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.”


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."