sit out corner

Leslie Henderson

Message 28815 · 9 Dec 2001 02:53:11 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Here's another one to which I'll make several references....

Stella F <xxxxxxx@xxxxxxxx.xxx> wrote:
'Must be many of us who, having tried to sit out but want to enjoy
watching, have been beguiled into joining a set because they need "just
one more person pleeeaaase". If we had a designated "sit out corner"
no-one sitting there would be "expected or required" to fill a set.'

And Pia Walker <xxxxxxxx@xxxxx.xxx> wrote:
'Sit out Corner = the bar : )'

I'm with you on that Pia! But....
The problem with this is that not all of us are comfortable going to the
bar to 'escape.' (Read that how you will.)

Donald S. Sarna <xxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx> wrote:
'I'm for a sit-out section within the dance hall. Why should we have to
go
to the bar or kitchen? Why can't we just sit in a designated area and
observe the dance? Just because we want to rest doesn't mean we should
have to leave the room.'

Now, here's the thing: There may be one or two of you out there who can
claim never to have wanted to 'escape' a dance, for whatever reason, but
you are in the minority. Most of the dances I've been to recently have
been staged in such a way that escape was, at least in theory, possible.
However, every time I attempted escape, someone, sometimes several
someones, came into the 'nether regions' (AKA the kitchen, the bar, the
break room, the lobby, the terrace, the....
....you get the idea)

and BEGGED (some harder than others) for more dancers.

Try as I might, there is no such thing as a 'sitting out' zone. In my
experience. You'd have to go sit in the car not to be looked at, cajoled,
pleaded with, begged, harrangued, and generally made feel guilty, as all
the WHOLE HALL who'd only lost 10 MINUTES waiting to put together that
LAST SET was YOU!!!

I like Margaret Sarna's <xxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx> suggestion:
'I'm for a sit-out section within the dance hall. Why should we have to
go
to the bar or kitchen? Why can't we just sit in a designated area and
observe the dance? Just because we want to rest doesn't mean we should
have to leave the room.'

But how about a 'Please don't ask us to dance.' sign, rather than "DON'T
EVEN BOTHER...!' I know it's all in good fun, but let's not hurt
someone's feelings unnecesarily on the way there!

Pia also had some wonderful potential names for such a zone...
THE STEP IN
BAR 9
THE OFF BEAT
THE SAIR FEET [my favorite]

How about:
BAR NONE
THE 4 BY
DINNE ASK

Anybody got any others?
(Oooooh, I feel a thread coming on....)

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Leslie Hastings
of Edinburgh UK

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