I was out to dinner last night with some friends. As we were getting up to leave, a song was playing over the restaurant's sound system that was fairly danceable. One of my friends turned to me and said, "I'll give you a dollar if you start busting a move right now."
I am nothing if not easily bribed. And shameless. So I started dancing. Busted a move, to be exact.
Not only did it surprise Amy, the friend who dared me, but the two teenage girls across the room were laughing. They didn't know if they should be embarrassed for me, but they were definitely headed down that path. Amy told me they were laughing and rolling their eyes, so I laughed and put myself in their shoes. "Oh. Em. Gee. Can you believe how ridiculous that lady looks? She's like, my MOM'S age! Ugh."
I demanded my dollar, which shocked Amy, then on the way out, turned to the two girls and said, "She said she'd give me a dollar if I did it. How do you pass that up?" It probably mortified them even more that I addressed them directly, but we already know I'm shameless.
The whole thing reminded me of the dance dares that Ellen DeGeneres has been doing on her shows lately. This first one is with Emma Stone:
And this one is with Kristen Chenoweth:
Go ahead -- dance! The worst thing that can happen is that some teenagers roll their eyes and act embarrassed on your behalf.
The upside is you might get a buck out of it.
(I gave the dollar back. It was worth way more than a dollar to see the surprise on Amy's face.)