Friday, January 31, 2014

The Goodies

The blog will be posted every Friday Evening after we get the magic last two numbers from the closing Dow Jones on the Mainland. Prize Number One will be the last two of the Dow Jones number and Prize Number Two will be one number higher. Prize Number Three will be two numbers higher than the Dow. Anyone who reads it in a blog and has the same two numbers in the last of their Social Security is da winnah of the item.

"If it's very painful for you to criticize your friends -
you're safe in doing it. But if  you take the slightest pleasure in it,
that's the time to hold your tongue."


With the Rail Disaster getting worse, we must help all those wishing to work on the Waianae Coast. One week ad for free in this space, can be renewed at no extra charge. Straight stuff, none of the usual gimmicks apply. Minimum wage on the Waianae Coast is worth ten times what it is worth in downtown Honolulu. "And I coulda been home in 20 minutes." 

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


The price is set $170 for the week ending February 7th.
Or the Winning Numbah is 85


Brother Printer, Cost $250 new, Inkjet, Maximum_Print_Speed_Black - 33 ppm, Maximum_Print_Speed_Color - 27 ppm,  Network_Ready
Yes now perfect for the upcoming printer user.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed.


The price is set $120 for the week ending February 7th.
Or the Winning Numbah is 86


Cost $150 new, 10 inch Android tablet with keyboard and mouse, now with
complete Android Specs printed on scratch paper.



The price is set $120 for the week ending February 7th.
Or the Winning Numbah is 87


Cost $150 new, The panoramic 22" V Series display comes encased in an
elegant blacky bezel matched with a sturdy black stand to form a
functional yet stylish design. In addition, smartly positioned
controls allow easy maintenance and intuitive use.

"I Remember You" by Don Ho

Those eligible to win are any body who reads these blogs and finds their number there. These items may also be sold to those willing according to the set weekly price. The set price will drop $10 per week until and if it reaches $100, then it will drop $9 per week until won or sold. Simple.



Friday, January 24, 2014

The Good, the Bad and ?

The bad of course has been the Rail Catastrophe. The lies, the paid legislators, the paid lackeys on the boards. All to get this easy money. Remember when "Carpenter" was such a respected name? But many people of Kapolei, Makakilo and Honokai Hale are getting to realize the con job they got. They firmly believe that they cannot be bought.

"People who sedulously attend, pointedly ask, calmly speak, coolly answer
and cease when they have no more to say are in possession of some
of the best requisites of a human being."
 
The Rail Fiasco is Pork. Everyone in Washington DC knows what that is. The Federal Transit Authority is pro buses, but they were forced into this money from the Senate, where? And it is all politics and Pork. We could have gotten even more money if we were to upgrade our bus system. But the Big Bucks Profits overrules common sense.


There are dancers in Makakilo, Kapolei and Honokai Hale. I use that because the same name as their neighborhood board and they are a solid group of good citizens trying to do their best for the community and not let their people get ripped off.

Fortunately Kapolei Chapter HBDA is leading the way in social, recreational dancing in the West. Good people, great board and excellent instructors. They are at present located at the Makakilo Community Center, a very nice place. I also expect the Kalaeloa section between Kapolei and Ewa to have prospective dancers. Unfortunately they have too many bedroom communities.


The Articulated bus would have been the perfect solution for the
entire Island Chain. But the Big Bucks are more important.

The bad part of course, is that the Rail Disaster will not do the users of public transportation any good. At this moment you can get an express in Manoa and get to Kapolei in one hour. The "Vapid" transit that will cost us billions and will take two hours. Of course, the millions and millions of dollars in profits are more important. Easy Money.

And I coulda got the bus right around the corner!

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Night Life In Kapolei

Second City has been moving slowly but now has more than seven places in the vicinity where you can have an alcoholic drink. It will take time, and everyone knows that the Rail Disaster is not going to do anyone any good. Many people are making an effort to make it second city in spite of the Present Rail Party.

"The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings
can alter their lives by altering their attitude."
 
So far the best one leading the way is The Hideaway Club at Barbers Point which is classified as a Sports Bar. Opened regularly at 3 pm, closed at 10 Monday - Thursday and 2 am on Friday - Sun. About right and they have DJ and Live music available. They also state that the place is good for dancing so I may have to drop in someday and check them out. There must be some potential dancers around.

From the Internet, Sarah K. said: "The best happy hour special on west side! Every day there are drink specials.   Monday: $3 All domestic bottles $5 fruit tinis $6 Grey Goose Tuesday: $4 1800 $3/glass $10/pitcher PBR  Wednesday: $5 Washington Apple $6 Three Olive Vodka…"


For all the dancers in the West, we must find the places for a little night life and dance, of course. And do what we can so that we are not forced to go into town for everything.  Fine when we want to, but not when we are forced into it. Like when the Present Rail Party forces the users into drastic circumstances. Their intent is to force the users to their specifications and make millions in profits.





Saturday, January 18, 2014

Guest Authors

I am actively looking for Two Centers, those people willing to send an Email, now and then with a couple photos and maybe a little dance information. With just a few entries to see if you like the results, you could become a Guest Author. No big deal.

"It may be true, that the weak will always be driven to the wall,
but it is the task of a just society to see that the wall is climbable."

It just allows you to get in the blog, write, include photos, publish and get out without having to say anything to anyone. And without a scheduled commitment. I have a heavy load with eight blogs and to establish a blog for me is a continuous commitment. So for me, as well as the other readers, it is refreshing to see other's opinions for the reader/dancers. And it gives me pause to absorb the new information too. Guests contributions allow me to take it a little easier and work on my other blogs.

"Yesterday" by the Beatles

Guest contributions can be an awesome source of inspiration. It can and does happen that a new contributor enters our dance blog community and offers something completely different. Or maybe even writes something that I have already mentioned – but using a unique style, a different perspective or a new format.


And our reader/dancers find that awesome! Now I keep being inspired! I feel that I know how to re-use my previously published ideas to find new ones and how to re-think my previously published opinions to spur new discussion.

"Downtown" by Petula Clark

Then I must design the final stroke since I cannot last forever. I must get the blogs completely independent with their own administrators and Guest Authors. And once independent they are on their own. I will gradually phase myself outta there. It will probably be Blogging Hawaii or Town Dancer. Or the first one that can get over 100 average hits per day and have at least five Guest Authors. I can then dedicate myself to the other blogs.

So the benefits of seeking guest posts are quite clear to me. Now, let see how I can convince all those that can do it easily - - to do it.




Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Good Thinking

By Ralph Iwamoto, Makakilo.

The importance of the Greek civilization has been overlooked in most American studies. We owe so much to the Greeks in art, architecture, dance, drama, poetry, rhetoric, philosophy, theoretical mathematics. They practically invented the categories of present day Western thought.

They also left us something else. A detailed history of a war which brought a democratic superpower from glory to ruin. So as we turn back the clock to 480 B.C. you might ask yourself, as you become aware, is this story a model to copy or a horror story to avoid?

They repeatedly reminded us of Hubris., the unforgivable sin of acting cocky when things are going well. Bush landing on an aircraft carrier with the signs, "Mission Accomplished." Hubris is followed inexorably and inevitably by Nemesis.  ****

"I just put my feet on the ground and move them around."
~ Fred Astaire
 
 
Good news in this sector. There is one dance group still leading in the West, Kapolei Chapter HBDA. Great people, terrific board, excellent instructors of American Style of Dance and good music. A perfect example of what is coming to the Waianae Coast. May develop the best American Style Dancers in the Pacific.

"Solo Tu" by Luis Miguel

 
Now we have heard that the Creative Researchers And Producers (in town) seem to be receding into the background as they have been revealed for what they are. However, there may be a new spin off with women only. The new name has been assigned, (by the defenders of the good faith,) as the Ladies International Association of Real Society. Nice and very appropriate.

"Music, Music, Music" by Theresa Brewer

"I think sometimes could I only have music on my own terms, could I live in a great city, and know where I could go whenever I wished the ablution and inundation of musical waves, that were a bath and a medicine." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 


 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Variations

By Vincent Defraine, Barber's Point.

Variations in Latin Are Definitely Not For Beginners
It definitely takes time for beginners to master basic techniques in Ballroom Latin dancing. Beginners should understand that nothing can happen overnight and dancing is no different. Basic techniques and steps are not necessarily boring. Top class dancers can still look beautiful when they dance the basic technique and steps.'

"Pure truth, like pure gold, has been found unfit for circulation,
because people have discovered that it is far more convenient
to  adulterate the truth, than to refine themselves."
 

Most videos have very good examples of basic figures danced with style. So beginners should not be too greedy to jump into variations before they understand how they are developed from the basic figures. They can still look good when they dance the basic syllabus figures well. Variations are also better danced with a fixed partner as both dancers must understand how the variations are transformed from the original basic style.

"In eighty years, movies have gone from silent to unspeakable."

 
Dance Videos with examples of dancing are increasingly going for LAGS. Their intentions are to get you looking fancy in no time flat. But take it easy, look around, ask around and you will gradually learn that there are first things first and if you really like the music, they can be quite enjoyable along the way.
 
"Prisoner Of Love" by Perry Como

 
 A group in the upper bronze level of American Style of Dance can learn from videos. It can be a fun and inexpensive way to learn new movements. And you will all find yourselves helping each other. Going to the same club dances or night clubs you can have a lot of fun changing partners and enjoying the music with your new movements.
 


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Cocktail Lounge.

From the old fashion definition on the Internet: a room located in a hotel or restaurant to drink alcoholic beverages. Yes but!

"Our entry into this world was not a voluntary act on our part; nor will our exit be. But the quality of life in the interim is certainly, in a large part, within our control."

 
Coming in Kapolei because of the devastation in the Rail Fiasco Corridor, is the modern island Cocktail Lounge. An independent bar in the Shopping District. The residents from Makakilo to Honokai Hale can enjoy specialty cocktails and local hand-crafted beers along with an array of appetizers and weekday happy hour specials.
 
"How High The Moon" by Les Paul and Mary Ford.

Good enough to expand with a small dance floor, it could become a favorite watering hole for fashionable locals and trendy travelers alike. Those looking for the perfect neighborhood lounge with a relaxing feel in a stylish setting, this is it! You can get a good idea from Dot's In Wahiawa.
 
Or they could go the Max. The Night Club-Dance Studio.


The studio by itself is so-so, and the NightClub can only make money on weekends. So we have the prefect combo. The best example on the Mainland is the Alhambra. Studio, Night Club and Restaurant. Making money hand over fist.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Nice And Not So Nice.

So people are making plans for a place to dance the Universal style of dancing in the West and we should understand. The most acceptable style for a century is still based on the American Style of dance because it is so flexible. There are many simple variations, easily led and followed and our dance floors can be much smaller. The other fancier kine can dance where they have already set up their large dance floors. The Palladium is already theirs, so we should have the right to set up our own.

For the New Year
Hurt people, hurt people, that is how pain patterns get passed on.
Generation after generation, but we will break the chain today,
meet anger with sympathy, contempt with compassion.
cruelty with kindness, greet grimaces with smiles
forgive and forget about finding fault
Love may be the weapon of the future.
 
We can, of course also join the increasing group of "viewers" that are interested in entertainment but that is a different aspect altogether. That's "show business." And if we can help the entertainers and the viewers, we will too.


Much of the criticism of dance blogs is about their exclusiveness which is not true. In our dance blogs we have disparity of information available, issues with trustworthiness and reliability of information presented. We have concentration, ownership of media content, and the meaning of interactions created by social media. Most of this is still in front of us when we get more help.
 

"I Feel Fine" by the Beatles

Most Newsletters and Web sites do not lend themselves to the transfer of information from one to another. However, it is also argued that social media has positive effects such as allowing the democratization of the internet while also allowing individuals to advertise themselves and form friendships.

We certainly have diluted the readership and on purpose. Within a month, one of the blogs will be deleted. But it will be almost unanimous, which one it will be, and make it easier for the rest. Then there will come a time when the next one will be deleted. The net result will be more efficient and productive dance blogs.

With the addition of the proper Guest Authors, we can let the top blogs go independently for the good of the entire dance readership.