June 26th, 2006

socks and cat

How do I cool my dance studio?

The dance studio needs to be cooler NOW. Even with a fan, my students found their hands getting sweaty which made the poles icky and slippery. My two options are:

#1 A portable air conditioner. Click here to see this one, one of the least expensive models I could find. But portable air conditioners appear to come with tubes out the back to blow out hot air. And you have to leave your window open to put the tubes out. And if the window is open, doesn't that defeat the air conditioner, letting the cool air out the window?

#2 An air cooler
Here's what they look like:
air cooler
This seems like the best option. For one thing it's about $300 cheaper than an air conditioner. And it does not require any tubes out the back. However, it cools the air by blowing evaporating moisture into the room. And if this moisture gets on the poles, it's slide and slip city, with possible injuries to boot.

Can anyone offer any suggestions? Has anyone seen portable air conditioners under $400 that do NOT have tubes out the back that have to go out your window? And can you think of any places other than Target, Sears and Bed, Bath & Beyond that might have a good selection of portable air conditioners?
socks and cat

I named it "Lucky"

Say hello to the newest addition to my dance studio:

I've named the chair Lucky the Lap Dancing Chair. The dancer I've hired to teach the lap dancing workshops will not be available to teach until August. But I've decided to create a special package deal for the bachelorette parties in which the bachelorette learns to lap dance for her husband-to-be after everyone at the party has had their pole lesson. This means I need to brush up on my lap dancing. And this means I need a lap dancing "dummy" to practice on.

I was thinking of just buying an inexpensive mannequin head and attaching to a shirt and pants that I've stuffed and put in the chair. But I'd prefer something ready made. Where can I get one of those carpool lane dummies they used to sell? Or something else inexpensive that could sit in the chair and look semi-human. And please no "volunteers" to be a lap dancing dummy. That offer was funny about 6 months ago, but I've got enough live volunteers now thank you and I'm looking for something non-living and stuffed.