Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Blogging Marches On

The increase in average hits per day in our total blogosphere is slowing down to a crawl. Beside the fact that we need more feedback is the fact that not too many dancers are computer savvy. I get lost myself many times and it seems to get worse with age. I am trying to keep my computer usage as simple as possible. No more fancy do-jigs.

"Social dancers know that they may listen to music, move to it and
find that their confidence can last longer than the dance." 

I do find that I enjoy going to the dance functions even though I cannot dance anymore. The beautiful music brings beautiful memories and the spirit of the dancers is evident and a joy to watch. If I get enough photos I can usually make a blog that is appreciated by all. I have been fortunate to be invited often to the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and I will be there for the Christmas Dance at the Halemano Plantation Camp 808 on Saturday, December 9th.

"Take Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Coming up in town:

From the articles on dance in Hawaii: If the beginning social dancer can do the entire Bronze well they can be excellent social dancers of any dance. Most teachers will want to teach their students in their own way. Why not? Just pay attention and you will learn a lot about dancing socially. And the results will be that you will develop your own style and preferred moves. We happen to be so fortunate to have some of the best teachers of American Style in the US, right here on Oahu.

“The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should
therefore be treated with great caution."

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Mayonnaise Jar, Part 2

It  makes more sense if you read Part One:
"Now," said the dance instructor as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions like dancing---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else---the small stuff."

 "Through these blogs read the most informed social dancers in the Pacific."

"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you." "Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner and dance.

"Because You're Mine" ... Placido Domingo 

Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn. Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand." -- One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The instructor smiled and said, "I'm glad you asked. The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend."

"Social dancers encourage the genius in everyone they meet."

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Not Just The Westside

By David Bennington, Kalealoa
Lucky us for all that the advertising, (millions of dollars) to stress the fact that to ride the rail, it will be at the same rates and the same rules as the Bus. What they haven't mentioned is the rates on the Bus are going up to $5.00. And the people in the neighbor islands are a little miffed that they are going to pay for the rail too. You didn't think the rich were going to pay, do you? Ask Trump! He He! He!

"I used to have a handle on life, but da buggah broke."

The increasing amount of dance fans on Oahu of the "Oldies but Goodies" music have a different affinity for their music than the young rappers. The music in the old days was something to worship. Nowadays, these people  go around very comfortably with earphones stuck in their ears, hearing music 25 hours a day, 8 days a week. And did they hear anything? They admit that some times they do, Gawd!

"Tell Me Why" by the Four Aces

I am firmly convinced that the primary reason for the advancement of hits on these blogs is the amount of information and photo contributors. Next, in importance is the feedback in comments or information contributions such as this one. The secret to our type of blogging is that I, by myself, am not the answer. Once we get a few, the rest will be easy. But the dancers will eventually decide. The total hits are going up gradually as more people become aware.

"Take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path. Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. Dance as though everybody is watching."

Monday, November 6, 2017

Latest Stats.

The top ten, the smartest locations in Hawaii: A dispute somewhere? It's OK by me.

Ocean Pointe - East Honolulu - Mililani Mauka - Makakilo - Ewa Gentry - Kalaoa -
Kaneohe - Halawa -Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County) - Mililani Town

Our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

We thought this criteria was representative of the current state of smarts with the potential for a place to improve the education levels of the next generation. And for reference, only about 30% of Americans over 25 have graduated from college. In order to determine the smartest, we ranked all the cities for each criteria from one to 32 with one being the "smartest" in any category.

We took the average rank across the criteria, with the place posting the highest overall score being given the diploma for "Smartest City In Hawaii". If your city or town isn't among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see the lowest. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

In the end, Ocean Pointe ended up being the the smartest city in the Aloha State. And that's how you graduate in style. There you have it folks, the 10 Smartest Cities in the state Hawaii. They have the numbers to back it up so go ahead and visit them to soak up some of the smarts around town. If you don't agree, that is still your privilege.

If you're curious enough, here are the least smart places in Hawaii:

Ewa Beach
Kailua CDP (Hawaii County)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Looking Good

I must say the Halloween Dance at Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club did something good for this blog and for me too. I thought there would be more people but no hu hu. It is going to build up very nicely with the kokua we are getting there now. The people as a whole gotta be some of best on Oahu. My depression drops down to zero in their company. No dancing, little conversation but the beautiful music by Leland and just being there in that dance environment makes a difference.

"Dance may live at once in both space and time. In it the creators,
the expression and the thing being created to music are one."

I was worried about getting enough photos because my hands are just not working right. But Maile came through like a champ and I got enough photos for two blogs. I made the second in Blogging Hawaii blog. I was able to get two opinions and that helps to make it social media. I am now working on their mini Web site in the Pages section of Platinum Horseshoe blog. Nobody knows what a mini Web site on a blog is. Takes time.

"Warehouse Blues" by Willie K

The rest of the Dance Blogs on Oahu are just holding on because they have no feedback. We are fortunate to have a few now and then. We can also thank Maile for her comment in the Platinum Horseshoe blog. That is what will make our blogs Social Media. The readers are interested in reading but they are not interested in the price of eggs in China. Dancing? Now you got it. So Rome was not built in a day.

"Social dancers know that if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty,
you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more dance to it.”

Friday, October 27, 2017

The Mayonnaise Jar

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the beers. - The dance instructor stood before his large studio class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full.

“Sometimes we will find that it is necessary to let things go;
simply for the reason that they are too heavy.”  

They mostly agreed except he got a couple of smarties that mentioned the space in between the golf balls. The instructor acknowledged this and then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. This time everyone agreed it was. - Ah - Ha! The instructor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.

"I Believe" by Frankie Laine 

Update from Aunty Maile

Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students were getting apprehensive but responded with a unanimous "well, yes." The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. - - Think it over, you will learn Part Two later.

Halloween: What's a monsters favorite desert? I-Scream! 

Sunday, October 22, 2017


by John Lane, Whitmore Village

The Lindy Hop, the jazz folk dance from Harlem was free, and combined African as well as European dance traditions, with black and white folks mingling in the ballrooms of Harlem. The disciplines "cleansed" out the African elements, created the "refined" dance called Jive and it was no longer a jazz dance. Governments have regulated, taxed, and privatized traditional dancing, ballrooms, and music into near oblivion in the past, now we have to watch out for Trump.

"Social dancers believe that the hardest step in learning to dance is the
first one the student takes into the studio, the rest is pure fun.”

Bureaucrats, politicians, corporations and artists generally value that which they think is lofty and visual. They are not willing to accept what used to be common and participatory and they cannot see dancing as a cultural heritage. Meanwhile, what remains of traditional social dancing has been relegated to a "niche" existence for a long time. It has often been done in church basements, often to recorded music, or, in the case of Swing, the only venues that had live music were often unhealthy smoky bars.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Wahiawa is gonna be jumping next Saturday night!

In this century it is evolving into something pretty good and necessary to the well being of humans. Everyone used to sing songs naturally as part of playing, learning, teaching, living and interacting. Songs about many aspects of our cultural treasure. Today only professional performers sing for money. They sing trite songs where only one out of a thousand attain some status. Tradition has usually been a process where cultural treasures are passed on and received with respect and competence.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Pub's Side Note: We have other very good dance blogs on Oahu and we do not have to be clones. They may share dance information that is unavailable to us. Tune it to them, now and then. The holiday season begins with Halloween and does not end until the famous New Year's Eve Bash.