Sunday, January 17, 2021

Shaky

Half the month gone and nothing. Few remarks and no questions. Of course there is still no dancing so we must be patient. The basic offers of this blog are still good. As we get groups, we will get suggestions and make any necessary changes for the good of the reader/dancers. The biggest turn off at present is the word "free." And we cannot blame our reader/dancers. You gotta be careful if it says free.

It will be a work in process and the Panel space will be free, and only one to a group. No Trumpanzees accepted. All should have some kind of mask requirement and respect for social distance. Most people understand what we are up against. All the panels will be the same size, 435 pixels wide and 475 pixels long. I can make a trial poster for you, with minimum info and you can work on your own for later submission, if you wish. It will probably be updated once a week.

We hope for the best for all, stay safe and we shall dance again.


Friday, January 8, 2021

New Name

When I first thought of the name "Bill Board" I thought it was simple and to the point. No need complications. Now I have begun to run into other things with same name, Newsletters, Blogs, Pamphlets and Magazines. I found a few with Display Panel which means - a vertical surface on which information can be displayed to public view. So the focus remains the same and who knows, it may encompass a lot more topics

"Social dancer know not to count the days,
but make the days count."

It will be a work in process and the Panel space will be free, and only one to a group. No Trumpanzees accepted. All should have some kind of mask requirement and respect for social distance. Most people understand what we are up against. All the panels will be the same size, 435 pixels wide and 475 pixels long. I can make a trial poster for you, with minimum info and you can work on your own for later submission, if you wish. It will probably be updated once a week.


Meanwhile, the Word Press and Tumblr blogs are developing nicely and shorter. I want to get rid of my best blog which is Town Dancer. I need at least three people to turn it over. I have enough to do in my limited time. So I need people willing to share some information with our fellow dancers. And yes I know it is very limited because we do not dance. Stay safe, we will dance again.

"Wear your masks, respect social dance

and wash your hands, stay safe."



Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Second Test

What am I doing? I am not sure, so we can all learn. It will be a work in process. It will be a bill board with all boards the same size. 435 pixels wide and 475 pixels long. The length I decided, the width was dictated by the set up. The total width of the blog is 1500 pixels and I divided it into three columns of 500 pixels each. So with a little space on each size I reduced it to 435 pixels wide.

The boards are free, and only one to a group. No Trumpanzees accepted. All must have some kind of mask requirement and respect for social distance. You may design your own board, and if you wish I can make a make shift board to post while you take your time to make a good one more to your liking. You can get an idea by what I have for mine for now. I will change them according to what I want.

"My Molokai Woman" by  Willie K

The center column will have text and I will write most to begin with but sooner or later we will get some feedback. You have the email address in the left column. And that is the name of the game. Spread the word. We are all unique in our thinking and that is valuable if we can share it with our fellow dancers. We may come to a wider consensus than what have now with smaller cliques making the decisions.

Let your dreams be bigger than your fears.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Updating The Defense

Masks are very important and some Trumpanzees are still knocking it. However Social Distance may be even more effective than masks. You are by yourself in the middle of a Baseball Park without a mask. You have a 99.99% chance of not getting the virus. In a basketball Park, it may slip to 99.98%. But most people will begin to understand that the effectiveness can vary with the distance. So since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is generally recommend to stay at least 6 feet away from others even if you are wearing a mask. This when possible, even if you—or they—do not have any symptoms. Social distancing is especially important for people who wish to establish a dance environment.

"Social dancers now have much time to reflect on what is truly of value in life, what gives meaning to our lives, and set our priorities on the basis of that."

Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, social distance is an important factor, even if you—or they—do not have any symptoms. Take care, be careful.

"WalkThrough Paradise" by Melveen Leed.

The World has increasingly adopting the use of cloth face masks much more than the US. The latest science affirms that cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread of the disease, particularly when used universally within communities. There is increasing evidence that cloth face coverings help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. We are not defenseless against COVID-19,  cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus. All Americans have a responsibility to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.”

“Social dancers believe that we cannot erase the past. We cannot even change it.

But sometimes life offers us the opportunity to get it right.”

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Dance? Not yet.

Masks are gradually being accepted everywhere except by Trumpanzees. Masks may not be all the same against the Trump Pandemic..Two layers of regular cloth (T shirts?) are 91 to 92% effective. Three layers are 93 to 94% effective and four layers are 95 to 96% effective. NOT PERFECT? But way ahead of no masks and zero efficiency. Yes, we know, Trumpanzees do not understand this. In New Zealand? Wow, zero cases the last five days, right to this very moment. Up to date.

“Social dancers believe that hope is such a beautiful word, but they also know
there are times like these when hope may seem very fragile."
 
Plenty colorful and pleasant Masks. Stay Safe.
 
Social Distance is also not understood by Trumpanzees. Have you seen their last Rally. Wow, talk about contamination. Keep away from those people, far away. Six feet is recommended but it is not a fixed rule. Ten feet is much better, maybe 99% efficient. 20 feet is even better yet. Again, it is not PERFECT, But way ahead of of ZERO efficiency. Use your head, Red. The Chinese are not dumb, they are dancing in the Parks. They are not Trumpanzees.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaialii

Agriculture began about 12000 years ago when they began to plant things, help to make them grow, and eat them later. Instead of all hunting and foraging for food and keep moving in any direction they changed into smaller and smaller territories to move around in. Eating what they had planted allowed more time to stick around the same places. They developed rhythm with sticks and stones and whatever they could beat against something else. Soon groups would erect some kind of resting cover from the elements. We have come a long ways, baby.

"Social dancers believe that there’s no greater feeling in the world than moving

to a piece of good music and letting the rest of the world go by."

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Masks

The Eight Stages of Dancing in a Mask

After months of dancing in your living room, bedroom, or kitchen, you finally get to go back on the dance floor. And for the safety of you and everyone else, you're required to wear a mask. No sweat, right? Well, quite a bit of sweat, actually—but it's well worth it.
 
One: Celebrating! It's the best news you've heard all year! You can't wait to head back on the dance floor with your fellow dancers.
 
Two: Choosing exactly the right mask. What style is best for dancers? What material should it be made of? Should it have over-the-ear loops or tie behind your head? Can you match it to your class look? Decisions, decisions..

“Social dancers remember that happiness is a way of travel, - not a destination.”

 
Three: Grinning at literally everyone back in at the social (or trying to, anyway)
Your face may be covered, but your excitement is undeniable. It's so good to be home!
 
Four: Feeling the heat. Whether it's from the mask or being a little out of shape after months away from dancing, you're getting a bit winded by the end of the warm-up. Don't worry: Everyone is adjusting as we return to in-person dancing.
 
Five: Feeling the frustration. Your face is hot and sweaty under your mask, but you know you shouldn't touch it. You miss seeing the expressions on the faces of your classmates and teachers. You're getting a little overwhelmed.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho
 

Six: Taking a (safe) break. Find an isolated corner or head to your social's approved area to grab some water and switch to a fresh mask. Take it easy—dancing in a mask will require some getting used to.

Seven: Diving back in. New mask on, breath recovered, ready to roll or whatever the music requires!

Eight: Remembering the "why" Social distancing and mask guidelines are meant to protect you and your fellow dancers, teachers, not to mention everyone they come in contact with. Yes, wearing a mask is inconvenient—but it's a small way to do your part, so we all can return to normal dancing sooner rather than later!

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God,
which is why we call it the present.”
 
 

Saturday, October 24, 2020

From Lily Diamond Part Two

And yet. Over the past months, Hawaiʻi’s reefs, long dying under the toxic pall of chemical sunscreens, began to revive. Monk seals, turtles, and dolphins swim undisturbed in their habitats. On Maui, 20,000 rental cars that once clogged the roads sit fallow in lots near a quiet airport. Small towns where kūpuna kānaka maoli (native Hawaiian elders) and their families live reclaimed some sovereignty over land rightfully theirs. Until today. Which brings me to you, my friend. From the moment you set foot in Hawaiʻi to the time you leave, you have the opportunity and responsibility to redefine what tourism can look like here.

“Social dancers know that it does count if you believe in yourself
when it may not be so easy to believe in yourself." 


You hold that much power in this moment. I ask that you use it wisely. Start here: Understand your right relationship to the land. In Hawaiʻi, kānaka maoli lived in sustainable community for two thousand years before Europeans arrived and introduced diseases of the land, body, and mind. Hawaiian culture, practice, and spirituality understands the necessity of protecting the natural resources that sustain human life, and the insanity of trying to dominate nature. Land is sacred. Water is sacred. As are plants, animals, and all elements of nature. Consider this. Open your eyes to the power and tenderness of the world around you. Act accordingly.

"Hanalei Moon" by Loyal Garner 
 
 
Educate yourself about Hawaiʻi‘s past and present. Do you know how Hawaiʻi came to be illegally annexed to the United States in 1893? Do you know the story of Queen Liliʻuokalaniʻs life and rule? Do you know that even President Grover Cleveland described the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi as wildly unlawful? Do you know about the Hokuleʻa and the science of celestial navigation? How about the wisdom of ahupuaʻa, taro loʻi, and the teachings of Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhulu to protect Maunakea? Google is your friend.

“Social dancers know how fortunate they are who still have hope."