So I went to Tango Element last night, and the place was like a castle on the inside. The hotel was transformed from a masonic temple and it was breathtakingly beautiful. I bought new shoes, but now that I’m out of the moment in which I saw them and immediately fell in love, I think they might be a bit small. My arches barely touch the shoe at all. I know they are high, but this is too much.
The place was packed. My first dance was with D in my new shoes and we could barely move. I had to change to my old ones after two tandas because I was completely unused to the height. I think my favorite tanda was my last one with a guy named Alexis from NYC. I just found out he’s an instructor! I think he was the one who did a bunch of wraps. He asked me where I learned to dance and had heard of JS but not met him, and he said that all he knows about J is that I’m his student and he did a really good job. I also got to dance with Jeff again, and did two tandas with a Thai pharmacist from Montreal. People travel so far to come to these things. Professionally organized tango festivals rather than just school things are just amazing. Me and B were pointing out all these overwhelmingly extravagant decorations or details in the rooms we saw to each other. Now I understand why the milonga alone was $35.
I wish Y could have been there and I would have liked to dance with L again, but overall it was an excellent night.
We were working with Dr. S today, the prosthodontist, and yeah his procedures are really unpredictable. The last woman who came in though, she shocked me a little because she’s an otherwise beautiful woman, but she smiled to greet us and all of her front teeth, six top and three bottom were missing. I just looked her up and she had been hit by a car while biking. She brought photos of herself from before the accident for Dr. S to reference, and she had a great smile. She was like a worship leader for a church or something too. Dr. S stepped out for a few minutes to consult with the secretaries about pricing, and it was quiet in the exam room with her. She looked so wistful and sad. I didn’t know what to say.
I don’t quite know what I want to specialize in, but prosthodontistry would be a worthwhile field. I just haven’t seen the operating part of the practice yet, and I’d need to learn how to speak to people better.
I finally had enough information to find his full name and from that was able to find his CV. (I’m such a creeper, god.) He teaches at Georgetown and has a dozen publications! What?? He’s so humble and quiet about his life.
Chicho and Juana were in town this weekend. Y invited me to take some of their classes with him. On Saturday, R hosted his big monthly milonga but this time it went all night. LH from NYC came down for the weekend of classes. L and D knew him already so I got introduced while us students were helping set up. W was helping too so I actually spoke to him a little and he danced with me at all the milongas we were at together afterward yay! I didn’t get to dance with LH until Monday though, I’m pretty sure because I can’t cabaceo. I always feel too awkward. I made just a few really quick glances over to his table on Monday and he somehow caught one of them near the end. L said his embrace is really cuddly and it totally is. He’s one of those people who moves his hand around your back a lot, not rubbing but just settling it down lightly. I think I still like Y’s embrace better though. He kind of hugs all the way around but also switches to open, which is much more fun.
So Y is kind of bad at musicality. I didn’t expect that because he usually follows the mood of the music pretty well and hits the main beats, but in our first class on musicality, Chicho and Juana taught a lot of syncopated patterns and he just couldn’t get them. The second class was on sequences and it was my best class experience ever. Chicho and Juana aren’t super involved as teachers, they mostly just talk and demonstrate, but Y picked up all the sequences pretty much immediately and when practicing distributed them with other steps so well. It’s nice having the same partner for an entire class too so you can really experiment and make that sequence yours, as long as they’re actually picking it up that is.
I can’t stop thinking about him. He has pretty green eyes and such a cute smile that emerges from an angry resting face. And him nudging me to the right position for a colgada..
He drove me home after the class today. Here’s some of what I learned during the ride. He started learning tango only between five and six years ago, so two or three years longer than me. He went to Argentina three years ago for a month. He’s from Ukraine and grew up under the Soviet Union. He moved to the US the year I turned 3 to study economics in NJ, and then got his PhD in Maryland.
There were a ton of visiting dancers for the Chicho and Juana weekend. I danced with a Chris all the way from CA and a Jeff from CN. Both were great dancers. Chris called me baby after the tanda though and was like mmm I want to dance with you again so that was a little creepy.
But overall this weekend had some of the best milongas I’ve had in a long time.
As I promised on Spring, here is my another giveaway! Now it’s time for kpop giveaway. Finally I bought some albums for myself and my lovely followers~ So there will be one winner and will get one of these packages:
- BTS Package
BTS — 2 Cool 4 Skool Single Album
BTS — O!RUL8,2? Mini Album
BTS — Skool Luv Affair Mini Album
BTS — Skool Luv Affair Special Edition
- EXO Package
EXO — EXO’s First Box
EXO K — Overdose Mini Album
EXO M — Overdose Mini Album
EXO K — XOXO Album (kiss)
- B.A.P Package
B.A.P — B.A.P First Sensibility Album
B.A.P — Uplugged 2014 Single Album
B.A.P — Power Mini Album
B.A.P — Official Postcard Set
Read and follow the rules below, please. The Kpop Album Giveaway will end on August 20th midnight-11.59PM (GMT+8) The winner will be chosen with random.org; This giveaway is international! Anyone can join~ Good luck!!☆.。.:*・°☆
I started working at the dental clinic and it’s better than I dreamed it could be. There are three dentists in the practice: a pediatric dentist, a prosthodontist, and an oral surgeon, coincidentally the three specialties I was considering most seriously. The pediatric dentist is the cutest and sweetest woman. The prosthodontist is also a lecturer and he’s very good and thorough at teaching things, from what I’ve seen so far but also allows you to learn from finding your own way. I’ve already begun assisting and start-to-finish setting up and sterilizing tools and the patient rooms. I learned more in just the first day than I did in a month of working with Dr. H. The other assistants are really friendly too and I like and feel comfortable with everyone there. I can’t believe how good this turned out to be.
That bitch waited until I can’t find another person to sublease to tell me she can’t take the apartment. She had a month to contact her financial aid. Where am I going to get $678 in 2 weeks without a job?
B and I went to see Beyonce and Jay-Z on Monday. We were nearly 2 hours late with the traffic and then trying to find our way to the stadium from the garage we parked at. But it was amazing. Her voice is so perfect and the way they performed Holy Grail…I liked it better than the original. They seemed really in love too. I can’t imagine having that sort of life. I can appreciate them from afar but seeing her in person (or from about 2000 ft away actually haha) made me think about how incredible some people’s lives are.
On Thursday I finally went back to EM. I made a new skirt for the occasion but it was freezing there so I kept my jacket on for most of the night and actually barely danced with anyone. It was pretty disappointing. But several people complimented my skirt when they did see it, including one kind of scary woman who sits near the front table every week and drinks and only dances with the really good dancers.
I started working in the ICU on Fridays, and from what I’ve seen so far, I like that environment much better than the general medicine unit I’ve been working at. All the rooms are in one hallway and it seems like a more open space, and all the nurses and the tech come back and forth and it just seems more involved. I mostly sit at the nurses station answering phones, but they gave me the job of putting up little laminated cards for the patients to write down something about themselves, and I got to talk to one woman that it was her last day there. She was so friendly and cared about me too. We talked about what my goals are and what her past was like. She wants to visit her family in Trinidad someday and she has three sons. She thought I could do well as an OB or just working with women, which is actually what my mom said once, a few years ago. What if I’m trying for the wrong profession?
I also met the tech on the 5th floor who had graduated from my school 2 years ago. He’s pretty cute and was really friendly. See I got to speak to a couple of nurses and a doctor for a second in the ICU instead of being holed up with the secretaries all day. But two people died there that day alone, which I’m a little scared of. My parents sheltered me from death all my life, and I’ve been to a single closed-casket funeral of the husband of my choir director, who I knew of but didn’t really know at all.
D and L took me to a club last night to see tyDi and it was actually pretty nice. The place was just really cold, but even though I don’t know anything about EDM I could tell that he’s really talented. The transitions were all really smooth and he had a good pace. And he sampled from two of my favorite singers which was great.
Today, R took me to lunch and we went to that one Peruvian chicken place I’ve been trying to go for ages. He told me about his new boyfriend. But I don’t really know how to talk to him. His personality, interests, and values are all pretty different from mine. But he’s such a kind person. I’ve gotten to talk to a lot more people by working at this hospital but it’s still mostly others instigating and me trying to keep up.
Oh, I sold my DAT books and kind of made a new friend, my first one who is also pre-dent in my grade. She’s applying in the next cycle though, so not exactly. I really should be more active in the club… But we’re going to be volunteering together with this one event at the start of the school year and I’m pretty excited.