Recently, the Filipino Community, Inc. of Juneau held a welcome party for the 2011 Alaska State Legislature, who had slumped into town for the new session.
Everyone was invited to come down the hill and the checklists at the door kept track of who showed up.
It became like a political game of “Where’s Waldo?”
“I have to show you something,” said Sen. Dennis Egan (D-JUNEAU) , pulling out a large photograph. It was a picture of his newborn granddaughter, Aven, both the name of a flower and Egan’s mother’s name backwards. Neva Egan, the first first lady of the state of Alaska, passed away earlier this year.
Aven weighed 10 pounds, oneounce when she was born the previous night, while Egan’s daughter weighs just over 100 pounds.
“So we’re trying to figure out how this happened,” he said.
The politicos were also treated to special performances of Filipino dancing, including the tinikling, the national dance of the Philippines, in which fleet-footed participants have to move quickly between two long wooden poles being rhythmically moved and banged together.
The audience was encouraged to participate in the tricky dance, and though a few of the legislative staff members, hovering around the wine bar at the back of the room like hummingbirds, attempted it, none of the legislators themselves agreed to do it.
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