Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Annual

Here we go again, the Big Free Dance on April 1st. From 7 to midnight. Free valet parking and the first ten with the lucky numbers will get the door prizes of one hundred dollar bills.
 
"Peace if possible, truth at all costs."  ~Martin Luther


There will be a 20 piece big band playing all the golden oldies. Should be plenty of room for the hundred that will be attending. And there are sixteen cases of champagne free for the taking. Cheers.

There will be exhibition dances with some of the best Pro-Am dancers in Hawaii. The top prize for the evening drawing will be for the Mercedes Benz. And right after that, at break time they will have steak and lobster, all you can eat.

At all this for Free!

Pub's Side Note:
Dancing is the World’s Second Most Popular Indoor Sport



Thursday, March 28, 2013

Moving Right Along

This blog continues to amaze me, for at one time I pondered as to when to delete it and now it is moving along so good. Even though in some Web sites it is still touted as Da Blogsphere. They will come around. It is establishing a name for itself now. I try to review the other blogs in the West.

"For us, the real searchers of truth, we will
not receive the old because it is old,
or reject the new because it is new."

Oahu West is moving right along too. It is now solidly over the magic 34 average hits per day. (1000 hits per month.) I am in process of trying to get a person that can feel independent enough to input for his/her fellow dancers regardless of their club affiliations. One that can feel it to comment on the dance doings of their friends at any dance function.

Central Valley just needs more input from the existing dance entities that are already there. Of course we welcome any new ones that may come along. What about the North Shore Line Dancers?

"Se Acabo" por Lucia Mendez

Sea Country was the old Nanakuli Ridge blog but just not enough people there with the understanding of a blog function. So we will gradually establish it for the Nanakuli, Lualualei and Maili sectors and see what we can pick up. It will remain as a banner blog to tout all the other dance blogs for the present. Basically what NxNW Oahu blog will be doing on the North by North West shore.

The entire blog set up is just about in place. Now we just need the fleshing out with the regular Information and Photo Contributors and then phasing over into Guest Authors, where they can blog on their own, without having to say "boo" to anyone. And the last phase will be the complete independence of the blog and taken over completely by the Bloggers.


I will eventually retire to "Bailando" and help the others only when asked. The reader/dancers on these Islands will be well provided with the information and photos that will make the entire enchilada, Social Media.

Pub's Sided Note: I have just read about North Korea. Within 12 hours of their first attempt, Pyongyang and three million people will disappear from this earth. This with just three of our big ones. Does anyone know? And we have a few more that will effectively make South Korea into a new Island.



Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club

One of the oldest dance clubs on this Island and still going strong. Perhaps even bigger now that more people in the West are awakening to the possibilities of so many things that do not have to be done in Honolulu. Their mantra, "Keep the country, country" was for their benefit not ours. Witness the Rail Calamity. Yes, we know, its the dough, Flo.


The West will prevail in spite of the Rail and Bus Tragedy. The Caldwell administration will only make it worse. And the dance pavilion will be cancelled. If they don't say anything yet you know them already. In dancing we call it the side step followed by a spot turn.

Pub's Side Note: "Unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, eventually is stronger than evil triumphant."
 
 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Honolulu Rail

A Textbook Case Of Poor Planning, Denial And Diversion
By Panos Prevedouros 03/15/2013 (excerpted)

Honolulu rail’s planning and forecasting is suspect. Now renowned professor Bent Flyvbjerg of Oxford University dares to reveal the bigger picture: The American Planning Association is suspect. Here are five passages from his assessment.

"There are few nudities so objectionable as the naked truth."

When Planners Lie with Numbers: Based on a sample of 258 transportation infrastructure projects worth US$90 billion and representing different project types, geographical regions, and historical periods, it is found with overwhelming statistical significance that the cost estimates used to decide whether such projects should be built are highly and systematically misleading.

 
Half of these on Oahu, and who needs a Rail?
Yes, I know the guys to make the big bucks.

Dr. Flyvbjerg’s study documents a cost overrun of 45 percent for rail projects, 34 percent for bridges and tunnels, and 20 percent for roads. The implications of these findings are that planners are doing an exceptionally poor job at costing major public works projects, sometimes perhaps intentionally, this results in large scale waste of public money and violations of basic principles of democracy, and, APA, as the main professional body for planners, has a responsibility to help rectify this situation.

"In the matter of a difficult question it is more likely that the truth should have been discovered by the few than by the many."

Several planners have written to support Dr. Flyvbjerg: "After having been involved with APA for several decades he cannot recall a single example of a planner being expelled from APA for ethical violations" was said to Dr. Flyvbjerg by a former APA president. This is not because planners are uniformly well-behaved, but because APA is in denial about the possibility of bad planning and malpractice. The APA is found to employ two well-known strategies for dealing with uncomfortable knowledge such as the revelation by Dr. Flyvbjerg: Denial and Diversion.


No Rail Disasters, No Rail stations, I coulda got the bus
right around the corner where I always got it. Yes, I know,
it's the money, Sonny.

To recap: When it comes to very large infrastructure projects, rail projects in particular, planners tend to lie or use subpar methodology to estimate project costs and forecasts. They are not accountable to anyone for their errors, and the public is hurt by having to support poor projects. In some cases, planners help the client to deny opposition and divert the public’s attention from the facts and primary objectives. All of the above are in abundance in Honolulu.

"When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over time, (the PRP) the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic."

Denial and diversion is what current elected officials and their predecessors have been practicing since 2006. Denial of pure, direct and unbiased facts presented primarily by Cliff Slater and myself. Diversion by avoiding the painful deficiencies of rail in ridership, congestion relief and cost (all of these were sugar coated by the project’s planners) and focusing on jobs, TODs and "the future of the island." There are dozens of better ways than elevated rail to invest five billion dollars on Oahu to create more jobs, better housing and set Oahu on the path to long term prosperity.


If it comes to further need, then one of these from Ko-Olina to Kapolani Park in the AM and park it there, then back in the PM. Would be enough for the Rail Tragedy Corridor.

The Honolulu rail project’s top-down, deceitful planning and environmental analysis in support of the project will be the laughingstock of the nation. If the project begins to make progress, the failure and ridicule (for elected officials and all the people of Honolulu) will increase proportionally.

About the author: Panos Prevedouros is a University of Hawaii professor whose areas of expertise include transportation engineering, traffic analysis and simulation, demand forecasting, and intelligent transportation systems. He has twice run for Honolulu mayor.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

What are opinions?

The most important for our blogs is the Guest Author opinion which is an editorial opinion. It is the stated opinion of the blogger for anything he or she writes in the blog. And it can vary widely which is what makes it most interesting to our fellow reader/dancers and the hits go through the roof.

"The truth can be too obscure, too plain and too pure. To live it you may have to explode. There is nothing more frightening than active ignorance."

Group opinions are essentially the same and they may come to a head through one person. And that person may only contribute "his or her opinion" only once and perhaps even twice. (They do not wish to get involved with what they think is a commitment.) These are usually very well accepted opinions.

"Step By Step" by the Crests

In the social sciences, there is also a recognition of the clique group opinion such as we have in dancing and it refers to the aggregation of opinions verbally communicated from closely knit people. The biggest has been the well known Creative Researchers And Producers. Generally conceded that they have contributed much to the decrease in dancing interest for the last couple decades. And the increase in so many new dance clubs in the last two decades. In these situations, researchers are often interested in questions related to social choice, untruths, conformity, and group polarization.

"Rip Van Winkle" by the Devotions

Public opinion in contemporary usage, is the aggregate of individual attitudes or beliefs held by populations such as the entire island of Oahu. While consumer opinion is the similar aggregate collected as part of marketing research (e.g., opinions of users of a particular product or service). Typically, because the process of gathering opinions from all individuals is difficult, expensive, or impossible to obtain, public opinion (or consumer opinion) is estimated using survey sampling (e.g., with a representative sample of a population).

"La Comparsita" by Julio Iglesias

For us the perfect communication settles down to ten or less blogs and each with ten or less Guest Authors. But we could achieve pretty close to agreement in the enjoyment of dancing in our cultural dance. And with the easy acceptance of all the other styles out there. Hey, hey, we are rolling in the right direction.





Sunday, March 17, 2013

What's Doin'?

It is becoming clearer from my stats that the most effective way to increase the blog hits is a good write up and photos of a dance function. Way ahead of anything else that goes into a blog. And even more effective is that some of the new readers stick around to check in now and then. So the overall hits on all the blogs keeps going up and we get closer everyday to becoming social media.
 
"Tough, some minds are like concrete, thoroughly mixed up
and permanently set."

The notice before the fact is merely accepted as about 20% informative and the rest is advertising. What happened at the function is what is interesting for the readers. And the individual writer does not seem to be that important to the readers. They want the reporting facts. So we definitely do not need someone who is preparing to go for the Pultizer.

"Maria Elena" by Jimmy Dorsey

Fortunately many of our dance organizations are willing to share this information with the various blogs out there and that keeps the blogs quite viable in hits. And keeps the organizations dominant in the scene. That is Public Relations. And the information and photo contributions are very much appreciated by the reader/dancers. This includes Club dancing and any other dance exhibitions as has been proven by Frank's and the other blogs.


Nanakuli Ridge blog becomes Waianae Coast blog on April first on the Mini Web Site first. "It coulda been a contendah." Then the first blog of Waianae Coast will have the official name change. I will let it evolve into a blog for the Waianae Coast if it wants to. The readers will decide.

"Tangerine" by Jimmy Dorsey

Dancing to the beat seems to be the high class dancers. They can even just dance to a metronome. In fact some have informed me that dancing can be just a spirited moving that can be enjoyed by anyone without any music. Perhaps they are right in their interpretations, we should not be so dogmatic.

But for most of us in the Popular dance scene, the music is first, and after we hear the music, then, is when we want to move to it. And in Hawaii, as cultural dancers we will dance the way we want to dance and not the way someone from on high dictates we should dance.

"Nostalgias" by Placido Domingo

Pub's Side Note; Updated my stats and the bottom blog that needs the advertising is "Bailando" You cannot get it from Dance Fever Oahu yet, so the only way is direct from the search engines or using the links in the side bars of these blogs.  http://centerdance.blogspot.com/  Check it out.



Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Contendah that coulda been Champ.

Buses are large-capacity vehicles, and they are made to transport a number of passengers. They are very common yet useful vehicles. Though they come in many forms, they are almost the same with regard to their structural and mechanical features. So that to get new buses does not require a new maintenance department as a rail does. The decline in buses is to gradually reduce the need for such a large bus maintenance department and then, getting the new Rail Experts (cost big bucks) to come in and take over.

"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than
sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

So how do you identify what kind of bus you are riding? The single-decker bus also known as the "shortie" bus is the most common bus. In most places, it is known as a transit bus. It has a two-row seating capacity that could range up to 50-plus. On Oahu, all have air conditioning systems which at times may get a little too cold. But the #403 that goes all around Nanakuli and ends up the Waianae Transit is so perfect, no one has ever been known to complain. There are small route local buses all over the island doing the same terrific job of it.

Who said? "It's the cash, Nash."

The regular "Shortie  bus has been overburdened on the longer distances making it very uncomfortable for the users of that type of transportation. The worse it gets, the more people are looking to use other means of transportation. In Waianae the auto repair shops are working over time because of the present #40 bus calamity. That is the biggest problem on Oahu.


With just two hundred of these Articulated buses on the
roads of Oahu, we could have eliminated the freeway
problems. Comfortable "seated" passengers would
have been the pleasant results.
 
The Articulated bus arrives and it has a design similar to that of single-decker bus, only that articulated bus is longer (approximately 18 meters). It has two sections connected by a joint that can be bent. It is also known by other names such as tandem bus or accordion bus. But what makes it unique is that, though longer and has larger seating capacity than the shortie and it can turn easily in street corners.


If need be just a few of these Bi-Articulated buses
(two tandems) would have done it. Those millions and
millions  of dollars being spent on HART, would not have
been needed or used. That is costing plenty right now.

Yes, there are plenty more people trying to stop the hemorrhaging of money that is costing so much for everyone. Specially because the citizens of this community do not need the Rail Disaster.







Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Slide Show

So I have finally installed the beginnings of the slide show which will be in this blog for the West. I have 21 photos at present but I expect it to go to 30 when I get around to it. Most people are still wary of contributing their own personal photos to strangers like the reader/dancers of this blog. You will all see that each photo will contain the magic number (six people) or pretty close to it.

"The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement.
But the opposite of a profound truth may well
be another profound truth."

A group picture with 20 or so, is definitely not it. Nor is the photo of one person (the star of this entire island.) Those can go more appropriately into their own Web site. But we should all understand that their own Web sites have their own usefulness.

To use the slide show in the blog, click the photo in the slide show and the entire album should appear. Then click in the upper left hand corner
 "slide show" and it will show the photos full size on the screen and hold for 3 or 4 seconds before going on to the next.

"Volare" by Dominic Modugno

The "Bailando" blog will handle the slide show of photos in town. At the moment it has too many of the West in it but that will flesh out with time. And the secret in both blogs will be photos that "some" dancers will be willing to share with their fellow dancers. For now the photogs are pretty tight with their photos. I ask all to just email it and I will post in the blog, from there I will choose those going into the slide show.


The name change on this blog did wonders for it. Now I have a couple suggestions about a name change for Oahu And Beyond. Could be, it has been losing hits. I will look into it. Dance Horizons, Dance Tech, Dance Base and Blogging the Pacific have come up. Maybe, somebody out there got some thing bettah!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Racketeers

In Alaska the unions and contractors are as per usual. The government will pay for the contruction of a harbor in the Aleutian native community's island of Akutan even if there is no road away from it. The only way to get into or get out of the harbor will be by boat. Any connector roads to town are likely to be decades into the future.

"We are often unprepared for Truth, which is why
Truth is revealed to us progressively."

That is done in many places, including the Waianae Coast. We have a bridge that was built many years ago. Its starts at no place and it goes to no place. There are barriers on either end now but the bridge is still there and the contractors that built it made big bucks. Yes, it was the dough, Flo.


Industrial Park in West Oahu, voted down by the Rail Calamity people. (naturally) maybe 1000 people employed. 1000 less
cars on the freeways to and from town and 1000 less cars in Honolulu traffic. But it's the money, Sonny.

Now we have the biggest attempt to hold up the citizens of this Island, the Rail Fiasco. Most people know it will not do the job of getting people off the cars and onto public transportation. And the Rail Catastrophe people are not aware of the word "comfortable" in regards to getting from point A to point B. And of course, it's the loot, Klute.


The articulated bus (one tandem), enough of them would
have done a good job. But the Bi-Articulated (two tandems) would have clinched it. Ten times cheaper than the Rail
Waterloo and five times more effective. "I coulda got the bus right around the corner." No rail stations.

The City and County of Honolulu will not go bankrupt. Even though right from the beginning with Garbaukaus the newly imported expert on rail (Yoshioka don't know anything) will get in salary and extras, more than the combined salaries of the Mayor and the Governor. So how do you like them potatoes? These are experts at ripping off the public. The neighbor islands don't know it yet but they will be the lucky ones to help bail out the Rail Chaos on Oahu.

"(I Wanna) Love My Life Away" -  Gene Pitney

Just got the coming weekend Agenda from a Dancer in Waipahu. Friday, all the way to town, HBDA Ohana Night, many good friends there. Then, Saturday Night, smash hit at Dance Hawaii, Aliamanu. and a nice crowd. Sunday, at the new center of International Style of Dance at Sugino Dance Academy. And Monday, the best of all, the Social at Kapolei Chapter, HBDA and get there before they run out of Steak and Lobster. Roaring week end.


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Nic Nacs

The entire West is very slowly going up, by inches, but still "UP." That looks and feels like solid ground for our beginnings. The photos and write ups on the dance functions seem to be the biggest attraction to tuning in to our blogs. We have to sit back and digest that information. And do something about it.

"The truth is that "hate speech" is only
to those who have something to hide."

Our organizations must find places where we can dance socially. The schools have to make more money because the funding will be less to pay for the Rail Fiasco. Community Centers would be the most obvious answer but for some reason we don't dance in Community Centers. Maybe the cost is too high. In Town and Hawaii Kai, sometimes they dance in the Malls. And Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club has a nice place to dance at the Wahiawa District Park.

"Maybe" - Ink Spots

The biggest action in Nightclubs is in the Pearlridge, Aiea area. But nothing resembling our type of dancing. We would need bigger dance floors. And somebody that wouldn't rely on the bar tab to pay the overhead and that means a cover. They have to understand the type of music required and it is somewhat different than what the have now which is for a younger crowd.

The old Salt Lake shopping center would be a perfect spot for a dance nightclub. Not too many residences nearby, and very accessable to the West Honolulu crowd, from Town to Kalihi. And Salt Lake itself has quite a population. With the biggest factor, "I coulda been home in twenty minutes."

The biggest goof up in this entire section is the Rail Mess, which is having a negative impact so soon. Everyone seems to understand that there will be less buses to force the people to use the Rail Humiliation. How's that for a Rail that they say is "needed." They tell good joke.


"There! I've Said It Again" - Vaughn Monroe

Today I took the number 93 bus that leaves Alapai Transit Center at 3:00 pm. Perfect bus. One empty seat, which is the maximum in efficiently for public transportation. The guy sitting next to me reading his paper and he says there is car missing right in front of this bus, because he is "sitting" in the bus. That is supposed to be the idea. How to get people off of their cars and onto public transportation.

You have to make it comfortable. It isn't comfortable when you are forced. I got home in Nanakuli, at 4:00 pm. The rail calamity is never going to beat that in a million years. No rail station, I get off the bus right around the corner where I always got off.  Dumb Dodos know this, they gonna cut down this bus. Yes we all know, it's the money, Sonny. Da Huge Profits!




Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Photographs are necessary

The slide show in the "Bailando" blog has now gone over 40 photos. I have received only one suggestion, "hold it." Perhaps I should put a top number and gradually get rid of the old ones.

"The Truth is heavy, therefore few care to carry it."

On the other hand I am taking more photos on the West Side of this island so perhaps the time has come for a slide show on this blog for the west side dancers, I can run up forty photos for them too without too much backlash. Maybe even bring both down to about 35, I will play it by ear.
 
"Buttons And Bows" - Dinah Shore

I am getting the photos that are the most interesting. The best ones at the moment are the three couples, but five or six people at random are just fine. They give the distinction of having more than one person at the dance function. Seven or eight is just fine, but over this, no names are required and it just does its job by showing that people were there.

Sometimes, two couples will do when they are well known members of the dance community and it is some special occasion for them. Then there is the collage of many similar type photos. Required when we do not have enough text to balance the photos.

It's all in your mind and imagination. One cannot just keep doing the same thing. One needs constantly to innovate and discover new ways of doing what you've been doing. See and feel things from different angles and in different ways. Hopefully you will eventually be willing to share your good photos with your fellow dancers.

"Ballerina" - Vaughn Monroe

Not last nor least, you need to keep doing it with the same subjects such as those at our dance functions. The better you know your fellow dancers the better your results will be. Try to see what they want.

Photography captures a moment in time. Later we can go back to the moment through the photos. In a blog they are just temporary but without photography it's all just words or drawings.

Pub's Side Note: The rail has resulted in chaos for the entire island already and it hasn't even been fully approved. You can imagine the mess when they really get started to make those billions and billions of dollars in profits.





Sunday, March 3, 2013

Update

The neighbor islands seem to have been having a ball this weekend. Parties, dances, and shows all over. Specially Maui and the Big Island but are a little tight with the information. We just got a good email from Rae-Marie on Kauai and I posted parts in the Oahu And Beyond blog of Sunday.

"People stumble over the truth from time to time,
but most pick themselves up and hurry off
as if nothing happened."

However I am still having trouble getting information direct for publication to our reader/dancers. I get photos, only for commercial publicity purposes and an occasional ego kind, (one person or couple.) I do get plenty of email flyers with long advertising and selling points, complicated schedules, and plenty of pricing. It was considered dead meat in the Web circuit here five or six years ago, no hits.
 
"Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall" -
Ella Fitzgerald & the Ink Spots

I have never been able to convince many people that single photos are dime a dozen. Couples are a quarter a dozen. and the price goes up. Eight people and it is about Ten Thousand dollars, just to look at it. Ten people and it comes down to Five Thousand dollars and it keeps going down. At 20 people in the picture it is back down to dime a dozen. This is simple economics.


The average hits of all the blogs per day, have come down significantly, but I have effectively diluted the readership. If the possible reader/dancers cannot communicate pertinent information to me, I am limited in publishing what social media must have. If I, in turn, do not get the hits, then there is ample evidence of wasted time. I will hold all of them a little longer than usual and concentrate more on getting the right Guest Authors for the blogs.

"A Tree In The Meadow" - Margaret Whiting

Fortunately in blogging we don't really have any deadlines and if you don't get the information or photos for today's blog it can go in the next one. I am very busy getting Town Dancer and Oahu and Beyond going in the right direction and setting them up for my eventual retirement from running those two. I still feel, I have done the best I can and I know it is not much. I have tried my utmost to communicate. I am still doing it and I am certain that we will eventually have Social Media.