Presidents Day Ball 2/26/2011

We Are Off To Yorba Linda To Dance In The East Room friends

A preview of the early part of the evening

We Began By Touring The Library

Did You Know? -The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is the presidential library and final resting place of Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th President of the United States. Located in Yorba Linda, California, the library is one of twelve administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. From its original dedication in 1990 until becoming a federal facility on July 11, 2007, the library and museum was operated by a private foundation and was known as the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace. The nine acre (36,000 m²) campus is located at 18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard in Yorba Linda, California and incorporates the National Historic Landmarked Richard Nixon Birthplace where Nixon was born in 1913 and spent his childhood. The facility is now jointly operated between NARA and the Richard Nixon Foundation. friends
A beautiful California day friends
Spring looks to have sprung friends
The grounds were beautiful

The President Was Born In This House friends
Nixon's home on the grounds of the library friends friends
Mom and Dad's bedroom "suite" was off the living room friends
Nixon played six different musical instruments friends
The table where Nixon learned to debate with the father and grandfather
Wish more families would do that today instead of the damned TV and video games friends
Great bathtub.. We left via the back door friends friends
It was built from a kit friends
God Bless them

Continuing Our Visit friends friends
Marine One at rest

Did You Know? - The Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King (company designation S-61) is a twin-engined anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopter. It served with the United States Navy and other forces, and continues to serve in many countries around the world. The Sea King has been built under license in Italy and Japan, and in the United Kingdom as the Westland Sea King. The major civil versions are the S-61L and S-61N.

In 1957, Sikorsky was awarded a contract to develop an all-weather amphibious helicopter. It would combine submarine hunter and killer roles. It was designed for shipboard operations, as the five main rotor blades as well as tail section with its five blades can be folded for easy stowage. Because of its amphibious hull, the Sea King has the ability to land on water. However, this is a risky maneuver and should used only in emergencies, as the hull can only remain watertight for a limited period of time. The sponsons were fitted with deployable airbags to enhance flotation.

The prototype flew on 11 March 1959. Armament and equipment of Sea Kings vary widely with their role. Typical armaments can be four torpedoes, four depth charges or two anti-ship missiles (Sea Eagle or Exocet). It can also readily be configured to deploy the B57 tactical nuclear weapon. A large Chaff Pod is sometimes carried for anti-ship missile defense of the Carrier Battle Group. ASW equipment includes AQS-13B/E dipping sonar with a 500 foot cable, 5000 watts of power and a Sonar Data Computer for processing sonar and sonobuoy data, 21 sonobuoys (various models), ARR-75 Sonobuoy Receivers, ASQ-81 Magnetic Anomaly Detector (MAD Bird) and AKT-22 Data link to transmit sonar and sonobuoy data to the rest of the Fleet. In the search and rescue role the cabin can accommodate 22 survivors or nine stretchers and two medical officers. In the troop transport role 28 soldiers can be accommodated. friends

Did You Know? - Lieutenant Colonel Gene Boyer, President Nixon's Chief Helicopter Pilot, secured the President's VH-3A "Sea King" helicopter, tail number 150617, to be on permanent display on the library grounds. The helicopter was in the presidential fleet from 1961 to 1976, transporting Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford, and many foreign heads of state and government. Boyer flew President Nixon on his final flight from the White House to Andrews Air Force Base on August 9, 1974 in this aircraft.

A Sneak Peek Not Knowing Disaster What Was About To Strike friends
The East Room recreation

East Room in 1904

Did You Know? - The East Room is the largest room in the White House, the home of the President of the United States. It is used for entertaining, press conferences, ceremonies, and occasionally for a large dinner. The White House's oldest possession, the Lansdowne portrait depicting George Washington and painted by Gilbert Stuart in 1797, was rescued from the 1814 fire, and now hangs in the East Room with a companion portrait of Martha Washington painted by Eliphalet F. Andrews in 1878. friends friends friends friends friends friends
Jan & Jim figurered it out

Brian and Jan were thinking of other things friends
Everyone has a worried look

We are social dancers, NOT ballroom dancers friends

Ah.... Yup! friends
The dancers looked different than social dancers.... Different is OK but NOT our style

Pull out the iPhone and find a local restaurant dummy! Let's get a drink! friends
Wallflowers were deciding when to leave.... friends
Nightlighters! friends
We saw these guys on the recent cruise... They seem too involved in style and not involved in just having fun

Conclusions you come to while watching "Ballroom Dancing" friends
At least the food is .... Well, lt's say "Vince and Mikey will eat anything!" friends
Donna NOT happy... No wine! friends
Trying to make the best of the evening... z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z

We Are So Outta Here friends
"Fittness Pizza"... Isn't that an oxymoron???

Did You Know The Definition? - An oxymoron (plural oxymorons or oxymora) (from Greek ὀξύμωρον, "sharp dull") is a figure of speech that combines contradictory terms. Oxymorons appear in a variety of contexts, including inadvertent errors such as extremely average and literary oxymorons crafted to reveal a paradox . friends
God Bless Mimi! friends
Vicky is in her cups! The blush is hers friends
Jan is HUNGRY and wants food.... NOW!!!
Jim is STILL truying to figure out how he got here friends friends
Del.... Did you order JUST dessert?? friends
Yes he did!