[Anselm, my last issue of the digest gave all these subject lines as
"Unidentified subject!". I think this is a thread worth keeping --
can you check that they're OK in the archives?]
This is a wonderful, lively discussion! I especially like Norah's
comment about helping out of habit, and Peter Hastings' note that
we'll often receive help in the form that the helper wants to give. I
suspect that by the time I get to writing up my notes, all the points
will have been made.
I still think there's an opportunity for us to learn more than we
already know about this subject. Most of us have detailed information
about how WE like to get help, but not about how others do. Please,
if you happen to make a mistake :-) tell us in detail about a specific
experience. Your perspective may be different from ours; and if many
people report in, we may see some categories. (Mel, you've drawn fine
ones. I'm not suggesting that they're incorrect, just hoping for some
live data to confirm them and perhaps suggest others).
Norah, > Was this a quick-time or a strathspey?
Quick-time. > What was the figure you were too late to join?
Four hands across. > What is your definition of "successfully"?
It depends on the figure. In this one I stayed out because I'd have
had to muck up my steps and posture to join without slowing down the
other dancers. If staying out would have confused them (e.g. if it
were reel of 3) I'd have joined in. If the figure would have put me
in a new place, I'd have joined in. Is that what you wanted to know?
Bruce Hamilton Hewlett-Packard Laboratories MS-4AD
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