The oldest dancer in town?

I have the privilege to know a lovely lady, now living in Florida, who seems to have had quite a life from what I’ve seen of pictures, and been told by her, it must be said. I dont know all the details of it, and unless she wanted to tell me, I’m not going to press for details, but I know among other things that she worked in Vegas in her time, and I dont mean as a croupier! No, her skills are more in line with the dancing, and MC’ing and stuff, than that. What I do know, is that seeing her posts, and pictures on Facebook, and chatting with her on the messaging system there, I’m truly in awe of her, and everything she’s done in her amazing life. No name, without her permission, so sorry those that would love to know.

I’m sure if she had her way, even at my age, if I gave her the chance, I’d be following in Clara Johnson’s footsteps in another way, the outfits at least, as I’m certain that short of her knowing someone that can program dancing skills into my mind, I couldnt match Clara on that front. Definitely not now, almost certainly never, but thats beside the point! And fine, a Vegas showgirls outfit might be different to some of the stuff Clara had to wear, though in truth, what I’ve seen of both, there wasnt that much difference! Oh fine, I’ll admit it, it would be fun, though it might be wise if I wasnt seen in public wearing it! Though if she had her way, and my actress attitude got together, well, who knows?

Certainly if I ever get to her corner of Florida, and I might, though not this year, I’m sure, I wouldnt be at all surprised to be offered the chance to be a ‘showgirl’ for the night, albeit, not the youngest, or prettiest of all time. But would I do it? Probably! Why not, its as close to Clara’s lifestyle as I¬† would ever be likely to get! Though I’m not having millions watch it at the cinema, unlike Clara did! Or I’m sure she did, in Vegas shows!

Yes, I’m going to Vegas next month, as its my transit point to Seattle going out, first time I’ve ever been there, or indeed to Nevada. Yes, state number 24 will be added to my list, not bad for a Brit! And no, Florida isnt on that list, nor is Oklahoma, both of which might be possibles for next year! So, reaching halfway…? No, I’m not going to give her the details of my flight times in Vegas, because I wouldnt put it past her have me met by someone with a Vegas showgirl outfit, if not a contract! Oh fine, I’d take the outfit like a shot, though maybe not the contract lol?

Oh fine, dear lady, if you do want to set that up, and ask, I’ll take my chances, and give you the flight details! ūüėČ

Right, video time. Firstly a live version. What I will say of this, is that if you are of a sensitive nature, or under adult age, go watch the alternate one! There is a lot more than just the song in this one

Alternate version, just the song, from a Top of the Pops recording, with a number of dancers in suitable outfits for a young lady, not a mature one like me

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An English sport in the US

Its amazing what you can watch on TV nowadays in terms of variety, and it also brings about ironic little moments too.

Earlier I was watching the NY Yankees beating up Chicago White Sox at baseball care of ESPN live from Yankees Stadium in New York. Hard to believe that 40 years ago, live coverage of anything from the US was quite something. Oh hell,¬†I’m showing my age again lol! I’m also getting ever more addicted to baseball, but dont worry Kate, I have no plans to support¬†‘that team from New York’ lol! Red Sox are still my second love, though Kansas might be on the move in levels of support, for obvious reasons!

But now, wait for it, I’m watching cricket live from Florida!¬†I know, shock horror, though I suspect most of the crowd are¬†ex-pats from cricket playing nations, especially the West Indies, one of the teams taking part. There might be a few Americans there, but I suspect in the vast minority.¬†Its only when you consider that about 100 years ago, one of the leading non national teams in the world was Philadelphia!¬†My, have things changed since then lol!

Ah, New York. The one US city I really have no desire to return to, far too loud and lively for quiet little me. Not even knowing that Louise Brooks lived there for a while is enough¬†to tempt me back lol! Its the one place that qualifies on that front, it has to be said. Yes, I set a story revolving around a ‘character’ that could be said to be based on her there, but Wikipedia is a wonderful thing for such matters. The everlasting memory I will always have of New York though, is a sad one. Yes, 25 years ago, I went up (with my partner) to the observation deck on¬†one of the World Trade Center buildings. 14 years later, I saw that¬†tower crash to the ground, an image that will probably live with me as long as I’m on this planet.

New York State, a whole different matter, will be going back there in April 2013 (Rochester), and a year later (Albany) as well. I plan next year to visit Buffalo as well, but go nowhere near NYC.

The video, well, this just seemed rather apt to me tonight, everything considered. If US Immigration want to make me a legal alien…that gives away the song surely?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d27gTrPPAyk