Friday, September 23, 2016

Makua Alii

Thursday morning busy with my helper on the computer trying to make a new set up for my two computers. Got a lot of other paper work done too. Prepared for the trip to town and take everything I should have to make a good blog. I was ready by six and the #53 bus was late, I missed the #2 bus in town and the next one got me to Makua Alii at 7:45. Tough!

“Every week should gives us a chance to draw in a breath,
listen to some nice music and dance.”

The place was jumping and I had the opportunity to say hello to many of my friends. They all looked pretty good. Most of the nice people were there and a few of the not so nice as in any other dance group. The whole enchilada is still acceptable as a social dance environment. As more people see the blogs, this place will get better attendance. And the International Style dance classes are free. You can't beat that.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

I took some pictures and also had a couple people take some for their point of view. As in most of our social dancing we have too much fancy stuff on the dance floor and not enough of the basic. I danced one dance with Rose and the time was getting close to 8:30. I had to walk all the way around but I got to the front door with plenty of time. The Handi Van was there on time and I got home by 9:00. Not bad.

Now we will find out the difference between "dancers" and "movers to music."

Saturday, September 17, 2016

May Still Make It.

Another agonizing adjustment but I have no choice but to keep on doing it as long as I still have most of my mental and physical abilities with me. I cannot delete either Blogging Hawaii or Ritmo Mestizo this year for sure. I have to see the results when we have a steady Two Center. And we are getting closer so I have my hopes.

"God is the DJ, Life is the dance floor,
Love is the rhythm, and We are the music."

Then I have come to my conclusions from the data I have and
I have divided our reader/dancers into three.

The Hot Dogs, - they are the max in kokua and in return we tend to go out of our way to get verbal information and photos to play them up in our blogosphere, which gets bigger daily. They are getting some good Public Relations in our dancing circles, And from them we will get our much needed Information Contributors and Guest Authors to share more information with the readers. They are the ones that will be known throughout the island and they will be making these blogs into real Social Media.

"Be My Love" by Mario Lanza

The good ones will kokua if you are there and they will help get some photos of the action and perhaps permit a quote or two. Perhaps even an information contributor or two. Good people but just not that much interested. We help them where it is convenient and we must respect and try not to interfere. Otherwise they are too busy, have a Web site or they do have many other important things to do.

"I Can Dream, Can't I" by the Andrew Sisters

The "No, Nos" They are adequately taken care of with their own PR elsewhere, Web sites, newspaper, radio and TV advertising and have no use for blogging of any kind. Some of them seem to believe that due to their good looks, talent, fame and fortune, blogs are benefiting too much from their pearls of wisdom. We try desperately to identify them and drop them like a hot potato. We have our hands full with the rest of the reader/dancer/bloggers and (as I will repeat often enough,) we will help only where we can help.

"Is it time for a little wine?" 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Skinny, Just Right and Fat.

The good, the bad and the ugly, small, medium and large, as adults, we all know the three regular divisions. We assume there are three in looking at life too and it makes it easier that way than just lumping the whole enchilada in one pot. At one time I had eleven different blogs rolling. What did I know? But no one else did either and the reader/dancers will continue to make the decisions.

"Most Social Dancers deal with negative comments by first trying
to see if those other people are right. If not, we stay
positive,  focused and own our success."

I found out by lumping them in Good, Maybe and the Not so good. Later on I would get the four that were in the Not so good and deleted them. We are now down to the present seven and I only have the top two categories. And by the end of the year I can decide if it will be Blogging Hawaii or Ritmo Mestizo as the one to go. The Magnificent Six?

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

This blog was at its peak when we had the Spin Doctor with us, but does not do our kind of music anymore though he has some of the best in the world. Then this blog also made contact with the neighbor islands and somebody messed us up on Maui. Something about publishing their private letters. I asked, where, but no one provide the answer so I deleted all their blogs.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

I have made contacts with others but most of time they send me a "Mickey Mouse" poster that requires some special gimmicks to copy it. The old time methods of submitting in a regular format is lost to them. I like to just copy and post, just like that. And I can email a high quality photo in JPEG format so that anyone can print it without any trouble at all, just by using what comes with every computer.

I ask that guy at the last dance - what is the difference between Ignorance and Apathy? He said, "I don't know and I don't care." Clear enough!

Thursday, September 8, 2016





6:30 PM – 9:50 PM

POTLUCK! or a monetary donation is appreciated.


Ok·to·ber·fest Note: Oktoberfest this year,
is celebrated from September 17 – October 3, 2016

1. a traditional autumn festival held in Munich, Germany,
every October that features beer-drinking and merrymaking.


Sunday, September 4, 2016

Social Dance on Oahu

It is slowly coming together and even many of the Social Dance Clubs are beginning to recognize it. We do not have to look down on any other type dancer. No hu hu, we can all do our own thing. And for sure we are not going to allow international organizations to come in and tell us we dance "incorrectly." We are going to begin thinking for ourselves and of our enjoyment.

“Fortunately on Oahu, there are fewer insensibles among us.
such as faultfinding, gossiping, backbiting, and murmuring,
envying, coveting, withholding gratitude and praise that
might lift another, and being unforgiving and jealous.” 

The Rumba appears to be very popular in Town, just not promoted by anyone. It is just a regular and has always been there. Rumba in more or less its present form has existed in Cuba for five hundred years. It has been a generic term for different types of Caribbean music and dance. But what was exported to the US was not the Rumba but the Son, which is a different story. Now the present American Rumba is the most danced in Latin America and with an increasingly accepted alternate basic.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

On Oahu we are getting people to join in blogging and posting their opinions. We will all ponder: "What's the worst that could happen to me if I tell this truth?" We have to find a receptive dance club in town. Unlike dancers in other places our breaking silence is unlikely to have us jailed, "disappeared" or run off the road at night. Our speaking out will irritate some people, call us names, cads, or hypersensitive or whatevah. But then our speaking out will permit other dancers to speak, somethings may change and our dance world may be altered forever.

"Our dancers, bless them, are making a habit of shutting down conversations that aim to tear others down."

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Nice Day

Well, Blogging Hawaii is racking up a few hits just from the last blog on Makua Alii. Now in third place behind the famous Town Dancer and Platinum Horseshoe. Actually most of our blogs are in a plateau and all I can do is hope. I went to Pearlridge Chapter HBDA social tonight and they sure had a nice gang. It will take me a day or so to put the blog together.

"In dancing we all know that whoever gossips to you,
will inevitably gossip about you."

The new set up is going very well, I am able to get to a dance function and get back home. either by bus or by Handi Van. Once there, I try to get at least one photo just to check the camera out. But my hands fumble and it is difficult to handle, so I can usually get a couple of people to take a few photos. Then I take a few sheets of blank paper and try to get a few words from somebody, anybody. Together with my writing, it can turn out to be a nice blog and we will improve with time.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

I read in another publication of the cancellation of the new Dance Pavilion at the Patsy Mink Recreation Center to pay for the Rail Disaster. But they mention the HBDA Studio and mentioned that a couple more like it in the West would suffice. We are not the Ballroom Dancers of yesteryear. HBDA has always had arrangements designed to be attractive to both single and married adults over the age of thirty in a family-friendly environment. The socials there are the same as for all dance clubs, Pot Luck and they can sure have some good stuff. In a smoke-free environment, this is cultural and social dancing at its best.

“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup.
All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped,
but with others, ya gotta drink the whole bottle.”

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Makua Alii Trip

Thursday morning, I did not feel so good but I felt better in the afternoon so I did not cancel my Handy Van to Makua Alii and I got there a little after seven when the dance lessons started. Free International Style dance lessons. Took my time, and I got a couple photos. But my fingers don't work so good anymore and I got other people to take a few photos.

"If we can dance, feel free and not be embarrassed,
then we can rule our dance world."

They have a good crowd of people but just need a few more to make it more social and more interesting. No dues or payments necessary and all parties are just like all the other Pot Luck parties on Oahu. The variety of dancers is a benefit for all concerned. Perhaps we can get another item similar to the following, "I thank all for coming to our dance classes and to our general dancing. Everybody welcome." - Tad Fukumoto

I sat with Rose, and I am glad her husband is getting better. I have known them for over 25 years. I could go to the water fountain without my walker just to keep in practice. I let a couple ladies take most of the photos and will do this all the time. Each photo becomes a different viewpoint and that is our game. I got an item from Herbie Omizo, who has been in the social dancing game for decades. "I come to help Tad set up the chairs, every Wednesday and Thursday meet. I also try to help the Lady beginners when I can."

I finally got up enough nerve to dance a Rumba with Rose. Not easy, used two hands but she is very nice and helped. I sat around until 8:30 when everyone started to leave and went outside to wait for the Handy Van. A little late but it got me home before 10 which was very nice.

"We don't have to dance better than anyone else. We just have
to dance better than ourselves."