|Milonga at the Ponderosa Ranch in Nevada?|
The former cowboy from Nevada is the only one pictured wearing slacks. I have obviously lost my cowboy heritage and wild, wild west culture. I grew up in Nevada, you see. I miss my horse -- I truly did own and ride a horse. His name was Dusty. Goldie, my dog, and I would go out on long rides, even under the moonlight and stars. I wore mostly jeans as a kid. I even wore a cowboy hat in middle school. I am not kidding. I joined the Sparks Rodeo club in High School for the sole purpose of chasing a cowgirl.
How is it that a person forgets his culture? Maybe I have. Maybe that is the question for Argentina and tango in general, too.
Anyway, I am tired of being such a freak, coming to milongas in slacks, a coat and a tie. I give up! What a weirdo! Even Latino men have succumbed to US Casual Dress Imperialism... uh ... I mean cool-dude dress code. And I am tired of women who say, "How nice that you dress up. You show respect for the women who dress nicely." Respect? Ladies, we all have to join the new century! Get with it!
So my New Year's resolution is to join the crowd. I even have a few ideas to help out the new world of tango:
Here's my Concept: In the tango world we include three distinct tandas at every milonga: Vals criollo, tango, and the milonga. But why stop there? Since many men both in the US and Europe wear cowboy gear (jeans), I suggest other events! I think one tanda of calf roping, followed by a vals would be perfect. A friend in Australia suggests sheep wrangling -- local flair would be nice. Spain should include the running of the bulls. I have seen milongas with the running of the bulls in the US -- dangerous, but fun for the bulls (tangueros with horns).
Okay DJs, take some notes:
How is it that people sometimes forget their culture? You tell me. I seem to have abandoned my own for some foreign culture from South America.
- Las Morochas Milonga, Mannheim, Germany: Andy Ungureanu (an excellent DJ and photographer).
- Threesome on a Mechanical Bull.