Sunday, November 19, 2017

Feedback

The entire blogosphere is getting to the point of diminishing returns. Simple - the readers are not catching up to the readings. It is not their fault. Since I am not famous, I cannot do it by myself. What I write is considered SOS. What anyone else writes in here is Gospel. This is feedback and no one on Oahu is aware of what it is. No one has ever done it before. But it will happen. Patience.

"The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard."


Our best communication is for those that do not have a Web site. If they can see an improvement in membership then they can make further plans. Would connections with a Blog site help or hinder? We do not really know, nor do you. But you could decide to experiment and in blogging there is usually no cost. At the moment we are having good results on our connection with Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. We posted the latest on their Wild Wild West social in two blogs, Platinum Horseshoe and Blogging Hawaii. I believe they will be stand outs for the Social Dancers in the entire Central Valley.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Central Valley is doing quite well without much organized dancing to hold them down. Must be some dancers in that territory reading and many are dancing in other places, like in Honolulu. Dot's in Wahiawa and Just Tacos in Mililani have Web sites and we have offered the help of our blog sites but have been ignored.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

So be it, no hu hu, we will not bother them anymore and when they are ready we will help. Right now Honolulu is doing very well and there are signs of another ballroom dance club forming. I don't believe they need it. However, the Waianae Coast looks very promising for a dance club. Maili or Nanakuli.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

We get these posters occasionally from Huggos on the big island. Fortunately this came with plenty of time. They still do not know what we are doing but they are going along with us which is just fine. We are not going to hurt anyone if we can help it.

“Social dancers think that sometimes we focus on the lyrics too much
and forget to dance to the music.”


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Paso Doble, Anyone?

Paso Doble is a lively style of dance to the duple meter march-like paso doble music. It is modeled after the sound, drama, and movement of the Spanish and Portuguese bullfight. The traditional version as couple's dance originated in France and was then adopted in Spain and Portugal.

The Moment of Truth

In Haro, a small city in Spain. Eighteen year old Julian Lopez Escobar (El Juli) inches slowly, carefully towards the bull, unmindful of his chest covered with blood from letting the bull get too close as it goes by. The boy matador’s face is filled with tenderness as though approaching a child who has hidden under a table in tears: gentle, coaxing, head tilted to one side.


El Juli, in all his glory.

The bull is heaving for breath and drops its head in a gesture that appears to say: I understand, I am ready, proceed. El Juli draws back his sword and calls one last time, “VENGA, TORO!” The bull charges, and the young matador strikes faster than a cobra — there is a flash of gold, and then he spins away graceful as a ballet dancer and opens his arms to his fans. His sword is buried in the back of the bull’s neck down into its heart. The young matador’s face is respectful as the bull buckles to the sand, folding gracefully into death.

"Matador" por Los Fabulosos Cadillacs

There is an awed silence. Then cheers, the waving of handkerchiefs (symbolizing the audience’s respect,) the cascade of flowers (expressions of their love), the awarding of the bull’s ears to the smiling matador (to honor the boy’s excellence.) Finally El Juli is carried in triumph from the bullring on the shoulders of the very strongest men of Haro, lifted like a true hero.

At age 15, he had become the youngest professional bullfighter in the history of the sport. By the age of 17, Julián had become the highest-paid bullfighter in history. Not only did his good looks and affluent background add to his popularity, but his skills in the ring were unmatched. He was finally gored in 2010 and retired from the arena.

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

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veteran's Day

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

From the book, "Paratrooper's Odyssey"

It was a sight that had rarely been seen before and which may never be seen again, the last large-scale night parachute jump of World War II. An hour after midnight on the 15th of August 1944, scattered over 150 miles at ten airfields in West Central Italy, 396 C-47 airplanes began turning over their engines.


At ten-second intervals planes taxied down dirt runways, lifted off and circled into formation. The dust compounded by darkness was so thick that many pilots had to use compass bearings to find their way down the runways. Take off times were from 0136 to 0151 for the first ten serials, depending on the first check point at the Isle of Elba. Each serial required over an hour to get into formation, a column of "V of Vs" nine planes wide.


The entire formation, from the head of the first serial to the tail of the last, was over one hundred miles long. This was the Albatross Mission, to drop five thousand thirty paratroopers in Southern France. These men were scheduled to be on the ground several hours before the invasion started. By 0400, the first men were "hitting the silk," out into a darkness that was almost pitch black.

The Beginning


THE RULE OF LGOPs: Little Groups of Paratroopers
written by an Army man who did not like Paratroopers.

After the end of the best Airborne plan, a most terrifying effect occurs behind the lines on the battlefield. This effect is known as the rule of the LGOPs. This is, in its purest form, small groups of pissed-off 19-year-old American Paratroopers. They are well-trained, armed-to-the-teeth and lack serious adult supervision. They collectively remember the Commander's intent as "March to the sound of the guns and kill anyone who is not dressed like you" ... or something like that. Happily they go about the day's work.

 "I have known war as few other men now living know it and
nothing to me is more revolting."  ~ General MacArthur

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Blogging On Oahu

This blog continues to seek dancers who are interested in sharing their thoughts on our social dance scene. Whether you’re a dance student, formal or social, a dance teacher or just someone who loves to dance, our dance community would dearly want to hear from you! We are also looking for studio owners and dance club officers who want to share news about their dance clubs and their studios with the community in blogs. If we do it right, the hits go through the roof and this blog will be the best and it can go independent.

“Social dancers know that this life is what they make it. No matter what, they
are going to mess up somewhere, it's a universal truth and they live with it." 


Most dance groups have Web sites and do their promoting that way. But take a peek into our blogging, it is much different. Our qualified Guest Bloggers can post photos, event information and coverage, fundraiser information and even just their opinions on situations, events and dances in general. Our contributors have inside information on what goes on in our dancing circles. All they have to do is email this information and share it with their fellow dancers on the blog of their choice.

"TheWorld Is Waiting For The Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford


As dancers, they’ll have the ear of local dancers and residents, so they can keep the community posted on all of their recitals, fundraisers, news, events and more.They can contribute photos too according to the Guest Blogger's requirements, many don't have any requirements. So if writing isn’t their thing we are looking for dancers that can polish their skills as dance photographers to send us images of the events, recitals and other dance functions in and around town.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho


If you’ve got a big announcement or an exciting post, we’re happy to feature it on any blog of your choosing and help you promote it. When you get a little experience in contributing information, you can become a Guest Blogger yourself. But you make that decision, whenever you wish and you can pick your blog. No annual meetings or dues, no monthly meetings or dues and you post whenever you damn well please. Yes, we are very strict.

"So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling,
because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.”

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Paradoxical Commandments

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the
smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you may get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.” 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Halloween Saturday


West Oahu will be rolling tonight. Leading the band all the way to Kauai if necessary is Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club at the Wahiawa Recreation Center. Some of the nicest people on this island will be attending. Costume Contest, Door Prizes, Music by DJ Leland. You can't lose.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


Yes, we have too many new gadgets available in the West:
If she is hungry, Feeder - If you think she is picking your pocket, Detector
If she wants a date, Meter - If she is slow on comprehension, Accelerator -
If her hands are cold, Heater - If she is narrow in her views, Amplifier.
If she wants an escort, Conductor - If she goes up in the air, Condenser


Then too, we have Dance Appeal Studio at the Waipahu Medical Center. A festive Halloween dance party sponsored by Paul and Marie Laderta, so we can expect a good crowd of people, many coming from Honolulu.

Pub's Side Note: A little known fact in our dance circles - Half of the people in our dance world are below average. This is the most amazing and unbelievable revelation we have come across in years!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Halloween

The word Halloween or Hallowe'en dates to about 50 years before American independence and is of Christian origin.The word "Hallowe'en" means "hallowed evening" or "holy evening". It comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows' Eve and over time evolved into Hallowe'en. Today's Halloween customs have been mostly influenced by folk customs and beliefs from the Celtic-speaking countries with pagan roots. There was throughout Ireland an uneasy truce existing between customs and beliefs associated with Christianity and those associated with religions that were Irish before Christianity arrived.

"Those who reject change are the architects of decay. The only
human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery."


As always in Honolulu, first thing on the Agenda of the holiday season in October is the Halloween dances. And they are all over town. It will be fortunate for the dancers in the groups to take advantage of all the hype for their members. Towards the end of the month is usually the most appropriate time with of course, the final weekend of the month for costume wearers. There will be a lot of cameras and we should have many more fun days like this.


"Let's Dance" by David Bowie


I usually make a nine photo collage for a social dance function, but I am
sure to make two collages for this one with all the costumes.

Thanksgiving dances are always a must, however they must never occur on Thanksgiving Day which always falls on Thursday. That is very convenient. The dance groups can do all the hype before and after Thanksgiving. Then almost immediately after Thanksgiving begins the hype from everyone interested in making a buck for Christmas. There will be Christmas dances from all the clubs and dance groups throughout December. After that it's get ready to party for the New Year's dances and there will be plenty of those. The most popular of course will be in Waikiki if the price is right. This social dance community is beginning to roll on Oahu.

Halloween:
Q. What did the skeleton say to the vampire?
A. You suck.