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

Apologies

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.



Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Blogging Way

Yes, You!
Slowly it is coming into being. The realization that we are going to get another Guest Author sooner or later. The thing is we get mostly men doing the writing. For some reason or another women are not able to write, or something. (Wrong?) I believe that not only can they write from their own veiwpoint but they can write what would be of interest to the rest of our reader/dancers.

"Link to your enemies. Link to your competitors.
Link to everyone. Instead of being sticky, be linky."


I think it is because of this leader/follower thing. But when you come right down to it, everyone should realize that the women develop into much better dancers than men. A male social dancer develops his own small repertoire of probably less than thirty different patterns, into several sequences and learns to lead those in the easiest way for the followers to follow. Most do very well indeed.

"I'm Sitting On Top Of The World" by Bobby Darin

The women, must not only be able to follow this man, but must also be able to follow the next man and the one after and all of which have different routines.  Some women develop very good reputations for being able to follow anyone. It follows that she knows and has a better understanding of the entire enchilada better too.

Unfortunately we only get a few information contributors with "no commitments" and they don't want to get involved in further discussions. We should appreciate and consider ourselves lucky to get what we can get. But we can hope to eventually get a good regular information contributor.

Calvin and Hobbes dancing the new Kapolei Shag

Advertising, the mouthpiece of business:

This publicity has been over developed into what they consider a fine art. Much of it is simply superfluous and even obnoxious. We are all acquainted with "Junk Mail" and now, on the internet, we are confronted with "Spam." All quite sickening.

It is suppose to make you think you have longed all your life for something you never heard of before. And most of it is in the category of  "to whom it may concern." Radio, Television, Newspapers, Newsletters, Web sites and all the others.  Social Media this is not.

"To be sure, the blogosphere is subject to all of the same risks as the Internet itself. Many blogs are loaded with vanity posts, half-truths, rumors, and even intentional distortions. But fortunately,  our blogs are the real thing and we are closer to home."

____________________________


These Fighters still differed but with class.
Some years ago, December 2008:

After winning the fight, the Pride of the Philippines,
Manny Pacquiao said to the Mexican,

"Oscar, You are still my idol, no matter what happened."

Oscar De La Hoya replied, "No Manny, now you are my idol."

____________________________ 

Pub's Side Note: Check out Rich's news on the Downtown Club Scene in both Town Dancer and Oahu And Beyond blog. There may be more of you than I know.



Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Makaha

Have  been a little busy but I must go to Makaha and case the joint. Makaha, nothing there? Well, let us say there is little there but it is in the making. And it is at the other end of our rainbow. I don't have enough time, but I could've have moved closer to Makaha and help develop it into a thriving community. Still too dangerous to go to Kaena Point, falling rocks and all. Waianae mountains are right on top. Much of it could just be carried over to the beach and make the beach larger.

"No great person ever complained of want of opportunities."

From an Internet blog:
We were invited to stay at Makaha with some friends and so making the trek there wasn't too bad, knowing we didn't have to drive back the same day. The beach here is secluded with breaks on each end of the beach. We made it there during the mid afternoon and the sun was blazing. There were not a lot of people here and the water was so super clear especially when the sun is not behind the clouds.

Makaha Beach Park
You can't compare this beautiful water with Waikiki. It's such a drastic difference and amazing sheer untouched beauty of old Hawaii. We swam out with noodles, a paddle board and did some quick snorkeling. It's about 15+ deep and a flat ocean floor with lots of greenery. Not much fish, but maybe it's because we didn't swim where there were more reef. The wind made it a bit challenging to swim back, but it can be a workout with the paddle board.

Not even for next year. Dream on Makaha!
The beach has a quick drop off once you enter the water, so watch yourself. This beach is a smaller one, but right behind is the Waianae mountains and it's just a humongous display of nature. If you listen carefully at night you'll hear the goats.

Not in ten years!
It's definitely worth the trip from town and spend a couple of hours exploring the beach. As we were driving pass the beach today, I did notice a food wagon serving food. There were a lot more cars there today than yesterday. So I've heard Japanese tourists come here because of the advertisements of this breathtaking, uncrowded, surfer's beach away from Waikiki. * * * * *

"The World is Waiting for the Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

Pub's Side Note: I am sure "everybody" knows "somebody" in this group of people;

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job.

Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it. Consequently, it wound up that Nobody told Anybody, so Everybody blamed Somebody.

Everybody got that?

Monday, June 18, 2012

Play It Again, Sam

By Roger Ching, Waikele

There have been roughly 100 million (give or take a million) new tunes composed and recorded by various groups world wide, since the early 30s, (80 years.)  And from that group, 90 million are simply not acceptable for whatever the reason. That leaves only 10 million passable.

"The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going
beyond them into the impossible."

Any women DJs?
From these, 9 million are strictly for listening and do not really have a beat for dancing. We can automatically throw out that rap crap. That leaves only one million.

From these, 900 thousand are nice but not really favorites that social dancers really want to dance to. That leaves only 100 thousand left.

From these, 90 thousand are not that well known by everyone in a particular section such as Oahu, which leaves only 10 thousand left as favorites for most of the cultural dancers in our sector.

"Summit Ridge Drive" by Artie Shaw

If a disc jockey played 100 different ones per evening it would take him one hundred days to repeat the sequence. So there must be a nice variety of music out there to be danced to and it is difficult for one DJ to find, of course.

One of my favorites from a long time back and I loved dancing swing to it. "Summit Ridge Drive" by Artie Shaw. What a nice comfortable beat, nice tune, beautiful arrangement. In the last forty years, I don't believe I have ever heard it on any of our dance floors in Hawaii. And I  am talking about one of my all time favorites.

"Let's Dance" by Benny Goodman


There are the other nine thousand ninety nine waiting too. But what do we know? Da Spin Doctor may be starting up something nice in seeking a Playlist. Let's help him out for our own good and we can look forward to enjoying dancing to the music of our choice. Whatta break!

Pub's Side Note:
Beginning dancers prefer to take "intermediate" level classes.
Intermediate dancers prefer to take "advanced" level classes.
Advanced dancers take private lessons to work on their basics.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Off Island

What is that supposed to mean? Yes, I know, but we can start to think differently. If people won't do it on land because of the cost, we may be able to do it off island, on the water. There is plenty water around.  May be a new WaterWorld is in the making.

"The consumption of blogs is often avid and occasionally obsessive. But more commonly, it is utterly natural, as if turning to them were no stranger than … picking one’s way through the morning’s newspapers.

This daily reading for virtually everyone under 50 — and a fair few folk over that age — now includes a blog or two, and this reflects as much the quality of today’s bloggers as it does a techno-psychological revolution among readers of news and opinion."

Waianae Coast is still small but could be expanded using the old automobiles laying around the island as a catch all base plus all the old tires, all it would need is a little rock and dirt on top. And plenty of that rock and dirt is encroaching our roadways all the way to Kaena Point.

We have Yacht Harbor in Honolulu, which is a very private deal and only for the people with money. But many see the advantage of living on the water and they are still close to everything. There are some on the Windward side and smaller ones on the Southwest shores of Oahu.

Most are small ordinary boats with maybe two or three bedrooms at the most. But they are comfortable living quarters and no lawns to mow. However, they are many new ones that are bigger homes with guest quarters and all. There is even the max, a boat island with swimming pool, guest and servants quarters, Twenty Million dollars and you can have two for 35 million.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

And then there is the studio - night club on the water. The one pictured on the left costs about 400 thousand but has living quarters on the second floor. Close up  the joint and you are already home. Each floor about the size of two dance studios in Honolulu.

Could start in Waianae, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Go to Barber's Point for the next week end and then Ewa Beach for the weekend after that. Then back to Barber's Point and then Waianae again. The only set back would be when the seas are rough if the wharves are not built thick and wide enough. then you have to batten down the hatches and hold on to everything.  Otherwise, it would be perfect for everyone all around.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

And of course, sooner or later there has to be the development of the Kaena Point Park. The foundations coming from ordinary island junk and the dirt from the removal when making the roadway connection from Waianae to the North Shore. We will then, at last, have a real round the island trip. With a few industrial parks North of Makaha, and West of Mokuleia, third city would be established. Downtown don' t like it, I know it. Keep the country, country and all that bull. Trillions of dollars for Da Rail and who is going pay for it. Ha!

The West is waking up. "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

Pub's Side Note: – Henry W. Longfellow
"The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do, well."


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Moving Right Along

This blog is moving along very nicely. The clincher was that last blog from Kapolei, and the famous Tim Cubero making the write up and sending the terrific photos. No truth to the rumor that he is going for the Pulitzer. But I was pleasantly surprise to hear that most of the members feel pretty well equalized with the other members. That feeling of togetherness makes for a good club.

"Nothing can stop the person with the right mental attitude from achieving their goal;
nothing on earth can help the person with the wrong mental attitude."

There also is another good side effect. The fact that Kapolei Chapter HBDA Web site has probably the highest hits of any dance Web site on this Island. And they don't mind if others see it, for the have it in plain site where anyone can see the counter. The way to go. I let the readers decide, they know a hellavah lot more than I do.

This is also a good time to review the differences that do exist in our dance sphere. When I first got here I looked for and found that the mainland term of "slop dancing," was understood but had no name. Later on when the International became more established the term "junk dancer" evolved and was used regularly by those that regarded themselves as the "upper" classes in the dance environment.

"My Way" by Frank Sinatra

After the Palladium was built, the bulk of the clubs aspired to dance at the "Ala Wai Palladium" and there was an increase of the "lower classes" attending these dances. Then a new term evolved, the "Ala Wai" dancer. And the preferred location of the higher classes became the dinner/dance socials in the Waikiki Hotel Ballrooms. After all, they were the real ballroom dancers.

We have come a long ways, baby. And we have a ways to go. The best sociologist that has ever existed in our world, as far as I know, was Jesus Christ. The Palladium has 11000 square feet of dance floor. Think of what fun we, the social dancers, would have with just 3500 square feet, a third of that floor space. Wow!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Recap

My new computer went on the blink. I have places to go to in Kalihi, I first lived there when I came to Hawaii. So I took the computer in its box complete with everything to Office Depot on Dillingham.

"The right person is the one who seized the moment."


I thought to eliminate having them pick it up in Nanakuli, so I was returning it to an Office Depot store. (I bought it online.) if they could fix the deficiency I would be glad to get the same one back. Turned out that it was defective and they would give me another. Meanwhile I ask if they could salvage my data and perhaps just transfer over to the new computer. They will try and I left them a 16GB flash drive too. They had a wireless keyboard and mouse on special for $29.95, so I bought one. Just perfect for my set up.

Had enough time to got to Walmart and get some things and then in time to get the #93 back. This bus is highly recommended over anything out there. The #40 bus handles people like cattle. The C bus used to be nice but now to save money, they are cutting the number of times the bus runs. The buses are now jam packed full. Compared to the Trillions and Trillions of dollars to be spent on rail, this is a drop in the bucket. But these are "bottom liners" of the old school, where you have to make profits. Dumb Dodos, you are supposed to get people off the streets and highways.

"All Or Nothing At All" by Frank Sinatra

The #93 bus starts at the Alapai Transit Center, goes through town and gets on the freeway on Vineyard. Twenty minutes later the first stop is Honokai Hale, then makes most of the stops going up the Waianae Coast. Got the bus at 3 pm and was home at 4:15, not bad at all. With the rail it will take you a half hour to get to the rail station and find parking not to mention another half hour to get off the rail and get to your destination. But of course Da Rail is big big bucks in profits by the interested parties!

Unfortunately, my plantar facilitis arose again, and I have difficulty walking. So I will skip going to Aliamanu, which I had planned. No one complained last month so I thought to try again. If Central Valley weasels out, then the entire territory will be inherited by Oahu - West and then it will move. There are many good prospects ahead.

Pub's Side Note: Kapolei Chapter Web site really starting to move in hits. Now probably more average hits per day than any other dance Web site on this island, bar none and all hits legit.



Friday, June 1, 2012

It is looking better all the time.

I was expecting that the Month of May would be a low plateau with all the changes I made. But we did not lose as many hits as I thought we would. The total for all the blogs was up, because of the Calvin and Debra excursion to the famous Blackpool Competitions. Town Dancer blog hits going up into the Solar System.

"The first thing I have to decide when I build a blog is what I want to accomplish with it,
and what it can do if successful. I am not going to live forever. I leave it to the ones
that can make use of it."

 
But now I have work to do. I will cut down on my town trips and try to drum up some doings in the West. That is, where I am allowed to. Most dance classes are not to be photographed. It is an old hang up when they went by the syllabus and the syllabus is quite limited.

There may be some that are still in the thinking that I benefit too much from their good looks, talent, fame, fortune and social status. I usually drop those like a hot potato. It takes work to find out those that are willing to be in. They make the final decision and if they want out, then I just abide by it. Simple?

"Flying Home" by Lionel Hampton

I had an invite to town on Saturday but I will concentrate on Monday, Kapolei Social and on Tuesday, at the Fleet Lounge. If I have my camera working and take some notes, perhaps get a quote or two, I can make two good blogs for Oahu - West,

They were very nice to me last time I went to HBDA (after six months) at Aliamanu, so I will try to make it this month too. Just hope I can recognize that those that would rather not be in a photo. I will gradually weed those out, so that I don't bother anyone.


Basics, 101:

Right Hand Lead: The signals given by the man’s right hand to help the lady go in the right direction. The man’s right hand, generally on the lady’s back, will give three different leads: Finger Lead, which helps the lady turn to her left. Heel Lead, which helps the lady turn to her right or back cross. Palm Lead, which helps the lady to move forward. All very gentle. You may "speak" a little loud when you first dance with a lady, but they are so good, that very soon all that is required is a "whisper."

Pub's Side Note: From a friend, "I love the West Coast Swing. Except the other night I tried that tunnel thing. She never came out the other end. They're still looking for her."