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Saudade

23 Aug

The countdown until my graduation begins this semester. I reminisce on all of the driving done back and forth to school, and think of all the things I learned in my car. It is the safe haven in which I break into dance, sing my heart out, or just think…think think and think. My morning trips usually consisted of the fresh aroma of coffee and the sound of NPR’s “Morning Edition”. My day had to start off this way…I just loved the combination of the smells and sounds as they reminded me of the rides to school with dad. Right after my dose of the daily news, I’d immediately switch to my Ipod starting with mellow songs and then progressing to the more upbeat and energetic ones as the caffeine kicked in (lol) Once in a while I would try to pop in a language CD, (amusing for a while but not that great) and one thing I only tried once was listening to a book on tape! It was the fastest way to take all of the magic from getting a new book and the accomplishment of getting one page closer to the end. I guess you could say I’m not a big “Nook” fan either lol I briefly mentioned breaking out in dance and have come up with different dance techniques that are safe enough to do while driving!

1. Raise the Roof- this is just a classic in itself. For this modified version keep at least ONE hand on the wheel. The other is free to dance in any interpretation of the music.
2. The Shimmy Shimmy- this classic shoulder dance is best done in the car while both hands are on the wheel. Feel free to move shoulders either forward and back or up and down. This move works best with disco numbers.
3. The Charlie Brown- leg dances can get tricky while driving. Do them with caution as you are driving a car. For this modified charlie brown basically move knees towards each other then out. If a full charlie brown is attempted, you will get in a car accident! At least one hand should be on the wheel while the other can make the criss cross motion above the knees.
4. The Night at the Roxbury- Can be interpreted as the exact move from the movie, or can alternate by just slightly moving the head side to side. Remember, eyes must remain on the road!
5. Tap Dancing- The picture can’t really explain the move. But it involves the fingers. You basically just tap away at your steering wheel. Drumming can also work with this dance move. Basically the safest dance move for beginners.
6. Hip Hop- This dance move is basically just slightly bouncing in your chair, or ‘hopping from your hips’. Butt must remain on the seat in order to be considered ‘safe’.
I consider car dancing a day time activity and this semester will be a little different since my schedule has moved into the late hours. I can’t specifically say why, but I feel so comfortable and happy and I guess nostalgic…for both past and future events (if that makes sense) while driving at night. It’s just that hopeful sense that the day has come to an end and everything I’ve ever wanted is here and will come and that I’m just a day closer to it. The closest word that could describe this feeling is in a different language…it’s “Saudade” which in Portuguese means a longing or fondness of past or future events. Usually NPR will play Jazz at night, which puts me in that “Saudade” mood, or I will usually just go to one of my playlist…this one has both old and new. Best heard on the highway as some songs may cause one to speed! lol

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