October 10th 2009 At The Airport Westin
The Westin Los Angeles Airport stands four blocks from Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Calif. This 12 story hotel is one mile from Siminski Park. The Lakes of El Segundo, Fox Hills Mall and Hollywood Park Race Track are three miles away.
The venue seems fairly central as the membership comes from all over the greater Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Our dinner partners were from Tarzana. Several of the members stay overnight... As Able so well put it "You can't get a DUI in the elevator!!"
Can't miss it!
We were greeted by the Hospitality member of the Board and given a small package containing dinner selection identification and the dance card. Dinner was fantastic.... The vegetarian dish was simply perfect! No steamed veggies here!
We arrived right on time... The band was almost ready to go!
Black and white decoration made the venue elegant
Did You Know? - Black tie is a dress code for semi-formal evening events, and is worn to many types of social functions. For a man, the major component is a jacket, known as a dinner jacket (British) or tuxedo (Canada and the U.S.), which is usually black but is also seen in midnight blue. A woman's corresponding evening dress ranges from a conservative cocktail dress to the long evening gown, determined by current fashion, local custom, and the occasion's time.
The term tuxedo is itself variously used in different parts of the world. It always refers to some form of dinner jacket, and sees most use in North America, where the term originated. There, it is commonly taken to mean a modern variation on the traditional black tie, while in Britain, it is sometimes used to refer to the white jacket alternative.
Members and guest begin dancing and visiting
The dance light is lit
Eileen and Nita enjoy a Spanish exchange
(Eileen was originally from Argentina and Nita was from Spain)
Dancers sitting down means only one thing.... Dinner is served
Assigned seating made new introductions easy!
Did You Know? - Founded in 1866, Monte Carlo has a name of Italian origin meaning "Mount Charles". Named in compliment to the prince then reigning, Charles III of Monaco. The specific mountain is the escarpment at the foot of the Maritime Alps on which the town stands.
However, the history of the area and the ruling Grimaldi familia dates back centuries. The port of Monaco is first mentioned in historical records back in 43 BC, when Julius Caesar concentrated his fleet there while waiting in vain for Pompey. In the 12th century, the area fell under the sovereignty of Genoa who was granded the entire coastline from Porto Venere to Monaco. After much conflict, the Grimaldis retrieved the rock in 1295, but suffered a significant amount of opposition over the years. In 1506 the Monegasques, under Lucien, Lord of Monaco, were under siege for some four months by the Genoan army with ten times the number of men. Monaco officially received full autonomy in 1524, but it had a turbulent history to retain its power and on occasions briefly fell under the domination of Spain, Sardinia, and France.
Abe and Eileen were delightful dinner partners.. The stories were great!
The Leader Makes Some Short Announcements
"Good evening....." Ted and Laraine Herman - Current Presidents
Guests were introduced and it was announced that Ken and Amy White would be the nominee for President for the next term!
Eileen had her camera at the ready!
The guests for the evening are introduced
"OK... Hit the floor!"
Members came over and said hello.. A friendly crowd
When coats come off you know dancing has started
Catching their breath between dances
Dancing and visiting is always enjoyable
Great music and dance cards also!
Did you know? - A dance card (also known by its German-language name, Ballspende, plural Ballspenden) is used by a woman to record the names of the gentlemen with whom she intends to dance each successive dance at a formal ball. They appear to have originated in 18th century, but their use first became widespread in 19th century Vienna, especially at the massive balls during Fasching before Lent.
An actual dance card is typically a booklet with a decorative cover, listing dance titles, composers, and the person with whom the woman intended to dance. Typically, it would have a cover indicating the sponsoring organization of the ball and a decorative cord by which it could be attached to a lady's wrist or ball gown. From the 19th century until World War I, dance cards for the elite of Austria-Hungary were often very elaborate, with some even incorporating precious metal and jewels.
In modern times the expression "dance card" is often used metaphorically, as when someone says "pencil me into your dance card," meaning "find some time to spend with me", or, conversely, someone's "dance card is full" implies they have no time for, or interest in another person.
The floor was always busy.... Bumpercars!
Did you know? - Bumper car is the generic name for a type of flat ride consisting of several small electric cars which draw power from the floor and/or ceiling, and which are turned off by the operator at the end of a session. They are also known as dodgem cars, or simply dodgems, the last name being the usual term in British English. The inventor was William Thurston, who was part of the Thursten carnival attraction
Poses Are Good! Gone Is The Blur! Abe And Eileen
Abe and Eileen
They are moving again!
We Had A Visitor!
A stranger from Florida popped in for a few minutes...
Loves dancing! Nita to the rescue
The table decorations were very pretty and functional
Did you know? - Monte Carlo is home to most of the Circuit de Monaco, on which the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix takes place. It also hosts world championship boxing bouts, the European Poker Tour Grand Final and the World Backgammon Championship as well as fashion shows and other events.
Although the Monte Carlo Masters tennis tournament is billed as taking place in the community, its actual location is in the adjacent French commune of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.
Monte Carlo has been visited by royalty as well as the general public and movie stars for decades. The Monte Carlo Rally is one of the longest running and most respected car rallies, and marks the start of each rally season as the first event on the World Rally Championship calendar, but the rally takes place outside the Monte Carlo quarter.
Monte Carlo is one of Europe's leading tourist resorts, although many of the key tourist destinations are located in other parts of Monaco, including such attractions as Monaco Cathedral, the Napoleon Museum, the Oceanographic Museum and aquarium, and the Prince's Palace, all of which are located in Monaco-Ville.
Drawing for the table decorations... Abe pulled up an ace!
Visiting continues throughout the evening
The last dance... A beautiful waltz
We were in the Lindbergh Ballroom... A recent move
The lobby was just outside
Thirty miles to home with smiles on our faces!
A Little Smile!