"Salsafreak Personal One-On-One Bootcamp" with one of my students.
His name is "Tall, Dark, and Handsome". Let's just call him this, because I still don't know if he was just kidding when he told me I could use his name when I told HIM that I would write about his BREATH last Saturday night.

Meet Mr. "Tall, Dark, and Handsome". Salsafreak Student, Extraordinaire.

We agreed to do one of my "Salsafreak Bootcamps" and spend an entire evening at the Los Angeles Mayan Nightclub practicing downstairs, and applying the moves upstairs, on a crowded dancefloor. He's at the "cusp" of becoming a "Great Salsero" ... just needs some final touches in the confidence area. One of his problems is convincing the gray matter between his ears, that he's a lot better than he gives himself credit for (he's extremely hard on himself). But Saturday night, his BIGGEST problem was his GARLIC BREATH.

"Now Edie... I just want to warn you that I had an entire meal of garlic before I got here tonight...." (I gave him this look of absolute astonishment - as if I couldn't already tell)...

".... but I figured, I'd just be dancing with you all night, and no one else, so I said, 'what the heck, it's just Edie' ".

"GEEEEEZ Mr. 'Tall, Dark, and Handsome'. Thanks a lot!!!" He said, "Edie, I had "Eight", count 'em, "eight" Breath ***ure gel caps before the trip to the Mayan and I STILL had that strong breath. I tried EVERYTHING to lessen the olfactory ***ault, chewing gum included..."

I told him, "You know a student really loves you, when they have the guts enough to do this, and you know I LOVE THEM BACK even MORE, to put up with their GARLIC BREATH all evening!"

Needless to say, by the end of the evening I almost started getting used to it, and it didn't bother me after a while. I did however, give him AN INCREDIBLY hard time about it the ENTIRE EVENING, and two days later, and will NEVER let him live this down! Don't worry, I'll get him back. - when he's least expecting it...