Karma Dances…..This Much I Know

Bryan and I began dating back in 1998 and I can’t remember how “our dancing thing” started, but I do remember the first time I did it to him which was over 10 years ago.

We were on a date at The Outback Steakhouse on the Berlin Turnpike and had just finished dinner.  While walking back to my car and laughing about something in the parking lot- it hit me, and simultaneously hit him too.  MUST.  LOCK. HIM. OUT!  I don’t know who started running first but Bryan knew he had to stay close behind if not beat me to my car to save grace.  I however got  there before he did!  If I was successful in getting into the car and locking him out, then he would have to dance to get back in.

I fumbled quickly with my keys to unlock the door and had made it into the drivers seat. I grabbed the handle and tried to pull the door shut,  but not before he dove head first across my lap with his feet kicking out behind him.  Tears were streaming down both of our faces as I was trying to shove him out, but his death grip on the gear shift just wouldn’t allow it.  After minutes of this, and our stomachs hurting from laughing so hard, we both gave in.  No one had to dance that time. As we buckled up and rolled the windows down, we heard snickering coming from the parked car next to us.  Apparently, we had an audience for the whole thing.

This carried on into our marriage.  It was what we did for fun.  But it was also what we did when the other one was really pissed off about something too.  How could you stay mad when you had to do the cabbage patch or running man in front of total strangers?  Bryan would get me at a gas station.   I would get him at Target.   He would get me on our doorstep at home.  I would get him at the pizza place on the way out.  It was a way of life.  It was a way of our life.

When we had our daughter in 2004, we bought a video camera because I wanted her to have great memories of her childhood.  I would video tape everything; the cat, the dog, Christmas morning, birthdays, holidays, and yes…..me locking her father out of the house and car and making him dance to get back in.  I had actually gotten Bryan on video dancing 4 separate times in over a year.  While it truly all was for her, I couldn’t resist submitting the tapes to America’s Funniest Home Videos.

Our love for embarrassing each other had paid off.  Our clip was named, “The Dancing Machine,” and we took first place three consecutive times on AFV.   We won over one hundred thousand dollars and 48 years of vacations through the Disney Vacation Club.

The better it gets, the better it gets.  Two years later, we were contacted by the Oprah show, as they were doing a special on America’s Funniest Home Videos, and wanted us to fly out for the taping.  Bryan actually danced for Oprah on her stage because Tom Burgeron asked me to make him do it again.  www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Americas-Funniest-Home-Videos/10Cached

Dancing, apparently, is good for our Karma.  And with 48 years of vacations……..let’s just say we’ll be dancing all the way into our eighties.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sourabh patil
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 11:12:39

    Well what can i say…Its just recently i saw the dancing machine on AFV…
    The first thing i noticed was of how fun it can be to have a partner as such who can make you do stupid things, and now as i went through the story behind it, surely feels great and faith towards love seems still alive…
    Thanks for bringing up this video on television… Its a fun thing to watch at while pissed off… Great job guys, may ya companionship reach heaven and beyond eternity… 🙂


    • Angela
      Aug 27, 2013 @ 11:56:23

      Thanks so much for your kind words. You have to have a little fun in life. Life is too temporary to be taken that seriously ; )


      • sourabh patil
        Oct 13, 2013 @ 03:54:53

        wisely said..life is really a temporary session…we all should learn to avoid the seriousness at times with such crazy things to make things fun…

  2. Nik Walker
    Mar 12, 2014 @ 19:03:01

    This has Always been my favorite video !! My grandkids done it to me from the car locked me out – told me to dance iam a 59 yr old grandma ! They knew I loved the video and I too looked around to see if any one was watching before I done the jig lol the laughter from the kids was worth it !! Thank you so much for the story now it is more so precious


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