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From the OJ archives. We spent ages watching the country stage at Pride in San Francisco. Partner dancing is pretty alien to me anyway, but the courtly behaviour that goes with this style even more so. So conservative in so many ways.

Alfie says:

was there any authenticity you could see?
I don't know what dynamics might drive this sort of meet, but it has to be a product of repression coupled with naivety/ new-ness or something right?

7th Dec 2006, 11:59

swamprose says:

OJ, just so you know canada is NOT the place to emigrate--our new prime minister, mr harper (best buddy of bush) has asked parliament to vote on gay marriage. It's already been through the courts and is irreversible, but he is busy avoiding things like our dismal pollution performance through these kind of antics. bluerrgh.

and the dance is close to louisianna two step, which even I can do, given the right zyedeco music.

7th Dec 2006, 12:45

OJ says:

I had heard a little bit about that Swamprose, but not much. B**tards is all I can say. I'm seriously concerned about the prospect of Fluffy Conservative in Sheep's Clothing Cameron getting into office over here and attempting to roll back all those nasty liberal rights we now have.

Alfie, I'm not sure what you're getting at? What's the question? Country is huge in the States and the dancers seemed to be pretty much steeped in that culture, just also gay. They did lots more elaborate dancing too...

7th Dec 2006, 13:05

Alfie says:

Sorry, when you said conservative, and that its very formal, that sort of background often makes stuff quite false seeming. I was just interested to find out whether you felt they were digging what they were doing.

7th Dec 2006, 16:52

Rich says:

Yeah, I bet they were having fun dancing, Alfie.

Did your parents never sit you down and tell you about the small c and the big C conservatism?

7th Dec 2006, 16:56

OJ says:

Oh I see what you mean. They were definitely having fun, there was some very smoochy country and western going on. It just interests me to see the formality of what is such a small-c conservative style being acted out by gay people. But you do get conservative gays these days, I think they call it progress though I couldn't vouch for it.

*Of course some country is not conservative. Must add that.

7th Dec 2006, 18:48

MaggieD says:

Best party I went too recently was a gay Barn Dance it Bethnal Green .... it was brilliant! ..... but then again I have never been to a rave (or is it rage?) .... have to add that there were many 'young couples' there as well ....

7th Dec 2006, 19:50

Viv says:

they were having fun and in it's way it's free fun and accessible - it's part of their way of life rather than conservative, this is what they were brought up on - what is there to reject?
Just foreign to you.

9th Dec 2006, 10:24

swamprose says:

hey oj, it's okay to emigrate. parliament voted not to reopen the subject. it's not going to change. it's law.:)

9th Dec 2006, 14:13

OJ says:

swamprose - pphew. Wonder what I'd have to do to make Canada want me to emigrate...

Viv - Whoah there. I wasn't actually criticsing in the pejorative sense, certainly not rejecting. I spent ages watching, was fascinated and found it an interesting phenomenon. Who's rejecting anything?

11th Dec 2006, 11:34

swamprose says:

oj, you and v could just come for pride week in Toronto. it's wonderful.and you have a place to stay.

11th Dec 2006, 13:22

OJ says:

Oh thank you! That does sound very tempting. I'm not sure we can afford to cross the Atlantic for our hols two years on a row, but if we can it would be great.

Are you still planning on heading over here for a visit? With Factotum?

11th Dec 2006, 13:24

swamprose says:

Facto and I have got as far as nailing down dates--last two weeks of May. hope you will be around.

11th Dec 2006, 13:47

OJ says:

I look forward to it.

11th Dec 2006, 16:37

nige says:

*still sending the mojo*

15th Dec 2006, 13:35