Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. The other week I wrote about bringing back old TV shows and someone...

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. The other week I wrote about bringing back old TV shows and someone mentioned that it would be nice to bring back the American Bandstand. For the older generation, I think that is a great idea. How many times have you gone to a wedding or any other event where there is dancing, and there is always at least one couple there, usually older, drawing all the attention on the dance floor? Not the Dancing with the Stars-type of dancing with lifts and jumps, but a smoothly coordinated dance done with grace and confidence. Other couples watch in amazement. Husband thinks, “Wish I could dance like that.” Wife thinks, “Wish we could dance like that.” Husband thinks…”Wonder if we should take dance lesson? Wife thinks, “Lessons with ‘Mr. Two Left Feet’? Don’t think so.” So the dance ends, and the couple briefly discusses their admiration of the dancing, and then six months later at another dancing event, another dancing couple…and no dance lessons. Now, with a revived American Bandstand for the 50-plus group, we can watch other couples swing and dance to all the oldies but goodies, and the bonus would be a dance lesson that lets you practice in the privacy of your own home. They pick a song that is generally played at, let’s say a wedding. Now, of course, the first thing that comes to mind is YMCA, but most of us, even the most uncoordinated, can make those letters with our arms with a minimum amount of practice [which is why it is so popular]…so maybe we should pick “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers. It is nice and slow. Each week they would walk you through a few steps, and after 3-4 shows you will have a complete routine, actually you only need a few good moves which you keep repeating throughout the song. Bonus… you can record it on your DVR and practice at your leisure until even Mr. Two Left Feet can manage it without embarrassing his wife on the dance floor. Now the old saying goes, “Dance like no one is watching.” But in reality they are…so a little practice is a good idea.

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning how to dance in the rain.”

A 99-old man is sitting on a park bench sobbing, when a young man walks by and asks him what’s wrong. Through his tears the old man answers, “I’m just so in love with my 25-year-old wife.” “What’s wrong with that?” asks the young man.

Between the sobs and sniffles, the old man answers, “You can’t understand. Every morning before she goes to work, she cooks me breakfast and kisses me and tells me she loves me. At lunchtime she comes home and embraces me warmly, and then she makes my favorite meal. In the afternoon when she gets a break, she rushes home with ice cream, the best an old man could want. And then after a gourmet supper, we watch television and she cuddles up with me all night.” He breaks down, no longer able to speak.

The young man puts his arm around him. “Oh, I think I see. I bet you just found out she’s with you for your money?” “No,” the old man answers through his sobbing and tears, “I forgot where I live.”

That is a wrap for today. As always, be good, do good, play safe, and remember, dancing is good exercise, and with the proper training it can be fun too.