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USO Canteen FReeper Style ~ Dance Fever ~ March 18, 2003
March 18, 2003 | LaDivaLoca

Posted on 03/18/2003 1:22:07 AM PST by LaDivaLoca

Dance Fever ~ Canteen Style

"It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing" (Duke Ellington)

"Swing music is pedestrian music. When you hear It, it makes you want to move."
(Clarence Clemons)


The first known swing dance, which dates back to 1913, was called the Texas Tommy. This dance later became the Mooch and Sugar in 1916, and by 1919 was called the Breakaway.     

Swing had its beginning in the 1920s and kept on going strong for many decades.  In 1926 the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, New York opened its doors and began to host bands and dancers from all over. 

Swing dancers were not only doing the steps, they were naming and inventing them as well.  In 1927, Shorty George Snowden coined the term Lindy Hop to describe his dance style.  It has been known as such ever since.

In 1935, Frankie Manning, one of the greatest Lindy hoppers ever, created the first air steps.  Since then, dancers have been trying to duplicate and recreate them.

Swing continued into the 40s and 50s with the big band and rock & roll eras.  The music changed and the dancing developed.  Check out the important dates below!

1920s - Early Charleston and Lindy Hop begin                                                

1926 - Savoy Ballroom in Harlem New York opens

1927 - Shorty George Snowden coins the term Lindy Hop   

1930s - The role of the band leader changed; they no longer just conducted the band, they were musicians who alternated between leading and soloing    

1934 - Cab Calloway records "The Jitterbug" and the Jitterbug dance craze takes off.

1935 - Frankie Manning creates the first air steps             

1941 - Whitey's Lindy Hoppers appear in Hellzapoppin'

1950s - Swing dancing becomes known as "rock and roll" dancing

1960s - Partnered or "touch" dancing declines as Chubby Checker's "Twist" sweeps the nation.

2002 - Swing is still very much alive and well in the 21st century.  It seems as though most dancers are trying to get back to basics, experimenting with the Lindy Hop, Shag, Balboa, and Charleston.  Today's dancers are not only learning the dances, they are adding their own unique styling and inventing new moves as well.  Swing may not be the most popular thing in 2002, but for those who fell in love with it... it will never go out of style! 

 

GLOSSARY OF COMMON MUSICAL TERMS
As you read the BigBands Database, some expressions may be
unfamiliar. Hopefully, you can find their meaning here.


ALLIGATOR: Musician's used to refer to each other as 'Alligators'.
          Today, the word has been shortened to just 'Gator'.
          Louis Armstrong is often referred to as 'Gate Mouth',
          - from the same source.

BACK LINE: Musical slang for 'rhythm section'. Any combo of drums, bass piano, banjo, guitar. (Early bands would also use a Jug (glass/clay, gallon size) and washboard.) The expression stems from the early Jazz bands which often were just 5 - 7 pieces. The Melody instruments would stand out in the 'front' line while the Rhythm - piano, drums, banjo, and tuba/bass fiddle - would be the 'back line'. See also, "Front Line" below.

BEBOP: Another word for 'Bop'. See 'Bop" below.

BLUE NOTES: The lowered 3rd, 5th and 7th tones of a major scale. Often referred to as the 'flatted 5th', etc., by jazzmen.

BLUES: 1) A sad ballad type of song, often sung by a female moaning about a lost/uncaring/mean/etc lover. 2) A sad song sung mainly by black singers, - male and female. The traditional structure is 12 bars divided into 3 four bar measures. The "song form" (see below) is almost always AAB. (See "Jazz Overview" Link on the Main Page for more information.)

BARRELHOUSE: (Also called "Fast Western".) A style of piano playing popular west of the Mississippi before the 1900's and into the 'teens. So named because the piano players were usually working in the crude cabarets that served whiskey directly out of the barrel.

BOOGIE WOOGIE: An "Eight beats to the Bar" Ostinato. The left hand plays a repetitive riff throughout the song.

BOP: Originally, a style of music that used the changes (chords) of a well known song, but with a wild (sometimes recognizable and sometimes not) improvisation on the original melody. The expression has racial overtones. Dizzy Gilespie said that blacks developed Bop to "exclude "lesser" (meaning - white) musicians".

For more, click on the graphic:

SWING ERA AND MODERN COLLOQUIALISMS


 "Swing", like most fields of endeavor, also has it's own
special lexicon. Once used mostly by the musician's
themselves, the slang has now become a part of the greater
society. And, what is even more remarkable, is the way the
language has prospered. It is still widely used today, AND
growing.

18 Karat        "Pure Gold"
                Ex: "He's 18 karat."

Ace One dollar; Dollar's worth, one, first rate Ex: "He's 'Ace' with me. Ex: "Slip me an Ace, Gate." (Let me have a dollar.)

Air-check An actual radio or television performance caught on tape; as opposed to a work done in a recording studio

Alligator Originally, a slang term for "Musician". Very early in Jazz history, musicians referred to themselves as "alligators". Now it simply refers to any Swing Devotee (abbrev. 'Gator or Gate) Note: Louis Armstrong is often called 'Gate Mouth', from the same source. Ex: Cat 1: See ya later, alligator. Cat 2: After while, crocodile.

Axe ANY musical instrument. Ex: Man, - what do you think of my new Axe?

Ball To enjoy Ex: We had a 'Ball' when Tommy Dorsey played.

Big Apple New York City. Ex: He's working at Roseland Ballroom in the Apple.

Baby A term of endearment. (for either sex.) Ex: Say, "baby," I got us some bread, let's "move" downtown.

Bad Good Ex: That dude does some "bad" ass playing.

Bag One's own special interest. Ex: Man, - Tommy Dorsey's "Well Git It" is my "Bag".

Balloon lungs A Brass player with good breath control. That cat has "balloon lungs," he held that note for one complete minute!

For more, click on the graphic:

 

Click and dance to the music:


Begin The Beguine Clarinettis
Sorry, no music available Out of the Window
Birmingham Breakdown In the Mood


Movies to watch:



 

Additional information
(click on the graphics):




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"In The Mood"? Come kick up your feet and dance with us!

In The Mood


1 posted on 03/18/2003 1:22:07 AM PST by LaDivaLoca
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Kathy in Alaska; radu; MoJo2001; tomkow6; Ragtime Cowgirl; SK1 Thurman; ..
Good morning my fellow Canteeners, our Troops, Vets, Allies, Voluntees and your families.

Have a good day everyone and see you all later.

2 posted on 03/18/2003 1:25:28 AM PST by LaDivaLoca (God bless President Bush, our Military and may He bless America)
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To: LaDivaLoca
G'morning -- thanks for posting
3 posted on 03/18/2003 1:34:30 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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God bless our troops


4 posted on 03/18/2003 1:35:33 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
DITTO! From the DOD "Defend America" website (http://defendamerica.mil/index.html), this number 6,342,660 people have signed an e-card to our military.
5 posted on 03/18/2003 1:54:24 AM PST by Elkiejg
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To: LaDivaLoca
Good morning all.


6 posted on 03/18/2003 1:56:50 AM PST by Aeronaut (This project is so important, we can't let things that are more important interfere with it.)
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To: JohnHuang2
Good morning John.
7 posted on 03/18/2003 1:57:14 AM PST by Aeronaut (This project is so important, we can't let things that are more important interfere with it.)
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To: All
Buenos dias...S~
8 posted on 03/18/2003 2:14:31 AM PST by Bad~Rodeo (Light the Fires and Kick the Tires....)
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To: LaDivaLoca
Good Morning, cool thread!

Dance on...


9 posted on 03/18/2003 2:30:48 AM PST by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: LaDivaLoca; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Kathy in Alaska; tomkow6; JohnHuang2
Mornin', everybody !!

63 degrees as I post this, and goin' to 75 today. Thunderstorms likely. Spring is springin' . . .



Have a cup while you FReep !




For those who prefer hot chocolate.....




10 posted on 03/18/2003 2:37:08 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Saddam! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: LaDivaLoca; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Kathy in Alaska; tomkow6; JohnHuang2

President Bush:

Hey, Colin! Do you know what time it is? ...


11 posted on 03/18/2003 2:37:26 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Saddam! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: MeeknMing
G'morning to ya, amigo
12 posted on 03/18/2003 2:41:41 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: LaDivaLoca
I have this idea that you are never going to cease to amaze me.
 
 
Who let the dancers out?
 
 
 

13 posted on 03/18/2003 2:47:50 AM PST by Radix (I'm a Dancing Fool.)
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To: Radix; LaDivaLoca; MeeknMing; RadioAstronomer; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; tomkow6; MoJo2001; ...

GOOD MORNING CANTEENERS!

GOOD MORNING TROOPS!

LOOKS LIKE IT'S GONNA BE SWING TIME IN THE CANTEEN TODAY!

LET'S DANCE!

14 posted on 03/18/2003 3:08:47 AM PST by Pippin (In the mood!)
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To: Pippin; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; bentfeather; radu; Radix; southerngrit; tomkow6; TEXOKIE; ...

Irish eyes are smirking: A gust from a Cincinnati street grate reveals the Hibernian Color Guard's well-kept secret: boxers, not briefs.

15 posted on 03/18/2003 3:21:04 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and our Military Who Protect Her.)
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To: Pippin
Good morning Pippin.
16 posted on 03/18/2003 3:21:17 AM PST by Aeronaut (This project is so important, we can't let things that are more important interfere with it.)
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To: JohnHuang2
Good night, JH2.
17 posted on 03/18/2003 3:21:41 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and our Military Who Protect Her.)
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To: Aeronaut
Good night and good morning, Aeronaut and Otto, and thanks for your faithful flyover of protection for our troops Canteen. Gonna be extra important for the next bit of time.
Things are happening.
18 posted on 03/18/2003 3:24:16 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and our Military Who Protect Her.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Gonna be extra important for the next bit of time. Things are happening.

Good morning/night Kathy. Man, you got that right!

19 posted on 03/18/2003 3:27:34 AM PST by Aeronaut (This project is so important, we can't let things that are more important interfere with it.)
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To: LaDivaLoca
Woo Hoo, let's dance. Nice thread Diva. I'll check in later.
20 posted on 03/18/2003 3:56:49 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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To: JohnHuang2; Luis Gonzalez

Que Dios bendice a nuestras tropas!

~
God Bless our Troops!


21 posted on 03/18/2003 3:58:40 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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To: LindaSOG; American Preservative; Alouette; SevenofNine; Yehuda; dennisw; Nix 2; knighthawk; ...

22 posted on 03/18/2003 4:08:22 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and our Military Who Protect Her.)
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To: LaDivaLoca; All
We're gonna DANCE?? All day long? Works for me...

I better go make some coffee.


23 posted on 03/18/2003 4:22:38 AM PST by southerngrit
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To: knighthawk

I hope you had a great birthday on the 17th, KH...

24 posted on 03/18/2003 4:28:54 AM PST by southerngrit
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25 posted on 03/18/2003 4:31:17 AM PST by tomkow6 (...........coming soon....comic characters...........)
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To: LaDivaLoca; LindaSOG; radu; Radix; bentfeather; Severa; Bethbg79; southerngrit; snippy_about_it; ...

Good morning, Diva! Good morning, Canteen Crew! Good morning, EVERYBODY!

GOOD

MORNING

TROOPS!!


26 posted on 03/18/2003 4:36:57 AM PST by tomkow6 (...........coming soon....comic characters...........)
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To: tomkow6
Good morning, Tom!

I've gotta get to the office early but I'll pop in and out as I can.

27 posted on 03/18/2003 4:37:15 AM PST by southerngrit
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Chicagoland Weather
Current Conditions:
As reported at KORD, O'Hare Arpt.. ..
Last update Tue 18 Mar 2003 4:56 AM CST.

Fog
41°F Feels Like: 34°F
UV Index: 0 Minimal
Wind: From the NNE at 12 mph
Humidity: 100 %
Visibility: .50 miles
Barometer: 29.81 inches and Steady

Today's Forecast Tue 18 Mar 2003 03:01 AM CST
Cloudy/Wind
Low 39°F
High 51°F


28 posted on 03/18/2003 4:39:43 AM PST by tomkow6 (...........coming soon....comic characters...........)
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Today's FEEBLE attempt at humor:

A woman went to the police station with her next-door
neighbour to report that her husband was missing. The
policeman asked for a description. She said, "He's 35 years
old, 6 foot 4, had dark eyes, dark wavy hair, an athletic build,
weighs 185 pounds, is soft-spoken, and is good to the
children."

The next-door neighbour protested, "Your husband is 5 foot 4,
chubby, bald, has a big mouth, and is mean to your children."

The wife replied, "Yes, but who wants *him* back?"
29 posted on 03/18/2003 4:41:34 AM PST by tomkow6 (...........coming soon....comic characters...........)
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To: All

Canteen Blessing
for the Troops

May your heart be calm
your voice strong
steady of foot
radiant of smile
confident and willing
knowing you are safe
Blessings upon you...

bentfeather


30 posted on 03/18/2003 4:44:22 AM PST by Soaring Feather
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To: Kathy in Alaska; bkwells

Greetings from bkwells!
Forward deployed on the USS Tarawa LHA-1

~Latest Pictures~


From Brian; If you can, please post this link for Kathy: It's a shot of the last storm that rolled through Alaska.

I caught some of the Patrick's Day thread for the Canteen.... no fair tempting me with the cookies! Argghhhh.....

This link is for you Miss Kathy

Press here.


31 posted on 03/18/2003 4:54:07 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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To: bentfeather

32 posted on 03/18/2003 4:57:50 AM PST by tomkow6 (...........coming soon....comic characters...........)
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Who let the dancer out?


33 posted on 03/18/2003 5:04:04 AM PST by tomkow6 (...........coming soon....comic characters...........)
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To: LaDivaLoca
GOOD MORNING ALL. Neat Thread, Diva

Just checking in real quick. Can't stay long at the moment cause I have a lot of work to catch up on.

This was sent to me and I wanted to post it here for anyone interested (which I hope is a lot): www.zoom-n.com/wavers/

This is a site where you can post a flag with your name or whatever you want to show your support to our military.

Keep SWINGING!!!

Later.

34 posted on 03/18/2003 5:05:27 AM PST by beachn4fun (Flip-flop Blix...he needs to be nixed....)
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To: All
Good Morning all!

Let's shake our bootie. :D

35 posted on 03/18/2003 5:14:07 AM PST by GulfWar1Vet (Do your American duty ~ Pray for and support the American President and Troops!)
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To: southerngrit
It was great. I also wish to thank the president for his present to me: telling the UN to take off!
36 posted on 03/18/2003 5:19:37 AM PST by knighthawk
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Click on the Pic
and I'll guide you
to the start of
today's thread by LaDivaLoca



USO CANTEEN FREEPER STYLE MISSION STATEMENT
Showing support and boosting the morale of
our military and our allies military
and the family members of the above.
Honoring those who have served before.





37 posted on 03/18/2003 5:19:51 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Fireplace provided by the men in the Military and in the Canteen)
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To: All
Good morning from VA Beach!

Things are going good here, except the weather's been real crappy lately, lots of fog and rain. Kids are doing fine other than fighting over the computer.

Husband is due home soon, as his boat's schedule is still holding course...for now. We'll just have to wait and see how things go...

Have a great day everyone!

38 posted on 03/18/2003 5:24:10 AM PST by Severa (Wife of Freeper Hostel, USN Active Duty Submariner)
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To: LaDivaLoca

Today's classic warship, USS Harvest Moon

Sidewheel Steam Gunboat
Displacement. 546 t.
Lenght. 193'
Beam. 29'
Draft. 8'
Speed. 15 k.
Armament. 4 24-pdr. how.

HARVEST MOON, a side-wheel steamer, was built in 1863 at Portland, Maine, and was purchased by Commodore Montgomery from Charles Spear at Boston, Mass., 16 November 1863. She was fitted out for blockade duty at Boston Navy Yard and commissioned 12 Februar y 1864, Acting Lieutenant J. D. Warren in command.

Assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron HARVEST MOON departed Boston 18 February and arrived off Charleston 25 February 1864. Next day Rear Admiral Dahlgren made the steamer his flagship. After putting into Washington Navy Yard for repairs, HARVEST MOON began her regular blockading duties 7 June 1864 off Charleston. For the next 9 months the steamer served off Tybee Island, the North Edisto River, and Charleston harbor. During this period she also acted as a picket and dispatch vessel as well as Admiral Dahlgren's flagship.

While proceeding in company with tug CLOVER shortly after 0800 on 2 February 1865 HARVEST MOON struck a torpedo (mine) in Winyah Bay S.C. Admiral Dahlgren, awaiting breakfast in his cabin, saw the bulkhead shatter and explode toward him. The explosion blew a large hole in the ship's hull aft and she sank in 2 1/2 fathoms of water. One man was killed. The Admiral, and the crew were taken on board NIPSIC. HARVEST MOON was stripped of her valuable machinery and abandoned 21 April 1865.

In 1963, nearly 100 years later, a project was initiated to raise HARVEST MOON from the mud at the bottom of Winyah Bay and to restore the ship, but has made little headway.


40 posted on 03/18/2003 5:29:45 AM PST by aomagrat (IYAOYAS)
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From the men in the Military and the Canteen


41 posted on 03/18/2003 5:35:58 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: LindaSOG
"DON HO ALERT!"

Priceless!
42 posted on 03/18/2003 5:39:04 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: LaDivaLoca
Kewl Tunes .. Thanks for the thread
43 posted on 03/18/2003 5:40:57 AM PST by Mo1
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To: LaDivaLoca
Thank You for today's thread!
Know that your efforts will help boost the morale of the military!
44 posted on 03/18/2003 5:41:57 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: Severa; Hostel
"Husband is due home soon, as his boat's schedule is still holding course...for now."

For those who don't know, submarines are the only boats in the navy, all else are ships.
Here's hoping Hostel will be home soon.
45 posted on 03/18/2003 5:45:30 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: LaDivaLoca
Oh wow! This is absolutely fabulous!! YOU GO DIVA!! Woohoo!
46 posted on 03/18/2003 5:46:46 AM PST by MoJo2001 (America is off warmongering because cowards run the United Nations! Appease Terrorists and Pay!)
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47 posted on 03/18/2003 5:46:50 AM PST by tomkow6 (...........coming soon....comic characters...........)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Oh my!
48 posted on 03/18/2003 5:47:39 AM PST by MoJo2001 (America is off warmongering because cowards run the United Nations! Appease Terrorists and Pay!)
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To: Severa
*HUGS* God Bless you, Severa!! Prayers for you and your family!! We can't wait to see Hostel coming home safely!!
49 posted on 03/18/2003 5:48:43 AM PST by MoJo2001 (America is off warmongering because cowards run the United Nations! Appease Terrorists and Pay!)
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To: LindaSOG
Not that..Not Don Ho..please! Spare us all from Don Ho!! LOL! *HUGS* Great to see you!! Hope you have an awesome day!
50 posted on 03/18/2003 5:49:40 AM PST by MoJo2001 (America is off warmongering because cowards run the United Nations! Appease Terrorists and Pay!)
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