Saturday, March 25, 2017

Comments On A Blog

Twenty years have gone by and few people know about making comments on a blog. Why would anyone do that? Web sites are different. one way communication, like newsletters, brochures, advertising and they do a good job of it. Blogs, however, in addition to being current, provide feedback in the form of comments at the end of every blog. This becomes a two way street that becomes very valuable for those that can use it. Much, much different.

"Our good dancers know the safest principle in life is -
reforming others is not as good as perfecting oneself."


Writing a comment on our blogs is no more difficult than sending an email. Honestly. Get on the comments section - Fill out your comment - Leave your name or pen name and Press Submit. That's it! You don't have to enter your email address, social security number ... aargh! Everyone on this island has their own personal opinion, unique, different but essential for the progress of our dance culture on this island. It is not going to be run by the high priests of yesteryear.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho


From there it is but a short step, skip and a jump into being a Contributing Author aka a Two Center. And it is entirely their choice, those willing to contribute their 2 cents in for the benefit of their fellow dancers. There, anyone may choose a blog and email info, perhaps a photo or 2 and it can be included in the blog of their choice and under their name. Easy!

"We could strive for continuous improvement instead of perfection."

Good news, the Present Rail Party wants to make it illegal to have driverless vehicles in Hawaii. Driverless cars, driverless, taxis, driverless buses. They would be safer and one tenth the cost but they could never replace the Gravy Train for the millions and millions of dollars in profits to the builders and the politicians.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Competitions

Yearly Competition Event for Hawaii
by Francis Kamiya, Maili


Let us explore competition dancing, just to demonstrate some interesting points. At most competitions, the circumstances in which you dance are very controlled so as to be fair. You know the dance you’re doing, who you’re dancing with (your partner), the level at which the others are dancing (your class or difficulty level), the time you’re on the floor (a single heat is usually only a few minutes long), the steps to do (the syllabus), and the music is a certain tempo (set by the rules).

"Most dancers will follow the rules - do the right thing, do the best
they can and always show people they care."


Most of the spectators in Hawaii are usually other dancers, who appreciate the hard work involved, and judges, who are looking for specific, pre-defined things to put into your score. So you’re doing a controlled thing (dancing) in a controlled environment (at a competition) for pre-defined reasons (where do you rate on the scoring sheet?) for an audience who knows something about what you’re doing.

"The Last Waltz With You" by Englebert Humperdinck


If you are a regular and like competition dancing, you’ll know there are two "flavors" — amateur and pro-am. Amateur only means the participants don’t make living by teaching dancing. An amateur dancing with a professional teacher is pro-am. Amateur couples are scored by their performance and, in a pro-am competition, the amateur is supposed to be the one being judged. In Hawaii, we could do very nicely with just the Amateurs.

"Sh-Boom, (Life Could Be A Dream) by the Chordettes.


Many competitions result in only one winner, and a second and third place. At other, less "serious" competitions they may award everyone a first place, because you’re judged alone (and not against the field of other dancers in your category. Still there are other types and it can get a little complicated and there are literally thousands of rules. For us in Hawaii it seems that First, Second and Third is easier to understand.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


But let's face it. It may not be da reel teeng but we should not hold it against anyone who wants to be a competition or exhibition dancer. That should be their privilege. And we could enjoy the exhibitions and clap for our favorites. Then there is the Golden Rule. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

"Excellence is not a destination, it is a journey that never ends."

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hawaii Star Ball

Received from Marie Laderta: Paul and Marie have planned an April dream cruise in the Orient. They will not be here for the Big Dance of Aiea Ballroom Dance Association on April 22nd. We wish them a wonderful time. Anyway she sent the Poster for Hawaii Star Ball, - much too soon, but why not? We may have dancers coming from the Neighbor Islands.





"Yes, I suppose we do look down our noses at some people. Those that are looking down their noses at people who don't dance the way they do."


Friday, March 10, 2017

Selfdriving Cars

It is turning out that robot cars can drive all night long and all by themselves. And this sci-fi-to-reality moment is the one that many Taxi drivers have feared was coming and is now here. The customers of taxis can now hail a self-driving Uber in Pittsburgh. The debut of robot cars should not come as a surprise for us on Oahu. Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick predicted in 2014 in an interview at the Code conference that the end of human drivers was eventually going to arrive.

"There is no challenge more challenging than
the challenge to improve ourselves. 


The magic of self-driving vehicles, is that the reason Uber is expensive is because you’re not just paying for the car, you’re paying for the dude in the car, so when there’s no other dude in the car the cost of taking an Uber anywhere becomes cheaper than owning a vehicle ... And of course that means safer rides, that means more environmentally friendly, that means a lot of things. The Rail Disaster is obsolete and the "Easy Money" stops here.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Lisa Ono

Completely Self Driving by Google
And we have been forced to think of better things than the Rail Disaster which estimates are now at over twelve billion dollars. At Honolulu Hale, they refer it as the "Gravy Train" and as "Easy Money." And more than that they have never had to account where all that money is going. Now people will be able to tell the car, "Office Robby" and the car will take you there. Not only that but you can prepare yourself for the office with your laptop and perhaps a little music and also available for phone calls. Hey baby, you can't beat that, you are in your office on wheels even before you get there.

"I Left My Heart In San Francisco" by Tony Bennett


If you’re among the people on Oahu who consider cars merely appliances, nothing more than tools for getting from Waianae to Downtown Honolulu, you’re probably looking forward to the day when cars become smart enough to go where you tell them to with minimal physical involvement on your part. Regardless of where you fall within the spectrum of drivers however, you will experience a number of benefits from self-driving cars—once there are enough of them on the roads to make a difference that is. For sure the Rail Tragedy is out with their million dollar towers. Self driving buses? I hadn't thought of that.

"Our dance teachers on Oahu help their students find the song
in their hearts, the beat in their feet and a passion for life."

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Levels

The Three Tiers:

In dancing it is fairly easy to put everything into the three tiers, the good, the bad and whatevah. And in the Platinum Horseshoe it is quite the same as any where else. The "Bad" department has too many and been covered many times by others. Only one will be repeated now and then. If anyone chooses to ignore us, is it alright for us to ignore them? No hu hu, just acceptance. We have work to do and we must be on our way.

"Writing is something that we can never do as well as it can be done.
It is a perpetual challenge, so do it and it will make us
all happy when we do it well.”



The "whatevahs" department in the middle will find us doing more to please them "wherevah," Our advantage is that they are finding out that Cha Cha Cha has over 600 documented steps and patterns. International has what they consider "theirs" at about 75 - 80 at most. The Samba is getting in shape, and the Waltz is still solid. Rumba of course will be one to last us to the next century while many will go by the wayside.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho


The "Good"department has us in a very fortunate position because we can almost see the results ahead. Some groups are and will continue to lose ground but there will be new ones with new ideas and they will make it. Lucky we have so many in the "good" department, where they kokua for the benefit of all the dancers. We get information and photos which are the most important factors in keeping a blog going. We can't lose for winning.

"Old Hawaiian Song" by Melveen Leed


Websites can be the work of an individual, a business or other organizations, and are typically dedicated to a particular topic or purpose. On Oahu most of the dance Web sites are dedicated to one club or dance organization. All publicly accessible websites collectively constitute the World Wide Web and on the Mainland they usually have a counter to know how much readership is there. Ours are Blog Sites which are much different than Web sites and all have counters.

Dancing is surely the most basic and relevant of all forms of expression. Nothing else can so effectively give outward form to an inner experience.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Waipio

Waipio is a census-designated place in the Central Valley of Oahu. In Hawaiian, wai pio means "curved water". There are about 12000 residents, consisting of 55% Asian, 22% Mixed, 14% White and the rest Pacific Islanders, Latinos and other races. The population is spread out with about 45% under 30 and about 55% who were over - good potential dancers. The median age was 34 years and the total residents are very evenly divided between males and females.

“Ballroom dancing is inherently social, but steps replace words
and beats ironed out pauses. The shy and the awkward find
a home where good rhythm and a little memory have
vanquished their shyness and awkwardness.”


Do you want to broaden your horizon, share your dance culture and what you have learned dancing and perhaps show people that there can be a better life for everyone? Become an Information Contributor for the Platinum Horseshoe blog. Perhaps you can eventually phase over into being a Guest Author. No commitments, entirely up to you. No monthly or annual meetings. No annual fees or monthly dues and no monthly meetings. And you only write when you damn well please. Yes we are very strict.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner



This is as good a name as any, but for sure when they have their own Lounge, they will have their own name. Waipio is the southern point of what is going be known as the big three of the Valley. The business parks are key but gonna be tough with Present Rail Party wanting everyone to work in Honolulu. Something about the Agriculture lands which have not been used for Agriculture in the last 10000 years. Right now you can make it in less than an hour to downtown Honolulu. With "Rapid Transit" it will take two hours transferring several times. But the Fat Cats are making millions and millions of dollars right now, easy money. And there is more where that came from. He He.

"Waialua Sky" by The Krush


There is still not enough dance action in the Platinum Horseshoe. Our two key dance clubs are the sister clubs, Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Aiea Ballroom Dance Association. Many others hesitate to give us the time of day. Though we do get a few emails now and then. This section needs more business parks where more residents can get back home from the job in 20 minutes. They have plenty of Bars, but we are looking for just the right one, one big enough to install a good size dance floor, then you have a Night Club.

"To live may be one of the rarest things on earth,
most people just exist, that is all."


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Mardi Gras

Most marketeers in our dancing circles on Oahu are active in the ever-changing world of digital marketing and social media. They understand that Public Relations role has evolved and become more integrated into any organization’s overall communications. In pursuit of a good definition of public relations, we can discovered unexpected diversity in our Oahu dance environment. When did Mardi Gras come in? What is the difference in Web sites and Blog sites? In Blogging what is the difference between commenters and information contributors? What is a hit counter? It will take more time for more of us to be aware of the terminology.

"The only dancer you need to compare yourself with is your former self."


Mardi Gras 2017 is on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. It is always the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the start of Lent. Carnival season in New Orleans refers to the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras, (Fat Tuesday) and officially begins on January 6 every year. Although Carnival season lasts more than a month, the parties, parades and fun kick into high gear on the Thursday before Mardi Gras. The Holiday excuse to party on Oahu began in earnest in this century and let's dance.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


From the Waha 30 years ago: Fancy Steps By Richard Masuyama
The only comment to this trend is that many students are interested only in picking up new and very advanced dance figures without too much concern about technique and styling that goes with these. The figures in the Gold Bar and Gold Star are mostly for exhibition and competitions and are starkly out of place on the social dance floor. They generally require a great deal of space for their execution and many will agree that they look terrible when not done correctly.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

With so many dance steps and figures available, it is sensible to concentrate on those that can be led and followed easily with any partner for use in social dancing. Forget the open and fancy figures that can be done only with one or very limited number of partners. Learn to enjoy and do the simple figures well and leave the fancy ones to the expert exhibition dancers.

"Light My Fire" by The Doors


Beautiful Business Park in Waipio voted down by the Present Rail Party. How many cars would be missing from downtown traffic daily? And I coulda been home in 20 minutes

Yes, the Robot Cars are coming, in spite of the Present Rail Party. No More Parking Issues, Robot cars would just drop off passengers at their destination and go park someplace else where parking is not scarce. They would then return as needed to pick up the passengers. No need to ask friends to drive you to the airport. Your faithful robot car would do it for you and then wait at home until you get back and you need it to pick you up. The "Gravy Train" will become obsolete and the "easy money" was spent for nothing.

"Dancers dance because there can be no greater feeling in the world than moving to your favorite music and letting the rest of the world go by"