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Salsa Dancing In Chanclas

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, July 16, 2008 10:16pm | Post a Comment

As I watched The Spanish Harlem Orchestra blow the planks off The Santa Monica Pier last Thursday, I started to think about the degrees of dancing in the crowd. I was busy working at the Amoeba booth so I kept my thoughts to myself. Later, I overheard my co-workers George and Anel talk about exactly what I had been thinking.

George came up with the concept that there are three types of Salsa dancers. The first type is the “look at me” dancer-- those who took Salsa lessons and want to show off  every move they learned.

It may look great at a competition or even at a Salsa club, but on the packed Santa Monica Pier it looks a little awkward and out of place. Imagine a couple trying to dance in the middle of a busy airport terminal and that would give you an idea of what it looked like.

The next group is the Naturals. The Naturals are cool. They have been dancing to Latin music for years and it’s second nature. The Naturals tend to be the older folks or the younger generation who have been dancing since they were kids. Their moves are fluid and not showy, yet if one of the look-at-me’s called them on the dance floor they could hang with ease.

The last group consists of the rest of us: all the people who can’t dance, but try. Chanclas weren’t made for Salsa dancing and to watch the beach-goers give it a try in their flip-flops was nothing less than comical. I watched one couple try to do it. Not only were they wearing flip-flops, they were also dancing on a warped wooden pier while intoxicated, a trifecta for a potential disaster. Lucky for them, the only abuse suffered was my side hurting from laughing so hard.

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July 16, 2008

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Hellboy 2 ticket stub

Grauman's Chinese Theater

Grauman's Chinese Theater Courtyard

Hellboy 2 Poster
 

July 15, 2008

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Hellboy 2 ticket stub

Grauman's Chinese Theater

Grauman's Chinese Theater Courtyard

Hellboy 2 Poster

Grauman's Chinese Theater

Grauman's Chinese Theater Courtyard

Hellboy 2 Poster
 

(In which Job strays, but remains Faithfull in his heart.)

Posted by Job O Brother, July 16, 2008 09:10am | Post a Comment
Dresden Germany
My apartment. ...Or wait - No, this is a picture of Dresden after the bombing.

I’m looking around my apartment for a conversational starting point. My apartment is a mess right now, so there’s a lot to see:

A full hamper of clean clothes that I haven’t yet folded and tucked away.

The (amazing and important) Paul Robeson DVD box set that Criterion released. On top of that is the Nina Simone “Four Women” anthology that Charles loaned me.

My stereo, upon which some Marianne Faithfull recordings of Kurt Weill is playing.

Books everywhere, the closest of which, to me, is “Scum Manifesto” by that blithe and sparkling literary pixie, Valerie Solanas.

A drop-leaf table from Ikea that’s nearly completed construction (since February).

A computer upon which I’m writing an, as yet, trite and aimless blog.

I really should clean this place up.

You know, speaking of Marianne Faithfull, she came into Amoeba Hollywood not that long ago. Normally, when celebrities shop our store (every hour, it seems) I turn a blind eye. I don’t want to be “that guy” that demands some stranger’s time because I “feel” like I “know them” because they played some teen star’s mom on some trite and aimless sitcom.

However, when Kim and Logan came racing back to the soundtrack section to tell me they spotted the glorious Ms. Faithfull inside, I dropped everything and gave chase. I knew, from friends’ stories, that Ms. Faithfull was gracious; besides, I admire her so much that it would be an honor just to have her snub me, so I couldn’t lose, either way.

Wild Blue Yonder

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, July 16, 2008 01:08am | Post a Comment







The Vinyl Dreams design kinda rules. I always thought that the Pasha design was ridiculous-- just like the music they released. Actually, by my standards, that makes it a perfect design. The Asylum design really speaks to the imbibing going on back in their heyday-- trip out and pass the mirror dude, cuz I think I see a huge door floating in the sky that leads to the looney bin...
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