The dances consist of about 30 seconds of movement that you repeat over and over, maybe fifteen to twenty times. Each time through you and your partner are dancing with a new "neighbor" couple, but you're making the same motions as the last time. Since it's so repetitive, by the end of the dance everyone generally has learned the dance fully, dancing from memory, and the caller will stop calling or "drop out".
The idea is, you play a bass note with your left pinky on the downbeat, and the bass note an octave up from there on the upbeat: example.
This is the fourth tour I've taken (see: 2012, 2013, 2014), and the first one I brought Lily on. Having one of my kids along was different, but it really went very well! The bit that I would have expected to be hardest from my experience as a kid was the amount of time in the car, but tablets have really changed this. Our rule with tablets is "long car trips and airplane rides only", and tablet time is enough of a draw that I think Lily may have wanted to come on this tour for the tablet time alone! Even on the 10.5hr Boston-Richmond leg she didn't get bored or unhappy.
Sleep also went surprisingly well. She's mostly not sleeping at naptime anymore, and instead just has quiet time with a story tape. But she does need a long time at night (~10hr), and with the gigs she wasn't going to be getting to bed until about midnight each night. I made sure our rooms weren't too bright (as much as possible) and she seemed to do a good job sleeping until she wasn't tired anymore, generally waking around ~10am. One thing that was helpful here was tucking spare towels or blankets over the curtains to make them block more of the light:
At the dances themselves she would wander around, play with legos I'd brought, get various adults to read to her, and at several of the dances play with other kids who were there. Occasionally she would sit on stage behind me, and was pretty good at staying out of the way. She did crawl under my chair once and started the metronome on my electronic drum kit, which was loud and surprising, but mostly she has a lot of practice at dances from coming to dance weekends with me.
In the official rules, when you see a solution you say the number of moves it requires and start a timer. If anyone else sees how to do it in fewer moves they say so, and when the timer runs out the person with the shortest solution demonstrates it and wins that chip.
This is fine, but I've found adding an additional catch-up rule makes the game a lot better:
We'll have driverless cars by 2027, where I can take one from my dad's house in Medford to the Concord Scout House.
No state will have banned human drivers by 2037.
If states start being permitted to fully ban abortion, some state will still allow it in 2040.
Slaughterhouses will continue to be legal in the UK in 2050.
How should the mechanics of long-term bets work though? Will we both still be around? I've used three different systems:
If I trust the other person a lot relative to the amount of money involved and expect to still be in touch, we'll just agree to the bet and confirm over email. When the date comes around I'm confident we'll be able to resolve the bet. This is by far the easiest, and what I've done the most of.
We're driving to Richmond on Wednesday, where I'll leave Lily with her grandparents and drive on to Asheville. I'm playing Thursday night at Warren Wilson with the Free Raisins and then we play LEAF. Then I'll pick up Lily and drive back to Boston playing dances with Cecilia Vacanti as Kingfisher.