Sunday, August 13, 2017

Old WWII publication

"There was a time when the world asked ordinary men
to do extraordinary things."

These paratroopers were not heroes, they were just ordinary guys. Heroes get medals for "Above and Beyond the call of Duty." Most of these guys were just doing the "Call of Duty."

August 15,1944, on a dusty dirt runway outside of a small village near Rome, Italy, I am just a kid, almost nineteen, I had a few beers and I am feeling pretty good. Now at close to 2 AM, I am on a C-47 airplane roaring down a runway with lights about as visible as flashlights, marking the left and right sides. We finally lift off and we become airborne with a set course for Southern France. The invasion would be starting in about six hours.

"I'll Be Seeing You" by Jimmy Durante

I and my fellow paratroopers didn't have to worry about airplane formations so we just tried to sleep. With the uncomfortable seats, all the equipment we were carrying, and the tight parachute harness, we might doze a little but that's all and we could pray a lot.

And as we approached the coast of France almost two hours later, I remembered the fear growing inside of me and of praying a little harder. And probably repeating my self, "Dear God." Soon enough the red light came on to indicate that we were nearing our drop zone. It was still pitch black outside and we were not encountering any anti-aircraft fire.

“Lili Marlene” by Marlene Dietrich

So at that point I started to worry about what might be waiting for us on the ground and the chances of landing in the vicinity of the drop zone. It was time for a little humor and the jump master got up and announced "OK, all you guys with the one way tickets, stand up." We hooked up our static lines, made our last minute equipment check, faced the rear of the plane and waited excruciating moments for the green light. It may have been about 4:00 am by then.

The green light flashed on and we moved forward, leaving the plane one by one. I remember getting to the door, saw the guy in front of me vanish and then just a big black hole, I made the sign of the cross and went out. Once out of the plane and the parachute opened, I always got that sense of relief. I checked my canopy and it was beautiful, looked around and only glimpsed a couple of other chutes but worried when I realized I couldn't make out any ground features.

Everything looked hazy and my first thought was they dropped us in the Mediterranean. Then slowly, I broke through a fog bank and that is what was preventing me from seeing the ground detail. But they had dropped us low enough so that we would not to spend too much time in the air. So suddenly, there was the ground and I had no chance to prepare to land.

I hit like a sack of shit as they use to say in those days. Just got a little banged up, that's all. I quickly got out of my chute and put my equipment together, There I was all by myself in a foreign country, God knows where. But I was just fine so far, now I had to look for the other guys. I pushed the safety off my trigger guard, just in case, but hoped I didn't run into any Jerries.

From the Bible, Ecclesiastes 3: a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

We are updating.

The stats are pointing to Platinum Horseshoe blog as the new leader of the Blogs on Oahu and the hits are getting more solid. We are lucky to blog Wahaiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Aiea Ballroom Dance Association.  Lately Dance Appeal Studio has become a part of our kuleana. All we have to do now is to be on the look out for something on the Waianae Coast. And the North Shore is looking good too.

"Social Dancers believe that if you dance today, you will dance tomorrow
and you may just dance forever."

I must promote the Wai'anae Coast to help them help themselves. They are overdue and yes, we will need all the help we can get for the benefit of all and the only rule we have so far is, "Nobody has to do anything." With some good comments (suggestions) the first big project on the agenda will be to get people interested in line dancing and partner dancing and eventually having a Saturday night hoedown at the Wai'anae District Park. A Natural.

"How High The Moon" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

These posters came from Information Contributors willing to share with
their fellow dancers, the Real Bloggers. I am just the mechanic.

Waianae District Park has one of the most beautiful dance floors in West Oahu but from the records, it has never been used for dancing. Nice? Many of us would like to see people dancing on the Wai'anae Coast and the previous agendas have not been engraved on stone. With time and help from others it will form by itself into something worthwhile. Yes, I know blogging is something completely new to Oahu but it will not be for long.

"Social Dancers do not need the promise of heaven to see the merit in a good deed."

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Jewel of West Oahu

I had nice day working on my blogs and getting ready for the shindig in Waipahu. I got everything ready except the extra batteries. And since I forgot to call the Handi Van the day before, I decided to take the bus. The Handi Van people are very nice and I appreciate, however if I can do without bothering them, I will. Arrived at about six and plenty people there already. Kibitzing, drinking refreshments and dancing, and the Villanuevas sure have nice music on their speaker system. Today Sunday I got some terrific pictures from Marie Laderta,  more than enough for two collages. I had planned on publishing on Monday but now with all these beautiful pictures from Marie I decided to make this blog based on only Marie's photos.

Notes from Marie on the photos.

A Mid-Summer's Night Dance @ the Jewel of West Oahu, Dance Appeal. -- USA Dance Honolulu President Glenn Okazaki & wife Tracy, Dance Magic Reps Larry Arinaga & Stephanie Shimizu, with friends the Ladertas, and Tan Yan Chen. -- Dance Appeal Keikis
& youth dancer strut their stuff. -- Leland and Maile Yagi -- The Iconic Godfather of
Hawaii Ballroom, Geoffrey Fells. -- Renna & Sergio Villanueva, the proud owners. -- Tommy Theresa Tomimbang, top Argentine Tango dancers. -- Dance Appeal
Instructor Kalei with student Barbara. -- Sergio Villanueva with student
striking a line figure. --David Matsumoto with partner Barbara. -- Fil & Elvie

Saw some old friends which of course made me happy and then I met some new ones which gave me the feeling that I was in the company of class people. The entire place is going to be liked and they are going to get much business just because they like the way the place looks. Terrific. Made some connection about the photos but nothing definite.

I will publish this blog today, Sunday and another later with any other photos that are emailed and also the ones I took. They reader/dancers, our friends, are going to like this place and this blog and maybe a little later, will contribute a little some thing to share with our fellow dancers. Comments, Comments, Comments are welcomed.

"Social Dancers don't just dance. They perform, they breathe and enjoy moving
to their favorite music and letting the rest of the world go by."

Saturday, August 5, 2017

My Hawaii Dance

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club at Hale Hookipa Room in the Wahiawa Recreation Center. I thought the Handi Van was getting me there too early, but it was they best they could do and I don't complain. I got there before seven and there were over a dozen people there already making preparations for the party. Maile doing two or three things at once. So many nice people, many who I hadn't seen in a while. Unfortunately I cannot dance so I do not have the opportunity to mingle as before. I do the best I can, I enjoy the company, the music and watching people enjoy themselves dancing.

I was able get a starter photo taker to begin using my other camera. Gradually I got help from other people. Terrific, I was hoping to get two nine picture collages but it turned out to be more than that. Thanks to our good photo takers, I hope they know they are appreciated. I got the best according to my criteria. The poster said 7:30 but by that time they had a good crowd and that terrific music by Leland was sounding and just asking people to dance.

"Happy to be here with our friends tonight for the WBDC monthly dance. One way
of getting to see everybody between our busy schedules. Our thanks to Joe
for always supporting the club. It was great to see you all again."
Arthur and Lisa Apilado 

They had the welcoming announcement by the President and followed by the ring of prayer which went all very nicely, the music began and so the line up for the Kau Kau line. It looked good to me, but of course I did not really know until I got home with the goodies that Maile gave me. Turning out that the best meals I have had this year, for sure, are the ones I have gotten from WBDC.

"Some of the best dancing at the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance tonight
with friends, Simon Escano, Greg and Aida Archeta"
Leo and Virgie Corcino

Eating and pleasant conversation took place for about a half hour, Then the music seemed to start in earnest and dancers know what to do with that. Some people were still coming in and greetings were all around. By the time every one was through eating, you could see that the crowd was turning out to be first class. There are some terrific dancers here. Of course, I am a hard grader and would not give them a ten. How about a 9.9?

"Hi, it's nice to see so many dancers tonight. Love the other dance clubs
come out and enjoy the music and dancing with us."
D. Preza, President

I left at five minutes to nine, but no signs of the Handi Van. I went outside, and walked around. (good exercise) and the Van arrived about 9:10, had one stop to make on the way in but nobody there, got home before ten pm. Not bad and sat down to a delicious supper. Thanks Maile and everyone at Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club.

"Social Dancers believe that there are things that the heart thinks of that
only the body understands and that is why we dance.”

Thursday, August 3, 2017

West Oahu Weekend

It looks very nice for all the folks living in West Oahu and we may even get many coming from the North Shore. Friday night looks very tempting with Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club having their "My Hawaii Dance" at the Wahiawa Recreation Park.

Then we have the up and coming Dance Appeal Studio having a social at the Waipahu Medical Center on Saturday night. And what is good about it is, they are working together and not tearing each other apart. Now we got social dancing and social dancers. This is West Oahu.

"The true nature of all wealth is so temporary that those who have wealth
should here and now do good deeds that will live for a long time."

Then  we have the possible Information Contributors and every one of them has a different point of view. What you saw is not the same thing he saw or she saw. That is the value in a nutshell. You can contribute a paragraph or two on what you saw in the dance scene that could be of interest to the reader/dancers of any blog. These would be good steps in the direction of Social Media, which is the intent for all our blogs. And we will be on our way to making one of these blogs the first of the independents.

"Everybody Plays The Fool" by Amy Hanaialii

Our picture taking for social dances is getting better all the time. The photographers for our blogs are realizing that three people are better than two in a photo. And four people are better than three. but fifteen people are not better than fourteen. And the photo takers will make the final decisions. I take two cameras because slowly I can take photos of the dance floor. However, people posing is very difficult. Anybody that can push the button out there can help.

"Dance the dance you dance. Don't dance the dance that people who dance, dance."