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.
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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.