Sunday, December 31, 2017

Twitter

I got on Twitter just before I moved away from Paradise in Nanakuli where I had lived for almost ten years. Soon I put a name on it and it became Platinum Horseshoe and ID of "nikaawa." And it was very elementary, not following many and of course, not many were following me. However I was soon following about 50 and I had 25 followers. Not too bad 2 to1 ratio is about right for my intended Tweets. And I found I could get another Twitter Account.

"Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts. For it is no mere translation or abstraction of life. It is life itself." ~ Henry Havelock Ellis


This one got the title from another of my blogs, Dancing Nights and ID "nikaawa2." The blog very soon got up out of single digit average hits per day but not much. Platinum Horseshoe twitter by then had about 100 following and 50 followers.The average hits per day on my regular blogs began to go up very nicely. I moved to Pearl City to be closer to the VA since my physical abilities were deteriorating and I had to go more often. I got a third Twitter Account which went through one name and now is Social Dance Oahu. It soon established higher average hits per day on the blog and also establish the popularity of each. There is also some indication of contact with the neighbor islands.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Town Dance blog remains number one mainly because the original readers establish by the good blogging of Calvin Ota. In Second place is Platinum Horseshoe with Social Dance Oahu in third place. The also rans have been Blogging Hawaii, now coming up strong and Dancing Nights, Ritmo Mestizo. They also have Twitter Accounts in their names. They are close enough so that whichever gets a steady Guest Blogger regularly will make it to the top. I am limited physically but I can get around on the Handi Van. But it is really up to the feedback we can get from our fellow dancers. The year 2018 looks good.

"Everyone understands that tomorrow is a blank page of a 365 page book
that we will write. We can all hope it is a good one."

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Editorial

BURLINGTON, Vt., Dec. 27 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement Wednesday regarding the Republican tax plan:

"The Republicans are so desperate to spin their disastrous tax plan that they have resorted to taking comments I recently made completely out of context. Let me set the record straight.


"The Trump-Republican tax plan is one of the worst pieces of legislation in the modern history of our country. At a time of massive income and wealth inequality, 83 percent of the tax benefits in that bill go to the top 1 percent at the end of 10 years and 60 percent of the benefits go to the top one-tenth of 1 percent. On the other hand, by the end of the decade, 92 million middle-class Americans will actually be paying more in taxes, including 8 million in the first year alone. Further, this legislation will result in 13 million people losing their health insurance while substantially raising premiums all across the country. It also raises the deficit by $1.4 trillion, laying the groundwork for House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans to call for cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other important programs in the name of 'deficit reduction.'


"Instead of this grossly obscene piece of legislation, let's pass tax reform that permanently benefits all middle-income and working-class families without giving tax breaks to the top 1 percent. Instead of providing huge tax breaks to the rich and large corporations that explode the deficit, which this bill does, millionaires, billionaires and large, profitable corporations must begin paying their fair share of taxes. Then, among other things, we can permanently double the standard deduction, expand the Earned Income Tax Credit, re-instate the personal exemptions and make the Child Tax Credit fully refundable – without increasing the debt future generations will inherit."

Pub's Note: We must get rid of all these lying republican crooks.

Partner Dancing

As we prepare to enter the year 2018, many dancers are aware of the changing styles in partner dancing on Oahu. We now have three broadly defined styles of dance. The American, the International and the Social. Our partner dancing has been enjoyed socially, theatrically and competitively around the world. The three styles, while differing in technique, rhythm and dress wear, exemplify core elements of ballroom dancing such as control and cohesiveness.Though in social dancing the preference is not in the dance patterns but in the "Music." This is very evident with the emerging interest in the Oldies but Goodies kind of dance music in this century.

“For social dancers, every dance they make belongs to them. If it was not good,
they can discard it. If it was good, they can keep it as part of their collection.”


In the United States the three variations are popular and the most theatrical has been the American because it has not been so strict as the International. And the International with its competitions is ideal for strictness because they must be judged. The Social dances evolved from the Street dances that had fewer patterns but many more basic moves to music. And there has been much fusion of the American Style into the Social dance scene and for Social Dancers, to top it all - the Big Ballroom Era is over.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Maui Tacos on Oahu? Must be a typo.
I usually do copy and post if it is not emailed to me. But I saw the notification in Twitter from them and I took the chance. If any one objects because it is copyrighted I will deleted it immediately if not sooner.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

From Actual Court Records.

ATTORNEY: She had three children, right?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
WITNESS: None.
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
WITNESS: Are you kidding? Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas Everybody

The ending of theYear 2017 and everyone is wishing all a very Merry Christmas. There seems to be happiness all over, which the way it should be always. I spent so many nice Christmases in Nanakuli, and I sure miss them. I am hoping I can find a place to move to, it sure would cheer me up.

 "Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas."
 ~ Calvin Coolidge.


"Christmas Carol - Silent Night"

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Good Season

“The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things: Of shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings” Does anyone know where that came from?

At any rate, most of the dance community on Oahu seems to be ending the year in a nice note. Plans for parties and dances all over the island and lucky we got so much good music available to go with it. Makaha is going to have a nice December, as is Makapuu Point at the other side of the Island. They are even having Son Caribe at Turtle Bay and plenty going on in Kapiolei on the opposite side of this island, in spite of the Present Rail Party.

"Social dancers may sometimes dance alone and that’s OK, as some songs are
simply meant to be danced like that. Don’t stop! It’s your dance!”


Remember, in the last century when Honolulu was it, the one, the only, the original place to dance. Every one in Hawaii thought that way. There have been some changes in the weather. The newer fad dances will be for some reason from the Latin. Most overlooked is The Argentine Tango which is a gentle, intimate, feeling, and very close to its music. Unlike the Modern Ballroom Tangos, which are somewhat unnatural, sort of contrived, and must be theatrical. And in Hawaii we have four regularly accepted tangos that are very good, the American, the Filipino, the Argentine and the International.

 "We Three Kings of Orient Are"


From John Stranton, North Shore: "As to me, a blog is an Exhibition-stand. An exhibition-stand is an open place designed to communicate messages and that offers the option to have a one-to-one discussion with someone that represents the owner of the stand. You could notice that stands are sometimes very well-designed and sometimes quite cheap : just as blogs."

"Social dancers listen to music and they want to sing, to dance and flow on the wind - for they are at one with it. They are nothing and everything - void and expanse."

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

We wish a Merry Christmas

As the Christmas Season gets closer some us are thinking about the New Year. The Dance Environment on Oahu improved this year and unfortunately some of our good spots had to close up. None of them had counters on their web sites (naturally) so they had no idea as to how many many hits their sites got daily, nor do we. They never had suggestions by the customers. If they were sharing good information for the readers, the hits should show it. But many do it all by ear and if it looks pretty nice, fine.

"The Social dancers are totally aware of themselves and they dance
their way in a manner that is decided by their hearts."


So I must keep asking the readers for the right kind of photos for our blogs. Needless to say, too many photos are too many, you can't see anyone. One person photo is a no-no for us. Pairs and threes are acceptable, but it begins to get interesting when you get to four or more. Then it becomes "us," the party, the dancers, the club. We will develop the non-peas in a pod mode. What's Dat? Think it over. We got a lot of good photos in the WBDC blog write ups. And anyone can see that there were some nice people at the dance, not just me and my partner.

"Oh Come All Ye Faithful"


Of course I realize that since "I and my partner are the most important people on this island," it is only proper that we should be the only ones in the photo. And you over there, it is not necessary to polish my shoes but as long as you are kneeling. Makes sense? We are not much interested in the organizations, or the Gods that run them. We are interested in the reader/dancers. The ones that attend the dances and the ones that read our blogs. Is it plain enough for everyone?

"Social dancers may feel that they have been like a dancer who has practiced
since childhood for a performance that they will never give."

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Christmas Season is upon us

This is all looking pretty good on Oahu. Everyone seems to be doing right for their fans. This Christmas Season will be remembered for a time. Everyone is trying to do their very best to make it a pleasant experience for all the Social Dancers. Night Clubs, Social Dance Clubs and any other groups of Social Dancers. We are the body of the social dancers on Oahu. And if we can provide an additional blog help, we are here, willing and able to help.

“Social dancers have gone from the most doubted to the most
respected dancers with the right outlook and attitude to life.


There are some that live on the North Shore and go all the way to Waikiki. I don't know but seems to be quite an excursion. Have the car checked, gas, oil, tires, make a lunch or whatevah and it may take several hours. And they all accept that it may take 20 minutes to get out of the parking area in Waikiki. And they have no idea that in Waianae, the saying goes, "I coulda been home in 20 minutes." So we lives and we learns. More housing OK but need more Business Parks. They can live, work and play in their own kuleana.
 
"Tiny Bubbles " by Don Ho


The Rail becomes more obsolete every day, but many are making millions and millions of dollars daily. Electric cars, no need to buy gas, you got all the energy from the Sun. Antonymous vehicle are coming next year. Private cars, Taxis and even driverless buses. Cheaper for everyone all around. Not so good for the Present Rail Party. It's the bread, Fred. Caldwell a multi millionaire now. What happened? But Cayetano lost on lies alone. And the citizens of Hawaii lost too.

“Social dancers know that there is a specialized form of body gesture, and
so it may be said that dance is the mother of all languages...
an original language of total bodily gesture."

Monday, December 11, 2017

Swinging

Social dancing on Oahu is ending the year 2017 very nicely. We all have the belief that 2018 will be even better yet. And we all accept the fact that all of our dance organizations are oligarchies. Fortunately most are benevolent oligarchies. Oligarchy is government by the few in which a small group exercises control. On Oahu, most dance clubs have the objective of enhancing the dance environment for all the dancers. That is why we will have another dance club in Waianae or the North Shore.

"Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it."


The Swing Dance Club has had quite an influence on the dancing of Swing on Oahu. Whereas the Lindy Hop, the jazz folk dance from Harlem was free, and combined African as well as European dance traditions, with black and white folks mingling in the ballrooms of Harlem, ISTD "cleansed" out the African elements, creating the "refined" dance called Jive, no longer a jazz dance. For now, on Oahu, we are doing very well with East and West Coast Swing. And some of these people are really good.

"It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing." ~ Duke Ellington


Pub's Side Note: Lucky us for all that the city advertising, (millions of dollars) to stress the fact that to ride the rail, it will be at the same rates and with the same rules as the Bus. What they haven't mentioned is the rates on the Rail will be five dollars so the Bus fare is going to double to five dollars The people in the neighbor islands are just finding out that they are going to pay for the rail too. You don't think the rich are going to pay, do you? Ask anyone in the Present Rail Party! They are all now Multi Millionaires. He He! He! And yes, no one knows who got the money.

"Hell has no fury, like a woman scorned. This applies
whether she has really been scorned or not."

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Change Is Coming


The idea of dance varies within intellectual traditions. Just look at the Island of Oahu. Two ancient treatises serve as examples. Where ideas are treated as a function of language, and knowledge is derived from analysis of phenomena, the body is often written out of epistemological projects. Aristotle's Poetics (fourth century b.c.e.), for example, analyzes the plot structure, poetry, and ethical issues presented by fifth-century Athenian tragedies.

"Social dancers may believe as though everybody is watching. March to
the beat of your own drummer. And stubbornly refuse to fit in."


The Poetics mentions only briefly the physical movement of the tragic chorus as a contributor to the effect (emotional or intellectual) of a theatrical experience or as a component in knowledge. Dance can be very instinctive. In contrast, where cognitive processes, observation, and abstract thinking include bodily experience, physical movement is thought to generate and represent abstract concepts.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


The body and corporeal experience have a more prominent place in the formation of ideas. The Indian treatise Natyasastra (c. second century b.c.e. to second century c.e.), describes in meticulous detail how correct performance of hand gestures, eye movements, posture, steps, coordination with music, and posture will affect an audience's comprehension of the narrative and its meaning.

This is the kinda stuff the upper classes in the study of dancing go through. Very difficult for us ordinary folk. But let us have a little understanding of their intent. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Social Media

What is Social Media?
By Frank Chung, Waipio

The best way to define social media is to break it down. Media is an instrument of communication. Not clear enough, of course. this could be a website or blog site that doesn’t just give you information, but interacts with you while giving you that information. This interaction can be as simple as asking for your comments or letting you vote on an article, or it can be as complex as what we ask our readers to contribute in information and photos.

“Life is the muse which perfectly rhymes, Plays with the words and
fills empty lines. For some, life is a battle, for others, it’s a dance
-  For the rich it is a party, for the poor it is chance. 


Think of regular media as a one-way street where you can read a newspaper or listen to a report on television. Some web sites and blog sites are the same way. You have very limited ability to give your thoughts on the matter. Social media, on the other hand, is a two-way street that gives you the ability to communicate too. Unfortunately, not many of the possible reader/dancers in our blogs have seen it or understood any of it. So there was nothing much more we can do. This blog is astounding simply because it is holding up and very little action to report from others.

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


Results are we have very few information and photo contributors.We must encourage commenting on all blogs. The blogs will moderate all comments, review and approve them as quickly as possible. They may also respond to the comments, and perhaps engage the people in further conversation. Comments are an opportunity to build relationships that can help our blogs to flourish. Some of us are working on it and many of you are going to have suggestions. This entire dance scene may someday be much more unified and nobody is going to be looking down at anybody. Rome was not built in a day.

“Social dancers may be totally aware of themselves and dance
their way in a manner is decided by their hearts." 

 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

2017 Ending Looks Good

Making Our Blogs Into A Thriving Dance Community

Blogging is a unique writing medium, one that has the potential to be very interactive in our Oahu dance kuleana. We definitely do not need majors in journalism. This is a different enchilada. Many are beginning to see what can be done to communicate with our fellow dancers this way. It is the interactive nature of the blog that gives us the opportunity to form relationships with our reader/dancers.

Who said? "Those people who think they know it all,
are especially annoying to those of us who do."


It must be written "to" them and hoping to get feedback in writing. This kind of interpersonal interaction has been almost impossible for traditional authors. As bloggers we have the unique opportunity of building dance communities of readers that not only interact with us the bloggers, but with each other through the ability to comment on posts. By building a strong sense of a dance community with our readers, and by encouraging them to do the same among themselves, our blogs and the dance community benefit immensely.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


We have to try to insure that our blogosphere becomes a thriving dance community and not just stale publications. The information and photo contributors become crucial to the expansion of the blogs and hopefully some will feel the desire to become Guest Bloggers. There are several things that we can do to make this happen. And I feel sure that this coming year will do it when we form our first independent blog.

"A lie can go twice around the Palladium before the truth
has a chance to get up the stairs.”

 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Steady as she goes

The entire enchilada on Oahu of our dance blogs have been slowing down in the increase of hits. However I find is very satisfying that the total average hits per day on all the blogs are increasing even though it has been too slowly. I share wherever, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+ Pinterest and even Facebook. Anyone appearing in one of our blogs may also appear on the other social media.

"Social dancers believe that their lives are their choices, their mistakes, their lessons.
None of your damn business."


And then there are many of our people, the social dancers that believe that they should check themselves often. Sometimes they may have been the toxic person. Sometimes they may have been mean and negative. Sometimes the problem has been them. But that doesn’t make anyone less worthy, for no one is perfect. Keep growing and keep checking yourselves. Mistakes are opportunities, look at them, own them, grow and move on. You’re human, it’s okay.

"It's a wonderful world" by Louis Armstrong


Seriously: The conviction that Trump is dangerously unfit to hold office is indeed shared widely, now even within his own administration. Leaked accounts consistently depict the president as unable to read briefing materials written at an adult level, easily angered, prone to manipulation through flattery, subject to change his mind frequently to agree with whomever he spoke with last, tweeting erratically and consumed with the superficiality of cable television. A word to the wise.

"Social dancers believe that dance becomes an effortless movement as we relinquish control and limitation and allow our spirit within to express itself to the music.”

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Blogging Marches On

The increase in average hits per day in our total blogosphere is slowing down to a crawl. Beside the fact that we need more feedback is the fact that not too many dancers are computer savvy. I get lost myself many times and it seems to get worse with age. I am trying to keep my computer usage as simple as possible. No more fancy do-jigs.

"Social dancers know that they may listen to music, move to it and
find that their confidence can last longer than the dance." 


I do find that I enjoy going to the dance functions even though I cannot dance anymore. The beautiful music brings beautiful memories and the spirit of the dancers is evident and a joy to watch. If I get enough photos I can usually make a blog that is appreciated by all. I have been fortunate to be invited often to the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and I will be there for the Christmas Dance at the Halemano Plantation Camp 808 on Saturday, December 9th.

"Take Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Coming up in town:


From the articles on dance in Hawaii: If the beginning social dancer can do the entire Bronze well they can be excellent social dancers of any dance. Most teachers will want to teach their students in their own way. Why not? Just pay attention and you will learn a lot about dancing socially. And the results will be that you will develop your own style and preferred moves. We happen to be so fortunate to have some of the best teachers of American Style in the US, right here on Oahu.

“The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should
therefore be treated with great caution."

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Mayonnaise Jar, Part 2

It  makes more sense if you read Part One:
"Now," said the dance instructor as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions like dancing---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else---the small stuff."

 "Through these blogs read the most informed social dancers in the Pacific."


"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you." "Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner and dance.

"Because You're Mine" ... Placido Domingo 



Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn. Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand." -- One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The instructor smiled and said, "I'm glad you asked. The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend."

"Social dancers encourage the genius in everyone they meet."

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Not Just The Westside

By David Bennington, Kalealoa
Lucky us for all that the advertising, (millions of dollars) to stress the fact that to ride the rail, it will be at the same rates and the same rules as the Bus. What they haven't mentioned is the rates on the Bus are going up to $5.00. And the people in the neighbor islands are a little miffed that they are going to pay for the rail too. You didn't think the rich were going to pay, do you? Ask Trump! He He! He!

"I used to have a handle on life, but da buggah broke."


The increasing amount of dance fans on Oahu of the "Oldies but Goodies" music have a different affinity for their music than the young rappers. The music in the old days was something to worship. Nowadays, these people  go around very comfortably with earphones stuck in their ears, hearing music 25 hours a day, 8 days a week. And did they hear anything? They admit that some times they do, Gawd!

"Tell Me Why" by the Four Aces


I am firmly convinced that the primary reason for the advancement of hits on these blogs is the amount of information and photo contributors. Next, in importance is the feedback in comments or information contributions such as this one. The secret to our type of blogging is that I, by myself, am not the answer. Once we get a few, the rest will be easy. But the dancers will eventually decide. The total hits are going up gradually as more people become aware.

"Take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path. Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. Dance as though everybody is watching."

Monday, November 6, 2017

Latest Stats.

The top ten, the smartest locations in Hawaii: A dispute somewhere? It's OK by me.

Ocean Pointe - East Honolulu - Mililani Mauka - Makakilo - Ewa Gentry - Kalaoa -
Kaneohe - Halawa -Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County) - Mililani Town

Our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

We thought this criteria was representative of the current state of smarts with the potential for a place to improve the education levels of the next generation. And for reference, only about 30% of Americans over 25 have graduated from college. In order to determine the smartest, we ranked all the cities for each criteria from one to 32 with one being the "smartest" in any category.


We took the average rank across the criteria, with the place posting the highest overall score being given the diploma for "Smartest City In Hawaii". If your city or town isn't among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see the lowest. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

In the end, Ocean Pointe ended up being the the smartest city in the Aloha State. And that's how you graduate in style. There you have it folks, the 10 Smartest Cities in the state Hawaii. They have the numbers to back it up so go ahead and visit them to soak up some of the smarts around town. If you don't agree, that is still your privilege.


If you're curious enough, here are the least smart places in Hawaii:

Ewa Beach
Waianae
Kailua CDP (Hawaii County)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Looking Good

I must say the Halloween Dance at Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club did something good for this blog and for me too. I thought there would be more people but no hu hu. It is going to build up very nicely with the kokua we are getting there now. The people as a whole gotta be some of best on Oahu. My depression drops down to zero in their company. No dancing, little conversation but the beautiful music by Leland and just being there in that dance environment makes a difference.

"Dance may live at once in both space and time. In it the creators,
the expression and the thing being created to music are one."


I was worried about getting enough photos because my hands are just not working right. But Maile came through like a champ and I got enough photos for two blogs. I made the second in Blogging Hawaii blog. I was able to get two opinions and that helps to make it social media. I am now working on their mini Web site in the Pages section of Platinum Horseshoe blog. Nobody knows what a mini Web site on a blog is. Takes time.

"Warehouse Blues" by Willie K


The rest of the Dance Blogs on Oahu are just holding on because they have no feedback. We are fortunate to have a few now and then. We can also thank Maile for her comment in the Platinum Horseshoe blog. That is what will make our blogs Social Media. The readers are interested in reading but they are not interested in the price of eggs in China. Dancing? Now you got it. So Rome was not built in a day.

"Social dancers know that if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty,
you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more dance to it.”