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Letter: There is no law against public dancing in Downtown Lodi

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Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2013 12:00 am

I dance when the sand is hot on the beach — the “Ow !” dance. I dance when I need rain — the “Rain” dance. I dance when harvest is complete — the “Harvest Celebration” dance. Earthquakes encourage it just to stay on your feet. I even dance when standing in line at a Porta-Potty event — the “Gotta Go” dance. Dancing at a “dance” might intrigue me if the beat is good.

Then why is the first thing I am told at a Downtown street event with wonderful music and wonderful bands that dancing is not allowed? “It’s not covered by the insurance policy.” Insurance oppression at its best. I am sorry to say that if it is spite you want then it is spite you will get.

To my understanding, there is no law against dancing in public or otherwise. If there was, I think we would all be in trouble and our progressive society would be reverting back to a time of shameful, oppressive thoughts — thoughts that you would have typically seen in other countries during the Cold War era.

I’m sorry. I think I’m gonna dance, dance and dance some more. And I will accept all responsibility if I stub my toe or trip my wife while doing so — thank you!

Get a different insurance company, if need be, while you still have the freedom to do so. Take personal responsibility for actions taken. The Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare” will not work for the same reasons.

Ted Lauchland


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  • Ted Lauchland posted at 10:51 am on Mon, Nov 18, 2013.

    Ted Lauchland Posts: 261

    Oh ? I don't know about any of that Mr. Walters. The bands were rented. The streets were blocked. The crowd was there. I believe it is even zoned for it too. The only thing missing was the insurance coverage, if that was even necessary or required to experience the freedom to dance to begin with.

    The Zombie walk seems to becoming more popular recently -down the street- being on the sidewalk or otherwise. Were they drunk or loosened up with booze? - Maybe. Not my cup of tea but I believe they were having a good time with or without it. Too bad I do not have your email address - I would send you the "OPA" video which would prove my point. I am sure you can find it online somehow with or without my help Sir Walters.

    Yep -I am part of the wine industry. I drink wine on occasion but actually not that often. Clouds my head the next day if I have too much so I pick and choose when and where. Doesn't mean I won't have a good time.
    It would certainly be a shot in the arm for the dance studio downtown for people who want to dance but are a bit insecure about their skills to do it in public. We took ballroom dancing classes years ago and western line dancing but didn't continue to use them. We grew up in the sixties and seventies where shaking it was the word. Looks rather mate seeking now but still has it's value. Thus the idea of classier styles of dance. Promote it or be ashamed of it. - Your choice.

    It's still fun.

  • Ed Walters posted at 6:09 pm on Sun, Nov 17, 2013.

    the old dog Posts: 638

    No booze, I don`t mean to get stupid drunk, through up in the street, however when is the last time you didn`t have a drink when you went to a wedding, or celebration. Ted states you don`t have to get drunk to have a good time, and I agree. I went to a no booze wedding once, boring, everyone was like a statue even when the music started. But a few drinks makes everyone loosen up. That what music and bars are for, for everyone to have a good time and be a party animal, If all else fails, call a cab. When`s the last time you saw School St. closed for a street dance, rent a hall and knock yourself out.[wink]

  • Keith Colgan posted at 12:15 pm on Sun, Nov 17, 2013.

    Keith Colgan Posts: 30

    Did someone say Silly String was banned in Lodi? Yes it is and here's the proof!


  • Debbie Meade posted at 8:56 pm on Sat, Nov 16, 2013.

    DebYZ Posts: 13

    Is this footloose? How ridiculous, They play live music yet they don't want you to enjoy it. Im not a dancer, but I can see how some would like to. As to the other comment, I dont think there is any such law. If you look up odd laws in CA, the only one listed for Lodi, is no silly string. So Ted, to quote that sign that hangs in many homes, Sing like no ones listening, Dance like no ones watching, oh but watch out for dog droppings , cuz it's still ok for them to bring herds of dogs to the street fairs.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 8:50 pm on Sat, Nov 16, 2013.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 542

    This would make a great movie plot. I think I'll name it Footloose.

  • Ted Lauchland posted at 2:14 pm on Sat, Nov 16, 2013.

    Ted Lauchland Posts: 261

    If what you say , Mr. Walters, about a law existing in Lodi I can only assume that dancing in an actual street inhibiting traffic or becoming a hazard generally was the goal of the law to prevent. When a street is closed down does it no longer become a street with car traffic or not ? I would be interested in the actual verbiage of that law.

    The rest of the possibilities you mention would yet to be proven locally to develop. There was an email going around not too long ago entitled "OPA!". It was fun to watch and would even be more fun to participate in. Why do you think flash mobs are so popular nowadays - of course without the "mob" scenario "do no good" possibilities . You don't have to be drunk to have a good time if someone would just let you. There are dancers in Lodi. My wife and I in the past have held barn dance hay rides and found out that Lodi is not as prudish as you may think. Let them prove it . We are not really dancers ourselves but enjoy letting loose on occasion. OPA !

    You can live in fear if you like. - I choose to live and I dance with my granddaughter ever chance I get.

  • Ed Walters posted at 12:10 pm on Sat, Nov 16, 2013.

    the old dog Posts: 638

    There is a law in Lodi that will not allow dancing in the street, most sober people don`t or won`t.

    However there is a place where everything and anything goes, but it only happens one a year, and you have to go to SF to get in on the action. Gay Pride day allows dancing in the street and most anything you can think of. Public urination is a must, along with events that other people might find offencive. But then again thats SF.[thumbdown]


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