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July 2008 SSQQ
Newsletter Second Issue
The SSQQ Newsletter is
written by Rick Archer
STORY ONE: DANCE
PARTIES IN JULY
CHANDELIER NIGHT OF
Featuring the Knights of
Dixie Orchestra playing Big Band Swing and Ballroom Music
Saturday, July 19
9:15 pm - Midnight
Cover Charge $11 person
Chandelier Ballroom is located at 1435 Beall Street in the Heights.
7-9 pm Crash Courses (to be held at the SSQQ location)
$15 Person, $25 Couple
To register, just show up and sign up at the door
BEG LINDY HOP - Maureen
ARGENTINE TANGO - Noe
PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ - BEG
FOXTROT/WALTZ - Jack
BEG SWING - Tom and Jo
ADVANCED WALTZ - Dakota
JILL’S FAVORITE RUMBA
PATTERNS - Jill Banta
ABOUT CHANDELIER NIGHT:
Our July 19th
visit to the Chandelier Ballroom is an experiment. It is the first
time in the 30-year history of SSQQ that we have had Crash Courses
at the studio, and then gone somewhere else for our dancing
We are giving this a
try because it makes a lot of sense. Ballroom Dancing is stylish
and elegant. Nothing captures the mood like dancing to a Band
playing excellent live music on a spacious dance floor.
There is just something
about the ‘atmosphere’ of dressing up and going out to a fancy place
like the Chandelier Ballroom.
As a prelude to the
evening, we are offering six different Crash Courses at the studio
to help give our students something to practice during their evening
of dancing at the Chandelier. Then after the Crash Courses end,
we will get in our cars and head over to the Chandelier for an
evening of Formal Dancing. By the way, the Chandelier Ballroom is
at most a 15-minute drive from SSQQ.
THE DUDE RANCH WESTERN
Saturday, August 2nd
9:00 - 11:30 pm
CRASH COURSES 7 - 9 PM
$15 Person, $25 Couple
To register, just show up
and sign up at the door
BEG C&W : TEXAS TWOSTEP -
INT 2STEP/POLKA: CIRCLE
TURNS - Linda
DANCE TIME IN TEXAS - Rick
(couples only; sort of)
NIGHT CLUB - Scott
SLOW DANCING - Marla
JACK’S FAVORITE MARTIAN
WHIP PTNS - Jack
I would like to put in
a good word for the “Dance Time in Texas” class.
“Dance Time in Texas”
is a song sung by George Strait. The song is a Western Polka with
some Waltz in it as well. The song lends itself nicely to a
choreographed couples dance based on Same Foot Synchronized Polka as
well as Same Foot Western Waltz.
Think of the dance as
an advanced form of the Cotton Eyed Joe.
The Dance Time in Texas
routine is not difficult, but it is too complicated to teach out on
the dance floor. So we will learn the dance in this crash course
and perform it together at the dance party later on.
If we finish early, we
will learn more Synchronized Polka patterns.
As for the ‘couples
only’ requirement, this is not a hard and fast rule. What we need
is an even number of men and women. So if you want to sign up as a
‘Single’ and take your chances, that’s fine as long as the class
balances out. But if we have five extra men or five extra women 10
minutes into the class, we will ask the “Extras” to go find another
Crash Course to take instead.
STORY TWO: Congratulations
to Gary Schweinle and Tracy Kirkland
On Saturday, July 12,
2008, Gary Schweinle married Tracy Kirkland in a very lovely
Western-style ceremony. You had to be there to appreciate it, but
the wedding vows were very original.
I don’t think I will
ever be able to go to a wedding again without thinking about the
Great Trail Boss in the Sky.
There must have been
forty SSQQ dancers there that afternoon, possibly even more. It was
wonderful seeing all those great dancers!
I am going to ask Gary
and Tracy to give me a guest list for the next Newsletter. There
were so many people there I know I would forget someone.
Tracy and Gary and
joining Marla and myself on the Greece Cruise. I can’t wait to
share the week with both of these wonderful people!
STORY THREE: SPEAKING
OF SSQQ ROMANCE
I would like to
congratulate Andrew Laham and Pam Conyne on their upcoming August 2
wedding. Andrew and Pam were fixtures in Martian Whip a year ago,
but I haven’t seen them since then.
I am very happy for
both of them although it drives me crazy that I don’t have a current
email address on either person to ask them a few questions!
STORY FOUR: THE 2007
I vowed that I would
not go on my next cruise until I finished my story from last year’s
For the past week, I
have been working furiously on the writeup from the 2007 Hawaii
Cruise. There is so much to write about!
I came close, but had
to quit one day short of being finished. But there is still plenty
of good reading.
1. the story of how
Hawaii was first populated
2. the story of how the
Hawaiian Islands were created
3. how I nearly lost a
foot on a volcano tour
4. the story of Captain
James Cook, the first European to visit Hawaii
5. a story about the
amazing Mt Haleakala on Maui
6. a story about the
great magician Warren Gibson
7. a story about King
Kamehameha, the man who united the Hawaiian Islands
8. a story about Maui’s
famous Road to Hana
9. a story explaining why
Hawaii is the Extinction Capital of the World
10. a story about a
Waterfall Tour on the Big Island
11. the story of how
Hawaii fell into American hands
12. best of all, 100
photographs from the Hawaii Trip!
STORY FIVE: The Crazy
This is the true story
complete with pictures about a Riverboat that lost control in a
flood, was swept totally underwater by a low-lying bridge, spun 360
degrees underwater, and came out on the other side of the bridge
totally intact. Fortunately there was no loss of life. Best of
all, a newspaper man on the spot by sheer chance filmed the entire
You gotta see these
STORY SIX: More Dubai
Long-time readers of
the Newsletter know I have a thing for Dubai, the City that makes
the Future look like its here now.
This new feature on
Dubai concentrates on those expensive homes built on man-made
islands out in the Persian Gulf. For a chance to see how the truly
rich live, come check out these pictures!
STORY SEVEN: Solution
to the Motorcycle Accident Mystery
No one commented much
on this gruesome story so maybe there isn’t any interest. At the
time, I pointed out there was a huge debate over whether the
incident really happened or whether someone deliberately faked the
However a medical
examiner from Australia took a look at the pictures and had some
very interesting things to say about what happened. Curious? If
Scroll to the bottom
STORY EIGHT: ANN’S BIG
ADVENTURE IS ALMOST OVER
I am happy to report
that Sam and Ann Al-Jazrawi’s amazing EIGHT WEEK TREK across Europe
is finally over. They made it home safely on Monday, July 7.
Hopefully Ann will be
able to contribute some stories for us and offer some pictures for
the next Newsletter!
STORY NINE: A FUN VIDEO
Would you like a good
laugh? Here is fun video contributed by Jamie Hathaway.
Titled “Where the Hell
is Matt?”, this video is about a guy who travels to the far corner
of the earth to persuade people to dance in his video along with
him. As Jamie points out, he can’t dance, but it’s a pretty cool
My favorite Matt
location were the DMZ in Korea, the floating in air space chamber,
and the wave that obliterated him. Hope you enjoy the show!
STORY TEN: HUASHAN
My article on the
deadly hiking trail at Mt Huashan in China is now the most widely
read story in the world on the subject according the Google.
So that earned me my
very first mention in Wikipedia! Should I be happy? Heck no!
The Wikipedia article basically called me a fraud. Lucky me.
Then some jerk wrote me
the meanest letter I have ever received. Here are some excerpts
from his letter:
The debate here is a
simple one: Antoine says Huashan is safe enough for an 8 year old.
I say Huashan looks dangerous.
Let’s start with a
short review of the letter. According to Antoine (my critic), my
Huashan story was not very academic, my story was extremely
erroneous, I made a big mistake when writing the article, I have
made false claims, I argued that the Chinese didn’t care about their
people, and my whole website is false and misleading.
Antoine even challenged
my manhood - “take the job like a man...”
I got so mad at Antoine
that I had to deliver a serious cyber smackdown!
Curious to see what all
the fuss is about? Curious to know what Wikipedia said about SSQQ’s
fearless leader? Well, indulge yourself and find out.
Scroll to Letter Eight
STORY ELEVEN: THE RIVER
Contributed by Carol
A farmer has some
grain, a duck and a fox.
He needs to get them
all across the river, but the only boat is really rickety and he can
only take one item at a time.
If he leaves the duck
with the grain, the duck will eat the grain.
If he leaves the fox
with the duck, the fox will eat the duck.
The fox will not eat
The farmer can make as
many trips as he wants.
How does he get them
all across the river?
Answer at bottom of
Rick Archer’s Note: I
didn’t get the answer, but I was very impressed with how clever the
riddle was. This is not a silly puzzle The answer is totally
logical and on the level. Put on your thinking cap and see if you
can figure it out. Let me know if you solved it all by yourself!
STORY TWELVE: JOKE OF THE
MY POINT EXACTLY
Contributed by Gerald
An 86-year-old man went
to his doctor for his quarterly check-up.
When asked how he was
feeling, the 86-year-old replied, “Things are just great and I’ve
never felt better. I am so pleased to announce I have a 20 year-old
bride who is pregnant with my child. “So what do you think about
The Doctor considered
his question for a minute and then began to tell a story.
“I have an elderly
friend, much like you, who is an avid hunter and never misses a
season. One day he was setting off to go hunting. In a bit of a
hurry, he accidentally picked up his walking cane instead of his
The doctor paused for a
moment, then continued.
“As he neared a lake,
he came across a very large male beaver sitting at the water’s edge.
He realized he’d left his gun at home and so he couldn’t shoot the
magnificent creature. Just out of habit he raised his cane, aimed
it at the animal as if it were his favorite hunting rifle and went
The doctor paused
“Incredibly, two shots
rang out and the beaver fell over dead. Now, what do you think of
that?” asked the Doctor.
The 86-year-old thought
for a minute and said, “Logic would strongly suggest that somebody
else pumped a couple of rounds into that beaver.”
The Doctor replied, “My
STORY THIRTEEN: THE
MYSTERY OF THE STAFF BIO PAGE
My daughter Sam has
been working diligently this summer to bring the Staff Bio Page up
to speed. I was very pleased with her work.
However there was a
mystery. One day Steve Gabino asked me why he could see his
picture, but the text he had sent was missing. It was all a blank.
I looked at him like he
was crazy. I had Sam cut and paste his bio into the right spot with
my own eyes. I told him to go check again. I didn’t hear anything
more so I forgot about it.
On Monday, July 14,
Cher Longoria confronted me with the exact same problem - there was
no text next to her name! Sitting nearby, Becky Bratton suddenly
came to life and announced there was no text next to her name
So I walked both women
into the Registration area at the studio and showed them that the
text was there the whole time. Both women scratched their heads in
Cher was unwilling to
let the matter drop. She called me at home the next morning to
complain she still could not see the text using her own computer.
She even sent me an email to prove it... except that in the email
she sent me the text was there for me to copy loud and clear.
Cher and I were both
perplexed. So I wrote my computer guru Gary Richardson about it.
Here is what Gary wrote
From: TFW Computers mailto:
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 7:15 PM
To: Rick Archer
Subject: Re: SSQQ Staff Page and the missing text
Using Internet Explorer, I can see all of the text for you, Cher,
Becky and Steve
Since I can’t see the
problem they are having, I have no idea what could cause it.
I know Firefox, Safari,
and some other browsers, have problems displaying some web pages
properly. A good question would be: Are you using Microsoft
Internet Explorer as your browser?
My guess, they aren’t.
Rick Archer’s Note:
Guess what? Gary was right. Read Steve Gabino’s email.
From: Steve Gabino
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 8:23 PM
To: Becky Bratton; Cher Longoria; Rick Archer
Subject: Re: SSQQ Staff Page
Yes, I can see it with Explorer. Gary - you DA MAN!
Rick Archer’s Note:
Does anyone else have this blank text problem? Does anyone know
more about what causes it? It sure seems like a weird problem.
The River Crossing
He takes the duck over,
goes back and gets the grain, takes it over, picks up the duck and
takes it back, gets the fox, takes it over, goes back for the duck.
And that’s a Wrap!
Thanks for Reading.
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