Hey everyone! The Dancing Colonel is back. I decided to take a short break following the taping of the first four shows. I was also a little bit under the weather, but I am back and ready to start working on our finale dance for September 26th. There are also a couple of other dates coming up that I would like to share with you as they are important to me. The first is today, August 26th. It is the 12th anniversary of my marriage to my wonderful and supporting wife, Pam. She has always been there for me even when I come up with crazy ideas such as dancing, running a marathon, or skiing on the day of my aunt’s wedding (that’s a story in itself that I might tell you later). We met in 1995, while we were both volunteering at the Glassboro Ambulance Squad and yes, Civil Air Patrol played a part in it. A mutual friend of ours, Nicole, introduced us. Nicole was a member of my CAP squadron and is in the one group picture that I posted previously (the posed group shot of me and my ground team in BDUs). So I guess I should have included a wedding photo in that post as well. Anyway, I want to wish Mrs Colonel a happy anniversary and offer a big thank you for putting up with my craziness all these years. The second date I would like to share with you is my birthday, coming up next week on September 3rd. You are probably thinking, “So, how old will you be?” Well, let’s just say I will be “the answer to life, the universe and everything” (punch another hole in your geek card if you get it). Do you want to know what I want for my birthday? Other than World Peace, I would love for you to make a donation to the Civil Air Patrol at https://capdonation-dwts.eventbrite.com/. As thanks, I will personally email an autographed picture of me to everyone who makes an online donation. Wait, a full color autograph picture of “the man”!? That’s right. Now you can impress your friends and family with your proudly displayed picture of me. So stop what you are doing (ok, finish reading this first) and show your support.
I know I said I would post some video of the taping, but unfortunately the video that Pam took isn’t the best quality (it was taken on a Blackberry..boo, hiss…) so I won’t be doing that, but the shows will start airing on local TV starting the week of September 2nd with a new episode every week leading up the to finale. If you live in the Gloucester County area, you can pick it up on Comcast channel 5. It will also be broadcast on the local Verizon channel, but I will have to confirm the channel number and get back to you. When I get a copy of those I will post them.
I want to also take a moment to thank a few people for all their help with this great opportunity. As I already mentioned, I want to thank my wife, Pam. Christy Kam, my instructor and partner, you are amazing as both and I don’t think I would be as graceful as I have been without your help and training. I want to thank my charity, Civil Air Patrol and the members of the Jack Schweiker Squadron, for providing some of the best experiences of my life and the skills that help make me who I am today. There is also Anita Gates who has helped with making my signs, flyers and postcards. She even hosted one of my fundraising events. Anita, you are wonderful! Lt Col Bob Jennings, my commander and one of my closest friends, who has been rallying the troops and helping with organizing the fundraising. Bob, you’re “the man” (a simple caveman, but “the man” none the less). I want to thank the Greater Woodbury Chamber of Commerce for organizing and hosting this event for the past eight years and allowing me the opportunity to be a part of this great show. Rob, Keith, Kathy, Angela, and Bonnie, my fellow dancers, and their partners, thanks for the fun, laughter and friendship as we travel down this road. Finally, I want to thank all of you out there who have supported me by either reading this blog, attending the events, or donating. On behalf of CAP, squadron and myself, thank you.
So, its time to put the dancing shoes on and get back to work! See you all soon.
P.S. If you want to attend the finale, you can purchase your tickets here. Tickets are $50 and include dinner and a show at Auletto’s Ballroom (please be aware that the funds from ticket sales do NOT go to any of the charities). Please come out and support me.