Sunday, July 28, 2013

Dream To Dance Studio

I prepared for my trip to downtown Honolulu and it is becoming less often because of the horrible bus situation that the Rail Party has installed. Planned on leavmg late because I wanted to stay a little later, reconciled with the fact that coming back, I would have to take the "slow boat to China" the #40 bus also known as the "Cattle Car."

"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you."

I was able to get most things at home done and line up what I needed for the trip. Found my gadget to get the internet on my laptop. Charged up the laptop. Got the Advertising that I leave in the buses and in downtown Honolulu. The music CDs that I give away. Then the whole thing came to a screeching halt.
 
"Helter Skelter" by the Beatles

I couldn't get my camera going. Checked the batteries and they were not that bad, but I put them in the charger. Anyway the net result is I do not know how to operate a modern day camera. So I decided to skip today and find some one who can coach me on taking pictures. If I can do a decent job we can get going again. In my visiting type blogs, the pictures are number one, the information is number two.


This blog not doing so well, but we cannot blame anyone,
for no one knows what a Mini - Blog is.

That is where the Two-Centers come in so handy. Information and Photo contributors. Needed badly, then, we could please the reader/dancers which come first. And, of course, we end up pleasing everyone only no one knows of this anywhere. And then there are those that think I am in it for the "money." Ha!

Pub's Side Note: The Rail disaster has become more of a confused confusion compounded by the dirty crooks that are already making millions. All those mainlanders know that these local yokels can be taken. Like taking candy from a baby.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

"The Time Has Come"

“The time has come” the Walrus said, “to talk of many things: of shoes - and ships - of sealing wax - of cabbages - and kings. And why the sea is boiling hot - and whether pigs have wings."

Anyone know where that comes from?'

Linux, much better than Apple or Microsoft. if you know your command line. However, the GUI, made a big, big difference when Windows 95 came out and the entire computer world embranced it. Both Apple and Microsoft have been solidly behind it.

Now an entire new system of touch is evolving and that will be the new method. Linux programmers are still into the command line phase and they think they are so smart because they know how to use it. There are still too few in Linux that understand the GUI for the "ordinary computer" user.

I tried to contact them and they were very Rootzi tootzi and tell you that all you have to do is "Sudo this and Sudo that." Sheesh! Beautiful Operating System but I just gave up.

Meanwhile, both Microsoft and Apple are now getting all screwed up with their deluxe programmers that to allow their advertisers plenty of leeway in, and they leave the door open for all the screwy nuts out there with virus and malware. But one of these days, Linux will wake up. Then Microsoft and Apple will have to get on their iphones and other, because their computing days will be over.


Our first Mini - Blog, check it out, you may want to get in on it. Something new.

I found You Tube and it has been the greatest invention of this century.

I got rid of all my cassettes and even the Cassette/CD player and recorder. I still have about 20 CD's and I am spreading them around to my friends in the various clubs.

Next was getting rid of my VHS tapes and my VHS recorder was fairly easy but the recorder is still here. Anyone out there want a free VHS recorder?

I am getting rid of on my DVDs too, and I only have abourt 20 left. I will get around to give to my friends. In my old age, I must get accustomed to travel light.

With You Tube I have my music and show all in one and I can pick whatever I want. After I get rid of all of this then I will order and buy only whatever I want to gift for people.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Dancers, 20 years

By Fred Wong, Kalihi:

This last 20 years have really seen an increase in communication between the dancers in our community. And I mean all of the partner dancers out there. There has been enough information to give anyone the feeling that they are the ones that have been called upon to define dancing.

 "What ever people believe prevails over the truth." ~Sophocles, The Sons of Aleus

There have always been memos passed around during classes and we have always accepted newsletters. We were able to subscribe to a variety of mainland dance magazines too. Good solid information and all pretty much one way communication.

Then the dance Web sites made their grand entrance about 25 years ago. For a long while they controlled most of the distribution of dancing information on this island and it was considered a feather in your cap if you had one.

And Twenty Years Ago, the famous Palladium brought it all to a central point on Oahu. And we more or less know what happened after that. The dance club cliques increased in power and the emerging hit dance movies had many people wanting to be champs in a competitive dance contest. The resulting decline was hard on the ones depending on dance income.

"With A Song In My Heart" by Al Martino

Then the cell phone and the email really came into being and allowed easier communication between dancers in different parts of the island and even beyond. The cell phone for its portability and the email with its fast send and reply written conversation. Many were coming to the conclusion that they just wanted to have fun dancing. Wow!

Now comes the blog and that has been the humdinger. These blogs have evolved into miniature facebooks but not exposed to the world in the same way. And our blogs do not require any commitments from our reader/dancers. The blogs are available to the public at large but yet confined to a small circle of reader/dancers.

With the addition of the Information Contributors and the Guest Authors and the resulting independent blogs, we are sure to gain back more dancers that we lost. We can be sure of getting more open social dance clubs. And blogging will have created a culture of Truth, Inclusion and Innovation. Our dance world will never be the same again. ****

Pub's Side Note: What we need now, more than anything, is a few Information and/or Photo contributors willing to share information and/or photos of our dance environment with our fellow dancers.
 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

A New Day

I seem to be waking this blog up, we need all the contacts we can get and get it rolling to the heights of Town Dancer. And that ain't gonna be easy.

Received from the Big Island.


We don't know the dates but perhaps someone over there can add a few choice words to this blog.

Then we have the famous Al Franken.


The Rail Party is the best example in Hawaii. They are now working on taking over Maui and the Big Island too and it ain't gonna be as easy as taking the local yokels on Oahu. Abercrombie doesn't dare say boo to them, for he will be dead in the votes, like what they did to Cayetano, with pure lies.

"A gossiper is a professional athlete of the tongue." Aldous Huxley


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Arthur Murray Dance Studio

Received in the Email flyer:

Friday July 19th
Polka Dot Party Open House
Honolulu Studio
Come join us this Friday, July 19th at 7:30pm
for our Polka All Level group class
and our awesome Polka Dot Party at 8:00pm ! 
Wear your favorite Polka Dot attire
and dance the night away with us!

Free for all, Potluck item encouraged
Arthur Murray Dance Centre Hawaii
1221 Kapiolani Blvd, Suite 400
Honolulu | HI | 96814

It is slowly forming all by itself, a new dance force, for Truth, Inclusion and Innovation and made "of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers." Let it roll!
 
It seems to be coming out that there are many night clubs in town that frown on "Ballroom" dancers. One reason of course as that our dancers are not heavy drinkers. But another is that they do not know the difference between American Style and International Style, "Ballroom" is applied to most anything they don't like.

So we must be careful and attend only those functions where we are welcomed as dancers in our own right. We do not have to dance as they do, whatever that is. If we keep our eyes open we will find the right places and these blogs will make their recommendations. Together we can get those places jumping.

"Time Has Come Today" by Chambers Brothers

Fellow ISTD, visiting at last year’s Star Ball watching a guy who thinks he is the greatest since Gene Kelly. Mary asked the visitor what he thought.

"He reminds me of Paderewski" he replied.

"But Sir, Paderewski was not a dancer."

"Quite So, Quite So" was the answer.

"Stranger in Paradise" by the Four Aces
 
 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Jargon for our Dancing


We are beginning the process of redesigning this Jargon more suited to our group of dancers, now that the Internationals and the Night Club dancers have bowed out. But everyone should do as they wish, no hu hu.

This was written in 1997, just when Ballroom Dancing was beginning to fall apart. They had been a pretty solid group, now the divisions were becoming apparent, the term "junk dancer" evolved and the entire membership was decreasing. This booklet was the first attempt to hold all the factions together but it was not very successful.

 
Still the numbah one blog. Now if they just had another Guest Author, wow!

From the first two paragraphs of the booklet
What is Ballroom Dancing?

Ballroom dancing began as partner dancing, where the man led and the woman followed. This had evolved into many different types of dances, Waltz, Rumba etc. Each one had progressed to be danced in a traditional manner and each dance had its own particular and distinctly designated style. There is also a particular and distinctly appropriate music for each style.

They have been further divided into two groups. Those that are considered from the European and those that were considered derived from the Indian or Latin America. This was most noticeable in the Competition dances where there is quite an interval between the two groups' competitions and there are big costume changes.


Every Sunday, in the Dancing in the Dark blog, the suggested Jargon will appear that applies strictly to our type of dancing. In about three months we will have arrived at a good terminology of our dance. It cannot be ballroom and it cannot be social. The others have already assume the terminology. We have Popular, Recreational, Cultural and perhaps a different one will evolve. Our dancers will do it. No one else should.



Saturday, July 13, 2013

Paul Billington Strikes

This calls for a Rum and Coke and all the reader/dancers will be happier. This is a good beginning.


Aloha Pepe,
I have never blogged before and am unsure where a good entry-point would be.  Additionally, I do not have a Google account. I wanted to post the following.  Can you post it on my behalf and then I can look to see where you put it at?

“Aloha, for those of you  that have experienced in the past, and now miss,  the warm Ohana feeling  of HBDA;  we would love for you to come home.  We miss you too!  Of course, newcomers are certainly welcome to come and embrace the spirit and camaraderie  of the people of our neighborhood chapters!  Please see the HBDA (Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association)  website for contact information.”

Mahalo,
Paul

"Only The Lonely" by Roy Orbison
 
It is looking  good just with what we little we got. I am sure you do not need a google account to just be a Guest Author. So when you are ready, I will notify Blogger to send you the invitation and if you accept, you're in. You will be happy. I will be happy and so will HBDA, and the members of HBDA and the rest of our reader/dancers and the hits will go through the ceiling. A win-win situation for all.

Of course, I have very strict rules. No registration or registration fees. No annual or monthly meetings nor annual/monthly fees or dues. And you can blog just about whenever you damn well please and whatever you damn well please. I run a tight ship here.


 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Nic Nax

Now that everyone is out vacationing we have a chance to pause and think things over.

"Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm
of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded sun. And nearby is a small, modest planet, Earth.
But as is often the case, fashionable is not the same as comfortable.
We live in prime real estate. Let's try to keep it that way."
 
As defined by the Universal dancer:
the characteristics of the three styles of tango:

American tango is when you’ve just started dating, and you’re flirting in an atmosphere of sexual tension.
 
Argentine tango is when you’ve just started sleeping together and you can’t keep your hands off each other.
 
International tango is when you’ve been married for seven years and you’re only staying together for the sake of the children.
"How High The Moon" By Les Paul Mary Ford

We are lucky to be getting so many beginners and their Dancelife is about to expand ....
Beyond their wildest Dreams!
 
With our blogs, they will find themselves more on the Internet to enjoy dance information. They will be meeting more of their fellow dancers, in the blogs, some of the most enthusiastic dancers on this Island. Be aware that we are dancing to purely enjoy the dance, which is what most social dancers do.
 
And then lately many of you have been more aware that we have some excellent exhibition or competition dancers. They dance for how it looks and accept the fact that there is proper place to be judged. And then there is the new growing group that is interested in viewing. This new group of Viewers will be attending the big functions.
 
Our readers seem to know how to read and reading is fundamental. You can get smarter by reading anything of interest to you. Those of us in the entire island shall pride ourselves that "Through These Blogs Read The Most Informed Dancers In The Pacific."

"The hardest math to master is that which enables us
to count our blessings."
 

Is there anybody dancing on the Windward side of this Island?
 
Downtown Honolulu. Exec leaving for the day and gets on the elevator. Next floor down, the elevator stops and a gorgeous blonde gets on. She pokes her elbow in his ribs and says, "Hi, Cutie Pie." His wife is standing next to him, smiles nicely to the lady. "Hi, I am Mrs Pie."
 
  Blogger's Law #41: All gossip at the Palladium is true. Do not be misled by facts.
 
 
 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Plot Thickens

The stats furnished by Google Analytics are not too bad. By averaging out, I get a very good look at the interest of the reader/dancers. And Town Dancer remains in front way ahead of all the rest.

"Your blog is your unedited version of yourself. That is Social Media."

It is losing ground but then it fluctuates depending on the Guest Authors. The Guest Authors have established their own routines and I am not going to change any of that. They will decide for themselves when, what, where etc. This is gradually becoming familiar to the readership. However, I have pulled a lever, in my blogging, back one notch and the hits are slowly falling. Let them fall where they may.

Blogging Hawaii remains in second place and there has been relatively nothing there. I will push the lever up one notch and get a little more publicity and see if we can get some regular Two-Centers. They could fill the dull spaces very nicely and get the hits moving up again. When and if one decides to become a Guest Author, the hits will most assuredly go through the roof.

"Torn Between Two Lovers" By Mary MacGregor

It the hits get near to Town Dancer's and we get more Guest Authors, then Blogging Hawaii will be the one most indicated for independence. Fortunately, the dance activity in town remains very good. Hopefully we can have one of them independent by the end of this year, for all to see. And I would like to see as many as possible go before I go.

This is a test
If you can read
this to the very end.
 
You're good.

Pub's Side Note: Meanwhile, Sea Country along with the other two new blogs, Oahu East and East Ko'oalu Blog are offering free one time advertising space as an introduction of our separate sections of the islands to the reader/dancers. Watch it, it says Free! On the Internet you must be very careful when it says free. Mahalo.





Sunday, July 7, 2013

Personal, but I will share.

Friday evening I get some sharp pains on the left side of my chest. And I have heart trouble, for which I take medications to thin my blood and prevent blood clots. I had another series of pains later and though not very painful, I do not like them. So I have never taken the Nitro tablets furnished me by the VA. I took one now and I went to sleep peacefully.

"I think it is equally tiresome and useless to argue about whether blogs are journalism,
for journalism is not limited by the tool or medium or person used in the act."

Saturday, early morning was nice and then I got some recurring pains. This time I decide to call the VA. The answer was to go to Emergency immediately. I really thought that was too much. I asked if we could wait until Monday for the VA. The recommendation was now, immediately, so I went.

At Tripler, there was no waiting, I was admitted immediately. Went to the EKG and several other routine tests. and they took me to a bed space. Undressed and got ready for the rest of the routine. Got hooked up to a lot of things, these people do a thorough job. Went through nurses, both male and female, then finally got a doctor. Very positive, and told me I had a good EKG.

"I Just Want To Be Your Everything" By Andy Gibb

As far as I was concerned I was ready to go home but they kept me there, doing their tests, until 8 PM. Meanwhile I divested myself out of most of the paraphernalia and got dressed, signed the papers and made it out but missed the bus going Kalihi Transit Center. Got a ride with guy going in the direction of Salt Lake.

 
New blog just struggling along. I am limited but the Two-Centers and
the Guest Authors would really make for a smash hit.

He let me off at the right place and waited for the #32 which got me to Kalihi Transit Center before 9 PM. The last express C bus is at nine, so I got it and was home in Nanakuli by ten. It was a nice day, I hope you had a nice day too.

Pub's Side Note; A blog is merely a tool that lets you do anything from change the world to share your shopping list.

Friday, July 5, 2013

The Music.

Yes, we are different than others as has been so often pointed out "by the others." We are not dancers like them. For us it is the music first, because we are well acquainted with it and then we move to that music. All of others learn to move first and then comes the music that they are going to move to, because they are "dancers."

I see dance being used as communication between body and soul,
to express what is too deep to find for words. ~Ruth St. Denis

From Diary of a Street Dancer by Walter Darian:

I knew just where to look, the old WWII building looked the same, only the modern 1970s sign had changed. The bar to the left was gone, gone too were the booths and the tables on the perimeter of the dance floor. A lone bartender handled the near empty bar.

I ordered a drink, then turned searching for it. "It" stood in a nearby corner, a modern jukebox, short, squat, dark - and non descript - unlike the original with its attractive colorful, oval shaped top. Alone with my drink my thoughts drifted back to 1942.
 
"Tangerine" by Jimmy Dorsey

Once again, the "joint" was alive and jumping. Still, only nineteen, but no longer a boot, I was at the bar with my buddies, white hat on the back of my head, to show my wavy, black hair, which too is gone. I ordered another drink and the familiar feeling was starting to take hold.

In my reverie, I could almost hear Jimmy Dorsey's great hit record "Green Eyes" with Bob Eberly doing the first vocal ... followed by that "swing part" with Jimmy Dorsey on sax. Then Helen O'Connell coming in very quietly with "soft light" - and building  up to her sexy, unforgettable description of those six little words, "those cool and limpid green eyes."

There may be a few people out there that can understand that. That was music first and then we could really enjoy moving to it.


So we take classes mainly in the American Style and we are the ones that dance in the Malls, Gas Stations, School Cafeterias, District Parks, Community Centers, and even in Night Clubs. There are a lot more of us than people think. And we may consider all the others as peripherals. They have their own thing and we can respect it.



Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Vacation Time?

The readership is coming down but it should be understandable. Much of it is my fault and I am getting back on the ball.

I thought of posting this reminder that was sent in by Paul Billington for HBDA, gives you one more month. Most everything has been said already. But if anyone would like to add something, send it in.


I have my own particular sorrows, loves, delights; and you have yours. But sorrow,
gladness, yearning, hope, love, belong to all of us, in all times and in all places.
Music is the only means whereby we feel these emotions in their universality.
~H.A. Overstreet
 

Received flyer from Arthur Murray Studio:
We shall post but I hope to get some direct communication to our reader/dancers in the future. Then they will be communicating and they will avoid the "to whom it may concern" kind.

Aloha!
New and Exciting changes are coming to the studios in July!  Please take careful notice of the calendars so you stay in the loop.  The most exciting change revolves around our weekly parties...  We are taking them to the streets!  Salsa night, Cupola, and other amazing outside events so that we can use our dancing in "real life" situations.

Don't worry though, your instructors will still be there with you, you know, just in case. But Remember, you don't need a special occasion to stop by...Call us today and you could be dancing tonight!

808.944.0606  Honolulu & Kailua

Pub's Side Note: There have been two groups in town that have consistently produced the best International Style dancers on this island. By the same token there have been two groups that have consistently produce the worst International Style dancers on this Island. Who? Ha Ha! We are talking competition here are we not? That is the name of your game, not mine.