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No Kind of Dancer

In Honky Tonk, Random on 07/17/2010 at 6:20 am

As previously mentioned, I am no kind of dancer.  Which means I spend a fair amount of time checking out the dance floor.  Watching people dance is fun, especially older couples whose movements are incredibly in tune.  There are many styles of dancing in honky tonks; I’m only going to hit the most amusing ones.  The men will be picked on here because, as the leader, their style goes.  In no particular order:

The Walkers and Shufflers:

This group usually consists of younger guys and people new to the two steppin’ scene.  Instead of keeping time and whirling around, they either walk as they would on a sidewalk, only with a little more exaggerated knee bend, or they shuffle their feet around the outskirts of the floor.  The saving grace of this group is usually a tender woman, who comes along and shows them how to pick up their feet AND be on the sawdust at the same time.  Both sets tend to be a little awkward and bashful, which makes them adorable.  Also easy to relate to because most dancers began in this manner.

The Butter Churner and The Boxer:

The most easily recognizable of the styles, it is best to watch out for these folks because their arms are out to the side or straight up in the arm.  Butter Churners arms go up and down (like churning butter, get it?  No?  Here.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLh3s9X5fJQ).  The Boxer’s arm is straight up/ almost straight up and demonstrates more of a fist pumping action.

Here are two pictures of people dancing.  Can you spot the Butter Churner and the Boxer?

The Butter Churner:

The Boxer: 

(Easier to identify in real life)


These couples are forces to be reckoned with because they move unpredictably and quickly.  Their style tends to be a combination of very fast dancing and high knees flung in the air.  Don’t be fooled; this way takes serious concentration and years of practicing.  This group is least likely to venture out of their twosome.  If just watching a couple dance makes you exhausted, you may be witnessing a Trotter.

Lastly, The Neck Gripper/ The Personal Space Invader:

Admittedly, some chicks really dig this style.  These guys are the most likely to ask strangers to dance.  Maybe because some chicks dig this style.  The Neck Gripper is very much in control; not only with a strong lead but also by locking down an iron hand on the back or side of the partner’s neck.  The Personal Space Invader prides himself on every inch of his front touching his partner’s front.  Some take it even further by thrusting their knee in between yours ( you know who you are) while dancing.  Here is a picture of close dancers:

We’ll check back with them in nine months.

As noted, there are many, many ways to dance in a honky tonk.  These are just my favorites.  Thanks to the websites from which I stole pictures:




Political trivia:  President Herbert Hoover and The First Lady conversed with one another in Chinese when they did not want others to know what they were saying.


Bit of Mexico in Bandera, TX

In Food on 07/07/2010 at 5:16 pm

New places to eat have been cropping up in Bandera.  A few have wavered from the Mexican food route but I haven’t been there and this is not a post about those.  This place is behind Super S and is called Bit of Mexico.

I have heard it is open late night, which no other place in town is, but I did not confirm it nor did I see hours posted.  The building itself is basic with a very nice deck which backs to the river area, as seen here:

We sat inside, as it is July in Texas and we are not mentally incompetent.  The menu was basic and, while not extensive, had Tex-Mex classics along with general crowd pleasers such as chicken strips.  As previously mentioned in this blog, I am extremely weary of new enchiladas, especially in a restaurant I have never been.  Feeling saucy, and with a crispy taco backup, I went ahead with the Mexican plate consisting of two enchiladas, rice, beans and that all essential taco.  My iced tea was good and prompt; the waitress was a little leery of us but warmed up and was consistently nice.  The obligatory table chips were a good girth and the salsa maintained a nice spice kick.

The additional bit of Mexico beyond the food was a corner gift shop that reeked of a tourist trap in Nuevo Lardeo.  Floor to ceiling were ceramic pigs (which I never got the point of, thanks Kenny!), embroidered dresses and Mexican cooking vanilla.

Additionally, what was decidedly Mexico in theory but completely non-Mexico in execution were the people singing and playing guitar in front of the shop.  They were very talented and pleasant to listen to but made chatting a bit awkward.  According to the myspace page of Bit of Mexico, music is featured every Sunday from 12-2.

Food came out about five minutes after I started wondering about it, which is not a bad wait.

The rice and beans were quite tasty, featured consistent textures and came in appropriate portions.  The enchiladas were a little too greasy cheesy but the interior cheese was perfectly melty.  My taco, A.R.’s taco and K.A.’s tacos were all ground beef and were all undercooked.  The meat was pink; so pink I wondered if the kitchen was unlit.  Needless to say, I did not finish the taco.

Others got a chicken quesadilla and chicken nachos.  The quesadilla was solely chicken and cheese but the tortilla was crispy and I was told the queso/pollo ratio was well executed.  The feeling was similar regarding the nachos.

This place didn’t suck and I would like to return in the future for further sampling.  Just keep an eye on your ground beef!

Thanks for the pictures A.R.!

Evidence of cruelty in the naming industry fact: Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – Fear of long words