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Tap dancing my way to a ‘bucket list’

March 10, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

Secretly, I've always wanted to tap dance.

And I don't mean around issues - I mean tap dancing where you can hear that cool connection between your shoes and the floor.

Whenever I've watched some of the dance scenes in "White Christmas," I really want everyone else in the living room to make like a vapor and vanish so I can watch Vera Ellen and company do their thing, and I can have my I-want-to-do-that-too moment.

Give me some room here, people, and let me have a crack at that.

So, yes, on my bucket list, I would definitely put learning to tap dance on there as a high priority.

Thanks to today's Valley Life story on this page on Carol Bonar and her decision at age 70 to compile a list of things she'd like to do before it's all said and done, I've given some thought to doing that myself at 54.

It seems like a pretty good idea even though my success history with New Year's resolutions is not very brag-book worthy.

But it's good to have goals and dreams, right?

Truth be known, I've been a tap dancer-wanna-be since grade school when two fellow classmates of mine performed at a school program. In their clickety-clackety shoes and their fancy outfits, they were something pretty spectacular compared to yours truly whose pretty pathetic program offering was a piano solo about two skill steps above "Chopsticks." And a very plain piano outfit.

I have been pea green with envy ever since.

So item No. 1, learn to tap dance, and in parentheses there, add ballroom dancing, too.

Yes, I want to glide around a ballroom in a fancy gown with a left foot and a right foot, not two left feet.

Some other things I would put on my bucket list probably don't fall in the "wow" category, but a bucket list, as Bonar pointed out, is uniquely your own.

I want to:

-- Barrel race at a Steubenville Saddle Club show for the first time, even if it is at the speed of a turtle. Around those barrels I want to go. The club's first show of the 2013 season, by the way, is May 5. Yeehaw!

-- Travel out West.

-- Go on a "City Slickers" excursion that would include moving a herd of cattle and camping out. Some smores around the evening fire wouldn't hurt either.

-- Have some cooking lessons with a famous chef and learn how to make really good pierogies.

-- Take some classes in how to repurpose old furniture.

-- Raise two or three Great Pyrenees puppies. Or more.

-- Take a sleigh ride or a carriage ride.

-- Write a book.

-- Start my own business.

But give me some room here first, people.

I feel a Vera Ellen moment coming on.

But give me some room here first, people.

I feel a Vera Ellen moment coming on.

(Kiaski, a resident of Steubenville, is a staff columnist and features writer for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and community editor for the Herald-Star. She can be contacted at

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