Two of our sons participated in almost a dozen energetic welcomes to the Chinese New Year yesterday.
There was excitement at the Lee Palace Chinese Restaurant at the end of our street just after sunset last night when a troupe of athletes from the Chinese Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy, which included our sons Dale, Glen and their long-time friend Gene, rocked up to do a noisy firecracker and lion dance routine to welcome in the Lunar new year – the Year of the Rooster. It was the tenth such performance for the costumed multicultural troupe yesterday. After wowing the restaurant patrons inside for about 20 minutes they had to dash off to fulfill another booking north of the river. I understand they have a couple more such commitments today, and even more over the coming two weeks. Understandably, the members of the troupe take turns at the different roles. Working the lion suits demands considerable fitness and energy. Last night Jill and I saw Dale as the rear-end operator in one of the lion suits accompanied by Glen and Gene crashing some symbols. Good work guys. We enjoyed watching you perform. Gong xi fa cai! As we have learned to say in Australia.
Paul R. Weaver.
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