Truth from Dare: Smile like you mean it

Jun. 19, 2014 | 1 Comment

BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

People often ask me why I don’t smile much. I think your laughter is like your voice — if you are too liberal with either, they lose meaning.

I don’t wear my heart on my sleeve because I don’t believe in being overly emotional. People who always express their feelings run the risk of being labeled as drama queens and no one takes them seriously when they actually feel strongly about something.

KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER. THE AUTHOR, RIGHT, WITH TIARA HERNANDEZ, OLENA HEU AND MARIA BURKE AT THE HONOLULU RAINBOW FILM FESTIVAL'S RED CARPET EVENT ON JUNE 12.

KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER.

THE AUTHOR, RIGHT, WITH TIARA HERNANDEZ, OLENA HEU AND MARIA BURKE AT THE HONOLULU RAINBOW FILM FESTIVAL’S RED CARPET EVENT ON JUNE 12.

I’m not a sports fan by any means, but I do get into some key events in the athletic realm. I always watch the Olympics and make it a point to tune into the NFL Super Bowl and NBA Finals every year. Like many others, I’ve followed the World Cup religiously since it started in Brazil this month. Aside from the early exit of Spain, the best part so far to me was watching the off-field shenanigans by Croatia’s national team.

If you haven’t heard, they decided to go skinny-dipping in their hotel pool after hours — and photos were taken and publicized. The athletes caught in their birthday suits were livid and refused to grant interviews to any publication that ran the photos.

Here’s the thing Croatia: you’re on the biggest stage in your sport with tons of media around and you decided its okay to let off some steam and have some fun. That’s fine, but don’t be shocked that pictures of you got released. Maybe you should have waited until you were back at your private residences in Croatia before doing something you’d be ashamed of.

If you’re in the public eye and do something in public you aren’t proud of, then I have no sympathy for you when word gets out. Luckily, the Croatian team wasn’t distracted and went on to annihilate Cameroon, 4-0.

On the local front, there’s a lot going on in the world of dance DJs this week.

On Thursday, Skrillex protégé Alvin Risk plays The Republik. The Washington D.C. native is best known for his electronic dubstep and drum and bass. Hints of his adoration for his mentor and collabo partner can definitely be heard in his repertoire, so if you’re a fan of the Skrillex sound, this party is for you.

If classic awesomeness is more your style, head to the Lush launch party on Friday at eleven44 for a set by the legendary Miguel Migs, who will be throwing it down on the club’s amazing sound system.

On Saturday, celebrate the grand opening of the all-new Honolulu Club with an evening of eats and beats. The upscale facility has undergone major renovations and they’ll be showing off their new digs with a progressive party that starts in the lobby and ends on the rooftop with dinner and DJs.

Summer is officially here, so get out and have some fun. If you see me out, come over and say hello. Who knows, if you’re funny enough, I might just crack a smile for you.
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When he’s not out and about at the hottest parties and other events in Honolulu, Derin “Dare” Derego works as an account executive at a local radio station group. Reach him via email at derinderego@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter.

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