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A Dyke About Town: Exciting playoffs and the Century Ballroom
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A Dyke About Town: Exciting playoffs and the Century Ballroom

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Storm Playoffs
Mercy missed the second LA playoff game because she was worried about money. Cuteness went, even though she was worried about money, too, and said it was one of the most thrilling games she had ever seen. The Storm caught up from 10 points behind the Sparks to finish with a heart-racing 75-74.

Mercy figured out there were still some cheap tickets available for the third game, so she squeezed in with Destiny's storm troops to see the final game of the playoffs not go so well. The Sparks dominated the game, running ahead by as much as 20 points at times. The Storm kept fighting, reducing the Sparks' lead to 11 points for a 64-75 final score.

The fans hung in until the bitter end, too, including waiting to see the Storm and its owners return to the floor with the team to thank them for their hard work. Naturally, the end of the season raises questions about what changes are needed for the team. Cuteness is not happy with the news that Shannon Johnson is retiring. She feels the guard is still an effective member of the team. It was clear at that last game that Johnson's teammates are going to miss her. There are other players Cuteness would rather see retire.

Cuteness and Destiny agree the team needs to develop a diversity of strong players so they are not so dependent on Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson. Suzy Batkovic-Brown (who they like to call Baklavah Brown) adds power to the team. Tanisha Wright, who is Mercy's favorite player, is a fireball. Neither of them is as tall as LA's imposing Lisa Leslie and Betty Shannon. The Storm needs more height.

Mercy asked the storm troops if they would like to go see Husky women's basketball. They said the Huskies have had some fantastic years, but sunk quite a bit lately. It might be worth checking them out.

Century Ballroom
Mercy checked out Outdancing at the Century Ballroom as the Storm was playing that incredible second game. It was a country and western music night there. Outdancing had been moved from the Grand Ballroom because there was a big Latin dance event there. The overflow of young women putting on jeweled high heels and makeup and piling their hair up in the bathroom added charm. Mercy had misheard the name of the place Outdancing was being moved to as "Dust Hall," which she wasn't sure she was going to enjoy. It turned out to be the "West Hall," a suitable name for a C&W dance venue.

Hallie Kuperman's DJing got people up and dancing. Mercy recognized quite a few of the old Timberline crowd there, people who have been dancing as a community for decades. Her friend Marcella Benson-Quaziena made it there with reports of the thrilling basketball game. Mercy forgot to tell you Marcella won medals for line dancing at the Outgames in Copenhagen, including the overall gold. Mercy is very proud of her.

Hotflash
Mercy, Cuteness and Destiny went to the Hotflash dance along with a few of their friends from the Daring Divorcee Divas (DDD). The event has moved back to Neighbours, so Mercy assumes whatever issues there were between Hotflash and the bar have been solved. Mercy had brought along her earplugs, remembering how painfully loud the last Hotflash she had been to at the War Room had been. She didn't even have to take the plugs out of her pocket, so that was a nice surprise. The crowd wasn't as thick as it had been some nights. Destiny thinks the fact that the event is happening twice a month might be reducing the turnout. Mercy found the number of people fun but not overwhelming.

The dance was advertised as being half oldies and half new music. Mercy found that it was, and enjoyed that. Cuteness makes the point that one doesn't have to know the music to dance to it. Mercy finds the familiarity of "Rolling on the River" and "YMCA" pleasing to her hips. Mercy has learned a bit about music from Cuteness' 13-year-old daughter, Equality, especially the Miley Cyrus tunes she heard blasted on their way to that singer's concert, and recognized "American Party."

Destiny says some of the new music they played was so bad she wouldn't even dance to it alone in her bedroom. Cuteness pointed out that one of the songs, "Rock Star" by Pink, was the perfect divorce song, so the DDD should be rocking out with its "I'm better off without him" sentiments. Mercy enjoyed dancing close to Cuteness and thinking, "Maybe you are better off without her."

Coming Up
Mercy still hasn't managed to get to Neighbours on a Tuesday night to celebrate the new night of C&W lessons and dancing there. She plans to get there, soon. Check out their website at www.raincountrydance.org.

Mercy and Cuteness are looking forward to Confederacy of Dunces at Book-It (www.book-it.org) and Dar Williams at the Triple Door (www.tripledoor.com/Calendar.aspx?date=2009-07-01).

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