Monday, December 5, 2016

New Year Looking Good.

Just looking over the beginning stats for the month of December and things are developing so good I could pinch a grape. My estimate with the stats at hand are that all of the blogs on Oahu will have a sufficient amount of readers available to make the blogs viable. First we need the Two Centers and from there we should get some Guest Authors. With a few Guest Authors the hits will go through the roof and the best blog will become "independent." - Platinum Horseshoe?

"Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and
free of conflict have not learned their history."


As the year end holidays approach, things seem to be getting clearer. The interested dancers are exchanging comments with each other and are becoming very aware, The best thing has been the growing acceptance of the different styles of dance that have been evolving over the last 80 years of "Ballroom Dance" on this Island.

"My Cup Runneth Over" by Max Bygraves


The introduction of new styles to the original social ballroom dance scene led everyone to believe they were all dancing BALLROOM. Naturally, the ones that regarded themselves as the "top levels" would tend to look down their noses at the "lesser levels." Who hasn't heard the term "junk dancer?" The definition for our kind of dancing has been slow in coming but it is certainly becoming clearer. Whatever you prefer to call ballroom dancing, may be never resolved.

"Most dancers know that every saint has a past,
and every sinner has a future."

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Awaits

Looks like a good end of the year festivities for the dancers on Oahu. Good Halloween dances, terrific Thanksgiving occasions, and now very naturally comes Christmas. For us on this blog December looks like a nice place to visit, dance and celebrate. Aiea Ballroom Dance Association has their Anniversary dance at the Pearl Country Club this weekend but I have not had any updates.

"Fortunately our good dancers, are the ones that point out
what is going right and help to fix what is going wrong."

I am fortunate to have been invited to the Wahiawa Ballroom Dnce Club Christmas Dance. I hope to get some good photos and some opinions from the happy dancers to blog'em up right. I am fortunate that even if I cannot eat or dance, I can at least be there and enjoy the company of some of the best people on Oahu. I supposed they are already sold out. The biggest thing in the Central Valley for Christmas and I may have to make two blogs for them because I get so many good photos. Now if I can get some opinions too, Wow!


"The Last Dance" by Donna Summer

The Waianae Coast is still wide open to do a little filling in the Platinum Horseshoe. Makaha is developing good with the Makaha Studios there. Maili is developing a terrific beach park. Nanakuli getting the newest Library in the State. Third City if the Present Rail Party doesn't stop the building of business parks there. "I coulda been home in 20 minutes." This blog still remains the chance for anyone on the Waianae Coast to get their two cents in. 

Old Indian saying: "To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak."

Sunday, November 27, 2016

West Oahu?

By Benjamin Goldberg, Ewa

In West Oahu, everybody is a member of an ethnic minority. That makes it tough to practice racial discrimination in these Islands, although to be honest, there are still some in every race who like to try. The everyday resident of West Oahu is much like the everyday resident of the Mainland, if there is such a person. Mr. and Mrs West Oahu have a car, send their kids to school every morning, public, private or parochial. Mom and Dad work hard for a living. It is expensive to live in Hawaii so there are lots of working wives and mothers. And we all know it is going to get worse to pay for the Rail Disaster.

“The test we must set for ourselves is not to march alone but
to march in such a way that others wish to join us.”


Hamburgers, hot dogs, soda pop, popcorn, movies, TV, motorcycles, roller skates, bikes and rock concerts excite Oahu’s youth. Beer, bridge, dancing, night clubs, soap operas, car pools, traffic jams, taxes and hypertension are common diversions for their parents. West Oahu’s people love politics, fresh air, Saturday night, girls in bikinis, Grandma and a good T-Bone steak in spite of the fact that their ancestors came from China, Japan, Korea, the Azores Islands, Australia, the Philippines, the Pacific Islands, Europe or the Mainland.

"Fly Me To The Moon" By Jimmy Borges


Some of West Oahu's people are nice, some aren’t. Some are rich and some are poor. Some are fat and some are thin. Some are snooty, some are friendly, some are busy and some are lazy. We have the greatest diversity. It is just like most of the civilized world. Most visitors say they like the people of West Oahu. We hope you do too. But you never know if you don’t meet some. Dancing is the best way to meet some! And the opportunities in West Oahu increase daily.

"We only have so many bottles of wine in our lives, -
let us never drink a bad one." 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Looking Good

The "Good People" are turning out very well in both the Platinum Horseshoe blog and the other blogs, it is just very slowly. I have found our best client, Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and right behind them is their sister club Aiea Ballroom Dance Club, terrific kokua. Both of them are going to see good results in the dance information we are able to share with the reader/dancers.

"The search for happiness is unlike any other search,
for we search last in the likeliest places."


I have posted the second "Page" in Platinum Horseshoe, and it is Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. It is not complete yet, it needs a little more information such as officers in it Perhaps someone can email it in to me and I will make a nice page. In effect, it is a mini web site. Hopefully we will get another soon. Then I hope to get the photo of a couple dancers to make a "Transparency." Yes, I realize that not many know what this is.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


I cannot go everywhere and most people know that I am limited but sooner or later I will have some help and get more news and photos for these blogs and run these hits up to the moon. Two Dance Clubs have help to run the hits on this blog up through the ceiling, at this time. But do not trust those hits. Many are not the reader/dancers that we need. Right now, Pinterest is doing the most inquiry and running the hits up. It may do us some good, somewhere.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed


From Aunty Maile

Everyone had a wonderful time coming together, for the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club's Turkey Trot Dance at the Hale Hookipa Room, Wahiawa Rec. Ctr., on 11- 18–16.  Being that our sister club, the Aiea Ballroom Dance Association, had their monthly dance on the same night, we were left with a huge dance floor to dance the night away. Lots of food as usual, great music by DJ Leland, great times dancing, and surrounded by great, nice, people! We had the presence of Joe Martel, which made our dance extra special.

Now we are getting ready for our special Christmas dance at Helemano Camp 808, on December 10. Tickets are all sold out at this time, but get ready for our next dance on January 6, where we will dance to the sound of the big band era!

See you next time,
Maile Yagi

"Bloggers Law, #29B: Complex problems have simple easy to understand wrong answers."


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Turkey Trot

Nice day, got prepared for the trip, the camera, batteries, paper, pen, pencils and a couple storage disks. I put a full movie in one of them. What do I know?  And the Handi Van would pick me up at home at 6 pm and take me to Wahiawa. They would pick me up at Wahiawa at 9 pm and take me home. Sounded good to me, these people are super.

"We can make a living by what we get, but
we can make a life by what we give."


Turned out it was a bit early and I was there at 6:45, but in a few minutes the first couple arrived and I went with in with them. They soon began to come in, Leland and Maile with their equipment, and was informed that on Fridays, it was from 7:30 and on Saturdays it was from 7:00. So we live and learn.  I got the first picture to make sure my camera was working. The camera said the batteries were low. I brought with me four extra batteries. But they were all in bad shape. I will make sure to have them fully charged next. Fortunately I got a couple from Leland. I know that those that are perfect find this hard to understand. It was dark for much of the time and I couldn't take any pictures.


And it was a slow night. But these are good people and they can enjoy moving to the good music and generally having fun in social atmosphere. Though I was not able get my camera going,

Maile managed to get some good pictures, emailed to me and here they are. She wrote, "Thank you for coming Joe! Despite not having our sister dance club there, we all had a wonderful time tonight!

There were plenty of other cameras around. Perhaps next time, somebody is willing to share a couple photos with the reader/dancers of this blog. Email them in and we will all thank you.


Aiea Ballroom Dance Club, sister club of Wahiawa, was having their Thanksgiving banquet at the famous Palladium in town. Many people probably went there. But please no recriminations, we hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving day, no matter where. And then there are the Christmas Dances coming up. Hey, live it up. you only live once, and doing it this way, once is enough.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett 

Late entry from Maile, but enough photos to make another collage.
And it shows we can make any correction to the blog if we wish.


I passed out a few storage disks and the Handi Van came early, but I guess Maile knew the driver, and he did not mind waiting for me to get ready and say my goodbyes. He just may be at the Christmas Party. I was home before 10 and had one of my best meals in the year. Thanks Maile I keep saying these are terrific people. Also thanks to Rodney and Carol, I will see ya all at Helemano Plantation on the 10th.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

WBDC

Thanksgiving 

"If we just look at all that already exists in our lives, all that we already have: unlimited air to breathe, ample lighting to see, music to hear, books to read, stars to dream by, trees to gaze at, floors to dance on. Friends to cavort with, enemies to befriend, strangers to meet, woods to walk through, beaches to comb, rocks to scale, rains to cleanse us, rivers to float us, animals to comfort us - - we do have to admit, there's more of it than we could ever, ever spend during our temporary lives."

"Every area of trouble gives out a ray of hope; and the one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable."
 
We hope to see everyone on Friday night Thanksgiving party at the Wahiawa Recreation Center. And the party will be hosted by the famous Wahaiwa Ballroom Dance Club. And they are making good plans for the Christmas Party.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Seating is limited so if there are any tickets left, your last chance may be at this Thanksgiving Fiesta. At any rate everyone is going to enjoy either day. Happy Holidays,

Aiea Ballroom Dance Club, announcement
At the Palladium
November 18, 2016, Friday, 6:00 PM - 9:30
Full  Ballroom, Bert Burgess - DJ

The color for this dance is ORANGE.

"Life may not always be the party we had hoped for, but while we are here, Let's Dance." 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Turkey in Wahiawa

Aloha Everyone!

Also...please save the date for Friday, November 18, 2016, as we celebrate the season of Thanksgiving with WBDC's Turkey Trot Dance! Read the details below and plan to come and enjoy this wonderful dance with all of us!

We invite you!

Mahalo nui loa,
Maile Yagi for WBDC



Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Aiea Ballroom Dance Club, sister clubs are just perfect for this blog. The coverage on their socials has sent the hits on Platinum Horseshoe up through the ceiling. It is just unbelievable. These clubs don't back stab each other, they try to kokua with each other and the results is that they both come out looking good. I must try to get a guest author from that group of dancers. Of course, it helps that they have two of the best DJs on this Island laying down the music that we love.

"Down By The Shack, Down By The Sea" by Don Ho

Then I am also looking for that good dance couple in an exhibition dance photo to make a transparency to include in a new poster. I have explained it a few times, no big hurry, just think it over. Any questions just email. This blog is gonna be Social Media some day. And then it will become independent and I can rest in peace.

"Most dancers know that when you can dance what you feel,
then you know that the dancer is real."