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
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.”