It ‘s ME!

I never post here, but since I’m updating my dance lists, I’m blogging too!  Life has not changed much in these past few years – I’m still dancing, fencing, doing yoga, playing my accordion, grooming dogs,  writing funny Seders with my Greater Seder gang – had a few medical mishaps along the way, but still functioning – hopefully at a better than 80 (which I’ll be in September) age.  No longer traveling – I’ve run out of money and am so sad.  But – I’m on the right side of the grass…

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honey

Francis

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Ruthy

Ruthy

 

This is a sample of a birthday button.

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Jim Gold

Canada

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obama

No Malarkey

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BIDEN AND BUTTONS

Biden speaking in TampaGreat day today!  Steve and I drove to Sun City to see Joe Biden – we are both volunteers for the Obama campaign and anxious to see him.  Took buttons with us and sold while people were standing in line to get in.  We sold $118 bucks worth of buttons, gave away lots to volunteers and even got “orders’ from people who wanted one that had run out.  Whether I hear from them or not is questionable, but what fun!   To top that off, Joe Biden gave a GREAT speech!  We had good seats, took some pictures and cheered with the rest.  Came back to Ybor where we went to the Creperia for lunch, and then went to our building in Ybor where we answer phones for the Florida Hot Line.  Susie came too today, and it was great as per usual.  We really feel like we are doing something worthwhile.

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GREAT AMERICAN TEACH – IN

I was asked to teach folk dancing at a grade school on the day of the Great American Teach-In, where teachers ask parents or friends to teach something to the students that isn’t a regular class.  I taught 4 times – 1st, 2nd, 3rd and special kids.  I was afraid they wouldn’t understand what “international” is, or “folk” or wouldn’t be able to do much, but my fears were allayed.  I started by using a globe and atlas to talk about other countries, and some of the kids had even lived somewhere else, and they were pretty savvy.  I showed some of my costumes I’ve collected from my trips, then I showed differernt instruments, flutes, tambourines, drums.  Then I taught 2 dances to each class.   I did the Hokey Pokey (American), the Chicken Dance (that actually originated in Germany), Seven Jumps (from Norway), and/or Tcherkessia (from Israel).  I gave buttons that said “I danced with Terry” to the special kids.  The teachers seemed to enjoy it as much as the kids and it was fun!   The teachers fed me a (leftovers from theirs) Thanksgiving afterwards – a nice bonus.  I took my camera but forgot to take pictures.  Darn it!

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YOGA ON SUNDAY IN THE PARK

The weather is now perfect for Yoga in the Park on Sundays.  It’s at 5:00, now that the time has changed, so that we aren’t practicing in the dark.  A different teacher does the lesson each week, some better than others, but always nice.  There are at least 50 people there each time.  Maybe it’s more – I can’t make those estimates, but we are never crowded as the park has different levels, the teaching is done with a microphone, we bring our mats, and do our thing!   It actually goes on all year, but now is perfect!  it is nice also that it is free, although one can make a donation if one wants.    Yeah Florida!

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Overseas AdventureTravels does a Thank You morning

Just went to a thank-you coffee, given by OAT and Grand Circle.  It was very nice.  About 350 of us attendng, more old than young, I must say.  I guess more Grand Circle people.  Anyway, it was at a hotel, very good breakfast, then a nice guy and large staff to “thank” us, slide presentation of the world, all the discounts available, all the new trips, how to get a free trip, a drawing.   Mostly it really made my mouth water.  I added up my countries I have been in – 66 to date – I think I didn’t forget any.  And of course a list of where I still want to go.  I’ve got to figure out a way to get somewhere again!  Maybe if we pass up one year and go the next I’ll be able to do it.   Lots of these people travel all the time  – made me really jealous!  Anyway it was a lovely morning.   I just realized why there were so many old people.  It was in the morning….working people couldn’t attend.  Oops!
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FLORIDA ORCHESTRA DOES FRANK SINATRA

The Florida Orchestra (FloridaOrchestra.org) has a special “Pops” series, and this past weekend, they did “The One and Only Frank Sinatra”, which, of course, was wonderful.  Jeff Tyzik was the guest conductor, who has a long history of big band stuff and he did a tribute to Tommy Dorsey, with Janes Pugh on trombone, and in the second half did a Drmmer’s Medley starring Dave Mancini (don’t know if related), and a Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra written by Nathaniel Shikret, never heard before in  this audience.  It was very Gershwin-ish and so I loved it.  Steve Lippia sang all the Sinatra favorites, and both he and Tyzik, did some fun patter as well.  A very enjoyable evening!  My girlfriend Kathie plays in the orchestra and so I attend thanks to her, and I keep her man, Jim, company.   He and I discuss our animals in great detail during intermissions.  At one time I had a pig, and he  took over the care and feeding of Rooty until his death last month (the pig’s, not Jim).  Rooty was the oldest pig the vet has ever known.  Well, that got off the subject, didn’t it…

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