Friday, December 29, 2017

Nearing the end of the year

Here's wishing all of our reader/dancers a safe and happy holiday season. And with it having a bright and joyful new year. Hoping that some of you will be willing to share a little dance information with our fellow dancers. Perhaps we can make our blogs into real Social Media. For our blogs, those happy dance occasions are the ones because they are your unique opinion. That is the value for the rest of the readers.

"Perhaps, our business in life is not to succeed,
but to continue to fail in good spirits."


Not mine, or his, or hers, they are yours and that is what makes blogging so unique. You may use it as a political soapbox or a breaking-news outlet. It could be a collection of your own private thoughts or memos to our dance world. Intersperse and balanced with photos and text, makes a perfect blog. This is going to take a while for our readers to understand but it is coming and the hits will go through the roof!

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


So we need photos of our dance scene. It is not necessary to get the top wheels of the club or the exhibition dancers, those are taken care of by Web sites and real photographers. We want candid photos. People sitting down, or just in a crowd or at a table. You can send them to Flicker, Instagram, Picasa or Photobucket if you wish. Facebook gets 50 million photos per day. Those contain photo albums. Big, Big Difference. But ours are local blogs and our people are the ones that will see them.

"We dance for laughter, we dance for tears,
we dance for madness, we dance for fears,
we dance for hopes, we dance for screams,
we are the dancers, we create the dreams."

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas

Stands to reason that we are going in the right direction for the coming year to establish the credentials of the Social or Cultural Dancer, which is our kind of social dancing. Most social dancers find their confidence in dancing. Right is just a inches away from wrong. Failure seems to be louder than success. But there is an accumulation of all the things we don’t do wrong, and it becomes our confidence.

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else."
~ Charles Dickens


We can even get to the point where our confidence lasts longer than the dance. Seconds at first. Then minutes. Then maybe sometimes it will be there when we are walking into a social dance party or a night club. We know we have something desirable, and we know we can move to music. The night clubs are getting bigger crowds. If we are not dancing strictly for fun, we have a set of dance figures we have learned to do, exactly as we were instructed. It is just a few shades different.

"It is not what is under the tree that matters, it is who is gathered around it"

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Christmas Decorations

Nearing the end of the year it is Town Dancer and Platinum Horseshoe leading the pack of our blogs.. Town Dancer has one Guest Blogger but Platinum Horseshoe has Wahiawa Ballroom Dance to cover and the hits are there. Can anyone imagine what will happen if they could get a good amateur American Style teacher to blog a couple times a month? We are looking.

"I would believe only in a God that knows how to Dance." ~ Friedrich Nietzsch


The hits would go thru the roof. Most dance web sites run in single digit average per day hits. So if I can keep my blogs in the twenties, I know they will survive. Anything I come across less than my bottom one is immaterial for my stats. And I have picked only one other with a hit counter to include in my stats so that my blogs can compare. For now I expect they will move up in this next year and of course the one that gets the Guest Blogger will be the one that I can groom for independence.

"Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer by Gene Autry


The Blog that stays in first place is the one most eligible for independence. (from me.) The "junk" blogs will remain mine. And I cannot get around much anymore because of of my physical disabilities but I can still use the computer. And I am relearning my typing by slowing down. I make too many mistakes. So for this coming year, more comments and more information contributions from our reader dancers will make better blogs and more readers. 

"Social dancers know that you don't always need a plan. sometimes you just need

to hear the music, breath, trust, let go, move and see what happens."

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Rail Disaster

An Amtrak passenger train on its inaugural trip on a new service route derailed Monday morning near Dupont, Washington, spilling multiple cars off an Interstate 5 overpass and killing six people. The deaths "are all contained to the train," said Ed Troyer, the Pierce County Sheriff's Office spokesman. "It's pretty horrific." Several motorists in vehicles that were struck by the fallen train cars suffered injuries, but there were no fatalities among people in those vehicles, the sheriff's office said. At least 77 people were taken to hospitals, authorities said, including victims who were able to walk off the train.


On the left: San Francisco after they built the Rail. Then it screwed up like many had predicted, not enough riders and too much cost in maintenance. On the Right, San Francisco after they tore the rail down. beautiful again and with more buses they are running just fine. Meanwhile the Present Rail Party in Honolulu is making millions and millions of dollars daily on an obsolete system and they want more.


Our Rail Disaster continues and no one mentions Rapid Transit anymore because it will be slower. But right now they have last century thinking, "Let them stand, fill the buses up, - bottom line." "Uncomfortable" is never taken into consideration. Throughout the mainland their priorities are how to get the people off their cars on the streets and highway and onto public transportation. The Department of Transportation is never going to beat that by making them "uncomfortable" on the bus.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Central Valley Blowout

People are still talking about the terrific party at Halemano Plantation by the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. on Saturday, December 9th. Then Maile was gracious enough to send me plenty of photos. I made two blogs for Platinum Horseshoe and have enough to make two collages here.


I did not get there until six. The Handi Van dropped me off at the wrong place and I had to walk about a mile to get to the dance. I needed the exercise anyway. Looked like a good crowd right from the beginning and there was picture taking all over the place. They could email any photos for posting in my blogs. These photos are from Maile and are overflow from the Two Blogs I made for Platinum Horseshoe.

"Joy to the World"


I had a good time and ready for my Handi Van before the estimated time, 9:30. I went in and out several times until ten and no Van. Lucky enough Rod volunteered to take me home. Plenty people stayed to close and pack up and I got in Rod's vehicle by 10:15. We just went a short way and Carol waved to us and told us my van was there. It was actually a cab he said he was late. I got my stuff in the cab and I was on my way home.

"It Came Upon the Midnight Clear"


Got home by eleven and somewhat hungry. Watching all that good food and I cannot eat in public. But now I had some goodies that Maile got for me, and I proceeded to destroy at least half of the food I had brought with me. Always the most delicious food of my meals at home. Then I proceeded to start working on my blog while it was still in my memory bank. Made a little Rum and Coke and played a song video now and then and I was ready for bed after three AM. It was a nice day.

  "Oh Holy Night"

Saturday, December 9, 2017

We are all with it.

Some people think of skeptics as cynical, negative people with closed minds. Nothing could be further from the truth. Skepticism is really nothing more than a fancy name for trying to think clearly and thoroughly before making a decision about believing, buying or joining something. It's about sorting our reality from lies and misperceptions. How about social dancing on Oahu? The Creative Researchers And Producers in town know nothing of this. They believe anything their prophets tell them. No proof necessary.

"Social dancers think that for as long as there is breath in our lungs
— we must keep on dancing.”


Fortunately, the losers are becoming less important and all the blogs are doing just fine with the truth. We can be sure that the awareness of the blogs by the reader/dancers is becoming more evident. The increase in good public relations through blogging is becoming more apparent with time as more people learn more about the internet. It is somewhat like advertising but in a blog it becomes communication to and from the reader/dancers and that makes it social media. Now Big, Big difference in what we have had for hundreds of years.

"Have you ever seen the Rain." by Amy Hanaiallii


The increase in readership, slowly but surely, shows this. With just one Guest Author in any one of the blogs, the hits, Wow ! There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of life, getting back up is part of living.

“Social dancers believe that between our souls and our spirits, there is a
ring of being, where we jingle with joy, dance with the divine.”

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christmas Parties

By Fred Warden, Kailua
What happened to the Christmas Parties? We have had too little publicity on Oahu. Remember in the last century, we had lots of social dancers and we had a Christmas Party almost every day in December? There should be more in the West because that is where our type of social dancing seems to be moving. The big obstacle remains the locations. The Community Centers are the most indicated but they are the most reluctant to allow it. Some one is going to make contact there one of these days.

I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it
the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to
take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into
the holidays - let them overtake me unexpectedly - waking up some fine morning
and suddenly saying to myself: "Why, this is Christmas Day!" ~David Grayson


With the top people in dance it use to be a more fun crowd. In the last two decades of the last century they have gotten into a more serious business, they must dance in a more exact way for they will be judged. It isn't just for fun anymore. It is practice, practice and more practice. Can you dance with someone else besides your partner? You must be careful, you just paid thousands of dollars for lessons and you are going to dance with some "Social" dancer? Ha !

Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Why do they let these low class "social" people in? They contaminate our dance atmosphere. We must do the our utmost to clone with the best. Hey, we have work to do. And then you must think of the competitions ahead of you, perhaps Blackpool? But if you are an International Dancer then you probably dance correctly. By default all others must dance "incorrectly." Not too bad, as long as we know where stand.

"O Holy Night" started as a Christmas poem called Minuit Chatiens. It was
written by Placide Cappeau in 1847 after a parish priest asked the simple'
 wine merchant who moonlighted as a poet to write the song for him. "

Friday, December 1, 2017

Why Excercise?

Many of us social dancers have heard that exercise is the closest thing there is to a miracle cure. And all the evidence suggests that small amounts of regular exercise (five times a week for 30 minutes each time for adults) brings dramatic benefits. But why is it so awesome? Can social dancing be included? What makes it such a wonder drug? Exercising at the right intensity is biologically “normalizing.” It is pushing systems to work the way they are supposed to work.

Extreme Warning: Social Dancing has been known to cause
chronic addiction to health, happiness and lifelong fitness. 


The basic problem is that biology is a use-it-or-lose-it business. Everything in the human body works on feedback. Nothing works (or heals) without stimulus. Tissue can literally die without stimulation. A bed sore is a rotting patch of stagnant tissue, and it’s a real and serious problem for anyone who actually can’t move. But simply failing to move isn’t much better. Biology is all about clever homeostatic mechanisms that nudge tissue state back to average. The tendency of the body to seek and maintain a condition of balance or equilibrium within its internal environment, even when faced with external changes.

"In The Mood" by Glenn Miller


A simple example of homeostasis is the body's ability to maintain an internal temperature around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, whatever the temperature outside. Those systems all rely on negative feedback loops based on molecular signalling (hormonal, neurological, etc), and exercise produces a lot of stimulation … raw “data” to feed into the negative feedback loops, which is normalizing. It’s not a universal principle, and exercise cannot normalize everything. But it does stimulate an incredible array of adaptive and homeostatic mechanisms — way more than any other kind of treatment. Dancing anyone?

"Social dancers understand perfectly that dancing
never gets easier, it just gets better."

Monday, November 27, 2017

The New Guest Blogger

The people that are going to make these blogs into Real Social Media will be the guest bloggers. First they will choose the blog they want. Similar to picking a micro like Tweeter, Facebook etc. We do not have Registration or Registration fees. We do not have annual meetings or annual dues. We do not have monthly meetings or monthly dues. And anyone that wants to be a Guest Blogger can blog whenever they damn well please. That is about as strict as I can get.

"Failure to hit the Bull's Eye was never the fault of the target." 


While there's no pay involved, you'll get to put your valuable views including your favorite photos on a site that is increasingly serving as a community hub. If you'd like to have the opportunity to share your unique voice with our reader/dancers, then this is it. Your view of the community around you is interesting to all of us. This is what is called social media. And it is much better than the micro blogs like Twitter, My Space and Facebook. Somebody in Afghanistan is going to miss us? It's OK by me. This is solely for our reader/dancers.

"I will wait for you" by Andy Williams.


I will help anyone and it can by done using the internet. We always start with KISS method. Keep It Simple, Stupid. Just being able to blog a couple paragraphs and a graphic is a good starter. Of course Blogger Blogs are free and they are always trying get better, In doing so they sometimes screw up the works that are already there. This year they were messing in the line spacing. That was very well taken care of on most word processors 40 years ago. I thank them anyway.

"Social dancers believe that it is better to never argue
with someone who believes their own lies."

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Today

Every year it feels like we go straight from Halloween to Christmas without even a thought for the glorious holiday we call Thanksgiving. Have you ever wondered if Thanksgiving could be more of a real holiday -- instead of a dinner, parade and football game day. If we decorated and listened to nice music and turning the spirit of Thanksgiving into a real holiday instead of a glorified reason to eat and drink. We hope that everyone is enjoying the day to say thanks for the good life we have been having even if you would have liked it to be better.

"Thanksgiving Prayer" by Johnny Cash


We certainly hope we can get more reader/dancers before the coming Christmas Dance at the Halemano Plantation. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club will be having a terrific shindig. Hope we have some feedback from a few of the happy attendees. A few persons willing to do something for their fellow dancers would be welcome in our blogs. Information and photos would do wonders for our fellow dancers on this Island of Oahu. Our reader/dancers are different from the ones that get the information, "to whom it may concern."

"Count your blessings" by Bing Crosby


The doing's after the "fact" are much more important that the doings before the "fact." we must go slow. First the possible people are not that interested, many have Web sites and many have other things to do, so they think that's it. Then many are not too sure what is a blog and our blogs are a work in process. So I am not too sure yet either. Feedback will tell me and it will take time.

"Social dancers understand that we cannot have the same rhythm
if we are not listening to the same beat of the music."

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cowboys In West Oahu

The Wild Wild West social of the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, at the Wahiawa Recreation Center had enough photos provided by Maile Yagi to make this blog too. Why not? Let's spread the good news, everyone had a great time. These are not back biting people.


For sure the entire enchilada is good for my health, both physical and mental. I spend too much time on my computer with all my hobbies. Since I do not have too much income to worry about I must do something. Walking is becoming a necessary function and I am going to learn to dance again. Merengue seems like the sturdiest  dance movement I can feel comfortable with. I can dance all the others but have to hold on to something, like a chair.


"Yeeha! It's always a dancing joy to be at the Wahiawa Dance Social! The
theme this Friday, "Wild Wild West" The Hawaiian cowboys and gals
were swirling their skirts and kicking up their boots to great music,
food and fun. I love their passion for fun." ~ Pauline Kim

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


The music and the spirit of all these nice people completely separate me from my depression. It propelled me to a dance with Pauline but I got dizzy in less than a minute and I had to stop. Later Leland laid down a Merengue that had the beat and the kind of movement that let me feel steady. Soon Maile joined and almost like partner dancing - I felt sturdy to the end. I did not try another, I did not want to push my luck.

"Yeeha, !! What a night for WBDC. Enjoyed dancing Western dances as
well as Ballroom. More power to Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club.
Aloha" ~ Rod and Rosalie

Maui Waltz by Loyal Garner

I left before it ended to make sure I got my bus going back to Pearl City and was home by eleven. Ate half of the goodies I got from Maile and got on the computer. Get whatever I could remember before calling it a day. It was a very good trip. To everyone, I wish Happy Dancing. 

 “Social dancers may believe that when they dance, they may just become
 the greatest dancer who has ever lived." ~ Dream On.
         

Friday, November 17, 2017

Good Weekend

The weekend is looking good and Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club will be have their shindig tonight.  Now that I got my helmet, in case I fall down, I plan on taking the bus, instead of taking the Handi Van. The total average hits on my blogs are almost at the point of diminishing returns. We need feedback, that all. Meanwhile, I share with Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, Tumblr and Facebook that don't do much except push the other blogs.

"Exhibition dancers show us human beings who move much more
gracefully than human beings really move."


Hopefully I can get rid of my best blog sometime early next year. I am curious as to how well it will do. With just two Guest Bloggers more, the hits would go through the ceiling, I am sure. It has never been done before, I know.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Meanwhile, received from Yanna of Divino Ritmo Dance.
 
Looks like it is going to be a lively dance. Happy Dancing.

The day will come and the reader/dancer/contributors will know they are doing not only for themselves but sharing with their fellow dancers.  That will be "social media" and the hits will go through the roof. Can you imagine with two information contributors? Would break all records in this state.

"Social dancers understand, that the one leading leads with respect
and never seeing the follower as being weak or inferior."

Monday, November 13, 2017

Just Blogging

There are good reasons for blogging all over the world and blogs were from the beginning "open" and social networks were "closed." Blogs let you put your current ideas out on the wild, untamed Internet for all to see. Social networks, Web sites and micro blog sites such as Facebook on the other hand, were "walled gardens." Blog posts were public - social networks were somewhat more private. And most that have several Bloggers on one blog account, are able to develop a real social media environment.

"Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most."


The social networks have knocked down the garden walls, encouraging public posts accessible to anyone in a rather small land area not world wide. And even if they're not fans of dance, music, chess, golf or whatever, sharing has become the de facto way for people to discover content. Now, if we want to really promote our blog posts, we've got to promote them on other social networks too. Why? Because social sites like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest are where the viral sharing of content takes place world wide.

"What A Wonderful World" by Satcho Armstrong


In fact, people now have so much content in their social streams that they're less likely to click over to our blog post. So posting on blogs, then promoting it on social networks, doesn't work as well as it used to. If we get feedback even if only comments, more people are likely to look for more like it. Our blog sites share with social networks such as Twitter, Tumbler, Google+, Pinterest and Facebook. If Tumblr is a small step, then Google+ is a giant leap. We just have to be patient and wait for those willing to share their pearls of wisdom with their friends, relatives, neighbors and fellow dancers. Right here in these dance blogs on this island of Oahu.

"We may try - and be ignored. We will not try again, but the
sign on the door we leave open will still say Welcome."

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Hey, Hey, Hey

We are still moving slowly, simply because I cannot get around much anymore because of my physical disabilities. I am making some contacts with Windward Oahu but most people go to Honolulu to have fun. The North Shore seems to be waking up and it is about time. It will develop more in entertainment. Several good possible places and plenty good people. And we have heard of some dancing at Turtle Bay.

“Social dancers, believe that life may be music to which
they choreograph their own dance.”


Our best bet at this time is Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club  and they are going to have a terrific blowout, - a Christmas Dance at the Halemano Plantation on December 9th.  Made contact with Dot's In Wahiawa, but they seem to be wary of this blog. Money? But we look forward to the fact that someone is going to see the possibilities of this blog and some dance functions in the Central Valley. Salsa at Just Tacos is almost sure to follow but Just Tacos has a Web site. And again, they are very quiet, perhaps they wish it to be private club. No hu hu.

"Green Eyes" Jimmy Dorsey Band,
Bob Eberly and Helen O'Connell on the vocals.


The Line dancers in Mililani or Waipio do not say anything either. I have not found anything anywhere. I have been told Whitmore Village is a private club. So all we can do is respect and find the dancers elsewhere. I just cannot do it all by myself. We must be patient and the total hits on all the blogs is still going up, so the reader/dancers are increasing daily, slowly but surely. I had diluted the available readership with too many blogs but many of the blogs have been deleted.

"From my reading, there are Four hard and fast rules in blogging.
unfortunately no one here knows what they are."

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Looking Around

All quiet on the Western Front. Met a guy who enlightened me on the Salsa scene in West Oahu. Apparently they found it in Mililani and found it wanting. Of course Just Tacos has several branches all over the Island and naturally they have a Web Site. That should be all they need. But that is not way the mop plops. First we need to contact dancers not diners. Then we have to try to contact Latin dancers. And it may be done somewhere in the West by somebody else.

"Social dancers know that the music and dance doesn't stop us from dying.
It just stops the fear of death swallowing us up while we were still alive."


Meanwhile we know every group is getting better prepared for the holiday season. Halloween was pretty good, but we have not been told anything yet about Thanksgiving so we don't know. Always falls on a Thursday but we have the weekend before and the weekend after. We can give additional thanks. How about Salsa in Waianae? Then we have a poster from Wahiawa Dance Club for the Christmas Social.


I don't know much about Blogging but neither does anyone else. I had at one time eleven blogs and each one with its own niche. Single digit average hits per day is much like a dance Web site. Not good enough for me and most Web sites do not have counters anymore. We cannot blame them. I gradually brought my blogosphere down to the Fabulous Five. And like I have said, I don't know but I am learning and I will. I have undeleted Ritmo Mestizo as a decoy to test the others.

“Social dancers find that they have drunk the night and swallowed the stars.
They have danced with rapture and abandon to their own music."

Monday, October 30, 2017

Halloween in Wahiawa

The Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club had the good shindig on Saturday, the 28th. They are getting well known throughout the island. People are coming all the way from the North Shore which is just fine for everyone. I have complained about not getting enough photos for a good blog. Now my cup overflows and I can post the extras here. I make nine photo collages and with two collages, it is perfect. Most of the time with only my camera and with my fumbleitis I can only make one collage.


It is becoming obvious that text is nice but flowered with photos of the attendees is a clincher. More feedback is essential and even more so in the photo phase. Basic is slowly being established. Two people in the photo are better than one. Three are better than two. And four are better than three. But! ten are not better than nine. Sitting down is better than standing up. These are social candid photos. The best photographers will do as they wish but they will take this into account. It will show up in the photos that are published.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Most dance organizations are clearly divided into two parts, the teaching and the party. Both are learning processes but the socials are much more fun. The photos for the socials are usually much less serious. Our blogs are generating the best interest with at least two collages of nine photos each. So what do I know? But we are all learning.

"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed


I don't know about Thanksgiving but I do know that Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club has a nice Christmas Social coming up in December. I will post the poster next week. Anybody else? We are here to help.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


Winners of the Costume Contest with King (WBDC President) Daniel Preza.
Randy, Most Scariest, Priscilla, Most Comical, and Cynthia, Most Creative.

"Endings are also beginnings, we usually do not know it at the time. "