Monday, November 1, 2010

Epicurean Tango Society October 31st Evening Update & Monday November 1st Update for Planet Tango’s Alberto Paz

Alberto Paz received 14 days of highly specialized, emergency, critical, cardiac care that not only saved his life, but most extra-ordinarily, he suffered no neurological, mental or physical damage!  Which countries would extend such health care to someone who had no coverage?   

Referrals to this site allow you to assist Valorie and Alberto pay for the emergency services that saved his life.  Your generous donation can be made directly to:  Alberto Paz Account c/o Calgary Foothills Hospital, a wonderful gift of support to a friend at his greatest need in time. 

----- Original Message -----
From: Valorie Hart
To: Sandra Miller
Sent: Friday, October 29, 2010 4:34 PM
Subject: ...

.. in order to not confuse and distress, him further we are keeping visitors to just the there of us.
Thanking you again for everything. I am getting sick and I am so tired. Glad to have the kids here to shore me up.
xo xo
----- Original Message -----
From: Valorie Hart
To: Sandra Miller
Sent: Monday, November 01, 2010 11:58 PM
Subject: Re: Epicurean Tango Society October 31st Evening Update & Monday November 1st Update for Planet Tango's Alberto Paz

Forgive me for not calling. I am so worn out. I am losing my voice. I read your long wonderful FB post with the latest update. I am amazed how you got everyone's name from that night....
AND I was informed today that Canada will be sending me a bill, probably around $200K when all is said and done....WTF a bill is just a piece of paper....So I am fund raising as much as I can ... it will only cost me $8K a day on the ward, instead of the $14K per day it is costing now. ... This team of doctors here is very aggressive, they are ninjas ...
I am so very tired.
xo xo
Visit The Vamp!

We are awed by the international notes, offers of support, prayers for Valorie and Alberto, thank you.

Valorie is overwhelmed by the kind, generous, loving and hospitable Tangeros who are part of Epicurean Tango Society … the outpouring of offers for accommodation to those who want to be here for Alberto and Valorie: transportation, meals, love, prayers and anything else we need, helps ease the shock. We never had any doubt about the extra-ordinary blessings of such fascinating people and special friends.

Thank you to all who shared your own stories about their dealings with the Foothills Hospital – we return prayers for yourself and loved ones who required Health Care and their continued good health.

We'd also like to send our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all the staff on hand at the Customs area on Tuesday October 26, 2010 ~ 9:15 pm – Continental Airlines, and other Airline Staff who performed CPR, Canada Customs Agents, and Calgary Airport Paramedics you saved his life.  Natasha please forward a copy and I'll write separately. Constable Saade, Badge #4635; EMS Staff to Lougheed Hospital Emergency Staff, Dr Rick Morris, Dr Ping Chen, Ryan RN Emergency - the EMS Staff to Foothills, Maggie - RN Emergency, attending Fellow Dr. Stephanie Au, later on Dr.Champagne, and Dr. Hutchinson . The countless number of staff, at both emergency wards that seemingly were waiting for him. Thank you.

We are in a fluid state of instability … we cry, we laugh and we are an emotional wreck as we await news; one moment it is uplifting and very positive, the next is critical with grave concerns about life; seemingly stable then onto precarious.

There is no doubt, Alberto is in severe health condition and we continue to ask for your prayers, support and appreciate your forwarding this message to everyone in the Tango community.

Saturday afternoon, evening, Alberto moved into critical mode. He regained consciousness, and very positively responded to the family, directions and questions but had short term memory losses, such as not knowing where he was, or why he was here. The doctors say this is usual and would be eased with therapy. He was comforted by Valorie, Gina and Alberto Jr's constant presence and talking with him, helped restore some missing pieces; it seemed all was progressing in the right direction. 

However, Alberto's short term memory loss caused critical time delays that he could not afford – over 6 hours to persuade him to comply with the angiogram, for which he must be fully awake. This played havoc with the time sensitive, necessary tests, as he would agree, then forget and rescind his approval to proceed … add in other emergency cases and it was a massive high pressure situation … which resulted in heart failure and further resuscitation services, compounding the severe distress as to the status of his life.  Finally between his Doctor in NOLA and Valorie's presence they were able to convince him to do the angiogram. 

By God's grace, Alberto could see Valorie in the control room, where she could talk to him and they blew kisses to one another ... this love story and tango is long for this world … Alberto is one stubborn Argentine and not giving up!

The ultrasound revealed he had fractured ribs from the CPR and multiple defibrillation at the Airport – which saved his life; a 100% blockage in one of his arteries, located very close to a valve, which is tricky and life threatening surgery; the other option was open heart surgery; either option is critical, major surgery with massive repercussions, with time is of the essence. A stent is insufficient to the magnitude of the situation. The Foothills cardiologists were going to confer with his NOLA cardiologist today to evaluate the various options and determine the best route: proceed with life saving surgery here or try to elevate his mental and physical health to Medivac him to a USA Hospital.

These difficult, challenging and worrisome conditions are exacerbated by the fact that Alberto's MedicAid for out of State coverage is $5,000.

If you would like to help Alberto and Valorie cover the life saving, Critical Cardiac Care he is receiving at the Foothills Hospital, which will she informed me will be ~ $250,000 and you are inspired to assist, please contribute to the Calgary Foothills Hospital, c/o Alberto Paz.

Thank you for your prayers, wishes, notes, calls, texts from around the world for Valorie & Alberto! I will keep you posted and trust we will have good news soon. 

We treasure Alberto and Valorie's presence and know we will forever be connected in life and our Tango journey from this time forward, which was felt from the first hello.

I know this feisty Argentine is a fighter and Alberto's unique way of uniting the Tango community, as he envisioned with Links.  If your Tango Club has a Links Listing on Planet Tango, please forward these updates to your community for greatest "Tanguero and Friends" reach, during this critical life juncture.

Sandra Miller
Epicurean Tango Society
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New Year, New Ideas, New Club Experience ... Tangueros comment

January 23rd, 2010, Inaugural Milonga

Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Hi Sandra,

Thank you very much to you and to Anthony for including me in this invitation. I would love to join you on such an important event but unfortunately I am away from Calgary in January and February. However, please keep me posted for any of your future events.

Thank you very much,

Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 12:06 PM


Hi Sandra,

In the spirit of cooperation, if you wish, we can advertise your milonga on our website. We can also send out notices to people in our mailing list.

Please let us know.

Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Re: Cooperation

In the spirit of cooperation, mucho gracias!

I have moved your Feb 5th Milonga notice up top :-)


Saturday, January 23, 2010 8:10 AM

esta noche...qué tengas una milonga muy exitosa!
(may you have a very successful milonga!)

Saturday, January 23, 2010 11:42 PM


~ Hope it was a wild and wonderful success for you tonight!
Hopefully the next Milonga after your Valentines one I will able to



Sunday, January 24, 2010 11:44 AM

Hi Sandra & Ralph;

Many thanks for sharing last evening & introducing me to dancing the Tango.

Considering all the hard work you put in to make these evenings successful Sandra.

May I suggest that you arrange to have someone else looking after kitchen duties so that you can be free to dance , mingle and have more fun.

I look forward to being with you both for Valentine's Milonga Feb. 13th.


Sunday, January 24, 2010 1:57 PM

Thank You So Much For All Your Hard Effort

Dearest Sandra and Ralph,

Can't begin to tell you, how much I appreciate your hard work, during last night event. Everything was done to perfection. Lots of work being put on Ralph and your shoulders, nonetheless, as the news will spread for next time event, the Valentine event will be a smashing hit.

Thanks again for everything. See you soon, and keep in touch.

Best and fondest personal regards to you and Ralph,


Sun, Jan 24, 2010 at 2:14 PM

wonderul night it was

Hello Sandra ,

This is Naima , you should be exhausted after last night all works . I just want to thank you for all you did for Saturday night tango party, everything was wonderful looking forward to hear more and have similar events , count on me for
help in future .


Sunday, January 24, 2010 2:34 PM

Great time!!! What a Beautiful Milonga!!!!!!!!!!!

Hello Sandra,
Thank you very much for all your effort and hard work to organize such an amazing Milonga ... a HUGE thanks go to Ralph too!!!



Sunday, January 24, 2010 5:28 PM

hello sandra!!

i am so sorry i could not come out last night to support your grand opening!! i hope you did well and i wish you the best of luck ... i think you are doing a wonderful job. i will have to come to your one in march as i wont be here in february. let me know how it went ... im so excited for you!!

sarah kathleen

Sunday, January 24, 2010 9:06 PM

Hi Sandy

I adore you sweet spirit. Thank you for your suggestions :o).
Happy to hear all went well. I wish I could of been there with. Please pencil me in for Feb 13. I have nothing booked as of yet so I will put it in my calendar. The only thing the will stop me is a booking for an event. Talk Soon.

Peace and Happiness,

Monday, January 25, 2010 9:54 AM

Forwarded from Anthony ... So glad you enjoyed.....

Hi Anthony…It was a wonderful event. Thank you for your instruction.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the class.

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon with Frank and Tess. They took me to buy shoes and then we practiced for 2 hours. The shoes made a world of difference…Frank thought it was more his instruction….Ha, Ha!

Have a good week! See you soon….

Carole Anne

Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Hello Naima,

Thank you for such a beautiful note!

It was a pleasure to meet you and I am so happy to hear you had a wonderful evening!

I look forward to getting to know you and your generous spirit adding to the joy of each one to create a magical experience for all of us.

The next one is Saturday February 13th and I am trying to update the blog, as well as the details for that evening. I will send out a notice soon. We will have Champagne & Chocolate Milonga, plus a chocolate fountain w/cream puffs and fruit amongst other things!

with many thanks,

February 13th, 2010 Champagne & Chocolate Milonga

Wednesday, February 03, 2010 4:21 PM

Hi Kate,

Thank you for all your advice on the laws.
Since you're in Edmonton and will be unable to join us in Calgary for our Valentine's Milonga, I would like to refer you to Daniel & Vera at Casa Tango Edmonton They have a great passion for Tango and I know they would extend a warm welcome you and your husband.


Sandra Miller

Wednesday, February 03, 2010 11:33 PM

Re: Edmonton Tango

Hi Sandra,

Thank you for referring people from Calgary to us and we'll make sure we'll do the same here. Please find the attachment for our Valentine milonga. Thanks again.

Vera, Casa Tango Edmonton

Thursday, February 04, 2010 2:36 PM

Hi Sandra - this sounds FABULOUS - but unfortunately I can not attend this one... Keep me connected though.

Journey Joyfully


Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Hi Sandra,
With sincere regrets we will miss the Milonga due to a previous commitment. Thanks for all your work making these world class events happen,

Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Hello Sandra,

Thank you for your e-mail, and I am sorry we did not get your previous mails, this is the mail account we use the most, so you can always writte us to this address.

I am glad you found us on Youtube, if you want you can check out this
link, it is the latest version of our show "Tango-a-Tierra".

We wish you good luck with the new tango club, we will probably be there around may so we might be able to visit you there...

Kind regards,

Guillermo and Silvia


Thursday, February 11, 2010 11:16 PM

Hi Sandra, how are you?
Brenda & I would love to attend the milongas this Saturday. Do you have the address, time or other details? Would you need any help, setup, etc? Let us know.
-Danny & Brenda

Friday, February 12, 2010 12:50 AM

Hi Sandra

I hope all is well and primed for your spectacular event.

As it turns out I will be returning from Vancouver 9-10 Saturday evening. Bummer as I was looking forward to the entire evening. If time permits [today we had 2.5 hour delays - Security... Yukkk] I hope to stop by.

Good Luck - I have spread the word!!!


Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Re: Update for Champagne & Chocolate, Valentine's Milonga -

February13th, 2010

Mmmmm, sounds wonderful! Looking forward to it. Did you want us to bring anything food-wise?


Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 1:26 PM


I will have to come in March as I won't able to attend this Milonga. The menu looks incredible, by the way!


Sunday, February 14, 2010 8:47 AM

Sandra, Maaaarvellous dance last night.

kiss kiss


Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 11:09 AM


Hola Sandra, 1st of all THANKYOU so very much 4 organizing that fab milonga last evening!!! Leslie & I had a brilliant time! The lovely venue, delicious food, champagne, decor, music & fellow dancers made it a memorable night. I will be spending a few hours on Tuesday, Feb 23 in Calgary between 1:30 & 7 PM. Any chance you are available 4 a quick cup of tea during that time?

Ciao bella, Cathy y Leslie

Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Thank you for a fabulous time...

Hello Sandra,

I would like to let you know that I had a fabulous time in the Milonga last night.

The venue, the people, the conversations, the food, the music and the dancing were all enjoyable. In addition, the promotion of multi-culture - giving out red pockets for the Chinese New Year was noted and appreciated!

I also enjoyed dancing a little bit of other Latin dances – Cha cha, Salsa, Merenge, Cumbia and Rumba. Thank you.

I look forward to attending the next Milonga. Hopefully, you and I could dance a song or two.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Well Done"
Hello Sandra,
Thank you very much, it was really nice and I had a great
time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! another thanks go to Ralph...

Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 11:38 PM

Sandra;;;;;Thanks for your and Ralphs effort to provide the social
continuity of epicuriantango.

I had a wonderful talk with the lady who was at the table with me and

Thanks for your introductions to tango and people. I enjoyed that very much.


Monday, February 15, 2010 12:13 PM

forwarded from Anthony re: The Argentine Tango

Hi Anthony;

I enjoyed your Tango demonstrations, you are poetry in motion on the dance floor.

I really appreciated having the opportunity to share your table & visit with you in addition to receiving your patient Tango instructions.

It is very gracious of you to offer to teach me to dance the Argentine Tango and I am enthusiastically looking forward to mastering this very expressive Dance.

I realize that You are celebrating The New Year of The Tiger and The Olympic games are also being televised, however, I will make myself available at your convenience.

Gung Hay Fat Choy

Ron Edgar

Monday, February 15, 2010 12:32 PM

Another Home Run

Hi Sandra & Ralph;

Thanks to You & Ralph for hosting a beautiful event.

Sandra's untiring organizational abilities combined with Executive Chef Ralph's culinary expertise set the tone for a delicious evening of music for tango.

Anthony's dance instruction was also much appreciated and I had a fabulous time.

Congratulations for hitting another home run,


Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Gung Hay Fat Choy to you too Ron,

Thanks for the praise. Remember, it is the lady that makes a guy look good on the dance floor, ALWAYS.

Us guys are merely coat hangers, our partners are the beautiful fabrics hanging on, our job is to debut the fabrics in attractive waves of wind.

Certainly nice to connect up with you, I shall make some arrangement to get you a good training partner and we shall take your dancing to serveral nodges up in no time.

Stay tune and take care,


Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Re: Valentine Milonga

Hi Sandra

It was an wonderful event! We are looking forward to the March one.
Thank you so much for organizing them!

Andrew and Katherine

Sun, Feb 21, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Saturday evening
Sandra and Ralph...I had a wonderful time getting to know everyone ... ....Thank you for the invitation.... Sorry I will probably miss Thursday night due to out of town commitment. Have a great week....

See you soon and merci beauchoup....Carole Anne

Monday, February 22, 2010 2:48 PM

Why are you not on Facebook yet? An ETS Facebook group would be a great tool in your very capable


Sorry to sound over-excited, but it is great seeing somebody do things right for once :)


Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Hi Sandra&Ralph

Thank you for a magnificent night last Saturday.It is such a great pleasure for me , to know such a nice, generous, classy, artistic friends like you, I'm happy that I'm in your community.-See you soon.

with love


Tuesday, February 23, 2010 11:19 AM

Re: * * * N E W * * * Tango Practica

Cool. My respect for you continues to grow :)


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Glad to contribute, Sandra and thanks for the invitation. You and Ralph and become a very important social centre for tango in Calgary very quickly!

Sorry I left early. I've been working very long days during the week, part of the weekend, because a broker has left and I'm taking over his book. That is on top of my regular work and although it's rewarding it's very tiring! As well, I've been fighting sinusitis for weeks now (I really don't like taking antibiotics), so I need lots of sleep.

Take care, see you on the dance floor soon,


Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 1:28 AM

Hello Sandra,

Thank you for having us. I really had a good time,, food was good, wine was good, and the company was excellent. The discussion at the end was really interesting..hi.hi
The muffins reached our home. I defend them in the car from Dragos...he,he,he. Izabela said that you are an excellent cook . She really enjoyed the Shepard's pie.

We look forward to meet again in the near future.

Thursday, February 25, 2010 1:18 AM

Hi Sandra;

I will look forward to being with You & Ralph on the evening of March 20th/2010.

Thank you for your kind assistance & patience teaching me The Tango.

I will see you thursday evening for the Practica.



On 25-Feb-10, at 11:14 AM

Hi Ron!

I'm so pleased you'll be joining us for the Mardi Gras Milonga!

We have all been where you're at, but part of the Tango spirit is to share that joy. In Tango, you are always learning.

It is a pleasure to see your enthusiasm and there is no doubt with guidance from Anthony, Tess and Frank plus your keen desire to Tango, it will soon flow.

It is practice, perseverence and more practice, but there is no doubt - you will develop into a beautiful Tanguero, especially with your tall frame and long legs.

We believe in you and know, the butterfly that resides within will emerge.

See you this evening!


Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Re: Mardi Gras Milonga - March 20th, 2010

Looks smashing!!!
xo xo

Visit The Vamp!

Thursday, February 25, 2010 7:03 PM

Many thanks for your encouragement Sandra

I look forward to being with you tonight - ron

On 25-Feb-10, at 11:42 PM


You made amazing progress this evening!! With your enthusiasm and everyone around, you will be

Tangoing women off their feet ;-)

Thank you for your help and I'm so happy you're part of our community.

with love,

Friday, February 26, 2010 10:16 AM

Hi Sandra;

Thank you for introducing me to Tango & your encouragement provides even more incentive to improve.

Unfortunately I am unable to join you for sundays Tango Practica as I will be with my son Mike this


I look forward to being with you for more Tango next week.

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend Sandra.

With love,


Wednesday, March 03, 2010 10:55 PM

Hola Guylene, Sandra, Ralph,

Couldn't make it to tango tonight because I'm packing for a four day trip to Banff - leaving

tomorrow and reutrning Sunday - and then for my trip to AR, which leaves Monday morning. I'll be

back for the next tango night at DQ March 24, dance on in the meantime!

Sandra and Ralph, hope your next milonga is a smashing success!



Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Hello Sandra!!!

How are you?

Thanks for your e-mails and for the reminder for the Tango Practica on Thursdays and Sundays.

I will be there on Sunday for sure.!!! I will not be able to go on Thursdays because I have some classes in Bow Valley at that hour.

By the way, I would like to confirm my assistance to the Milonga on March.

The last Milonga was incredibly beautiful. I enjoyed every part of it: the decorations on the tables, the music , the food -which was so delicious- and the most important part: all the people who made an extraordinary atmosphere.

Everybody was still there at 1am. It is a pity that I had left because the cab was already there waiting for me, but for the next Milonga I will take the necessary previsions to leave it later.


Thanks again for such incredible organization, for your effort and enthusiasm to organize it, a marvelous option that is already lighting the Tango life in Calgary.



... much more to be posted

September 24, 2012

Dear Sandra I am proud of you represent a culture if my loved country where I am born Argentina thank very much for the value you give to my culture like the Tango hope one day you visit Caminito in la Boca Buenos Aires in the name of my fellow Argentina we say thank very much to show Tango dance wish you the best success in your artistic career Congratulation
. Ofelia Elena Ferreira You deserve my dear god bless you

Sun, Sep 30, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Hi Sandra and Ralph,

THANK YOU so much for bringing in Marcos and Ruta to Calgary for not only are they such super nice people, they are incredible teachers! Over the years, I have taken many dance disciplines and private lessons and I believe that they are simply the best ... at least for the way I learn.

Thank you too for a wonderful evening last night. You and Ralph have done a wonderful job in organizing the event ... you both also looked super last night.

Wishing you both big success in all your future endeavors!


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