Last Updated On: 12/12/01
produces the DANCE! Travel Guide?
Drew, currently of Seattle, WA. I do rely on the input
of people from around the world to keep the information current;
Kinkos prints and assembles the printed guides; Century
Graphics prints the t-shirts; and Earthlink is my webhost provider.
But all the gathering of information, graphic design (logo,
print, and web), data entry, updating, and such is just me,
plus a cat constantly pestering me to play with her.
long have you been doing this?
first printed version of the Travel Guide was released in
September, 1996, at the IAGLCWDC Convention in Los Angeles.
Two versions are released each year, so twelve print editions
have been released through the end of 2001. The earliest
version of the website was done in May, 1997, but it was never made public. The
first public version of the web site was begun in October,
1998 (as pages were added to this version, they were frozen in the
old one, beginning in December 2001).
the printed version really free?
is my way of giving back to the community.
The cost per copy for the current versions is about
$1.75 apiece, including folding and stapling. (I estimate
that Ive spent over $3000 on this to date. No
grants, no payments. No ad revenue thus far.
That sum will increase more now that I have a domain name
request a printed version by
mail, I charge a little to help cover the printing and
postage (but even then, I dont cover all the costs,
many copies do you print?
produce an updated edition for each of the IAGLCWDCs
two annual conventions (200-250 copies for the larger summer
convention, about 150 copies for the smaller one which occurs
usually in the fall or spring). I usually have 10-20
copies left which I take with me in handfuls when I travel
out of state, leaving them in other cities. (Such as
Las Vegas, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Springs, and my other
typical ports of call.)
can I get a copy?
best way, of course, is to come to an IAGLCWDC convention,
or some other dance event Ill be at. If youre
in Seattle, send me e-mail:
well go out dancing, and Ill get you a copy personally.
But if that wont work, see that button labelled Merchandise,
up and to the left? Click
isnt this available in PDF? For Palm Pilots?
Microsoft Reader? With dancing hamsters and music?
Actually, it is. Click here
to download a copy. (Youll need Acrobat
4.0 or higher to read the file.) The current version
is fropm July 2002.
Pilot: This is in the works. Getting the new web version
going has been more important.
Reader (or other eBook formats): See the Palm Pilot answer.
Hamsters and Music: Dont make me come over there
and hit you.
is the IAGLCWDC? The IAGSDC? The IGRA?
International Association of Gay/Lesbian Country Western
Dance Clubs. Find out more here.
International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs (A Lesbian
and Gay Organization). Find out more here.
International Gay Rodeo Association. Find out more
isnt my favorite bar listed? Why isnt my group
most likely reason is because I dont know about it!
(Its also possible that someone told me that country-western
dancing was no longer done there, so I removed it. I
trust people to be accurate at least to that degree.)
So please send me the information I need to include it: click
of your info is pretty old, dont you think?
sure is. Some of the oldest information is stuff I gathered
from other sources which may themselves have been out of date
at the time. But I dont want to delete something
until I have confirmation that the venue or group actually
is defunct. So with this version of the Travel Guide,
look for the Confirmed On: information,
which will tell you how long it has been since I have had
any current information on the venue or group. The older
the listing is, the more likely it is to be out of date, and
the more I encourage you to call the place first. (And
then let me know what you find out!)
owner of Bar XYZ is a real assh*le. Why isnt that
in the review notes?
sure he is, or at least Im sure youve run into
him on a bad day. To other people, he might be a bundle
of joy; and not to put you down, but his reaction to you
might be your own fault. (Ive seen it happen.)
In many cases, bar owners who are bad are bad to certain
regulars, while visitors and locals whom the owner doesnt
interact with never see that side of his personality.
to put forward gay and lesbian country-westerns best
foot. (And selfishly, I don't want to be sued for
libel.) For the first five years of doing the Travel
Guide, I refused to do any reviews, and the print version
will never carry them. So the reviews on this site
will tend to downplay (but not totally ignore) the bad side
of things. My site, my choice.
fonts. Which ones are they?
bouncy, blocky font used for the title of the site and the
navigation buttons is Chilada
ICG Uno. The thin-lined font used for city names
and a few other places is ITC
Tempus Sans. The boots in the DANCE! logo are from
Thangs, and the letters are Rachel New92 (got this from
a CD with 1000 fonts on it, I think, so it's probably a rip-off
from something else).
logo. Can I get it on a t-shirt or a baseball cap?
are the only logo merchandise so far. Click
can I do to help?
absolute best thing you can do is to seek out and send
me current information on dance venues and dance groups
where you are and wherever you travel to. Even if
its just I heard there's a place in Tulsa on
Tuesday nights, thats information I can use,
since people going to Tulsa can then know to check out the
bars there on Tuesday rather than Thursday.
notice any problems with links on this site, please e-mail
me. If you have requests or suggestions for how
I can improve things, they are welcome. And if you
spot any typos, let me know!
want to make a cash contribution, those are always welcome,
too. You can send them to the address listed here.