Monday, May 16, 2016

Oahu Well Covered

This horse race is proving very interesting to me. Amazing how the blogs are getting their hits. Town Dancer and Platinum Horseshoe seem to be the front runners. Third place is still to be determined in the coming week. The rest are still trying to get into the 20s in average hits per day. The entire enchilada is not that good.

"Dance like there's nobody watching, - Love like you'll never be hurt.
Sing like there's nobody listening, - And live like it's heaven on earth."


But I have expected that in having so many blogs, I have diluted the existing readership. But I keep hoping to get some information contributors and perhaps a Guest Author somewhere to confirm my beliefs of where the new hits will be coming from. A resident dancer of the area makes a big difference and coupled with the coming action in these sectors, will make interesting data. And I got rid of an awful lot of scam spam robot hits.

"Pua Alani" by Melveen Leed


I am not going to give up on any of these blogs just yet. There is a lot of polish coming to these blogs and it will be done by the readers. I will have to have more definitions and in a couple of months more, we will see a difference and should get some readership. Then we can wait for a nice "public" dance club that will admit that it is a social dance club and they will knock every one's sock's off.

"Spread A Little Aloha" by Nohelani Cypriano


The dance clubs have been traditionally "ballroom" and have reluctantly accepted moves, patterns and entire dances from the "night club" sector. Line dancing is one of them and fortunately, Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is leading the way in the Central Valley. Finally we can all hope to have the first independent blog by the end of the year.

"All Fired Up" by Pat Benatar

"Honesty is an expensive gift don't expect it from cheap people."

Thursday, May 12, 2016

West Oahu, still there.

Yes I have heard not to send your children to schools on the Waianae Coast. Some believe that they are the worst schools in the state. Mind you, they even think that our public school system is like 49th worst in the US. And please don't be fooled (as I was) and think that just because they are in the US that they can't be that bad. So you should also include schools in your researching!

"The way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants
and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible,
but in the end, they always fall. Think of it -- always.”

And watch what the Fat Cats in Honolulu are doing with the Rail Disaster. I don't love the traffic and in many places on this Island of Oahu, there is only one road in and out. And they are always doing road construction, or an accident or something else so that part does get pretty bad. Does it tell you something? But hey, I guess you have to make sacrifices somewhere. He He.

But what does that outburst have to do with dancing? - Not one single,
solitary damn thing.


Most of us are understanding that the "correct" way to dance has been established without any qualifications. This has been followed by the term "Junk" dancer applied to those that did not dance "correctly." And of course this sent even more people outta theah. But the good news is that more dancers are becoming aware of the entire enchilada. Take a look around you and you can see our dancing scene is taking on a nice social attitude.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


What was once a process of sending snail-mail letters to distant friends and communicating with Pen Pals has become a much more visual and therefore a more exciting activity. Twitter and Facebook have led the way. But unfortunately for us on Oahu, it is world wide. And we are interested in our fellow dancers on this island and perhaps the neighbor islands too. A Blog is different?

"Beautiful, Beautiful Hawaii" by Melveen Lecd


The blog as Social Media was invented just for us. It has opened doors to providing a much more interpersonal experience with our fellow dancers no matter where they live and dance in our Hawaiian Islands. Then too, pictures are a great way to express what words often can't. By attaching pictures of friends dancing at a new place your fellow dancers will be able to visually see what your stories can only tell them. It will take us a while to communicate all of this with our fellow dancers but we are not going to stop now.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

So Wot Snew?

The news from the Waianae Cosast is that it is getting better in spite of the Rail Disaster. Though there may be a homeless camp here and there and across the street a brand new million dollar home building. I always felt safe enough to walk around at night, enjoy the beach at night and have never had even a scare. I have, however, respected the locals and their customs (as you should do anywhere in the world) as I think that makes all the difference in the world as to how people treat you.

"Those who do not read are no better off than those who cannot"


Some of the very best beaches on this island of Oahu are on the Waianae Coast and I truly believe the people of the Waianae Coast should be able to live, work and play in their own kuleana. Visit Honolulu? Of course, sounds terrrific but we do not wish to do it every day. This has never been understood by the Fat Cats and the Rail Crisis in Honolulu. But we all understand, "It's the bread, Fred."

"Shaved Ice" by Loyal Garner


Believe it or not, on a Waianae Beach, you won't smell like someone else's sunscreen when you get out of the water, like in Waikiki or many other overcrowded areas. Any given day you can drive along the coast and find a beautiful secluded beach spot where you will be alone with nobody else to be seen. People here are so friendly and willing to lend a hand or anything to be neighborly. Tourists get more of the island experience for their hard earned money on this side of the island.

"Song To A Dream" by Nohelani Cipriano


Nowhere else on this island have I truly felt the aloha spirit more than the one place people told me never to go. I thought I would just stay in one spot and look around and find the right place. Kalihi was terrific, low class people but good friendships. I have been bouncing around and now I am stuck in Pearl City because it is close to the VA and the medical help I need to live a few years longer.

"As Social Dancers we do not have to practice. but every time
we dance we turn into a better version of ourselves."

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

We Still Have Hopes

Our blogs are not replacing traditional conversation on the dance floor. It is just one way to help facilitate it and add to it. It also allows for the conversation to occur outside of dance hours and for those ideas to be discussed at the next dance. There will always be dancers who do not want to participate. Our goal could be to find ways to encourage dancers to speak up, and social media might be the way. Let's get those dancers to open up and start to speak at the dance functions.

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_motivational.html

Currently our blogging situation is clearing up and we are getting clearer hits from dancers that are interested in dancing. However so far this month the stats are very lopsided. But these blogs are mostly me and that is referred to in blogging terms as SOS (same old shit) So I am sure, that our Social dance blogging on Oahu cannot have only one opinion. All of us need to know what the rest of us think about the entire enchilada.


Fortunately we are beginning to get some good Two Centers, those willing to contribute their 2 cents of  information for the benefit of the readers. HBDA, Kapolei Chapter is leading the way in Kapolei. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is leading the charge in the Central Valley. These people are definitely part of the dance scene on this Island. And they are going to get better.


This section of dancers seem to be interested in moving comfortably to their favorite music. Standing a woman on her head is not it. Throwing her over your shoulder is not it. All right for some and we can applaud at the right time, but it is not for the rest of us. We are more than willing to let you dance your way. - But - may we dance our way?

"Drinking good wine, eating good food and dancing in good company

is one of society's most civilized pleasures."


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Starting May

This is the defining month for these blogs. If I get a steady, information contributor all will be well. However if do not then I will seriously have to consider the elimination of one blog. I now know for certain that I, an unknown in Oahu dance circles, have the capacity of about 15 to 20 average hits per day on seven blogs.

"Truth has power, and if we all gravitate toward similar ideas,
maybe we do so because those ideas are true."


I have seen the effect of the several information contributors that I have had over the years. I am certain that every good steady information contributor is worth, 10 to 15 average hits per day. And I have had Guest Authors run up to 25 average hit per day. Of course, not every one can do this and I must have patience. It must be their decision, all I can do is hope.


We are slowly separating and bringing together the different groups of dancers on Oahu. You want to Line Dance? You certainly have this right. You want to dance Argentine Tango? You certainly have that right. By the same token, may I dance my dance, my way? No hu hu, we can just accept our differences, and we are all separate and unique individuals.


My foot is improving and I may begin to get around next month. I have not taken a bus in over a month. The Handi-Van has been a wonder to me at least once per week. But I expect to be able to use the #53 bus which stops a block away on Waimanu Home Road in Pearl City. Goes all the way down Kam Hwy to Aiea and then on the Freeway, getting off on Vineyard in Town.


I hope to make contact with a dance organization in this route. I can take my camera and pass it around, get maybe six to eight photos and some written items from a couple of the attendees. I can make one nice blog of interest to our reader/dancers and we can all see the results in the hits.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ending April

Not bad but not good either. The Line Up is still erratic but it is settling down, somewhat. Town Dancer still ahead of the rest and they are all pretty close together. It is (surprise) Ritmo Mestizo in second place and Platinum Horseshoe in third. If my foot heals by next month I may go out a little.

"We should all know that dancers are like moons and they
have a dark side which they never show anybody."

The rest are really running so close together that they fluctuate in the order they will place easily. But for now it is Blogging Hawaii, leading the pack, then Extrava Danza, Dancing in the Dark - and Dancing Nights. The last one regaining a little because of Richie Fun Blogging of Divino Ritmo Studio. And they may regain more by tomorrow.

"At Last" by Glenn Miller - Ray Eberly on vocals.

We are waiting for the new Dance Club in the West, but so far nothing definite. And of course there will be a Night Club in Kapolei by the end of the year. Or the combination Dance Studio and Night Club. For sure something is needed in the music and dance departments. Second City! - don't let the Present Rail Party goof up the works.

"With A Song In My Heart" by Frank Sinatra


"I Believe" by Frankie Laine

So we must continue to find places on the Waianae Coast and the North Shore and perhaps we can do something to help spread the word. There are many possibilities, Social Dance Clubs, Night Clubs, Specialty dances such as Line dancing, Tango, Country, Swing and Bachata. It is all coming in spite of the Rail Catastrophe. As it should be, the people will make those decisions.

“We could understand that dancers need something to help them unwind at the end of the day and they might have a glass of wine,"

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Adjustment

The adjust is going nice and smooth. I will polish the entire blog sphere at the end of the month with a new order for the blogs. It still looks like it will take a good steady information contributor to get Platinum Horseshoe ahead of Town Dancer. The rest are up for grabs, whatever that means.

“In our dance world, there is no greatness where
there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.”


Meanwhile, the Rail Disaster continues to screw up the works just about anywhere. Estimates continue to go up, and now at 8 billion dollars. You can buy 1000 articulated buses for less than one billion dollars. But the Fat Cats in Honolulu are raking in the dough. Anyone have an idea of what members of HART get in salaries? And all they got to do is say "Right,Chief" at the right time. Hanabusa just got on, it's "Easy Money."


Fasi and his gang knew that they could please the riders by making it comfortable to ride public transportation, People would prefer that than bumper to bumper on the freeway. Now it is going to be the other way around.The "know it alls" in the Fat Cat department just never cared and they will never understand. Gotta build dat rail. Big Bucks.


Fortunately, the social dancers on Oahu are making their adjustment without too much trouble. I have been trying to figure out how many social dancers we have on this Island and I have pretty close estimates to 20000 dancers. Anyone else have a figure from somewhere? I would think it coutld go to 30000, but what do I know? The new Fred Astaire studio in Kapolei would make a big difference if it is ever installed. Their Rumba box step is quick, quick, slow. Arthur Murray's is slow, quick, quick.We can have a ball with that.

I usually leave Sex out of it but now I have been informed
that Sex is like math. You add a bed, subtract the clothes,
divide the legs and pray you don't multiply.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

MidMonth Recap

It is good and bad. Bad because I had had these blogs increasing their average hits per day fairly fast. They are no longer increasing at the same speed. Good because they are still increasing. Patience, I must wait for some information contributors, the famous Two Centers. Each regular one is worth at least 15 average hits per day for any blog. Of course, a regular Guest Author could be worth much more than 20 average hits per day for any blog.

"Dancers may believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth and yet we all know that truth is the only safe ground to stand on."


"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho

The list is still led by Town Dancer but Platinum Horseshoe could surpass them in hits with just one regular Guest Author. Third place is currently in dispute. By the end of the month, it will be Blogging Hawaii or Dancing Nights. The top three I keep separate because of the probability of going independent. Then I can resign. they would be on their own and we can all predict a huge success.


"Hawaii Aloha" by Loyal Garner

Most downtown Honolulu blogs and those on the neighbor islands are doing well.  They have readers/dancers and they are leading the way for all dance Internet communication. But I have to work on West Oahu. Too many think in terms of the country bumpkins. Well, it will take time but the outskirts are just as good as those in town.


"My Moloka'i Woman" by Willie K

The bottom blogs will remain in double digits but not quite into the 20 average hits per day. And like the rest of the blogs, Guest Authors or information contributors will make the difference and they will pick the blog of their choice. So the entire enchilada is really out of my hands and the dancers will make the final decisions.

"At ninety years old, I no longer have the energy - for meaningless friendships - forced interactions - or unnecessary conversations."

Friday, April 15, 2016

Our Dance

By John Cooper, Honokai Hale:

We are all pretty well aware of the classic social dances. Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Tango etc. We all know which ones are the most socially acceptable, the top ten more or less. And what has made them so? Of course, the dance must have lasting appeal but not many dancers are aware of the "basic" step.

"Truth will ultimately prevail where there are
pains taken to bring it to light."

Just Dreaming
For most the basic step has determined whether it is accepted by the "trendy young" as well as the experience social dancer. The basic step is to start the dance and to get the partners in sync. Then going into other steps and patterns and constantly moving from and returning to the basic. Once both partners know where home base is they never get lost and enjoy it to the last note.


"Contigo A La Distancia" by Christina Aguilera

The music of these classics has led to understanding how to count the dance. How many beats each count gets and being able to express in your movements the music played. This has always been one of the first and most important element to get. Good Mambo music will get you on the right beat easy.


Since the turn of the last century there have been over 100 good fad dances introduced to the social dancers. Many were just passing fancies and many had good basics but either the music or the hype was not there. The best fad dance we have ever had has been Salsa. Good basic, terrific music, plenty of hype and plenty of teaching organizations on the bandwagon.

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

Reggeaton came in briefly to take over the Salsa spot but quickly receded. Bachata  is doing very well and Zouk, Kizomba and Zumbia are still around. Not much there but there are more coming. Mambo making a big comeback in the Latin Countries with well defined music to back them up.

Monday, April 11, 2016

West Oahu

This blog is at the bottom but it is really fair. It does not do what the other blogs do covering one territory more or less for anyone interested. The West is looking better every day. Perhaps it just seems that way because I live in the West, Pearl City now but I was living very nicely in Nanakuli until my legs gave out and I was forced onto a walker.

"The closeness of your relationships is directly proportional to the degree to which you have revealed the truth about yourself. It can be painful."

Dream On Fellow Dancers
Makaha all the way down to Kapolei and up through the Central Valley, all the way up to the North Shore. That section gave rise to the Platinum Horseshoe blog and it has become one of our leading blogs. That section used to be "out in the sticks" for downtown people. The advent of Second City will continue in spite of the Present Rail Party. The Rail Disaster is making their millions in profits and that was all they wanted. Unfortunately so many of us will have to pay for it.

"Yesterday" by the Beatles

My stats tell that one more Guest Author for any blog will make it a potential independent and specialize in their type information for their readers. I can resign as administrator and phase myself outta theah. Upon independence they will redefine themselves and be on their merry way. I am certain that they will lead in internet dance communication on these islands for a long time to come.

"Imagine"by John Lennon

But good news in town, the hits are just going up slowly but steadily on the average per day basis. Mind boggling! Just two more Guest Author in any blog would rival Town Dancer and guarantee independence.

Q. How many dance instructors does it take to change a light bulb?
A. Five!...Six!...Seven!...Eight! 


Thursday, April 7, 2016

What's Old?

At my age the world is just getting too complex for me.The stores keep adding cards and they just confuse me. Every time I check out of a store it just knocks me for a loop. I have always been pretty handy with my computer but the computer programmers do not go the same schools as the older ones did. They were "Simplifiers" now they are called "Complicators.' And Microsoft is pushing Windows 10 for free and people including me want to stay with Win7, Most of us realized that Win 8 was overly complicated. Linux is going to be the only way out for the young people.

"A pat on the back though a few vertebrae higher than
a kick in the pants, is miles ahead in results."


Wow, the stats have gone crazy. Some of the blogs that should be going up are going down and vice versa. I believe it will not be until the tenth before we have something more definite.And of course a good regular steady Guest Author would prove the stats that I have. Town Dancer remains on top but all the others are topsy turvy.

"Country Angel" by Amy Hanaialii


People have different reasons for being information contributors. What's yours? The most used reason is to promote your favorite club or organization. Do you realize that what may be communication for our blogs, may be just advertising for whomever you are promoting. And that it is alright with all of us. You may just be trying to get the attention of your fellow dancers. And you are not sure if you will drive traffic to the blog. You may simply being trying to convey your opinion.

"Katchi, Katchi Music, Makawao' by Willie K


Do you appreciate the blog and the readers and want to say thank you or brighten every ones day? Do you disagree so strongly with what you're viewing or reading that you simply can't let it stand without a rebuttal? Sometimes, understanding your motivation will help you decide what kind of information you are willing to share. This is your opportunity to present your opinion in public without shame or apology, And help to change the aspect of all the blogs from SOS to Social Media.

Dance Law #17C: If you wait it will go away - having done its damage.
If it was bad, it will be back." 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

The New Set Up

Estimated from a few sources: There are about 50000 social partner dancers on Oahu (5%) of all kinds. However as far as ballroom type social dancers, they are only about half, or approximately 25000. I personally think it is a lot less, but it still gives us a good size group to work with.

"We all understand that sometimes it is difficult to decide
whether we are tired, or just lazy."


Most everything for social dance communication is available now in our seven blogs. And they are set up to allow for the minimum of commitment on any one's part. Starting from the top, all Administrators have nothing they must do but they can keep the blog going. And when I leave a blog they can do whatever they wish to do with it and includes deleting me.


The Guest Author is a very important part of the equation. They have in effect a personal blog within the regular dance blog. They can open, post, delete, save, publish and get out all without saying boo to anyone. Since it is in their name, they can say what they wish and they will be solely responsible Their separate, unique and individual opinion is what will make these blogs interesting and run the hits up through the roof. We will have social media but we are not there yet.
 

The Information Contributors (the Two Centers,) can email whatever information they think pertinent to the reader/dancers, Any Guest Author would be willing to share it with our fellow dancers. Photos and other graphics can be sent too. The Guest Authors can then blog it anyway they wish. This is all very valuable information for a dance blog on Oahu.


At the beginning of April, the top three blogs remain, Town Dancer, Platinum Horseshoe and Dancing Nights. The rest are Blogging Hawaii, Dancing in the Dark, Extrava Danza and Ritmo Mestizo. We shall know more in a week. My stats are on automatic average hits per day. They tend to pretty well stabilized by the tenth.

"When it first began, a blog was a simple online diary, where the blog
author\ would pen down his or her thoughts. This definition has
evolved to the many types we have now and we shall
continue to redefine our blogs." 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Personal Part

Finally getting my new life in Pearl City in good order and it is looking better all the time. The VA and I are both trying to keep me from going to a care center. I have a nice place to live, and they are going to help make it easy for me to get around. The Handi Van is just terrific. Then there is a Nurse that will be coming in once a month to check up on me, what I am doing right or wrong.

"Some dancers are so busy learning the tricks of the trade
that they never learn the trade."
 

They got me a shower chair, which will make it easier for me with my Vertigo. (dizzy,) And they have ordered a special hospital style bed, that can adjusted in several positions. If and when the swelling on my foot happens, I will be able walk a little more and get out. I have read some bad reports on the VA but let me assure everyone that they are not going to get any complaints from me. I have many things ahead of me. My hearing is off, and then I must see my dentist for some new teeth.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

My son and his wife were visiting Hawaii and visited me at Tripler. Sent me some nice photos. Made me very happy that they are all doing fine. So much good family.

My son Ron, his wife, two daughters with husbands, and one grandchild.
Then one of Ron and me at Tripler and the last of Ron and Leigh
probably at their hotel in Waikiki.

Meanwhile, I have much planning for my blogging, hoping to eventually work myself out of all the blogs and just keep this one which will remain my hobby. I will play it by ear, I haven't got much time.

Dance Law #34B: We can try to make it foolproof,
but we cannot make it damnfoolproof.