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Guns at the Dance and Issues of Etiquette
by Bill Meyers
(This article was originally posted to the Usenet newsgroup <rec.folk-dancing>.)
Victor Eijkhout writes:
[WRY HUMOR ALERT :-]
- "Well, women have to be able to defend themselves from groping men. :-)"
Guns could be applicable to many perennial r.f-d issues, methinks.
"I said "DON'T TWIRL ME," hissed Merle, wrestling her arm
down, and this time giving 'Hal the Mixmaster' a glimpse of
her Smith & Wesson Model 65 LadySmith .357 Magnum revolver.
Hal blinked, then lowered Merle's hand and courtesy-turned her
- on time - with the most respectful attention. As the dance
moved on he slowly lost his thoughtful look; and at the end he
thanked Merle for showing him that courtesy turns were okay.
"The proper allemande grip," Carrie explained to 'Joe the Arm',
"is just like shooting a handgun. Keep your wrist straight,
hold your partner's hand firmly but not too tight, and don't
tilt your hand to the right or the left. With a handgun, of
course, that throws your shot off. In the allemande it twists
your partner's wrist, which hurts. Both are uncool."
By the end of the evening Joe was booked four dances ahead,
and several women asked Carrie if she had noticed the change.
Carrie just smiled sweetly, and mentioned that Joe seemed to
be communicating better for some reason - wasn't that nice?
"What happened out there, Jan?" asked Betty. "That was 'Bob
the Blanket' you were dancing with, and I could see daylight
between you. When he danced with me, I couldn't pry him off
with a crowbar. Please, I've got to know your secret!"
"Oh, it's hilarious!" giggled Jan. "I knew what was coming,
so I adjusted my Kramer Confidant T-Shirt/Holster to make my
Walther PPK stick out a little. When Bob did his thing, he
ran right into it. His eyes got big (I was looking deeply
into them, of course) and then he became a perfect gentleman.
Say, I'll bet we can train him for you, too! Here, let me
lend you something to wear..."
Left as exercises for the reader:
- Booking Ahead
- Encouraging Beginners to Dance
- Center Set Syndrome
- Turning Down an Invitation to Dance
Support a woman's right to choose: 9mm or .45?
Bill Meyers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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