Ended up talking to a long time Bushwhackers regular, Carla, in the parking lot last night. With all the young people that have been showing up recently - the place is packed - it's pretty obvious that we long time regulars aren't young any more. It was long time regular Bill who made that remark to me. "i'm going over to the corner where the old peple are." I've known Bill since before Bushwhackers. And I thought, Bill, awww, man... Well, Carla told me a couple of things that warmed my heart. She grew up in north Dakota, and that's where she learned to do the schottische, but with the step, hop, not the step, brush. She learned it from her parents as a youngster. Reminded me that if you know where to look you will discover that house parties and community events where dances were handed down from generation to generation were common throughout rural areas. Texas got all the attention when "Urban Cowboy" came out, but most of the books from that era were NOT written in Texas as far as I can tell, and that style of dance was all over the place - if you knew where to look. Carla also told me how the young women talk to her and say that they wish they could dance as well as she does. She tells them that they have to take the lessons, meaning the free classes taught before the dancing starts each night. And of course she laughs and talks about how it takes time, too. I've been thinking for some time now that there may be similarities with Argentine Tango, where people travel to Buenos Aires to be able to dance with the milongueros. Of course, this being the US, our culture doesn't quite have the respect for more mature, experienced people as, for example, those with more of a Latin sensibility. And while I don't expect anyone to travel to Portland, Oregon to see old country western dancers, I've had many young women, who I assume are locals, tell me that they were there because they heard that it was a fun place. I can tell you that after seeing the "old" dancers at Lo de Celia in Buenos Aires, I HAD to think, "old people are cool." Looks like more than one young person is thinking that about my friend Carla there at Bushwhackers.