Saturday, April 06, 2013
Friday night salsa went great! I got all gussied up in one of my favorite dresses (because it flares beautifully when twirled)...
I was pleasantly surprised to see my younger brother at the salsa class :) I mentioned in passing to him over the phone that I would be going and he was welcome to join. Didn't think he would show up! We are 8 years apart in age and he's still a college student, so it was nice to spend some quality time together. I ran into some friends and made new ones that night. It was a good turn out thus a lot of people to mingle with. And to top things off I really connected well with one nice gentleman, M., who was also new to salsa. We must have talked for at least 2 hours after the open dance.
However, I learned early on in our conversation that he's from Virginia and only staying in Arizona for one more week to help out his father (who is having some health issues). A part of me realized once I knew he was an out-of-towner, I should have politely excused myself so I could mingle with potentially other single men who were local. But I was having such a great time swapping world travel stories with M. and talking about our shared interests in various film genres that I ignored my better judgement.
As I mentioned in other blog posts, I seriously need to tackle this bad habit... I don't have qualms going out on my own and meeting new people, but I have horrible "mingling" skills. Once I find one or two people I connect with, I just spend the majority of the function/party/etc. with them and don't mingle with the rest of the guests/party goers/etc. Well, I'll just have to keep plugging away... :)
I'll have another chance to improve my mingling skills tonight, as there is a free salsa class and open dance at a restaurant near where I live. The same instructors who taught last night will be there teaching (they are wonderful! and really funny, too). This is a new venue -- they only started last Saturday. The instructor claims they had nearly 300 people show up for the grand opening salsa night!
So if they were ever an opportunity to mingle, tonight would be as good as any.
Some photos from last night...