Friday, November 30, 2018

The Outskirts of Oahu

The beach communities are developing nice social dance interest. Along the Rail Disaster it has been slowing down and no one has heard that terrible noise yet. Ewa Beach and Kapolei are beginning to arouse interest. The Waianae Coast has more music but little dancing. Ko-olina leading the way with Rolando Sanchez and his Salsa Band. And the North Shore is trying. Ups and down and some Salsa has been as Cholo's Homestyle. I am now looking for something in the Northern part of the Windward Shore.

“Social dancers think inspiration is strongest when they find a balance
between observation and participation. They cannot write about
what it means to dance by watching from the seats."


I have been told that there is plenty of interest on the Windward side. The main thing is that the Rail Tragedy is screwing up the works in the West with the Rail, not only in the city government. More people are getting into social dancing on the Windward side. Arthur Murray already has set up a branch studio in Kailua and they know what they are doing. So it looks very good for the American Style especially if they get a few bands playing out there in some nice cozy clubs. Some of the best American Style dancers have been taught on Oahu by very capable teachers.

"Every Breath You Take" by The Police (1983)


Ulcers:

The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach. ate social clubs, hopefully sometime this year.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Trump:

In the book Animal Farm, the animals had taken over control of the farm, and they made a sign that said, "We are all equal." At the end of the story, when the pigs had gotten control, someone had attached an addition to the sign, "But some of us are more equal than others."

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Salsa? No

By Roberto Garcia, Makaha
Latin music and dance


Three hundred year ago, the Contredanse from Europe was accepted by the Cuban rulers. Cuba was a Spanish colony at the time, and slavery was still flourishing there. The people took well to this "new" dance, and adapted it to the local styles with enthusiasm. Eventually it evolved into the Danzon. Around 1917 when the Danzon was the most popular national dance in Cuba, a new musical style known as the Cuban Son appeared in Havana.

"Social dancers believe that life becomes an effortless dance as we relinquish control
and limitation and allow our Spirit Within to express itself according to the music.”


The Son was accepted with such enthusiasm that soon it became very popular without taking anything away from the Danzon. The Danzon, which had been the national dance of Cuba since 1879, could be found everywhere from the popular dance halls to upper class social clubs. The Son had the same elements as the Danzon but was different in its form. The Son, according to the Cuban musicologists was from its beginnings working class and it was transferred very easily all through the Caribbean by sailors.

"Moliendo Cafe" por Asucar Moreno


The Son was brought to Cuba by sailors and its history doesn't seem to interest many people today. Perhaps because its transculturalisation was due to the efforts of obscure individuals as opposed to a social cataclysm, such as the slave trade, or the Haitian revolution. And the original natives still had a big influence on the music and dance. I mention this business about social classes, demographics, and race because to understand the popularity of Latin Music in the US. all these things have to be considered.

"Don't let someone who gave up on their dreams, talk you out of yours."

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Advertising

Politics.
The republicans have been on a "trickle down theory" for over one hundred years. Give it to the rich and it will trickle down to the poor. In over thousand years it has never been proven anywhere. We have records dating hundreds of years that revolutions were caused because it never trickled down. It trickles up. Give it to the people at the bottom and they cannot bank it. They cannot invest it. They use to buy food and drink, pay rent, get clothes and all things that they need. The sellers of these items in turn spend the money on what they need and in a short time it ends at the top. But it will have passed through the poor on its way up. Ya Dumb Dodos.

“Social dancers are almost totally aware of themselves on the dance floor and
dance their way, in a manner that is decided by their hearts."


The Information and Photo Contributors have been difficult to find. Many simply do not understand what blogging or hits are all about. Or they think we are making lots of money on their good looks, talent, fame and good fortune. What they could do for their clubs, their friends and fellow dancers has not entered into their thinking. Come on somebody, email them in, so we can share with our reader/dancers.

"Burning Down the House" by Talking Heads  (1983)


There seems to be more line dancing in town. But the usual thing, somebody thinks men should not dance line dance. Whereas in the beginning it was men only with cowboy boots and a gun in holster, (very manly.)  Paradise Tango night club in town doing good for Tango fans. And there is also a group that specializes in Swing dances and there are plenty of different ones. Any fans want something in these blogs, just email it in.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God,
which is why we call it the present.” 

Monday, November 26, 2018

The Evolution

We are still waiting for photos. That is the easiest of the dance items of our dance environment to be shared with our fellow dancers. They do pretty good in town with good photographers but how about the outskirts? Farrington Highway or Kamehameha Highway along the Southwest shore. How about the Waianae Coast or the North Shore. The amateur photographers in our groups are very good and photos of our fellow dancers look very nice in our blogs. The readers would appreciate, the Photees would like it and it would not do any harm to the clubs.

“Social dancers sometimes find themselves enjoying the lyrics too much
and forget to move and dance to the music.”


With the addition of contributing an occasional item of interest the Two Centers could develop into a Guest Blogger. Then they could have a blog of their own within the blog with ready-made readers. They could get in, post photos,write a paragraph, save it, publish it and get out without saying boo to anyone. It would be theirs. Our reader/dancers are more dancers than readers and have short attention spans. Words could be short, and fortunately some that have been contributed have been have been about dancing and though a little long, turned up very interesting.There are no hard and fast rules and the entire enchilada is coming into focus.

"Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper  (1984)


Latin on the Southwest is looking good. There is some new action in Kapolei, Kalealoa, Ewa Beach. Some nightclubbing action which means a nice social dance club in Kalealoa. Maili on the Waianae Coast has line dance classes now and then. Most places in town are doing very well. Those that are not doing well could look into moving to the outskirts of town. Rome was not built in a day so we must be patient, we should accept that it will evolve according to the wishes of the dancers.

"Social dancers know that true beauty is about who you are as
a human being, your principles, your moral compass.”

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Christmas Season Already?

The Pearly Gates
One of Trump's good guys dies and manages to pay his way to the pearly gates. He is carrying a heavy suitcase. And Saint Peter at the gate, tells him he may not be allowed to bring it in. The guy is frantic and says, "But I went to a lot of trouble to get this in." Saint Peter is nice guy and says, "Alright, let's see what's in it." The guy opens up the suitcase and it is full of gold bricks. Saint Peter's jaw drops, "You brought pavement?"

“Social dancers are creators, and they create their own world on the dance floor
just moving with the music and the rhythm."


Latin Music on Oahu is generally generated in night clubs specializing in Bachata and Salsa. If we acknowledge the different age group dancers, Night Clubs will generally have the people under 35. In the Social Clubs, Latin dancing has Rumba, Cha Cha Cha. Samba, Mambo and Tango and the crowds are generally over 30. There are social dance club DJs that will play some very good Bachata and Salsa music but not too big a crowd on the dance floor.

"Need You Tonight" by INXS (1987)


Marlo, Julia Ann and MJ and JP wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

Many social dancers seem to know that most partner dancing on Oahu is clearly divided into the younger division and the more experienced dancers. We should let the young enjoy their way and wherever. They will eventually become experienced. They may even attend social dances and be fans of a Tango club. Why not? Meanwhile the more experienced dancers are now pretty sure what the oldies but goodies are. Many Classics will remain at the top for rest of this century. And the dancers will acquire new ones.

“If someone is able to show that what we think or do is not right, we could happily change,
for we seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed."


Thursday, November 22, 2018

The Central Valley

The Paradoxical Commandments

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the
smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you may get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.”


This blog like the others does not have a photographer, So not many photos of the participants of a dance club appear in the blogs. So the first part of the solution is simple, a few photo contributors that would find it easy to email a couple of photos now and then. It would do wonders for the photees, the readers of their club, and the reader/dancers in general.   It would certainly do no harm to the picture taker or for the blogs. The photos would go into the next blog to be publish or you can specify the blog of your choice.

“Social dancers believe that dancing is more than the just the locomotive movement 
of the body because of the rhythm in the music that they love."

Dare To Be

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully. When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light. When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway. When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back. When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going. When times are tough, dare to be tougher. When love hurts you, dare to love again.


When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal. When another is lost, dare to help them find the way. When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile. When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too. When the day has ended, dare to feel
that you’ve done your best.


Dare to be the best you can – At all times, Dare to be! ― Steve Maraboli,


Social dancers like to dance, that we know, but why? And we know that dance is "important" to the Social Dancer. Dance is more than exploring the different ways to move the body to music. It is a way of moving that uses the body as an instrument of expression and communication and the dancers can "feel" it. Through social dance, dancers learn teamwork, focus, and improvisational skills. Cultural Social Dance is also important, for it is our way to tell other people the things that they need to know about our culture. It is also the way that other people could have respect, knowledge and give importance to our traditions and norms.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Let's Dance
“When you and your partner step away from your table onto the dance floor you go
from a blur to a special clearness, you take the first move and there is
that moment when you know you are there.”

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Beautiful Song

"Dancing in the Dark" was a very popular American song in the last century, with music by Arthur Schwartz and lyrics by Howard Dietz, The song was first recorded by Bing Crosby on August 19, 1931 with the Studio Orchestra, staying on the pop charts for six weeks. It peaked at #3, and then it became a lasting standard which has remained in social dancing well into this century. The 1941 recording by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra earned Shaw one of his eight gold records at the height of the Big Band and Big Ballroom era of the 1930s and 1940s.

“The social dancer's mind has a way of limiting what's possible when they give it permission. The dance floor is their stage to enjoy themselves moving to music."


It was subsequently featured in the classic 1953 MGM musical The Band Wagon and has since come to be considered part of the Great American Songbook. In the film it is orchestrally performed to a dance set in Central Park. The song is given a sensual and dramatic orchestration by Conrad Salinger, with the dance choreographed by Michael Kidd and performed by Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. I have it in a song video and can email it to anyone that wants it.

"London Calling" by The Clash (1982)

Line Dancing Anyone?
I have cut it down to five blogs and it is still going up too slowly. I may experiment blogging more often. And the photos emailed to me will make a big difference in the readership. The center for social dancing for West Oahu may be WBDC in Wahiawa and ABDA in Aiea. WBDC may have the edge because the Rail Disaster is not near them and Mililani and Waipio look good. Many of our reader/dancers live in this area or have friends and/or relatives that live in these sections. The Waianae Coast and the North Shore are looking good too.

"If you’re unsure of yourself, dance as though nobody were watching.
If you know you’re good, dance as though everybody were watching."


Monday, November 19, 2018

Meheula Vista II in Mililani

Moved in a few days ago but just got my phone installed today. Nice place and what seems to be a lot of nice people here. Making all my changes necessary, such as a change of address with the post office. I think I did it on line but at the end they tried to sell me things and just cut it. I will get the bank on Monday. Fortunately most items are tied to my Internet and not my address. A few other things and I can now get back to work on these blogs.

"Social dancers know that if you love life, you want to bring a little more music to it,
a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”


"Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper (1984)

This blog will continue to cover music and dance mainly on the Island of Oahu. You want to get anything in it about music and dance, email it and I will blog it. You may like your comments in print and whenever you are ready you can get in as a Guest Blogger. Your own blog within the blog. You can open, post text and pictures, save and publish and close it without saying boo to anyone.

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”
― Oscar Wilde

Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Central Valley Marches On.

Before my move to Mililani, Town Dancer was moving slowly into the Intermediate and advance dancer categories. This may include the rootzi tootzis, which are different from the Club dancers. The rootzi tootsis know the LAGS (the latest and greatest syndrome) better than most dancers. They wish to differentiate themselves from the rest of us and they have no idea that we are very willing. That very special guest blogger in this blog is needed to solidify their credentials.

"Social dancers believe that if we danced and shared music,
we'd be too busy enjoying life to start a war.”


That leaves us, the rest of the blogs, for the social dancers which are a very broad category and many will phase into the intermediate. The main thing for all of us, in this division, is to enjoy moving to our favorite music (no not all music), just our favorites. For us it is our music. Very difficult for "those other dancers" to understand this. We are talking Social Dancing. We are slowly defining the categories and then we will let each one decide for themselves without anyone dictating anything.

"Just Like Heaven" by The Cure (1987)


Everyone will do as they damn well please and enjoy the place that they pick. The more freedom we have the more we will enjoy it. In this coming year there will be an increasing amount of benefit dances, some times for the benefit of the dancers, sometime for the benefit of the organization that is having the dance and sometime to benefit other worthwhile causes. If you have a preference you have the right to make inquiry. I cannot get around like before my physical disabilities so I must increasingly ask for Two Centers.

“Social dancers know that everything we hear on the dance floor is an opinion,
not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not necessarily the truth.”

Friday, November 16, 2018

Meheula Vista II in Mililani

Moved in a few days ago but just got my phone installed yesterday. Nice place and what seems to be a lot of nice people here. Making all the changes necessary, such as a change of address with the post office. I think I did it on line but at the end they tried to sell me things and just cut it. I will get the bank on Monday. Fortunately most items are tied to my Internet and not to my address. My medical people have found me very easily. A few other things and I can now get back to work on these blogs.

“Social dancers know, that when you truly sing, you sing yourself free.
When you truly dance, you dance yourself free.”

Meheula Vista
This blog will continue to cover music and dance mainly on the Island of Oahu. You want to get anything in it about music and dance, email it and I will blog it. You got something going on the Big Island? Why not? You may like your comments in print and whenever you are ready you can get in as a Guest Blogger. Your own blog within the blog. You can open, post text and pictures, save and publish and close it without saying boo to anyone.

With a good sized dance floor they couda had it made in the shade.

“Dancing is surely the most basic and relevant of all forms of expression. Nothing else can so effectively give outward form to an inner experience. Poetry and music exist in time. Painting and architecture are a part of space. But only the dance lives at once in both space and time. In it the creator and the thing created, the artist and the expression, are one. Each participates completely in the other. There could be no better metaphor for an understanding of the mechanics of the cosmos.”
― Lyall Watson

 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Meheula Vista II, Mililani

Moved in a few days ago but just got my phone line in today. Nice place and what seems to be a lot of nice people here. Making all my changes necessary, such as a change of address with the post office. I think I did it on line but at the end they tried to sell me things and just cut it. A few other things and I can now get back to work on these blogs.

“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth.”


"With Or Without You" by U2  (1987)

This blog will continue to cover music and dance mainly on the Island of Oahu. You want to get anything in it about music and dance, email it and I will blog it. You may like your comments in print and whenever you are ready you can get in as a Guest Blogger. Your own blog within the blog. You can open post text and pictures, save and publish and close it without saying boo to anyone.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Moving

My plans are coming to the time and place where I hope they are done. My friend Calvin is to be here about 11 am on Saturday with his pickup. We can get the first batch loaded and take it to my new residence in Mililani. A new senior complex Meheula Vista. I will have a second floor apartment facing the street. I will not be able to use the bus too much because too many changes. I will go out less often and take the Handi Van.

"Social dancers connect to the world through the right music that they hear.
Then they dance and enjoy the luxury of being themselves.” 
 

The second batch should clinch it and I will be out of here. Hopefully I can have a phone installed without too much wait. I won't have anyway to communicate with anyone and cannot get on the internet. Then it should take less than a week to get everything changed over to my new address and phone number. I will be blogging again.

"Don't Stop Believing" by Journey  (1981)


Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club will be close by and Just Tacos in Mililani is close by, for a few drinks and some nice live music. Then I gotta look around for a nice dance group nearby and blog'em. I will have to get to the North Shore and case them out. I believe Cholo's Homestyle has live music now and then.

 “Social dancers believe that they should be mindful, be grateful,
be positive, be true and be kind.”

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Practice Party

The Dance Studios on Oahu have been developing very pleasant parties. Many parties like these are called Practice Parties on the Mainland. It has been said that practice makes perfect. With learning to dance, it is no different. Practicing to dance shouldn’t be redundant and boring, so why not make it fun? There is no better way than having a party. A dance practice party is a party where you can practice the steps that you have been working on during your dance classes - wherever, and socialize with your fellow dancers.

“Social dancers believe that they learn by practice. Whether it means to learn 
to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living,
the principles are the same."


The majority of the students on Oahu take dance lessons because they want to be better, dancing at social clubs or night clubs. Attending a practice party at a studio is perfect place to dance the moves you know well and to try out your new skills in a comfortable setting. At our dance practice parties on Oahu, there will be many people dancing on the floor at once. Whether you have only taken one dance lesson or have been going to dance classes for many years, attending a practice party will not be just fun but also a great learning experience for you.

"When Doves Cry" by Prince (1984)

Received from Yanna Samkova
The dancing night club crowd is gradually changing into TWO. The "Young" and the more experience dancers. This division was recognized by the young even before my time, many years ago. "Never trust anyone over 30." It seems like a good division to apply to our people. The young will stick to their ever changing fads, new dances and the latest in new music and we should let them, don't knock it. The more experienced dancers will prefer the classics in music and there are so many. And the "Rumba" is a dance that is learned constantly, and gets more enjoyable as time goes by with the "Oldies but Goodies" music.

 "From Here To Eternity" by Englebert Humperdink (Rumba?)

Monday, November 5, 2018

Da Latest

The Chinese symbol for the word “crisis” is written using two strokes of a pen. One stroke stands for danger, and the other for opportunity. In other words, in a crisis, beware of the danger, but also recognize the opportunity. Life always balances itself out. Everything that happens is neither positive nor negative; it just depends on your perspective. And all of us are going to dance.

"Social dancers think that all dancers are creators, and
all dancers create their own world in a dance.”


At one time,  I thought for sure there would be a new dance club on West Oahu dedicated to the social dancer only. And most of it based on the American Style of dance and with the introduction of many peripheral dances, such as Night Club 2 step, Bachata, Hustle, Salsa and Latin Waltz. Fortunately many groups have been way ahead of me. With terrific DJs that will play the music that the social dancers want to hear. In fact I have heard of one near Makapuu Point in Southeast Oahu. Gotta look into this when I get my new digs.

"Like a Virgin" by Madonna  (1984)


Now that I am moving to my new location in Mililani, I must accept that I can only go so far by myself.  So the next step is getting the most important Two Center. Finding the right keyword keeps eluding me and I somehow believe it it is not that important. I use Oahu and Social Dance and I will stay there for now. I am going for the dancers not the search engines. There are bloggers in the mainland that seem to have the right keywords and have been able to generate some incredible traffic from search engines and they make thousands of dollars. That is not my goal.

"We need more people who do not read with the intent to understand,
they read with the intent to reply." ~ Social Media.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Slowing Down

This blog is sticking around without Guest Bloggers and any activity is difficult without support and cooperation. With more friendly exchanges on this island and between islands many obstacles can be surmounted and the success can be shared by everyone. We can and are developing our own tropical paradise by day and a terrific dance rendezvous by night. Of course the Rail Disaster and the Fat Cats of Honolulu will be of no help but we can still hope. Not necessarily from the doers. We must communicate to anyone that can volunteer information.

"Social dancers think that on Oahu, you're not allowed
to have legs and not use them. Dance.”


This year finds many building scenarios for the development of what most of us call Latin Hip movement We all know the seemingly unobtainable usage of hips that produces what the general public sees as an alluring seductive hip and body gyrations, pulsations, isolations  and even wiggles or thrusts - the kind used by experienced Latin dancers. It is of some hope that by describing what it is and also what it isn't, your interest in Latin American dancing will broaden. And quite possibly the expense and arduous time in "trying to get it" will be reduced dramatically.

"The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page

Contributed by Maile Yagi
This has been lost somewhat in modern Latin dancing such as Salsa, Bachata and those dances for the younger groups. Controlled and well timed Cuban motion is an acquired skill rather than the automatic product of ethnicity or culture. It has no barriers, no boundaries, no genetics and no gender. Latin hip and body movement does have great social acceptance in the areas of its origin and therefore is encouraged and developed with great enthusiasm and even social responsibility.

“Social dancers may quote others only in order to express themselves better.”

Friday, November 2, 2018

Mililani, here I come.

I have much to do for my Hospital At Home program and I will not be having much time for these blogs plus the extras. I will be moving to Meheula Vista in Mililani, I will be slowing down more for a while. Fortunately, I have a very good social worker, Chad and he is very helpful. I am still going to have the same nurse Carlo coming once or twice a week. And I am still going to have Julia Ann coming in once a week to help me with my house care. I just have the rest to do, new phone, new bank, address changes, blogs and it will take time.

“Social dancers believe that movement to music is the
freedom of the body; stillness, of the mind.”


Once I am installed in Mililani, I know that these blogs will be start to roll! I will have to drop into "Just Tacos" when they have their Salsa. And the Guest Bloggers that we get will know they they will be completely independent. They will have their own blog within the main blog and are not mouthpieces for anyone. They write whatever they damn well please. You all remember the Ventriloquist and he had an additional supplement for which he provided the words, and it was called a d... - well you know. This is not us.

"Cruel Summer" by Bananarama  (1984)


Latin music and Latin dance go together, better than peanut butter and jelly. They are not really a part of ballroom dancing, they are a separate function with their own kind of music. Even in our esteemed International Competitions, there is a long intermission between the Ballroom Division and the Latin Division. Changes of costumes and attitude are much in evidence. Dancers that dance to dance, are one kind of people. Dancers that dance to the music, ah? That is a street dancer, Da Reel Teeng.

From the song: Imagine
“You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us.
And the world will live as one.” ~ John Lennon


Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Fairy Tale

A Chinese boy, last name of Yong, was born about 1900 or shortly thereafter in China. He was early on dissatisfied with his life and always thought there must be a better place to live. The family thought of him as an oddball. So there came a time when he was in his teens, that some relatives came to visit and they worked the Pacific Ocean as sailors. By luck they needed a cabin boy and this kid jumped at the chance.

"If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes."

He liked the Philippines, and he thought Hawaii was great but plantation work not what he was hoping for. He liked San Francisco and he figured that this might be the place. However the ship was going to Los Angeles and then to Mexico and then go the same route back. He could wait. He though L.A. was terrific, so at that point, it was San Francisco or L,A. At the seaport in Mexico his group happened to run into some Chinese that spoke the same Chinese that they did. They explained that the Revolution in Mexico was just over and everyone was going to make money, about 1919, and they had a "car." He "jumped" ship with his meager belongings and went with them to Guamuchil in the State of Sinaloa.

"Tu Lo Decidiste" por Ana Gabriel

They got him a job in the local Chinese restaurant and worked 10 hours a day six days a week. He had never learned to read and write in Chinese very well but now he made a special effort to learn the Spanish language. He learned how to go without to save a little money. He worked his way into the kitchen and join a group of same age boys that hung around together. Eventually he met a nice Mexican girl, from the lower economic classes. Got married and settled down. He became a good cook and through one of the good customers, he was able to buy a nice lot with beat up shack for a good price. He developed a nice partnership with his wife and they worked together to make it a home for the family's sake and eventually arose to the job of Chief Cook.

"Eres Todo En Mi" por Ana Gabriel

Now he realized that this was a much better life than he had envisioned before. He had several children and one of his daughters was born right about the time that I was born. And she in turn married a nice middle class Mexican guy and they in turn had several children and a special daughter, named Maria Guadalupe Araujo Yong. Latin Style, first name, middle name, fathers last name and mother's last name. She was born in 1955, and is now 63 years old. She learned music and singing and eventually became the reigning queen of Mexico singers.

"Historia De Un Amor" por Ana Gabriel

And her stage name was now Ana Gabriel. Before he passed, when she had concerts in the vicinity she always made arrangement for her Chinese grandfather to attend her concerts. He could have gotten front row but he always insisted on sitting on the side of the theater. Her favorite introduction always included her Big shot friends in the audience and there were many. And as always she would notice, "and that old Chinese man over there on the side, I know him. "Hola Abuelito" Oh, Hi, Grandpa! and of course he would beam. He had come a long ways. It was always a touching scene.

"The last of the human freedoms - to choose one’s attitude in any given set
of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”