“Okinawa Idol”

The Navy-Marine Corps Family Relief Society held the first “Okinawa Idol” contest this afternoon outside the Camp Foster PX.  There were seventeen or so contestants, including yours truly, who were required to perform one song for the preliminary round.  I sang “I Drove All Night” in the style of Celine Dion and made it to the Final round.  There I competed against four extremely talented and entertaining singers.  We were required to sing two songs back to back so I chose Madonna’s “Music” followed by “I Will Always Love You” as performed by Whitney Houston.  Well, for what it is worth, I am the newly crowned “Okinawa Idol”!!!  It was a great experience and I worked my butt off and had a great time. 

If you are curious about my singing abilities you can visit my MySpace page Once you are there, scroll down to the five or so “eSnips” players and you can listen to two demos I cut in Nashville a few years ago as well as some stuff I recorded against karaoke tracks in a friend’s basement studio back in Maryland. 

“Period Of Reflection” (Period of Restrictions) Ends For Most

Here in Okinawa, the last two weeks have been tough for most due to the limitations under the “Period of Reflection” that was enforced after numerous crimes were committed off base by American Service Members, especially the possible rape of a fourteen year-old Okinawan girl by a thirty-eight year old Marine.  After the charges were dropped by the girl at the end of last week the U.S. Generals in charge of the bases that make up Camp Butler reconvened yesterday.  This morning it was announced that the “Period of Reflection” had been ended for all SOFA status Civilians and curfews have been set in place for Active Duty Service Members.  It is a relief for the local businesses out in town that the POR has ended because of the hit they have taken over the last couple of weeks from having no American customers.  I look forward to dining out in town again and supporting the local economy again.