We’re back! We were away on an epic journey to New Brunswick and PEI – along, it would seem, with most of Ottawa. We didn’t actually run into anyone we knew while on the trip, which is kind of a shock considering our neighbours, and the people one street over, and the folks I randomly ran into on the street last week, as well as a full third of Little Miss Sunshine’s kindergarten class, were going to PEI at some point or another this summer. We rented a cottage there and it had a guest book and like half of the people who signed it were from Ottawa. I guess we hear the call of the island strongly in these here parts.
Anyway! More on our trip later (short version: AWESOME). Mostly I just wanted to check in, say hi, and let you all know I’m miles behind on my blog reading so if any of you got married, or had a baby, or (say) won the Little League World Series in my absence, please comment below accordingly.
In the meantime, two small notes. First, as I don’t think I can sneak in a full Dance Show post before it airs tonight, let me just say that I was disappointed in last week’s show, and it’s not because of the dancing (which was great) or the All Star-led choreography (also, for the most part, good) or the choice of elimination (which I agreed with). My problem was with the “who inspires you” bits they played for each dancer – specifically, Tucker.
Tucker was inspired by his Dad, and it was very heartfelt and moving. But was I the only one listening between the lines here? He cited his father as his inspiration because even though his dad was a big and brawny football guy, he found it in his heart to support his son’s love of dance. I just got the strong feeling while watching this bit that it was about more than his son just choosing a different sport – it was about Tucker’s sexuality. Now, maybe Tucker himself did not want to talk about that, or maybe I’m assuming too much, or maybe it was a privacy issue. But given Nigel’s past borderline homophobic comments, I felt like maybe they had asked Tucker to couch his interview in euphemisms. Was I being oversensitive? Or was this show, which only a few weeks ago was using the (awful) Bullying Dance to pat itself on the back about being in touch with the issues, and a platform for important statements, now backing away from the word gay? NOT COOL, DANCE SHOW.
On a lighter note, we spent all day today at the mall getting back-to-school stuff – this after a 12 hour drive yesterday, WE ARE STUPID – and I am already regretting letting my youngest pick this out:
Now I’m going to have neon pink pissed-off birds searing my eyeballs at 6:30 a.m. every morning for a year.
Come to think of it…I can be a little angry myself at 6:30. Kindred spirits!
4 thoughts on “Back in Hack”
had to skip half your post since i haven’t caught up on dance show yet.
can’t wait to hear about your trip. we are planning on a trek to PEI next summer, so would love to know about your rental and where it was.
(ps – they didn’t win) 😉
I watched Dance.Show. last night, and I had the exact same thought about Tucker’s interview.
I think it was the first Mia Michaels routine that I did not like. And I was surprised how awkward Travis looked dancing. But Amy totally lucked out having him choreograph for him. I thought both hip hop dances weren’t that great, though again, Comfort was incredible. Marco and Jenna’s dance was da bomb! Man that guy is crazy!
I was just saying today that people I know have been visiting PEI all summer – the day we arrived for our vacation someone was just leaving and the day we left someone else was just arriving
My boys are big into the Penderwicks at the moment and so they would LOVE to have a summer vacation in a cottage by the sea. Actually I wouldn’t mind that either.
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