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Welcome to 2013 by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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New Year’s Eve Party sings the year in in style

 

Welcome to 2013 !

CHRISTY WARREN AND LENEIL SALDANA SIT DOWN TO DINNER_resized

Silent Supper

 

Christy Warren and Leneil Sadana sit down to a silent New Year’s Eve supper. Mano Bito, in the background of the snapshot, watches TV news coverage of the countdown to 2013. After I take this snapshot, I take a plate and sit down to supper.

The conversation is sparse. We all wonder if Ranilo Saldana’s classmates will attend the New Year’s Eve Party. Snapshot by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

 

Supreme.

 

I rate Ranilo Saldana’s New Year’s Eve Party,”Supreme.”

 

Ranilo Saldana had the idea for a New Year’s Eve Party to welcome in the new year. “Aunt Christy” Warren liked the idea as well.

 

Even before Christmas was over, they discussed ideas and started small tasks. December 26, 2012, Aunt Christy was already, “swabbing the deck.” She had water and a mop and was mopping over the porch floor.

 

The furniture seemed to take on a life of it’s own. The final days of December 2012, the bamboo chairs, coffee tables and end tables kept moving around the porch in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evenings.

 

By December 30, 2012, it was mentioned that in rural Leyte people stay around home on New Year’s Eve. The classmates might not show up for the party.

 

The Whole Hog Concept Of Partying

 

Nonetheless – New Year’s is New Year’s. In the United States, the day embodies the hope and optimism of the coming year. Thus, you gear up to welcome the new year. As we say,in the Ozarks, “You go whole hog.”

 

The “whole hog” times of life means you set aside conservative thoughts and go liberal. You pull out all the stops and do what you want to do. Common sense, of course, reminds you that you are not going to do something that will hurt you or others. Common sense, further reminds you, not to spend your last centavo on a celebration or party because you will want to be able to eat again tomorrow.

 

Overall, the”whole hog”concept as it relates to a party means you will do what it takes to have fun for you and your friends without you going broke or doing something that will put you behind bars for breaking the law.

 

Christy and Ranilo set up the karaoke arrangement of the TV, DVD player, speakers and the temperamental microphone. Mano Bito cut the bamboo limbs to use as decorations. The disco ball was in place.

 

New Year’s Eve evening the only thing missing was the guests.

 

Christy Warren and Leneil Saldana had been busy in the kitchen and the table had been set.

 

Would the guests show ?

 

While I wait for the guests to arrive, I jot down a note to outline men’s fashion issues in my New Year’s Eve article for my readers. The article within the article would address the barong and business suits. The article would point out my successes with these styles of attire.

 

My Business Barong

 

I put aside my T-shirt and walking shorts and went with denim jeans and a yellow barong. A barong, is a formal shirt in the Republic of the Philippines.

 

The holiday significance of the evening tempted me to consider wearing my military mess dress uniform. However, since the guests were suppose to be teenagers; I didn’t want to walk in and “Freak Them Out.” A duty military uniform can make some adults uncomfortable just walking past you on a sidewalk in the United States.

 

I decided the chevron and the medals would of probably made the young guests feel like they were in a military recruiter’s office and I would leave recruitment to the professionals, who get paid to do the job.

 

The barong has all the prestige of a tuxedo and the formal appeal of a white dinner jacket with slacks or a white sport coat with slacks. The message is simple: “This is a social function, but my professional attire means I am willing to talk and do business.”

 

The beauty of the Philippines’ barong is it is a designed article of clothing that is conscious that weather can and does affect formal dress. The barong is always comfortable like a T-shirt or polo shirt.

 

Business suits and military mess dress uniforms are always impressive, sometimes stylish, but, seldom comfortable, especially if you are in a situation where you will be wearing the clothing for a long period of time.

 

The barong has the debonair and panache of a tuxedo and escaped associations with the leisure suit. Leisure suits were popular in the United States in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

 

Leisure Suit Lament

 

The Leisure Suit is basically a long shirt and slacks. Leisure suits are comfortable attire. On a temporary duty assignment to the Kingdom of Thailand, in Bangkok, I located a tailor, who was willing to try my designs and deliver my tailored leisure suits.

 

I designed seven. One for each day of the week. I looked at the bolts of cloth and choose a rainbow of colors. I had a light blue leisure suit and a dark navy blue leisure suit. I had a dark green leisure suit, but I did not choose red because there were no casual or formal functions that a red leisure suit would work at at that point in my life.

 

I kept the leisure suits and wore them out. Even after the “fad” passed, I kept the leisure suits because they were comfortable and functional. In essence, a leisure suit is really a combination of a barong and a matching pair of slacks.

 

In the tropics, the leisure suits were really a brilliant idea because they were comfortable and provide a bridge between casual walking shorts, jeans and business suits.

 

Unfortunately, negative publicity quickly made leisure suits obsolete. The Leisure Suit Larry computer game was hitting big in the United States about the same time that the fashion fad of leisure suits was gaining ground.

 

Leisure suits seemed to quickly disappear as a man’s fashion choice in the States and men were back to either denim jeans, sport coats and slacks or business suits.

 

Leisure suit-style uniforms can still be found as fashionable in some places in Asia and the tropics.

 

Common Fashion Sense

 

Women have no problem wearing colored pants; men sometimes have the “macho” mindset that men should not wear brightly, colored or loud pants. Women have always had “fashion sense”, which explains why the fashion businesses or the world concentrate on trying to impress a woman.

 

A man’s concept of “fashion sense” is “Barbarian Basic.” If the religious, political, moral, business and social ethics of the world would allow, a man would wander around the world, naked, or only wearing a towel or a pair of denim jeans.

 

Thank God for Mothers ! Thanks to mothers, a boy learns at an early age not to mix plaids and stripes to wear out in public. A loving mother does not let her little boy grow up without some “common fashion sense.”

Suddenly, the global publicity took a negative spin on leisure suits. The attire became yesterday’s news. People began to associate the clothing with grandfathers whose fashion sense seemed antiquated.

 

Coveralls’ Culpability

 

The people who didn’t like leisure suits would point to overweight men in polyester coveralls and snicker that the man looked like a guy in a leisure suit. Dumb comparison.

 

Coveralls are basically bathrobes with legs. Instead of a terry cloth bathrobe belt coveralls have a zipper or Velcro fly. Coveralls are important work uniforms. You slip on a pair of coveralls and you go out and feed hay to the cattle in winter. Those type of coveralls contain insulation to keep you warm.

 

Men’s coveralls really do not work for casual or formal dress functions because once a man gets past his 20s or 30s, then, the physical silhouette of his body changes and men usually look like they have a “Beer Belly.”

 

The skintight, form fitting polyester men’s coveralls of the 1970s unfortunately called attention to a man’s physical appearance. Any man on the planet past age 22 always “looked like an old sow about ready to drop a litter of pigs.”

 

God’s “Beer Belly “ Design For Men

 

When God designed Man, He knew Men had no need for a wider or larger pelvic girdle like women, so He didn’t add that design detail to a Man’s body. Thus.men need a belt or suspenders to hold their pants up.

 

With or without alcohol, over time a Man’s body ages and gravity pulls at the stomach. “The Middle Age Spread” for men means nature has lowered your stomach and around your hips your favorite belt is going to “fit” differently.

 

Look in the mirror. A young man puts on a belt and the buckle “Points Out At The World” and that image is reflected in the mirror.

 

A middle age man puts on a belt and the buckle “Points Down At The Ground” and that image is reflected in a full length dress mirror.

 

Readers, notice for yourself, that at a certain age men have “The Beer Belly Flaw.” Look at the pictures in newspapers and magazines, especially at the side views of men and you will notice that “the belly pushes the belt buckle down.”

 

No article of clothing really hides or melts away “The Beer Belly Flaw.” In pictures of Arab leaders you will notice that in their robes that age has elaborated and elongated their bellies as well.

 

Appearance conscious men realize that age does their physical appearance no favors and they try to work around “The Beer Belly Flaw” with a suspender option; it doesn’t work. Suspenders and overall galluses pull the pants up and actually make the beer belly more noticeable.

 

I don’t wear suspenders often because to me they are uncomfortable. In my case, they would always rub over and feel like a weight on my shoulders. Whether the suspenders were clip on or the button-hole type, I could never get the suspenders to adjust to my level of comfort.

 

Some men resort to girdles for physical appearance or health issues like a back injury. The health issue is an understandable concern. A girdle looks uncomfortable.

 

God has a sense of humor. He gave women the pain of childbirth to remind them as a mother that she has a responsibility to love and care for her child. Men did not get off “Scott Free”. God gave men “The Beer Belly” to remind them of their responsibility as a father to love and raise their child.

 

For nine to 10 months, God made it obvious that a woman is “Pregnant.” Forget the”Healthy Glow” and look at a woman’s body – the obvious physical appearance screams, “I’m Pregnant !”

 

God’s sense of humor is evident with Men because while a woman carries and gives birth to a child, God reminds the father and grandfather’s of their responsibility by giving them “The Beer Belly.” The sense of humor is: “Pregnancy lasts around ten months. Parental Responsibility lasts a lifetime.”

 

The vanity of physical appearance is a personal issue of a man. You can’t beat age, but, you can reach an acceptable compromise with common sense and some effort.

 

In my lifetime, I have never noticed or discovered an article of clothing that will remove the physical design of “The Beer Belly.” However, leisure suits do seem to make a man’s middle-age and senior citizen “bulk” less obvious.

 

Leisure Suits Conceal Beer Belly

 

The nice thing about fashion is if something in the past had many people that loved the clothing or the style then the item will return. The bad thing is bad fashion ideas come back also.

 

Leisure suits’ main trump card with men is they were comfortable. For dress or business, once, a man had his slacks on, all you had to do was slip on a clean, white, cotton athletic T-shirt over your body and then slip on and button up the leisure suit shirt.

 

Leisure suits’ secondary trump card is they were functional and fast. Business suits require matching shirts and matching ties to the color and style of the suit. For instance:You don’t wear a wide tide with narrow lapels.

 

Sam’s Style

Business Appearance

Rules For Men

 

In the Real World, in your lifetime you will, no doubt, have an event where you need to at least look like a business man or a business women. I was fortunate to have a mother, who from an early age noticed my appearance. If I crawled out of bed looking like a creature from the sewer, she would not letting me go out in public until I at least looked human.

 

Around 1973, I learned about “Gentlemen’s Quarterly” magazine. For years I bought monthly copies. Momma had taught me all of the basics of public and business dress. “GQ” pointed out style changes, fads and used the terms that a man would use in working with his tailor for a new business suit or tuxedo.

 

Thanks to Momma and GQ, whenever I don a business suit, I know I will be successful.

 

I am passing on these rules that I have used and hope they will benefit my readers. Keep in mind, “Everything changes.” so what worked a week ago; may not work today. Life is usually cyclical, which means at some point the 1940s hairstyle for women will be a fashion focus for a time for women.

 

A major point to remember in business dress is to “Dress Conservative.” Women would not wear a PVC,Spandex or Lycra dress to a business interview. Women know better.

 

Men should not wear a sport coat and basketball shorts to a business interview; but, someone usually has to tell a man because men don’t always listen when their mothers are trying to tell them not to go outside looking like a dork.

 

The Business Of Business Suits

 

Business shirts and dress shirts, means the neck size has to be comfortable for a man. If the buttoned collar is too tight, then, you unbutton the collar and find a tie stay or tie bar to slip under the necktie that will hold the collar down and give the collar the appearance of being buttoned.

 

Learn To Tie Your Tie

 

Business suits require neckties or bow ties. Clip on neckties and bow ties have to be manufacturer by fashion designers, who know how to make the tie seem natural when worn.

 

If you do not know how to tie a necktie or a bow tie: Learn. A badly tied necktie is a “Visual Eye Sore.”

 

Business Bow Ties

 

A bow tie can work with a man’s business suit and look professional. The secret is the man has to select the bow tie.

 

Before you buy the tie, look at your face in the mirror and hold up the bow tie. The bow tie calls attention to your neck and the area around your nose. If you look like an “Off Duty Clown”; choose another bow tie or select a necktie.

 

French Cuffs

 

Business suits require dress shirts that may have French cuffs. I love French cuffs on my business shirts. French cuffs require cuff links since there is “No Button” to hold the cuffs.

 

White Suits

 

Business suits require the right material. Forget “The Memorial Day White Sale Mentality” that says you never wear white until after Memorial Day. That idea disappeared around 1965 or 1966, when women started wearing white anytime of the year. Mark Twain loved his white suits. He must have had closets full. There are many pictures of Mark Twain in a white suit.

 

Men can wear white. Men can wear white business suits. Men who wear white business suits should be conscious of the style – because if you look like a “Bozo”, someone will smile and give you directions to the circus.

 

Business Suit Weather Considerations

 

Business suits rely on climate for comfort material choices. You do not wear a paper thin tropical business suit to Alaska, Russia, China, Korea, Missouri or any other cold climate in the dead of winter unless you want to rush out and buy a heavy parka. If you do business in states or countries with cold, winter climates then choose wool or a heavy fabric for your business sport coats and suits to remain attractive, comfortable and warm.

 

Salute To Sharkskin Suits

 

Sharkskin Suits” are the shiny business suits. I loved my sharkskin suits. When I found a tailor in the Kingdom of Thailand, while on a temporary duty assignment, I sketched out the design I wanted and ended up with two beautiful business suits, a shiny silver and a light blue shiny suit. I wore them out going to parties, instead of board rooms.

 

The sharkskin suits are beautiful material that plays with the lights. Entertainers love shark skin suits because they seem wired with electricity because light brings out the sheen of the material, even in a dark room.

 

Sharkskin business suits are beautiful and do work in a business setting, but, you have to match your accessories from your wrist watch down to your cuff links and your socks to make sure the accessories compliment and do not challenge or make the sharkskin suit seem gaudy or garish.

 

Sharkskin suits were popular business suits in the late 1970s and early to mid-80s. Unfortunately, the late 1970s to the mid-1980s was “The Era Of The American Televangelists”. Every two-bit con man with a Holy Bible and a buddy with a video camera started their own “Ministries” and empty your pockets for God scheme.

 

The televangelist became so associated with the sharkskin suits that it did not matter whether a minister was credible or a conman because the shiny suits got unjustly associated with the “crooked preachers” of the era and the suits went into storage.

 

Business Suits Genius Of Style

 

Business suits usually require accessories. The overall business suit design for a man or a woman is a pure work of genius because the suit gives an overall uniform appearance to people committed to being, acting and dressing in a professional manner.

 

Women have the option to choose a skirt or slacks to go with their business suit attire. Women have learned since they were little girls how to “accessorize.”

 

The Breast Pocket Handkerchief

 

Men need to learn to pay attention to the accessories they choose to compliment there business suits. In the early 21st century, men are still “ignoring” the breast pocket of the business suit.

 

For the record, guys: A handkerchief goes in the exterior breast pocket of a business suit. The handkerchief is functional because it can be removed to wipe sweat from your brow in an emergency. It is wiser to carry a clean, folded, white cotton handkerchief in a rear pants pocket.

 

The breast pocket handkerchief is an important accessory. The presence on the business suit states, “I Pay Attention To Detail.” In the good old days of business suits, breast pocket handkerchiefs came boxed with a matching necktie.

 

Always Carry A Handkerchief.”

 

Gentlemen, if you ignored your mother; listen to me, “Always carry a handkerchief.” The second handkerchief is the most important and should always been in a rear pants pocket or an inside breast pocket of a suit. It can be used to wipe sweat off your forehead, take care of tears or sneezing. And, any one of a bazillion situations that come up from a wound dressing to waving down a taxi; you can use a white handkerchief for.

 

Business suit accessories include your watch and your rings. Silver, gold, black or brown leather watchbands are business staples. Pay attention to the rings you wear with your business suit. Pay attention to the socks you wear with your business suit.

 

Slip On The Shoes

 

Shoes are important with the business suit, They should be stylish and comfortable. If you wear basketball sneakers with your business suit, I would hope the company calls building security and either has you escorted off the premises or transported to the nearest mental institution. Basketball shoes are for the basketball court; never for the world of business.

 

Boots ? If someone is from a western or southern state of the United States or some part of the world where the boots are normal footwear, then, they should be accepted as business footwear. The key is to go with the traditional colors of black and brown to compliment and not overwhelm the suit.

 

Hat Headliners

 

Hats ? Hats have style. Hats are functional because they keep the sun out of your eyes, keep the rain off your head, hold your hair back and in cold climates a hat helps to retain some of your body heat. Fedoras were popular business hats of the 1940s through 1960 in the United States to be worn with a business suit.

 

Western hats should be considered a cultural tradition for people who live in the American south or west, so they should be considered a part of the business attire. The key with an appropriate Western hat is the crown and the brim. The crown and the brim should compliment the wearer’s face and not overwhelm or hide the wearer’s face. Leave “The Goat Roper” wide brim, tall crown western hat in the pickup and choose a more conservative style like a Stetson stockman hat to wear with your business suit.

 

Baseball caps are not hats. Baseball caps are for playing baseball. If you wear a baseball cap with your business suit I would hope building security removes you from the premises and possibly has you transported with the “basketball sneaker” wearer to the nearest mental facility. Baseball caps look dumb with business suits and a business suit is designed to be professional.

 

Quick Change

 

One of the greatest selling points of “The Leisure Suit” is the “Quick Change.” Just like Clark Kent running into the phone booth to change into “Superman,” the Leisure Suit gave men the ability to quickly change into a professional business style of dress that looked presentable, professional, and comfortable.

 

A business suit is a professional form of dress that require conscious effort in the selection and wear of the suit. The leisure suit allows men to bypass a whole series of decisions that should be made in the wear of a business suit.

 

The leisure suit being a comfortable and functional designed shirt with matching slacks solves a majority of the issues that have to be considered with a business suit. Plus with a leisure suit you do not wear a necktie or a bow tie. It is acceptable to keep the top button unbuttoned.

 

The other major plus of a leisure suit is age makes a man’s “beer belly”predominant. Some men their stomachs literally shout,”In Your Face !” The leisure suit seems to overcome the physical appearance issue by design. The material like any shirt rests on a man’s shoulders and the length of the material hangs down long enough to cover the stomach without drawing undue attention to it.

 

Forget the belt with a leisure suit. The belt brings back the “Beer Belly.”

 

Super Supper

 

I look at the clock on the wall and realize that 2012 is about to be history. Ranilo’s young guests have not arrived.

 

While Christy and Leneil cater dishes to the table. Mano Bito arrived, The black disco ball light slowly spun colored lights out around the bamboo decor

 

Everyone anxiously awaited the Noche Buena feast, a few days ago. I love food. I am always anxious about dinner.

 

The magick furniture had at last settled into positions that would allow people to be able to use the microphone and TV for “Karaoke Night.” A large enough area of the floor remained vacant to allow for dancing.

 

My appetite recognized the containers of Pancit Canton and fried rice. The platter of lumpia confirmed that 2012 was being sent into oblivion with a full dinner table of delicious food. The last platter had watermelon, pineapple and an assortment of nuts.

 

I lost no time, seating myself at the table and satisfying my appetite. Christy, Leneil and Ramon joined me.

One nice factor of being a writer, you can use your imagination to look at the end of the table and watch women in evening gowns and men in tuxedos and white dinner jackets with pink carnations stepping out on to the dance floor. Balloons bob about, while the orchestra in their dinner jackets play the music of the evening. My “Secret Life Of Walter Mitty” mindset is interrupted by the brief visit of Rafael and Virgie Saldana

 

Rafael and Virgie Saldana stopped by to say, “Happy New Year !” They didn’t stay for dinner.

 

The black disco ball spins out it’s colored lights across the bamboo decor I notice the lights briefly wash over the Christmas Tree. It reminded me of Aunt Bill and Uncle Audrey Irwin’s small silver artificial tree and the color wheel still decorating one of my holiday memories of the 1960s.

 

After supper, dreams of a Waldorf Astoria New Year’s Eve Party were vanishing. The hours had become minutes. Each passing minute cast aside a New Year’s Eve Party dream.

 

The clock on the wall displayed the civilian digits of 1-0 and I smile at the military memory of “2200 hours.” I smiled at Christy and remembered the New Year’s Eve Party at Clark Air Base, where famous Filipina singer, Regine Velasquez sang in the new year.

 

Carry Out The Plan

 

Life has taught me you never give up on a plan.

 

A celebration is always a celebration. New Year’s Eve is one of those celebrations that you should always celebrate because everyone only gets so many holidays and celebrations in their lifetime. It is silly and senseless to waste a single one.

 

I Am A Party Of One

 

The nice thing about having grown up an “only child” is I can appreciate “The Party Of One” concept. You maybe “alone”, but, you are not “lonely”, unless you choose to be.

 

If I want to party, whether I am in the middle of the Sahara Desert or in an igloo at the South Pole, I will find a way to “Par – tay”.

 

In my lifetime, I have made it my mission to “uproot wall flowers” and try to get them out on the dance floor. I stroll to the karaoke setup and browse through Christy’s collection.

 

I play the “One Night In Bangkok” selection and begin to dance. The nice thing about your senior citizen years is the “Liberation.” People look at your white hair and wrinkles and, no doubt, consider your possible “senility.”

 

Alas, my friends, if you live long enough, you too will sport the snow on the roof.

 

Sam’s Psychology Of Dancing 101

 

The kids and the adults watch Sam slippin’ and slidin’ across the dance floor. At first, they snicker, giggle and laugh. Minutes pass and before long, I am not alone on the dance floor.

 

Years of people watching and barroom boredom have taught me that people like to dance; few are willing to be the first to “get out on the dance floor.”

 

An empty dance floor simply means I have room to dance. Once a person or a couple begin to dance, then, other people who really wanted to dance will sneak or proudly strut out on to the dance floor.

 

After all, whether they realize it or not, people come to a dance – to dance. Sam’s Psychology Of Dancing 101 seldom fails because people do like music and people do like to dance.

 

Sometimes in the Real World people become so grown up that they forget sometimes to allow the “kid within” to slip on his dance shoes and party down.

 

The kids were enjoying kid style dancing and the adult were making brave attempts to overcome their “nervous knees” and actually cut loose and dance.

 

The kids were having fun. I’m too old not to have fun. I put in the“Rock Around The Clock” selection, closed my eyes and mentally time traveled back to a dance of my youth.

 

Dynamic DeMolay Dance

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The Ozarks Chapter of the Order of DeMolay boys went to the dance in Republic. Missouri. It was a formal function, which meant we wore coats and ties to the dance. Rainbow Girls and Job’s Daughters in their evening gowns waited patiently for the DeMolay boys in their stylish 1970s attire to ask “the girls to dance.”

 

A nice blessing of having been “A Momma’s Boy” in my youth is I put my mother on a pedestal. My allegiance to my mother meant that I have always respected and been attracted to girls and women. Therefore, anytime as a youth I noticed an attractive girl or woman, she became “Helen Of Troy Incarnate.”

 

At the dance, under the spinning disco ball of light, across the room I noticed a beautiful young brunette woman in an evening gown, Donna Knight. She did me the honor of walking out on the dance floor with me.

 

I have always hoped that I did not embarrass her. My formal dance training consisted of copying the moves of Elvis in his movies, My dance philosophy has always been, “Let the music move you.” This dance was the first time that I had ever been permitted to dance in public. Stone County, Missouri’s religious values outlawed “dancing” and denied seniors a “prom.”

 

This night, my heart was beaming. My mind raced, My body reacted. Joy, exhilaration, excitement, celebration – No English dictionary on the planet contains enough words to describe the overwhelming positive emotions flowing through my body. I cloud dance. And, dance I did.

 

Although films like “Dirty Dancing,” and “Footloose,” had not been made,yet, like the leading men of those dance films, I was out on the dance floor dancing my heart out. My young lungs ached and my leg muscles went numb.

 

I love to dance.

 

Anytime I am in a situation, where people come to dance, but are reluctant to take the first step; I do.

 

I think back to the DeMolay dance. I realize one of the pleasures of life is being able to move your body in ways you never realized that your body could move.

 

Regardless of your age, if you do a freestyle form of dancing and allow the “music to move you”, you will shock and offend some people, so, be aware of not only how you dance, but where you dance.

 

To me, dancing and the right music is just too precious to waste sitting it out on the sidelines. When you see the digits 6 and 0 vaguely on the horizon, you might have to back off of the “No Pain, No Gain” approach to dancing, which means you might not want to spend as long out on the dance floor.

 

I left our dance floor to sit out the next song, Ranyiel stops dancing and picks up the microphone to sing. He kept the karaoke microphone warm with his Tagalog and English songs until his brother, Ranilo, returned with a guest.

 

Chrismar Mora, Ranilo’s cousin, stopped by.

 

A better karaoke microphone got plugged in and passed around. Sarge, our blue heeler, and Smiley, our mixed breed wooly dog, became our resident music critics and let loose their canine howls.

 

Forget the judges of “American Idol”, Sarge’s bass howl is a loud piercing ambulance siren wail that raises the hairs on the back of your neck.

 

Smiley’s tenor bark is rapid and persistent.

 

The canine karaoke judges voted with their barks only a couple of times during the evening. I realized it was time for me to quit trying to sing Beatles tunes.

 

 

Whenever Chrismar Mora took the microphone, it became as quiet as a church and you could hear a pin drop.

 

I can’t play an instrument; but, I can play a radio or a record player. I’m no musician, but I know what I like in instrumental and vocal music.

 

My Music Memories

 

My mother had always had a radio on somewhere around the house, when I was growing up, so country music became part of my genetic code. I got exposed to opera,jazz and various forms of music.

 

When I was working my way through college at KSOZ-FM at Point Lookout,Missouri, I would pay attention to singers and new releases.

 

I learned how to dance watching Elvis Presley movies and would imitate “The King’s”vocal style as a child. In grade school and high school, there had been the great hard charging rock and roll music of the 1960s.

 

As I remember, the early to mid -70s gave the world Bachman Turner Overdrive, ZZ Top, Boston, Rush and the “Heavy Metal” that reached into the souls of musicians and stress tested the absolute limits of instruments from guitars to pianos.

 

From Iron Butterfly’s In A Gadda Da Vida to Jethro Tull’s Aqualung, the music came in through your ears and the pores of your skin. It seemed the tone vibrations of the music always rattled the red and white blood cells flowing in your blood stream.

 

You might doze off on an elevator playing “Elevator Muzack”, but, “Heavy Metal” music seemed destined to flow through your body and attempt to bond to your immortal soul.

 

I love Rock and Roll and Heavy Metal because both types of music seem to flow into your bloodstream and challenge you to react. Rock and Roll and Heavy Metal music call to mind the Black Oak Arkansas lyric about standing in the Hall of Commons between the devil and God.

 

Bubble gum” rock like Partridge Family music had a following. The movie “Saturday Night Fever” sent ever man in America to the tailor to find a white suit and try to learn to dance. Disco became a definite form of music overnight thanks to the movie.

Rap or Rat music?

 

I had been exposed to a lot of styles of music and could accept them all until “Rap.”

 

The introduction of “Rat” music “tuned me out,”

 

Take a boring, repetitive, rhythmic beat and apply it to the dirtiest words in the English language and you have a “Rap Hit” on your hands. Early rappers all seem to be “tone deaf convicted drug dealers on their way to Federal lockup.”

 

Like disco, everyone predicted “Rap” music would end; unfortunately, “Rat” music survived. As always the “Doomsday Prophets” were wrong and fast talking vulgar noise became an accepted part of the music industry.

 

By the 1990s, I might hear a song, but unless there was something special from the 1980s on, I didn’t get all that excited about music,with a few notable exceptions like Pat Benatar, Bonnie Tyler and Huey Lewis and the News.

 

This young man can sing !”

 

My skepticism and cynicism of global music “took the night off.” Chrismar Mora proved there are still people in the world who can sing and bring back the feeling of a song. As we say, in the Ozarks, “This young man can sing !”

 

Chrismar Mora’s voice singing along to the words on the karaoke screen reminded me that music could be beautiful, interesting and soothe the soul.

 

Happy New Year 2013 !

 

The TV shuttled back and forth between the ABS and CBN countdown and the GMA countdown to midnight. The family, began the remarks of “Happy New Year !” The fireworks in the distance exploded to signal the arrival of the new year. A slight breeze stirred through the tropic night and Christy commented, “A cool breeze.”

 

After the welcome of 2013, family members began easing off to bed. I really appreciated Chrismar’s singing,so I stayed on the bamboo loveseat until 2 am. Ranyiel relinquished his microphone and went to bed. Ranilo would take a turn at the mike now and then. Sarge and Smiley had voted against my singing earlier in the evening, so I sat back and listened.

 

My eyes became heavy. I remember a lyric about “singing until the break of day.” Perhaps, Ranilo and Chrismar did. I felt the party had been a success.

 

My recognition of the definite presence of 2013 came thanks to a familiar song I heard on New Year’s Day. Family members and friends arrived to spend some time with us on New Year’s Day/

 

In the midst of the conversations, I heard music coming from a distance through the jungle. I recognized the voice of Bonnie Tyler, singing. “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”

 

For my readers, I wish you the best that 2013 can bring to you.

 

Happy New Year

2013 !

Sam

 

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Editorial Terrorist Target Child–Death To The Taliban !

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Taliban Targets 14-year old school girl for Death

Editorial

 

DEATH

TO THE TALIBAN !

 

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

 

There are no words,in any language,in any culture on planet Earth that can explain and justify the terrorists’ insanity of the Taliban in trying to “KILL”, Yousufzai, a 14-year old Pakistani school girl on Tuesday.

 

The time has come for the Nations Of The World to quit “playing footsie under the table” with global terrorists.

 

The Taliban, a global gang of bullies and thugs, hiding behind the customs of religion, issued a “KILL” order on a child.

 

No amount of Western, Eastern or Middle Eastern psychology or politics can ever justify such an insane order.

 

The Reuters story points out that the little girl had “spoke out for” “Western style girls’ education.”

 

Kids always speak out for things they want because that is part of growing up.

 

Kids Now Targets Of Assassination

 

Parents and grandparents of the world, now, you have to worry that someone, who overhears your child may “target” them “for assassination.”

 

No child anywhere in the world is safe today or tonight.

 

Question: If the Taliban is insane enough to target a 14-year-old girl in Pakistan; what would keep them or Al Queada from targeting a 13-year old boy in Baghdad, a 12 year-old girl in Kiev, an 11-year-old boy in Beijing, a 10-year-old girl in Hanoi, a 9-year-old boy in Bangkok, an 8-year-old girl in Atlanta, Georgia or a 7-year-old boy in Damascus ?

 

Answer: Nothing.

 

Declaration Of War On Children

 

Parents and grandparents, the Taliban’s actions on Tuesday, “Declared War On The Children Of The World.”

 

The Taliban and their Al Queada terrorists colleagues have just announced to the world that “Children are now recognized Global Combatants.”

 

When a rink,dink, wink,dink terrorists’ organization starts targeting children; it is time for the Nations Of The World to quit brushing off the Taliban and Al Qaeda as annoying dandruff flakes of sadistic, psychotic, nut job thugs and bullies and start aggressively going after the terrorists, whenever they slither out of their holes.

 

Time To Target Terrorist

 

From the United Nations to the individual nations of the world, the time has finally come to “pull out all the stops” on the terrorists of the world.

 

Look and see these terrorists’ monsters for what they are. They are not criminals. They are not humans. They are monsters. Monsters have no civil rights, no human rights.

 

The reported Taliban thug, Maulana Fazlullah, gave the order to two killers.

Global Law Enforcement should stand ready to bring these three to justice the instant that they slither out of their holes.

No Place On Earth To Hide

There should be, “No Place On Planet Earth Where Any Of These Three Kill Crazy Monsters can eat or sleep that they do not have to Fear someone will aid an Angel Of Death or a police officer.

Mankind’s Justice

Traditional Mankind’s Global Justice demands that these three killers be brought in to be held accountable.

Old Testament Justice

God’s Old Testament Justice would deliver a Number 12 Lightening Bolt to incinerate the Taliban terrorist responsible. And, in the Old Testament days, the terrorists families would also be wiped off the face of the earth.

Real World Justice ?

In Pakistan,it would be understandable if the citizens were still “insane with grief, anger and vengeance.” In the old black and white Frankenstein movies, angry villagers picked up their hoes, mattocks, picks, shovels, pitchforks, and went charging up to the castle.

Vigilante Justice is always “officially” rejected by the world’s global legal systems.

Three dead Taliban terrorists lying out in the road in Pakistan doesn’t sound like one of those investigations that would have the global community interested, Unless, of course, to know that the the three dead Taliban terrorist scumbags dead in the street were responsible for the act on Malala.

Hijack A School Bus

However, when the two terrorists thugs got on the school bus – their actions were criminal.

The instant the terrorists’ gun man squeezed the trigger at a 14-year old child, the two terrorists and the thug, who gave the order, lost all their “human” rights.

Only a beast would kill a child. And, the beast, like a lion, would only “Kill” to protect it’s hunting ground, cubs, or for food.

The Mayhem Of Monsters

What stepped off the school bus was not terrorists, criminals or humans; what stepped off the school bus was monsters that need to be hunted down and. . .dealt with. . .legally, or at least, definitely.

When the gunmen opened fire, according to the Reuters story, two other girls were hit. One remains unconscious and in critical condition – Taliban “collateral damage.”

Permission To Kill

These insane thugs went so far as to “get permission to ‘kill women.’” They didn’t want to violate tribal code.

Is the World’s Children’s Rights and World’s Women’s Rights Groups in on this issue, yet ?

Women And Children Now Enemy Combatants

No woman is safe. No child is safe.

No woman or child is now safe anywhere in the world because the Taliban and their Al Qaeda buddies have decided “everyone on the planet is now an enemy combatant in their never-ending campaign of destruction.

The Threat Of A 14-Year Old Girl ?

Malala Yousufzai, the 14-year old Pakistani school girl clings to life in an Army hospital.

 

A 14-year old girl, who should be worrying about what to watch on TV lies at Death’s door.

 

A 14-year old girl, who should be listening to music, fights for her life.

 

A 14-year old girl, who should be laughing with her friends and making plans for a great life in the future – may not even have a future.

 

Scumbag, low-life, sadistic, psychotic, Taliban terrorists thugs, who only know how to kill and destroy, shot not only one 14-year old girl, but, three children overall.

 

Who Does The Taliban “Kill” Next ?

 

While Malala clings to Life, of course, the Taliban, Al Qaeda and the other terrorists slither around spreading their venom and waiting for the next opportunity to “Kill” someone.

 

The Nations Of The World let their leaders lodge “Official Protests” in the media and it seems instead – of one child’s life becoming a rallying cry for the Nations Of The World to go after terrorist, she is just “one more victim statistic of collateral damage in the on again, of again, so-called war on global terrorism.

 

Every Nation Of The World should look at this event and see it for what it is.

 

No Rules”

 

A global terrorist’s organization has finally made it known that there are “No Rules.”

 

Judas Unleashed !

 

No child is safe. No woman is safe.

 

If a terrorist is willing to kill a child and a woman; what is the guarantee that the killer will not decide to “kill” a friend or family member.

 

When the Taliban decided to kill a child and a woman – they admitted – they hold noting holy. The terrorists who would kill a child or a woman is the terrorist, who would turn on family and friends.

 

Judas has returned !

 

Judas has been unleashed !

 

Betrayal by the Taliban is now obvious. No longer can the Taliban hide behind religious custom because they set aside the tribal code that forbid the killing of women.

 

Terrorists Are NEVER Military !

 

The Taliban and Al Qaeda and the other nut-job global terrorists may play at being military, but, No Professional Global Trained Military Unit would ever carry out a “Kill” Order on a child.

 

No legitimate military commander on planet Earth would ever accept or pass along a “Kill Order on a child.

 

If someone threw down a manila folder on a desk with documentation that proved the 14-year old was a Prophet From Paradise Or Heaven, no military man or woman would carry out the order because the “World’s Legitimate Military Units And Services Do Not Carry Out Kill Orders On Child.”

 

Even if the documentation in the folder proved that the 14-year old child had video, DVDs, photographs, fingerprints and tons of evidence that the child was indeed, “The Anti-Christ.” None of the “World’s Legitimate Military Units And Services Would Carry Out The Kill Order On A Child.”

 

Taliban Thugs In Costumes

 

Dumb bullies and thugs playing at the military and wearing Halloween costumes apparently have No Problem with the Murder or Attempted Murder Of Children. But, these so-called “people” are really just monsters, who sole mission in Life is to destroy.

 

Until the Nations OF The World finally realize that terrorists don’t care who they kill, how often they kill or how many people get killed as collateral damage, then, the global body count will continue to rise.

 

Stock Up On Body Bags !

 

If all the Nations Of The World are going to restrain their actions to “Official Protests” and arrests when they get around to it, then, The Nations Of The World had better keep stocking up on “Body Bags” and offer government subsidies and other kickbacks to funeral homes to allow them to buy and stock

Caskets And Coffins.”

 

As long as the Taliban, Al Qaeda and all the rest of the global terrorists organizations, “feed and breed” they will continue to spread their “deadly venom” around the world.

 

Tuesday’s Child Assassination Attempt was not about religion or cultures.

 

Terrorists Declare War On The World

 

Tuesday’s Child Assassination Attempt proved the sicko-sadistic, psychotic, perverts “Declared War On The World” and made it known there are “No Rules.”

 

Children And Women Are Now Enemy Combatants Of Global Terrorists.”

 

Who Do I Want To Kill Today ?”

 

If the Nations Of The World continue to sit back and allow the global terrorists to do their random “Who Do I Want To Kill Today ?”

 

No place on the planet will be safe.

 

The Reuters story points out that the killers decided to strike near a military checkpoint to prove they could strike anywhere. The arrogance of the terrorists prove they have nothing to Fear from the authorities.

 

Give The Terrorists “Fear”

 

While the Nations Of The World continue “to ponder” what to do about terrorists. Local citizens in Pakistan, might want to wonder if they will be getting a visit from the “killers.”

 

You have two people, who tried to kill a child in the local school, then, what is to keep the killers from killing other people in the community.

 

The shooting happened on Tuesday. I read the story Friday afternoon. I write this editorial Friday night.

 

In a perfect world, this insane attempted execution would never happen.

 

In a just world, the killers would be in custody and awaiting trail.

 

This world is neither perfect or just. The monsters “got their guns off.”

 

The Nations Of The World seem content to allow the Taliban, Al Qaeda and the other global terrorists, to keep “getting their guns off,” and “blowing up people and property.”

 

Ozarks Terrorist’s Wisdom

Kill The Snakes !

 

In the Ozarks, if you decide to kill a nest of copperheads; you do not allow any to slither away. If rattle snakes slither nearby, then, you do what has to be done.

 

There are more than 200 species of snakes in the Show Me State of Missouri. With all due respect to the lawmakers of the Missouri General Assembly, the “stupid law” about not killing snakes is – “well. . .stupid.”

 

Farmers in Missouri, who stroll through their pasture and notice a rattle snake or a copperhead slithering through the field will think about the shotgun they are carrying and not what some politician in his air-conditioned and heated office in Jeff City “wrote about a reptile” that can injure the farmer, his or her family and the livestock.

 

Thus, the Nations Of The World are long overdue for Ozarks wisdom on dealing with snakes and terrorist. Ozarks farmers kill poisonous snakes. Ozarks wildlife and conservationists, no doubt, will continue to do “the lawyer thing” and take the snakes into custody.

 

Ozarks farmers have common sense – they kill snakes. Ozarks farmers don’t “catch and release” because that only means in a couple of weeks the snake will slither back.

 

Ozarks farmers know, The Only Good Snake Is A Dead Snake.”

 

Nations Of The World need to realize:

 

The Only Good Terrorist Is A Dead Terrorist.”

 

Global Law Changes Needed

 

The Laws Of The Nations Of The World need to change to recognize “A Global Terrorist As An Enemy Of Humanity.”

 

Therefore, he or she is no longer entitled to any human rights of any kind. A man or woman who would kill a child for expressing an idea is not a human, but a creature that needs to be placed into immediate custody and dealt with by the most efficient and effective means possible. Monsters are suppose to be fictional creatures, not out walking the streets of humanity.

 

The 1970s Terrorist’s Teachings

 

Global terrorism like poisonous snakes has always been around. Killing poisonous snakes keeps their numbers down and limits the threat. Terrorists rely on Fear and legal systems to make sure they are safe and able to slither back into the sunlight.

 

Terrorists in the 1970s realized that they could go global with their campaign of Fear. They began with hijacking aircraft. Skyjacking by disgruntled people soon became a Terrorist action. The terrorist hijackings and the Munich Olympics of 1972 made terrorism a global issue. But, nations believed incorrectly by not dealing with terrorist they could stop the problem.

 

The World Trade Center Terrorist Attack proved that the Nations Of The World still think that legal systems prevent terrorism. Nations Of The World tell themselves that aggressive law enforcement works. How many years did Osama bin Laden remain under the radar after the World Trade Center attacks ?

 

Lead Head Dead bin Laden

 

The Terrorists’ Poster Boy Osama bin Laden was just one old snake that ended up “Lead Head Dead.” The United States Government realized what all Ozarks famers know, “When a snake is in a hole, if you want to kill it, you either got to get something down in the hole or get the snake to slither up out of it.”

 

As long as The Nations Of The World keep pretending that terrorists are people with human dignity and rights and legal protection, then, the random chaos of aircraft flown into buildings and thugs trying to execute a child on a school bus will continue The Perverted Insanity Of Global Terrorism.

 

Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year old Pakistani school girl had become a national hero for her courage to keep a blog and speak out against narrow-minded bullies and thugs, who rely on Fear to keep people in line.

 

Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year old Pakistani school girl, became a global icon of freedom, after Tuesday’s assassination attempt, when two armed thugs tried to “Kill” her.

Malala

Should Be An

International Symbol

Of Terrorists’ Prosecution And Prevention

 

Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year old Pakistani school girl, should be an International Symbol Of Terrorists Prevention. World Leaders should finally wake up and become aggressive in the persecution and prosecution of global terrorists.

 

No home, hut, or outhouse on planet earth should be safe for a terrorist.

 

Dead Taliban Terrorists

 

When the sun rises Saturday morning, If news reports describe how the beaten, battered, bruised, bludgeon bodies of the two Taliban terrorist killers were lying in the street, next to the thug that gave the order, then, I would believe the message to the terrorist is that people no longer want to live in Fear of bullies and thugs in Halloween costumes.

 

When the sun rises Saturday morning it would be nice to see the Internet headlines or pick up a newspaper and to find the two Taliban killers are in custody, the thug who gave the order is in custody and anyone who supported the Taliban is in custody or hold up in a building surrounded by tons of police and military officials all heavily armed.

 

Death To The Taliban !”

Death To Al Qaeda!”

Time To Kill Snakes!”

 

Sometime on this Saturday, a world leader somewhere should realize, “Death To The Taliban,” “Death To Al Qaeda” and vigorous prosecution of global terrorists is the only way to “take charge” and control the chaos of global terrorists.

 

Only when the terrorists feel Fear will they become extinct and the world will finally have a chance to get the tools of education and the opportunities for business and improved agriculture in place to prevent the persistent presence of illiterate bullies and thugs, who are the parasites that live off the hard-working people in rural areas.

 

World leaders and law enforcement officers, who ignore the Malala Yousufzai Assassination Attempt of the Taliban terrorists are allowing the venom to spread.

 

Whose child will be the next victim of the Taliban ? Yours ?

 

A neighbor’s child , perhaps ?

 

Whose daughter will be the next victim of Al Qaeda ? Yours ?

 

Will the Taliban and Al Qaeda decide to “kill” a woman next ?

 

A wife ? A mother ?

 

Your wife ? Your mother ?

 

World Leaders the images of “Children And Women’s Caskets”, on the evening news,at dinner time, does little for the appetite,the digestion or a “Good Night’s Sleep.”

 

Daylight is coming. Time to End The Global Terrorist Nightmare.

 

Sam

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