Formal?

May 26, 2008

Lloyd, School

Um, I guess in Lauren’s absence I’m suppose to post something? I looked through her recent photos and found some that I didn’t know about. The eighth grade girls planned an eighth grade “formal” dance, and asked me to help them with the music. It was all cute and stuff. The girls in their dresses and the guys not in jeans or shorts. We don’t see them so dressed up at the Fun Nights because they all play dodge-ball and other fun things.

When an 8th grade girl tells you it’s formal, you wear a tux.

There were times when all of the girls would rush out of the dance together, and the guys would just stand around looking at each other.

I’ve always wondered what it looked like in there.

They were oddly shy about dancing. Normally they dance together at the Fun Nights, but they were having trouble getting together for the “formal”. Eventually we taught them what a snowball dance was and that worked well. After that we introduced them to Lady’s Choice and Guy’s Choice dances that I remembered from 4-H dances. For those you can ask anyone to dance and they can’t say no. It’s weird that we needed to do that, because I didn’t see anyone say no to anyone all night long, and I was looking for that.

Lauren didn’t get any pictures of it, but it was too cute. Without anything in the way of instruction from us they organized the most embarrassing way possible to accomplish those dances. All of the guys would line up against one wall and the girls against the other and whoever had “choice” would slowly walk across the gym floor and point to the one they wanted to dance with. It was too funny.

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Lloyd Sommerer is a middle/high school teacher who likes to build websites, read books, grow beards, make fun of Lauren’s prototypes and eat the sauce of the picante.

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13 Responses to “Formal?”

  1. Deanne Said on:

    I don’t think I ever had the luxury of ladies choice!

    What is a snowball dance?

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  2. Peggy Said on:

    Geez Lloyd … you look like a movie star!

    And yea, what’s a snowball dance? And where’s Lauren?
    Are you eating properly?

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    • Lloyd Said on:

      You’ve probably seen it at a wedding where the bride and groom start dancing together and at certain intervals (whenever the DJ remembers)he says something like “snowball” and everyone who is currently dancing goes and gets a new partner from among those who are not yet dancing.

      I wanted to call it a cascading dance or an exponential growth dance, but Lindsay knew the right name.

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      • Karla Said on:

        Okay, you answered the first question, but not the second or third… Where’s Lauren (or what have you done with her) and are you eating properly (are you remembering to wash your hands before, are you using correct utensils, etc)?

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        • Lloyd Said on:

          Lauren’s sister, Keren, flew into Denver yesterday and they spent the day together before Keren and the boys went on to their parent’s house. Lauren is driving back from Denver even as I type this. Lauren couldn’t get off work any other time because her boss is such a hard assigner.

          As for eating, I am not entirely helpless nor completely without manners. And, had Lauren not left me with lots of yummy things in the refrigerator, I would be more than capable of inviting myself over to Beth’s for dinner.

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  3. Beth Said on:

    Funny. When I first glanced at that picture of you, I thought…”How did they get a picture of Sam in a tux?”

    You two must be related.

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  4. Brad Said on:

    You missed an opportunity: You should have invented a “Capricious God” dance, where you get to play god and match people up in whatever way amuses you.

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    • Lloyd Said on:

      Funny you should mention that. Before I started those other dances, one of the 8th grade girls came up and used the microphone to tell people who to dance with… and they did it. She’d tell two people to dance and off they’d go.

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  5. Lauren Said on:

    A fine, fine post, Lloyd! I couldn’t have done better myself. For the rest of the summer, this will be your responsibility. 🙂

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    • Beth Said on:

      YAY! Lauren’s back! We missed you.

      How’s Keren? How was the drive? How about giving me all your money? Oh wait…

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  6. Kristi Said on:

    What? No Flying Dutchmen???

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  7. Lloyd's Mom Said on:

    You do resemble Sam, I never realized that before!

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