Remember: The new year begins in a snow-storm of white vows. - George William Curtis
Dinner is almost done and 9 Carat is taking their place of honor in the corner preparing to have the dancers work off those pesky calories! 9 Carat plays once at month at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim on the first Thursday! Join them when you can!
Chuck Shirley gets everyone ready!
The Old Ranch Membership Director Rene Ord
moves around making sure all is A-OK
Allison does a terrific job... Fits right into the 1930's!
We have the seal of approval!
We are scrambling to finish dinner so we can hit the dance floor!
Pete watches in amazement!
Just plain cute!
We sent our best players over! I think we are in trouble!
Oh oh... Someone knows what they are doing!
Did You Know? - While it is suspected gambling has been around since the dawn of human civilization, the earliest definitive evidence that people gambled dates back to approximately 2300 BC. Tiles from this time period that were found in ancient China indicate people in that region engaged in a game of chance that resembled a modern-day lottery thousands of years ago.
Keno slips from around 200 BC suggest lottery proceeds were used to fund various state projects in the area, which may have included the construction of the Great Wall of China. In the United States, lottery proceeds have also been used to fund civic projects over the years, including the founding of Harvard and Yale universities, and this practice continues to this day.
Although gambling has existed for several millennia, the history of some of the world’s most popular games is comparatively shorter. The earliest version of Baccarat was not documented until the 1400s, for instance, and it took centuries after that for the game to evolve into the version that is played today.
Macau is the World’s Biggest Gambling City: Las Vegas is the most active gambling city in the United States, but with revenues of $45.2 billion in 2013, Macau is the biggest gambling center on the face of the globe. In only takes bettors in Macau a single day to bet the same amount of money that is bet over the course of a full week in Las Vegas.
Nancy just won!
The "serious gamblers" now show up!
It's fun just listening to them!
Nita is smiling... What does she know?
The "Painted Ladies" took the pot!
Obviously the "Good Table" because of the white hats!
Dancing gets underway...
Paul and Kerrick stir up the dust!
(You know your old when you dance with your grandsons lady!)
She smiles even though it's her first time up dancing with the old man!
Al and Colleen found their corner!
Whirling and twirling!
Drs. Sabira and Nasir Tejani kick up their heals!
(Nash was the Lile's grandsons pediatrician... The grandson
Zack is married and has a three year old daughter.... Time flies!)
Looking good Doc's
Oh oh... What are they up to?
The dance floor was a perfect size!
Nancy and Paul trip the light fantastic!
Did You Know? - This phrase evolved through a series of usages and references. The phrase is typically attributed to Milton's 1645 poem L'Allegro, which includes the lines
Com, and trip it as ye go,
On the light fantastick toe.
The imagery of tripping on toes also appears in Shakespeare's The Tempest: "Before you can say come, and goe, / And breathe twice; and cry, so, so: / Each one tripping on his Toe, / Will be here with mop, and mowe."
This expression was popularized in the American song "Sidewalks of New York" (melody and text by Charles B. Lawlor and James W. Blake) in 1894.
Part of the chorus: "Boys and girls together, me and Mamie O'Rourke / Tripped the light fantastic / On the sidewalks of New York."
Those lyrics were probably inspired by "The Ballet Girl", a song popularized by Tony Pastor at his Bowery "Opera House" in the mid-19th century that had as the chorus: "While she danced on her light fantastic toe, / Round the stage she used to go; / Had it not been for a man named Joe, / She might have belonged to me."
As an added attraction, Nancy sings along AND she knows every word!
Paul visits friends as he returns to his table
Dessert is being devoured... You can almost hear the chomping noises!
Readying the champagne perhaps?
Vicky captures the rat pack... On "film"
Did You Know? - The Rat Pack is a term used by the media to refer to an informal group of entertainers centered on the Las Vegas casino scene.
Having its origins in a group of friends that met at the Los Angeles home of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, by the 1960s, it was the name used by the press and the general public to refer to a later variation of the group that called itself "the Summit" or "the Clan", featuring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop among others.
They appeared together on stage and in films in the early 1960s, including the movies Ocean's 11, Sergeants 3, and Robin and the 7 Hoods (in the last film, Bing Crosby replaced Lawford). Sinatra, Martin, and Davis were regarded as the group's lead members.
Look just like them... 50 years later!