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4 October 2002

I have always been a person who supports my friends, whether I've met them in person or not. Thus, I feel compelled to join the groundswell (bringing its numbers to 8) in support of Marn's suggested International Cavorting Day.

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I am not a person who gives herself easily to the notion of cavorting. I would never have made a good hippie (even though I was of an age in the 60s). Running through the grass barefoot with flowers in my hair just isn'

However, as I pass into my dotage and begin to find some of that self confidence I lost somewhere in 7th grade, around the time Jimmy Wohl told me I was fat, I'm thinking that learning how to cavort might not be such a bad idea.

How do you learn how to cavort at 60?

Are there cavorting classes?

I guess I have dabbled in cavorting over the years. I actually took ballroom dancing lessons once. It was my first year at UC Berkeley when I learned I was expected to take a physical education class. I'd managed to successfully avoid PE throughout my entire 4 years in high school and wasn't about to start now, but then I discovered that ballroom dancing counted as a PE class, so I signed up. Once I got past the initial awkwardness, I discovered I enjoyed it a lot. In fact, my dancing partner and I were two of the better ones in the class. I could do a mean cha-cha, baby!

But somewhere along the way, probably sitting for years on typing chairs, I lost those dancing genes. Many's the time when I'd be toe-tappin' to Lawsuit at a club and desperately wanting to get into the fray and actually dance. But in addition to embarrassing my children, it would have embarrassed me. The only time I ever did it, I was shamed into it by a guy in the audience (a stranger) who dragged me in front of everyone and made me dance. I wanted to cry because I was so big and so awkward and so uncomfortable. I'm still grateful to Tom who cut in and managed to move me out of center stage, where I was more comfortable.

Cavorting, I was not.

I suppose the closest I've come to cavorting lately is marching in the San Francisco Pride Festival. Getting out there behind a few drag queens, waving at a bazillion people lining the parade route is pretty brave for a wallflower like me.

Is cavorting something one can do alone? Or does cavorting require a companion? (See? I'm not even clear on the concept!) If it can be done alone, then I suppose hopping on a bike and letting all the flab fly in the breeze as I race along a bike path could be considered cavorting. Getting to the "the hell with what people think--I like this" stage was a huge leap for me.

But is it cavorting?

As I take off toorrow for JournalCon and a week-end in San Francisco with fellow journalists, will I allow myself to leap into activities and actually confer, cavort, and otherwise hobnob with my fellow journalists? Or will I sit in a corner and observe, hide behind the camera and record it all, and escape to the nearest computer to write about what a good time everyone else is having?

This cavorting jazz really has a strong learning curve, I suspect.

I may have to take myself off into the Canadian woods in search of Marn for a bit of instruction. If I'm going to participate in National Cavorting Day, I really need to learn the basics from the mistress.

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There is no more creative force in the world than a menopausal woman with zest.

~ Margaret Mead

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