Running across this story all over the internet yesterday made me very grateful that I haven't gone to a company-sponsored event in about three years. A local woman was dancing with her bosses husband at a company party when he surprised her by grabbing her forearms and tossing her in the air, causing her to crash to the floor where she suffered a "broken skull and brain injuries".
My first thought was to see if there was a website of the store where they worked. And it turns out there is. Browsing the site*, I ran across this page where you can see two diferent women modeling the various apparel. Now, given that this is an independant shop, odds are that the throw-ee is probably one of them, and the owner is the other one**.
Then I got to wondering whether Ms. Hindman*** was wearing one of these ponchos on the night of the throwing. I'm doubtful she was though, because if she had it likely would have acted as a small parachute, allowing her to float lightly to the floor unharmed.
Regardless, I think the moral of this story is: never dance with your wife's 22-year old female employee. No matter how innocuous you think you are being, it's going to get you in trouble one way or another - either with your wife, or with the jitterbug gods.
Oh, and also - always wear your poncho when you go dancing. It may just save your life.
* Oh, and by the way all you ladies thinking of going shopping here? How much cred do you give to a clothing store that refers to Beyonce's hips as "small" compared to Liv Tyler's "full" ones? Particilarly when both of them point you at the same pair of jeans? Yeah, I didn't think so much either.
** My bet is that the brunette is the most likely throw-ee, as she looks more like she's 22.
*** You have no idea how hard it is for me not to refer to her as "Ms. Underall"...