Back From Memphis

Whew, 8 hours of driving can take a lot out of ya…especially if you started off tired. I knew it was going to be a long trip back home, when my eyes started feeling heavy only one hour into the trip.

One thing I noticed on the road was alot of ‘support the troops’ yellow ribbon decals on the back bumpers of cars, especially in southeastern MO. I only saw a couple of moonbatty bumperstickers. That was encouraging.

Anyway, I’m not even unpacked yet, but the kids are in bed, and I’m enjoying a glass of wine while I get caught up on the blogs.

How’d the girls do in their dance competitions, you ask? Well, the youngest ones, not so hot. They both placed in only one dance, but hey, winning isn’t everything. My oldest came home with three 1st place trophies, two 2nds, and one 4th. So, a good day for her. She’s an absolute monster in her hard shoe dances.

After the feis , we went to the ceili, where the girls danced some more in a fun social environment.

And guess who was there to entertain? You’ll never guess, this being Memphis, and all.

Elvis!!! That’s who! An Elvis impersonator, that is. An Elvis impersonator with plucked eyebrows, and a strange, sort of ‘too many cosmetic procedures’ kind of face. But the kids didn’t seem to mind. They all screamed with glee when he started singing Hounddog and threw stuffed hounddogs into the crowd. My youngest kept trying and trying to catch one to no avail. He finally bent down and just handed her one. That made the whole trip for her.

And yes, we did take the time to go visit Graceland before we came home, today. I’ll do a post about Graceland tomorrow, maybe, with pictures.

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16 Responses to “Back From Memphis”

  1. pattyann Says:

    Congratulations! I remember taking my daughter to the competitions. She never did really well, but her heart was in it. I still think those soft-sole dancing shoes never got the cred they deserved. Hell, they should have a competition just to lace and tie the things.


  2. nicedeb Says:

    Neat, Pattyann! Your daughter was in Irish Dance, too?

    My youngest dancer is 8, and is already a prizewinner in one of her dances. She’s novice in the rest. She’s reached a point where she really needs to practice hard if she wants to score at the feis. My 11 year old just loves to dance, she a novice in all of her dances, and may never reach the highest heights, but that’s okay. She’s in it for the enjoyment of the whole experience.

    For the uninitiated, the levels are as such:
    Advanced Beginner
    Preliminary Champs

    My oldest is in Prizewinner. She needs to have 1sts in all of her dances to move to Prelims. She already has her 1sts in her hard shoes multiple times. She working on getting her 1sts in light shoe.

    It’s a fun hobby for them, gives them something to work toward, and keeps them out of trouble.


  3. cuffymeigs Says:

    Hey Nice Deb! Thanks for the blog roll — I returned the favor. I have a feeling I’ve gotten the better end of this deal…

    Left a comment over at Perfunction about Memphis and look forward to the Graceland pics.


  4. pattyann Says:

    NiceDeb, my daughter was a Scottish dancer. Her favorites were the Highland Fling and the Sword Dance.
    She loved it, but was never above Novice.

    I hope this doesn’t mean we can’t still be friends. ;P


  5. nicedeb Says:

    Oh, we love Scottish dancing, too.


  6. pattyann Says:

    Do you have a Shirley Temple category? I keep thinking of her while we’re talking about the dances.
    Love all things Irish here, too.


  7. nicedeb Says:

    It’s funny you mentioned Shirley Temple. I LOVE Shirley Temple.

    The kids watched ‘Heidi’ on the way home, “grandfather, grandfather!”

    Their movie selection for the entire trip was, ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘Fantasia’ (ugh), and ‘Heidi’.


  8. daveintexas Says:

    Fantasia (ugh)?


  9. wiserbud Says:

    Is anyone else just a little weirded out by PattyAnn’s avatar, which, while certainly appropriate at places like ‘Pinto’s, juts seems really out of place when discussing Nice Deb’s kids?

    Oh, and nice to have you back, Nice.


  10. nicedeb Says:

    Who actually LIKES Fantasia?


  11. daveintexas Says:

    Fantasia was a marvelous film, and set the trends for film animation for the next 25 years. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice alone was remarkable.

    Did you know the faeries in the scenes with the dancing elephants originally had nipples on them, but the censors made the animators airbrush them out?

    That’s true that’s what that is.


  12. nicedeb Says:

    Well, I did enjoy the music while I was driving. But I’ve never liked the film.


  13. daveintexas Says:

    Well it’s hard not to like the music, it’s all popular classical and orchestral stuff like J.S. Bach’s Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor, Tchaikovsky’s The NutCracker Suite, Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Beethoven’s Pastoral, Mussourgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain followed by Schubert’s Ave Maria. The whole project was to take popular symphonic stuff, well known in 1940, and design animation sequences around it to sort of “bring them to life”. The hippo ballerinas were pretty cute.

    I don’t know why I know so much about this. I’m from Texas.


  14. nicedeb Says:

    I know I’m “supposed” to like the movie. I just don’t. Because I’m a vulgarian, I need a plot, and hippo ballerinas don’t appeal to me.


  15. geoff Says:

    I agree with NiceDeb. Historically an important film, but very little entertainment value.

    Unless, as some of my college chums inform me, you watch it on acid.


  16. daveintexas Says:



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