Let The Cavorting Begin
We just arrived at Santa Ana after dancing for several hours at Newport Harbor Elks. We were by ourselves as Jan and Brian were attempting to deliver an exercise machine.
It was a beautiful California Day... 80 degrees and a blue sky.... Life is good
Oh oh... What did Herbie say now??
Music was great and dancing was even better
The band sounds good tonight...
Herb explains golf.... Sort of....
Meanwhile At The Back Table Plots Are Being Hatched...
Deep into planning....
Sue's getting a golf lesson....
"Now... remember, the thingie on the end of the handle always goes down near the grass..."
Herbs last invention... A "Working Happy Machine" ... With Irish Whiskey
Key regulations defining Irish whiskey and its production are established by the Irish Whiskey Act of 1980,  and are relatively simple (for example, in comparison with those for Scotch whisky or American whiskey ). They can be summarized as follows:
- Irish whiskey must be distilled and aged in the Republic of Ireland or in Northern Ireland .
- The contained spirits must be distilled to an alcohol by volume level of less than 94.8% from a yeast-fermented mash of cereal grains ( saccharified by the diastase of malt contained therein, with or without other natural diastases) in such a way that the distillate has an aroma and flavour derived from the materials used.
- The product must be aged for at least three years in wooden casks.
- If the spirits comprise a blend of two or more such distillates, the product is referred to as a "Blended" Irish whiskey.
Attention! Captain Nielsen Is Here!
Gee Helen.... An iPhone in WWII? Tell everyone it is a cigarette case
Did You Know? - A cigarette case or cigarette box is a sturdy, most commonly metal container to store small numbers of cigarettes safely from crushing. In modern times they are also made of plastic.
In its simpler form (sometimes called cigarette tin) it is an approximately cigarette-length flat metal box opening flatwise symmetrically on hinges into two halves, each storing one row of cigarettes, often held in place by a spring or an elastic strap. Typical cigarette tins in the United States of the 1920s–1930s stored 50 cigarettes, hence their name "flat fifties" at the time.
A black leather Cigarette case with silver trim, showing both the
outside in the closed position and the inside filled with cigarettes.
Ah ha.... She is hiding the iPhone
"Come on Captain... Show me that new fangled cigarette case"
She captivates the audience... and they all have to stand at attention
Move over Andrews Sisters... Miss Helen has the stage
Reporting for duty
USAAF Air Forces In WWII
... And The Band Plays On....
The band is playing great music of the era
Vince is enjoying all the fun
Nancy Is Getting Ready To Dance
.... and she doesn't give a hoot (the shirt....)
OMG Nancy... Did you bring your rock collection with you???
"Yes folks.... Nancy was returned to Earth unharmed....
However, the lifting device had to rest"
"OK, you got the club part right.... Now, you try to hit the little white ball!
Sandy and Bob
Things Are Heating Up On The Dance Floor...
The Doc was right.... She does have a lot more energy
Cornell is dressed for the occasion.... Donna and Bob looking fantastic
After A Fast Dance We All Head For The Tables And Rest
Paul advises Bob between every dance...
Pretty serious conversations underway....
Oh oh.... Marsha, Donna, and Sue are up to something.
Leon finds out about the plot and cannot believe it or it's a yawn
Did You Know? - A yawn is a reflex of simultaneous inhalation of air and stretching of the eardrums, followed by exhalation of breath. Pandiculation is the act of yawning and stretching simultaneously.
Yawning is associated with tiredness, stress, overwork, lack of stimulation, and boredom. Yawning can also be a powerful non-verbal message with several possible meanings, depending on the circumstances. In humans, yawning has an infectious quality (i.e., seeing a person yawning, talking to someone on the phone who is yawning, or just thinking of yawning can trigger yawning) which is a typical example of positive feedback.
The word Yawn dates to c.1300 as 'Yenen' and 'Yonen' from Middle English, from Old English 'Ginian' and 'Gionian' meaning to "Open the mouth wide, gape," which in turn comes from the Proto-Germanic base gin- (through etymological reconstruction)
"OK... I have an idea... Let's sneak over to the dessert table and sneak-a-peak"
Best cakes and pies in town.... Thank you Elk Volunteers
Del is contemplating.....
Did You Know? - The word contemplation comes from the Latin word contemplatio. Its root is also that of the Latin word templum, a piece of ground consecrated for the taking of auspices, or a building for worship, derived either from Proto-Indo-European base *tem- "to cut", and so a "place reserved or cut out" or from the Proto-Indo-European base *temp- "to stretch", and thus referring to a cleared space in front of an altar. The Latin word contemplatio was used to translate the Greek word θεωρία (theoria). In a religious sense, contemplation is usually a type of prayer or meditation.
The Spirit of Contemplation by Albert Toft.
Nancy is finishing her third Dambuie
Did You Know? - Drambuie (pronounced /dræmˈbjuːi/ or /dræmˈbuːi/) is a honey- and herb-flavoured golden liqueur made from aged malt whisky, heather honey and a secret blend of herbs and spices. The flavour suggests saffron, honey, anise, nutmeg and herbs.
It is produced in Broxburn, West Lothian, Scotland, and can be served "neat" (at room temperature with no ice), on the rocks, or used as an ingredient in a mixed drink, such as the rusty nail cocktail. The alcohol by volume of Drambuie liqueur is 40% (80 proof).
The name "Drambuie" comes from the Scottish Gaelic phrase an dram buidheach, meaning "the drink that satisfies", or possibly an dram buidhe meaning "the yellow drink".
We Have Our Own Little Art Colony On The Back Table
Table napkins and crayolas are ready to go
We arfe sure there is a storyline along with the artwork... We are afraid to ask
Brian has been busy
Captions NOT For The Faint Of Heart....
"Did I tell you about the whipped cream??"
"Honestly, Herb told you that???"
"Yep! ..... and I mean to make him keep his promise!"
"I'll drink to that"
Did You Know? - The word "pitcher" comes from the 13th century Middle English word picher, which means earthen jug. The word picher is linked to the old French word pichier which is the altered version of the word bichier, meaning drinking cup. The pitcher's origin goes as far back to the Medieval Latin word bicarium from the Greek word bikos, which meant earthen vessel. Compare with Dutch beker and German Becher which both mean mug.
Meanwhile On The Dance Floor
Such a serious look
The Drambuie is definitely working...
Nancy exhaled and Paul almost fell over
"Now what did I do... She is singing?"
Ah ha... I'll sing right back... That will shock her
George hits the floor with Lourdes... Great dancers
Question of the day... What is a polka-dot? We are glad you asked!
Did You Know? - Polka dot is a pattern consisting of an array of filled circles, generally equally sized and spaced relatively closely in relation to their diameters. Polka dots are most commonly seen on children's clothing, toys, and furniture, but they appear in a wide array of contexts. The pattern rarely appears in formal contexts, however, and is generally confined to more playful attire such as bathing suits and lingerie. Occasionally, white-on-black small dots appear on more formal clothing.
Polka dots first became common on clothing in the late nineteenth century in Britain.
An early recorded use of the term "polka dot" is in 1871 in Godey's magazine, Volumes 86-87, Page 389. The pattern is named for the dance of the same name, so it is suspected there is a connection linking the pattern to the dance. Instead, the name was settled upon because of the dance's popularity at the time the pattern became fashionable. Many contemporary products and fashions also adopted the name.
The polka dot also appears in popular music. "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" is a novelty song telling the story of a shy girl in a very revealing bathing suit who stays immersed in the ocean water to hide from view. It was written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss and first released in June 1960 by Brian Hyland.
Who says guys shirts have to be plain and boring???? Not so this group!
We ought start our own fashion show
The music keeps coming
Vicky's vodka and Sue's wine... Life is good
The three mousekateers
We got Sue laughing so hard
The "Dancing Lamp" Has Been Lit
Did You Know? - When the smoking lamp is lit it is alright to smoke, when it is out smoking is prohibited. From the naval phrase. Fire is the most dangerous threat at sea so, particularly on wooden ships, it was necessary to strictly control the use of fire and smoking materials. A lamp was hung on the forecastle, where sailors were allowed to sit and relax, and the sailors knew they could smoke their pipes if the lamp was lit. If it was not lit, smoking was not allowed.
Mucho better.... All smiles
Going out for a twirl
Zooming around the floor
Jan & Brian (the 'exhaulted one') are setting the place on fire
Did You Know? - Brian is a male given name of Irish and Breton origin, as well as a surname of Occitan origin.
It is common in the English-speaking world. It is possible that the name is derived from an Old Celtic word meaning "high" or "noble". For example the element bre means "hill"; which could be transferred to mean "eminence" or "exalted one".
The name is quite popular in Ireland, on account of Brian Boru, a 10th century king of Ireland. The name was also quite popular in East Anglia during the Middle Ages. This is because the name was introduced to England by Bretons following the Norman Conquest.
Bretons also settled in Ireland along with the Normans in the 12th century, and 'their' name was mingled with the 'Irish' version.
Also, in the north-west of England, the 'Irish' name was introduced by Scandinavian settlers from Ireland. Within the Gaelic speaking areas of Scotland, the name was at first only used by professional families of Irish origin.
It was the fourth most popular male name in the United Kingdom in 1934, but a sharp decline followed over the remainder of the 20th century and by 1994 it had fallen out of the top 100.
Jan and Abbey stomping up a storm
"If he dances too hard I am going to bop him!"
Nice us of the left hand/arm... Maybe he is teachable after all?
"Oh Del... You silver tonged devil you!"
Did You Know? - Silver tongue is an expression used to describe a person who is able to clearly and effectively express themselves, or who has a clever way with words. The connotation associated with accusing a person of having a "silver tongue" is, in itself, ambiguous. While at once it is admission of sophistication, it is in some cases an accusation of deceptiveness. Regardless of the connotation, the expression denotes a definite ability to effectively convince with rhetoric.
Jan and Vince take to the floor
"A dancers best friend!"
Did You Know? - The punkah fan was used in the India in the early 500 BC. It had a canvas covered frame that was suspended from the ceiling. Servants, known as punkawallahs, pulled a rope connected to the frame to move the fan back and forth.
Patent drawing for a Fan Moved by Mechanism, 27 November 1830
Bob tries to move the fan with the force of his finger and mind.... We is in trouble guys
Donna to the rescue... Bob almost fell over
Nancy and Brian have a go at it...
Bob decided not to try anymore levitation this evening
Dang... Where do we sign up???
Good Night All And See You Soon
It's a long lonely walk to the car....
We are so fortunate to have such good friends and have such a great time! Night you all and see you Thursday!