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I was touched by this because I have had moments like these myself. I did not have a background like yours. I was raised in virtual anonymity in upper class and disenchanted suburbia whose childhood acting never left community theater. I was a geek, alone among a wash of generic white bread who were smart in their own way, as long as it was socially appropriate. An only child, I was not supported by my parents, and at 18 was suddenly on my own. I had a really bad childhood I won't derail this piece with, but some of your struggles are still parallel to my own. I am 42 years old, and have no answers to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. But I have a niche life, oddball and filled with fellow geeks, and only just last year did I really begin to appreciate it. I work with Linux at an ISP and get to play with computers all day. I am convention chair of a large anime convention and written and published some short stories and a book (second one coming out next month, I hope). I have gotten to meet some of best hard core science fiction movers and shakers no one has ever heard of, and some who it would be gauche to name drop and tell people I have seen them drunk. In February, I looked out at the balcony of the hotel our convention works out of, and saw thousands of anime fans in cosplay outfits having a good time, and thought, "I am one of the luckiest people on Earth." It's a damn good feeling, and you deserved that moment, sir.
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Charo is actually a serious and accomplished performer; an award winning Flamenco Guitarist and a pupil of Andrés Segovia. She was a HUGE nightclub performer in the 1960s and 70s, and very famous right below the media's radar for many years except various game shows, character parts in sitcoms, and of course, variety shows. She was also married to the mega-hit bandleader Xavier Cugat for many years. In the 1970s, she was reportedly being paid as much as Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles or Dean Martin for Vegas performances. But people will always remember her as the "cuchi cuchi" girl with the big boobs.
Toggle Commented Feb 5, 2010 on Connect the dots! LA LA LA LA! at WWdN: In Exile
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