A Super Cha-Cha

I see all kinds of things, in the early morning, to make mental note of.

Today, for instance, en route home from my run, there’s a man, a superintendent of a building along 86th Street, dancing along the curb while hosing down the sidewalk.

Entranced, I slowed up, to watch.

He was doing what looked like, the cha-cha, for those of you who may not know, a ballroom dance with small steps and swaying hip movements, performed to a Latin American rhythm.

Think Ricky Ricardo at Club Babalu.    

He caught me watching that, rather than embarrass, seemed to urge him on.

“That’s pretty good,” I said, smiling, “you really are some dancer.”

He positively glowed in the compliment, as he turned off the water, wrapping the hose like a lariat around his meaty forearm.

“Me and my wife, we’re takin lessons.  That’s what we learned last night.  Pretty good, right?”

“Yeah, pretty good indeed.”

He then picked up a table lamp he had put out for trash pick-up and said,” You need a lamp? It has a crack in the base, but it still works.”

I said, no thanks, but thanks, while he continued practicing his cha.

Only in New York.




About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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16 Responses to A Super Cha-Cha

  1. and you didn’t join him?

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  2. If he hadn’t mentioned his wife, he might have been offering to be the light of your life. I thoroughly enjoyed your interchange. Like you said, only in New York.


  3. micklively says:

    We get comments on Facebook from the neighbours: “the mad woman next door is in full salsa with the vacuum cleaner”. The dogs hide under the kitchen table.


  4. Just another reason to love that fine city ❤ Sounds like you may be seeing more of his moves since he is taking lessons.


  5. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, was he humming a cha-cha melody or was it left to the imagination? I love the cha-cha. Actually I love all the Latin dances with hips a-sway.
    One evening in Green Bay, many decades ago, I was dancing down the shoe isles of a shoe store where I was the assistant manager. In walked a multi-millionaire owner of an outdoor advertising company. We ended up dating and he actually proposed, though I didn’t accept.

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  6. Pam Grout speaks about the exercise of laying down in the middle of a store or sidewalk, counting to 10, then getting up and going on as if nothing has happened. It is to help you open up and do things you wouldn’t normally do. I keep thinking about that. Perhaps, the “cha cha” would be a good warm up to that.

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