The Honky Dancing Convention

It commenced on the afternoon of Nov. 23, 1996 at the Salem County Sportsmen’s Club [1] in Deepwater, N.J. It wasn’t planned as a convention per se, but that is what the wedding reception for The Rambler and The Wife became that day.
Wedding (Kim and me 1)

Herself and Himself entered to the song Get Ready for This by 2 Unlimited that later became famous in the movie Bring It On. It also might better be known as The Spirit Fingers song (exhibited here by a high school student a couple of years ago in true white boy fashion).

The picture at right wasn’t taken when we entered, but later when we were in full honky [2] mode. I think I was getting ready to snap my fingers and The Wife…well, I’d best leave that one alone.

Needless to say, it went all downhill from there.

Wedding (Chris and me)

The man on the far left [3] “got the party started” when he tossed his coat aside reminiscent of Tony Manero. That was the signal for all the white people in the room to get on the floor and dance or do some semblance thereof. Of course, being that some of the folks in the room were septuagenerian didn’t mean they got out there too quickly or did the Humpty or anything.

No honky dancing convention is complete without The Train:

Wedding (train)

Or The Macarena:

Wedding (macarena group)

Wedding (macarena) That was the last straw for this honky. I think I just went to the bar and nursed a Captain and Coke (okay, two or three) the rest of the afternoon after this.

Can you blame me?

[1] Despite the note on the front page that “The Bar is looking fo a couple of experienced bar tenders.”, this place was as honky as they come. Did you not see the giant fish in the pictures and the flagpoles in the background? Only thing missing: a framed photo of Lee Greenwood.

[2] I have to give credit where credit is due. I couldn’t have thought up the name of this post if it hadn’t been for this post at Nanny Goats in Panties bringing the term to mind recently.

[3] It would be one of the lasting memories of our dear friend, Chris, who died of throat cancer less than three years after this photo was taken.

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