This is the November 2004 issue of the
SSQQ Newsletter. It is written by Rick Archer.
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HEADLINES IN THIS ISSUE:
1. WHAT'S HAPPENING AT SSQQ.
2. FREE HALLOWEEN LINE DANCE WORKSHOPS BEGIN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 6-7 PM,
AND EVERY DAY NEXT WEEK MONDAY THRU FRIDAY SAME TIME. JUST SHOW UP! IT'S
FREE FREE FREE!
3. NOVEMBER DANCE CLASSES BEGIN THE WEEK OF SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24.
4. THE ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARTY WILL BE ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30 (AND
BELLAIRE POLICE CHIEF BYRON HOLLOWAY WILL BE BACK TO PATROL THE HALLOWEEN
PARTY PARKING LOT!!)
5. THE MOVIE "SHALL WE DANCE?" DEBUTS TO GOOD REVIEWS. JUDY ARCHER WILL
TEACH A SPECIAL BALLROOM WALTZ COURSE ON MONDAYS THIS MONTH IN HONOR OF
6. YOU BETTER WEAR A GOOD COSTUME TO THIS YEAR'S SSQQ PARTYGREATEST
COSTUMES IN THE HISTORY OF THE SSQQ HALLOWEEN PARTY PLUS THE RETURN OF
CAROL GAFFORD, A MEMBER OF THE SSQQ HALLOWEEN HALL OF FAME!
7. A REVIEW OF THE BEST 2003 HALLOWEEN PARTY COSTUMES
8. THE SSQQ HAUNTED HOUSE AND GEORGE GREGA'S LIGHT SHOW
9. ANNOUNCING THE JULY 2005 SSQQ CRUISE TO ALASKA (THIS TRIP ALREADY HAS
27 PEOPLE SIGNED UP!)
10. ANNOUNCING THE SEPTEMBER 2005 RHAPSODY REUNION CRUISE (THIS TRIP
ALREADY HAS 15 PEOPLE SIGNED UP!)
11. RICK AND MARLA GET MARRIED - THE FIRST THREE STORIES OF THE RECENT
RHAPSODY CRUISE ARE READY.
12. THE SSQQ LOGIC PUZZLE CLUB HIT A TOUGHIE LAST MONTH - THE RUSSIAN
13. LAST BUT NOT LEAST - WHEN WILL WE SEE THE NOVEMBER SSQQ NEWSLETTER?
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT SSQQ DANCE STUDIO
October has been an incredible whirlwind month. So much has happened I
have barely been able to get my breath.
Of course the headline has to be the amazing studio cruise trip that saw
120 SSQQ dancers take the ship by storm. For starters as most of you know,
Marla and I got married aboard the Rhapsody Cruise Trip down in Galveston.
This special event set the tone for the most spirited group we have ever
seen. I cannot begin to explain all the trouble these characters got into.
There was SO MUCH MISCHIEF it may be weeks before all the stories get
One story no one knows much about are the three conversations Marla and I
had with Captain Teige of the Rhapsody. On the fourth night of the trip,
we were honored by the invitation to dine with the Captain and 8 other
guests. To our complete surprise, at the end of dinner, the Captain
invited us to visit him on the bridge the following day. Marla and I had
coffee with the Captain and chatted about everything under the sun for
over an hour. On the last day of the trip, we had yet another half-hour
talk with the Captain as well.
What made these talks so curious was that I always had the feeling he
wished to elevate the role of social dancing aboard his ship, but did not
feel he knew me well enough to openly discuss it. If you had seen how much
fun our own group had dancing aboard the ship, there would not be an ounce
of doubt in your mind that an SSQQ dance program aboard the Rhapsody would
be a perfect fit.
Indeed, our own passengers saw this just as clearly as I did. Here is a
note from one of our cruisers, the lovely Stella Moore:
From: Stella Moore
To: Rick and Marla Archer
Sent: Tuesday, October 05, 2004 4:04 PM
Subject: Dancing aboard the Rhapsody
We played cards with several folks during the cruise and also met quite a
few people during the Art auctions. When we mentioned that we were with a
dancing group the majority seemed extremely interested and asked many
Several single ladies said that they love to dance and that they wish they
could find someone to dance with during the cruise. I think offering some
social dance classes and the opportunity to dance afterwards or in the
evenings would be a phenomenal idea. I guarantee you and the captain that
it would get a great response. Please let me know if you need any help
from an old accountant.
Thank you, so much, for the wonderful cruise! Stella (Staya)
The mystery behind why the Captain would be so gracious to grant us three
different audiences - two of them private - stayed with me for well over a
week after we returned from the trip. However, I have snapped out of my
funk and have begun making good progress in writing the complete story of
the trip. The first three stories are ready as we speak!
The Astros' run to the World Series has taken over the studio. Many of our
classes have been running at half-mast this month due to the phenomenal
interest in the first legitimate chance to go to the World Series in the
43-year history of the franchise. Even the people who show up have that
zombie-look due their preoccupation with Baseball. I have strongly
considered putting a TV in every room and teaching classes between
innings. Anything to get my students back!!
Here is a cute story:
From: Sharon Sallaway
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2004 8:24 AM
Subject: so who is the first baseman?
A few students in my fifth grade class think the answer is MIKE! Thank
From: Rick Archer
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2004 9:47 AM
To: Sharon Sallaway
Subject: RE: so who is the first baseman?
No, Mike isn't the answer. Just btw you and I the answer is "xxxx".
This is a very tough logic puzzle, by the way. Not to be disrespectful,
but I could not have solved a puzzle this difficult in the 5th grade.
From: Sharon Sallaway
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2004 10:24 AM
Subject: so who is the first baseman?
I was having a tough time with this puzzle myself. But I know some of the
kids will bring it home and do it with their parents. I needed something
on baseball today because we are here in Boston and the children are so
excited about the Red Sox.
From: Rick Archer
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2004 11:47 AM
To: Sharon Sallaway
Subject: RE: so who is the first baseman?
Hmm, nice work on bypassing the Yankees. What a surprise! Not only did you
break the curse of Babe Ruth, your team was the first baseball team in
history to come back from a 3-0 deficit. Very impressive.
By coincidence I live in Houston which is trying to make the world series
for the very first time today.
Since you are from Boston, I will take your note as a good omen.
From one cursed team to another, hope to play your Bosox in the Series
soon! Rick Archer
We are of course on the threshold of our 27th Annual Halloween Party. Our
parties just keep getting better and better. And I promise you if the
Astros are in the World Series that night, we will have the game on our TV
- you can dance between innings!
If you are a newcomer to the Halloween Party, one of the fun things we do
is dance 6 Halloween Line Dances - "I'm Your Boogie Man", "Ghostbusters",
"Black Magic Woman", "Monster Rap", "Thriller" and of course the famous
"Monster Mash". Several of these dances are very clever, but unfortunately
are too complicated to learn right on the spot. So we offer 6 free
workshops so our guests can learn the dances in advance. Each workshop is
from 6-7 pm. The first workshop will be Friday, October 22nd, and the next
five will be Monday through Friday next week, Oct. 25-29. Just show up and
As my friend Mike Fagan pointed out, the beauty of the Monster Mash is
that it is the only dance ever taught where really BAD DANCERS look sort
of good. Good dancers have trouble imitating Monsters, but Bad Dancers and
Monsters seem to look the same. As usual, when Mike says you look good out
there you don't know whether he complimented you or insulted you.
By the way, normally parking on the EAST side of First Street near the
studio is prohibited. However Assistant Bellaire Police Chief Byron
Holloway will be back again this year to insure the safety of our guests
and their vehicles. He has been kind to allow us to use both sides of the
street for parking. We are so fortunate to have him as a friend! Be sure
to tell him "Thanks!"
Don't miss the party - it is an incredible amount of fun!
NOVEMBER DANCE CLASSES BEGIN THE WEEK OF SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24.
The Highlights of the November Dance Semester include:
Gloria Sanchez will offer a course in BEG LINDY HOP on Sundays in November
at 4:30 pm. The last time Gloria taught Lindy Hop, the class was so
popular it continued for nearly half a year! Come discover the magic of
America's 1st Swing dance, the Lindy!
ADVANCED LATIN HUSTLE will be taught by Scott Ladell on Sundays at 4:30.
We hope to have the first Super Advanced class in studio history in
December. Obviously these advanced classes are dependent on "student
participation", so come support this terrific but somewhat overlooked
November features the start of a new WHIP/WEST COAST SWING SUPERCLASS
cycle. If you start now, we will have you "Whipping" at your Christmas
Party! SSQQ has the only program in Houston where you can take this
difficult class on 2 different nights (Sunday/Thursday) for the price of
one. Plus SSQQ is the only program that teaches the legendary Texas Whip
side by side w the popular West Coast Swing. Bryan and Rick will teach the
Sunday at 7 pm class and Bryan will team with Michelle Wann on the
Thursday class at 7 pm.
BEGINNING BALLROOM WALTZ will be taught by Judy Archer on Mondays by
request. It will cover the famous dance of Cinderella complete with
twirls, Twinkles & Promenades! This is the perfect dance to master with
Christmas coming as well as "Auld Lang Syne" at your New Year Party! As
one of the featured dances in the recent movie "Shall We Dance", this
gorgeous dance was also the most popular dance in October's Dancing in the
Moonlight class, beating out the Rumba and Foxtrot for clear popularity.
So we decided to offer a class that focuses on the most beautiful of all
the Ballroom dances.
The sizzling LATIN CHA CHA will be offered on Mondays with Charlene. This
beginning-level class thoroughly prepares you for Latin Cha Chas ("Need to
Know" - Marc Antony, "Killer Joe" - Tito Puente), 50s Cha Chas ("Under the
Boardwalk" - Drifters), Santana music ("Oye Como Va", "Black Magic Woman",
"Smooth"), and popular music like the Beach Boys' "Kokomo". And guess
what, you can even use the Cha Cha to a wide range of Western music with a
latin background. Cha Cha is a cool dance and very useful in a wide range
of dance situations.
Monday evenings in November marks the return of a favorite course: SLOW
DANCING FOR HOLIDAY PARTIES. Christmas and New Year is the only time of
year many people dance at all. This special course covering the lost art
of Formal Dancing is very useful! Rick and Bethany will cover Slow
Dancing, Foxtrot, and Waltz. After this class you will likely be the best
dancer at your Holiday Party! And let us add, it helps to be a "Smooth
Slow Dancer" when the romantic music comes on at the big New Year's Dance.
Don't forget Sharon Crawford's much-anticipated ADVANCED WESTERN CHA CHA
MARTIAN WHIP is taught by Rick Archer and Bethany Daniels on Thursdays.
Houston City WCS champion Bryan Spivey and his partner Lisa Palmer teach
the Friday night sequel known as the MARTIAN XTRA class. There is no
overlap between the two nights which means you pay one price and get the
second class for free.
Scott Ladell is a Competition Western dancer who has recently joined the
SSQQ Staff. By request, on Fridays Scott will be teaching the TRIPLE
TWOSTEP, an ultra cool competition dance that combines the best features
of Twostep and Polka. At the Extravaganza back in August, TRIPLE TWO was
the runaway favorite as the Sleeper Hit of the day. The workshop had
nearly 30 people, indicating a lot of interest in this unusual dance.
INTERMEDIATE WESTERN WALTZ returns on Fridays with Rick and Cher. This
dance is important to all you cowboys because it is beautiful, graceful,
romantic, and most of all irresistible to the ladies. A man who can Waltz
will never be lonely again
BACHATA is back on Saturdays with Linda Cook as is ZYDECO with Willie
Bushnell and Ronnie Alexander. Incidentally, have any of you noticed that
"King of Zydeco" has been seen taking our Whip classes on Thursdays?
That's right, Mr. Bushnell is showing unusual promise as our next great
Whip Dancer. Better watch out, Bryan Spivey!
Cheryl Denise will be teaching BRAZILIAN SAMBA in November on Saturdays at
4:30 pm. Samba is the national dance of Brazil and is famous as the Parade
Dance of Carnivale in Rio! Cheryl was a regular performer in the renowned
Carnival San Francisco who has recently moved to Houston. Cheryl's first
course in September was quite impressive.
This is what SSQQ Staffer Susan Schroeder had to say: "Rick, I had the
opportunity to take the Brazilian Samba class on Saturday. The turnout was
good and we started with 8 men and 11 ladies. Two couples bailed out as
soon as they realized it wasn't the American ballroom-style Samba, so we
ended up with 6 men and 9 ladies (10 with me). It isn't really a partner
dance so the imbalanced ratio isn't a problem. Cheryl is an excellent
instructor and was very encouraging.
Everyone seemed to have a great time in spite of looking somewhat spastic
at times. We cut loose at the end of class-we formed a circle and Cheryl
challenged each of us individually to dance with her in the center of the
circle to practice what we learned in class. There were many eyes peering
into Room 5's windows and doors to see what we were doing. I was expecting
to be very sore today from all the gyrating, but I actually feel okay!
Even though Cheryl mentioned something about doing situps next week, I'm
looking forward to the rest of the class. Susan S."
THE MOVIE "SHALL WE DANCE?" DEBUTS TO GOOD REVIEWS. JUDY ARCHER WILL TEACH
A SPECIAL BALLROOM WALTZ COURSE ON MONDAYS THIS MONTH IN HONOR OF THE
From the Houston Chronicle: Romantic 'Dance' is light on its feet!
By ERIC HARRISON
Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle
Shall We Dance begins on such a downcast note that it comes as a surprise
a few minutes later to discover it's a comedy, and a pretty good one at
John Clark (Richard Gere) is as colorless as his name, as boring as his
wardrobe, which tends toward gray. He has a good job as an attorney, a
lovely wife and a teenage daughter who doesn't despise him -- what more
could a man want?
Well, Jennifer Lopez, for one thing.
Lopez plays Paulina, a dance instructor. John spies her nightly on the
train ride home from work. She stands in the window, gazing out, forlorn.
At other times, he sees her teaching ballroom dance. It's only a matter of
time before he pays her a visit.
But don't worry, you Lopez-haters out there: Whenever she starts talking
in paragraphs instead of terse sentences, the movie falters, but her role
isn't large enough to ruin the movie.
And, truthfully -- though Lopez is the weakest actor in an extraordinarily
effective cast -- it isn't her acting that spoils her scenes but, rather,
The script is credited to Audrey Wells, the wonderful scribe responsible
for Guinevere, Under the Tuscan Sun and The Truth About Cats and Dogs. But
it feels like another writer was brought in to craft additional dialogue
for Lopez. The film is funny and touchingly romantic, but her dialogue
scenes are leaden.
Luckily, one thing Lopez does well is dance, and she does a lot of it. The
movie also fully exploits her flair for stirring self-presentation:
Despite Paulina's aloofness and stony visage, we never question why John
is so enchanted. She looks as if Michelangelo sculpted her from fine
On the subject of appearances, director Peter Chelsom and his
cinematographer have given the film a rich, burnished glow. Even a grimy
alleyway looks lovely. And one shot of the Chicago El, of all things, is
so beautiful it looks computer-generated.
This is a remake of a charming 1996 Japanese film in which rigid social
convention caused the characters to be embarrassed by their affection for
The Hollywood film had to find other reasons for the characters'
embarrassment and subterfuge. As a result, it's a psychologically richer
Incidental characters are given full-fledged back stories. And everyone
has a persuasive reason for wanting to keep their stories secret. This is
the rare remake that surpasses the original.
Gere isn't embarrassed by wanting to dance; he's ashamed that he isn't
happy, despite his privileged life. It pains him that he needs more than
his marriage provides.
Susan Sarandon plays John's wife, Beverly, a career woman so busy she
doesn't notice what's wrong. But when he starts habitually coming home
late from work, she hires a private detective to follow him.
Stanley Tucci is a co-worker with a secret life as a flashy, outrageous,
sequinned ballroom dancer. Hilariously, he wears fake teeth and a long wig
to hide his identity.
Gere has never been better. He gives a touching, funny, unaffected
performance as a man first drawn to another woman by her beauty but who
discovers that it isn't necessarily an affair he's after.
Having shed the preening self-consciousness of his youth, Gere has become
a purer actor. Rarely has he been this loose, this natural.
The term "romantic comedy" has been cheapened by so many carelessly made,
clichι-ridden star vehicles that it feels wrong to apply it to Shall We
Dance, but no other term fits.
It is a grandly romantic tale, a bracing affirmation of love with some
surprising twists. Call it a "chick flick" if you must. I call it a funny,
well-acted adult tale about the difficulty of holding onto happiness.
Judy Archer will teach a special "Ballroom Waltz" course on Mondays
starting October 25th at 7 pm. The Waltz was a featured dance in the movie
(one of the best scenes had Richard Gere waltzing with J Lo.) Then after
class, you can stay and practice your Waltz in a room all to yourself to
lovely Waltz music each Monday Night.
By the way, have any of you seen the movie? If you have some comments,
send them to Rick Archer at firstname.lastname@example.org I am curious to see what you
thought of the show.
SSQQ HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS
So are you ready for the big party on Saturday, October 30th? Do you have
your costume? You better get one! And it better be a good one.
We take costumes VERY SERIOUSLY and we keep PERMANENT photographic
evidence each year that indicates just how hard you tried. Tim Knight of
TFW Computers did an excellent job last year and will be back again this
year to document each and every visitor to the party. Knock yourself out a
People whine to me all the time, "How can I wear a good costume and still
dance??" Well, here's the answer - get the best darn costume you can find.
Wear it while you stand in line to enter the party. Wear it while you get
scared out of your wits in the Haunted House. Wear it for thirty minutes
in Room 2 while you drink a glass of wine, eat Judy Archer's cookies and
walk around checking out the other costumes. Seeing all the costumes is
Be sure to get Tim Knight to take your picture. Have him take another. Why
go to all that trouble and not get your picture taken? Then when you are
ready to dance, go dump your costume like everyone else does on the couch
in Room 2 and go Boogie.
For example Linda Cook did this exact thing a couple years ago. She came
as two trees and a hammock. You don't believe me?? Well, check it out:
When she was ready to dance, off came the tree and out on the floor went
Linda. This proves you can have your costume and dance at the party too.
There is a darker reason to wear a good costume. As you may have heard, we
get a lot of 'Halloween Celebrities' at our party. They are right at home
here at SSQQ. They like the Haunted House a lot and tell me our Monster
Mash is very similar to the one they dance in the graveyard. But like any
"Celebrity", they need a little something 'extra' to make it worth their
while to attend, a sort of Appearance Fee. So we have a simple deal - I
give the Celebrities permission to eat anyone wearing blues jeans in the
Haunted House. If you study our pictures, you won't see ANYONE wearing
blue jeans. That doesn't mean people don't try. It just means they didn't
quite make it out of the Haunted House
Speaking of Celebrities, this year marks the return of my friend Carol
Gafford, an SSQQ Halloween Hall of Fame member. (
With her marvelous figure, Carol
is always a welcome sight. But Carol has a sense of style too - she once
came dressed as Elvira. Her costume, makeup, and figure resulted in a
near-perfect clone of her famous counterpart. We got a picture to prove
it! You will just have to see how perfect it is to believe it (http://ssqq.com/information/hallocostume10.htm)
Carol was a member of the famous Tom Easley Look a Like generation
of characters that included my two recent "Best Men" - Mike Fagan and Tom
Easley. Not long ago, Carol's fiancι Rick Mullet got curious about the
dancing. He joined Carol and Tom and his wife Margaret here at the studio
one night. Suspicious at first and wary of a trap, Rick looked around and
got interested in the Western dancing. So he got brave and gave it a try.
He is now an "A" Western Swing student in the October Advanced Western
Swing class. Now that her honey is a dancer, Carol is ready to make a
and the Party will be better for it!
THE SSQQ HAUNTED HOUSE AND GEORGE GREGA'S LIGHT SHOW
One reason the SSQQ Halloween Party is so special is because so many
people contribute to make it special. Two people who went way out of their
way to make the party special last year were Judy Archer and Susan
Schroeder. These two creative ladies spent an entire day creating an
amazing recreation of the Mummy as part of our Egyptian Room. The Mummy
has had a bad year in my garage, but hopefully Judy and Susan can patch
him up for this year's party. Be careful, though. The Mummy hasn't eaten
in a year. The first pair of blue jeans he sees will likely go Mummy
So what do Judy and Susan have planned for this year? We'll never tell,
but I have a feeling the recent death of the marvelous Janet Leigh has
created a little "Psycho" nostalgia in their imaginations. This should
make for an especially interesting walk through the Haunted House, yes?
Another person who contributed in a big way was George Grega. At last
year's party, George debuted his amazing light show which added so much
mystery and excitement to an atmosphere already supercharged with energy.
Bless his heart, George will be back this year with the same light show
and maybe some other tricks as well.
A REVIEW OF THE BEST 2003 HALLOWEEN PARTY COSTUMES
Sadly, I don't always know the names of the winners of the year's Best
Costume Contest. I just know that picking the Ten Best is so difficult I
always add a second page for the Next 10 Best because there are so many
excellent costumes to choose from. Amazingly, we still get some original
costumes as well. (By the way, coming dressed as an Astro fan will not be
considered "original" - I'll tell the "Celebrities" about you! You can do
better.) I think my favorite from last year were the five colorful "Far
East" costumes worn by Garald and Virginia McEathron combined with Melissa
Gauthier, Randy Winfrey, and LeeAnn Tran. They were gorgeous.
The 2003 Halloween Party was so big we had nearly 400 guests. Don't
believe us? We have 300 pictures from last year's party? Go check them out
the faces and add them up. We had a lot of people at last year's
unbelievable party. That was then and this is now. If enough of you use
some imagination and come up with some clever outfits, this year's party
is bound to be just as good or even better!
THE SSQQ LOGIC PUZZLE CLUB HIT A TOUGHIE LAST MONTH - THE RUSSIAN BALLET!
2005 October Winners
1. Steve Upchurch (Three Months in a row; a Rising Star!)
2. Holly Soehnge (First Time Winner on our Toughest Puzzle, could she be a
3. Ritesh Laud (Eight Victories in a row!)
4. Karen Babb (Three Months in a row; Karen and Steve are tough!)
5. Susan Arevalo (Fourteen Months in a row, just one month behind the
6. Ruth Feng (Second time winner, skipped last month but won in August)
7. Jeff and Connie Woodman (Fifteen Months in a Row, but this was a close
8. Ann Faget (Fifteen Months in a Row, but sent her answer in right at the
Last month's logic puzzle was so HARD that even our superstars nearly
stumbled! Read for yourself:
From: connie & jeff woodman
Sent: Thursday, October 14, 2004 7:00 AM
To: Rick Archer
Subject: puzzle -NO answer!
you stumped us rick
i must be missing something but i cant get only one solution. i keep
getting to the point where there are several solutions.
what am i missing??? Connie
From: FAGET, ANN
Sent: Tuesday, October 19, 2004 9:34 PM
To: 'Archer, Rick'
Subject: logic puzzle october
Hi Rick - this has got to be the most difficult puzzle ever. I had to make
some assumptions from some clues I thought were somewhat ambiguous. I hope
I got this one right. BTW, other solvers with stage experience may have
told you that your diagram was technically incorrect with reference to
'stage left' and 'stage right'. On stage, 'stage left' refers to the
performer's left as he faces the audience and 'stage right' to his right.
So when an actor get a direction to move 'stage left', he doesn't have to
turn himself around to figure out which way to go, he just moves to his
left. In your diagram, 'stage left' is actually 'audience left' and 'stage
right' is actually 'audience right'. Ann
Do you get the feeling our champions are faltering?? Well, too bad,
because this month's puzzle is just as tough.
The November Logic Puzzle: The Office Building Layout
Frank Goo, President of the Ooey Gooey Candy Company, looked at the papers
scattered over his desk and swore under his breath. When this proved
ineffective, he swore even more.
"Look at the time wasted by those nincompoops who work for me!!" he
hollered. "All they ever do is send stupid memos back and forth when they
should be working!"
Then with a violent impulsive sweep of his hand, he sent all the notes and
memos flying in the general direction of the wastebasket.
Had Mr. Goo been in a less aggravated mood, he might have noticed that
clues contained within each memo just happened to describe the office
layout. Can you match each of the 13 rooms in Goo's candy company with its
position on the floor map shown?
LAST BUT NOT LEAST, CRUISE NEWS
THE JULY 2005 SSQQ CRUISE TO ALASKA (THIS TRIP ALREADY HAS 27 PEOPLE
Usually Marla and I wait till about 4 months ahead of time to form our
next cruise, but maybe we've learned something. This time we are giving
people nine months preparation time!
Marla and I have been astonished at the preliminary interest in this trip.
We have come to the conclusion that a lot of people have nursed the dream
to make this trip for a long time. Now with the chance to go with many of
their friends from the studio, the time is right. It is more fun to share
an experience of this magnificence with a friend. We have a chance to make
this the most incredible trip in studio history. One warning - don't
expect a lot of Moonlight Dancing! It stays light practically all day.
(Maybe this trip I can talk Marla into an inside cabin)
THE SEPTEMBER 2005 RHAPSODY REUNION CRUISE (THIS TRIP ALREADY HAS 15
PEOPLE SIGNED UP!)
A trip as magnificent as the one we just
completed has the makings of MANY SEQUELS. More information to follow.
RICK AND MARLA GET MARRIED - THE FIRST THREE STORIES OF THE RECENT
RHAPSODY CRUISE ARE READY.
AND SO WHAT ABOUT THE NOVEMBER
NEWSLETTER ON THE SSQQ WEB SITE?
Well, I have X amount of hours in the day. Next week I have to start
classes, put the Halloween Party together, teach the Halloween Line Dances,
and generally go nuts. I will only have enough time to write about one
thing, Newsletter or Cruise Gossip.
As I send you this email, I have so many stories and pictures from the
recent cruise that I am unbelievably overwhelmed. I can write the
Newsletter for November or I can print vicious RUMORS about people like
Mr. Handsome, Center of Attention, The Great Gabino, Gina Lollobridgida,
Grapevine, Violet Steplightly, the Goldmine, the Beatles Story, the
Bloodbath Volleyball Match at Cozumel, Zizzling Birds and Bees Gossip,
the Horizontal Elevator Story, and best of all
the Steamy Gatorade Hot Tub Tales. Do you want to hear some more boring
complaints or some juicy scandal?? Do you want to see pictures of Mr.
Handsome strutting in girl's clothes or read about the best new vocabulary
word? Do you want to hear some more boring complaints or some juicy
scandal?? Do you want to see pictures of Mr. Handsome strutting in girl's
clothes or read about the best new vocabulary word? Do you want to see
pictures of the Great Gabino sucking the blood right out of
well if I
write more this email won't get past any of the censors, now will it??
SSQQ Dance Studio