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Probe of I-5 bridge collapse shifts underwater

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

By Seattle Party Bus Rentals

Work crews have begun removing debris from the collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge into the Skagit River, as workers Monday retrieved two vehicles, a travel trailer and some bridge beams.

The first priority for the crews will be to retrieve the items the National Transportation Safety Board — the agency investigating the collapse — wants to examine. Those include the two vehicles as well as certain pieces of the steel-truss bridge’s beams.

Of particular interest is beam “U4,” the second crossbeam in the southbound direction, which wound up underwater, NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman has said.

The extraction must be slowly executed, to avoid damaging evidence. By 8:30 p.m. Monday, some of the downed beams were loaded onto a barge for NTSB’s examination, and an empty barge was moving into position, said Kris Olsen, a state Department of Transportation spokeswoman.

After the NTSB is satisfied, then the rest of the debris can be removed, making way for the building of a temporary span to replace the portion of the bridge that collapsed.

The temporary section could be in place, and the bridge open, by mid-June, state officials have said.

This week, the state will repair a second bridge span that also was damaged by the overheight truck load Thursday, said Harvey Coffman, state bridge-preservation engineer. One overhead beam will be replaced with a salvaged part from the wreckage, he said, while a new piece will replace a large vertical beam that’s badly bent.

Approximately 10 overhead crossbeams were hit by drilling equipment estimated at 15 feet, 9 inches tall, hauled by a truck destined for Vancouver, Wash. Hersman mentioned Saturday that a corner of the truck’s load appeared crumpled afterward, so it may have been knocked slightly lower after the first couple of hits.

Late Sunday, barges transporting cranes and excavators — which have mounted hydraulic shears to cut damaged beams, steel and concrete — began arriving at the collapsed span.

On Monday, crews removed from the river the pickup that an Oak Harbor couple had been driving, and the camper trailer it had been pulling. They also retrieved an orange compact SUV a Mount Vernon man had been driving.

All three drivers survived with minor injuries.

The NTSB wants to examine the pickup and SUV to help them reconstruct the sequence of events Thursday evening.

Part of the agency’s investigation also involves talking with the driver of the pilot car that preceded the truck.

Washington state requires trucks that exceed height restrictions use a lead pilot vehicle that has a height pole attached to it.

In this case, the driver of the pilot car was supposed to alert the truck driver by radio if there were any height issues along the way.

The State Patrol detained the pilot-car driver after the accident Thursday, interviewed her and took measurements of her Dodge Ram pickup, NTSB officials have said.

The NTSB has that information as well as the driver’s identity and has reached out to her, but as of Monday afternoon had not been able to schedule an interview or to examine the vehicle and measuring pole.

Some witnesses apparently had said they saw the pilot car’s pole wagging as it was crossing the bridge.

Hersman said some of the witness statements “will be conflicting” and that her team was still putting together the complete picture.

Monday afternoon, work crews were preparing to cut the pieces of the bridge beams the NTSB has specified it wants to see.

“The agency hasn’t given us the green light to start demolition,” said Chesson. “Until they say it’s done, we can’t go in there and go full-bore.”

In the meantime, the Transportation Department is taking advantage of the opportunity to do a thorough examination of the bridge. That includes looking for any collapse-related damage but also any other repairs that might be needed, such as fixing potholes.

“This is our opportunity to go over the bridge with a fine- tooth comb while there’s no traffic on it,” Chesson said.

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Underage Drinking and Driving

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Party Bus Driver Playing Police or Parent?

It’s that time of year when the wind starts getting colder and stinging the tip of your nose and fingers; leaves start changing to golden colors and drifting off the trees; and people start digging out their scarves and gloves from the back of the closet. It’s fall.

And with this time of the year comes pumpkin carving, sweaters and Homecoming – a quasi-holiday for schools that runs from September to November. Students can’t wait for festivities, which usually mean an early dismissal for a pep rally, parade, football game and dance.

Most people look back fondly on their experiences from Homecoming and the dance. How excited you were to get your new dress or shirt and tie; worrying about getting the flowers to match with you and your date’s outfits, making reservations for dinner; and planning the after-party with your friends.

Maybe you or some of your friends drank after the dance – or maybe even before the dance. You were all underage and alcohol is prohibited on school property, but that was a part of the Homecoming ritual – no big deal. Except for some teenagers in Highland Park, IL, underage drinking became a big deal.

Should Underage Drinking Be Tolerated under Certain Circumstances?

DUI punishments differ across the nation, depending on different DUI state laws, but one thing all the DUI laws agree on is that drinking and driving is a serious crime. When it comes to underage drinking, all 50 states enforce a zero tolerance policy which makes it illegal for a person to operate a motor vehicle with any alcohol in his or her system if he or she is under 21.

Although these students were not driving, it is still illegal for the teenagers to be drinking since they were under the age of 21, but this is where a debate is beginning to brood. Most of us would probably agree that Cesar was in the right for calling the police, but The Chicago Tribune reported that experts are raising questions about the “fallout from such vigilance.”

Is it possible that after this incident students will drive themselves to the dance the next time instead of dealing with being reported by an adult? Then teenagers will be bypassing adult supervision and creating more danger for themselves and anyone else on the road.

While Cesar and others believe that the limo driver was just doing his job, some feel that the students shouldn’t have suffered any punishment since they at least took the initiative to get a sober driver for the night. Some people say that underage drinking is inevitable and that we should be encouraging students to consider alternatives to drinking and driving themselves.

In fact, many of the parents are upset with Cesar for involving the police. Although they may not be pleased with their children’s actions, some of the parents feel that the driver’s actions were uncalled for. One parent has threatened to sue the company Cesar works for, Any Time Limo in Addison, IL.

The company’s general manager, Alex Mich, told The Chicago Tribune that the company expects to lose some business over the ordeal but doesn’t care about the money. Any Time Limo is pleased Cesar did the “right thing.” Mich said that both parents and teens are warned that drinking, smoking and sexual acts are not allowed in the vehicles.

Limousine Driver Not On Board for Party in His Bus

On September 27, 20 teenagers headed for a high school Homecoming dance in Township High School District 113 boarded Leonel Cesar’s “party bus,” reported The Chicago Tribune. The white limo coach is equipped with a TV and stereo, costing $1,500 for three hours.

On their way to a restaurant in Chicago, one of the boys in the group asked Cesar to stop at his house in Highland Park. He came out of the house with a bag, and when Cesar ask him what he had, the boy told the driver it was none of his business and that the group would tip him well.

Cesar quickly put two-and-two together, figuring it was alcohol. He tried calling some of the teenagers’ parents but didn’t get a quick response. Some of the teens begged Cesar not to call their parents or police, and a few even offered him money, but Cesar refused.

Once police and parents arrived on the scene, there was mixed reactions. The police ended up issuing 13 underage drinking citations, while parents fumed – not at their misbehaved children but at the bus driver and limo company.

Cesar told The Chicago Tribune, that while some parents thanked him for reporting the underage drinking to the police, others told him his actions were uncalled for because it was Homecoming.

Are New Programs Encouraging Students to Drink or Keeping Our Roads Safe?

Beyond the debate on this most recent incident is the discussion on other programs that have been developed to encourage students to not drink and drive. In New Trier Township, Safe Rides has been attracting attention. The program allows students to call peer volunteers to pick them up from parties if they are intoxicated – no questions asked.

Some feel that by offering this service, students are only encouraged to drink because they have a safe way of getting home and not getting caught. While others say that whether we have people transporting teenagers or not, underage drinking will continue to happen. If we have no safe way of getting these children from one point to the next, they will only choose to drive themselves, which will only endanger even more people.

Jeff Brooks, who oversees the Safe Rides program, told The Chicago Tribune that the steps being taken in the real world to stop students from drinking are not working. He designed the program for one purpose, and that was to get teenagers home safely.

However, the superintendent of Township High School District 113 said that the actions of the students were unacceptable – whether they had a sober driver or not. School officials have suspended the students from athletic and other activities…….

The moral of the story is that if you are a minor, DO NOT BRING ALCOHOL ONTO OUR BUSES!!!!!

 

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Karaoke Party Bus Guide

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Singing karaoke for the first time can be scary and you might not think a “How to” guide on singing karaoke is necessary, especially if you’re not much of a karaoke fan.  But even those who don’t actively seek karaoke can often get roped into it, and you’ll be better off making the experience as painless (read: embarrassing train wreck-free) as possible. Here are some basic tips you might not have thought of, to make your karaoke experience much more enjoyable for both you and your audience.

1. Song Choice

Choose a song that you know and that is easily in your voice range.  Singing a song that you know really well will make it easier for you to give your best performance on stage – you can practice songs online at home or by singing along with the original recording.

If you’re singing at a karaoke bar or party, singing an up tempo song rather than a ballad, will keep the crowd in a party mood, singing a ballad can clear a room.  You Really Got Me by The Kinks is a good song in a mid range that almost everyone can sing easily.  Girls, if you want to sing it too, feel free to swap the gender “Boy, you really got me now”!

Choose a song that’s under 3 or 4 minutes – unless you’re a pro and really know the song well, singing for more than 3 or 4 minutes on stage will seem like a really really long time.  Although it might seem like a good song choice, Hey Jude by the Beatles, is over 7 minutes long, and would be best to sing it online rather than on stage!

2. Bust A Move

No matter how well you move, entertaining the audience with your dance moves is part of the fun particularly during music breaks of the song (if you’re not comfortable dancing by yourself on stage, you might want to make sure that the song you choose does not have long musical breaks).

Barry Manilow’s Copacabana (At The Copa) is a great song choice, but be prepared to dance around the stage for almost 2 minutes of the the musical break in the middle of the song.  Don’t be discouraged from singing songs with musical breaks, just be prepared to do something during them.

3. Look at the crowd and smile

Not only will you have more fun if you know the lyrics really well and don’t have to rely on the screen, the audience will enjoy your performance much more if you’re moving around the stage and at least sometimes looking out into the crowd and smiling.  Any audience participation that you can gain will increase the amount of applause you receive at the end of your performance.

It’s a win-win situation, the audience will enjoy your song more and so will you! Singing karaoke is all about having fun as Amy proves in her karaoke rendition of Tina Turner’s Simply the Best.

4. Go with your friends and perform a duet

If it’s your first time and you don’t know a song really well, or you feel too nervous, you don’t have to sing karaoke alone.  Find a friend and sing together, or get a group of people and go on stage to shout it out!  A good song choice for multiple voices, that’s danceable and  a lot of fun to sing and to perform, is Kool & The Gang’s Celebration.

5. Share your mic

After you’ve sung your song and basked in the applause, hand the mic back to the KJ and let someone else have their moment on stage.  While you’re not on stage, sit back and enjoy other karaoke performances and encourage others by listening to their performances and applauding. When it’s your turn you’ll get back what you give.

However and wherever you sing karaoke, remember to have fun. You’re only as good (or bad) as your last performance and unless you’re recording songs and publishing them online, chances are that you’ll be the only one to remember your performance.

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Party Bus Ideas

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Once you’ve rented the party bus you might be in search of some ideas regarding how to celebrate the birthday and make it special for the birthday boy or girl. Below you’ll find some great Seattle retreats and spots to hang out with your friends on this special day.

Women might enjoy a day of self-care and indulgences. We’ll pick you up and drop your group off at a local day spa to start off the day. The Gene Juarez Spa in downtown Seattle is a delightful spa with a lovely soothing atmosphere and a variety of services to suit everyone in your party. After the spa, relax in our party bus while we take you on for coffee and pastries in the late afternoon or maybe a bar. Maybe you’d prefer a day of shopping; we’d recommend Bellevue Square or the new upscale Bravern.

A guy kind of day with a birthday party bus could be a sports day, with a trip to the horsetrack, casino, or maybe a football or basketball game. Afterwards let us drive you to a brew pub,Pyramid Alehouse Restaraunt or Cowgirls Inc. are great male type destinations.

If you’re not into sports, consider a movie at Seattle Cinerama, recommended by the New York Times as a must-see spot in Seattle.  First we’ll drive you to dinner, next to the movie; you can cap off the evening with a stop at your favorite nightclub. Or maybe you’ll find some ladies to join you for a special party on the bus; our bus is spacious enough to host a private event for your birthday guy.

With one of our party buses, you don’t have to worry about driving, or finding parking. Enjoy the luxurious ride, with a few drinks, your favorite music or video playing while you share good times in Seattle. For more information give us a call at 206-910-8858.

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Prom Planning Countdown

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

4-3 months
  • Start looking for the right formal dress. Way many dress companies can take up to 8 weeks (sometimes longer) to deliver their dresses. So don’t waste time!
  • Think date: start asking. Know who you’re going with yet? Don’t wait ’til the last minute to know, or the hot ones may be gone. Either ask him, or get him to ask you, but do it soon.
  • Outline your budget. Figure out how much money you have, how much you can get, and on what items you’re going to spend it.

3 Months

  • Order your dress. That’s if you haven’t done so already.
  • Get healthy. Time to start a fitness program that includes exercise & healthy eating.
  • Hair & nails. Start maintaining them.
  • Etiquette. Know how to handle silverware? Know how to behave in a formal environment? Consider taking a class on etiquette. Or get a book and practice with that. (Or look at our small section on etiquette, which gives you the basics)
  • Hairdo. You have selected your dress. Plan your hair around it. Start now because some updos can take a couple of months to grow into. If you need hair ideas, check out the prom hair articles from Hairboutique.com.

2 Months

  • Order your dress. What?!! You haven’t ordered your dress yet? Hurry. Or stores & manufacturers may no longer have the one you want!
  • Prom Plans. Start making your pre-prom and your post-prom plans.
  • Make appointments. Most girls have their hair done professionally for prom. It’s time to make the appointment! You can also consider having a manicure and a pedicure. Make appointments for these. Having your makeup done professionally? Then make an appointment for this, too.
  • Start building your ensemble. Assume you bought your dress, and that you pretty much know your hairdo. It’s time to get your accessories– shoes, jewelry, purse (are the main ones). Start building your ensemble by seeing what works with your dress and planned hairdo.
  • Help select the tux. Help your date select his tuxedo, especially if you want him to wear a vest that matches your dress.
  • Discuss plans. Discuss your pre- and post-prom plans with your parents. Believe me, they’ll want to know!
  • Review your budget. You bought the dress, at least some of the accessories, and have made your appointments. Are you still within budget?
  • Stick with it. Remember to stick with your health and dieting plan.

Last 30 days

  • Pick up the dress. If you haven’t picked it up already.
  • Alterations. Have your dress professionally altered if you need alterations.
  • Break in your new shoes. Walk around the house with them so that they get used to you.
  • Order the boutonniere. Don’t forget you need to get your date a boutonniere, which is a little flower that goes in his lapel. Order this from your nearest flowershop, do so at least two weeks ahead of time.
  • Corsage. Remind your date that he needs to order this.
  • Checklist #1. Make a checklist of everything you need to do. This includes getting your dress from the alterationist or the cleaners, appointments to be kept, and anything else you’ve planned. You don’t want to forget anything during the last minute rush.
  • Checklist #2. Make a small checklist of the things you’ll need that night, such as extra pantyhose, a touch up makeup kit, a pocket camera, and anything else you plan on bringing.
  • Confirm all appointments. Call at least a week in advance to confirm the appointments for hair and nails (or others) that you made last month.
  • Tell date a few things. Mostly, what to expect when he meets your parents. You don’t want him to be too uptight– you know how parents can get.
  • Last minute changes. Attend to any last minute changes in pre- or post-prom plans.
  • Discuss with friends. Discuss date issues, partying issues, driving issues, drinking issues, and any other potentially sticky issues with friends.
  • Start getting plenty of rest. You don’t want to look wiped out on the big night.
  • Step up your exercises. You’ve been keeping healthy with workouts and good eating, right? Well step them up.

Last 2 days

  • Don’t panic. Yeah, don’t panic.
  • Purse kit. Build your purse kit, including extra hose, extra money, mini-makeup kit, etc.
  • Appointments. Attend all hair and nail (and other beautifying) appointments.
  • Boutonniere. Pick it up.
  • Corsage. Remind your date to pick his up.
  • Tux. Yeah, I know. But just in case, remind him to pick it up the day before.
  • Get dressed. Get set. Get going.
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Bus Rental Tips

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Some good info to check out before you rent a bus.  Especially #1. Seattle Party Bus Rentals is locally owned and operated.

Top 10 Things to Know Before Chartering a Bus

  1. Most websites first found on the internet are national brokers or “networks” adding on average, a 25% commission to the cost of your trip.
  2. You can verify that a company owns buses, check safety rating, inspections and insurance status atwww.safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/CompanySnapshot.aspx.
  3. The bus industry is made up of about 3,200 local and regional bus companies accross the US and Canada. There are no national services that own buses (Greyhound charters in 15 markets).
  4. About 450 US bus companies have gone through the rigorous process of becoming Department of Defense certified. Companies with this certification are marked “DOD” in the BusRates.com free directory. Or you can view the list here:www.defensetravel.dod.mil/Docs/BusAgreementPOCs.pdf.
  5. Unlike the airline industry, no site providing multiple instant quotes and availability exists in the bus industry (The best way to get the lowest quotes is to contact each company individually.)
  6. Prices do not typically rise as the travel date draws near or in times of low availability.
  7. The average deposit to book a bus is 22%, however the current trend in the industry is to require 100% payment up front.
  8. Operators cannot drive more than 10 hours following 8 consecutive hours off-duty.
  9. Charters are typically priced by the hour for local use, or by the mile for out-of-state trips averaging more than 275 to 300 miles per day.
  10. The Better Business Bureau provides customer service ratings on most bus companies: search.BBB.org.
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Be Safe On City Transit!

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Safety When Riding the Bus

WAITING FOR THE BUS

  • Use the bus schedule to minimize the length of time waiting for the bus.
  • Plan your route to use the busiest, best-lighted stop possible, both to get on and off a bus or subway. If you must wait, stay near the attendant’s stand or in the best-lighted area available.
  • Be sure to have your fare out and ready before you leave home, office, or store.

WHILE RIDING THE BUS

  • If few people are on the bus, sit near the driver.
  • Keep your purse, shopping bag, backpack, packages, etc., in your lap, on your arm, or between your feet — not by themselves on an empty seat.
  • Don’t let yourself doze off on a bus, it can make you an easy target.
  • If someone is bothering you on the bus, tell the driver.
  • If you feel uneasy about getting off at your usual stop, stay on the bus until the next stop.
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20 (Stripper-Free) Bachelor Party Ideas

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

If you’re over the age of 12, you know that the traditional bachelor party involves strippers, booze, and then more strippers. [Yawn.] That’s all fine. And we would never discourage lapdances and liquor.

But you can do better. You can get more creative. In addition to the ho-hum routine of pole-dancing and beer, consider mixing it up with the following:

1. Hunt. Especially for guys who don’t usually go hunting—it’s a wacky adventure. 10 guys. 10 guns. 10 cases of beer. What could go wrong?

2. Play poker. Perfect for a lean budget. Grill steaks, get beer from a cheap grocery store, and play Texas Hold ‘Em with a $20 buy-in.

3Camp. Swigging beers around the campfire—stars in the sky, clear air, no Blackberries—is just the right contrast to the madness of wedding planning.

4Golf. But only if the groom actually—you know—likes to golf. Otherwise it feels forced, rote, and awkward. If someone influential eagerly suggests, “Hey guys—let’s do golf!” others might feel obligated just out of peer pressure. Feel out the groom’s honest interest-level.

5. Taste whiskey. This ain’t cheap. But arranging your own private “tasting” at a posh whiskey bar—lets you class-up an ordinary bar experience.

6. Take a road trip. Ideally, to someplace fun and quirky, like Graceland, Atlantic City, or the Baseball Hall of Fame.

7. Herd cattle. Think: City Slickers. Yep, you can actually book this kind of “working vacation” where you live like cowboys. More info at sites like this.

8. Kill each other. Virtually. If your group is into video games, a weekend of HaloGrand Theft Auto, or Madden could be the perfect (if nerdy) way to relieve stress. If you do this, just lie to other friends and tell them you hit a strip-club.

9. Ski. The Plunge’s favorite bachelor parties are the ones that incorporate both rugged outdoors and drunken revelry. Skiing fits the bill: a few runs on the slopes, a few bourbons in the lodge. Bonus? Ski bunnies.

10. Rent a beach house. When enough guys chip in, renting a house is cheaper than hotels, gives you an Old School-type vibe, and increases the odds that the groom, at some point, will vomit. Which is the goal of every good bachelor party. (Unless, of course, the bachelor party is the night before the wedding. Which you would never schedule, right?

11. Play paintball. Only two rules: 1) You have to let the groom’s team win. 2) You can’t let the groom know that you’re letting him win.

12. Go white water rafting. Plenty of organizations now offer multi-day, pre-planned, guided rafting trips that require no knowledge, experience, or sobriety.

13. FishMaybe. Obviously, this depends on the personality of the groom. Some guys will find it boring—profoundly so—to stare, for hours and hours, at a tranquil sea of water. He’ll get enough of this tedium in marriage.

14. Taste cigars. Splurge on a swanky cigar lounge and smoke cigars that you would never, ever ordinarily justify buying. If not now, when?

15. Skydive. Most guys want to go skydiving…but never do because of the eye-popping cost. (Hundreds of dollars for only a few minutes fun—it’s a worse $/minute ratio than Eliot Spitzer’s hooker.) Like cigar tasting, you might as well live it up now.

16. Take in a game. If you can swing it, get box seats. If you can’t, just get really, really drunk. Either way, pony up the cash to get seats you would never usually afford.

17. Rent dirt bikes. Or dune buggies, ATVs, or anything else that provides at least a 13% chance of death.

18. Flee to Mexico. Not the obvious party-cities like Cancun or Cozumel, but the actual real Mexico-the real culture, cities, and grit. Less comfortable but more rewarding. Um…..yeeeeaaaah. Before you grab your ticket to Mexico, you might want to sure the jaws of hell haven’t opened.

19. Feast on steak. Maybe your group has tons of dough but can’t find a weekend to all get away. No problem: rent a limo and go for a steak dinner. Especially if this is not the kind of lifestyle your groom is used to, this will make him feel like royalty.

20. Anything but this. Learn from this real-life example. In your attempts to get more creative, don’t let the pendulum swing too far. Unless the groom is a recovering alcoholic or doesn’t drink for religious/personal reasons, you still want to incorporate booze and debauchery. Don’t turn into this exchange:

Question: Do you have ideas for a Clean, Christian Bachelor Party?

My husband is the best man and is clueless to what to do for his best friend. Needs to be clean (no strippers, no drinking)!

Best Answer –

Have an advice and blessing party. The friends get together at someones house and help him fill a book of marriage and child rearing advice – personal and scriptural advice. Things that could be covered are:

To encourage them to pray together daily and share scripture.

That he should respect and treasure her as his wife and hold her above all other women.

Never stop dating – no matter what always make time for each other.

Have all the men at the party write these down a a page from a 3×5 scrapbook and then when they have all contributed and placed the book together they all raise up a prayer of blessing for his future that he be a good,faithful and generous husband and a father his children can be proud of.

Hope this helps!

…and that was voted as the “Best” answer.

Have any other ideas for bachelor parties? Drop us a line at info@seattlepartybusrentals.com

Read more: http://www.theplunge.com/bachelorparty/bachelor-party-ideas-2#ixzz1DgxFvrF0

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How To: Pretend You Can Dance

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Dancing For Dummies

You go to your corporate party, and the DJ breaks into the latest dance tunes. Your date is pulling you onto the dance floor, but you’re still traumatized from the incident at your prom, after the spotlight was on you because you had just won “The Biggest Spaz on the Dance Floor” Award.

Well, not this time. You refuse to be mocked for your dancing again, but on the other hand, you don’t want to be the bore of the party and be reduced to talking to the hors d’oeuvres waiters all night long, while your colleague moves in on your hot date.

You don’t have to be the life of the party, but you at least want to join in on the festivities. So learn how to at least pretend that you can dance, and look normal on the dance floor — without having to depend on alcohol to let loose.

Faking It

Move with the music
Let the music be your guide, and just move your body along with the rhythm and beats. You don’t have to do impressive steps — just let the music take you away.

Snap your fingers or clap your hands
If you’re really at a loss on how to move, then just look like you’re having fun by snapping your fingers while swaying your body from side to side. Just don’t clap too much — you don’t want to draw too much attention to yourself.

Go to the YMCA
In order to start small on the dance floor, join in during a dance that has traditional steps and gestures, such as “YMCA” by the Village People, “Staying Alive”, by the Bee Gees, “The Time Warp”, or a line dance such as Kool & the Gang’s “Celebrate” or even “Macarena” (that is, if that song is still played). This way, not only will you know the moves required, but these are also songs that allow you to go crazy and look foolish — that’s part of the fun.

Grab a partner
If you’re at a party with someone you feel close to or comfortable with, then let them guide you on the dance floor, by imitating their steps to a degree. It’ll also be easier for you to let loose and get accustomed to the moves if you hold your partner’s hands while dancing.

You don’t need to be doing fancy dances like salsa or swing, just take your partner’s hands and move with her. Remember, there’s a reason why it takes two to tango.

Talk to your partner
You don’t need to actually hold your partner’s hands, but talking to her while you’re moving your body will at least distract you from the task at hand, so you’ll be able to move minimally while randomly talking to your partner.

Obviously, this is not the time for deep conversation, just random chitchat.

Sing along
By the same token, if the music is too loud or you find it difficult to actually talk to your partner while dancing, at least sing along to the music, which will help you move to the rhythm, and distract you from trying to dance perfectly.

Do less than more
If you feel very awkward or uncomfortable on the dance floor, try to do less rather than trying to show off. Just avoid drawing attention to yourself, and stick to basic moves such as swaying, moving from side to side, and moving your body more than your feet.

Avoid these things at all costs, unless you want to be the joke of the party.

Losing It

Flailing your arms
Again, if you don’t feel comfortable on the dance floor, then don’t make motions that practically beg the crowd to look in your direction — unless you have moves that would make Michael Jackson turn white (okay, wrong choice of words).

Jumping up and down
This is something you would do if you were at a frat party or rock concert; leave it for those occasions.

Staring down at the floor
Avoid keeping your eyes glued to the floor, or you’ll look too intense and as if you’re concentrating too much on your moves. Instead, try to focus on the band, DJ, or the people around you — but don’t stare at the woman in the skimpy dress or your boss’ wife for too long, for obvious reasons.

Getting drunk
It’s perfectly okay to drink a little bit to loosen up on the dance floor, in fact, it’s recommended if you feel that alcohol will help you open up, but you may want to refrain from getting on the dance floor if you feel the urge to get up on the speaker, do the funky chicken while doing the limbo, or worse yet — dance like Seinfeld ‘s Elaine Benes.

Screaming “Woooo!” while moving
This is probably what will happen if you dance when you’re extremely drunk. Don’t draw attention to yourself, unless of course, you want to.

Dancing with clenched fists
If your body’s stiff and your fists are in the punching position while you dance, you’ll look stressed and extremely tense, which will make you look insecure.

Remember, the whole point of dancing is to have fun and enjoy yourself. Nobody expects you to break into the moonwalk, start leading the conga line, or pull a Fred Astaire. Don’t think about it too much, and just let your body move to the rhythm.

After a while, you’ll be more accustomed to letting yourself open up, and you’ll see that you can move your body in more ways than you thought possible. And if this isn’t reason enough to at least try to dance, it is believed that a person’s dance moves are similar to his bedroom moves. So if this means anything, then practice your moves wherever you like

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Safe Driving Tips

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Chooses Innovative Way To Slow Down Their Drivers

An omnibus company in China has launched a new “drive safely” campaign, by hanging big bowls of water next to their drivers.  The Longxiang Public Bus Company in Changsha, Hunan province, says drivers must drive gently to avoid spilling any water.  Bus drivers are expected to ensure the bowls are still full when they finish their shift Trav and Party Pam have discovered.

The company warns drivers that CCTV footage will be studied to make sure they do not top up the bowls with water.

We have learned that, ‘Passengers often complain that sudden braking and bad driving makes them really uncomfortable on the buses,’ from a spokesman of the company.  ‘So by hanging bowls of water in the driver’s cab will discourage them from making any jolting starts, sudden braking or bad turns.’

The staff at Seattle Party Bus Rentals would like to this implemented in the USA

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