Tuesday, November 6, 2007

NOVEMBER 6, 2007

A challenging doubleheader of dances -- ballroom and Latin -- made for a long roller-coaster of a show last night, as the six remaining couples on Dancing With the Stars tried various ways to please, charm and impress the judges. Marie Osmond went the furthest, planting a smeary red lipstick kiss on Len Goodman's cheek at the end of the quickstep she performed in a World War Two uniform to the tune of "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." Despite the conflicting demands of her Spice Girls reunion rehearsals, Mel B racked up a perfect score for a paso doble and a 24 for her foxtrot with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Jennie Garth also had a night of ups and downs, fighting off tears as the judges criticized her Viennese waltz (and awarded her a 25 for it) but exulting when a delicate rhumba earned her and Derek Hough a 29. Soap star Cameron Mathison fared similarly, with a disappointing 24 for doing the quickstep to a bizarre rendition of The Cure's "Why Can't I Be You" and a surprising 27 for a performance -- during the Latin segment -- of the jive set to "The Boy From New York City."

Only one of the couples actually did a Latin dance to Latin music -- Indy 500 champ Helio Castroneves, a native of Brazil, showed how his nation's samba is done and earned a 27 score. Marie Osmond did the cha cha to a disco version of "Venus," while Jane Seymour cha cha'd to "Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)." The evening's strangest musical pairings, however, were Helio's tangoing to David Bowie's glam-era "Jean Genie" and Seymour's quickstep to "I Walk the Line," done as a personal tribute to her late friends Johnny and June Carter Cash. Still, the show's biggest uproar was in response to a dig at President Bush made by judge Len Goodman.

Dancing With The Stars Leaderboard
Mel B and Maksim Chmerkovskiy- 54
Jennie Garth and Derek Hough- 54
Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough- 52
Marie Osmond and Jonathan Roberts- 52 (our elimination prediction)
Cameron Mathison and Edyta Sliwinska- 51
Jane Seymour and Tony Dovolani- 50

Did you know personal space involves several senses? That's why you may feel violated by the guy yelling into his cell phone next to you, the smell of a co-workers pungent perfume, or some perv's lecherous stare. Anthropologist Edward T. Hall, PhD, defines the invisible zones for Americans...

Intimate: 0 to 18 inches (about as far away as a pencil): You're in make-out range. You can feel the body heat of another person -- hopefully, someone you like.

Personal: 18 inches to four feet (about as far away as a baseball bat): This marks the edge of your personal bubble, where a person you are interacting with is at arm's length -- literally.

Social: 4 to 10 feet (about as far away as a Yoga mat): It's called social, but in reality, it's impersonal. You can safely ignore another person's presence at this distance without seeming rude.

Do you wish you were more successful at work? Try to avoid making any of these six major business mistakes. . .

1) BEING LATE. Showing up late to work, to meetings, or anywhere else business-related makes you look bad.

2) EMAILING THE WRONG PERSON THE WRONG MESSAGE. Always double check the address in emails you send or reply to. You don't want to send a private. . . or worse. . . insulting message to the wrong person.

3) INADVERTENTLY SHARING OTHERS' EMAIL ADDRESSES. Some people are really sensitive about their email addresses. If you're sending a mass email, use the blind carbon copy, or "Bcc", field. . . which hides the recipients' addresses.

4) HAVING A WIMPY HANDSHAKE. First impressions are a big deal, and your handshake is really important to your overall image. If you feel like yours is wimpy, practice shaking hands with someone who will give you honest feedback.

5) DRESSING INAPPROPRIATELY. Make sure you know the rules in your office about how to dress. . . and if you're not sure. . . OVERDRESS.

6) ACTING SILLY AT BUSINESS FUNCTIONS. Don't get wasted and act like a moron at business social events. There may be alcohol. . . but that doesn't give you the green light to drink all you can.