A post-discussion real-time observation with deliberate meta-cue
post-analysis for Bruce:
I joined a set in a class I was teaching, after having taught the
dance. My partner hadn't been standing for the teaching, I dragged him
up to complete a second set and avoid borrow-a-couple.
When we got to the top, I got involved in watching my class dance, and
forgot to start as a one. My partner, possibly assuming that I knew
what I was doing, possibly needing a cue himself, did not attempt to
cue me (to my knowledge). It is possible he gave me a questioning look
that I missed, but I don't think so.
Anyway, what I wanted/needed was a verbal cue to wake me up. I usually
argue for last minute cues, but here I would have liked one up to
eight bars before, and more would not have bothered me. "Terry" would
have been my first choice, followed by something like "Hello,
partner". A wave or frantic arm flapping may have worked, but I wanted
the verbal cue.