It is truly amazing to have people send you links to websites where people are asking if something happened to you because you no longer write in your blog. I am not dead. Or at least I wasn't the last time I checked. You never know these days.
Why don't I write in my blog anymore? The $10,000 question. I actually do, in my head. The blog posts just do not seem to make it to the blog. I think about blog posts all the time, I just don't write them. The secret life of a blogger..posts in the brain.
Medio vaga, I suppose. I guess the real issue is what to write about. There are people who expect because of the name of this blog, for me to wax poetic about tango. Those days are gone.
I no longer live in the milonga. There are a myriad of reasons. One, my right foot is a disaster. It needs surgery and I have been putting it off. I cannot put weight on it, so that makes it a tad difficult to dance.
I also have to work. I live in a country with double digit inflation. This year it is supposed to come close to 30%. I now teach English full time. I love it. I love teaching. I also for the first time in my life get up at 6:30 am every day to teach.That means no late nights. You can't dance until 3 in the morning when you have to get up at 6:30. (Before I used to go to bed at 6:30 am) Most days I teach until 9:00 pm, so the last thing I want to do is make myself beautiful and head out the door with my disastrous foot waiting for some guy to nod his head at me.
The other reason is I get kind of bored being in the milonga. (OH NO!! I didn't really write that did I? Oh yes I did.) How can one be bored in the milonga? Like everything else in life, things change. Tango is big business now. It has done wierd things to people's heads. I don't have to tell you how many people now ignore me because I don't hang out in the milonga, because I don't write snarky things in my blog or on Facebook, because I don't have tango angst. You find out who your friends really are.
So what do I do now? One tourist said to me "Why would you ever want to live in Buenos Aires if you aren't dancing that much?" There is more to Buenos Aires than tango. (Did she really write that? Nooo, I don't believe it.)
For example, Buenos Aires has a thriving jazz and blues scene. I love going to hear live jazz and blues. There are some spectacular musicians here. Last week I heard a harmonica player that could stand with Paul Butterfield. He was hot. A few weeks ago a woman sax player brought down the house. (Yeah, yeah, I know you have to sit and listen, you can't dance, but so what.)
Argentine movies are great. Ricardo Darin is my all time favorite. I always go to see his movies. I drag my poor friend Brenda who doesn't even speak Spanish and even she likes his movies.
We are blessed with lots of great foreign films here. There are always film festivals. Great independent theater, ballet, contemporary dance, and many other cultural events. The city of Buenos Aires is really great at providing lots of great cultural events. If all else fails there are always book stores.
People ask me all the time "Do you think that you will ever move back to the USA?" No. I doubt it. After almost 10 years of living here anywhere else would be too boring.
And so the beat goes on...hay la vida con Deby.