Monday, November 23, 2020

Biden Is In

In the book, Animal Farm by George Orwell, after the pigs have taken over and run things their way for the good of everybody. it seem to be just like up to the time of Obama. Then something went wrong and Trump and friends took over. At the end of the story, it mentions a sign that had been put up at the beginning of the "revolution." It had said, "We are all equal." And someone (I think it was Barr) had written underneath, "But some of us are more equal than others." I hope we are now starting a new book, a much better one for the people.

“Social dancers know how fortunate we are who still

have hope that we shall dance again."

President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration events are likely to look different from past years in order to prevent the spread of the Trump Pandemic. The inauguration is scheduled to take place amid a surge of infections across the country. The change-up to the quadrennial tradition is an illustration of Biden’s dramatically different approach to containing the virus from that taken by Trump. It is likely to feature “scaled down versions of the existing traditions” and may borrow from the techniques that were used to put on the virtual Democratic National Convention over the summer.

"Take Me Home, Country Roads" by Bruddah Iz


Biden's approach to tackling the Trump Pandemic is that it is the most immediate and obvious challenge facing the country. He intends to provide free testing for all and hire 100,000 people to set up a national contact-tracing program. He says he wants to establish at least 10 testing centers in every state, call upon federal agencies to deploy resources and give firmer national guidance though federal experts. He says all governors should mandate wearing masks.Voters suspicious of federal authority will see this as overreach, but it lies very much in line with Mr Biden's and Democrats' general view on the role government should play. We shall overcome.

“I am, and always will be, the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes,

and the dreamer of improbable dreams.” ― Eleventh Doctor

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Slow Going

On Oahu we have accepted that our ability to dance together has disappeared overnight, This has been a stress for us social dancers not being able to socialize and that’s really hard. So should dancing with strangers come back? Hell, yes. As to when we will feel safe again, there’s a hopeful precedent in what happened a few years after the 1918 flu pandemic. We just have to be patient, for our social-dance scene to evolve, we can’t be first out of the gate. But it’s not "no dancing" — just "not yet" for social dancing.

“Most social dancers believe that if you lose hope, somehow
you lose the vitality that keeps you moving," 
 

Unfortunately, the Trumpanzees have been pretty hard in Hawaii and three months ago we were coming out of it. Then they opened too soon and too much. Hawaii is still in bad shape. They do not believe in masks or social distance. Trump Rallies have no recognition of masks or social distance at all. We don't know too much either. Six feet is fine but not engraved on stone. Ten feet is better than six feet, and 20 feet is better than 10. Most people can see the reason easily. Trumpanzees cannot.
 
"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz
 

Hi Grandpa, Attached are a few pics from my Mom's birthday dinner we took her out to... Thank you again. We had a nice celebration! Much love, Your Granddaughter, Tracey.

Most of my relatives are from California. My granddaughter lives in Whittier. Yes, that is my great grandson. Jacob. I will play the game and make more contacts. None of these are dancers
 
“Most social dancers know that we got more yesterday than anybody.
What we need now is some kind of tomorrow.”.
 

Thursday, November 5, 2020

The Pandemic in Hawaii

The Trump Pandemic has revealed deep cracks in Hawaii’s government and social system. Many of us are having a better understanding of how we came to be in the situation we’re in now, We must put Hawaii’s experience in perspective and provided some thoughts for the future. It’s been six months since Hawaii’s first stay-at-home order went into effect, barring residents from most public spaces and shuttering thousands of businesses in an attempt to stop the Trump Pandemic from spreading across the islands. Now the dance community on Oahu is waiting to emerge from a second stay-at-home order, with many wondering what there is to show for months of personal sacrifice.

"Social Dancers know that life is an extraordinary adventure and they fully understand that they can only do this - one time around."

Hawaii had major advantages aiding its pandemic response: An ocean to help seal its borders more tightly than any other state seeking to quarantine travelers. A population somewhat more likely to don masks than residents on the mainland unfamiliar with the custom or unwilling to give up personal comfort in the name of safety. The support of residents, a majority of whom said they were willing to bear extreme financial burdens in order to keep the state safe. And we had time: Washington state saw its first fatality from the Trump Pandemic on Feb. 29. Hawaii didn’t lose a resident to the disease until April 1. Still, six months into the pandemic, the fight against the virus has battered Hawaii’s economy and taken a serious toll on the mental health of residents.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


Then we let the tourist in and opened the schools. As beleaguered parents braced for the second month of virtual classes, businesses continue to lay off employees and federal benefits dry up, the state is facing perhaps its biggest challenge yet: restarting tourism safely when just relaxing restrictions for residents was enough to send cases skyrocketing and force the state back into lockdown. We now have 236 deaths in Hawaii. We are in bad shape but we sort of have a another chance to get it right. Perhaps we can dance by the end of the year? Testing, masks and social distance. This is not a Trump Rally.

"Social Dancers believe that the future belongs to those
who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

from Lily Diamond - Part One.

Lily Diamond in Facebook, Re: TOURISTS COMING TO HAWAII...LONG READ BUT TOTALLY RIGHT ON THE MONEY!

I think every Hawaii bound traveler should read it before stepping off the plane. “AN OPEN LETTER to malahini (visitors) arriving in Hawaiʻi in the wake, and midst, of the pandemic: A few requests as the state opens up today. Pass it on to a traveler near you. Aloha nā malahini (hello visitors),
I imagine you may read this as a gentle, humid breeze kisses your cheek, the scent of salt and plumeria mellowing the stale plane air you’ve been breathing for hours. I imagine you arriving with that open-hearted excitement born of travel, for even if you’ve been to these islands before, they’ve been closed to visitors for most of 2020.

“Social dancers think that despair suggests we are in total control and 
know what is coming. We don't surrender to events with hope.”

 
Like many of you in this era of converging crises, many people in Hawaiʻi have been in a state of pragmatic and spiritual unknown, of freefall, a time of total and complete redefinition. Obviously, I cannot write about the land or the people of Hawaiʻi as a monolith—to do so would be absurd, especially as a settler here. Though I have lived here for most of my life since the age of 2, I am keenly aware that I live on illegally occupied land.  Yet part of the mandate I take seriously as a citizen of Hawaiʻi, as a steward of this land, necessitates that I speak up in order to protect that land. After all, Hawaiʻi's state motto is ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono:

"The Music Of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed

"May the life of the ʻāina (land) be perpetuated in righteousness." It is up to us, all of us, to ensure that this ʻāina—and its people, its kūpuna (ancestors), its kānaka maoli (native Hawaiians)—are protected, revered, and honored. And so, over the past six months, Hawaiʻi has wondered if there might be a new way forward, a way to reimagine an industry that has become fundamentally extractive and exploitative, an industry built on imperialism, essentialism, and appropriation, an industry that serves the consumer while desecrating the consumed. Yes, I’m talking about tourism. Hawaiʻi’s economy is severely dependent on tourism, which means our time in COVID lockdown  left the state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. Many businesses shuttered. Families suffered. Homelessness skyrocketed. If we don’t return to tourism—one expression of the abusive relationship the state has been in with its colonizer for over two centuries—the economy as we know it is doomed.

Humbly,
A fellow malahini on our one earth”

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Recapped

Our modern culture on Oahu in this century had restricted itself somewhat. Perhaps because of our addiction to technology and some types of recreation. Touch and face time conversations were at a low level. We have now been realizing that social dance can bring with it a gem of an opportunity to "socialize." Having a dance partner or dancing in a group allows for communication and shared passions which in turn have resulted in rewarding relationships.

"Social dancers inhale hope with every breath."
 

Regrettably, our politics is affecting our social life too. We have been polarized by the Trump Pandemic. Signified by testing, masks and social distance. The Trumpanzees do not believe in testing, masks or have any respect for social distance. They are more likely to be infected than our regular residents and there is the clash. We do not want them around us and we do not want to be around them. For us it is matter of life and death. They don't give a damn.

"Waikiki" by Amy Hanaialii 
 
New permission, Wuhan, China. Dancing in the Street.

Testing is a must, we have to find out, yes or no. Simple to make the proper follow up. It is accepted world wide that masks are 96%, 97% effective against the Pandemic. Not perfect but way ahead of zero per cent. Social distance of six feet is 99% effective. Again, not perfect but way ahead of zero per cent effective. The entire world is adjusting and perhaps the time will come when we will dance again.

“At present we may be on the outside of the world,
the wrong side of the door."
 

Sunday, September 27, 2020

The Last?

We have come a long ways. From just jiggling to a beat. 8000 years ago, to the dancing we do today. Somewhere along the line all over the earth, these savages learn to accent one count and the other was less. The Two Count measure. Then some dummies went more and developed the three count, accenting the one. Some may have gone to six counts but that is hazy. And they could go forward, walking, or backward or sideways. They could even turn to the left or right. So when music began they could have a little more fun moving to the music in many ways. 

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

At any rate, this blog will be the last for a while and wait for the Trump Pandemic to be over. There is possibility of January the first and we can start the year of right. I am now 95 and as I approach the ending chapter of life I have met two kinds of people. The ones that have built me up, (bless their souls) and the ones who tried to tear me down. But in the end, I want to thank them both.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God,
which is why we call it the present.”
 

Friday, September 25, 2020

Moving Very Slowly

The Blogs are staying pretty stable with few average hits per day. There are bunches of hits a couple times per month from the search engines which keep these blogs a float. I have cut down to a blog every other day. And it may go to a blog every two days, depending on the feedback. Just one or two information contributors would do wonders. Photos at this moment are the most important part of our feedback. Oahu Dancer blog will have it's last posting for a while on this coming Sunday. Hopefully we can start the new year with it again.
 
Blogs are whatever we make them. Exact definitions of a "blog" is a fool's errand.
 

Dancing on the Internet for us, seems to be mostly in Facebook, in two groups. Dance Blogs and Dancers. And many of the reader/dancers read in both group posts. Most comes in the "to whom it may concern" category but it does get quite friendly because most of the readers know each other. And then, lucky for us, we are beginning to get some photos of our fellow dancers. Old pictures but remembrances of the "Good Times." So we have a lot reader/dancers on Oahu and we can sure share photos and dance information to keep us going until we can dance again.
 
"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


The announcement of a coming function is waiting but it may not be until Thanksgiving. Some thing will be planned. It will be restricted to a few people if we have to permit 50 square feet per person. But some already recognize that two people that live together can count as one. Masks, of course and temperatures taken not to exceed 104 degrees and a tube of hand sanitizer for each person. Getting complicated yes, we wont be out of it for awhile. But the real meat and potatoes for blogging is the description of what happened, after the fact, at the function together with photos and we spread the word.

"Blogging Writers: We dream. We write. We believe, therefore We are."