Sunday, May 23, 2010
Rah Cheer. In the grave yard. People take their talents with them. They've spent a lifetime honing a talent and by god, they'll take it to the grave. Imagine their scintillating literary discussions, their juerga's, their ballroom competitions, athletic endeavers, their music, plays and paintings. All the best talent in the world, right here beneath the frozen crust of earth. What if everyone left one protege, one clue to their talent? Could it actually irradicate much of the crime if people's spare hours were taken up with pursuit of their art? What would it cost older creative people to donate a few lessons to eager young students?
I've danced all of my life but the number of birthdays make me see the writing on the wall. (Plus most of my friends are dead and that's a broad hint!) In spite of the fact that I'm as American as Jimmy Cagney, Flamenco has always been my main dance. Not that I've been a star dancer but after hanging in there for 60 years, I've soaked up enough knowledge to inspire some younger women. And I do. I share my Flamenco knowledge with two talented young women and I also freely share my 30 years of ballroom competition with young dancers.
My love for Flamenco was a gift from gypsies who lived outside of Algiceras, Spain during the Korean War. I accepted their friendship and dance instruction and now it's my turn to pass on the gift.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Why did I name this blog "Wanna Buy a Duck?" That's easy. All the other names were taken. I spent two days researching names and every idea I came up was stamped "rejected." I figured blog names are usually nonsensical and mostly "catchy." Maybe this is catchy and maybe not.... but I'm finished looking for names and I can talk about Joe Penner. He was a comedian during the '30's and 40's whose one remembered claim to fame was "Do You Wanna Buy A Duck?" Who knows why some phrases catch on with the public ........ like Hubba Hubba ...... which meant a "Hot Babe." I remember Hubba Hubba but Do you Wanna Buy A Duck was a little before my time. (Thank god, something is) .
The video ducks are Montana Ducks. but where they go in the winter (if they all go) is beyond me or even beyond my wondering. I feel really really bad if any of the Montana ducks (or anybody's ducks) go south near the oil spill. That whole episode makes me so sad, I can't even think about it. Maybe our Montana ducks will stay here this winter because they'll find cleaner water than parts of the South. We'll see. But in the meantime we have a whole summer to enjoy our ducks. Maybe they'll learn syncronized swimming, wear little Ester Williams swim caps and start a successful water show and show this sinking economy that original thinking can still support a lucrative home business.