I'm Lindsay Ferrier, a Nashville writer with a passion for family travel, exploring Tennessee, and raising kids without losing my mind in the process. This is where I share my discoveries, along with occasional deep thoughts, pop culture tangents and a sprinkling of snark. Want to get in touch? Use the CONTACT form at the top of the page.
July 13, 2012
Today, I woke up feeling like I had been run over by a garbage truck.
In a good way, of course.
I have spent the last four days traveling by car more than 600 miles through the swing states of Ohio and Pennsylvania, meeting moms and listening to their stories for CafeMom’s Moms Matter 2012 road trip. And even though I’m now completely exhausted, I also have a far better understanding of how national issues are impacting Americans in a very personal way. We tackled topics ranging from poverty to fracking to student loan debt to struggling public school systems– and I can’t wait for you to see the personal stories that came out of these topics. I promise you’ll see them in a whole new way– I certainly did.
Of course, shooting six stories in three days takes a LOT of work. Our crew consisted of eight people, three cars, four cameras, and a dozen or so bags of equipment. One of those crew members was a producer from a major cable news network, so if all goes well, you’ll be able to see our stories on television AND on the web. We spent hours on the road, got lost many, MANY times, laughed a lot and slept only a little. By the time I got home last night, I basically fell into bed and I’m planning to spend the next four days recuperating.
After that– On to Florida for week two!
While I was away, another episode of I’ll Take That Dare came out! This is an extra-special one for me- I got to learn a Bollywood dance routine from Mamma Mia! star Monica Kapoor. She went above and beyond for us, enlisting the help of nine other Broadway dancer friends to fill the class.
Can you imagine trying to learn a dance routine with nine BROADWAY DANCERS? Let’s just say that it wasn’t my finest moment!
But it gets better… Once we’d finished learning the routine, we went out on Times Square and PERFORMED IT in front of a crowd of onlookers. And while I’m not expecting a call from Madonna asking me to join her world tour, that was definitely one of those moments when I stopped for a moment and thought, I can’t believe this is happening to me!
It did, though… and I think it’s worth watching, if only to see me stumble my way through a routine with a group of world-class dancers. Trust me, surreal hilarity ABOUNDS in this episode. As you’ll see, I tried to make up for my lack of coordination with ATTITUDE:
Now that you’ve seen Bollywood dancing, would you try it?
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I would totally do that! I think Bollywood is so beautiful, fun and different than what we are used to. Jealous!
It didn’t seem like a dare at ALL – you were dancing in the midst of a bunch of other people in the most crowded city where weird things happen all the time. It also seemed like you didn’t take it seriously at all, which I found disrespectful to the professional dancers and to the culture of dancers, and you just thought “if I smile big, that is all that matters.” That was no dare – that was an outrageously awesome opportunity, which you didn’t appreciate at all in the way it should be appreciated.
I have loved Bollywood for years — I would TOTALLY dance that! Because what Bollywood is missing is a size 18, red faced, sweaty middle aged Irish Catholic mom.
Looks totally fun and you’ve inspired me to try something new this week!
Girl you crack me up. Fun! Fun! I am not so coordinated so uh I’ll stick to doing Zumba here at home! 😉
I love Bollywood..this looks like so much fun!
So much fun! Love it!
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