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Dancing Through Life

I spent this evening at the Gulfport Casino dancing at the weekly swing dance and celebrating my friend’s birthday.   Light socializing and dancing really hit the spot and got my mind off trouble, real or imagined, for awhile.  I came a little late to the party and missed the lesson for foxtrot.  I did get there with enough time to learn the basic swing steps and some turns.  We made a big circle and practiced each move for a few tries with one partner before moving on to another partner.  You could tell pretty quickly which gentlemen were regulars and which ones were beginners, but everyone was very convivial and patient with the newbies like me.

I haven’t been dancing – ballroom dancing – in years.  While the Guru and I were dating we attended dance lessons in West Coast Swing for a few months with my Mom and my Aunt.  Unfortunately, the Guru not only has two left feet but also CANNOT hear the downbeat.  Our old dance instructor used to try so hard to get him to notice it and never succeeded.  Poor guy can’t even clap in rhythm.  Instead, he watches my hands at concerts when everyone in the crowd joins in and claps along by watching me.  Even though it had been years since I’ve participated in any kind of ballroom dance I did feel that I picked up on it rather quickly.  The more practice the smoother you get and the more “moves” you can learn.  A sincere thank you to all those guys who were my dance partners this evening.  Overall, a fun night and I hope that I can do more dancing soon!

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Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Nerdy Wedding

Here’s my 5 minute brain dump…

Blank space in my head where the idea for something to write should be.  I’ll just do a stream of consciousness type post.  That will make it easier to get it all out on the page.  Man, when I decided to go back to writing my blog I had no idea I would run up against writing blocks so quickly.

Alright, this weekend we went to a wedding.  A friend of my husband’s that we haven’t seen in a couple of years but that used to hang out with us pretty often.  It was a nice if rather mundane event.  For someone who raps nerdcore and is just one funky individual I thought it might be a little weirder?  Is it wrong to have such expectations from a wedding?  On the flip side, we did get a nice run of Greek dancing that had about 20 or 30 or her relatives on the floor at one time.  A really cool, wending, winding snake of people all moving and kicking in unison.  Pretty neat!  And not something I’ve seen at a wedding before.

On another plus side we did almost light the centerpiece on fire.  We started throwing matches into the floating candle in hurricane and they started popping and spurting up in large flames.  I wasn’t too worried we would burn the event center down and yet there was a lot of smoke and some aggressive fire.

After the wedding we went to a local bar / tavern and drank a few beers with friends.  We played Scrabble for a while even though the Guru is not a huge fan.  I won!

wedding fire

This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

  • Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
  • Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. This is writing in the raw.
  • Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
  • Link back to this post.
  • Visit your fellow bloggers and show some love.
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Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Munchkin Land

We went to play games with some other couples at a friend’s house today.  Both The Guru and I love games.  He’s more into arcade and video games than I, but we both enjoy games, whether card games, board games, or video games.  I even used to skip class in college to stay and play Spades with other Honor’s students.  *shhh*

At the beginning of the day everything was running pretty smoothly.  We played a couple new games including Pirate Fluxx, Saboteur, and Werewolf.  We also recently acquired Munchkin, some expansions, and some variants (Superhero, Space, etc.) for a pittance and wanted to try it out since we haven’t played that before.  One guy had played a lot of these games and helped explain the rules to us newbies.

We laughed.  We ate junk food.  We joked.  Then I started to notice rules guy was turning into a complete tool.  We’re pretty casual players and we engage in a lot of side talk, taunts, and general ribbing while gaming.  No way was this guy into that.

When it finally came time for some of us to learn to play Munchkin, including the person hosting this event at their home, things went down hill fast.  First, Mr. Grumpy Pants didn’t seem to want to play at all.  Second, Mr. Grumpy Pants seemed particularly grumpy that I was attempting to twist the rules to my advantage (which I was told was the way you play the game).  Or at least, Mr. Grumps was fine with rule twisting in HIS favor.  It all came to a head when I started to play a card then changed my mind and Hubs and our host both played something instead.

This guy had to try to tell my husband off for my misplay that he apparently was “taking advantage of”.  BTW, this was close to when Jerk-Face was going to win.  Umm, chill out dude, we’re still learning how to play.  When Hubs basically told him to back off (and so did the host) he then had to try and school Hubs as to how he wasn’t paying attention when the rules were being explained.  I’m proud to say that Hubs didn’t back down, and I controlled my – what normally would have been – extremely vicious reaction and took the higher road.

The game broke up after that and Mr. Sore Sport and posse left.  We stayed and talked to the host.  I demanded he not invite the jerk back to game night again to which he agreed.  I can see that Munchkin would be a fun game with a friendly group, but today as a poor introduction to Munchkin Land.

munchkin board game

 

This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

  • Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
  • Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. No proofreading or spellchecking. This is writing in the raw.
  • Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
  • Add the Stream of Consciousness Sunday badge to your post.
  • Link up your post below.
  • Visit your fellow bloggers and show some love.

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Connections. Go Get Some.

Connections.  If you don’t have a lot, I suggest you go get some.

I attended a retreat today through work.  Although a lot of the day was listening to numbers and trying not to yawn; I learned some really great stuff from our two guest speakers.

One discussed Emotional Intelligence and it’s role in success both professionally and personally.

The other speaker focused on understanding poverty and the hidden rules and vastly different life goals/focuses among those who live in poverty, the middle class, and the wealthy.  My company spends a lot of time working with people living at the poverty level so this was key stuff for us.  However, I found it just as interesting to consider the other side of the coin, wealth, and what I could learn from that group.

Here’s some information from today’s presentation (this was from a study of the groups):

 

Socio-economic Group                     MAIN FOCUS

 

For those in poverty        =               RELATIONSHIPS

People are the most important asset and the main focus of this group.  This explains a lot about those I know that are in this circumstance including why being late to take care of a family emergency is no big deal or why they continue toxic relationships.

 

For those in the middle class =     ACHIEVEMENTS

Achievements matter to this group including professional and personal achievements and managing money.  This may explain why parents are obsessed with their child’s school and extracurricular activities.

 

For those in the wealthy class =   CONNECTIONS

The biggest goal for those in this class is building connections with the right/influential people.

 

It’s proof and affirmation of that old adage about success: It’s not what you know it’s who you know.  As much as we may hate that idea, it comes into play more and more as we climb up the economic scale.

As a crazy coincidence or simply the universe laughing at how obtuse I can be, when I got home today I had received this blog post in my email:

In Over Your Head – The Most Important Connections I’ve Ever Made and How I Made Them

Scary, huh?

Connections, according to the findings of this study, are good for wealth-building and success.  This explains all those networking groups and why everyone there is constantly talking about referrals instead of their kids soccer game.

Sadly, during my period of black moods I admit to letting some of these connections weaken or fade.  I’m going to be working on building and/or re-building these relationships.  Not only does it help my mental state, but it just might help my financial state as well.

I encourage you to go out today and nourish your relationship(s) with those who will help strength you in your goals.  Join your alumni group, Rotary, Carpenter’s Union, ToastMasters, Student Group, MasterMind, or something else where you will find those who already are doing (or being) what you envision for yourself.

Have you used this idea in your life?  What was the result?  I’d loved to hear from you in the comments.

Thanks and see you tomorrow!