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Tango: my life as a not-so-good leader

And you thought that YOU were the worst dancer in the world ?

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Name my fault

(The title refers of course to this poor guy, imprisoned in Guantanamo by U.S. army men, without any reason, and who repeatedly asked them this simple question. He's just been released, after two years in this american's waiting room of the Hell)

The lady sat in the last free chair of the milonga, which happened to be next to mine. So we talked a bit while she was changing shoes, and we agreed that I would invite her when the next tanda would begin.

The next tanda came, and at the same time also came a gentleman, who invited the lady. She began to explain she had already been invited by me, and I answered to the gentleman that there was no problem, they could dance together. What they did.

My idea was that this man was surely a better dancer than me (he was), and so the lady would have a nicer dance with him. Also, he had walked through the whole floor to make his invitation, while I, on the other hand, hadn't had to make any effort or take any risk. So my merits were in any respect lower than his.

Yet, when the lady came back, she bitterly complained, and told me that I had offended her, by allowing the gentleman to invite her. Women are known to have an intricate way of thinking, but I'm still puzzled. Possibly she felt offended because I sort of publicly showed that I didn't care dancing with her, and so hurted her self-esteem.

Well, I'm used to getting few dances at milongas. Often zero dances. My expectations are low, losing a dance is nothing for me

posted by Pablo  # 5:08 AM
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