Sunday, June 30, 2013

My Social Dance

By Francis Park Ki, Ewa Beach:

This is my view of self instruction in social dancing (and country-western dancing ). You can teach yourself dancing with DVD American Style dance lessons. The material presented is suitable for country club dances, formal balls, night clubs, and honky-tonks.
"Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while
we are here, we may as well dance."

Mostly it is about slow social dancing, the kind that older people prefer, not the swing and latin dancing that is sometimes erroneously called ballroom dancing. But it is about dancing to any kind of music with constant rhythm and tempo: ballroom, swing, Latin, not just ballroom dancing music.

"Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver

There are many different figures, or maneuvers, that could be taught as an introductory course in ballroom dancing. The student only has time to learn a few and by rote. My view presents the figures that are most popular with social dancers, not the figures that are most popular with professional dance teachers. No matter what they may say to pacify the customer, most of these teachers are primarily rooted in the culture of competition dancing and show dancing, not social dancing. This is true of the deluxe Nightclubbers too.

"Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life."

Competition and show dancing require music with specific combinations of rhythm and tempo for the wide variety of elaborate and complicated competition figures associated with each dance to work. Social dancing requires figures that will work when the combinations of rhythm and tempo do not match any of the competition dances. Only a small, simple assortment of figures have the universal applicability required.

Social dancing requires an assortment of dances that can work with any rhythm and tempo, because there is no telling what the disk jockey will play next in many social dancing environments. In particular, the only music available for dancing may not be dance music at all, it may be any of the kinds of music recorded for listening: pop, rock, rap, hip hop or country. In contrast, a so-called social dance in a typical dance school that teaches ballroom and latin dance will have music precisely suited to each of the dances taught in the school. ****

Pub's Side Note: The Dow Jones Industrial average closed on Friday at 14909.60, the last business day of the month. The winnng number for the laptop computer will be 60 at midnight Sunday. If you do not have the lucky number you can buy the computer for the new stated price.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Night Life

In West Oahu, the nearest thing we have to "da reel teeng" is at Dot's in Wahiawa but it is not "supported" the way it could be. It helps that there are other drinking locations in Wahiawa so that it establishes a rudimentary night life. Perhaps something like this could be introduced in Ewa, just a few more drinking places. There seems to be only one drinking oasis in Kapolei, so there is almost no night life there yet. Waianae Coast has only one and that is for the military. We have a long way to slide. All this has to be fleshed out.

"If you can not find the truth right where you are,
where else do you expect to find it?"

Of course a good central location would be in Waipio even if they have no drinking oasis there at all now. With effective advertising, they could get customers from as far north as Whitmore Village, as far south as Ewa Beach, as far West as Kapolei and as far East as Salt Lake. That covers a lot of ground. Time will tell.

2000 employees in Ewa but voted down by the Rail Party.
2000 less cars on the freeway going to town. 2000
 less cars in the traffic congestion in Honolulu and 2000
less cars coming back. But its the bread, Fred.

Of  course Ewa was on its way however the Rail Calamity fell on them and they are pretty well sunk for ten years. With a small Industrial Park, Ewa "coulda been a contendah." Tough. But Kapolei lost too and now Waianae is trying do something. They may be the answer because only 28 people so far would be riding the Rail every day.

Ten per cent the cost of Rail, five times more efficient and think of all the cars missing right in front of each bus. The drivers "sitting" comfortable inside the bus. Thinking throughout the civilized world, but not here. Everyone can see the "cattle" cars.

The last mainlander wise guy with a white shirt and a tie told me that when they get the Rail going it will be able to transport 22000 passengers per hour. I don't question him. But I thought it over and figured if true, we could evacuate the Waianae Coast including the entire city of Kapolei in an hour and a half. How about that?

Amazing! Just what we need. Ivory Tower Dumb Dodos. Yes I know, its the Money, Sonny. Big Big Profits those mainlanders are making even now. Lucky we can afford it. And when you think how much it cost them to buy almost the entire city council. Wow!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Night Clubs

Night clubs on this island of Oahu can provide music, live entertainment, and dancing for patrons of varying ages. Some clubs cater to the 18 and over set, while others are strictly for those 21 and older. There are no clubs on Oahu catering to people in their 40's and over, while 90% of our gang are over 40. So we must be careful where we can go. Not many in the evening scene have understood. That and making the overhead on the Alcoholic tab.

"Truth allows you to live with integrity. Everything you do and say shows the world who you really are. Let it be the Truth."
Most Salsa dancing night clubs have older people dancing Mambo while the youngsters have already gone past Reggaeton and Bachata and now dancing Zouk. The young "MUST" have change and it must be new. We cannot change that, it has always been that way.

Young people like to visit night clubs to dance, meet others, and just hang out. And most are in the bottom half of the pyramid, in ability to dance. Music can range from hip hop to jazz to pop. And the type of dancing is their meeting ground. They love the buzz from the alcohol. Most are located in Waikiki or Honolulu.

And they can still understand each other if someone mentions "never trust anyone over 30." We must accept that and the timing must be different. Some Salsa places are not opened until 11 pm and can go until 2 or 3 am easily. Older groups prefer the hours of 8 to 12 midnight.

'Tangerine" by Jimmy Dorsey

Older people tend to be Universal dancers and to dance the "accepted" dances that have been danced for a century or more. Universal dancers become more rhythmically inclined and not so much step inclined as the young. Through experience they know they do not have to be fancy to enjoy the music and the dance.
Night clubs typically sell beer and alcohol, and feature small bands or DJs spinning favorite tunes for teens and adults. Some clubs will feature outdoor verandas or balcony areas, overlooking beaches or city streets. And that is for older dancers (a slower pace,) and the older dancers are not heavy drinkers so there has to be a cover charge to pay for the activities offered. Juice bars may be illegal on Oahu.

Dance night clubs cannot be mainstream, they must have certain nights playing for particular style of dance and they must be flexible to new trends. There are too many different Latin dances to satisfy the clientele, so the night club entrepreneur must by trial and error, normalize by standardizing the agenda. There are no Latin Night Clubs in Hawaii.

Clubs such as these conduct business primarily at night, and usually boast a good sized dance floor and a bar. But the day, mainly mornings and afternoon must be for some other income producing item such as a restaurant business to help pay the overhead.
"Frenesi" by Artie Shaw

Pub's Side Note: This blogosphere is slowly forming all by itself, with more Guest Authors we will have 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, June 18, 2013

More Money, Sonny

Apparently more people are becoming aware that the citizens of the entire state of Hawaii have been ripped off by the Rail Party with lies mostly. Their people believe in the lying innuendo. Unfortunately too many of our legislators are still in the pay of the Rail party whose members stand to make billions and billions of dollars.
"Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters,
cannot be trusted with important matters."

Prices, Honolulu Electric going up, gotta pay for the rail tragedy, coffee, no mo $4, 4.99 at Don Quijote. Some at $8 already. Milk $5 a gallon and going up to $6. Good thing we can afford it. Now they goin' buy junk trains from Europe. Big, Big Commissions and guess who's gonna pay? Lucky You.

Industrial Park in Waianae voted down by the Rail Crisis people.
"I coulda been home in 20 minutes"

Funds being cut back in the schools and they are raising the price on all the dance clubs. You can't blame them, somebody has to pay the billions and billions of dollars in profits for the rail fiasco. You didn't think the rich were going to pay for it did you? You got suckered by lies into voting for it, now you gotta pay the piper through the nose.

"The greatest homage we can pay to truth, is to use it."

The neighbor islands are going to realize soon enough, they gotta pay too. Gary Grabauskaus from the East Coast somewhere, now the highest paid man in the history of Oahu. Most bus drivers already agree, that any bus driver or user of transportation in Honolulu knows more about transportation in Honolulu than him put together with Yoshioka. Now more "experts" coming in from the mainland and as they say, "These yokels are just easy money."

This would have been perfect. Ten times cheaper than the
Rail Catastrophe and five times more efficient. No rail stations charging $300 per month parking.

In this world of dog eat dog and organizations such PRP, it is not tough to understand. Standing and sitting on a bus is not understood in the ivory towers of Honolulu. No one from the Governor on down even recognizing the difference. Users of public transportation are regarded as non-humans so we must have some understanding.  Frank Fasi knew. Remember the man on the cross 2000 years ago, "Forgive them father, for they know not what they do." These stupes are interested only in the big bucks.

How many Rail Party members does it take to change a light bulb?
A. That's not in their job description.

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Elites

By Mary Chen, Fernandez Village:

Some of us have discovered on the way, that in all the different types of social dance environments on the Island, the elites evolve. A small group naturally because we cannot all be superior.

"Political language. . . is designed to make lies
sound truthful and murder respectable, and to
give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." 

This is a normal function and they are generally a class of persons considered superior by others or by themselves, as in intellect, talent, dance know how, wealth, or position in society. they also exercise the major share of authority or influence within a larger group: the power elite or clique of a dance club.

Much of it evolves upon arrival in the Gold levels of dance. The dancers at this level have gone through a long and sometimes difficult journey to get to where they are. They feel the need for recognition and many exercise it by looking down their noses at those who have not arrived at their stations.

"In My Life"by the Beatles

So now we are having a little more respect for the many ordinary people that want to move to music. They are the ones more likely to seek moves in the Bronze and Silver levels (and there are plenty of them) because they are easy to execute and enjoy moving to the music much better. It's the music not the dancing that make them dancers. And yes we mean lead and follow.

They are more like the foundation where it all starts, without which no functional level activity in the world can progress. So we hold the ordinary dancer as topline and make them visible as there are fewer dancers up the hierarchy/pinnacle.

Plenty of dancers in this territory just waiting to make
their own club, nearer to the heart's desire.

The most vital balance that holds the entire kuleana is the buoyancy from all these people. Recognition should be more for the bottom line than the topline but many use the word "support" for the purpose of loyalty and retention. So we lives and we learns.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

First time on this blog

Copied from the Central Valley blog:

Come join us for a wonderful evening, celebrating our SPECIAL DADS!
WBDC would like to treat you to some ONOLICIOUS PIZZA!
 So let's get off the couch, turn off the television, come to dance
and have some fun!
Please RSVP ASAP, to help us estimate just
how much pizza we will need. 
Thank you kindly,
Maile Yagi for WBDC

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

Wheel: In our type of dancing it is strictly a fun thing, the turning of a man and woman around an imaginary center usually between them. waltz, foxtrot, rumba, cha cha, ctc and is usually restricted to about 5000 different dances.

One of the Rail Party Big Bucks Characters passed away and arrived
at the Pearly Gates sweating and struggling with a heavy suitcase.
Saint Peter says, “Set the suitcase down and come in.”
“No way!” barks the banker, “I have to bring it in.”
Peter is a nice guy and asks,
“What could be in there that is so important?”
The banker opens the suitcase to reveal 50 gold bricks.
Saint Peter’s jaw drops,” You brought pavement?

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Private Bus

The Ivory Towers of the Rail Calamity are not aware, that the users of public transportation will not use the Rail Mess. Some will be forced, but of course many are already looking for alternate less cumbersome methods. And the Rail is a real humbug with station parking at $300 per month. Riding by bus or car to a rail station and going through that hassle everyday is for the birds. Not to mention getting to the rail station in town and then trying go get where you want to go. You could move to Maui.

"It is a fine thing to be honest,
but it is also very important to be right."

So the Taxi Companies are looking into this. Starting from the cost of a taxi from Makaha to Bishop Street in town for about $60. Two people is $30 a peice and you can get four in, and now the cost is $15.00 a peice. And if the Taxi driver lives in Makaha, he has it made in the shade. I saw it in the Sea Country blog.

Honolulu coulda been a contendah, da best.

The ivory towers of the Rail Tragedy stress that the rates of the bus and the rail will be the same. Of course, they did not say that the cost will go up to five dollars. And the buses will remain "cattle" cars. Somebody gotta pay for the high cost of rail. Billions and Billions of dollars in projected profits.

So the Taxi driver gets a nice nine passenger van and eight paying customers. Now it is only $7.50 a peice. From there a beautiful sleek bus that can carry 20 passengers and the taxi cab companies are home free. No rail stations and little humbug.

The marvel that we have in the present day is a #93 bus from town to Makaha, which is already close to perfection. How about the 91 and the 92? Also terrific. But naturally, the Rail People are not going to permit that. They will be cancelled by the Rail Party first chance they get. They gotta force the people into riding the Rail Disaster.

Other Means? The Rail Tragedy is to stop anything that will be better, but people keep looking! Oahu East blog says the same thing, so it is going around.

Most of us are not planning on riding the Rail Disaster, so we are looking for alternate means. We all know they have plans for screwing up the bus system so as to force everyone on the Rail. But we are looking and perhaps as eventually it happened in San Francisco, they tore it down.

Pub's Side Note: "Not everything that counts can be counted,
and not everything that can be counted counts."