Friday, October 31, 2014

The Aloha Ball

Tune in on Town Dancer and you can read up on it. Calvin is a wonder. Limited in time to meet old friends, practice, compete and enjoy, and still be able to report on the success of it all. The hits are already up over a hundred putting Town Dancer blog up and leading the pack again.

"Life is not about people who act true to your face. It's about people
who remain true behind your back." 

Of course, we got new troubles, Google is using their robots to access the blog and it is all advertising. Most of the legit hits have been obliterated. I have put the counter away for now. I promise never to use people that treat me like that. so their crap is out forever. Do the programmers at Blogger know this?

"Hey Jude" by the Beatles

People keep advising to go with Word Press where I won't have any of these goofs. I have got to look into it. I am getting desperate. Or perhaps I can find a nice free, honest counter out there without a lot of gimmicks that do for them, but nothing of what I need. I guess that's business and I will keep looking.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


The rest of the blogs seem to be avoiding the robots and looking very nice. I must commend Blogger people that are in charge there. They seem to give me honest stats where I can recognize the readers. I don't mind getting 10, 15 per cent search engines but when they take over 90 per cent. They are doing somebody some good but it sure as hell ain't me.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Surprised

Amazing that this blog is now fairly clean and I can see our people in there making the hits instead of scam spam advertising robots. I certainly would like to know who fixed it and send them a case of champagne. They have made the end of the year for me. We can work this blog and it will benefit us all. Come on, Two Centers and Guest Authors, we can all help make this more pleasant.

"Once you stop chasing the wrong things,
the right ones will catch up with you."

Now that the Republicans are going to take over, we have news from our probable new legislators on Oahu.
To all our loyal voters

We realize that the State economy is in a shambles and we have a budget problem. We have to cut back on some services and with a huge Rail budget we must raise a few taxes specially the property taxes. We are well aware that the cost of living is going up and the cost of housing and food will be going through the roof. We ask that you try to understand that you have to tighten your belts and make sacrifices for the future.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Meanwhile we are going to raise our minimum wage to at least a quarter million. You have to admit, we deserve it.


The Beautiful Articulated Bus. We almost had Paradise, but in the
Rail Disaster,  billions and billions of dollars in profits,
It's the bread, Fred. It's the money, Sonny.

The Rail Disaster is proceeding and they are at the point of tearing down the buildings along Nimitz and begin the set up for the new slum area of Oahu. The Class stuff will be north of Moanalua Road far enough away from that horrible noise of steel on steel. Terrible. Hopefully we will be able to help any dance organization that we can with some good Public Relations. Happy Dancing.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Da Big Island

The Aloha Ball


Organizers: Tony Meredith and Ron Montez with a Shaka.

First News we get from The Aloha Ball
in Kailua - Kona on the Big Island.


Morning dance class at Aloha Ball with Melissa Dexter!!!!
She's fierce!!!! — with Lucas Jaime, Melissa Dexter
and Yanna Samkova at Ho'ola Spa Kona.

Yes, they have plenty of dancing on the neighbor islands but they seem to hold back and do not publicize. Some have paid advertising and Web sites but it seems like most wish to keep it a private affair. The entire enchilada seems to be somewhat subdued on all the neighbor islands. You need Public Relations? I help wherever I can.

"Just never let go of hope. Just never quit dreaming."


The only contact we had on Maui was lost when someone spread the rumor that I was printing their personal correspondence. I asked, where, when? And no one knew, Auwe. I lost but they all lost too. It is all public relations and everyone has either good or bad. You call it.

"I Want to Hold Your Hand" by the Beatles

There have been two groups in town that have consistently produced the best International Style dancers on this island. By the same token there have been two groups that have consistently produce the worst International Style dancers on this Island. Who? Ha Ha! We are talking competition here are we not? We don't know, that is the name of your game.

Will be put on Hold.

Evan Williams and Meg Hourihan (Pyra Labs) launched blogger.com in August 1999, a little over fifteen years ago. Then it was purchased by Google in February 2003 and they have made a lot of advances since then. And naturally they are still fixing the bugs. And one of the biggest is the scam spam robot hits. At the moment most are coming from Russia.

This has bothered the bloggers something awful and the problem on the Internet has been growing steadily. For some reason or another it hasn't bothered Blogger programmers much. A method of blocking them is simply out of their know how. They get lost in their Ivory Towers and don't realize the humbug caused for bloggers who are interested in legitimate stats.

Therefore, I have no choice. One scam spam robot from Russia in this blog did not bother much. Part of the crap that can be accepted. But two, means there are more coming and this blog and the resulting stats are nothing. I will wait one more day and then I will put the blog on private. You can try the other blogs. Then there are the blogs that use Word Press and don't have the problem.

May go into private by tomorrow, Tuesday, 28th. Mahalo.

"Progress is impossible without change and those who
cannot change their minds cannot change anything."

Friday, October 24, 2014

Blogging Troubles

Even though my dream was to show I could turn my blog into a blogosphere I committed to NOT quit my day job. Ha! At any rate it has not gone as planned. Surprised? I am still fortunate that I live in Paradise just a half block away from Nanakuli Beach, so that I could even write this post from the beach.

"Yes, we avoid any meetings of more than one person. The length of a
meeting rises with the square of the number of people present."


Hey, that's an idea, I gotta work on it. A beach chair with an umbrella to give you shade, My laptop and my thermos with a full complement of Rum and Coke. I have my music in the laptop which I can turn on or off anytime. And the batteries will last a good three hours. Good enough. Take my camera and have someone take my picture and post it in one of the blogs.


Anyway, Dance Waianae Blog is just amazing in the gradual growth in hits. Nothing spectacular, just slow steady growth which is just fine with me. In fact that is what is happening in the entire blogosphere. Of course, no one knows what will happen when we get a steady Two Center or even a Guest Author. I know the hits will go through the roof.

"Walk Through Paradise With Me." by Melveen Leed

What came first the chicken or the egg? Same thing here, the blogging info or the reader/dancers. In our case I know for sure, we have to deliver the dance information and the readers will pick up on the action. So I ask, where are you? With a photo and a little information.

Moanalua Corridor

This sector is still in flux. Many have plans for their own small kuleanas and they do not worry much about the entire sector and the devastation coming from the Rail Disaster. Many do not have a clue of the Billions of dollars in profits that are being made daily on their backs.

Who was that guy in Aiea who said: "People that think they
know everything are very annoying to those of us who do."


Some people are more talented than others. Some are more educationally privileged than others. But we all have the capacity to be great. Greatness comes with recognizing that your potential is limited and it is only, how you choose, how you use your freedom, how resolute you are — in short, by your attitude. And we are all free to choose our attitude. Some will be willing to share with their fellow dancers and the dancers in this sector, Pearl City to Salt Lake are pretty akamai.


"Mister Sandman" by the Chordettes

Dance on the entire island today is clearly in a settling down state. Old forms and traditions are being given up. New ones are arising to take their place and we need a place to dance in the west. A time of change presents a confused picture. That there is change is proof that dance is organically vital—and much more so than it has ever before been on this Island. There is going to be a lot more of it in the neighbor islands.

Pub's Side Note: Just noticed, two Russian scam spam robot
 hits arriving. This means others are not far behind.
May have to put this blog on hold.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Not sit back and let the world go by.

We have some akamai people in this sector and many are thinking of a place to dance in the territory. Will be difficult because of the high cost of the Rail Disaster. But most dancers are aware that we need a place to dance in the West, not in town. And half the size of the famous Palladium would be more than adequate for our kind of social dancing.

"Revive your light, manifest your dreams, realize your worth."

Most residents of West Oahu think somewhat different that the people in town. The ones in town think about the benefit of those in town, naturally. The Rail Catastrophe was not for the people in the West, it was for those in downtown Honolulu. But the West is waking up, and they will no longer be conned by the rich and famous. And their paid minions, plenty there with sun burned palms.


The new Town Dancer blog with a new address.
Welcome to all newcomers.

Fortunately, I am starting to make contact again with the neighbor islands and perhaps this time there will be some people that will not be thinking so damn local. Then I can get ever more diverse opinions to establish a better enjoyment of the dance in the entire islands. And we will get to know each other better, Some day when we have a ferry, we can all drive to the neighbor islands, visit all the places and dance with all the fine dancers on these islands.


I don't know, some say we can stop it sooner.

Until that time, we shall continue to live in the 20th century. "Let's Keep The Country, Country" This was coined by Downtown Honolulu. It may take us another decade before people realize that they were hoodwinked. We also have to put up with the Rail Crisis until we tear it down.

New Blog?

The new blog, Town Dancer is in and showing flickers of movement already. It has always been amazing even when it got all screwed up by the scam spam robot hits. They took over the hits completely and screwed everything else up. No hope but to eventually delete it after all these years. Blogger couldn't care less. "No bodder dem!"

"When we dance, we cannot judge, we cannot hate. We cannot
separate ourselves from life. We can only be joyful and
whole, and that is why we dance."

The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important contribution to the popularity of many blogs. Though our readers are not much users of this. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (art blogs), photographs (photoblogs), videos (video blogs or "vlogs"), music (MP3 blogs), and audio (podcasts).


"The World Is Waiting For the Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford.

Fortunately, dance blogs have never been defined and we have developed the text and graphics/photos in a nice mix. Though we certainly could use more photos in the every day blogging. The legit hits are there. And we will see that in action in a week or so when Calvin post his blog on the Aloha Ball in Kona. That one will knock your eyes out. He is not known as Mr. Blogger in Hawaii for nuttin'.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Up and Down Moanalua

The upper Moanalua Corridor consist of the Stadium up to Pearl City. The upper is going to be going through some tough times with the Rail Calamity. It had been building up a nice night life in the area, but the levels of class in these oasis will be coming down because of the noise in the future slum areas from the Rail Mess. Anything North of Moanalua Road will be class.

"The best people possess a feeling for music and dance,
the courage to take risks, and the capacity for sacrifice."

The Lower Corridor consists of the Stadium to West Kalihi. And the Section, Salt Lake, Foster Village and Aliamanu is looking good. A mile away from the Rail Crisis is good enough but two miles would be better. The only noise would be the beautiful music for the dancers.

The closer to Moanalua Road the better. A couple of Industrial Parks, a few Bars and a night life could be established. Many could live, work and play in their own kuleana. Paradise is at hand. Then they can forget the Rail Disaster and Honolulu, except for the high cost of paying for it.

"Walk Through Paradise With Me" by Melveen Leed

However homes in this section go to almost the half million dollar range Over 50% of the residents are in the military or work in government jobs. Not really interested in working nearby in an Industrial Park. There have been several attempts at having some kind of Ballroom Dancing in the area but they have not done that well. Many think in terms of money better spent in Professional Studios.


Blogs are still in process of evolving and there are many ramifications. I cannot find a definition for a dancing blog anywhere. So we have no choice but to define it ourselves and it seems to be going along very nicely. The Two Centers and the Guest Authors will define it all by themselves. My goal is Social Media, but everyone has a right to their own opinions and we will let it roll on its own.

Friday, October 17, 2014

It's Moving

Amazing that these blogs are progressing so nicely upwards in the average hits per day. All except for what had been our best, "Town Dancer." The scam spam robots have taken control and run it right straight into the ground. Neither Blogger nor Google have the programming capable of stopping them. May have to look into Word Press.

"Don't hold on to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and
keep you from loving the rest of the world."

I had notified the Guest Authors on Town Dancer that they could use Blogging Hawaii, but none seemed interested and I refrain from bothering anyone. But the other blogs will do even better with a Two Center and/or a Guest Author, guaranteed. I know now from experience.

"Kiss Of Fire" by Tony Martin

Many blogs provide commentary on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries; others function more as online brand advertising of a particular individual or company. A typical dance blog is evolving to combine text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to dancing.

"A blog may have a life of its own. We can try to let it come through."

Sometimes dreaming feels impossible. The road is long, the obstacles many. There are an awful lot of liars out there. But know this, it can and is being done, all over, by people just like you and me. Make a commitment and stick to it. Then when it gets difficult, keep sticking - we shall overcome. The Waianae Coast and the North Shore are gradually awakening because of the Rail Disaster. Looks good.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Rumba

By Fred Matsumoto, Aiea 

There seems to be quite a few good Rumba dancers all the way from Pearl City to Kalihi. A good solid group of social dancers but they are due for a terrible time with the Rail Disaster. The building of the Rail Catastrophe will be a big disruption and when it is finished the noise will drive them nuts. Steel wheels on steel rails, yeah, that's them.

"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude."

But I find quite a few different opinions as to where the Rumba comes from and how it developed. I admit that it is quite complicated and I try to understand the different interpretations. American and International Rumbas are not the same and do not have the same interpretations. Should all be understandable.  And there has been a corruption of the basic rumba all the way to South America. However it helps to know a little about that movement which you are so fond of making.

"Maria Elena" by Benny Goodman

So we know that the different basic moves in dancing came from Mexico. People think that Caribbean people were created there. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Some came from the US through Florida some 25 thousand years ago. Only ninety miles away. Some came across from Mexico through Yucatan some 20 thousand years ago. only ninety miles away. And there were some that went all the way to the Northern part of South America and crossed over to the Antilles, only ninety miles away, some 10 thousand years ago.


Agriculture was established in the US and Mexico about 8000 BC. So the beginning was not their own but brought in from outside the Caribbean. and they picked up fast.  Music and Dance followed, the most advance coming from the Mexican Civilizations and then they did their own thing. When the first Europeans arrived, there were perhaps 80 thousand natives in the Caribbean. So for a hundred years the Europeans were not going to change much native music and dance.

"Green Eyes" by Jimmy Dorsey

The sailors were a big influence and there were plenty of those in the 1600s. Strictly low class and they all learned to move to music. And they could take any movement and transfer it to some other island very easily. They were able to pretty well stabilized the basic movements to the music. And it was all pretty much the same music. That is one kind. one similar type. There was no Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Tango, Merengue etc. etc.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

We are doing well.

Almost the entire enchilada is moving ahead very nicely. All except Town Dancer which has been infested with scam spam robots and Blogger cannot do anything about them. So the next largest blogs are going ahead. Platinum Horseshoe in front, followed by Blogging Hawaii and Moanalua Corridor.

"The biggest mistake you could ever make is being too afraid to make one."

Not too many people will not understand the "soap box." To be heard by your friends and neighbors is age old. Where one person hopes to tell his neighbors what he thinks is good or bad about society around them  Shakespeare set up a scenario in his play, "Julius Cesar." In it, Marc Anthony gets up on a high place and declares, "Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend my your ears."


In the 20th century, this was changed by the use of a soap box at the local park. "Listen to me folks." Now, this is the 21st century and we have progressed. Previously, a knowledge of such technologies as HTML and FTP had been required to publish content on the Web. But the blog developed methods for the non technical, making it easier for blogs to increase throughout the world.


"Till I Waltz Again With You" by Theresa Brewer

A majority are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments and even message each other via GUI widgets on the blogs, and it is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites. There us contact with friends, neighbors and community and blogging can be seen as a form of social networking service.


Indeed, bloggers do not only produce content to post on their blogs, but also build social relations with their readers and other bloggers. The Two Center in our blogs will be the real beginning and it will go a long way toward this objective. And there will be dancing on the North Shore.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Plodding

We are still plodding along waiting for that valuable Two Center. We are fortunate that we do have some and they are very most important to our blogs. And they know that they have the option of becoming Guest Authors and can pick the blog of their choice. So many good dance organizations in the Moanalua Corridor.

"The tallest oak in the forest was once a little nut that held its ground."

You got two months
For now, the Two Centers do not have a commitment to any blog and will write when they feel like it and submit it to whatever blog they like. This gives them a lot of freedom if they do not have the time to learn the blog set up, the handling of graphics etc.

They know that part can be taken care of nicely by someone else. The content of the writing is of the greatest importance and we should all realize it. That is what we have to disburse to our reader/dancers. The rest is gingerbread.

"I Can Dream, Can't I?" by the Andrew Sisters


Some still think in terms of a blog as being "instead of," - sort of a competition game. We are establishing the "in addition to" thinking which is much different. The blogs are gradually defining themselves as territorial blogs. What about Dance Waimanalo - in last place. There was a good one in Kauai that went under and they "coulda been a contendah." Very well put together. I don't know what happened.

To be viable, a Web or Blog site should have a double digit average per day hits. Most are in single digits per day, or don't have a counter and they do the best they can.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Blogging

Wow! These blogs are astounding. And I look forward to those that will join first as a Two Center. Second stage, when they are ready to Guest Author (get in on their own.) And Third when we get enough Guest Authors and hits to let the blog become independent, without me.

"There's always gotta be something good coming - remember that."

You too will have a decision to make. Maybe just a hobby or do you want to make this something more? If you want to make this something more you can.To get here "you" have to make the decision and the extent or your commitment. In the end persistence wins, hustle wins and thick skin wins and the dance community needs you.

"Music, Music, Music"
by Theresa Brewer

I committed almost 20 years ago to blog twice a week no matter what. Rain or shine, readers or no readers I would release a new post twice a week. This really helped me develop my voice as a writer and strengthened my commitment to my dream. When we’re starting out all of us say we’re committed. The true test comes when you don’t see results. If you’ve been there you know exactly what I’m talking about.


The entire enchilada seems to be moving West in spite of the Rail Catastrophe and you will be doing good for your fellow dancers and the dance community. The top five dance clubs are usually in town. Incidentally you will certainly help the dance clubs and the blog itself, you and me, a win-win situation. Determine that you can and will and then do what it takes.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Computing

Linux, the open source (free) operating system is now fully entrenched in the server world. That provides a huge opportunity to expand into more and larger server niches. It has also provided a small contributing stream of desktop users in influential places. And many of the young (under 30) are picking this up as a very good way to compute.

"You can't reach for anything new if your hands
are still full of yesterday's junk."


"Begin The Beguine" by Artie Shaw

Major market shifts, when limited by ingrained attitudes, are generational. It takes the replacement of one generation by the next for a market to complete such a transition. Even after Linux comes to dominate in new installations, there will naturally be Windows holdouts for many years, in both homes and organizations. Even though it is quite evident that the users are secondary for Microsoft. First is the money they can distort out from the public.


This diehard tenacity is not an unexpected sign of strength, but it will be interpreted as such by a certain class of industry analysts for many years. I tried it for a couple years but at the time they still had too much code for the average user accustomed to GUI. If you are under fifty, this is for you. Linux is the operating system of the future.


And I understand that in our dancing world there are not too many that are computer literate. Some do very well with what they do know which of course means they will learn and do more in the future. In our blogs we ask you to learn the use of the links in the side bars and you can use them as much as you damn well please.

"Walk Through Paradise With Me" by Melveen Leed

Pub's Side Note: Sorry folks but I had to shut down Town Dancer blog again. The Scam Spam Robots are getting in again. Blogger just doesn't have the programmers with the capability to stop them.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Not Sure Yet

Where did this come from?

 "There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through
you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this
expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any
other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.

It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how
it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours
clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have
to believe in yourself or your work.

You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep
the channel open...   No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any
time.  There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us
marching and makes us more alive than the others."


I have been frustrated. I have poured my heart and sweat into a blog and few even knew it was there. I even got some friends to admit that they didn’t read it much.. That was adding insult to injury. I have a decision to make at that point. Has it been worth it spending time with this “hobby?” I mean I have my Social Security income and though I don't live lavishly, I live in Paradise. Yes it sucked that many thought I was making some kind of money with this.

Fortunately, my latest stats are pointing in the right direction. No guarantees but there is hope.

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Rail Calamity

The Rail Crisis is having a pretty bad impact on this section. We don't hear much about dancing here any more, so we don't know. The Moanalua Corridor blog tries to cover from Kalihi up through Salt Lake (wide open) and on the other side of the Stadium, Aiea, Pearlridge and Pearl City. The one that shows the most promise is the Salt Lake area and far enough from the Rail Catastrophe.

The Republican Attack Dogs don't have a clue: "Don't educate
your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy, so
that they know the value of things, not the price."

That leaves Salt Lake as the most probable new dance club to be established in the Moanalua Corridor. As per usual, gotta find a place to dance. What about Foster Village?

"With A Song In My Heart"
by Al Martino

Lucky the residents are all rich, now that the property taxes are going up. And we should all know by now, they are not going to stop there, they must double. That Rail Mess is going to take a lot of bread, Fred.
 

Pearl City Business Park: The residents that work here get home
in 20 minutes. Paradise on the island of Oahu? Oh yes!

Chuck Totto is the executive director of the Ethics Commission of the City and County of Honolulu, the most important organization in the State of Hawaii for the ordinary everyday residents. This, in spite of the millions available by the Present Rail Party, the plans are to make Billions and Billions of dollars in the Present Rail Disaster.

We are well aware of their lying ways now. They avoid as much as possible the mention that the latest estimates are now pretty stable at seven billion but for sure they will go up from there. No one mentions that. The Hawaii Free Press reports the latest in the payoffs for the council members by the Present Rail Party. Auwe!

Pub's Side Note: Sorry folks but I had to shut down Town Dancer blog again. The Scam Spam Robot are getting in again.