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2011-4. Old Man Dancing

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Dancing has always been important to me. I know that is a pretty broad word, though. There are so many different types of dancing. One of my earliest memories is of my Grandmother laughing and appreciating my dancing as a pre-school kid. I also have fond memories of dancing with my cousin, Mary Griffin at the Candy Shop in Palouse when I was about 12 or 13. We did the twist and I could do a backbend, practically to the floor. In 1964, I remember going to dances in Escondido. The Gay Disco Seventies was a decade of disco dancing. In the eighties, I frequented Page Hodel's club called "The Box" which was located on Divisadero Street in San Francisco. Through the rest of my life, until the present, I still love to go dancing. This is one of the things I enjoy so much about gay cruises. There is a Tea Dance every afternoon and a dancing party every night. I still visit various gay clubs in San Francisco to dance. Badlands, on 18th Street, in the Castro is the most consistent for being a place with decent dj's that play decent music for dancing. 

When I say "decent music for dancing," I mean "disco" and it's descendent which is now just called "dance music." Of course, different people would have different definitions of what "decent dance music" consists of. For me, 9 out of 10 songs for dancing should have vocals. Instrumentals,  electronica, and techno are boring. Most techno is interchangeable and just drones on and on. A lot of D.J.'s seem to love techno. I haven't quite figured out why. Maybe D.J.'s like it because it is probably easier to "mix" as it is all very similar, with similar beats per minute. Nobody really notices where one song ends and another begins. Songs with vocals may require a little more creativity from D.J.'s to mix one song into the next. 

A friend has told me that you have to be on drugs like ecstasy to enjoy techno. Maybe that's true. My friend says that people on ecstasy like the predictability and lack of variation of techno. I personally hate techno. 

When I was young, I did try some modern jazz dance classes and tap dancing classes but didn't follow through with either but do love seeing modern jazz in musicals like "West Side Story," or tap dancing in so many classic musicals. 

Milton and I tried "country-western" dancing with gay groups but counting 1-2-3, 1-2-3 and trying to stay in time was a little more difficult for Milton so we quite going to the classes. Sometimes I think it would be fun to take ballroom dancing but have never got around to actually doing it. 

In 2011, I was determined to lose a few pounds and so I started yet another diet and started exercising yet again to burn off calories. My favorite form of exercise is dancing. I have found that if I go to a gay club and dance for a couple of hours, I could lose a couple pounds in one night. Probably most of it is water weight but some actual fat burns too. 

When I started my New Year's resolution diet January 7th, 2011, I thought it would be helpful to take a little video so, when all the fat started melting off, I could look back and see where I started. Sadly, the fat never quite all "melted" off but I still have this video as an example of what an old man looks like when he dances. Me in my sixties. 

 

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01. Introduction

03- Dads Family

03- Photos of my Father and his family

04- My Mother's Family

04- Photos of my Mom

04- Video of my Mom

04- Walling Family Reunions

04-Audio Files of My Mom

04. Billie

04. Ole

04.1. Forbidden Dreams of Love

04.2. Flames of Forbidden Love

04.3 Mom Writing Her Life Story

05- Jim Tarbert

05. Roger

1950's Grandview to Toppenish

1957-1958 1st Grade

1958-1959- Third Grade

1959- Palouse

1961- 4th Grade- Last time I wore a dress

1962- Abilene

1963- Escondido- Early 60's

1964- Darlene Marries Chuck

1964- My Beatle Haircut

1964-The Luv Please

1965 or 1966- Steve Castle

1965- In Foster Care

1966 Living with Darlene & Chuck in Seattle

1967- Juvenile Hall

1976- I Praise Thee (poem to Stanley)

1976- My Second Lover, Stanley Dunne

1976- Paul McCartney and Wings

1976-1330 Bush Street #9J

1977- 1667 Haight Street

1977- Trip to San Diego with Mary Jo

1977-1980- Tumultuous Relationship with John Perry

1978- 525 Haight Street

1979- September- Dad is Murdered

1980's- AIDS- Death and Dying

1980- Winter- First Trip to New York

1980- Word, Sound and Power

1981- Milton- Falling in Love

1982-1993 465 Waller Street

1982-1994 Computers to MacNursing

1984- 33rd Birthday

1985- Graduation from Nursing School

1985- Trip to Hawaii (Oahu)

1988- MIdnight Caller

1989- Earthquake!

1991- Aug 10th- Mom Passes Away

1991- Black Males in Oils

1991- Crack of My Life

1993- Move to Vallejo & Our First Home

1995-1. Road Trip to Washington

1995-2. Surprise Trip to Vegas

1995-3. Grandmother Rogers & Aunts Visit Darlene's

1995-4. Amber

1998- Camping at Russian River

2000 -Thoughts about Progressive Christians

2000- Resignation from John George

2001- April- Trip to Cancun

2001- Peace and Justice

2001- September 11th

2002- April-Puerto Vallarta & Blue Bay Getaway

2002- Nov 12th- My Stepfather, George McHenry Passes Away

2003- Trip to D.C. and N.Y.

2004- Feb- Road Trip to Baha Mexico

2004- Walling Family Reunion in Spokane

2005- Christmas Poem

2005- Darlene Visit for Pride Celebration

2005- Trip to Orlando

2005-1. Europe- London

2005-2. Europe- Paris

2005-3. Europe- Venice

2005-4. Europe- Florence

2005-5. Europe- Rome

2005-6. Europe- Athens

2005-7. Knee Surgery & Tongue Biopsy

2006 Christmas Poem

2006- February 23- Times Herald

2006- Palm Springs White Party

2006- Trip to Seattle

2006-July 8th Solano Peace and Justice Coalition BBQ

2007- Feb- Carnival Destiny- Our First Cruise

2007- Tre and Casey Visit

2008- Aug 15-18 Spokane Visit

2008- Psycho Song

2009- Honored by Vallejo Gay Network

2009- Women in Oils

2010 Christmas Poem

2010- Feb. R.C. Mariner of the Seas Mexican Riviera Cruise

2010- June 24- Badlands

2010- Trip to Seattle

2010-1. Europe- Amsterdam

2010-2. Europe- Paris

2010-3. Europe- Barcelona & Sitges

2010-4. Europe- Madrid

2011-1. Feb. My Fabulous 60th Birthday Weekend

2011-2. April- L.A., Palm Springs & "The White Party"

2011-3. Poem- Girl From Medical Lake

2011-4. Old Man Dancing

2011-5. May- Misty and Alex Visit

2011-6. August- Darlene and Sean's Visit

2011-7. Alex 16-18 & Pics

2012- March- Carnival Splendor Mexican Riviera with Family

2013- Wedding

2014- Christmas Poem

2014- First Gay Cruise

2014- September Road Trip to San Diego

2015- Seasonal Affective Blues

2015- Second Gay Cruise

2015- War on Christmas poem

2015-"Badlands" and Gay Bar Etiquette

2015-September 8. Political History

2016 Do Not Speak for Gay Males

2016- April- Palm Springs RV Adventure

4/4/2016- Not Going Along to Get Along

9/4/15- Liberals vs Conservatives

Forbidden Dreams of Love- Click for story.
Escondido 1960's- Click for story
My Dad's Family- Click for story.
1973 "You have to be hurt..." Click to read the story.
Summer of Love- Click to read story.
The Psychedelic Experience- Click to read story.
Me in first grade- Click for story.
4th Grade- Click for story.
Women in Oils- Click for story
5th Grade in Abilene Tx- Click for story
1982-1993 Waller Street- Click to read story.
2015- 2nd Gay Cruise- Click to read story.
Earthquake! Click to read story.
My Mother- Click for more photos.
2005 Darlene Visit for Gay Pride- Click for story.
1973- Psych Tech Program- Click for story.
Me in 3rd grade- Click for story.
Grandview- Click for story
Click to read "Introduction."
1964- Luv Please- Click for story.
Gay Disco 70's- Click for story
2005- Darlene Visits for Gay Pride- Click to read story.
Black Men in Oils- Click to read story
Palouse- Click for story
2014- Road trip to San Diego- Click for story.
2015- 2nd Gay Cruise- Click for story.
1974- First Trip to Europe- Click to read story.
1967- Summer of Love- Click to read story.
Darlene Marries Chuck- Click for story.
Second Gay Cruise- Click for story.
Beatle haircut- Click for story.
1970's Promiscuity- Click for story.
Me in my 20's in 1970's- Click for story.
2001 Trip to Cancun- Click to read story.
Where I was born- Click for story.
Photos of Dad & His Family- Click for story.
1958-1959- 3rd Grade- Click to read story.
1957-1958 1st Grade- Click to read story.
Cockettes & Angels of Light- Click for story
1974- On Larkin Street- Click for story.
Amber- Click to read story.
2001 Trip to Cancun- Click to read story.