Monday, April 29, 2013

The Guest Authors and the Hits

As we approach the end of the month it has become clearer where the law of diminishing returns will kick in. The hits will continue to rise but very slowly and it will become easier to distinguish between a terrific dance Web or Blog site and just a mediocre one. They are separating a lot more. One thing is certain the reader/dancers will make the decisions.
 
"If evil be said of thee, and if it be true, correct thyself;
if it be a lie, laugh at it." ~Epictetus

The bottom level has risen in required hits to be viable and it could go as far as 20 average hits per day. This has happened only because there has been an increase in scams, spams and other hits such as spiders and crawlers from the legit search engines. This could be around 20 per cent of the recorded hits of any site, so we should include all those who cannot reach 34 average hits per day (1000 hits per 30 day month.)

"Bring It On Home To Me" by Sam Cooke

The second tier, 35 to 67 average hits per day, seems easy to come by with most of our blogs in this sector, the guest authors are not there yet. Oahu And Beyond is the closest with hits in the upper 50s, they have only one Guest Author. Aye, there's the rub, by myself, that is all I can do, but with Guest Authors the sky is the limit.

 
New kid on the block. Windward Oahu blog? Anybody there?

The third tier is 68 to 133 average hits per day and no one in that sector. A few new and different opinions in any of the bottom blogs would get them in easily.  I use formulas similar to establishing the break even point in business. However, since blogs have no monetary costs, I have tested the guest authors, the amount of blogs and the photos which have turned out to be crucial.


Cultural Dancing involves a natural division between
the Smooth and Rhythm sectors.

The fourth tier is over 134 average hits per day (4000 hits per month) and Town Dancer is our only one over that. But Honolulu Dance Guide is also over that barrier too and getting closer to surpassing Town Dancer. At the moment this is the top level of our blogosphere.
 
"How High The Moon" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

The Law of Diminishing Returns is very plain. The top goal for any dance blog or web site in the Pacific area will be 200 average hits per day (6000 per 30 day month.) And I am the only one, that I know of. that has the stats to know what is needed to get there.

The Guest Author is the clear indicated answer. All we have to do is find a person willing to share their personal "Dancing Space" with their fellow reader/dancers, regardless of club affiliation. And their level of expertise makes very little difference. It is their separate unique opinion that is valuable and easy but very difficult too. They help themselves, they help their club, they help their fellow dancers and they help whatever blog they choose. A win-win situation. The losers? A little by the ones that don't go for this jazz.




Friday, April 26, 2013

The Bleeding Continues

John White, the new political boss in Honolulu may be right. The Japanese era in Hawaiian Politics is over. Abercrombie is now Governor, Caldwell  is now Mayor, In the Senate one down, one to go. All clear in the House of Reps, Washington. Now PRP is working on the City Council and everyone knows which ones have got to go.

"We are far more liable to catch the vices
than the virtues of our associates."

Pretty clear now the rail disaster estimates are now over eight billions dollars. Did someone say ten billion? They overlooked a few things here and there. There has been mention that the monthly parking fees at the Rail Station will be less than $200 per month, but I doubt it. Then there is the bonus of $35000.00 to be paid to Dan Grabauskaus after completing his first year of duty. He didn't do anything but we are talking easy money here. This is a con job that will go down in the history books. West Oahu, UH (Boylan) doesn't have a clue.


Just a couple of Industrial Parks like these, north of the freeway,
between Waipahu and Kapolei. 5000 less cars on the freeway to
town, 5000 less cars in Honolulu traffic and 5000 less cars
coming home. And I coulda been home in 20 minutes.

Every bus driver out there is sure that they know more about the traffic situation on Oahu than Grabuaskaus. But he gets more in salary than the Governor and the Mayor combined. How about that? This is happening with the new Political bosses (PRP) that have taken over Honolulu. The neighbor islands don't have the suspicion yet that they are going to bleed for the rail tragedy too.


Would have been perfect with enough of them. One tenth the
cost of rail and five times more efficient. And I coulda
got the bus right around the corner. No Rail Stations.
Yes, we know, it's the dough, Flo.

Caldwell has to do as he is told. Oahu Transit Service, (doing a terrific job for 30 years) will be phased out. and HART and Garbuaskaus will be taking over. And they have done a big mess already. Big Buck engineers from the Mainland and then they have to set up the new Rail Maintenance Department and plan on phasing the old into the new with the new bosses. Whatta con job, but those crooks know how to do it. And the new mainlanders that are due to arrive in a few months will clinch it. What happened to Paradise?

"Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford

Fortunately some of the Universities are becoming aware of these crooks. The students will have to learn why their tuition is going sky high. Your legislators are going to give themselves a raise. Ha! The book is being written, "How to turn Paradise into Hell." and the monstrous deviations that are keeping us from a better world.




Monday, April 22, 2013

Competition Dancing in the West

Perhaps we can explore competition dancing a little for the dancers in the West, just to demonstrate some interesting points. Dancesport denotes competitive ballroom dancing, as contrasted to social or exhibition dancing. In this century the International Dancers had second thoughts and decided that the term Ballroom really belongs to them as an artform. And most everyone agrees with them.

"I speak two languages, Body and English." ~Mae West

Dancesport events are sanctioned and regulated by dancesport organizations at the national and international level, such as the World Dance Council and the name was invented to help competitive ballroom dancing gain Olympic recognition. The term dancesport applies only to the International Style of competitive ballroom (often referred to as Standard or Modern) dancing and Latin dancing.

Today, it includes the following style categories: Standard, Latin and Ten Dance. These categories apply to both individual couples and formation dance. It is clear that those interested in going into competitions should get into the International Style of Dance.

"The Times They Are A'Changin'" by Bob Dylan

At most competitions, the circumstances in which you dance are very controlled — 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 rules).

Spectators are usually other dancers, who appreciate the hard work involved, and because of television there has been an increasing amount of these other people, a new spectator group. Let anyone enjoy spectating if they wish, and there is an awareness ofan increasing amount of "amateur judges" in the field of spectating.

The real judges are those looking for specific, predefined things to put into your score. So you’re doing a controlled thing (dancing) in a controlled environment (at a competition) for predefined reasons (where do you rate on the scoring sheet?) for an audience who knows something about what you’re doing.

"Paint It Black" by the Rolling Stones

If and you probably do, read Calvin's blogs you will probably find them interesting. They have a lot of fine points in their menu, However! When they start to look at you down their noses while holding their heads high, then we have a "separation" which was not called for by us but by them. And we will respect that separation, - meanwhile we can salute all the good ones and wish all of you continued good luck.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

New Environments

New Place to dance: Kalihi seems to be a dead place to dance but  it doesn't have to be. Now Dance Hawaii will be having their "Come Dance With Us" at Puuhale Elementary School. May be the start of a new era as a place to dance, in the company of some nice people.
 

You gotta give these people an "E" for effort. There will be dancing in the West and all we have to do is recruit the right people and evolve a group of friends, neighbors and fellow dancers.  With a place to dance we can develop a nice group of compatible dancers. Kalihi is the perfect place for it.

 
If we cannot find a place to dance, we shall dance in the streets.

Is the West is slowing down?

The increase in the population of West Oahu as a bedroom community had been proceeding on schedule for the last ten years. But there is considerable evidence that it is slowing down. The real estate market is not doing as well as the Eastern part of the island. And the answer points, at the "Rail Catastrophe." The people voted and they are now stuck with the biggest rip-off of the citizens of the these islands. Now, they have to pay the piper.

The big deal in the Ewa Plain is becoming a no-no. Putzing around with the Rail Tragedy, with plans to cut the buses and forcing everyone to use the Rail. Hey, Hey, Hey. And more than that we are well aware that some people are going to make billions and billions of dollars in profits. Much of it going to Mainland people. Grabauskaus, for the rail, is now the highest paid employee in the city administration, more than the Mayor and the Governor put together. Talk about a con job. Carlisle got his orders, and now Caldwell will get his too. It's the bread, Fred, and we are talking billions!



Sunday, April 14, 2013

The West is improving?

The bus situation seems to be getting better. I am not sure yet, but I went to the VA on Friday and I was able to sit down on the C bus going to town. I told my next door neighbor and he says he might try it again next time he goes to town.

"A person may have been a king or serf -- a philosopher or servant, -- but the utterance neither gains nor loses in truth or reason."

He doesn't mind it too much if he can get the bus right around the corner and then sit down to town. One less car off the streets and off the freeways. The Rail Party trying to keep this kind of information quiet. But he sure will never go through the hassle of paying annual parking at the Rail Disaster Stations. Then you gotta take the car too.


With just half the fleet in these Articulated buses,
we coulda been a contendah! "The best in the Nation,"

Dumb Dodos they went through a beautiful opportunity with the ferry boats but nobody wanted to go through that hassle. Now they want to do it again, and this time it will cost 50 times more. And more gangsters are taking a piece of the action. Estimates have now gone up to eight billion and no one knows how much higher it will go.

It will not bankrupt the city and county of Honolulu. Why? Because Abercrombie will not let it and that means the neighbor islands will have to bail them out. The Neighbor Islands just don't know this yet.


This is in China, but a couple of these just north of the
freeway from Waipahu to Kapolei, Wow.
And I coulda been home in 20 minutes.

There has been some new of new industrial parks planned and that would help to stop the Rail Tragedy. So the Rail Party is not going to allow any of that. They even have the Sierra Club in their pockets. Remember when the Sierra Club was for the people? Now, it's the money, Sonny.


San Francisco before and after they tore down their Rail Tragedy. Cost a lot of money to build and a lot of money to tear down.
Good thing we can afford that on Oahu.

Meanwhile Caldwell Rail Party is trying to hide the fact that there will be no Dance Pavilion at the Patsy Mink Recreation Park. Gotta pay for da Rail Mess. Yes, it's the loot, Klute. It is becoming more evident as the prices go up on the entire island. Meanwhile, our legislators are planning to give themselves a little raise. How about that? Lucky we can afford it. Property Taxes going up, you ain't seen nuttin' yet.






Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I Don't Know Why

There is a song by that name but it escapes me at this moment. This blog keeps rolling along and we seem to be getting some reader/dancers and we need more to promote our dancing. For now we need the Information and Photo Contributors to give the reader/dancers the necessaries. Just people that are willing to share with our dance groups - hard to find.

"If you want to fool the world tell the truth."

The biggest thing I am coming across are the missing people with the lucky number in the monthly lottery of our blogosphere. If the last two numbers of your social security numbers are the same, you are the winner. Of course, if you don't want a used Laptop computer you have the right not to be interested. And unfortunately we have too many rich reader/dancers.

Meanwhile we continue to look for a place to dance. Community Centers seem to be mostly programmed to resist dancing programs. Some District Parks are accepting but they can also be very particular. "None of this dance hall business around us."

So all of us that are trying to promote dancing as part of the enjoyment of life should be understood. We want to enjoy music and the movement to that music the way we want to, not as we have been so carefully instructed by outside interests. It's coming, the new enlightened way, and we are can do it on our own.

Pub's Side Note: We cannot do what one person tells us to do. But we can certainly hear what many of you say and then we must move accordingly.



Sunday, April 7, 2013

Social Dance Groups

The first Oahu social dance club on record was Aiea Ballroom Dance Club which spun off an independent Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association in Town. Then we had Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club in Wahiawa and these three have had a long time standing tradition in the West. Of course, Honolulu is the capital of the State of Hawaii, so most of the action developed there.
 
"If you wish to astonish the whole world, tell the simple truth."

People joined in primary social relationships as anywhere else and spent a great deal of time together, engaged in a wide range of dancing activities, and they usually felt that they knew one another well. In short, they showed real concern for one another.

Lately they have been joined by Dance Hawaii and all of them are mostly geared to the American Style of Dance. They also find it easy to dance in most Night Club envir-onments. However, some night club enthusiasts still confuse them with the International Dancers simply because they do not know the difference.

Specially since the Internationals have recently seized the name ballroom as their very own. All we can do is be patient. See Calvin Ota's latest on the competitions in Los Angeles. (Town Dancer blog.) Those people are enjoying ballroom dancing in their own way. They certainly have that right.

"Honky Tonk Women" by the Rolling Stones

Most social dance clubs established themselves as oligarchies, though in most cases, "benevolent" oligarchies. From the Greek, Olig, meaning few and Anarchy, meaning rule. There is little democracy in the organizations and they are prone to rot from strong cliques established within. This has already happened to most of the social dance clubs on this Island, simply because no one seems to know why this is happening.

Once they know who the members of the cliques are, the rest is relatively easy. From the height at the beginning of the Palladium most clubs had lost 50%  of the membership by the new century. Fortunately some clubs have already done very well in regaining their lost footing. Some are still trying to find a way out and do not realize yet what they are doing wrong. The new ones coming in realize that the more private you get, the more you will lose. Those are the rules.

"The Truth may prove illusive because we prefer lies."

Pub's Side Note: Blogs are more personal, direct and more current communication, They leave an opening for comments in each blog and they are receptive to more formal answers and opinions in the blog itself. The hits go through the ceiling. Real Social Media is much different than anything we have come across before.


Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Travel Industry

The Travel Industry is out en masse, to our dance blogosphere on the island of Oahu. Emails flying all over the place and even getting some free advertising here and there under the guise of communication, which may be true.

"The Creative Researchers And Producers occasionally
stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves
up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened."

There are even hard adventure sport/travel packages with upscale accommodations, gourmet food, and celebrity service providers to wealthy clients. Hard adventures include Helicopter-skiing, kayaking, white water rafting, and mountain biking. An opportunity exists for two reasons: On Oahu, tourism is a growing industry and within the industry, adventure travel is growing at 10%.

There are few providers of hard adventure travel to upscale clients. Virtually all companies that provide "hard" adventure activities appeal to a lower income client. Companies that appeal to a wealthier clientele generally provide the "soft" adventure package, like dancing.
 
"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

Soft adventure activities may involve physical exertion, however they involve a low level of risk and can be engaged in by non-athletic people. The company's target customers are high income (min. $75,000 for single person), health-conscious individuals interested in popular hard adventure sports. These are lawyers, bankers, executives, doctors and other professionals.

The customers are more likely to be married. 51% are men and 49% are women. There is rapid growth in the market and increasing demand. In addition, more niche markets are evolving. Initially, it will be difficult to compete with experienced providers, especially the market leaders.

"Strawberry Fields Forever" by the Beatles

However, on Oahu the target market is an exploitable niche and the service is differentiated. The target market members will have similar activity interests, more disposable income and less sensitivity to price. The news will be out to the dance community but the results will never be known to the social media known as blogging. The write ups and photos will go only to their own private groups and they have the perfect right to do so. Meanwhile, we got some dancing to do.

Pub's Side Note: It is slowly forming all by itself, a new dance force, for Truth, Inclusion and Innovation and made "of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers." Let it roll!



Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Bus System

This has been used very efficiently in the past on this island. So much so that many people living on the Waianae Coast would occasionally take the "C" bus to town, rather than buck the traffic on the freeway. Now that is essentially the goal throughout the world, to get people off their cars and onto public transportation. They cannot build more freeways and the congestion in the cities is terrible.

"The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable."

But you are not going to that when you make it uncomfortable to ride public transportation as the Caldwell administration has made it on Oahu. But he was elected by the Rail Disaster Party. They have cut the buses and the public's name for the buses is now "cattle cars." And a Rail System would be even worse in convenience. For now you can still get the bus right around the corner where  you always got it.

 
The Articulated bus, the perfect answer for the users of
Public Transportation. Too successful so they cut them
down.  Oahu coulda been a contendah again. Yes,
we know, the Rail Calamity. It's the dough, Flo. 

Now, in practice and doing very well in China, South America and Europe is the Bi-Articulated bus for cities up to two million. That is a bus with two tandems instead of one and capable of having 100 cars missing from right in front of them. The drivers are "sitting" in the bus.


The Rail Crooks are trying desperately to keep the users and the legislators in the dark about these buses. One tenth the cost of the rail, five times the efficiency. It's the bread, Fred.

The best substitute for the rail and exceeding the efficiency threefold would be the simple replacement of the C, and the #40 bus with Articulated buses. They have long runs with few curves to maneuver. Then the icing on the cake would be the replacement with articulated buses in the morning and evening runs of the #91, 92, 93 and 94. I can get the #93 bus at 3:00 pm at the Alapai Transit Center and be home in Nanakuli by 4:00 pm. There ain't a rail in the world that is going to beat that.

 
This Industrial Park already in Waipio and very successful.
With five or six of these from Waipahu to Waianae, there
would be no need for a Rail mess or the Articulated buses.
And I coulda been home in twenty minutes.