Thursday, December 24, 2020

Merry Christmas

So, all of us in our social dance scene on Oahu know that it is not good. We face the fact that things are not going to get easy soon. The dance community did very well in closing up, wearing masks and respecting social distance. And we all aware of the fact the entire state opened up too soon and too much. We are paying the price in human misery. All of us at this Christmas time want to share our best feelings and the message to all from the bottom of our hearts. Let's stay safe.

"Silent Night"

We should also say that we should be grateful and proud of the work that many have done every day in our dance scene. Our dance scene must not die, our Island grows and we will have the opportunity to offer better opportunities to many of our friends and loved ones. And we may realize that we have made some preparations so that the spirit of Christmas can be felt in all. It may inspire us to cleanse our hearts of all bad feelings, forgive the offenses and perhaps unite us even more as the great social dance family that we are.

"Good tidings to you and happy Christmas for today
and all the Christmases to come."

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Some News

The Elections in Europe are pretty easy, cut and dried, everybody votes and they get the results fast. But not in the US, we are a third rate country. The entire world knew that Biden won by November 5th. The American public was officially notified by November 15th. Something about the official rules or something. But of course we have Trump and he is not about to accept anything from anyone because he knows how his crooks operate. Spent over 100 million dollars to screw up the works denying the loss and blaming everyone else. Finally on December 14th the Electoral College declared Biden the winner. Should be over? Hah. Trump is still trying to goof up the works. Yogi Berra quote, "It ain't over 'til it's over."

“Social dancers believe that hope is the power of being cheerful in

circumstances that we know may be a bit difficult.”


The Trump Pandemic is still out of control in the entire US. None of the other countries are in as bad a condition as we are. Trump screwed it from the very beginning, he was pushing snake oils. And he will not do anything anymore. From all the other countries and their relative successes we know of several things we have not done in the US. Testing on some regular basis and washing your hands often. Wearing masks and having a respect for social distance. Trumpanzees do not do any of this and they contaminate everyone else. We are getting better in Hawaii but still too much control by Trumpanzees.

 "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

In our dancing, most people are learning very well. There has been more acceptance of wearing masks and that is a big help. Most dancers realize that six feet of social distance is fine but seven, mo bettah. And if you are in anything that might be a Trumpanzee environment, TEN FEET IS MO BETTAH YET. Washing the hands is not so evident but some people carry sanitizers. If the business rules are tightened up we can come out of it. No tourists from the Mainland. From Taiwan, New Zealand, fine.

"Most of us old timers get to know that life is an extraordinary adventure and

we fully understand that we can only do this - one time around."

Friday, December 4, 2020

Not by Christmas

Social distancing remains the most effective intervention that we have to reduce the spread of the Trump Pandemic. Dr. Fauci knows, Trump does not know. Studies which were among the first to look at the effects of weather on the Pandemic transmission, found spring-like temperatures were associated with some reduction in the spread of the virus. In Hawaii we are favored, but the beneficial impact of temperature was easily diminished when social distancing was not implemented, particularly in densely populated areas. And the greater the distance, but higher the efficiency of protection. Trumpanzees do not understand this. Many of our good people in Hawaii do not either.

"Social dancers believe it is possible to solve our problems. Tremendous things happen to the believer. So believe the answer will come and we shall dance again."


Are masks effective in preventing Trump Pandemic? Wearing cloth masks can help prevent people infected with the virus that causes the pandemic from spreading the virus. Make sure your cloth mask fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face and completely covers the nose and mouth, Make sure it is secured with ties or ear loops, includes multiple layers of fabric, allows for breathing without restriction, It helps if it can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape. Cloth masks should NOT be worn by anyone who has trouble breathing or unable to remove the mask without assistance.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Christine Ono
 

When we opened too soon, allowed tourists from the mainland and allowed schools to open we have run up the cases and deaths in Hawaii. We will not make it by the end of the year. There are clusters of Trumpanzees like Ewa Beach to Mililani that take pride in "NOT" wearing a mask. Keep away from those people. However hope is not lost. Schools will be coming into more control and we will be more careful of tourists from the mainland, very likely to be contaminated. Taiwan, New Zealand, Australia. Fine, these countries are coming out of it very well. The US because of Trump is the worst one of all. Keep those people away from us.

"Social dancers learn step patterns and learn that if
you believe you can, you're halfway there."
 

Friday, November 20, 2020

Maybe by Christmas?

Social dancers on Oahu are still lacking much knowledge of our dance situation.There has been a consensus that it has been challenging to navigate the Trump Pandemic whether you are a teacher, a dancer, or someone walking down the street. It has caused an increase in overall stress level, with guidelines changing on what feels like a daily basis. The state as a whole was doing very well until about three months ago. Then the Trumpanzees insisted on opening up too soon and too much. Our cases and deaths went through the roof.

"Don't despair, we are in not total control, we have hopes that the entire world is listening to science and is not going to rely on snake oil."


We have had a couple of lock downs again. We have more use of masks and we are respecting social distance more. The tourists and the schools make the issue still in doubt. They allowed tourists from the mainland and those people are contaminated. Americans are no longer permitted to enter Canada. Reports come out one day and then be retracted the next only adding to the frustration that many of us are feeling. One thing that we must remind ourselves is that we are dealing with a novel virus. We are watching science do exactly what it is supposed to do. And some still pay no attention. Research is happening at a very rapid rate- normally we wouldn’t see articles published for months,

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges 

We shall dance in the Palladium again.
The world is collaborating and learning more about this virus every day and so the recommendations are changing. They are dancing in Wuhan, China. Science is constantly correcting itself right now as our body of knowledge surrounding the virus continues to expand. I see this as a good thing - if we were still operating off of data and information we had in March we would be in a much different place. The scientists are adjusting their views, in a constant state of learning, and not just sticking to their own biases and perceptions. Dr. Fauci was right and Trump was wrong.

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”
― Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Blogging

Traditonal blogging delivers content but does not facilitate readers/dancers to participate in the creation or development of the content. On Oahu social media such as Twitter and Facebook have shot to the forefront of people's attention throughout the world because the participation may be fun. Of course, we will not push, so that many in our dance environment will take a while to fully understand. At this moment we do not have enough dance information to share so we go slow. We must be patient and the hits on our blogosphere may reflect this, when we begin to dance again.

"If I have a hundred ideas and only one of them turns right, I am satisfied."


Of course, the majority of our possible somewhat steady readers are still not certain what blogging or social media is all about, and let's not blame anyone. Social Media is not what we have been accustomed to for fifty, sixty years. We had news letters, newspapers, magazines, radio and TV type of media and all "to whom it may concern," with very little feedback. Social Media is essentially a category of online media where people are talking, participating, sharing, networking, and bookmarking online. Social media gives you what TV never could - a chance to be engaged and engage others. Blogging is not so much even in Makaha.

"Waikiki" by Amy Gilliom

 
Most dancers are well aware of a possible commitment and even if not true, is their privilege, with the results being that blogging is increasingly going to the younger by default. In everything we do, we do not exclude anyone, they exclude themselves. And we. on Oahu, accept that, it is clear enough. Thanks to social media, it's easy to share our ideas, photos, videos, likes and dislikes, within our own dance world as far as it will go - and find out what the reader/dancers think of them. You can find friends, business contacts and become part of our entire dance community for the benefit of all. And it is all up to you.

“Social dancers believe that hope is a verb with its shirtsleeves rolled up.”

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

From Lily Diamond, Part Three

I also recommend bringing a copy of Haunani-Kay Traskʻs "Lessons From a Native Daughter" on your trip—an iconic beach read to decolonize the mind!  Be respectful and honor boundaries. How do you act when you enter the home of someone you respect greatly, on whom you want to make an excellent impression? Enter into this place with that same degree of respect, and more. As a guest, you would think twice before barging into spaces where you weren’t invited, and if you were told there were specific areas you should not enter, you would want to respect those boundaries. There are many places in Hawaii that hold great cultural significance and are not for settlers or visitors. What a beautiful thing that is, to be able to honor boundaries. It means we begin to live in a world where our own boundaries are respected as well,

“Social dancers still believe that to plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”


Be curious, and if you don’t know, ask. The culture of white supremacy teaches us to be ashamed if we donʻt know the right way to be. But guess what? We are all fallible, and we all make mistakes. White supremacy teaches us to make assumptions and put up a front of defensiveness when we don't know the answer. Don’t be a white supremacist! Ask questions if you don’t know how to pronounce a word, if you’re not sure of the appropriate custom, or if you’re not sure of your place in a situation. Don’t presume you know. Be open to learning new ways.

"Shores of Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner


Give back to this place, rather than simply taking from it. Consider what you are being given during your time in Hawaiʻi: Rest, beauty, comfort, ease, the purity of this land, and the illusion that all of this comes easily, freely. In truth, all of these gifts, and the very impact of your presence, come at tremendous cost to the natural resources and the people here—particularly our host communities, the kānaka maoli. How can you give back to Hawaiʻi and its people to create a model of healthy relationship for other visitors and future generations? Spend your money with locally-owned businesses and artisans. Consider making a donation of money and/or your time to an organization working to restore Hawaiʻi’s natural resources and protect its people.

What have we learned in 2020?  We are fragile, we need each other, we need this earth, and we must rewrite our stories of community, connection, and equity if weʻre going to survive. I hope you use your time in Hawaiʻi to do just that. (And for goodness sake, wear a mask.)

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Up To Date?

Dancing Jargon is just so that we can talk to each other a little easier, - East Coast Swing: A lively dance based on 1 1/2 bars of music in Single Rhythm. Has two natural step rhythms. - Eon: Unit of time, that it seems to beginners will take to learn to dance. - Even Rhythm: The oldest of the rhythms, a combination of steady, consistent beats that are identical to the meter and get the same time value. In dancing, it is using the step, step, step such as Waltz, Merengue. - Exhibition Dancing: It is not recreational dancing in whichever style. It is a partner dance done primarily for performance and theatrical purpose. Strictly Show Biz. - Exhibition Syndrome: The desire of all dancers to "look good." This may be hidden and unspoken in some cultures. It definitely exists on all social floors and is also linked to the Competition Syndrome.

“Social dancers know that you must have hope for if you lose hope,
somehow you lose the vitality that can keep you moving,"

Exercising in a mask takes practice, just like everything else in dance, and it's completely safe to cover your nose and mouth with fabric while dancing or exercising, and there is some discomfort which is to be expected. Many people feel that masks and face coverings may increase "breathing effort" during exercise, but not to a degree that it would affect their performance. You're not going to have any problems with oxygenation, increased CO2 retention or anything like that. We will just phase into it because we all have an obligation to our fellow dancers to help keep each other safe. Perhaps in a few months we will be phasing ourselves out of it.

"Shores Of Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner

Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center in Maryland: In general, face masks should be worn at all times while inside the Ballroom, and the mask must cover the nose and mouth. For a time, we allowed “open face” while seated, but that could still expose others to the virus. After considering requests from several dancers, we believe requiring masks at all times is the best policy for everyone. The face mask restriction may be considered unnecessary by some and this is understood. However other dancers remain concerned, and those concerns are valid. We want everyone to feel as safe as the Ballroom can make it. This attendance, limited as it must be for now, and comfort for many. Also, we have added dance instruction to the Saturday dance to encourage attendance at that dance. This provides more opportunities to dance at least once per week, as it was before this pandemic started. We hate these covid restrictions, but know they are necessary during these trying times.

“There is strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today,
the Sun will rise again tomorrow.”
 

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Still Afloat

Fortunately most of us in Hawaii are not Trumpanzees and we may come out of this Trump Pandemic soon. "We" are certain of some facts. Respect of social distance - six feet is 99% effective. Not perfect? No, but it is was ahead of those that have no respect for social distance. How about Zero effectiveness? Masks are 96%, 97% effective. Not perfect? But way ahead of the Trumpanzees. They can stick together and contaminate each other. Just keep away from us. When we start to dance we must make it clear that we want no Trumpanzees there. We intend to respect each other.

“Social dancers know that all we need is hope. It has always been
lack of hope that has discouraged dancers.”

 
Most of now realize that most women are better dancers than men, because of this leader/follower thing. Everyone has realizes that a leader develops his own small repertoire of probably less than thirty different patterns, into several sequences and learns to lead those in the easiest way for the followers to follow. And most do very well indeed. The women, must not only be able to follow this man, but must also be able to follow the next man and the one after and all of which have different routines. Some women develop very good reputations for being able to follow anyone. It follows that women know and have a better understanding of the entire enchilada, Bless them.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

 
My Facebook account is getting too big, over 600 friends. And I have three big factions in it, the biggest being the Anti Trump faction. Then the economics and politics section followed by the social dance section. I have now created a Dance Blog Group within Facebook that has grown to 43 members. We social dancers can use it to communicate with each other. At the moment with photos is the easiest. Works almost the same as blogging. Look into it.

“Social dancers think that the job of feets is walking, but their hobby is dancing.”

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Pandemic in California

So here are we at the middle of September and nobody knows where we are, but most of us still have our hopes up. We don't know what everyone is doing. The people into food, making or just enjoying it in good company seems to be in our Social Media. Not much of anything else. In California, the dance halls have stopped all action with the times: But no one wants the halls to become frozen in time. They have insisted that they don’t need to be declared a "cultural legacy monument" because they already are one.

"The Wine of Life keeps oozing drop by drop,
The Leaves of Life keep falling one by one."
from the Rubaiyat.

 
It's impossible to copy the dance hall scene in California because it’s impossible to revive all the people who have come through here. If the traditions of the California dance scene were to be lost, it would be very serious, It would be something very sad for all. For many of the steady customers, it has been like a second home, and the people who come here to dance have been like a family. It is still a friendly crowd of dancers.
 
"Mi Buenos Aires Querido" por Carlos Gardel
 
 
Now there is nothing to soak up the atmosphere, not even music. For years, the halls have been unique and there may not be many places in the world like these, they have so much magic, so much charisma, it has what social dancers need to make them dance, However, there is the reality of today You feel nostalgic, when you look around and there is no life, Surveying the dance floor as if seeing the ghosts of those who danced here for a century.

“Social dancers believe that life may be hell, solely
because sometimes it can be beautiful."
 

Thursday, September 10, 2020

We have hopes

Reasons and the New Year which starts in November? and the Objective will be? Some will be looking for a new hobby since they didn't much dancing before but, they liked playing in gym now a then. They could enhance their personal relationships getting fit & healthy just meeting new people. They can get in Social Dancing just for the socializing. And if they are young enough they maybe thinking going into the International Style of Competitive Dancing The interest is there for many of us.

"Social dancers believe that every day may be a new chance
to change and make it better for a brighter future.”


On Oahu we have another lock down extended to Wednesday September 23rd. It seems to be coming under control with testing, use of masks and respect for social distance. Social distance is still considered the best at about 99% effective. Masks are about 97% effective and if you use both methods you have a very good chance of surviving. Just keep at least ten feet away from Trumpanzees. They believe in Trump, you have seen his crowds, they got rights and they are very likely to be contagious.

"I Will Dance For You" by Willie K


The Line dancers and others for young people such hip hop can be danced without a partner. They seem to be leading the way to the social dance scene for the end of the year. From what I have been able to gather, they are very aware of the music. All the dancers have their favorite tunes, and are the ones that have more fun dancing in the proper perspective, to the right dance. You may not need a partner to dance and there are so many dance elements to worry about like timing, technique, leg and foot work to the music

"There is no characteristic of human nature that is exchangeable as courtesy."


Saturday, September 5, 2020

Coming Through

Blogs can help bring humanity back onto the dance floor even now when we have no dance floor. In spite of Twitter, Facebook,Tumblr and the like. blogs have been very good all over the country. But you must be on Twitter to see anything on Twitter. Same on Facebook and all the others. In Blogging anyone can tune into whichever blog they wish and read whatever the bloggers are willing to share with the readers. And 99% of our readers are from this Island of Oahu.

“Social dancers believe we can do this… we can start over and soon.. We can
save our own lives, have stars to wish on and people to still love.”


Some groups have kept in touch with each other by Micros and they do know that they may be seen in many other countries. Before the lock down we had become so concerned with communicating support and processes that dancers had somewhat forgotten how to build relationships. How can dance clubs ask dancers to provide superior friendships and innovative thinking when everything they had seen and heard flew in the face of that? Blogs help create a culture with feedback that reinforces the good behaviors. Hopefully we will get many good honest independent opinions.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Meanwhile the Trump Pandemic is slowing down again in Hawaii and we may beat it again. The Trumpanzee territory on Oahu remains in the Ewa Beach to Mililani area. The Clusters are due there. In Asia and Europe, testing, masks and social distance are working very well. None of this Maleria medicine, Voodoo medicine, Clorox, Lysol, or the latest Trump push, snake oil made from Pillows. We just may have a few Christmas parties yet. Keep away from Trumpanzees. Six feet is not enough.

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
― Mother Teresa

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Confusing

Now at the beginning of the last quarter, it is still looking dismal for the dance scene on Oahu. Just a month ago, Testing, masks and social distance and we were doing good and then we let it go. The Trumpanzees got in, Oahu opened up too much and the cases and the deaths went up and up. Dancing slowed down and the hits on my blogs went down. I have decided not to push any of the blogs into any direction that I would like. I will let the information contributors and new guest authors make their own decisions and each blog will go into it's own direction and eventual independence. So I will just ask around and first get some Information Contributors willing to share our meager dance pearls with our fellow dancers.

"Social dancers believe that the problem with hope, is that it gets your hopes up.
But, of course, hopelessness is worse.”


And I will no longer solicit to make any of the blogs independent either. I will let each evolve naturally and the Information Contributors will help make the decisions. At the moment Town Dancer seem to be most solid of the blogs. They will  know when they are ready. The main thing I have concluded from my own Stats is that synergism is very evident with each new Feedback I get. Feedback generates hits simply because it is not SOS. (same old shit.) So right now would be a nice time to get the viewpoints of a few of our amateur teachers.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Gillion.


My preference is for American Style teachers but whatever we can get will be fine. Internationals fits in very nicely for those wishing to compete and be good exhibition dancers. This also includes the Peripherals. Then there are plenty of women in Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr so they could be a natural but not many in Web or Blog sites. A few in the non commitment style of one contribution only, which we are still lucky to get. And furthermore, many men are aware that the women may be a bit more knowledgeable of the whole enchilada. Ladies we welcome you.

"Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made."

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Line Dancing

I find some Line Dancing on the Mainland but no updates on Oahu and I am interested in Line Dancing, which is exactly what its name implies: people dancing in lines to music. Line dances are choreographed dances with a repeating series of steps that are performed in unison by a group of people in lines or rows, most often without the dancers making contact with one another. Ideal during our Pandemic on Oahu. All the dancers performing a line dance face the same direction and perform the steps at exactly the same time. Although many popular line dances are set to country music, the first line dances did not originate from country-western dancing.

"Social dancers believe that to plan on the coming
dance opportunities is to believe in tomorrow.”


Line dancing is believed to have originated from folk dancing, which has many similarities. Contra dancing, a form of American folk dance in which the dancers form two parallel lines and perform a sequence of dance movements with different partners down the length of the line, probably had a huge influence on the line dancing steps we are familiar with today. During the 1980s and 1990s, line dances started being created for popular country songs. Even pop music began to see an upswing in line dances in the 1990s, with "the Macarena" serving as a sort of hybrid folk-pop dance number that swept the world by storm.

"Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus


Basic line dances focus on movements of the legs and feet, with more advanced dances including the arms and hands. The movements of a line dance are marked as "counts," where one count generally equals one musical beat. A particular movement or step takes place at each beat. A line dance will have a certain number of counts, meaning the number of beats in one complete sequence of the dance. For example, a 64-count dance would contain 64 beats. The number of beats does not necessarily equal the number of steps, however, as steps can be performed between two beats or over more than one beat. Because its steps are simple and don't involve dancing with a partner, line dancing is ideal for singles and people who don't normally dance. And it can be danced six feet apart.

“Social dancers believe there is still hope for all of us
and there is still good in the world.” 

 

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Social Dancing?

by Anthony S. Natale, PhD. New York.
No, it's not cops and robbers, not Iraq vs the United Nations, nor even the CIA vs the FBI. It is rather, pure and simple, "good dancers" as opposed to "bad dancers." "Good Dancing vs. "Bad Dancing" is what most educated dancers carp about all the time. Without question, "bad dancers" are the bane of their existence when sharing the same dance floor. Anyone suggesting that there are no "bad dancers" rather than just different kinds of dancers, has to be extremely naive. Educated dancers find this idea painful to accept, while dancing authorities find it ludicrous.

“Social dancers believe that if there is more to life than this  —
then there is more of it for us.” 


If that reasoning were carried to their logical conclusion, one could say that there are no bad drivers, golfers, swimmers, skiers, tennis players, and on infinitum, just different. This is absurd! Hitting a golf ball straight down the fairway and making the hole in par has got to be more fun than always being in the rough, in sand traps and always over par. To continue citing examples would be redundant and is best left up to the reader's intelligence. There simply has to be difference, however, in doing anything well as opposed to doing it poorly. Obtaining pleasure and satisfaction from one's endeavors is, of course, relative and always a matter of degree.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho


While one does not have to be an ultimate expert to derive pleasure from an activity, certainly the adage that one gets out is what one puts in is pretty close to the truth. It may be given that some individuals, because of their attitude, may derive more satisfaction from what they do than others, but this is providing that all things are as close to being equal. Without question, there is room for individual differences and varying levels of ability on the dance floor where educated dancers are concerned. There can be "good dancing" at many levels. Too often observed on the dance floor, however, are couples for whom "ignorance is bliss" or whose dancing has been influenced by alcohol. Look around, be aware.

“Social dancers believe that their past mistakes can't defeat them,
because tomorrow is a brand new day.” 

 

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Blogging On Oahu

Advertising, the mouthpiece of business: Publicity has been over developed into what many consider a fine art. Much of it is simply superfluous and even obnoxious. We are all acquainted with "Junk Mail" and now, on the internet, we are confronted with "Spam." All of it quite sickening. It is suppose to make you think you have longed all your life for something you never heard of before. And most of it is in the category of "to whom it may concern." newsletters, newspapers, magazines, radio, television, Web sites and all the others. Social Media, - our dance blogging, is something else.

“Social dancers believe that hoping is how the impossible may be possible after all.” 
 

We are in Communications Mode in which we will communicate to each other. Feedback? Slowly it is coming into being. The realization that we are going to get an Information Contributor that is willing to share dance information with out fellow readers by just emailing it in. And anytime that person is ready they can be a Guest Blogger. Hopefully we will get women into the crowd. If you look into Twitter or Facebook you can see the women can do just as well as men. I believe that not only can they write from their own viewpoint but they can write what would be of interest to the rest of our reader/dancers.

"Night And Day" by Jimmy Borges


Fortunately I have been able to get a few information contributors with "no commitments." They make it plain that they don't wish to get further involved. All of it has been well appreciated by our readers. We should appreciate and consider ourselves lucky to get what we can get. Hopefully we can get a few to contribute regularly at least to get their groups viewpoint in, now and then. And then, get to be a Guest Blogger. And what is a Guest Blogger?

“Social dancers do not worry if some people think we're crazy. We are crazy."

Saturday, August 15, 2020

August 15 1944

It was a sight that had rarely been seen before and which may never be seen again. It was the last large-scale night parachute jump of World War II. An hour after midnight, three hundred ninety-six C-47 aircraft, scattered over a hundred and fifty miles at ten airfields in west-central Italy, began turning over their engines. Over five thousand paratroopers of the 517th Regimental Parachute Combat Team were on board. At ten-second intervals planes taxied down dirt runways, lifted off, and circled into formation.The dust, compounded by darkness, was so thick that many pilots had to use compass bearings to find their way down the runways.


Takeoff times were from 0136 to 0151 for the ten serials, depending on the distance to the first check point at the Isle of Elba. Each serial required over an hour to get into formation, a column of "V of V's" nine planes wide. The entire formation, from the head of the first serial to the tail of the last, was over one hundred miles long. This was the ALBATROSS mission, to drop 5,630 paratroopers in Southern France. Only about 20% of the 517th landed within two miles of the Drop Zones. The 2nd Battalion had made a fair landing, but had only half its strength on hand. The 3rd was split into three groups a day's march away.


The artillery was in three groups near Frejus, Trans-en-Provence, and the DZ. The 1st Battalion was so widely scattered that it would take most of a day to get it together. The basic cause of the inaccurate landings was the heavy, unexpected fog bank. But there were other factors, including gross navigational error, excessive air speeds and altitudes, lack of practice in formation flying and failures of the red light-green light system. Paratroopers want most of all to be dropped upon their DZ. Failing this, they want at least to be concentrated together. Most of the 517th got neither. War is never easy.

Happy Veteran's Day, Wednesday, November 11th.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

From Diary of a Street Dancer

By Walter Darian. 1970
Three decades had passed, the building was the same, only the signs were different. A modern 1970s sign said, "Rivera." It felt strange climbing that long straight stairway again, but it was just as I remembered it. Inside, however, it was no longer a typical sailor joint. It was now a reconstructed Disco joint (albeit a seedy one.) The bar to the left of the door was gone. Gone too were the booths and tables on the perimeter of the dance floor. In the center of the room was a circular bar with the standard disco lights over head - which instantly brought me to the present.

“Social dancers believe that hope does not leave without being given permission.”


A lone bartender handled the near empty bar. There wasn't a sailor, marine, doggey or hooker in sight. I ordered a drink, then turned, searching for "it." It stood in a nearby corner, a modern jukebox, squat, dark and non-descript - unlike the original with its attractive oval shaped top. Hoping to find a familiar tune I walked over. A quick glance at the selection in the first panel had me shaking my head in disappointment. I returned to the bar. Alone with my drink, my thoughts drifted back to 1942. Once again, the joint was "alive" and jumping. Still only nineteen, but no longer a boot I was at the bar with my buddies.

"Green Eyes" by Jimmy Dorsey


White hat on the back of my head, (to show my wavy black hair, which too, was gone now.) I ordered another drink. That familiar mellow feeling was starting to take hold (with me, it never took more than one.) In my reverie, I could almost hear Jimmy Dorsey's great hit record "Green Eyes" with Bob Eberly on the first vocal. Followed by that great "swing part" by the band with Jimmy on Sax. Then Helen O'Connell coming in - very quietly - with "soft light"- and building to her sexy, unforgettable description of those six little words - "those cool and limpid green eyes." I finished my drink and left.

“Social dancers believe there may be spiritual solutions to most of life challenges"

Friday, August 7, 2020

What Music?

By Roger Ching, Waipio
There have been roughly 100 million (give or take a million) new tunes composed and recorded by various groups world wide, since the early 30s. And from that group, 90 million are simply not acceptable for whatever the reason. That leaves only 10 million passable. From these, 9 million are strictly for listening and do not really have a beat for dancing. We can automatically throw out that rap crap. That leaves only one million. From these, 900 thousand are nice but not really favorites that social dancers really want to dance to.

“Social dancers sometimes feel that they get more yesterday than anybody.
They need some good kind of tomorrow.”


What then? That leaves only 100 thousand left and from these, 90 thousand are nice but not that well known by everyone in all parts of Hawaii. That leaves us on Oahu with 10 thousand very good ones for ordinary music lovers to choose from, as our favorite "Oldies But Goodies." That is for most of the social dancers on Oahu. If a disc jockey played 100 different ones per evening it would take him one hundred days to repeat the sequence. So most of our disk jockeys do a great job with such a nice variety of music to choose from.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho


Of course "Oldies But Goodies" did not really count until this century. "What a nice comfortable beat, nice tune, beautiful arrangement etc." I don't believe that in the last forty years, I have ever heard much said about any of the oldies on our dance floors in Hawaii. And I am talking about my all time favorites. There are so many that are your favorites too. But what do we know? Some disk jockeys are thinking of a playlist. I don't know. Let's help them out if they ask, it would be for our own good and we could look forward to enjoying dancing to the music of our choice,

“You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us.
And the world will live as one.” ― John Lennon