People ask me: "Paul, how are you preparing for the 61st National Square Dance Convention, which will be held in Spokane in late June?"
Here are my answers.
Q: What are you doing to stay limber?
A: I've been watching some "Dick Van Dyke Show" reruns.
Q: Are you aware that square dancing is the official dance of the state of Washington?
A: I am indeed.
Q: How many readers of your print column have you seriously ticked off by appearing to not take the upcoming convention all that seriously?
Q: Do you think that when the visiting square dancers go home and tell folks how swell Spokane is that it will result in more people looking at the Lilac City as a possible place to retire?
A: I have no idea. But if I were a twentysomething person reading that question I suspect I might think, "Hey, that's just what we need here -- more old white people!"
Q: Can you dance?
A: Not really. I used to attend dances in junior high and occasionally slow danced. But that was more like friendly tackling than anything having to do with steps or graceful movement.
Q: Thank you.
A: You're welcome. See you at "Circulate in Washington State" this summer.