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Soldier Show performs with social media theme 100921
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Soldier Show performs with social media theme 100921

By Jon Connor
Army Sustainment Command Public Affairs

DAVENPORT, Iowa (Sept. 21, 2010) — Focusing this year on a theme of social media to reflect the lifestyle of today’s youth, the 2010 Soldier Show left a packed house at Adler Theater Sept. 14 ecstatic — if audience reaction is any indicator.

The title theme this year is "Soldier Show v.27.0" which marked the 27th year since the re-establishment of the modern show as one of the Army’s marketing crown jewels and marks the computer revolution that began in 1983.

"This year we recognize the impact of technology on the Army, its personnel and the ‘connected’ nature of the country we protect," explained Maj. Gen. Reuben D. Jones, commanding general of the Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Command, headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va., in the Soldier Show program handout.

"Today’s Soldiers incorporate technological innovations into almost every aspect of their daily lives. Our Army is in a state of transformation as we use these technologies here at home and on the battlefield," Jones said. "We’re adapting new technology, like social media, to help keep Soldiers connected with their families and friends no matter where the mission takes them."

Following the performance, Joel Himsl, garrison manager, Rock Island Arsenal, accepted a framed gift on behalf of RIA and presented one to Soldier Show personnel.

This year’s set design employs a semi-transparent screen lowered onto the stage between songs, displaying internet images. A click of a virtual mouse introduced the next genre of music.

As usual in a variety show, there was a mix of gospel, country, rock’n'roll, and heavy metal during the 75-minute production.

The screen rose as Soldier Show performers came out to dance, sing, and play instruments.

This year’s use of instruments was slightly different than in past years. A "group" consisting of drums, bass, keyboards and guitar were positioned not as a close-proximity combo, but rather spread across the stage to blend in with their dancing and singing comrades.

For many, the show’s highlight was Sgt. Kevin Cherry, assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division Band, Fort Stewart, Ga. He hit the stage in a wig and glittery black and silver clothes — and wearing that famous glove — in a tribute to Michael Jackson.

Cherry moon-danced and sang his way through Jackson’s "Billie Jean," mesmerizing some attendees with his spot-on dance routine.

"Being on stage brings me much joy and peace. Participating in the Soldier Show provides that peace and allows me to share it with my fellow Soldiers," Cherry stated in the program handout. "I truly love and respect the stage."

The cast includes 22 Soldier-performers and four military crew members. Backing them are 13 military cadre and dedicated Army Entertainment civilians, all working hard to support the Soldier Show from initial tryouts to the last bow.

Not only do cast members perform, but they are also responsible for the show’s production and logistics, moving 40,000 pounds of technical equipment to more than 50 locations in the United States and Europe.

According the FMWRC website, the kick-off show was April 23 at Fort Belvoir, Va. The tour is scheduled to end Nov. 25, Thanksgiving Day, at Camp Casey, South Korea.

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Pinoy Pride
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Jed Madela serenading the crowd with his hits songs..

110th Philippine Independence Celebration
Asukayama Park, Oji
Tokyo, Japan

Change as Till Reciept Paperweight
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I thought it was only me that got pissed off with the way that all till operators use ones change as a paper weight for the receipt that few people want. If you are holdilng your purchase in your other hand it is difficult to throw the reciept away without dropping your change.

I found out recently that a Japanese ‘comic folk band’ Briefs and Trunks complained about this in their hit song Konbini (Convenience Store). So it is not only gaijin like me that get peeved. Japanese people get peeved too but still the tellers keep doing it, at every store in Japan.

The main reasons for this behaviour is, that if you are going to give someone a reciept into their single outstretched hand, it is difficult to do otherwise without requiring that the customer puts out their hand more than once. If the teller were to put the reciept on to of the change, it would probably fall off. The issue is not so much where their put the reciept, but that they give it to you at all. Do I look like I want a reciept for my ice lolly?

The cultural issue focuses on the importance of reciepts and the reasons for them are more complex. So many people, especially housewives keep detailed accounts of all their expenditure so treasure their reciepts, Japanese like visual signs and a visual record of a transaction, Japanese people like to exchange so even though there is a transaction of money for goods the reciept is another thing that the buyer gets in return for their money, even though Japan is one of the safest most crime free places in the world (and one of the reasons why it so) the Japanese like to avoid conflict at all costs and the existence of a receipt reduces potential conflict over the amount tendered, the Japanese like little pieces of paper (which is a homonym for God), the Japanese like wrapping (see "Wrapping Culture" by Joy Hendry) and perhaps the reciept wraps the deal.

14 Responses to Nice Hit Song photos

  • moogs says:

    sakto ang compo!

  • enggul says:

    hinde ko naabutan ito ah. nagduet sana kami. bwahaha!

  • emvillasenor says:

    great framing!

  • FoNgEtZ says:

    ako ang nagturo sa kanya paano bumirit ng "Narito Ako"… hehehe.
    Truth is: Idol ko yan sa singing…. magkaboses kami eh.. hihihi

  • pokoroto says:

    There may actually be some kind of law that requires retailers to provide receipts.

    Seen in my contacts’ photos. (?)

  • timtak says:

    Thank you. I should do my own research, but if you have any details I would be very grateful. I often say "no thank you." I hope I am not breaking the law. I believe it was law in Italy when I last went there 25 years ago.

  • timtak says:

    I checked. I asked a law scholar at the end of the corridoor who took out his "Roppou" and explained that there is no law regarding retail transactions that says that the shop must give a reciept, only that the purchaser can demand a reciept.

    However there are exceptions such as in salary funded loands, and perhaps purchases over a certain amount where one has to pay a stamp duty on the transaction.

    But, it seems that shops are not required by law to give out reciepts.

    Please tell me if my law prof has it wrong. It was not his area of speciality at all.

  • pokoroto says:

    [] Interesting information.

  • Ravendruid says:

    As a cashier in a supermarket in the US I understand that it can often be more convenient to hand the customers their money at once, but I’ve long made a practice of handing the coinage first, then paper money, then the receipt. It does slow the transactions down a tin bit, but I’ve received many comments from customers who appreciate it, and I’ve frequently wondered why it’s not much more common.

    Maybe in Japan efficiency at the register is more important than the convenience of the customer?

    As to giving the receipt in the first place, you’d be amazed at how irate some people get when they don’t get a slip for the single candy bar or bottle of soda they just purchased. It can really be impossible to predict who won’t take a receipt for their $300 dollar load of food and who will scream at you for not handing a receipt for a $.79 pack of gum. Better to be on the safe side.

  • timtak says:

    Thank you Ravensdruid.
    > Maybe in Japan efficiency at the register is more important than the convenience of the customer?
    I believe you are right. Relatedly I believe, there was an article in my weekly (shuukan asahi) where an Indian manager said that he was using traditional Japanese management technique to revitalise his Indian company. He claimed that the important point was to put the staff, and not the customer first. If the staff are happy, and productive, then they will be nice enough to the customers. I have to save that clipping. There is also a recent article about Japanese service on japan today. More critical but….not entirely untrue.

    By the way it was due to the fact that I internet stalked your user name on yahoo, that I came accross the video, and realised that some Japanese peopel think that the paper weight thing is a bit of a bind. If it is the same Ravensdruid, thank you for the recommendation. And I hope you don’t find it creepy that I yahooed your username. Who is this Ravensdruid I thought. I came no closer to knowing the answer, other than someones taste in Japanese comic folk.

  • Ghost of Kuji says:

    I really enjoy these little insights!

  • shiensumisu says:

    I have perfected a technique that allows for a speedy getaway immediately after shop transactions. I have my wallet, opened in my left hand, and take from it money for payment, and hand it to the cashier. Next, while the cashier is preparing my change, I take the merchandise with the fingers of my left hand, while still holding my wallet, with coin compartment open, ready to accept the forthcoming change. The cashier places the receipt on my right palm, followed by my change, which I pour directly into my open wallet, and insert the receipt into my wallet, or, in the case of a concenience store, I deposit it in the "unwanted receipts" container on the counter. This technique has served me quite well to date.

  • timtak says:

    Otsuridou (The way of change)

  • shiensumisu says:

    is that related to Bullshido?