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Antiquing and the Dance

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One of my favorite activities is browsing antique stores. I'm not in the market to buy anything, however, the act of wandering through a store full of items from the past gives me the same amount of joy as wandering through someone's house (makes me sound like a house invader of some sort). Photos of people you don't know, and clothing that used to be someone's cherished item is fascinating to me. They all tell a story. 

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This parking meter lamp is amazing. Yes, it really works when you turn the handle.

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My wanderings have been more frequent as of late, as I have a bit of time in between daytime contracts. I'm relishing the time off. I wake up to this view every morning. Ok, perhaps the glowing light of 7Eleven isn't quite as charming, but the pink skies over the streets as the town wakes up provides much happiness at 6am.

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And with my time off, I'm still certain this is a costume I am going to make soon. I am searching for the correct faux fur material for the hat. A dancing powder puff. Could there be anything better?

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...and while we are on the subject of dancing...I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed learning east coast swing. I've done a good job of dancing solo for decades (metaphorically, of course). However, to learn to follow, is a task I am lacking in. I think I always instinctually wanted to control everything (in life too). But last night, I finally got it down. A gentleman's hand on your waist, gently pushing you out to twirl and then back again as you move to the sound of jazz swing amidst the sound of swishing skirts. There's really nothing better. As one partner said "You really can't think of any troubles when you are dancing."

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January is rounding out to be wonderful in so many ways. The other night, I dropped my piece "Dirty Martini' off at a burlesque performer's house. This piece will be given to the famous burlesque performer 'Dirty Martini' who lives in New York. I couldn't be more flattered. 

January, you have been good to me!