not this week.

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

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    07 2009

    Life in the Bal-ance

    Out for a night of swing dancing, this time of the Balboa persuasion. I’ve never been formally introduced to Bal, just kinda picked it up over the years. I suppose it never became so apparent how much I have yet to learn than in the company of some of the country’s best Bal dancers and instructors. Still, a night of practice helped quite a bit.

    Check out some of the vids from that night including Paul and Jenn, the winners of the the little contest thing.


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    02 2007