Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Happy Mardi Gras

In this century most of us know that it is better and faster to learn to dance socially in a dance studio or within a dance club. However there still are a few that are "street dancers," and they have fun learning it that way. They learn it the hard way and we could admit that it might be fun. It may go on for a couple years, and if they like the atmosphere they know how to dance the fundamentals. Of course the music is always first and if they love Rumba music and (most of it is beautiful,) the body wants to move to that music and they allow it to do so. That is our definition of dancing!

"Dancers accept the fact that excellence is not a destination,
it can be a pleasant journey that never ends."

It may only be the even step, just left, right, left, right and so on. And the music comes into their ears, goes to their brains and seeps through their entire body. They don't push anything and they don't try to look good, they just allow the body to enjoy the movement to the beautiful music. Soon they learn the Rock Step, very similar to the even step except that now they are rocking back forth or sideways.

"Besame Mucho" by Yoichi Suwahara and Graciela Susana

Then comes the time that they see that in partner dancing, they are doing the square basic of the American Style Rumba in Hawaii. A slow step for two count and then side step quick, quick - easy enough. They can do it by themselves just fine. However as partners? The women learn faster because they can follow very well. The lead tries it a with a good friend and he finds that he can do it, wow! He starts to turn to the left, and these ladies on Oahu are the greatest, they just follow him easily. He can turn slowly to the right and it is just fine. And he is on his way to being a social dancer.

"Dahil Sa Yo" by Julio Iglesias

Sooner or later, they start to think about classes because they come up in conversation often. Private lessons are fine, they will not wait on you hand and foot, but it will cost you an arm and leg. Next is the Studios and they do a good job for the money. However for those not in the Trump people class the best bet is the social dance club on Oahu. You can learn all the basic moves in the Bronze level of American and you are on your way. An added benefit is that you will meet an awful lot of good people and that can make your day.

"Dancers know that wine is the answer. Now what was the question?"

Friday, February 24, 2017

Lyrics - Poetry

The lyrics of most ballads around the world have been great, bordering on beautiful poetry. It began in Greece and Italy by composing poems to be sung to the lyre. The word was used as singular lyric, poetry or blank verse and was intended to be set to music and sung". By the 1930s, the present use of the plural "lyrics" had begun - it has been standard since the 1950s.

"Dancers know that Dance is for everybody, it came from the people.
And they are the ones to enjoy it in their own way."

The singular form "lyric" still appears and its present use is to refer to a specific phrase within a song's lyrics. The differences between poem and song may become less meaningful where verse is set to music, to the point that any distinction becomes untenable. This is perhaps recognized in the way popular songs have lyrics. And dancers really to listen to lyrics in the romantic songs in every language.

"At Last" by Amy Hanaialii

From a Filipino blog:
Social Dance Class, Philippines Style
American Style Classes start on time and end on time and everyone goes home. Philippine Style Classes start 15 to 20 minutes late. Everyone eats, dances, laughs and drinks, - dances more and then snacks a bit, - dances more, makes new friends. They end an hour late and everyone hugs and goes home.

Pub's Note: Sounds like we are missing something here.

 "Give a person health and a course to steer, and they will never stop
to trouble about whether they are happy or not."

Monday, February 20, 2017

Referer Spam.

I check the stats on my blogs daily. I have about 20 to 30% scam, spam robot hits in my total blog count. If anyone sees that the hits on my counter went up 100 in one day, it means that I actually got 70 real readers. Nobody is actually viewing my blogs from the websites referenced in referer spam - and nobody knows about these links but me, since only I can see my Stats logs furnished by Blogger.

"Dancers should know that continuous improvement causes us to
think upstream process - not downstream damage control"

There are no actual links to my blogs, from these sites - nor are my blog contents being read, from anybody's computer. None of my blogs page rank or reputation is affected, one way or the other, by this bogus traffic. Referer spam may never stop and I will stop seeing a specific spam URL, when the spammer switches to a new URL or my blogs mature. At the moment, Russia leads all the other countries in using scam, spam robot hits on my blogs. And the puzzle with me remains. Why?

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

Received from my niece Yvonne, daughter in law, Lisa,
granddaughters, Madison and Maci  and her son, Scott.

They only switch to new URLs when Google blocks the spam advertising the current URL.  I will stop seeing referer spam in general, when my blogs become mature and they start getting real traffic. Owners of newer blogs, with less than 20 average hits per day will see their pageview counts fluctuate more. Many do not have counters because they are not very accurate, but they are accurate enough for me. If one of my blogs has 60 average hits per day and another has 30 average hits per day. The bot hits don't bother me, I know which is better and that is all I need to know.

"Dancing is an art and like any other art, the dancers learn to
truly appreciate it before they can begin to understand
the complexity of it all."

Thursday, February 16, 2017

With Dignity

A definition of patient-centered care: Providing care that is respectful of, and responsive to, individual patient preferences, needs, values, and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions.

"If you do not GO after what you want, you'll never have it.
If you do not ASK, you will never get it. If you do not
step forward, you will be in the same place."

In Hawaii, the cancer experience of this standard of care has been sorely lacking. Too many want to keep you alive according to their principles and will not respect yours. We would like to ensure that nearing the end of our lives we have the choice for medical aid in ending our lives with dignity rather than submitting ourselves to prolonged, aggressive medical treatment that extends our lives unnaturally.

"Three Coins In The Fountain" by the Four Aces

Hawaii has long been a national leader in policy related to health and compassionate care. Six states and Washington, D.C., have passed similar measures over the past 20 years. They know something and we should strongly support House bills and related Senate bills as they make their way through the legislative process this session. More careful changes could be made to control abuse.

"Vaya Con Dios" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

We all gotta go, no hu hu, we should all accept. It has been going on since the beginning of time. It is tragic when a young kid is killed in an accident, without having the opportunity to enjoy life as most of us do. But there comes a time when it is only right to go and we should accept. I hope to arrange it that I do not want to go through the torture of pain, not being able to sleep and not being able to eat, just to satisfy you. Let me go, please.

"The time in between what you once were, and who you are now becoming, is where your dance of life really takes place."

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Whatsup Doc?

I am glad to know that more people on this island are aware of the Rail Disaster. For most of us it will take longer to get to town and it will be much more humbug for everyone. Present users are already planning on other means of getting to work without all that hassle. Many are desperately looking for some nice place near by where they can work. Nice to know that some at the State capital are beginning to realize that these Rail people are just after the millions and millions of dollars in profits. Ron Menor will be the next millionaire on this island for sure, that's politics.

"If dancers do not go after what they want, they will never have it.
If they do not ask, the answer is always no. If they do not
step forward, they will always be in the same place."

We are working these blogs with the hope of getting rid of our best ones. The Guest Authors will decide which ones. We use our own method of social media analytic by ranking the blogs according to the hit counters. Which tools do you use to analyze your social media efforts? The trick in our blogging is not to be picky in what we publish but eventually we will delete much for having too much junk in our files.

"Blue Hawaii" by Don Ho

It is Platinum Horseshoe in front, and Town Dancer, solid in second place. Third place will take a little longer to determine. It may be Blogging Hawaii or Dancing Nights. Will take another month to determine that. The rest are still up for grabs and will be determined by the Two Centers. Any blog that can get the dance information to share with the reader/dancers is it. The information contributors will have the say so and determine the results

"Crazy (Pupule)" by Melveen Leed

Twitter seems to be our most efficient outside information. Twitter is an online news and social networking service where users post and interact with messages, "tweets," which are restricted to 140 characters. Registered users can post tweets, but those who are unregistered can only read them. Users access Twitter through its website interface. On the day of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Twitter proved to be the largest source of breaking news, with 40 million tweets sent by 10 p.m. (Eastern Time) that day. In our blogosphere we have four Twitter accounts.

"Dancers know that to live may be a rare experience in this world,
many people just exist and that is all."

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Still Learning

The best thing about being over 90, is being over 90. Certainly when I was 60 the idea of being 90 was "aarghh!" But we soon enough learn that we have only two choices.  We can die young or grow old. There is nothing else, we have no other choices. And bad health can hit us at any time in life.

"Excellence is not a destination, it is a
continuous journey that never ends." 

The idea of dying young like in your 20s in a war is kind of cool. A bit romantic like John Wayne. But eventually all of us realize that life can be fun. It may be fascinating and wonderful and emotional. So we eventually find the way of learning to get old psychologically and physically. And for many of the old they can have their disappointing moments turn into depression. The medical profession is doing a great job there. Mostly in showing us that we should have something to do.

"The Music Of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed

Just let me dance it my way. My Twitter accounts seem to be working just fine. I have tried to follow more people than those that are following me. I have tried to omit any that are outside of the Hawaiian Islands. The results are becoming pretty clear. Very little from the Mainland and some from the Neighbor Islands. Most of our blogging is from the Island of Oahu and our main subjects are music and partner dancing.

"Giving Love A Try" by Nohelani Cypriano

I do not follow anyone that has more than 1000 total follows and followers. If they want to follow me, I leave them be. But for sure the big ones don't need me. They are too much, too many Tweets and I would have a hard time getting mine to be noticed. I share each blog that I publish with Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google Plus. The net result is that the hits are going up slowly but surely.

"We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by
practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living,
the principles are the same - just do it."

Saturday, February 4, 2017


Advice to those that are beginners in social dancing can be found just about anywhere. Try anyone of the amateur dance teachers on Oahu, many have been in dancing for a long time and know their business. They might be interested in helping you with the first advice. I say come out, meet somebody and give it a try. Yes, there are still young kids learning as street dancers, but most of it is solo dancing.

"Dancers know that one way to succeed may be not
to worry too much what anyone else is doing."

If you start with any dance club or studio, come in with a willingness to learn. And an idea of your strengths and weaknesses, not just about social, exhibition and competition dancing. And the more you know about it to begin with will certainly help along the way. You need to keep your cool, read, understand and interpret reading matter in advertisements, dance newsletters, blogs and web sites that interest you on dancing.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Coming in with the right attitude gives you a chance to make something that could be difficult into a lot of fun and enjoyment. Especially when it comes to the delight of moving in a nice way to your favorite music.

Such a short time and even some of Trumps supporters are coming to the same conclusion. Trump is a nut. He thinks he is Hitler and the master race (white) shall inherit the earth. Next, the Orientals! Out! And we must be careful, he may want to outlaw dancing of any kind in his country. He bought the country and he will do what he wants to do with it. And he says, anybody don't like it can get the hell outta here.