Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Geography and Old Glory

Q-ster picked up a package left by our front door. "South Dakota!"

SwingDaddy and I looked at each other. Huh?

1) Why did we get a package from South Dakota?
2) If we did get a package from South Dakota, how would he know?

The little dude put down the package and brought over a piece from his puzzle map, and it all became clear.

Guess those educational toys actually work!

It turns out the package (not from South Dakota) contained a DVD autobiography of the fabulous Norma Miller, with whom we've worked in the past. It has great footage of her life onstage and in film from Harlem in the 30's and onwards. We admit to skipping ahead to the section where we appear working with her and dancing at the University, but look forward to watching the whole thing this weekend. (For more about the DVD, see here.)

One of my most prized memories of her was a business trip I took to Las Vegas, when she still lived there a few years ago. I saw all the billboards featuring stage productions and musical extravaganzas as I drove in from the airport and gave her a call to say I had arrived.

"Hi Norma! It's Lady M, of SwingDaddy and Lady M." (Yes, it's a weird pedigree, but that's how most dance teams are known. "Hi, this is Diane of Rob and Diane, leaving a message for Sharon, of Paul and Sharon.")

"How are you, dear?"

"Good! I'm in Vegas."

"What are you in?" Meaning, what show are you in? I loved that she assumed I was in town to perform in a show. Ah, glamorous days.


ewe are here said...

You have one smart little dude there. Already knows his states? Wow!

Leeanthro said...

Wow! Totally impressive.

Tell me what the puzzle is because I am totally buying one.

Just reminded me of something I forgot to add to my post today. Darn!

Mayberry said...

What a great story about Norma!

Magpie said...

You mean you weren't in a show? Alas.

Bob said...

Awesome memory association.