Sunday, April 10, 2016

Change

Our blog sphere is getting pretty steady and we have too much SOS. (same old shit.) We need new and fresh viewpoints. Opinions are like noses, everyone has one and they are all different. We are sorely in need of music orientation from different viewpoints. Which may in turn get other opinions. That's social media!

"The more informed our island dance group is, the more empowered
they will be to think for themselves and our organizations will be
more representative of democracy."

Blogging Hawaii was displaced by Dancing Nights in the top three but now may be getting back in. A few more days will tell. Town Dancer remains in front but not by much. Where are the hits coming from? Since I was able to get rid of a lot of scam spam robot hits, most are legit hits. At any rate, a couple of information contributors and a couple of Guest Authors will settle which one will be selected for independence.

"Lloraras" por Oscar D'Leon

The night clubs and the dance studios are doing just fine and there seems to be a growing interest in taking classes at a dance studio. Specially with all the different dances available for the learning. There are over fifty on Oahu alone, mostly with the young (under 30 crowd.) This is being gradually established and accepted by almost every one.

"Aguanile" por Marc Anthony

Divino Ritmo Dance Studio seems to be leading the parade for dance studios and using blogs to spread the word. They know that the blogs are not an "instead of," they are an "addition to." They use Richie Fun and the Dancing Nights blog. I, in turn, share it with Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google Plus. So they get some good public relations.

"Suenan Mis Timbales"
por Rolando Sanchez

Rolando Sanchez and his Salsa Hawaii seems to be leading the way in Live music and with a larger than normal band. But he plays some good Bachata and Salsa music. I am just connecting with him and he may see the value in blogging. Whatevah, that is good enough for me. I am not stopping for anyone, I have to be on my way. I have made my decisions and I will have to take the heat for it.

"El Cumbanchero" pot Ismael Rivera


The older I get, the more I realize. I don’t know everything. And that makes me spiritually sensitive to others. I’m less dogmatic. More open to other people’s experience of Life. As we age, we experience things that aren’t easily explained - tragedies - failing health - and we become more reflective. There is so much more to learn about the mystery that is life and death and I’ve just got this thimbleful of knowledge.

From Waianae, "It is impossible to pass another boat without waving." True?

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

We Got Da Stats

I am having fun with my stats of the hit counters on my blogs. Of course, I no longer believe the counters because they count everything. So if I let the robot scam spat robots in, they just run up the hits and that is not too bad just so all our readers understand. Same thing applies to the Search Engines. My advantage is that my stats record average hits per day. At the beginning of the month they are pretty erratic, because of all these outsiders.

"On Oahu where there is love and dance, there is life."


Fortunately, by the tenth, because of the averages, they pretty well establish the relative differences in our blogosphere. That usually gives me Town Dancer in first place. Then it has been Platinum Horseshoe and Dancing Nights for second and third. All my stat indicators do not point to Dancing Nights but they have Richie Fun as Guest Author and he has a couple of information contributors. The only other blog that has Guest Authors is Town Dancer.


"Crazy" by Linda Rondstat

I consider those blogs as the top links and good candidates for possible independence. They are all building up readership and my intent is to get rid of my best blogs. The junk blogs will remain mine. So the readers know by now that they can begin as information contributors in any blog and become Guest Authors whenever they decide it;


"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Every Guest Author is worth between 10 to 20 average hits per day. So that Dancing Nights with another Guest Author could possibly pass Town Danccr and we can groom them for independence. I can make the final set up with at least two administrators for backup - and resign. I will still have my hands full with six blogs.


"Be My Love" by Mario Lanza

Meanwhile, Oahu- West is beginning to make its move. There are dancers all up and down the Waianae Coast and up through the Central Valley to the North Shore. So as soon as Platinum Horseshoe gets the Guest Author they may be the ones. The decision will not be mine.

Dance Law #23B:
To err is human - to blame it on someone else is even more human.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Dancing Along

From Frank Miyashita, Enchanted Lake

Took awhile for me to get it. "Smooth" is the American version of Standard in International Style of Dance. American includes every dance except the Quickstep. And there have been various attempts to include the Peabody with no success. In competition, the main difference between Smooth and Standard is that in Smooth, you may make use of the various open positions present in Latin dancing, or even break apart altogether and do side-by-side or interactive stuff. It is similar to International show dancing, but without the lifts.

"As we grow older, we realize that it is less important to have
lots of friends and more important to have real ones."


"The Impossible Dream" by Jim Nabors

Since the American smooth has only four dances, one would think that it is slightly simpler, but there is a reason that they left out the Peabody. Of all the styles of Ballroom, the Peabody (similar to the quickstep) is by far the most risky. Not only do dancers fly around the floor at lightning speed like the standard dancers, but they also dance apart with limbs flying in all places, like the Latin dancers. On Oahu, no one dances the Peabody.


"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

With these open positions, the couple doesn't have the maneuverability that a standard dancer has, and so floorcraft is a much bigger challenge. They both require large ballrooms, which puts them in almost the same category as Internationals. Our group the Cultural dancers are much different and we have a more social reason for dancing.

It seems pretty evident that a glass of wine is good for us.
Wow, think of what a whole bottle would do!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Winos

Here on the Island of Oahu, there are more beer drinkers and hard liquor drinkers than there are wine drinkers. And yet throughout history, wine has been the most mentioned alcoholic beverage. And according to my limited knowledge, the dancers have many good connoisseurs of drinking wines. (plural.)

Here, the news—very good news, indeed—from the latest studies. 

There are health benefits that come from moderate wine consumption, defined by the American Heart Association as one to two four-ounce glasses a day. The Evidence: These Wine drinkers have a 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer or spirits drinkers.

 "Mississippi Queen" by Mountain
"You know she was a dancer, She moved better on wine."

Wine drinking reduces Heart-Attack Risk and the evidence is that moderate drinkers suffering from high blood pressure are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack than nondrinkers. Source: a 16-year Harvard School of Public Health study of 11,711 men, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 2007.

 "Red, Red, Wine" by Neil Diamond
"Red, red wine, Go to my head. Make me forget that I, Still need her so"

Wine drinking lowers Risk of Heart Disease. Red-wine tannins contain procyanidins, which protect against heart disease. Wines from Sardinia and southwest France have more procyanidins than other wines. Source: a study at Queen Mary University in London, published in Nature, 2006.


Wine drinking reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Moderate drinkers have 30 percent less risk than nondrinkers of developing type 2 diabetes. Source: research on 369,862 individuals studied over an average of 12 years each, at Amsterdam's VU University Medical Center, published in Diabetes Care, 2005

"The Way" by Fastball
"They drank up the wine, and they got to talking

they now had more important things to say."

Wine drinking lowers Risk of Stroke. The possibility of suffering a blood clot –related stroke drops by about 50 percent in people who consume moderate amounts of alcohol. Source: a Columbia University study of 3,176 individuals over an eight-year period, published in Stroke, 2006.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho
The entire song is about Champagne

Wine drinking cuts Risk of Cataracts. Moderate drinkers are 32 percent less likely to get cataracts than nondrinkers; those who consume wine are 43 percent less likely to develop cataracts than those drinking mainly beer. Source: a study of 1,379 individuals in Iceland, published in Nature, 2003


 And now that wine can be produced so inexpensive in Latin America, you can imagine the increase in wine drinking with Latin Music and Dance. Like peaches and cream already in most of the capitals. In the outskirts they still tend to go for the local rot gut which is pleasant enough.

"Never miss a chance to dance - and dance your heart out."

Friday, March 25, 2016

The Juice Bar

By Anthony Hanaoka, Liliha:

Actually not many people know what a Juice Bar is. Yes they sell juices. Orange Juice, Apple Juice, Pineapple Juice, Berry Juices etc. But is that all? Not on the mainland. And a good fruit juice is not only deliciously appetizing but good for your health. Fortunately we also know that dancers are not drunks. Money cannot be made easily in an ordinary alcohol bar for dancers. And no one on Oahu has ever "pushed" the fruit juice bar.

‘If we would be a real seeker after truth, it would be necessary that at
least once in our life we doubt, as far as possible, all things.’


Nowadays, They also sell Slush Drinks. And very simply put, they are a little more liquid than shaved ice and using the same type of syrups for flavoring. Very thirst quenching because of the ice and the syrup is familiar and nice tasting. There are also other variations.

"Little Things Mean A Lot" by Kitty Kallen

They also sell Smoothies. And what is a smoothie? Basically, a smoothie is a blended and sometimes sweetened beverage made from fresh fruit (fruit smoothie) In addition to fruit, many smoothies include crushed ice, frozen fruit, honey or contain syrup and ice ingredients. They have a milkshake-like consistency that is thicker than slush drinks.


"Every Part Of Love" by Amy Hanaialii

Interestingly, the difference between a fruit smoothie and a fruit juice is that smoothies use the fruit in its entirety, whereas a juice simply extracts the liquids from a fruit. For this reason smoothies are said to contain pulps and fibers, as well as in some instance the nutrients from skins (for example apples) and therefore can be marketed as being a more healthy and nutritious drink than a fruit juice.


"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

A Juice Bar on Oahu can have start up costs ranging from $10,000 - $20,000 and there are franchises available. However an established Night Club on Oahu can install a special Juice Bar for from $2000 to $4000 depending on the location. And with the proper inducements to the "dancers," can make more profits than the alcohol bar. May come with the new Pau Hana Dances. (Tea Dance.)

Tony


"An Optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds.
 An Pessimist fears this is true."

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Letter to the Editor

A letter to the editor, ten years ago, but not to this editor..
from Patricia C. McGinnis, Hilo Hawaii.

I am writing this letter just to vent my frustration and perhaps to the attention of any ballroom dance members that might read your magazine. Why, for the life of ballroom dancing, can't " Big Bands" play a genuine Waltz? My husband and I have attended numerous ballroom dances in Hawaii over the ten years that we have been dancing. We recently went to a place in Honolulu and found the same situation. Do these musicians not know a Waltz from a Viennese type tempo?

"When dancers come to believe in the voices that call us worthless
and unlovable, then success, popularity, and power are
easily perceived as attractive solutions. The real trap,
however, is self-rejection, don't fall for it."


"Till I Waltz Again With You" by Theresa Brewer

If I hear "Laura's Theme" from Doctor Zhivago played one more time as a "Waltz," I fear I will throw my dancing shoes at the conductor. That song is fine for a Viennese Waltz, but please, can't we have some Waltz music - the slow, romantic tempo? In all fairness, perhaps these musicians are not dancers, and therefore, they do not really recognize the difference. Thanks for the opportunity for sounding off.  Is anybody out there listening.? 

Patricia 

Pubs Note: Through these blogs read the most informed dancers
in the Pacific.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Nothing Much

Of course, Platinum Horseshoe is way out West but moving nicely and I am not in any hurry. I have hopes for it because that has to remain mine to the end. That's where I live. All their reader/dancer's opinions are valuable and I will slowly convince them so. Dancing Nights, the dance blog, is looking very promising because of Richie Fun and his Two  Centers.

"Unfortunately many of our fellow dancers will believe anything,
so long as it is not founded on truth."


So for all the blogs we need commentators at the end of the blogs or Information Contributors. Wot's Happening? Yes, the reader/dancers want to know. And most dance clubs in town are doing very well keeping their members happy. Unfortunately, some wheels think we are taking something from them and don't realize we are contributing some Good Publicity for them. For us, we may get Guest Authors and build up the readership on our blogs even more which will benefit the entire Island.of Oahu..

"Dear Hearts And Gentle People" By Bing Crosby


I have pulled back my levers of influence and will let the blogs go as they wish. They cannot continue as my own personal "fiefdom." The total is at a plateau of about 150 average hits per day. I have gotten rid of many scam spam robot hits. They do not seem to be moving any higher, so we are at the point of diminishing returns.This month will be very revealing. It will be in the counters.

"You Are So Beautiful" by Nohelani Cypriano

The International dancer: "For me dancing is an art."

The Club Dancer: For me dancing is a sport.

The Social Ballroom Dancer: For me it's a struggle