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Monday, July 17, 2006

White People Can't Dance

My oldest friend got married about a week ago:



Isn't she beautiful? They both are... on the inside and out. I was one of her bridesmaids. She is Baha'i and in their religion the bride and groom marry each other-- no middleman. Just when you thought you were safe, new media has infiltrated the wedding process... well, no, not really... the Baha'i faith is a couple hundred years old... but, I like to think of it that way. It was a very intense ceremony to watch, and certainly the most moving wedding that I've ever been to by far.

Then there was the reception later on...
Oh my lord. This video is incriminating. It's of me dancing with my dad, white person style. I thought I'd put it out there before it somehow gets leaked. ;)




WARNING
: white people on the internet are closer than they appear on television...

ipod version

86 Comments:

  • At 6:55 PM, Blogger Long Nguyen said…

    you remind me of a quote by Johnny Depp "France and the whole of Europe have a great culture and an amazing history. Most important thing though is that people there know how to live! In America they've forgotten all about it. I'm afraid that the American culture is a disaster."

    When it comes to dancing, dance lessons are great. You and your dad look fine though, not the best, but not ridiculous, so it's all right.

     
  • At 7:10 PM, Blogger rayo said…

    Finally, brought out a video

    Nice to see you smiling
    White people can't dance but as long as they enjoy themselves, who cares

    Best wishes to the bride & groom

    In the blogosphre, we're all connected. Hapiness of one is felt by all

     
  • At 7:13 PM, Blogger Dan said…

    Hmm. Makes me wonder who was leading that dance. And did you change out of your bridesmaid's dress? Didn't seem too bad for a bridemaid's dress.

     
  • At 7:22 PM, Blogger BionicBuddha said…

    Just a quick 'Ode' that I wrote the other day, hopefully it will brighten yours.

    "Ode to Unboomed"

    Amanda 'Manhattan' Congdon
    You are always so much fun
    Your rise to the top
    Will never ever stop
    As long as there is breath in your lungs

    Never a bad word for those that call you a Barbie doll
    Never listen to the gossip in the hall
    You are more than an Internet star
    Known to people near and far
    You are the fairest of them all

    What is next for the media sweetie?
    The seriousness of the theatre or the Hollywood action movie?
    Or will you be like the 80's video we saw
    From the band call 'Ah-ha'
    And find that the 'Sun Always Shines on TV'.

    What will we do without you?
    When your tenure of Internet vlogging is through
    The days will seem so dull and grey
    Missing your witty repartee
    Without you here, life will stink like pooh (or will be so blue, depending on the rating)

    For now, regrouping at her Connecticut home
    With ice cream, mini-putt and sans mobile phone
    To sleep peacefully on a dream
    Of TV, Theatre or the Silver Screen
    With fans like us, Amanda you will never be alone.

    www.bionicbuddha.com

     
  • At 7:38 PM, Blogger Teresa said…

    I'm happy to see with a huge smile!

     
  • At 7:40 PM, Blogger Amanda said…

    Dear Bionic Buddha,

    Thank you for your beautiful/funny poem. Know this: my *face* may have been replaced on RB, but this lady won't stop videoblogging. No sir. All the plans I'm cooking up involve me continuing to videoblog. I couldn't stop if I wanted to! It's that freaking addictive. I love my internet family way, way too much to leave 'em high and dry. For serious. ;) My offline friends make fun of me because this shit is like a religion.

     
  • At 7:55 PM, Blogger Amanda said…

    Oh and Dan, yes, that was my bridesmaid dress. The bride has great taste. She designed the entire wedding which was absolutely fabulous—besides the little figurines on the cake. I still take issue with those.

     
  • At 8:00 PM, Blogger tangerine said…

    "WARNING: white people on the internet are closer than they appear on television."

    ..... laughing uncontrollably

    Wonderful sense of humor.
    Nice to see you dancing and smiling.
    To Run-Around Sue?

    LOL. Well you did that well!

     
  • At 8:01 PM, Blogger Guy said…

    There go any chances of you getting invited to an audition for the remake of Fame.

     
  • At 8:22 PM, Blogger Brandon Whitesell said…

    congratulations to the happy couple!
    your dad looks like a hoot.

     
  • At 8:59 PM, Blogger Berry Family said…

    Too CUTE... still missin' ya... a fan

     
  • At 9:00 PM, Blogger Michael Krolczyk said…

    Hey...

    I recognize that dancing!!! I've seen it in Austin, St. Petersburg, NYC...

     
  • At 9:04 PM, Blogger poetslife said…

    http://poetslife.blogspot.com/2006/06/robert-scoble-podtech-rocketboom.html

    http://poetslife.blogspot.com/2006/02/business-blog-how-to-successfully.html

    I agree with you, Amanda, about Robert Scoble's genius. As he introduced me to you and your show, you might enjoy the links above...written before your recent move on, obviously.

     
  • At 9:43 PM, Blogger xorrox said…

    okay, so the maid position is closed; I just decided to clean up. But I hate to take an opportunity away from you like that. It just isn't fair to you in this time of need.

    I know you're going through a tough time, so I won't even ask you to submit a resume!

    And to sweeten the pot, I am willing to throw in tango classes.

     
  • At 11:20 PM, Blogger Mike said…

    That was better than today's rocketboom.

     
  • At 11:27 PM, Blogger Jensen said…

    Wow, ain't that what life's about.

     
  • At 12:06 AM, Blogger Big Mouth Mike said…

    The wedding dancing video is so sweet, yet so incredibly dorky!

     
  • At 12:28 AM, Blogger The Nog said…

    I was raised Baha'i but adopted agnosticism later on (I guess I went from "everybody's right" to "who the hell knows"). Baha'is are so rare, at least in my area, that I get all excited to spot one. A dork is me.

    Heh, that is all.

     
  • At 12:51 AM, Blogger Cage said…

    Amanda, Good to see your enjoying life. My favorite quotes for you at this stage of your life are.

    1. Life is not a dress rehearsal

    2. For those that fight for it, life has flavor. The sheltered never know.

    Treasure your dad. I wish my dad could have been at my wedding.

     
  • At 12:51 AM, Blogger Conrad Quilty-Harper said…

    You thought you'd leak it so it doesn't leak? Now that's Web 2.0!

     
  • At 1:10 AM, Blogger V J.D. said…

    Baha'i marriages are performed by merely the bride and groom? Is there anyone presiding over the ceremony at all? That's interesting. Typically a valid marriage must be presided over by a judge, ordained minister, or ship captain. Your friends might want to check with the state to see if their marriage is valid.

     
  • At 4:09 AM, Blogger Richard said…

    “Marriage is a wonderful institution...but who wants to live in an institution?”

    Groucho Marx

    Rich
    http://www.garagedoorsupply.com

     
  • At 6:03 AM, Blogger Marius said…

    Many years ago I returned to my ancestral home in Connecticut for a cousin's wedding. There I witnessed such acts of 'white people dancing' as would make Don Cornelius weep. Yet you manage to make it work. Must be the smile. You rock, Amanda! :-)

     
  • At 6:07 AM, Blogger LeperColony said…

    Of course, it's no accident that most occasions for dancing in our culture also ensure the availability of alcohol. It makes for a smoother event, not because it improves your coordination so much as it whipes the memory.

     
  • At 6:27 AM, Blogger Neantaeus said…

    Hmm...after careful observation of the photograph of the marrying couple, I concluded that the one you identified as your "oldest friend" is probably not more than 26/27 years of age.
    In other words, she is not very old at all!
    Developing...

     
  • At 6:35 AM, Blogger Amanda said…

    By "oldest friend" I meant that I've known her the longest. Our mothers were pregnant at the same time so we've known each other since we were babies. She's only 24! My personal position on age is that it is pretty irrelevant to friendship... what does everyone else think?

     
  • At 6:58 AM, Blogger Sylvain said…

    Yes, you're right Amanda. Age is irrelevant. As long as you have a few things in common, friendship is possible.

     
  • At 6:59 AM, Blogger Grub the Raper said…

    Silly crackers.

     
  • At 7:15 AM, Blogger berggrp said…

    Your blog posts are much more entertaining than the new Rocketboom. And, that Dad of yours really has some moves. When is your wedding?

     
  • At 7:18 AM, Blogger t. said…

    "Carlton" from the Fresh Prince, thinks the dancing was AAAAYYYY OK!

     
  • At 7:25 AM, Blogger Brandon Whitesell said…

    oldest friends are very good at living in different cities and seeming like they still live next door. I thank the internet for that sort of "connectivity."

    urg. that was cheesey!

     
  • At 7:28 AM, Blogger Mitch said…

    In Hollywood, Bollywood, and the rest of not-America, maybe everyone has breathtaking dance moves. For the rest of us, weddings are about celebrating our friends, free rubber chicken (minus the cost of the gift registry), an open bar, and trying not too look drunk on the dancefloor. Besides, only the bride needs to look good. Had you danced too well, Martha Stewart and her goon squad of soccer mom's would have pulled you out to the parkinglot and beat you down with (cinnamon scented) sticks.

     
  • At 7:57 AM, Blogger Johnson Ayoleyi said…

    zWell, what u say is quite right and whether people want to agree with it or not, it is the plain truth spoken in such wonderful words. I might talk about you on my site unilagfaces seeing that your site recorded a 19,000% increase in web traffic....

     
  • At 8:14 AM, Blogger welcome to wallyworld said…

    Amanda, yeah I have "friends" of all ages but the babes in their twenties flick me when they find out I'm 104.

    Look what I did to your mate Andrew - rocketboom goes Pagan Island

    Are you joining Scoble at his new vlog? 100 bucks says you are. Love your work, Lambe, Paris (aka Les Miserable)

     
  • At 8:28 AM, Blogger HomeImprovementNinja said…

    As if anyone could doubt your whiteness after seeing that?

    Interesting historical factoid. In WWII Germany, if a persons racial makeup could not be discerned from birth records they would send them to the TanzenBureau (The Dance Bureau) and make them dance to a popular german song "meine leibe hut habt drei ecken", while a panel of specially trained judges would determine their whiteness.

     
  • At 8:34 AM, Blogger ocean said…

    I'm thrilled to see you're back, alive and kickin away. God bless ya girl. God bless ya.

    Hesse's "Narcissus and Goldmund" is a beautiful analysis of the age gap in friendship. My take on his idea is that some of the most rewarding, meaningful, and yet, formidable, relationships can exist between people of totally different ages (similar to relationships (sometimes) between people of totally different cultures/religions). My experience tells me the same. (A very close friend of mine, although 65 years my senior. He died 3 years ago but life goes on. Interestingly enough, he was a rabbi and One of his closet friends was a cardinal at the Vatican). Each one brings to the friendship a totally different perspective on life and living (yes, our perspectives do change as we grow older. No, I can't always be the TOys R Us Kid; although I sure am enjoying it while it lasts).
    Take care ya' all

     
  • At 8:37 AM, Blogger Richard said…

    Interestingly enough, my wife (Maureen) is a Baha'i and, in face, we had a Baha'i marriage and the only thing you have to say is something like "Verily, I will abide by the will of God", which I said, but, in my head, I meant "I will generally try pretty hard to do my best to act in accordance with what I deem to be my higher self." ... nice dancing :)

     
  • At 8:40 AM, Blogger chadwik66 said…

    The only thing better than tragically white people dancing at a wedding is drunken country music karaoke at a wedding. Always a good time.

     
  • At 8:45 AM, Blogger Marius said…

    Physical age is totally irrelevent to friendship. My youngest friend is about to turn 20, my oldest friend is in her 70's, and I'm in my 40's. Now of the two friends I've known the longest, and thus could be called my oldest friends in that sense, one I went to high school with and is the same age, and the other is 17 years my senior. Love is deaf, blind, and doesn't need to check ID's...well, at least friendship love doesn't.
    ;-)

     
  • At 9:11 AM, Blogger Chris Daniel said…

    Great video. It was so candid. I can't dance worth anything.. and I definitely don't have guts to show it on my vlog. I give you props :)

     
  • At 10:05 AM, Blogger Johnny O said…

    Too bad you weren't dancing to the boom vs unboom mixtape that I made. See here.

     
  • At 10:20 AM, Blogger Ironic1 said…

    Yeah! More footage of Amanda dancing!

    I don't know, but a daughter dancing with her father is just about the sweetest thing in the world. Maybe I'm saying that just because I have a daughter and I know what she means to me.

    Glad the wedding was lovely! I will spare you my wedding horror stories.

    And the cthulhu elder god of the day is... cirzftb!

     
  • At 10:44 AM, Blogger BlackOps said…

    It was nice to see you happy and having a great time.

     
  • At 10:46 AM, Blogger LaCloche said…

    All this talk of friends, reminded me of truly beautiful passage on the subject -- Emerson's Essay On Friendship. If you have a second, take a look: http://www.rwe.org/works/Essays-1st_Series_06_Friendship.htm

     
  • At 10:53 AM, Blogger Daughtershow said…

    Amanda,
    Highly cool. Bahai Ceremonies are always a lovely experience.

    If everyone had a blast the quality of dance is a pittance. After all it's not like people were trying out for American Bandstand or anything right? (Dear Lord did I just totally date myself or what?)

     
  • At 11:32 AM, Blogger Andrei said…

    It is getting pretty wild around here :)

     
  • At 11:35 AM, Blogger Andrei said…

    Groovy! Your dad got the moves.

    p.s. it is a bit strange to see you not in RB environment

     
  • At 12:03 PM, Blogger mistermac said…

    Spaz Dance!

     
  • At 12:17 PM, Blogger Zachary Tirrell said…

    I find it sad that this is actually more entertaining than the new Rocketbooms...

     
  • At 12:26 PM, Blogger str8curves said…

    I totally agree with you about age having nothing to do with friendship. I went to highschool with folks that were very closed off new ideas, activities and people. Most people refer to this as being "OLD". However, I have known people that had experienced many birthdays that are dynamic, lively explorers of the world around them. Cool people and poop heads come in all varieties of ages, colors, religions and everyother kind of box thought up by humankind.

    Dance on!

    PS-Until the middle ages it was possible to marry each other simply by saying " I marry you" by both people. And by strict theology you may still do the same today, at least in the Catholic concept. The situation became altered when in the middle ages the weathy and nobles were trying to arranged marriages. It became a reoccurring problem of getting the aranged parties together, only to find out that one or both were already married to some one else. Out of frustration, it was declared that in order for the marriage to be "OFFICAL", the Church ( usually the only person that could read or write) had to preside over the ceremony and record the union, and two witnesses had to be present to verify the union. Thus, presto-change-o, the easy was made difficult by way of the unnessary.

     
  • At 12:35 PM, Blogger Steve Luth said…

    Age is all in your head. I will be a kid forever!

     
  • At 12:48 PM, Blogger Woosang said…

    Very funny! Oh and congrats to your friends on their wedding!

    My personal position on age is that it is pretty irrelevant to friendship... what does everyone else think?

    I agree with you on this one. Although most of us have friends that are in our ages and you can't really ignore generation gaps.

    Miss you on Rocket Boom.

     
  • At 2:12 PM, Blogger Andy Carvin said…

    What fun! I wish I'd videoblogged my wedding (or more like had friends videoblog it for me.) We ended up doing an online photo gallery, which I guess is better than nothing.

    Bahai is such a fascinating religion.... I love the Bahai Temple just north of Northwestern - haven't been back there in years. One of our friends at NU was Bahai as well. His dad was Jewish, the mom was Catholic, and both families disapproved of each other. So they converted to Bahai and raised him that way....

     
  • At 3:40 PM, Blogger Neantaeus said…

    Amanda wrote: By "oldest friend" I meant that I've known her the longest.

    Oh sorry Amanda. I knew what you meant and was waxing dopey and maybe a little bit thinking about a dear and old (82 years) friend of mine who was recently -and forever it appears- laid low by a stroke.
    Coincidentally, I met her 26 years ago when I was 24.

    Fugit inreparabile tempus!

     
  • At 3:57 PM, Blogger nab said…

    A W E S O M E

     
  • At 4:34 PM, Blogger Andy said…

    I miss weddings.
    My friends either married long ago, or have decided to forgo the contract.

    I never understood why the word "white" was added to the statement. No, wait, scratch that, since the purpose of dance is to express yourself, the statement is nonsense.

    I thought you were communicating your joy quite effectively Amanda.

    What is your issue with the cake figurines?
    Too patriarchal? Pediophobia?

    Do you like birthday candles?

    Someone needs to come up with a name for questions that a simple Google can answer.
    http://tinyurl.com/ngc3f

     
  • At 5:03 PM, Blogger ocean said…

    To my fellow Amanders,

    To create some order and community amongst us, I've started a site for all Amanda friends and fans to write a brief bio about themselves. Right now it's part of the Scratchpad-wiki labs. Within two weeks it will become a fullfledged Wiki. For now the URL is http://scratchpad.wikia.com/wiki/Unboomers

    Click on the edit tab and create your own entry on the site's main page. You can create your own page within the site and put a link to it in your entry.

    Amanda, we're wating for your entry. Please honor us with it.

     
  • At 5:08 PM, Blogger Amanda said…

    moreinu haadmor! Thank YOU for this honor. I will get on that!

     
  • At 5:25 PM, Blogger ocean said…

    Amanda, I was thrilled to see your rapid response.

    For those who wish to hide their IP, create a Wiki user account (from the link on the site) and your user name will be shown in the edit history instead of your IP.

     
  • At 5:37 PM, Blogger filmex said…

    Dancing...video...helped...*gasp*...need more...Aman-da!...*gasp*...


    As Oscar Wilde said:
    Bigamy is having one wife too many. So is monogamy.

     
  • At 6:02 PM, Blogger WrongwayStoryteller said…

    I can't believe nobody asked the obvious question yet!

    Did you catch the bouquet?

    ;-)

    Or maybe the better question would be: WAS there even a bouquet?

    ... as for the "age in a relationship" issue, I am reminded of Gertrude Stein, who said: "We are always the same age inside." I think it's a matter of finding someone who is the same age you are! (Easier said than done...)

     
  • At 7:03 PM, Blogger MasterH8R said…

    Wow, I guess when you get fired, people stop telling you the truth. Not I, my dear. Epilepsy is not funny! But it is apparently contagious. Kiva away, baby!

     
  • At 8:25 PM, Blogger Bryan said…

    Amanda, Im about to start video blogging with a friend of mine. It'd be much appreciated if you'd check out our first actual post which should be tommorow. Keep on trucking!

     
  • At 8:40 PM, Blogger Paige said…

    You're going to BlogHer!!! You HAVE to take a picture with MissZoot! :) She's going to be there the first day. We're in the Huntsville Webloggers group together. I wish I was going so much!! I hope you have so much fun there and learn a lot.

     
  • At 11:50 PM, Blogger Sebastian said…

    Hi amanda. This is my first comment on Unboomed.I´m from Argentina and i´m just discovering your videos (by the way, they are great...well, you don´t need me to know that...)
    Hope to see you soon videoblogging (as an argentinian, i don´t like british accent)

     
  • At 1:10 AM, Blogger Sean said…

    What song is that in the video?

     
  • At 1:30 AM, Blogger Jesse said…

    Beautifully hypnotic.

     
  • At 8:03 AM, Blogger jonny goldstein said…

    I do know some white people who can dance very stylishly. It's possible. Don't give up!

    I went to the Bahai temple in Haifa, Israel, a few times. It's one of the most beautiful places I've ever encountered.

     
  • At 9:05 AM, Blogger charlie maravilla said…

    you are dancing in a normal way here, cause you are unboomed perhaps?? wahaha i was coming here for some drama to see if you were planning a campaign against the evil and i have to see this type of happy things, please!!! i actually slightly critized you in my rb comments to make feel better to amanda 2.0. i can't actually give support to someone like you amanda who seems so powerfull, you are an A N I M A L *they say that's super cool to say this no?* :) ;) :*

     
  • At 12:24 PM, Blogger Brian said…

    Amanda,

    Is that really your comment in today's RB thread?

    If so, it really seems like Andrew is showing his ass voer this whole situation....

     
  • At 1:13 PM, Blogger phil said…

    Very nice, quite the cutting of the rug. So happy to see you smile. Can't wait to see what you've got cooking.

     
  • At 1:29 PM, Blogger Kiltak said…

    Amanda: Who said you coudln't dance? You? I don't agree..

    It'S not the dancing that counts, it's the fun you have while doing it, and you really look to be enjoying yourself.

    Cheers,

    Kiltak [GAS]

     
  • At 3:51 PM, Blogger nycdesigner said…

    Uma...Amanda; Amanda...Uma!

    Reminds me a bit of the ol' Pulp Fiction.

     
  • At 7:14 PM, Blogger danielmcvicar said…

    You are amazing. Keep up the dancing. Made me think of dancing with my daughter. She is 15 now, and won't dance with me. This video made me hopeful that one day she will dance with me again.

    You have incredible instincts...keep following them.

    I did an interview with Steve and Zadi....they were great. You could tell how much they care about you.

    You might see my version of their wedding video at danielmcvicar.blogspot.com

    All the best

     
  • At 11:09 PM, Blogger Carl Weaver said…

    You got soul, sister. Not just anybody can rock out to "Runaround Sue" the way you do. Dion had mad sick tunes, or whatever you young people say about good music.

     
  • At 4:27 AM, Blogger Rpgedimac said…

    Like the video (abit dark) but still fine. You and your dad danced well to Runaround Sue (how else to dance to it) and you looked very nice in your dress.. halter tops are nice, if it was a halter top, I'm not a fashion guru. Can't believe how tall you are, or the camera guy and rest of the crowd very short (I'd surround myself with fatter people to make look thinner).
    Great blogs so far again Amanda, know you're busy but you are dedictated to us fans (why prey tell?) so the feeling are mutual.

     
  • At 11:56 AM, Blogger xianzhong said…

    that is some wicked dancing there...lol

     
  • At 12:02 PM, Blogger xianzhong said…

    that is some wicked dancing there...lol, reminds me of the old How To Dance Propely flash setup...

    http://zefrank.com/indexdance.html

     
  • At 8:22 PM, Blogger Steven said…

    Go Mr. Congdon Go! ! !

    I read that Andrew said because you left (got fired) from Rocketboom that you forfeit you 49% share. His opinion and the law sound very different. Does the contract back him up?

     
  • At 12:05 PM, Blogger Blogger-Careers said…

    For a moment I thought you were dancing Reggae Jamaican style but the bottom line you were enjoying yourself!

    Sean.
    Barbados/Canada

     
  • At 6:40 PM, Blogger sans_port said…

    I like how bloggers sometimes just throw in random stuff. In moderation, it makes a blog a lot more interesting. Not that I know anything about them though

     
  • At 12:23 PM, Blogger Martha said…

    Amanda is the BEST!

    And is absolutely right...I didn't pick the cake topper. I would have picked something less fluffy!

    P.S. Yes it is valid...that was one minor detail figured out before throwing a $50,000.00 wedding! Amanda isn't friends with an idiot...

     
  • At 5:50 PM, Blogger Steven said…

    For those concerned with the legitimacy of the marriage....

    Baha'i Local Spiritual Assemblies, our smallest administrative unit, can be licenced by state governments to perform marriages. The rules are that the Assembly approves of the marriage (similar to making sure the couple are serious - note you cannot coerce the instution to perform a marriage,) that there are two witnesses who sign an affidavit that the marriage in fact took place, and at least one Assembly member also signs. The "vow" required is as descibed "We will all, verily, abide by the will of God." The program is entirely at the wishes of the couple otherwise.

     
  • At 4:12 AM, Blogger Rudy said…

    I see your white people dancing and raise you with Lebanese/Armenian dancing.

    Click here to see what makes up my genetic code.

    Night!

     
  • At 1:12 PM, Blogger Ironic1 said…

    I went to a wedding this weekend in an unairconditioned loft in Chicago. I am very glad there were no cameras there to record my fits of spastic dancing, but it was great fun. There is nothing like being an out of town guest at a wedding to loosen up inhibitions. That and lots of alcohol. Yeah.

    Anyway, I danced with my 11 year old daughter and thought of you dancing with your dad. I can't imagine you had as good of time as I did, but I hope you came close.

    Oh, and I stayed in Evanston and visited some of my favorite old school haunts. Go Wildcats.

     
  • At 2:32 PM, Blogger tasmo4 said…

    Oh no...http://33whitehall.video.blip.tv/uploadedFiles/Unboomed-weddingDance596.mov is giving me "page not currently available." Ok, I've seen it. I want to see it AGAIN!

     

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