Friday, June 29, 2012

Can a Man Dance or Not?

by David Carter, Honokai Hale

When I first started taking ballroom lessons a number of my male friends reacted negatively. They thought is was funny or not manly enough. I was told "Men don't dance". Are you kidding me? Men don't dance? How did we get to a point where it was considered unmanly to dance? Men, you are MISSING IT!!

"To dance is to set your heart free."

Married or single, the women in your life want to dance with YOU!!! How can you not want to dance. You get to dress nice, meet and hold beautiful women in your arms (and they are all beautiful) and it's great exercise. Did I mention beautiful women?

Men don't dance? The facts say something different: In Western aristocratic education, dancing was a requirement for a future courtier. A chivalrous knight was expected to achieve individual glory in war , as well as uphold virtues ranging from loyalty and humility to self-sacrifice and faith in Christian beliefs. He was expected to be courteous, loyal to his lady love, gifted in the arts of dance, conversation, music.

"I Believe" by Frankie Laine

During the reconstruction of Buenos Aires around 1900, the bars , gambling halls and brothels where filled with lonely men looking for "romance" in the company of women of ill repute. These men were working class, strong, masculine men who worked with their hands in construction. Their only hope of gaining the attention of one of these beautiful, soft and fragrant women was to dance Tango. The better the dancer, the better his chances.

Start with line dancing, you don't need a partner. Learn the different types of music and the different ways of moving to music. Gradually in the West we are getting more men line dancers. From there it is just a hop, skip and a jump to partner dancing. Guys, Don't be afraid. Break the mold. Contemporary upper class dance has feminized dance and we need to take back the masculine role. Real Men Dance.

Pub's Side Note: Read the latest on forcing people to take the Rail. Means Big, Big Bucks to many in construction. We are talking billions in cost overruns., fortunately the poorer classes got the money to pay for the next fifty years.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Best Laid Plans of Mice And Men ...

So what are we going to do? We have successfully deleted Moanalua Corridor blog, no contributors. And we are in the process of deleting Central Valley blog, for the same reason. As far as I am concerned, the reader/dancers have spoken and the silence was deafening. Now they know and I know that we both lost. However, it will take them awhile to realize who lost the most. Too many still think in terms of "Town."

"We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities."

OK, so now we have the entire West Oahu section. a Big territory. Starting from the Waianae Coast and coming down to Kapolei and going all the way to Mapunapuna. Or we go to the right to Ewa Beach or left to the North Shore. We got lots of ground to cover and we are starting almost at ground zero. My email address is no longer in the two town blogs, too much spam. However it is still in this blog.

"Change Partners" by Vic Damone

I need to get more short quotes from our reader/dancers. I should get at least one every time I go someplace. I must start to give everyone a chance to say something. And of course the photos that I take are going OK, I just have to be a little more careful and make sure which ones are willing. And avoid those who would rather not. Both of these items will eventually take care of themselves and the right ones will be posted in the blogs. That should double our average hits per day in a year.

"Funny, Familiar, Forgotten Feelings" by Englebert Humperdinck

I may not have the time to employ all of these tactics in my quest to grow our blog community, but I owe it to myself and our blogs to try at least some of them. I and my fellow bloggers will experiment a little, of course, we are all new to the game and what works for some may not work for others.

The ultimate is the independent blog with five or six good information contributors, four or five Guest Authors and a couple of good administrators. That would be the max in blogging in the entire Pacific basin. I could retire from it in peace.

We will find community building activities that fit into our own style and schedule. The important thing is to have some kind of strategy for building our blog community. After all I want to see lively and active blogs, not stale and lifeless flyers, you all know da kine.

Sunday, June 24, 2012


I must apologize to any that were expecting me at the HBDA Aliamanu Dance on Saturday. I do hope it was well attended and that everyone enjoyed themselves. I welcome any photos that you would like published and of course a comment or two.

"Never give up on a people until they have failed in something they like."  

I must explain, just one time. I will try not to repeat. I have Perepheral Neuropathy and it is incurable. It began with a numbness on my toes ten years ago and it gradually goes up. It has taken ten years to almost get my entire feet numb. So I will not outlive its worst effects.

Then I have gout, mostly on my right foot and I take medication for it  Beside that I have Plantar Facilitus and it is mostly on my left foot. Somewhat painful. Fortunately, I am getting numb on both my feet. Sometimes I just cannot travel very easily.

"One More Time" by Gordon McCrae

So it is getting imperative that we get more information contributors and perhaps even a guest author or two. The readership continues to increase so that I cannot see the point of diminishing returns yet. Our total blogsphere will reach 400 average daily hits within a month and that means 12000 for a 30 day month. Mind boggling!

We have Town Dancer which is going very well, destined to be the best blog in the Pacific. And we have Oahu And Beyond that is starting to move very well. There is plenty of action in Downtown Honolulu so they will do much better yet.

Oahu - West will have the entire Western part and the time will come. We just have to be patient for the dancers that wish to pariticipate in our endeavors. Too many still think in terms of Downtown and that will change, of course. We are residents of the West.

"La Comparsita" by Edmundo Ros

I cannot delete Central Valley this month, the "store bought" hits are still coming in. In fact they are almost catching up with Oahu - West. Amazing, but I just got them as a test, and it don't mean a thing. I will wait until they get down to around 25 hits or so. Eventually there will be another  blog covering the Eastern part of the Island. We will do all we can to help whoever does it.

They are fortunate they will not be stuck with a rail. If they make the bus riding a little more "comfortable" that should get the people off the freeways and onto public transportation. Standing is "not comfortable." Very simple, but you know the "Big Bucks " people. Carlisle hasn't the faintest idea what that is all about.