Friday, August 30, 2019

The Central Valley

The Rail Party says that accidents do happen, that's accepted and the estimated costs on the Rail go up now to fifteen billion dollars. Ha, Caldwell reported, that just a few months into the fiscal year, the city is already in the hole 30 million dollars. So many lucky Taxpayers out there in Hawaii. They are all beginning to realize they were conned and no one knows what happened to the first billion dollars. Somebody is making millions and millions of dollars daily. The Council members refer to it as the "Gravy Train." Easy Money.


And we have to build million dollar rail stations too, and keep the monthly parking fees to less than $400.00 per month. The transit rates will be the same for rail or bus, except that it will go up to $5.00 per. It is no longer referred to as "Rapid Transit" because it will be slower. Right now, you can get the #93 in Waianae at 6 am and get to Honolulu Hale by7:30. "Rapid Transit" cannot beat that in a million years. Of course, the city for sure will not go bankrupt. The State will have to bail them out. Lucky neighbor islands, they are going to pay through the nose too.


Industrial Park in the Ewa Plain, nestled up into the mountains. Voted down by the Rail Party. Would have been 9000 less cars on the freeway to town. 9000 less cars in Honolulu Traffic. And 9000 cars on the way back. "And I coulda been home in 20 minutes." Yes, we have be conned, Royally. But it's the bread, Fred. Cayetano was right all along.

"Social dancers are well aware that truth is generally
the best vindication against slander."

One of the Trump's Big Bucks Characters passed away and arrived
at the Pearly Gates sweating and struggling with a heavy suitcase.
 Saint Peter says, “Set the suitcase down and come in.”
 “No way!” barks the banker, “I have to bring it in.”
Peter is a nice guy and asks, “OK, What could be
in there that is so important? Open it.”
The banker opens the suitcase to reveal 50 gold bricks.
Saint Peter’s jaw drops,” You brought pavement?


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Heads Up

Bolero: An extinct Spanish dance that fused in with Rumba danced in the Caribbean. The one that is danced in America was a complete fabrication of the dance instructors of the time. Can be a beautiful exhibition dance but not as a social dance. The music too has been mixed and confused with other types. Generally the music for bolero may be exactly the same but slower than Rumba and the entire bolero-rumba scene is in process of being untangled.

Bongos: Small joined drums of different pitch, struck by the fingers of both hands. Used in Latin music to give it its distinctive sound and usually held between the knees. Evolved from the separate small drums played by the Natives of Mexico for millenniums.

"Green Eyes" by Jimmy Dorsey


Social dancing is not only artistic recreation but also a sport integrated with social aspects. it has been a most socially accepted way for adults to play It not only pleases the participants but casts its attractiveness on the people watching. This has led to extensive development of Exhibition and Competition Ballroom Dancing. Though exhibition dancing now, is not really ballroom dancing. It is performance or theatrical dancing, strictly show biz. There are also standard steps and non-standard step. The standard steps are those approved by the dance societies in the U.S. and England. This facilitates the dancing for people from diverse sections of the world.

"Waikiki" by Amy Hanaialii


You can see some of these social dancers in many places and they seem to know what they want. They enjoy the music and the moving to that music. They enjoy the company of their friends and neighbors and are willing to accept "outsiders" to partake of the fun. But of course, most of these people know the music and do not have ear plugs in their ears from sunup to sundown. "We" do not dance for others, we dance for ourselves. Once we got that gang together we got it made in the shade. We get suggestions and among the best of our advisors are the teachers of Dance. But in the end, we dance anyway we damn well please.

This may require Deep Thinking: "Where does the light go when it goes out?"

Saturday, August 24, 2019

For Gamblers

By Frank Yuen, Ewa Beach
Probability has much longer history than statistics. Probability is derived from the verb to probe meaning to"find out" what is not too easily accessible or understandable. The word"proof" has the same origin that provides necessary details to understand what is claimed to be true. Probability originated from the study of games of chance and gambling during the 16th century. Actuaries in modern day business mathematically evaluate the likelihood of events and quantify the contingent outcomes in order to minimize losses, both emotional and financial, associated with uncertain undesirable events. And Dancing?

"Social dancers believe that the single biggest secret to success in social dancing is to make your partner feel appreciated and as comfortable as much as possible."


They were little regarded by the auto or the banking business and their troubles were obvious in the Stats. Since many events, such as death, cannot be avoided, it is helpful to take measures to minimize their financial impact when they occur. As of now, we can help for the eventual take over of these blogs. These risks can affect a lot of extraneous factors. But we can take whoever wishes to share. New and ever growing diverse fields of human activities are using statistics; however, Blogs and Blockchain technology remain obscure to the public. During the 20th Century statistical thinking and methodology have become the scientific framework for literally dozens of fields.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Easy with increasing influence recently on the hard sciences such as astronomy, geology, and physics. In other words, "Stats" have grown from a small obscure field into a big obscure field. Now with Google Analytics or Blogger allowing the hits from Scamming or Spamming factors, the importance of statistics in our blogs is becoming semi relevant. They may fix it yet and our top blogs will remain at the top. The rest of the blogs have little relevance at the moment. But the only way to break through that wall is to get the blogs into "social media" and that means feedback. There is now the search to get information from more diverse sources. Of course the "prime" photos will be icing on the cake.

"Many social dancers believe that we could accomplish many
more things if we did not think of them as impossible."

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

In spite of the Rail Tragedy

Yes, what we need most is Two Centers, those willing to share their 2 cents with our fellow dancers in our  blogs. The Industrial Parks are leading the way, and the new Airport at Kalealoa is a great step forward. The new planned affordable Hotel is a terrific idea. The Passenger boats from Barber's Point are now making contact with the beautiful Waianae Boat Harbor. We all know the bus situation is going to go from bad to worse. Traffic Makaha to Kapolei will be almost at a stand still. So how about getting the Passenger boat at Waianae Boat Harbor? If it is "comfortable" nice, and those that have to get off at Barber's Point, fine.

"Many social dancers know that dancing can burn 300-500 calories
an hour, more than riding a bike or swimming. It can
also reduce stress from your daily routine."


Others will continue because they are stuck in Honolulu jobs. Auwe. Hopefully there will be more business parks on the Waianae Coast. Meanwhile Honokai Hale is waking up too. The express #93 bus with the first and last freeway stop will be discontinued. You don't like the new bus set up? Hit the road, Jack. With just SOS information this blog is not doing that bad. However, all the blogs need something else besides SOS. The presentation of a different opinion or view is what makes a blog into real Social Media.

"I Will Dance For You" by Willie K


And the prime necessity in our blogs is the "Two Center" also better known elsewhere as the Information Contributor. A couple more Information Contributors and specially that one that becomes willing to be a Guest Blogger and Wow! We will see the increase in hits and we can plan on the independence of the Social Dance Oahu blog. And we all know that there are dancers out there that may be willing and able to share a few photos and/or dancing thoughts with our fellow dancers. I would like to see enough Guest Bloggers that could accept my resignation and they could take the blog over.

"Most social dancers believe that if the goals cannot be reached,
don’t adjust the goals, adjust the what you gotta do"

Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Western Part

We don't have many public places (Night Clubs) in the West, where we can get our kind of music and dance our style of dance. And there will not be much in the vicinity of the Bad News Rail. There will be more people coming back into popular dancing in Waipahu, or in the Central Valley area. The Waianae Coast and the North Shore are wide open. It seems like our night clubs are a different species altogether, they are more "public" and from what I read, they may differ quite drastically in what we consider dancing. Rome was not built in a day.

"Social dancers want courage and audacity in their dance. In their dreams,
they are not crippled. In their dreams, they dance."


Then there has been the long standing tradition of paying the expenses with the bar tab. Some have cover charges but are still not satisfied and popular social dancing has the reputation of having non-drunks. Whereas in many places on the mainland they have found a wealth of income in the Juice Bar and the Snack Bar. Then some of our dancing has to be toned down. Arm waving has to be reduced to an absolute minimum. Up is not so bad but sideways, never. So we lives and we learns.


Steps must be reduced in size and let the body do most of moving to the music. There are some good places in Salt Lake, but as Yogi Berra would say, "No body goes there, - too crowded." Mostly for the young and they just wiggle to the music. It is looking pretty good that this blog is evolving into a certain area on Oahu. From Kalihi to the North Shore and the territory to the Waianae Coast. West Oahu.? Why not? But this group is still in process of defining itself and the reader/dancers will make the decisions.

"Social dancers believe that between the great things we cannot do and the
small things we will not do, the danger is that we shall do nothing."

Monday, August 12, 2019

Readers

In 1947, each 100 households bought an average of 147 newspapers daily. Now they buy fewer than 50 and the number has fallen non stop throughout these years. And with the 24/7 news in this century and internet information sites that make printed matter stale before it appears, the general busyness of life and many other things have created problems for news print. What happened to our two newspapers? They merged. What happened to magazines? Some have cease to be. We must find other means to get the truth by whatever means necessary. Most of us are on the Internet and we must be very careful there. Trump wants to be the sole judge of truth.

"Social dancers try to dress classy and dance cheesy. They do not try to dance
better than anyone else. They only try to dance better than themselves"


Most students of the dance are sometimes confronted with a social dance where little of the music precisely suits any of the dances they have been taught. Especially with our present day disc jockeys in night clubs that insist on playing LAGS. (latest and greatest syndrome.) for the younger crowd.  The newcomers lose confidence and do not know what dance they should do, so our dances must find the music for the majority of the people attending and leave the rootzi tootzis for somewhere else like night clubs maybe.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed


"We dogs can understand human verbal instructions, hand signals, bells,
whistles, horns, clickers, beepers, scent IDs, electromagnetic energy
fields and Frisbee flight paths. What do humans understand?"

We have a distinct type of dancers, also known as social dancers. Very few of them are top notch, deluxe, razz ma tazz, expert dancers. Most of are just common every dancers of the music we have been enjoying for ages.  So we are still at a good point and we need Two Centers who will decide it. Just a photo emailed would do for a starter along with a little information to flesh it out. So we are not asking too much and every one will make their own decisions as to the extent of their commitment.

"Social dancers know that obstacles are those frightful things you see
when you take your eyes off your goals. I wanna dance."

Thursday, August 8, 2019

WBDC

Looks like a nice week end coming up starting with Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club on Friday evening. Just bought a new camera online and it came with a Mickey Mouse battery. Not the kind where you can use ordinary batteries. If I can find someone to help me set it up and find out what Memory error is, I will give them the camera. What do I want? Just a few pictures at every shindig, once a month to share with the readers of the blogs.

Ah: A quarter beat of music such as Quick - Ah - Quick. Most often use in a chassé.


Don't Forget!
This Friday is the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club's Wild Wild West Hoe Down!
This here invitation is specially for you!
So pony up, giddy up, and head'em up at
the Wahiawa Recreation Center's Hale Hookipa Room!
Git down with your Cowboy and Cowgirl Boots, Hats, and Western wear,
or just git down hea ya'll!
Git good and ready for heaps of FUN!!!
See ya real soon!

Here's all the details for ya'll


Social dancers are ususally partner dancers in an informal, relaxed atmosphere. They are danced for the enjoyment of the partners - rather than to meet the criteria of a dance school or an audience. Social dancing is danced for socialization, recreation and health.

"Happy Trails To You" by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans

Monday, August 5, 2019

Bolero - Rumba

by Benigño Torres, Pearl City:

In my opinion the most beautiful music in existence today. These different dances have the same music more or less except for the speed and the arrangement.

"Social dancers know that dance is the art of touch, kin-esthetics. It can show us how
the body can become the instrument to engage and move to our favorite music."

The Bolero in the US is more European even though made in the US. For many it can sound like Latinized Fox Trots which nowadays they are. Most Latin boleros are in the 95 -105 beats per minute speed and the dance is very suave, slow going, tantalizing with an occasional full stop for a full count accent once or twice in the dance. Most Latin songs are in the bolero genre. A faster bolero is a very good Rumba.

"La Bamba" by Richie Valens

Obama - Palin Cha Cha Cha
The American bolero, was invented by American dance teachers, and is danced very differently than the Rumba. The only thing keeping it up in the US is that it is included in the syllabus of the dances of the American Style of Dance. It will become obsolete in this century in our "Social" dancing along with Paso Doble, Quick Step and Viennese Waltz. They are being replaced with Latin American dances of which many may be questioned as to the origin. The Lambada was never a Latin dance. The Bolero - Rumba music is now called Latin Pop, somewhat romantic and much of the music is used for listening only. Good dinner music in Latin America.

"Don't Let This Moment End" by Gloria Estefan

The Mambo was much faster and came from the old Rumba, 110 to 120 beats per minute, the clave beat is more intense and the physical action in dancing is more evident. The original "Bamba,"  (Bolero) sounds like you are going to a wake in comparison to the Richie Valens version in full jazzed up Mambo beat. Mambo was the most fun dance in the Americas for over 40 years even with the split of the break on 1 or on 2. It has been supplanted with the Salsa, which is more acrobatic and has engaging and disengaging complicated arm movements.


And it was displaced somewhat by Reggaeton another manufactured dance which was then split into several different factions. It came and went as a short fad dance for kids. And Bachata now is coming in strong, with Zouk and Zumba waiting in the wings. The under thirty crowd must have new dances and there will be many new fads coming along. The regular "social dancer" (over thirty) will standardize to have fun dancing to the classic favorites and socialize too for his/hers remaining 50 years of life. The Night Club dancing will return, we just have to accept. We are students in dance, always. Dance brings out the best of us and tells us where we can dance.

"I wondered why somebody didn't do something.
Then I realized, I am somebody."


Friday, August 2, 2019

Our Dance World

Pub'sNote: To our reader/dancers, please consider yourselves, now and henceforth, 
and no matter what anyone ever asks of you, free to do any damned thing you
want as long as it doesn't hurt someone else unnecessarily.

"Blogs are whatever we make them. Defining a 'blog'
may be a fool's errand."

Ballroom dancing began in Europe as partner dancing where the man was the dancer, so he led and the woman learned to follow his lead. This has evolved into many different types of dances, Waltz, Foxtrot etc. Each one has progressed to be danced in a semi traditional manner but different according to the discipline involved, American or International. Of course, many moves may differ further as a social dance. There is also a particular and distinctly appropriate music for each style. Nice.

"I'll Remember You" by Andy Williams

They are further divided into two very definite groups. Those that are considered derived from the European and those that are considered derived from the inhabitants of Latin America. This is most noticeable in the Competitions when there is a time interval dividing the two groups, with big costume and attitude changes. And the new peripheral fad dances are all coming from Latin America.

"What A Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz


We have a long row to hoe, but we can take our time and have fun along the way hoping to get a little feedback to share with our reader/dancers. I am on a walker and cannot get around much any more, and I don't have much time left. I am hoping for some dancers willing to share some of their dance Pearls with our fellow dancers and maybe even think about becoming a Guest Blogger. So it may take a couple more months to get our first regular. Most of the Blogger Structure has been set up. We just need the people that are going to take over. After that it should be easier for everyone.

"Social dancers believe that some people may not like what they do, some people may not like how they do it, but these people are not living their lives. They are!"