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Carlos turned on the stereo and the son clave beat of a salsa song started blaring through the speakers. He walked over and took my hand, but, just as he was about to lead me into our first basic step, he turned my arm over and looked at my wrist. "Superman?" he asked, pointing to the insignia tattooed there. "Si." He let go of my hand and fished his phone out of his duffel bag, scrolling through his text messages until he got to a point where SUPERMAN was written. His friends called him that, he explained. And I knew I was...

1. Only a couple hours after his death, I received this: A MySpace request from "Luciano Pavarotti." It's good to know the dead have their priorities straight. 2. I'm back to wanting to call you every night. I restrain. 3. I forgot the term "Sauté." It still doesn't sound right. ...

1. What I ate at the Taste of Chicago today (lunch + dinner) [gallery type="rectangular" link="none" size="full" ids="77126,77127,77128,77129,77130,77131,77132,77133,77134"] Toasted Ravioli (Tuscany) Crawfish Boil with with Potatoes and Illinois Corn (Lagniappe) Saganaki (Costa's) Catfish Nuggets (Dock's) Fried Dough with Strawberry Topping and Whipped Cream (Volare) Puerto Rican Steak Sandwich on Criollo Bread (Sabor Latino) and Pepsi (Beverage Booth) Frozen S'more (Bobtail Ice Cream Company) Grilled Chicken and Vegatable Chopped Salad with Lime Dressing (The Grill on the Alley) BBQ Buffalo Burger (Grazie! Ristorante)   2. I am a Rockstar of Hungarian Folk Dance I went to a Hungarian folk dance lesson tonight. It was insanely fun but also insanely tiring. Those Hungarians sure know...

1. SummerDance Tonight I went to SummerDance at Grant Park. It's totally awesome. An hour of dance lessons followed by 2 hours of a live swing band all outdoors. Can't beat it. Tonight was East Coast Swing and the Thomas Gunther Jazz Band. Sweetsweetsweet. Of course, I had to go all by myself because no one would go with me :( I've determined that there are guys who have no clue what they're doing, guys who think they know what they're doing, guys who know how to dance but can't lead, and maybe one or two guys in the world who can...

I had a teacher once tell me that Swan Lake was the most boring ballet to be in because if you were a swan, all you'd do would be stand there and pose. Well, I think Romeo and Juliet would be the most difficult because basically you have to learn to dance while you are dead. ...

1. Thursday we had out end of season party at work. It was really fun and the food looked great but I didn't get to eat much because it's pretty hard to eat with a plate of food in one hand, a drink in the other, only a fork with no knife, and no where to sit. :) One of the actors was kind of following me around trying to get me to go drink some wine with him. It was kind of creepy so luckily I found some people to talk to. 2. My life is pretty damned boring right...

Jen: Which is hotter a guy who can play piano or a guy who can play acoustic guitar? Me: Definitely guitar. Matt: You just said that because I play piano. Me: Yup. Matt didn't think I would post my blind wine tasting score from tonight, but I ought to be fair: My score tonight: 1 :( It was very hard. I usually have some educated guess but tonight I had no idea. Maybe I really shouldn't brush my teeth before going to drink :) When I told MK that I was in fact going to post that he gave me his to post too, so to be fair,...