Monday, July 29, 2013

Panos Prevedouros 

Prevedouros was born on October 2, 1961 in Patras, Greece. He attended high school in Greece. In 1985, he received his bachelor of science from a land surveying five-year program at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

"In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe
and enough shadows to blind those who don't."

After moving to the U.S., he graduated from Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering with his doctorate degree in civil engineering. He has been a professor at the University of Hawaii Civil Engineering Department since 1990, and has twice failed in bids for the Honolulu mayor's office.

"And I coulda been home in 20 minutes."
A vocal critic of the $5.26 billion Honolulu rail project, (estimates now in $8 billions) Prevedouros has created a list of alternative traffic solutions. He joined the Republican Party on April 15, 2010. He may have won had he been a Democrat.

Prevedouros was the only anti-rail candidate who ran in the 2010 mayoral election to finish the last half of Mufi Hannemann’s four-year term. But the victor in the special election for mayor was former Honolulu prosecutor Peter Carlisle, who took home 38.7 percent of the vote, and had the backing of the Rail Party. He beat acting mayor Kirk Caldwell, who had 34.6 percent of votes.


In the Ewa Plain, nestled up into the mountains. Voted down by
the Rail Party. 9000 less cars on the freeway to town and back. 9000 less cars in downtown traffic. Ho, Ho. The Rail Party
could surely "LIE" through that one.

Prevedouros drew 18.9 percent of votes. City Councilman Rod Tam earned 1.4 percent of votes. Prevedouros spent $107,028 on his campaign, or an average of just $2.92 per vote for his 36,627 votes, compared with Carlisle's average of $5.71 per vote for his 75,276 votes. It's the money, Sonny.

Pub's Side Note: Every bus driver knows more about Oahu Public Transportation than the Czar of the Rail Disaster. But he gets paid more than the Mayor and the Governor combined. Now that was a con job that will never, ever be beaten.






Friday, July 26, 2013

Dine and Dance

By Richard Sing, Fernandez Village

Dining and Dancing have been part of life in most societies for ages. It is nothing new for us living on Oahu. How we dine and how we dance, of course, differs in the different sectors according to the participants. And I believe we could respect the different preferences.

"Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing the matter
with this, except that it just ain't so."

Generally in the social club gathering the accepted method is the potluck. And it has been a very successful part of a social shindig, at school cafeterias, private meeting halls, district parks and community centers. The only negative is the overbearing presence of a clique. Then all is lost, it loses it's public acceptance.

"Wheel Of Fortune" by Kay Starr

In our available night clubs they try make expenses with the bar tab and that is extinct as far as our type of dancers. They must have a cover charge and make juices and snacks easily available. Then you have more "Dine and Dance."


Our first Mini - Blog.  -*-  What in hell is a Mini - Blog?

It use to be called "finger food" but it cannot be in a dancing situation where there is frequent touching of the hands. In Hawaii, we have the perfect set up, all pieces of whatever sold in small morsels. Our people are geniuses when it come to making chopstick food.

The one's that find it easy to accept the outsiders, are the most successful because the outsiders tell their friends and it goes around and around and every one meets new people. That extended friendship is what makes it an Ohana. Fortunately we are not doing too bad in spite of the Dreadful Rail. ****




Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Dancing

We don't have many public places (Night Clubs) in the West, where we can get our kind of music and dance our style of dance. And it will not be in this vicinity because of the Bad News Rail. There will be more people come back into popular dancing in the Salt Lake area, or in the Central Valley section. It seems like our night clubs are a different species altogether, they are more "public" and from what we read, they differ quite drastically in what they consider dancing.

Overheard: "Thank God, I am an atheist."

Then there is the long standing tradition of paying the expenses with the bar tab. Many have cover charges but are still not satisfied and popular social dancing has the reputation of having non-drunks. Whereas in many places on the mainland they have found a wealth of income in the Juice Bar and the Snack Bar.

"Every day is a gift. That is why it is called "the Present."

Then some of our dancing has to be toned down. Arm waving has to be reduced to an absolute minimum. Up is not so bad but sideways, never. Steps must be reduce in size and let the body do most of moving to the music. There is very good place in Pearlridge, but as Yogi Berra would say, "No body goes there, it's too crowded." Most for the young and they just wiggle to the music.


Some Rules from the Big Island, ten years ago.

Do:
Respect other dancers as you would like to be respected.
Encourage everyone to dance, no matter what their level/quality/style of dancing. The idea is to share the joy of dancing to the world.
Apologize for a collision on the dance floor, even if you are not at fault. Maybe the rude one will learn from you.
Follow the line of dance, allowing the faster dancers the outside lane.
Smile, you'll enjoy dancing more and others will enjoy you.
Applaud the band, they are trying to please. And if they please you with a particular dance, let them know. It may assure that you get more of the ones you like. This applies to the Music Producers too.

 "Hold On, I'm A'Comin'" by Sam & Dave

Don't:
Criticize other dancers. No two couples are alike and since the main objective is to have fun, it doesn't matter if other dancers are as "perfect" as you. They just might be having a little bit more fun than you.

Pub's Side Note: What we need now is some Information and/or Photo Contributors (the Two Centers) willing to contribute their two cents for the good of the reader/dancers.



Saturday, July 20, 2013

Al Franken

The Best News yet for beating those Rich Crooks that have taken over what had been our free politics. The Rail Party in Honolulu was created by whom?


 
People all over the country are becoming become aware. On Oahu very few have a clue, the Rail Party disaster must never happen again to the citizens of these Islands.
 
 
Every bus driver out there is aware that each one of them know more about public transportation on this Island than the "Czar" imported from the Mainland. And he don't come cheap. He is the one that introduced "cattle cars" to what had been our famous Honolulu transportation. The people don't count, it's the money, Sonny.
 
 
 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Abominable Rail

Dancing is a little slow in this section. The Abominable Rail is causing all kinds of misery including the cutting down of the regular bus service. But its the dough, Moe.

"There are over 2800 religions in the world. How can you be so sure that yours is the right and only one?"

In this section it is HBDA and Dance Hawaii, and both are not swinging as well as they would like. Let get more people in here and find more places where we can dance. And lets see if we can get a little more Latin music in the Latin Dances. You can dance it to a Cha Cha Cha is never the same as you gotta dance a Cha Cha Cha to it. Da music, not da beat.

"Vaya Con Dios" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

Statistics Don't Lie

How to stay safe in the world today: Where IS the safest place?
1. Avoid riding in automobiles - because they are responsible for 20% of all fatal accidents.
2. Do not stay home - 17% of all accidents occur in the home.
3. Avoid walking on streets or sidewalks - because 14% of all accidents occur to pedestrians.
4. Avoid traveling by air, rail, or water - because 16% of all accidents involve these forms of transportation.
5. Of the remaining 33%, 32% of all deaths occur in Hospitals - so, above all else, avoid hospitals.

But . . . you will be pleased to learn that only .001% of all deaths occur in worship services in church, and these are usually related to previous physical disorders. Therefore, logic tells us that the safest place for you to be at any given point in time is at church!


And Bible study is safe too! The percentage of deaths during Bible study is even less. So, attend church, and read your Bible. IT WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE! And dancing is not bad either.

GOD BLESS YOU!


 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Help Stop the Rail Mess

In Paris, France


At least seven people died on Friday, the 12th in a horrific train derailment that left twisted wreckage strewn across the platform of a suburban Paris station. The wonder is that it didn’t happen sooner. France, has left much of its remaining rail system in a sorry state, the upkeep on a rail costs way too much. When an accident like that happens in Honolulu, it will be a lot more than seven dead. It is going to fall on a lot of people.


Industrial Park, between Waipahu and Kapolei, voted down by the Rail Party. 2000 less cars on the freeway to town, 2000 less cars contributing to Downtown traffic and 2000 less cars coming back. But it's the big bucks in profits. It's the dough, Flo.

Authorities didn’t immediately identify the cause of the wreck, but according to the newspaper Le Figaro, a group representing local commuter-rail passengers said that a rail-switching device near the derailment site had been malfunctioning for several weeks.


One tenth the cost of the Unacceptable Rail, five times more efficient. And "I coulda got it right around the corner where I always got it." No Rail Stations.

The president of the state-owned rail company SNCF, told a parliamentary hearing last fall that the conventional trains linking hundreds of French cities and towns urgently needed replacing. Some trains on these lines are 30 years old. The system had simply reached the end of its life. 

 "Respect for the Truth seems to be an acquired taste."

Now our big big wheels in Oahu Transportation are looking into a deal for buying some used trains from Europe. The commissions are in the millions. These mainlanders all know that local yokels can and are being taken. After all the citizens are the ones that will have to pay, through the nose. Residential property taxes will double in five years. Was estimated at 6 billion, now gone up to 8 billion and there are the usual rumors. Will finalize at over 10 billion dollars. That's a lot of profits, bigger than anything in the entire Pacific Basin.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Dis N Dat


Lots of little tidbits running around, just wish we had a few Two-Centers to contribute a little information. But for sure, one reason or another the Rail Affliction is affecting a lot of people. And now that they have taken over from the Oahu Transit, the bus system has gone completely haywire.

"If you are a fan of cultural dancing you will never stop learning,
or trying to improve. For many it can be a lifelong learning experience, so just try to enjoy it, all the way."

 
"We dogs can understand human verbal instructions,
hand signals, bells, whistles, horns, clickers, beepers,
scent IDs, electromagnetic energy fields and Frisbee
flight paths. What do humans understand?"

In 1947, each 100 households bought an average of 147 newspapers daily. Now they buy fewer than 50 and the number has fallen non stop throughout these years. And with the coming 24/7 news and online information sites that make printed matter stale before it appears, the general busyness of life and many other things have created problems for news print. What happened to our two newspapers? They merged but then bought by the Rail Party. That did it, they're dead. We must find other means to get the truth by whatever means necessary.

"Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)"
by The Temptations


We must promote this blog as the one that will catch up with
Town Dancer. Perhaps it will become independent first.
The Guest Authors will make that decision.

Most students of the dance are sometimes confronted with a social dance where little of the music precisely suits any of the dances they have been taught. Especially with our present day disc jockeys that want to play LAGS. (latest and greatest syndrome.)  The newcomers lose confidence and do not know what dance they should do, so our dances must find the music for the majority of the people attending and leave the rootzi tootzis for somewhere else like night clubs maybe. We have a distinct type of dancer, aka as the cultural dancers. Very few of them are top notch, deluxe, razz ma tazz, expert dancers. Most of are just common every dancers of the music we have been enjoying for ages.

   

Monday, July 8, 2013

Anything But The Rail Tragedy

Good News from Senator Maile Shimabukuro blog;
The State has approved Oahu Bikeways, $2.5 million for land acquisition for a multi-path from the vicinity of Waipi'o Point to Lualualei Naval Road. The #40 bus and the "C" bus both too crowded and many would rather bike it than ride the cattle cars of Oahu.

"Three things cannot be long hidden:
the sun, the moon, and the truth."

More good news, the new importation of The Flying Pigeon which isn’t a bicycle. It is an icon. Only one bicycle has earned the distinction of being the single most popular mechanized vehicle on the planet .... That bike is The Flying Pigeon.

Given as national gifts to presidents and dignitaries alike, these are bicycles with stories, cultural icons, working machines built to last a lifetime. They provide a panoramic view of the city around you; giving you a new perspective on your community, its inhabitants, its pace of life.

First unveiled in China in 1950, the Flying Pigeon is classic. The look, iconic. The history, rich. The Flying Pigeon is back in 2013. We are switching gears and have re-tooled in the local bike shops. The buses and the Rail Crisis are just not cutting it.

 
Tough with the Rail Fiasco. But yes we know, "Da buck$."

The Twelve Passenger Van:

For the Taxi Driver that lives in Makaha. First you gotta cover the gas and it will take two gallons for the round trip to Downtown Honolulu. Next a van like that rents for at least $50 per day. With a full load, you can cover the income and expense very nicely and you have the rest of the day to pick up on the real cash. And you have a five day week built in.

With the regular charge going up to five dollars on the bus/rail, the $300 monthly parking permit in the rail stations will go up to $400. The users will be more than willing to pay some other way to ride in comfort to their places in Downtown Honolulu without the Bus and Rail Catastrophe. And everyone of these vans will have many cars missing right in front of them. The drivers are sitting in the vans very comfortably. Da way to go, Moe!



Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth

Fourth of July
"The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny
of the republican model of government are justly considered... deeply, ...finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the
hands of the American people." ~George Washington
  
And it is apparent that big money has had a very noticeable affect on the original concepts. Look what happened when the Rail Party took over Honolulu. That disaster is now being recorded throughout the mainland. What they did to the reputation of one of the most honest politicians ever produced on this Island, is criminal. But the huge profits in building a Rail was evident to all the insiders.


Industrial Park just north of the freeway in Ewa, voted down by the Rail Tragedy people. Thousands less cars on the freeway to and from town, less traffic in town. But the Big Bucks rule.

No one inquired of the users or the bus drivers. All decisions were made in the Ivory Towers. And the rules were by hook or by crook. The Federal Transit Authority was never convinced, but there was some arm twisting by the Senate and politics was heavily involved. This entire state has lost but not many are aware of our fate yet.


It was built because of their Rail Party. But the scarcity of
riders was evident. The sales of cars boomed even with the
bad traffic. So they tore it down. How long do we have to
wait before we tear ours down too?
 
Even now, it is costing us millions and they haven't done anything yet except graphically demonstrate their inability to please the users of public transportation. They are responsible for the use of "cattle cars" to describe our buses. Now negotiations to buy some junk rail cars from Europe. The commission will be in the millions. Lucky we gonna pay through the nose.


Monday, July 1, 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.