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Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
7:31 pm - So. Much. Stuff.
The Arizona Renaissance Festival starts February 7th and runs weekends and President's Day through the end of March. I will be performing with Jamila Lotus Bellydance Carnivale on the Dancing Pig Pub stage four times a day. Come See!

I am currently teaching a Bhangra class at the Plaza de Anaya Studio on Mondays. Check out their site for more information.

Starting next Wednesday (February 4th) I will be teaching a 4-week Bollywood Intensive at the Plaza de Anaya Studio. You can reserve your spot on their site - they will cap it at 25 people so grab it while you can!

Hopefully I will get to sail on the Lady Washington in April *crosses fingers*

The third weekend of May I will once again be teaching at Tribal Fest in Sebastopol. Would love to see you!

Also - I will be touring the UK this summer. Places confirmed so far are Ford Castle (Northumberland), Inverness, Nairn, Edinburgh, Southampton and Liverpool.

The 4th annual Bellydance Caribbean Cruise is confirmed for November 4-12. Ava Fleming and I will be your teachers once again! The 8-night cruise will be stopping at St. Maarten, St. Lucia and St. Kitts. Please contact Cathi at Destiny Travel & Group Tours for reservations and information: 330-426-3656 or e-mail: destinytravel@sbcglobal.net

I have also been booked for Third Coast Tribal 2010 in Forth Worth, Texas. Because those ladies think ahead. The site still says 2009 but stay tuned for more information.


current mood: busy

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Wednesday, July 16th, 2008
9:15 am - Quick Update and Tall Ships Tacoma links...

My Captain, Evil Ryan Meyer, in a video about nautical cannon battle tactics
with footage of a battle sail (I was gunning that day):

Awesome photo of my friend Billy, Gunner's Mate and Engineer of the
Privateer Lynx -

Horrifyingly written article, but anyway, it features me a bit... the gunning photos are of my awesome shipmate Roscoe (and gunner's mate... I've never had one of those before ;) on my day off. At the time they were taken I was wandering around Tacoma with Preston... possibly engaging in our tradition of drinking a bottle of wine then going to tour the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle...

The site is the main Tacoma newspaper and there are many amazing photos and videos of the vessels that were in the Festival. I am on the Lady Washington until August... this is the first time I have gotten to have even a little time with internet access so if you have been trying to contact me I apologize! I will write/call you when I return.

I somehow managed to convince a person in power on the Eagle that a shipmate and I could lay out on their fore royal yard. I climbed the Eagle! Their masts are 147.3 feet tall!

With Love from Port Alberni in British Columbia,


current mood: optimistic

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Monday, June 16th, 2008
9:26 pm - Aberdeen, WA - Tall Ships countdown...
So many things have happened!

I got on board the Lady Washington June 5 in Portland after spending some time visiting the amazing, clever and witty Shane. Lucked right into a forecastle rack. Lucked right into being the gunner.

Okay, so at first I thought it would be interesting to just learn a new thing, you know? I have always been interested in black powder weapons. Yeah, that's cool... I'd like to try that...

And then I did it for the first time and Jesus, Mary and Joseph it was amazing. The absolute rush of the brilliant hiss of the priming powder leading to the big bada boom. The excitement and fervor of having to worm, swab, reload, ram, prick and prime to get another shot in as soon as possible. Standing on the quarter deck being privy to all of Captain Evil Ryan's tactics. Cleaning the guns like they're my babies. Fashioning new tools to keep them clean and in good condition. Braiding slow match and soaking it in saltpetre. Rolling black powder charges. I love it all.

I now smell like pine tar and gunpowder all the time. I am so happy. 

current mood: energetic

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Friday, January 11th, 2008
1:11 pm - Tall Ships Challenge 2008
I posted this as an answer to where I will be this summer... but if you are in the area (NW coast... Portland north into BC) you really should see this. Especially if you like the Age of Sail. This is where the Lady Washington will be when I am sailing on her... as Bosun's Mate. Yay!

At some point you may need a Glossary of Nautical Terms to read my journal entries...

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current mood: excited

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Thursday, January 10th, 2008
2:03 pm - I am teaching Kansas City Bollywood Dance Workshops - January 20!
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current mood: artistic

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11:50 am - My New Year's Message from Led Zeppelin
On New Year's Eve I was living and working on the Lady Washington which was docked (at that time) in Long Beach, CA.
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current mood: hopeful

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Wednesday, October 10th, 2007
10:09 am - Bwahahaaa!

current mood: amused

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Friday, September 28th, 2007
11:31 am - The Latest Chapter in "Mike Gravel is a Badass"
Hillary Clinton Believes War With Iran Would Be Funny

Once again, I must state... I am not posting this because I am open to debate about which candidate is the best... I am merely disseminating information.

Hillary Clinton scares me.

current mood: pensive

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Thursday, September 20th, 2007
12:11 pm - It had to be done...
This is a result of the combined genius of the three programmers in my office: Mike, buffbikedude and myself...

current mood: mischievous

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Friday, August 24th, 2007
4:05 pm - Tribal Bellydance Show - Me and Mel performing - 8/25 (AZ)
I am doing a tribal bellydance show with Melissa of Bedouin Tribe, tomorrow night - Saturday (8/25)! It is at this super cool new restaurant, Lamassu, in Gilbert. Our part of the show starts at 9:30... actually there will be a cabaret dancer on before us (sometimes it is Ellisha - she is sooooo yummy) so perhaps you should call the restaurant to find out what time.

I hear the food is wonderful. They also have hookahs and a bar.

Here is the getout article: www.getoutaz.com/story/2540

Interestingly, the Sumerian word lama, which is rendered in Akkadian as lamassu, refers to a beneficent protective female deity. In art they were depicted as winged bulls and lions; both forms had the heads of human males. They are generally attributed to the ancient Assyrians.

Cool name for a restaurant.

Lamassu, 53 N. Val Vista Drive, is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Info: (480) 539-5909.

current mood: cheerful

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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007
1:33 pm - Wow. Didn't think this would happen...
I am actually inspired by a presidential candidate!

Check out Mike Gravel, the Battleaxe for world government, freedom of partner choice and gender expression, anti-war, anti-IRS, pro-national healthcare, anti-"war on drugs", wants more power in the hands of the people... staged a one-man 5-month filibuster against the draft in the '70s... he's a badass and is passionate and not afraid to speak out. I adore him.

Here's his youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=gravel2008

Btw, I am not posting this to get into political debates... I am posting it because if anyone feels the way I do about stuff they might be inspired by the fact that there is someone out there speaking with our voice. That's all. It's wasted space to try and change my mind ;)

current mood: hopeful

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Friday, August 3rd, 2007
6:06 pm - I won the contest!
On my favorite t-shirts site, Sigh Co. Graphics.

Yay! I get a free shirt!

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Wednesday, August 1st, 2007
4:12 pm - Because we love great live music... (Phoenix, AZ)
Come see Jen Mayer (of the Boom Boom Bollywood and Jamila Lotus Bands) and Amos Cox (of the Busted Hearts) in their amazing bluegrass project, the Breadwinners, at the Rhythm Room this coming Wednesday, August 8 - all night starting at 9!

Listen to their music and view cool photos at: thebreadwinners.net

I'll be there :)
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current mood: chipper

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Friday, July 27th, 2007
3:09 pm - Benefit Show for our dance studio - Saturday! (AZ)
Here's the official announcement:

Come on down to the Mystic Jewell Studio and join us this Saturday July 28th from 6-10 pm, this event is going to be a blast...

Live musical performances by Traveler and Soleil Noir.

Dance performances by Aashiyaana, Deja Fusion, Apna Punjab, Ellisha Tash, Samantha Riggs (recently added), W.O.M.B and others.

Open dance floor with DJ Dega.

Raffles, auctions and more...

Come join us for a fantastic night!! Spread the word, tell your friends, support your local world dance studio!

Donations accepted at the door. See you there!!

524 W. Broadway Rd, Ste 107
Tempe AZ 85282

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current mood: cheerful

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Thursday, June 7th, 2007
6:05 pm - I am leaving tomorrow...
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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007
12:37 pm - Mission Statement
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current mood: content

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Thursday, May 10th, 2007
12:07 pm - (AZ) Mark Your Calendars for the Fetish Prom - May 26
Come join me and the Sexy Scallywags Pirate Circus for a night of thrills, shivers and quivers at the annual Horns & Halos Fetish Prom in Scottsdale, AZ!
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Friday, May 4th, 2007
3:55 pm - The Bolly Horror Picture Show! (Tempe, AZ)
A tongue-in-cheek education about Bollywood movies! Live performances by Boom Boom Bollywood! Indian food! Costume contest!

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current mood: cheerful

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Wednesday, March 14th, 2007
1:04 pm - PHP Programming Job
Hey there... I have word of a one-year (at least) contract for a PHP programming job... good pay... very cool company which is appreciative of freakiness.

Comment if you are interested with your email address. I will screen comments.

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Thursday, June 16th, 2005
5:37 pm - Back from Across the Pond - History-making Bhangra Party Saturday!
I was in England for three weeks... wow. I don't know where to start. How about the present? Take me out for coffee and we can talk about England :)

So on Saturday night, June 18, the Tempe Bhangra/Bollywood scene will be revolutionized by the first ever visit by the San Francisco Bhangra scene - to the Domba Studio (524 West Broadway in Tempe)! That's right just wait until you hear this... the incredible dance troupe Dholrhythms brings their leader, Vicki, + second-in-command Suman to teach a Bhangra lesson at 9 pm for all attendees then wow you with performances after that; also DJs Amar and Jimmy Love of San Francisco's Non-Stop Bhangra and Electric Vardo dance/music collectives will be spinning Bhangra dance beats all night long; also local favorites Boom Boom Bollywood and Domba will strut their stuff as well as the brand new hot dance troupe Bad Boyz Bhangra. Can you believe it? This is history I'm telling you...

The particulars in an itemized sort of way:
Event - Non-Stop Bhangra at the Domba Studio
Date - Saturday, June 18th
Time - Doors open at 8:30 pm, Bhangra lesson at 9:00 pm sharp, performances and open dance throughout the evening
Location - 524 West Broadway in Tempe
Cover - a mere $7.00
Attire - Something you can dance in that still makes you feel dashing
More Information - contact Samantha at mailto:sam@boomboombollywood.com

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