Date a Man Who Dances

June 20, 2015

Originally posted on The Naïve Idealist:

Date a man who dances because a man who dances is one of the strongest men alive. A man who dances has faced his peers and told them “Begone, give me room to move.” He is no ordinary man, when you date a man who dances that strength lies by your side. Within easy reach is a man who has convictions and isn’t afraid to live by them, When you date a man who dances you can trust he is standing behind his conviction that you are a person worth dating and he won’t back down. A man who dances may have strength in his arms but his real strength lies in his mind and his passions and a man who dances has the strength to use them.

When you date a man who dances under his strength he owns a softer side. He understands the language of touch and…

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Osvaldo Vicente Centeno

June 15, 2015

June 15, 1937 —


Osvaldo doesn’t come to Lo de Celia very often, so when he did two months ago, I took this photo.  We danced the Troilo tanda, his favorite.  It’s been years since we danced.

I called him in the afternoon to wish him a happy birthday.  He eventually got around to telling me that he was in the hospital until only two days ago for a urinary infection that lasted nine days.  I reminded him that we are friends for many years, and that he should have had his daughter call me.  Osvaldo is gradually regaining his strength and weight, and the milonga isn’t on his schedule for the time being.


Roberto Farace

June 7, 2015

June 7, 1941 —


Roberto has a wonderful embrace like all the milongueros who learned tango as teenagers.

Milonga shuffle

June 5, 2015


One thing about the milongas of Buenos Aires that remains constant  — change.  I went to investigate the club where the milonga Porteno y Bailarin was held for more than ten years and found it open with bachata classes.


Rumor has it that the club raised the rent and the milonga organizer decided to move his established milonga to Casa de Galicia and start over on different nights.


Even though hoy-milonga guide lists El Arranque on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, I found Nuevo Salon La Argentina on Bme Mitre is still closed for business.  It’s probably the result of a city inspection (administrative order).  In the meantime, the regulars are going elsewhere to dance.

Update 6/11:  I had an appointment yesterday afternoon next door to the salon.  There was a car parked right at the entrance, not on the street.  I looked inside and saw a man painting the baseboard in the salon.  He noticed me looking inside and then came to speak with me.  I asked him if the salon was going to reopen, and he said in about a week.  A city inspector ordered a closure.  The owners have to complete whatever was required for another inspection. Then the salon will be back in business.


Buenos Aires is a great city for retirement

May 26, 2015


Buenos Aires is a city of culture and the arts.  There are concerts, theater, cinema, museums, art exhibitions, etc. on a daily basis, and most of them are free of charge.  We planned to attend a free concert on Saturday by the permanent orchestra of Teatro Colon at La Usina del Arte until we heard about the dress rehearsal of Swan Lake that was open to the public.  We chose Swan Lake at Teatro Colon.


I was in charge of going early in the morning to Teatro Colon and standing in line for two tickets at 10:00.  Romaine told me to be there by 8:00, and I arrived a bit later to see the line was almost a block long at 8:20.  One has time in retirement to do this, especially when it’s for something as special as the ballet Swan Lake at Teatro Colon.  All performances this week are sold out and extra ones were added to accommodate the demand.  This is the only ballet offered this season at popular prices starting at 25 pesos.  I’ve already decided to go at 7:00 am for tickets to the next dress rehearsal.  The early birds get tickets on the main floor and lower balconies.  We had tickets for the fourth balcony (Tertulia), and we were excited about the opportunity to see this fantastic production.  Ines was behind me in line and had tickets for the same section with Marilyn.

DSCN7098 The Filarmonia Orquesta de Buenos Aires masterfully performed the exquisite score of  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the Russian composer of Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker ballets.

The music gave me goose bumps, especially the oboe solo danced by the principal ballerina Karina Olmedo.  Here she is taking her bow on stage.


It was an unforgettable performance for all.  I am happy being retired in Buenos Aires where the free cultural agenda is outstanding.

José Sanchez

May 25, 2015

May 25, 1933 —

Jose Sanchez

Hugo Lago

May 22, 2015

May 22, 1937 —

Hugo Lagos en Lo de Celia Tango Club

Hugo is the only milonguero not wearing socks, even during winter.

Mario Allan Candamil

May 13, 2015

May 13, 1929 —

This is the second birthday that I can’t celebrate with Alito because the geriatric administration decided on March 27, 2014, that I may no longer enter to see him.  It’s a mafia that has operated for 35 years under a useless charter.


two owners of Geriatrico Neuquén de GIOCAR SA

I filed a complaint with the organization overseeing geriatric homes, but got nowhere with them.  I hired a lawyer in May 2014, who accomplished nothing for me, but got paid in advance.  Needless to say, it’s frustrating not being able to see Alito regularly.  A man from the milonga tried visiting him in January, but wasn’t allowed to enter.  Residents in geriatric homes have the legal right to see visitors, but there is no one to enforce the city Law 661 that provides it.

The last time I saw Alito was at the eye center where he had surgery in September 2014.  The eye center has my phone number, so they called me to confirm the surgery appointment.  I didn’t know anything about it, but I was there with him.


It took one year for Alito to have the surgery.  Amanda Lucero (his power of attorney) doesn’t have the time to attend to his needs.  She had an employee from the geriatric go with Alito to the eye center (which is six blocks from my apartment), and she arrived later.


Amanda Lucero isn’t interested in Alito’s wellbeing, only his pension and retirement which amount to $7,643AP per month.  Alito sits in a wheelchair since August 2013, because it’s easier for the staff than helping him walk from his room to the dining table.  Consequently, his feet are so swollen that he can’t wear shoes.  Alito loved walking the streets of the city all his life.  Now this legendary milonguero can’t walk or dance, thanks to the total lack of care at the geriatric home that is only interested in the bottom line.


I stayed at the eye center during surgery so I could see Alito.  I was kept away from him by Amanda.


Three and a half hours later the surgery was over.  I don’t know if he had proper care after the very delicate operation on a turned-in eyelid.  I can only hope that Alito still has his sight in the right eye.  He also needed cataract surgery in the left eye, but I don’t know if he had the operation.


Alito is always close to me in my heart, and I send him my love.  That’s all I can do while I am trying to locate his daughter in the city.  I don’t know where she lives, but I do know where she votes.  I’ll be there on election day to introduce myself and get her involved in her father’s life.

Alito and Juan Esquivel at Geriatrico Neuquen

Juan Esquivel and his girlfriend from Portland, Oregon, visited Alito on May 14, and sent me this photo of him.

Juan Topalian

May 12, 2015

May 12, 1937 —

Juan Topalian


Juan Topalian

Emilio Lopez Varela

May 9, 2015

May 9, 1944 —



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