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

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Too many left-foot shoes 



There are things that your hands can do on their own, without any help by the brain, which allows your mind to wander around. For instance, letting your hands drive your Hummer while your brain tries to figure whether you have enough beer left in the fridge.

And so, five minutes before the tango class, my hands were busy, managing my feet and entering them in my tango shoes while my mind was trying to remember what last week sequence was about. After a while though, my mind noticed that my hands, having finished with the left foot, now looked uncertain and puzzled, aimlessly fluttering around the right foot. "What's your problem, hands?" my mind thought. The problem was actually with the shoe. A nice, black, shiny tango shoe. But undoubtedly a left-foot shoe.

This is what happens when you have four pairs of tango shoes, all of them black, shiny and with heels, and all of them secured in separate bags but in the same closet. My mind came out with two unsatisfactory solutions:
- trying to enter by force the right foot into the shoe
- leaving the dance studio, and back home

Given a bit more time my mind would have found a third solution, namely attending the class in casual street shoes, but my hands suddenly felt something else in the shoe bag. Something with a heel, something which felt like a shoe! Here my mind was useful after all, for a little prayer to the pagan gods of tango. Hey, what if from the bag, comes another, third left-foot shoe?

This day the pagan gods of tango were in good mood and what my hands found in the bag was a good, solid right-foot shoe. Thanks again.

posted by Pablo  # 2:55 AM
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