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February 22nd 2005
TUESDAY

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"We can do it."

World War II slogan. Rusty's slogan...
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RUSTY'S "SHOULDER ADVENTURE"


The "not so happy camper" at home the first night from surgery.
(You can see the blood in the tubing from the pain pump malfunction)

Well, I'm up and running again. About 50%. Thanks to all of you for being so beautifully supportive throughout this past week of my Shoulder Adventure. What a ride. I know it's not over yet, but I have to say, you all are the best support and therapy a girl could ask for.

I got over 120 emails and countless phone calls from you during the past five days. And they were so lovely, I decided to post them on the website. You can take a look HERE.


A much happier camper, fixed up, cleaned up, and wearing clothes.
Here with a super nurse, Jaime. Yeah for the nice ones!

To recap: I had arthroscopic surgery to fix three problems; two tears and a bone spur. I ended up with seven incisions. The surgery took three hours and was more complicated than they expected. I was in the hospital for a total of eleven hours (with my wonderful parents standing by on vigil).

I'm in an "immobilizing" contraption right now, and will be in a sling for 4-6 weeks. But, as luck would have it, I CAN TYPE! Ron came over yesterday, and, as luck would have it, I CAN DANCE (with no right hand involvement). If you've ever wanted to see what "smiling from ear to ear" looks like, you should have been over to see that first dance!

I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone again this Wednesday for my birthday celebration at the Rhythm Club --- Vintage Western Themed! I won't be dancing much (if at all), but if you see me out on the dance floor, trust that I am dancing with someone who is of the advanced enough level to handle me with care (I have loads of experience in that department from the broken neck adventure. So don't worry. I promise not to over-do it, and I'll be VERY careful.

See you tomorrow nite! Rain or shine!!!!!

By the way, this whole shoulder injury was not a result of dancing. It actually started years ago when I was skiing. There was a young hot shot kid who whizzed past me catching his ski pole in mine, flipping me around upside down on the snow and ripping my arm out of the socket. (Of course, he didn't stop). After waiting in vain for someone to stop and help me, I yanked the arm back in the socket and made my way down the hill. Since that time, the arm has been susceptible to dislocation. I have probably dislocated it another three times swing dancing. The last time was in December 2004, doing a basic Level 1 Lady's turn. It just went "tear". Time to get it fixed, eh!

RUSTY'S 2000 "BROKEN NECK AND CERVICAL CORD ADVENTURE"

For those of you who don't know, in 2000, I suffered a broken neck (five breaks, actually -- C1 in three places, C2, and C6) and an incomplete cervical cord injury at C2. It has been one LONG haul. But the great thing is that all my students really stood by me throughout the entire struggle. You can read about it, if you want HERE, and see photos HERE of the "great hospital adventure", and HERE for how I coped with the "Halo", and HERE to view the aerial the caused it (not the accident).

Rusty being serenaded by Pops Walsh - Stompy Jones
(left to right) Lovelynn Jensen, Jean Veloz, Lauren Sjoblom (age 10!), and Rusty

My broken neck was certainly one of those cases, with everyone rallying around. And I know for certain that this will be the case. Wish me luck, men start practicing leads for the lady's's left hand, and see you all on the dance floor!


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RUSTY'S'S B-DAY PARTY FEBRUARY 23RD
VINTAGE WESTERN NITE
COWBOY DEMILLE TO HOST! FLIERS TO PERFORM!

For those of you who don't know it, Rusty is just a little ol' cowboy at heart. So dig out your cowboy outfit and join us on the dance floor for a vintage cowboy themed evening of music and swing dancing!.....

Rusty has specially requested her favorite Master of Ceremonies, Maxwell DeMille to host her party, and her Swing Shift Fliers to perform. Come along and join in the festivities.


FEBRUARY 23

Rusty's B-Day Party -- Dress Vintage Western!
Host: Cowboy Maxwell Demille!

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MARCH 9

THE FABULOUS ESQUIRES

MARCH 16

ST. PATRICK'S!

Dance Lesson and DJ on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:30-8:00
8:00-11:30pm -- Dance! Dance! Dance!
(check our calendar)

Full details, click HERE
Directions, click HERE

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This Week's Celebrations


Dave Andrews
Eve Reymond
Dante Barbadillo
Jann Olsen (Santa Barbara)
Debbie Perry

and our very own
RUSTY FRANK

If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club so you can get your birthday dance!

NEW TUESDAY SERIES -- GET PRE-REGISTER DISCOUNT

Our new Monday and Tuesday series begin NEXT week. Our Featured Class is "Opposite Leads". This series was set up just for Rusty, wait, just for YOU! The idea came about because Rusty will be unable to use her right arm for sometime. So in practicing, we came up with loads of great moves that get forgotten that utilize the lady's left arm. Oh boy! So get ready, fellow, we're really gonna work your brain. And get ready ladies, we're really gonna work on your left arm following!

Remember, Level 4 students, you can come back through any Level 1, 2, or 3 classes for $10/each for the entire series!


USE YOUR QUICK STOP CARD TO PRE-REGISTER AND SAVE 10% ON CLASSES

(click on image to find out how it works and how you can get one!)


PRE-REGISTRATION DISCOUNT!

We have pre-registration discounts of 10% on the website. So you can register with your Quick Stop Card, or right on our site "easy peasy lemon squeezy". Go HERE. Remember, pre-register for class(es), you'll get a 10% discount off the normal prices. You can pre-register over the phone (310 606 5606), by check, or at on-line We hope that you'll enjoy taking advantage of this new offer...




FORT MACARTHUR MUSEUM EVENT
FEBRUARY 26TH -- SWING SHIFT FLIERS TO PERFORM!

AND LOADS OF FUN AND DANCING FOR YOU!

Once again, Fort MacArthur, Maxwell DeMille, and John Kanaster are producing a wonderful event for your dancing pleasure. Go HERE to read all about it. In short, it's gonna be great, we're all gonna be there, and there's be live music and loads of dancing. What else do you need to know????


CALIFORNIA'S GOLD -- SWING DANCE EVENT RE-AIRS

Also, Huell Howser re-broadcast his episode of the "Great LA Air Raid" (which has members of the Rhythm Club in it) on Monday, Feb 21 at 6pm. More info at www.calgold.com. (museum still selling DVD and Videos)

CLICK HERE to watch the show online.

Huell Howser and Rusty Frank


Jean Veloz, Maxwell Demille, and Miss Rusty
New Scrapbooks! Click HERE




PAPERMOONBOOKS.COM: As we have a Western Swing band this week, thought it might be nice to acquaint folks with the "sound". So here's a site that has plenty of Western Swing and other great danceable music.

Click on http://www.papermoonbooks.com/music/bob_wills.htm and you'll really get an idea.

Hey, look a little further and they have all sorts of nifty retro-repro items!




Swing Shift
www.swingshiftontap.com

* Wondering what the heck a "gate"is? This was a phrase popularized by 1940's comedian, Jerry Colonna, who would holler it out every time he was introduced on the Bob Hope radio program. It was a friendly salutation to a swing cat (dancer or swing music enthusiast).


JOIN THE FUN!
BUT, WHAT THE HECK IS IT?

Many of you still don't know about our Swing Shift Rhythm Club. It's one of our best kept secrets. Now is the time to get the SSRC "above the radar."

THE SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB (SSRC), founded in 2000 by Rusty Frank's swing dance students, The SSRC has two missions:

1. Having fun! (Fun) 2. Doing good deeds! (Philanthropy)

1. Having fun: Events where swing dancers can socialize and get to know each other outside of class (vintage clothes shopping, going to a dance-related movie, dancing in the park, eating at retro restaurants before a dance, etc.).

2. Doing good deeds: Events where we bring swing dancing to hospitals, senior homes, and community events for the purpose of good deeds, entertainment, and education in the Los Angeles area.

The SSRC is a volunteer club open to the public and the events are organized by its members. There are no dues. Members can attend as many or as few events as they wish.

"How do I join?"...
Right now, fill in your email address
and click the Yahoo log (that's it!):

Subscribe to SwingShiftRhythmClub

Then you will receive updates of activities (or you can organize one yourself!). Check the yahoogroup "Swing Shift Rhythm Club" calendar here for postings of upcoming events.

Join us in making the world a better place through dancing!

Thank you for joining!

Rusty Frank, Founder
Jessica Densmore, Philanthropic Events Coordinator
Cathryn Sayer, "Just for Fun" Events Coordinator
Norman Kajikawa, SSRC Photographer

If you wish to exit this list, visit:
http://swingshiftontap.com/maillist/mail-list.asp