Street Corner Symphony At Alpine Village 9/12/2010

Nothing Else Counts In This World!   

Street Corner Symphony Livened Up The Place A Bit...

Did you know? - Torrance is a city incorporated in 1921 and located in the South Bay (southwestern) region of Los Angeles County, California, United States. Torrance has 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of shorefront beaches on the Pacific Ocean, quieter and less well-known by tourists than others on Santa Monica Bay, such as those of its neighbors Redondo Beach on the North and Palos Verdes Estates on the South. Torrance enjoys a moderate year-round climate with warm temperatures, sea breezes, low humidity and an average rainfall of 12.55 inches per year.

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Germany right in our back yard

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Looks like an alpine building

Did you know? - The term alpine refers to the Alps, a European mountain range. Alpine climate is the average weather (climate) for a region above the tree line. This climate is also referred to as mountain climate or highland climate.

The climate becomes colder at high elevations—this characteristic is described by the lapse rate of air: air tends to get colder as it rises, since it expands. The dry adiabatic lapse rate is 10 °C per km of elevation or altitude. Therefore, moving up 100 meters on a mountain is roughly equivalent to moving 80 kilometers (45 miles or 0.75° of latitude) towards the pole.

September in Los Angeles and it was cold!

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Roll over Beethoven!

Did you know? - Ludwig van Beethoven  baptized 17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. He is considered to have been the most crucial figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western classical music, and remains one of the most famous and influential composers of all time.

Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and a part of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation in present-day Germany, he moved to Vienna in his early twenties and settled there, studying with Joseph Haydn and quickly gaining a reputation as a virtuoso pianist.

His hearing began to deteriorate in the late 1790s, yet he continued to compose, conduct, and perform, even after becoming completely deaf.

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The evening gets off to a roaring start

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Vicky is splaining the sitch-you-wation

Presenting The Street Corner Symphony

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Dance Time

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Vicky and Del

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Leon and Marcia in color coordinated outfits (Leon promises to leave the stripes home next time)

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Al and Margie Lebovitz

You Got To Hear This Nancy

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Psssssst.. Pssssst  Psssst......  Nancy exclaims "Oeh Vey!"

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Meanwhile the men swap their own stories!

boring

Line Dance Time

Did you know? - The Madison was a popular line dance in the late 1950s. At least five line dances that are strongly associated with country-western music were written in the 1970s, two of which are dated to 1972: "Walkin' Wazi" and "Cowboy Boogie", five years before the disco craze created by the release of Saturday Night Fever in 1977.

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No fair looking Vicky!

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Semi line dancing underway

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The famous "One Winged Chicken Dance"

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"Feets don't fail me now!"

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This gives "Getting Down" a new meaning - How low can you go??

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His secret? He is standing UNDER the air conditioning vent!
His hair is not white... It's frost on the top!

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Now for serious dancing

Did you know? - The term "ballroom dancing" is derived from the word ball, which in turn originates from the Latin word ballare which means "to dance". In times past, ballroom dancing was social dancing for the privileged, leaving folk dancing for the lower classes. These boundaries have since become blurred, and it should be noted even in times long gone, many ballroom dances were really elevated folk dances. The definition of ballroom dance also depends on the era: Balls have featured Minuet, Quadrille, Polonaise, Pas de Gras, Mazurka, and other popular dances of the day, which are now considered to be historical dances.

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Leon is so proud of his brand new teeth!
Marcia is trying to remember where the car is!

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Difficult to photograph them at 34.6 miles per hour

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The place was packed

Did you know? - In the early 1900s, real estate developer Jared Sidney Torrance and other investors saw the value of creating a mixed industrial-residential community south of Los Angeles. They purchased part of an old Spanish land grant and hired landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. to design a new planned community. The resulting town was founded in October 1912 and named after Torrance. The city of Torrance was formally incorporated in May 1921.

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Sue explains to Paul about NOT stepping on her feet!

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"I'm so happy I could just ____"

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Del and Leon  measured and indeed, her legs do go all the way up to her butt!
It was a tough job but someone had to do it!

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"You go under.... No, you go under... No you first"

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Leon's coat is on... That's a serious sign!

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Zooooom

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Let's see... Glasses, check!

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Del made a worlds record at devouring apple strudel in 3.4 seconds

Did you know? - Apple strudel (Apfelstrudel) is a traditional Viennese strudel, a popular pastry in Austria and in many countries in Europe that once belonged to the Austro-Hungarian empire (1867–1918).

A strudel is a type of sweet or savoury layered pastry with a filling inside, that gained popularity in the 18th century through the Habsburg Empire (1278-1780). Austrian cuisine was formed and influenced by the cuisines of many different peoples (Turkish, Swiss, Alsacian, French, Dutch, Italian, German, Bohemian-Moravian, Hungarian, Polish, Croatian, Slovenian, Slovakian, Serbian, and Jewish cuisines) during the many centuries of the Austrian Habsburg Empire's expansion. Strudel is related to the Ottoman Empire's pastry baklava, and came to Austria via Turkish to Hungarian and than Hungarian to Austrian cuisine. "Strudel," a German word, derives from the Middle High German word for "whirlpool" or "eddy".

Strudel is most often associated with the Austrian cuisine, but is also a traditional pastry in the whole area formerly belonging to the Austro-Hungarian empire. In these countries, apple strudel is the most widely known kind of strudel. Apple strudel is considered to be the national dish of Austria along with Wiener Schnitzel and Tafelspitz. Apple strudel in Hungarian is called Almásrétes; the word "Apfelstrudel" is German for strudel with apple.

The oldest Strudel recipe is from 1696, a handwritten recipe at the Wiener Stadtbibliothek which was right around the corner from where Del was born! Del remembers the receipt quite well from going there on Sundays.

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Wood carvings abound in this establishment
Leon began a new one on the dining room table but we got the knife before he got too far

Did you know? - Wood carving (xyloglyphy) is a form of working wood by means of a cutting tool held in the hand, resulting in a wooden figure or figurine, or in the sculptural ornamentation of a wooden object. The phrase may also refer to the finished product, from individual sculptures, to hand-worked moldings composing part of a tracery.

Some of the finest extant examples of early wood carving are from the Middle Ages in Italy and France, where the typical themes of that era were Christian iconography. In England many complete examples remain from the 16th and 17th century, where oak was the preferred medium in this case.

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"OK, you can go under this time!"

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This lady worked her tokhes off this evening... And her beautiful hair was real

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