Lioness brings me to a tangential whine- people who wanted to be treated equally, yet can't handle the same equal negative treatment along with the positive. And now for my other whine of the day: Why Ballroom and Barroom don't mix: A person walks up and asks your date for a dance. A barroom dancer: Bristles in indignation that you've pissed on their territory. A Ballroom dancer: Is ambivalent, BECAUSE IT'S JUST DANCING Liquor is being served at a venue. A barroom dancer: Gets loaded, stumbles all over the floor while air-spelling YMCA in Arabic, and if they fall into your table, it's your fault, even if you were out at your car getting a shoebrush you forgot. A ballroom dancer: Might get a happy buzz on, but can still remain balanced, capable of simple courtesy and respect to others' personal space, and doesn't require a Designated Driver by the end of the evening. An advertisement for "Dancing!" in the paper/facebook. A barroom dancer: Shows up, gets drunk, and can do the same spastic jig to all music, all night. Repeated crowing of "FREEBIRD!" optional. A ballroom dancer: Wonders how big the floor will be (to avoid inevitable barroom dancers), what type it will be (concrete hurts the joints and can be too slick), and if they can just pay to dance and bring their own bottle of water, because they likely don't want the dry pasta/chicken/beef steamtable buffet they can get for five bucks at Publix come lunchtime instead of fifty here. A special event coordinated by non-dancers invites, or wants to involve dancers. Barroom dancers: Don't see why these people are calling and asking all these stupid questions about the floor and the length of routines, and the sound setup. All you have to do is show up and dance, right? Ballroom dancers: Want to know the facts so that they can present a great experience for their audience and dance friends. A couple of great dancers, maybe a group arrives and starts burning up the floor. A barroom dancer: Thinks they're gay, sulks in their chair while their partner tries to get them to dance, and thinks they're a bunch of snooty showoffs. A ballroom dancer: Takes it as an automatic (friendly) challenge and it brings out the best in them, wonders why they haven't seen them around, and introduces themselves and welcomes them back to their place of dance. *contains peanuts, generalization, and may cause offense or chafing of the buttocks.