Monday, September 26, 2016

Wot Snew?

The Ivory Towers in Honolulu are slowing waking up. On the Rail Tragedy they have been royally scammed and that unfortunately includes the tax payers on all the Islands. Hawaii Free Press is the only one that cannot be bought by the Present Rail Party and Da Rail got money. Easy where that came from.

 "Before you spread rumors about us, please let us
fill you in on what we heard about you."

Much Audio and Video on the Internet can be easily obtained in Digital Format. That is like any other computer file and can be copied from one computer to another. I take a couple storage discs to every function to give away as promotion. I always put in a nice Song Video as a sample of what you can store in it and you can give it away to anyone.

I'll Remember You" by Don Ho 

If your computer should ever break down, your data is safe in the disc. This has been a long time coming but many people still do not know. All the beautiful music for free, and all you need is good speakers to get the good sound. And the better the speakers, the better the sound you will get. Fortunately all the big monitors now come with installed with nice speakers.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

The net results for me is I gave away my recorder for TV, and all my VHS tapes. Then I gave away my CD player and all my CDs. Finally, I gave away my DVD player and all my DVDs. And I have almost everything that I want in Digital and can be copied to any computer. You want anything in music and dance let me know and I will do my best.

"Dancing may be a way of finding yourself as well as losing yourself."

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Wine - Is it Time?

By John Fujimoto, Makaha

You’ve probably searched your local food market over for that $5 bottle that tastes like a $20 bottle or that $15 wine that could easily pass itself off as a $100 wine and find that it has always been, "no way, José." Most dancers in Hawaii drink beer, why? It is supposed to be for common folk. A few highfalutin dancers usually drink mixed drinks because it is classier. Wine is left to the "experts" and the experts know pretty well what they are talking about and can usually afford it.

"We will sell no wine before its time." Who said that?

What are the basic factors that make wine expensive? And, are these factors imaginary or real? Is it possible to find fancy wine traits in more affordable wines? There are three major traits to expensive wine and they are oak, time and terroir. Of course, it’s possible to find these traits in cheap wines, if they are from developing wine countries. Chile and Peru for example.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

The most coveted wines in the world age their wines in oak, and many use new oak. Putting wine in an oak barrel does 2 things; it adds oak ‘flavors’ to a wine (such as vanilla and baking spice) and it exposes the wine to oxygen. Oxygen does some amazing stuff to wine: the "tannins" become less intense and the taste of the wine becomes smoother. But most of us regular wine drinkers couldn't care less, we just like the stuff and we are not going to spend big bucks on it.

Time and terroir in the next chapter.

"According to Chemistry, Wine is a Solution."

Monday, September 19, 2016

Maybe it is Mental

Amazing what my trip to Wahiawa has done for me. The fun people there are what did it. I even danced more than once, simple steps and enjoyed it thoroughly. I must go out more often to get the information and photos of any dance function. Platinum Horseshoe hits have gone through the roof. I fully expect them to surpass Town Dancer by the end of the month. Then the independence plans still hold.

"Recipe for Drama: one cup of gossip, one half cup of rumors
and 9 pounds of jealousy. mix well and cover with lies.
Roast for as long as you lack self esteem."

The steady information contributors are of the utmost importance. The information and photos to share with our fellow dancers on Oahu. Within a couple months one or two may want to try the Guest Author deal. They can have a blog of their own within the blog of their choice. They can get in write, edit, or delete. When satisfied, they can publish and don't have to say boo to anyone.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Sample of the typical six photo collage I make for the blogs
now that I get more photos.

When the average hits per day exceed, 67, that is 2000 hits per month, they are ready for independence. I will make two of the Guest Authors, administrators and resign as administrator myself. I can stay on as Guest Author for a few months and then resign and leave the entire enchilada up to them. I intend to do this with my best blogs. The junk blogs will remain mine. I cannot live forever and I have to make as many good arrangements as possible for when I leave.

The Magnificent Seven

From Here/There: Try very hard not to make a promise that you don't think you can keep. Pay a debt - give a soft answer. Free yourself of envy and malice, share your experience and offer encouragement. Resolve to stop magnifying small problems and shooting from the hip. Remember your mistakes only to learn from them, not to dwell on them.

Friday, September 16, 2016


Now that I am able to get around a little, things are looking good. My day still begins with my medications and rest and as much computer as my eyes can stand. I have Dry Eye and taking care is a drag. I have planned on the big shindig at the Wahiawa Recreation Center. The Handi Van has so graciously agreed to pick me up at home and take me back. They are often late but I never complain. They do a great job for us.

"Dancers know that we cannot change the people around us, but we
can certainly change the people that we choose to be around."

If life is treating me kinda of wrong, I can accept because I am getting better. On Monday, I completed my 91st trip around the Sun on this spaceship Earth. So I have been lucky so far. But my physical and mental condition is due to worsen over time. I must plan on living it up more fully in the present years with full knowledge that I will lose a few of the years at the end. I have heard of so many that were in pain and suffering in their last month and their medical advisers had to keep them alive.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

At the VA, the saying is, "Don't worry for it is all going to end, all too soon." For us that are going, we will never know about it because we will return to where we were before we were born. The pain will be in our loved ones who will miss us. Meanwhile I have work to do and some time left. I must continue to find Two Centers willing to contribute their 2 cents for the benefit of our reader/dancers.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

With time and a little effort, our Two Centers will find a paragraph or two will come out very easily. And it will be fairly easy to email and they are done. Of course, it comes with additional privileges. They will find that they would like to share a favorite photo of the gang. They can send in the photos and just specify what blog you would like it to be in. We will all come out smelling like a rose. From there it is only a skip and a jump to becoming a Guest Author.

A bag of fertilizer walks into a Pearl City bar and orders a beer.
The bartender hesitates for a moment and then says,
"Well, OK, just don't give me any shit."

Monday, September 12, 2016

What's Doin'?

I am gradually adapting. I don't like living where I live and now I realize that I lived in Paradise in Nanakuli for eight years. But I cannot move out of senior housing just like that. I am stuck. My depression is slowing down, it use to be half day, now it is only about an hour after I get up. Gradually the day gets better and really nice when I start my drinking, about seven in the evening.

"Strong dancers do not put people down, they lift them up."

My planning is going on very nicely. I plan on going to Manana Community Park Tuesday morning and I will walk it. Perhaps Makua Alii on Thursday evening and that will be Handi Van. Then perhaps I can make it to Wahiawa Recreation Park on Saturday evening and Handi Van again. Meanwhile all my bloggin will be public and anyone can tune in. According to the Blogger Stats, only about 80% of our hits are from the USA. The other 20% comes from Europe and Asia.

"Kahalaopuna" by Amy Hanaialii

There is a comment in one of our blogs in French, giving us a nice review. They apologized for their weak French, apparently they got the URL from a French search engine. They are from Germany. Nice? We are out here in the middle of the Pacific, but we are being just a little bit noticed throughout the world. Nothing wrong with that. We just do not have enough information to share.

"Every great dance dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember that
you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to
reach for the stars, and perhaps change our dance world."

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Looking a little better for me all around. I deal less with management of this senior apartment complex, though there are still a few items pending. My health is improving and I can now wear my shoes so I can walk more. Walked to Manana Community Park and joined the Senior Club. They may turn out to be helpful. Lucky I have my friend Shirley Ota there to coach me. I am learning.

"All our dancer friends can use whatever talent they possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang, except those that sang the best."

My plan is to visit as many places as I can on my "Route" which has been established by the #53 bus, escept on weekends. I can get it a half block from here and it will go down Kam Highway, get on the freeway after Aiea, get off the freeway at Vineyard and go through town to Ala Moana Center. Anybody on the way, I can stop to make blog contact. If there is something hot on weekends I can always get the Handi Van.

"Perfidia" by Benny Goodman

I can take my camera and though my hands fumble I can take at least one picture to make sure the camera is working. Thereafter I hope I can get at least two dancers to take a few pictures each and I can post from the memory card. Next I will take a few blank sheets of paper and get a few opinions from the dancers there. I can round this out and make a nice blog out of it.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Meanwhile, Town Dancer remains on top as far as average hits per day. And Ritmo Mestizo remains on the bottom. Platinum Horseshoe is in second place and Blogging Hawaii third, for now anyway. All the blogs have SOS only and are limited. The real difference is when we get a steady regular information contributor, a person that gets around our dance scene. A few items of interest and a photo or two, Wow! The his would go through the roof.

"Let us give our dance world a real reason to dance."

Friday, September 2, 2016

Social in Pearlridge

It was a nice happy Tuesday and I was feeling much better. I may get out of this fog yet. Checked the bus times and got ready by 6:15 pm, the bus was there by 6:30. Made it to the bus stop right in front of the HBDA Studio before seven and plenty people there already. Said hello to my many friends that still remembered me. And I took my first pictures to test the camera. Then in the course of the evening I found two people to help me take pictures because my hands fumble.

“In our dancing world, we can let today be the day…We will speak only the good we know of each other and encourage others to do the same.”

I also took some blank sheets of paper hoping to get some written items by anyone of the attendees. I got several but when I got home I only had two. My butter fingers lost them somewhere. Someone may have picked it up and just thought it was scrap and dumped it. Then too someone may have known and could still email me the information. I will make many mistakes but with the help of some good people out there, I am sure I can get this going.

First group of photos taken by our amateur Photographers.
To help me take some pictures all you have to know
is where to push the button and hold still.

"Pearlridge and Hot Hula
End of the second quarter Social included an assorted spread of food,
many happy faces and spiritual feet. If you missed the gathering,
we hope you make it next time."  ~ Sue Miller

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

No doubt about it, we are going to have some good photos
in this blog very shortly.

"After seven weeks, you've seen the results of what dancing can do for your body and health. Ballroom/Hula etc. The end result - a good Pot Luck."
Aka Joe D.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Everyone was having a rousing good time to that terrific music by Agusto Jarra and Kau Kau time came about 7:30. Of course, they were interested in lining up. I don't have my eating teeth yet and the time for my bus was just about there, so I left. The bus was a little late but just a few minutes. I had to wait over a half hour for the Handi Van last time. No use bothering them if I can do it otherwise. Stopped in at Foodand for some groceries and I was home by 8:30. Nice Day and it may get better - Happy Dancing everyone.