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Sac Exchange, WWE party, Why I am still a good for nothing…

(L2R Alex, Andrea, Allen, Aviva)

Apparently, I am amazingly talented. In a house of almost 130 good for nothing drug-addict-raver-zealous-party-goers, I am still considered to be one of the top procrastinators. People regularly see me cooking an unnecessarily detailed lunch, or planning to paint a mural and say “oh, you’re the one who does like, no schoolwork, aren’t you?”

So, this post comes along with my realization that sooner or later it’s going to come back to bite me. Prepare yourselves for weeks of silence, or stressed out and unintelligible posts 🙂 Eep!

But with my favorable crastination skills come amazing adventures!

First up, where we left off: the Sacramento Lindy Exchange. Goodness, I’ve been lazy with this blog! Procrastinating my procrastination tool = classy 🙂

It’s a small event, and sadly in my time in California’s capitol city I did not run into Mr Shwartznegger. But I’ll be back. (giggles to self) but the dance attracted a heap of wonderful dancers from all over the coast, including an unexpected rockstar. The highlights of the event for me were definitely: Staying at Andrea’s place in Sacramento, with Allen and Alex, two of my friends from San Fran. Alex and I fought over the couch, we ate copious amounts of food and watched the Emperor’s New Groove. They were all DJ’s for the event so I was in with the organizers 🙂 Andrea has one million decorative hair flowers, and playing with them was super fun times….

check out Gina being super dopey 🙂

My favourite was the final set of the Saturday late night. Alex DJed the 3am set and after the first two songs happened to be food songs, someone asked him if every song was going to be about food. He considered them carefully for a moment, and then just said, ‘yes!’

It was epic. Not the kind of set where you resort to bad music just to go with a theme. All awesome songs, and it’s been a while since I’ve heard ‘down in Arkensas, they serve you Coleslaw!’ so I was a happy camper. Also, the fact that we were dinking bottles of, ahem, juice, didn’t hurt either ;). We were all being so silly and jumping around and just STFOing. My favourite night of dancing in a while, for sure.

Jean and Bromley having ‘Tango Dreams’ (thats what the poster on the wall behind them says :))

me & Matt

The other highlight of the night and the weekend was my PRETTY new dress. Oh, it’s so very pretty! Blue and spotty, and I’d been dying to wear it ever since I fell in love with it in New Orleans. And I did, and felt like a princess. Joy!

So that was the third lindy exchange weekend in a row, proving that no amount of Lindy Hop is ever too much.

Other than that, I’ve been going on some splendid adventures lately! Antho and I biked down to this garbage dump that the hippies have turned into works of art, and its right by the sea and it was awesome. Good place for playing castle and mucking around like kids. Melbourne uni kids would like it lots. Also, I went adventuring up the hill and off the road in the Berkeley hills on the day the weather broke and the rain started to come down. I found yellow gum boots in the free pile and put them to good use. After practically falling down a cliff to get there, we found a river with a canopy of trees and a swing and a birds nest. And so we danced there and got rained on and it was wonderful. Berkeley is beautiful!

the view of the sea!

cool castle window

Antho on the swing in thew woods

I went on an excursion with my swing students to Cat’s Corner, the Wednesday night venue in San Fran. It was great! They were so enthusiastic and danced almost every song. It makes me want to be as energetic and enthusiastic again. (Not that I’m old and withered or anything, just things are exciting in a different way when you’re a total beginner) they were awesome and I felt chuffed. 🙂

Curtis the Pumpkin

bunch of the pumpkins (mine is the giant one!)

Tonight I got home from a super long day only to be greeted by PUMPKIN CARVING in the common room! Woop! So exciting; Halloween is just around the corner. So I carved my first Pumpkin, which started as evil Harry Potter, and ended up as Curtis, a friend who boards at CZ 😀

Curtis with the back side of my pumpkin 🙂

Curtis and I 🙂

Gareth is in the stripey shirt

Oh, I thought I was done. But I seem to have forgotten the most epic event of the last week: the WWE party. It involved a Keg race between the two sides of the house, sumo wrestling suits, and a foam pool. It was CRAZY. I am BRUISED. It was so much fun! The hundred’s side won the keg race, (of course; we are definitely more awesome!) I sumo-ed against Gareth and lost spectacularly (he is a quarterback), and the foam pool…. Was just a free for all that I’m not sure I can even talk about on this blog. Suffice to say the one photo I took of it is never being displayed publicly 😀 it was awesome!

Australia Vs New Zealand

So behold: I manage to balance dancing with non dancing!

Love and miss you all 🙂

xx

SFLX (San Francisco Lindy Exchange)

So the people in my drug den think that I’m hardcore

Though I missed the naked kitchen dance party that happened on Saturday night, the dance party that went on in San Francisco this weekend was so many kinds of excellent that I can’t even regret 🙂

It began with the wonderful Kim Nalley on Thursday night at the 9.20 Special dance. What a packed floor! She was WONDERFUL, what a voice, what an amazing stage presence. She wore this giant white flower on top of her head and just sang all of my favourites – A-tisket a-tasket, when you’re smiling, I wish I knew how it would feel to be free….. So many more! And she sang this awesome blues number “My man has a big long slidey thing” and at the end she says “I’m talking about a trombone, y’all, get your minds out of the gutter!” it was hilarious. I loved it.

So I arrived home after the perfect night of dancing to live music, and what should I find in my mailbox!? A letter from the loveliest Hannah Jones, full not only of excellent love, but including notes from a whole bunch of people from brats!!! I was so fantastically happy, I couldn’t even fall asleep. 🙂

Jammin with Kyle 🙂

Yom Kippur was Friday night and Saturday, and though there are about 25 in my house’s Jew crew, I’m pretty sure I was the only one fasting…. Ah, Berkeley and the co-ops and all the hippies who believe only in trees and drugs… I never want to leave! 🙂

But Saturday and Sunday nights, there was more dancing, and I danced until 5 and 6am respectively. I love late nights so much – people stop trying and just let it all out, and you have the best dances ever…. I had a dance with Alex where we just held on with our pinkies 🙂

more jammin!

My favourite band was the Sunday night band. They had a wicked horn section, played to the crowd exactly, played faster music (goodness, I miss the tempo of Seattle!) and I didn’t sit down one song they played! I was so so wrecked by 4am Monday morning – Kyle and I went and got 7/11 coffee…. The one with extra caffeine… I took 3 sips and was bouncing off the walls! It should be illegal, that much caffeine… it’s like straight adrenaline into your body.

BARTing home, monday morning

But the hardcore part of the weekend was still to come – in the form of a five hour central kitchen workshift at 8am on Monday…. I had arrived home at 7am, watched the sun rise over the bay and Berkeley on my roof (through the fog, of course!) changed out of my nice clothes and stacked boxes of fruit for five hours…. Then I managed a shower, and a half hour nap before my 3 hour class began! And then, because I was in this surprisingly dapper mood (possibly still high on a weekend of swingouts), I did an hour of homework before dinner, and eventual sleep.

sunrise over berkeley, sunday morning…. the Campanile is still lit up 🙂

And THAT, my friends, is why I believe in sleeping only when you are dead.

Trying to do too much!

Oh, the magic of procrastination! Lets tell you all some Vivi-related-news!

Yesterday I spent a few hours in the sun on Lower Sproul learning a Hip Hop routine for an audition to a dance team I had no intention of joining, and now I resemble a tomato. It was fun, but I am hopeless at Hip Hop. Luckily, however, better dancing was to be had last night! I decided to skip CZ’s first giant House party (with outside guests invited) to go dancing at the Rhythm Lounge in Redwood city. it was great! Carla Heiney (who runs it) had just got married so they were celebrating. she was really shiny and glamorous! and they had a welcome dance for me, and it was really nice 🙂

A wonderful thing is that I’m getting to know lots of people in the dance scene here, so am slowly feeling more comfortable. I can actually chill out an be my silly self and not worry! phew!

(two of my new dancing friends, who make Michael and I’s colossus attempt look like childs play! they DEMOLISHED everything on the table!)

In America, they bring you refills of EVERYTHING, even hot chocolate! (mum, I had the strongest hot chocolate in EXISTACE. I couldn’t sit still for 20 minutes afterwards!)

I’ve had my first week of classes! I’m taking a college writing course; creative non-fiction, an English course about race, ethnicity and creative writing, which has sparked LOTS of contentious discussion (my teacher for that is so funny! he said he runs the class on creative writing and race because he thinks race is taboo and therefore sexy :)) and a class on musical theater in American history. (YAY! “what never?! no never! what never!? well… hardly ever!~!! he is hardly ever sick at sea!” *minces around like the captain of the HMS pinafore*)

they are all great, but as well as that, I am taking two DeCal subjects (subjects taught by Grad students). one is a journalism on film class, and the other is a HARRY POTTER CLASS. oh yes. I get university credit for discussing Harry Potter, going on a field trip to see the 7th movie part 1, and playing land quidditch! I can let out my inner HP nerd for two whole hours every week! YAY 🙂

also, I decided on a whim to audition for the University chorus, and got in! they are SO good, im SO excited. they are really serious, and the teacher wants me to go to a supplement voice class, which is exciting, as i’ve never had vocal training properly before! also, I might go to a beginner ballet class run at the university.

OOH. ALSO! I am going to be TEACHING at Berkeley!!! CRAZY! They have a swing dance DeCal, and I’m teaching classes on solo jazz movement and Lindy Hop in it! so I am officially teaching a university course!!! as well as teaching dance for the first time!!! woop!!! 😀 😀 :D!!!

SO. if you haven’t already got the gist of this, I have CLEARLY already bitten off way more than I can chew. Uni is hard here, its like school. they give us homework every day, and make sure we did the reading. its just as well things are so so interesting here, or it would be seriously annoying already. 🙂

other than that, many wonderful things have happened, like, I am learning to cook all sorts of new things in our industrial kitchen! I can poach an egg! also, a friend drove me down to a giant junk store called urban ore the other week, and I bought a super cheap couch! we had to totally revamp the room to accommodate it, but it looks shmick, or as my roommate Olga would say, tight/badass. 🙂 also, I have become a drug dealer.

STAM, lol, just checking to see who was still reading ;D…!

in funny news, the Party that I skipped last night went full over capacity by 11.30 pm. they stopped letting people in, so the rowdy crowd outside got really angry, and bum rushed the door! someone pulled the fire alarm and now my house isn’t allowed to have out of house parties till January, because the cops came an gave them an Exhibit A. I missed all the drama (not sure if that is funny, or annoying), but am disappointed, as apparently they have to cancel the house’s notorious stripper party which was going to be in like a month. boo! ah well….

I’m going to leave it there, so as not to bore you/procrastinate TOO much, but a shout out to lovely Kerryn and Bonita, both of whom have admirably succeeded in turning 21! love you girls! and am sad to miss out on celebrating with you!

now I wish you’d all just be sensible already and come hang out with me on the 300’s roof. I’ll be up there for about an hour. who’s in?

xxxx