Friday, December 27, 2013

NY's Eve at the Hilton


Paradise and Company

Explosive...exciting...energetic...Just a few words to describe the most talked about and sought-after
entertainment package that will keep you coming back for more!

Hawaii's most popular show group creates a dynamic 12-piece revue that's guaranteed to keep you partying the night away. Their energetic rhythm section will keep you dancing to the beat and Hawai’i’s best horn players will have you rockin’ to the music.


Four of Hawai’i’s top singers including “Little” Albert Maligmat, formerly of the Society of Seven and Sonya Mendez will take you on a musical journey that can include music from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and into the new millennium.

Paradise & Co. gives you more than you could ever imagine. With an array of dazzling costume changes and fancy footwork set to an undeniable groove, it won't be long till you realize that you are a big part of this memorable, fun-filled dance extravaganza. So come on...

Performance by Multiple Award-Winning Magician Mark Mauricio

Prepared to be amazed AND entertained with self-dubbed “magicomedy” by multiple award-winning magician Mark Mauricio  Mauricio will perform his Magic Island Dinner Show,

Born and raised in Hawaii, now lives in Ewa Beach. Mark Allen Mauricio started his fascination with magic at the tender age of 5 years old.  After returning to Hawaii from the mainland one year, he fell under the wing of local magician Curtis Kam, who also introduced Mark to his teacher, the “Gandolf” of Hawaii’s magic society, Mr. Jimmy Yoshida.

He leads the Magic In Paradise show at the Hale Koa Hotel on Oahu, where he performs bigger illusions and magic with animals.  In addition to this, Mark hosts Magic Island, an OC16 TV special that takes viewers to the streets of Hawaii to meet the various people who live, work and visit these islands and rediscover why Hawaii is the most magical place in the world.

And A Happy New Year to Everyone.


Monday, December 23, 2013

Year Coming To A Close

Nice blogging by Calvin and it shows in the hits. We are still looking for the Two Centers who can eventually become Guest Authors. The benefits of this approach also include recognition of Public Relations as an integral part of the management team of the clubs and the blogs, though most will be working independently and each blog will be their own unique blog.

"Become a possibilitarian, no matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and look for the possibilities - You will alway see them, for they are always there."

This is an opportunity to flex our understanding of blogging, its operations, strategy, and internal culture beyond the gloss and glow of status statements. Indeed, a blog’s communication objectives are motivated by (if not the same as) its social objectives.
 
"Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry

That and our ability to measure the impact on the amount of bloggers we provide will be essential to playing a bigger role in dance circles and access to greater resources. A blog with 5 or 6 six Guest Authors can hit 300 average hits per day, (15000 per month.) That should be very good coverage for the Hawaiian Islands.

 
America's liberal class are abuzz right now over Narco Cultura, a documentary about Mexico's horrific drug wars and the musical movement that has risen around it. These libs (and more than a few conservatives) are telling each other and the two Mexicans they know about how Mexican music nowadays glorifies the drug trade.


And there is some truth to it. How artists do write songs for narcos on commission, how musicians go on stage with AK-47s, bulletproof vests, and bazookas, (exaggerations) and how those songs revel in being as gory as possible--and how terrible all of this is. It is bad, most of us believe but the people (the important ones) are beginning to realize what is wrong and they will make the decisions.

Of course, the laws in the US are what make the drug wars all over. Same as the racketeering we had when Prohibition was the law. With the laws repealed everything would be done the way liquor is done and controlled by law. And people do not drink more nor will they take more drugs either.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Rail Catastrophe

Not too many in town yet realize what they voted for. Some are beginning to see the rise in prices. Our legislators jumped the gun and gave themselves a healthy raise in pay, they're not dummies. The ordinary tax payer is not in that position. When the Fed money runs out, (and the Present Rail Party is going through it fast,) we are in deep doo doo.


The Articulated bus, with enough of them, our problems could have been solved
but the big bucks in profits are somewhere else. "And I coulda got the bus
right around the corner like I always did."

Property Taxes will double and you know what that will do to the rents. Oh you lucky people. Gas will go to $8 per gallon, and will be matched by the price of milk at the super. And as Al Jolson used to say, "You ain't seen nuttin' yet." Parking downtown no less that $600 per month. All for Vapid Transit which will never beat what we have now in speed. And I will give you a for instance. Makaha to down town and back on the #93 bus. Check it out. And the Present Rail Party plans to cut that bus out as soon as they can, naturally.

And they say they plan to make Honolulu more beautiful. They just went to the wrong schools. We know better. Look at the photos on the right, before and after the Rail Disaster.

But the rally has started, the Makakilo, Kapolei and Honokai Hale neighborhood boards voted thumbs down on the Rail Mess. Over one dozen good reasons why it does no good for "second city" (don't laugh) and who is making the money. First bid already out for the first 100 million. You got any idea what the commissions run on that? Ha, easy money. It's the dough, Moe.

Pub's Side Note: Since many people think we are making money in these blogs we have decided we are going to start charging. Anybody that makes over a million dollars a day has gotta pay. Most of you will not be in trouble until next year.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

International Market Place, Aloha

The end is near for the International Market Place, that decaying maze of open-air souvenir stands and faded Polynesian pop-era grandeur in the heart of Waikiki.

Do not let some of the people you meet make you difficult.
Do not let the pain they caused, make you hate anyone.
Do not let bittermess steal your inherent goodness
Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree with you.
It is still a beautiful place and your biggest regret is having to leave it so soon.

After 56 years, visits by millions upon millions of tourists, and a long slide into ruin, the landmark shopping bazaar will close at the end of the month. In its place will go a high-end retail, dining and entertainment complex, three stories tall on Kalakaua Avenue, and seven along Kuhio Avenue. In other words, a big, glitzy new mall, anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue.


Only two things from the original International Market Place will remain: the name and a few trees, including — thankfully—the venerable old Indian banyan tree.

"I Remember You" by Don Ho

For most Honolulu residents, the International Market Place lost whatever appeal it might have had decades ago — along with the parking. Still, its closing represents the end of an era, which makes this a good time to rummage through the Market’s kitschy past, ponder its upscale future, and check in on the gigantic banyan tree at the center of it all.

The happiest reader/dancers and the unhappiest reader/dancers are our valuable Two - Centers. Their tremendous value is the fact, that they have their own unique opinions. They do not have SOS.






Thursday, December 5, 2013

What do we dance?

World War I, introduced many of the middle class in Hawaii to partner dancing. The military officer's clubs in Hawaii increased in attendance. And small ad hoc groups made bigger inroads during the roaring twenties. Later in the thirties the trickle down theory came into effect and even on the big island, teenagers were dancing the Jitterbug.

"What a world this would be if we just build bridges instead of walls!"

Other loose social groups developed during WWII, when so many were arriving from the Mainland and the standardization began in earnest. The mainlanders, (young men) would teach the girls and they in turn taught the local boys.

It slowed down after the war even though the Professionals were defining it as Ballroom Dancing because it had been danced in Ballrooms. It was not until 1959 that Aiea Dance Club was formed followed almost immediately by Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. But the dancers with advance thinking in regards to ballroom dancing were definitely in the West.

"Yesterday" by the Beatles

Later on HBDA was established in Honolulu and the rest of the clubs evolved mostly as Spin Offs of HBDA and from the other Spin Offs. And yes there may be a new dance club in this coming year. I would like to see it in the Salt Lake area. Specially now, with the increase in commercial dancing at the Palladium, but, it could be in Waianae.


In this century we are in the process of definition. Three separate groups have evolve and naturaly most dancers are involved in only one category. However many are involved in two and even the three. The main intent to to enjoy oneself moving to music. And they all know that we must find more places where we can dance.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughful and committed dance enthusiasts can change our dance world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Monday, December 2, 2013

DeRailed Again

NEW YORK (CNN), Dec 1, 2013 —Rail cars flipped over when a passenger train derailed Sunday morning, killing at least four people and injuring dozens more. Firefighters and emergency rescuers swarmed the scene near Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx, where at least two train cars were turned on their sides. One car was just feet away from the Harlem River. Lucky not elevated.


It had been guaranteed that it could not happen there.

Three of the dead were thrown "as the train came off the track and was twisting and turning," New York Fire Department Chief Edward Kilduff told reporters. "The windows broke out. ... The gravel came flying up in our faces," said passenger Amanda Swanson, who put her bag in front of her face to block the rubble. "I really didn't know if I would survive," she said. "The train felt like it was on its side and dragging for a long time. ... The whole thing felt like slow motion."

Police divers were in the water hours after the crash looking for survivors, and cadaver dogs searched the wreckage. Authorities believe all the passengers have been accounted for, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters. It was unclear how fast the train was traveling and how many passengers were on board. It was only about half full, not many riding the rail anymore, too much humbug.

 
In Honolulu? Naw. The Present Rail Party has guaranteed it cannot happen here.

"I heard this horrible, whooshing sound. ... It was very disturbing, very loud," said Hank Goldman, who lives near the tracks. "I jumped out of bed and looked out the window and I saw a light-colored object lying down. I thought it was the roadway to the train. Then I got my binoculars, and I couldn't believe my eyes, that the train had jumped the tracks right here."

At least 67 people were injured, 11 seriously, said Joe Bruno, New York's commissioner of emergency management. "In terms of causes, we don't know exactly what happened," Cuomo said. Federal investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were headed to the scene, he said.


The Articulated bus could have been the answer to Oahu Problems at one tenth the cost of the Rail Disaster. But the big bucks in profits for the Present Rail Party are easy money.

The train operator -- who is among the injured -- told investigators he applied brakes to the train, but it didn't slow down, a law enforcement official on the scene and familiar with the investigation said. "That will be a key point of concern, whether this train was moving too quickly," Bruno said.

Pub's Side Note; It is slowly forming all by itself, a new dance force, for Truth, Inclusion and Innovation and made "of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers." Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving to all

"When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response
is that I am thankful I have a cup."

 
"Let's choose today to quench our thirst for the 'good life' we think others lead
by acknowledging the good that already exists in our lives. We can then
 offer the universe the gift of our grateful hearts."
 
 

Monday, November 25, 2013

From Dream To Dance Studio

Holiday Greetings Swing Dancers,
There are a few announcements about Dream To Dance which I would like to share with you.

1. Rumor of my retiring, NOT true.

2. New location, TRUE!  Due to renovation/construction in Kakaako I have been searching properties and found a wonderful spot on 2nd floor of a new building with an elevator, air con, windows and lots of parking.  It is the Palama Supermarket @ 1010 North King St. #202-204.  Sad for me to leave after 15 years at this location but exciting to think of the NEW!

3. The Holly Jolly Trolley is back for fun and travel by trolley to dance venues.  It would be great if you can spread the word and join the night of merriment on Saturday, December 21.  Please RSVP!   See you there!

4. There are requests for swing socials at the studio and I wish I could but don't feel I have the music inventory to keep dancers entertained 1/week or 1/month.  Referrals are sent to your Palladium dances. New events coming to Honolulu for the swing community and Dream To Dance coming next year!

Thanks for listening and a supa big Happy Holidays wish to all!
Debby

Debra Borges Barboza
Dream To Dance
661 Auahi St, #201-202
Honolulu, HI  96813
808-372-5574

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Back In Again.

Public Relations is the promotion of a favorable image of a dance club or group. It can be the practice or profession of establishing, maintaining, or improving a favorable relationship between any organization and the public and that usually costs money.

 "Of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers"
All the dancers? Of course not, they do not all wish to be involved and we must respect.

The primary purpose of our dance blogs is a good presentation of a dance club's public image. As far as I know, none of the dance blogs in these Islands charge for what they do. The relationship between the dance group and the public is very important, with respect to whether that club is seen in a positive or negative light.

Our blogs have different views for managing public relations involving the persons in a dance club that are responsible with full knowledge that blogs do not cost money. It is understood that it is all free and no gimmicks are attached. The Guest Authors are the key to making each blog a unique communication device, Social Media.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

Of course, some people think that the blogs are somehow benefitting immensely on their good looks, talent, fame and fortune, - then they have lost, right then and there. You're pau, brah and I will continue to include as many of our reader/dancers as possible.

Our blogs merely ask that our Guest Authors agree to write whenever and whatever they wish and we just provide the platform. The exchange of independent opinions is of the utmost importance. And Photos too are opinions.We have Guest Authors on this blog and I never push for more or less from them. They do as they wish and if I don't want to write, then I have the same rights as anyone else. Simple?

The hits did not come down as expected because Google is still Mickey Mousing around with their search engines. But they did get rid of some scam-spam robot hits. They are almost there, so I will post again maybe a couple times a week, even though I am very busy elsewhere. Mahalo to all.




Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Pledge of Allegiance

A reminder from Nancy Shimamoto via June Kadomoto: a reprint

The following words were spoken by the late Red Skelton on his television program as he related the story of his teacher, Mr. Laswell, who felt his students had come to think of the Pledge of Allegiance as merely something to recite in class each day.

Now, more than ever, listen to the meaning of these words.

"I've been listening to you boys and girls recite the Pledge of Allegiance all semester and it seems as though it is becoming monotonous to you. If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word?"

I
me, an individual, a committee of one.

Pledge
dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self pity.

Allegiance
my love and my devotion.

To the flag of the
our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. Wherever she waves, there's respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts freedom is everybody's job!

United
that means that we have all come together.

States
individual communities that have united into 48 great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose; all divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that's love for country.

And to the republic
a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people and it's from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.

For which it stands, one nation
one nation, meaning "so blessed by God"

Indivisible
incapable of being divided.

With liberty
which is freedom -- the right of power to live one's own life without threats, fear or some sort of retaliation.

And Justice
the principle or quality of dealing fairly with others.

For all
which means, boys and girls, it's as much your country as it is mine.

--------------------------------------------------------------

Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country and two words have been added to the pledge of Allegiance...

UNDER GOD
Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer and that would be eliminated from schools too?
God Bless America!
Red Skelton will be long remembered for that.
 
This only for those still tuning in. This blog is trying to find out why the hits from Blogger are not anywhere near what they should be. I am not blogging here but the hits are still up. Why? They certainly are not going to tell me. Meanwhile, all the news is in the other blogs. just click the name in the side bar.
 
 
 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sorry Folks

Blogger has got this infested with scam spam robot hits. They make the stats completely meaningless. So I just stopped blogging. The other guest authors can do as they please, which is the way it has always been. It make take a month. Meanwhile I have my hands full with the other blogs. Mahalo.

Nice quote: "Perhaps people could accept others for what they are, not for what they aren't. Stop bullying, words hurt! We all have flaws in the end, so think before you speak, maybe you can save a life! We can be dedicated to all the victims of bullying around the world, speak up! Blog!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Rail by John Pritchett

Available in book online and in most book stores. Terrific cartoon analysis.

Buy it now for the best commentary on Rail in the entire Pacific Region.
 
Pub's Side Note: No more blogs this month. Too many scam spam robot hits.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

A Short Test

As I have repeated many times, I do not know but I am learning this blog business. Town Dancer is at its point of diminishing returns with what we have available. Then the scam-spam robot hits are in too. So I will take a short vacation from Town Dancer. The other bloggers can do as they please, which has been the way we do it anyway. When the average hits get down to 90, I will blog again in this blog. I have a lot of other blogs to work on, and I must be on my way. I don't have much time. Meanwhile, Happy Dancing to all.





Sunday, October 13, 2013

Good News

My son Ron (in California) sent me an invitation to the wedding of his daughter Teressa Martel to Mark Allen Nakamoto on November 8th. I will not be able to attend but I sent a nice box of Chocolate covered Macadamias and a small check.

"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel."
 

Received an email from my son and a beautiful photo:
 
"Teressa and Mark received your package and were overwhelmed with your generosity, so thank you.  They are making final plans and we're looking forward to the ceremony, which will be performed by Mark's former boss, Congressman Mike Honda.  We're always busy here, but life is good, take care."
 
"Vaya Con Dios" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

Congratulations to Teressa and Mark, and much happiness on your wedding day. May the love you share always continue to shine. I wish you every good wish and my prayer is that you find a lifetime of happiness and love as you live to make your dreams come true.
Grandpa
 

 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Reorganizing Goes On

From "A Time To Dance" Blog in San Diego:
Dear readers,

I am officially stepping aside from this blog. For the last three years, on and off, it has been a great outlet for my writing and dancing. However, things have changed, priorities have shifted, and I no longer have room in my life to be an active participant in the blogosphere.

I will continue to dance and write, and perhaps some day I will blog again, but it lifts a weight off my shoulder to be able to say that "A Time to Dance" is officially inactive. I will leave the old posts up, but I will not post new ones, and I will not respond to comments.

Thanks to all those who have read and commented on my posts over the years. I appreciate all the opportunities I have had to learn and see things, and to meet people I would not have met without taking this project on.

Best wishes,
Maria
 
"Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music."


Effortless Dancing is an oxymoron. Without effort you do
not dance, and if you dance, it is never without effort.
~ Rene Zgraggen

These things are happening all the time. For me, I am pretty close to the last drastic reorganization of our blogosphere. Now that I have enough information to make the better decisions. I had spread myself too thin and I do not have enough time left to adequately take care of more.

Most of the blogs were not doing too well because I diluted the readership, but over all they are holding up pretty good and things should be running smoothly by the end of the month. I need to communicate more person to person and get more opinions on these blogs. I will no longer do so much for Town Dancer. It has arrived at its point of diminishing returns.

So for now it will be Oahu West, Ewa Bus Stop and Blogging Hawaii coming up solid. However the crucial point is the Guest Author and his/hers honest and unique opinion. They may define the blog and differentiate the blog they pick from all the others.

The entire enchilada will remain a work in progress. Is there a textbook somewhere? "How to make a good dance blog." They will be able to take care of themselves quite nicely and I look forward to all of us learning.


 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Anti-Resolution

News Release from Kapolei Neighborhood Board
Monday, October 1st, 2013, the Transportation Committee from Makakilo-Kapolei-Honokai Hale passed a resolution “opposing the Honolulu Rail Project”.
This resolution continues on to entire neighborhood board for a vote on 23 October, 2013:

RESOLUTION OF THE MAKAKILO-KAPOLEI-HONOKAI HALE NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD OPPOSING THE HONOLULU RAIL PROJECT

WHEREAS, this community board is concerned that the current route for Rail will not properly service Makakilo, Kapolei, the Ewa Plain and Leeward Coast residents, and
WHEREAS, this community board has significant concerns regarding the financial aspects of Rail and the lack of accountability to the public, and
WHEREAS, this community board is concerned about any diversion of funds from TheBus, a system known nationally as a success, into a system to support Rail, and
WHEREAS, this community board is concerned about the cost and noise level of a steel wheel on steel rail system and the fact that less costly and quieter options were not considered, and that schools, businesses and homes located along the Rail route will be “negatively” impacted by the level of noise, and
WHEREAS, this community board is extremely concerned about the traffic conditions during the construction phase and after completion of the Rail project, and that not enough is being done to pro-actively mitigate traffic conditions, and that some of the board requests for additional pro-active measures appear to be ignored, and
WHEREAS, this community board is concerned that with all the new development projects along the Rail route, a freeway Level Of Service (LOS) D or better cannot be attained during rush hour and that not enough is being done to pro-actively mitigate the current or anticipated additional traffic flow, and
WHEREAS, this community board believes the Rail system was sold to “voters” as a “traffic solution,” when it now appears to be primarily a “land development tool,” and that expert, census, and government survey data clearly show that the Rail ridership will not be at the level that the city anticipates, resulting in the system being heavily subsidized, ultimately costing the taxpayers in the form of user fees and taxes; therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED that the Makakilo-Kapolei-Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board states its opposition to the Honolulu Rail project.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the Mayor of the City & County of Honolulu, all members of the Honolulu City Council, the Director of Planning and Permitting, the Director of Transportation Services; the City Planning Commission, the Board of Water Supply Manager and Chief Engineer, the State Office of Planning, the State Land Use Commission, the State Director of the Department of Transportation, Leeward and Central Oahu legislators, and all members of Leeward and Central Oahu Neighborhood Boards along with all neighborhood board chairs.
Resolution Passed out of Committee by a vote of 2 to 1 (D. Kalani Capelouto, Thad Spreg – For), (Frank Genadio – Against). Resolution transferred forward to the NB # 34 chair, for inclusion during the next board meeting, under regular business (regular action item).
Submitted by: D. Kalani Capelouto, Transportation Chair
Reviewed by: E. Souza, Chair


 One tenth the cost of the Rail Fiasco and five times more efficient. And I coulda got the bus right around the corner where I always did.


The Industrial Parks, thousands of cars not going or coming from Town and thousands
not in Honolulu Traffic. Voted down by the Present Rail Party every time.
And I coulda been home in 20 minutes.

 

Monday, October 7, 2013

From Al Franken








Dear Joseph --

The bad news is that Republicans in the House have succeeded in doing a really dumb thing for the worst possible reason: they’ve shut down the government because they don’t like Obamacare.

Now basic government services have stopped. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are prohibited from doing their jobs. Many more are forced to work not knowing when they'll get their next paycheck. And our economy is at serious risk.

Fortunately, it would take about five minutes for House Republicans to fix this by re-opening the government.


It’s not just Democrats who know that’s the right thing to do -- a growing number of Republicans in the House are also ready to fund the government and move on from this disaster. And as more and more people take advantage of the benefits of Obamacare, it’s going to keep being a worse and worse idea to hold the government hostage in an attempt to take those benefits away.

But we need more House Republicans to come to their senses, and we need them to do it quickly, before this unnecessary and, frankly, really dumb shutdown causes more harm to our economy. It’s time for House Republicans to stop the madness and end the shutdown.

We knew a government shutdown would be disastrous. That’s why 30,000 people signed our petition calling on House Republicans not to cause one. But now that the government is shut down, every day costs our country more. We need to raise our voices louder than ever and call for some sanity.

Thanks,
Al

P.S.: The only way we’re going to bring an end to this government shutdown is if the voices of reason are louder than the voices calling for more ideological gamesmanship. You have a voice of reason -- use it!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Photos, Why?

Yes, our Blog Posts need photos. We live in a visual age, so including images in our blog posts is important. However, one can apply the law of supply and demand to the value of photos. You can imagine the value of 100 million photos per hour arriving at Facebook.

"Kindness beats honesty every time, but think it through -
and make sure you are being honest with yourself."

However, a picked amount of good photos such as Calvin in his Blackpool blogging will send the hits going through the roof. Worth more than all the private photo albums out there. This means our friends and neighbors seeing and reading. Then you have some oldies but goodies such as Frank Sierra in his blogs. Wow, high interest, not only from the people that were involved at the time but also from the rest of us in the present social environment.

Any dancer out there that picks one favorite photo has his own viewpoint in that photo. S.O.S. we don't need. That viewpoint is important to our friends, the reader/dancers. We need 20 thousand? Heaven Forbid. How about one? Ahah! And one from you too - social media.
 
"Yesterday" by the Beatles

Photos make our Posts more appealing to share. If you’ve ever shared an article on our blogs, you’ve probably noticed that your photos have enhanced it. Giving your readers an image to share may get your group onto other social media — and that sort of word of mouth is some of the best, most targeted advertising you can get — and it’s free.

Photos catch your audience’s attention. You can help avoid “delete” syndrome by breaking up your post with an eye-catching image.  Our eyes are drawn to images, and when you’re fighting for attention on the internet (which you are), a striking image can be the difference between a click in or a click away.

Another benefit of including images in your blog posts is that they give search engines another opportunity to find you — if you’re incorporating SEO. And you can also optimize your images in other ways. And it is ours for the taking.
 
"Shared despair is squared. Shared hope is cubed (or better?) Raised to the power of Infinity."

Thursday, October 3, 2013

From Washington State

This is a repeat of one of our blogs in June 2010. I will bet no one remembers it. We missed this and it was for a good cause. Saturday, June 12th at 6pm at Pacific Ballroom Dance Center 1604 15th St. SW, Auburn, WA

"Were it not for music, we might in these days say, the Beautiful is dead." 

A night of dazzling ballroom entertainment featuring Nationally Ranked Rhythm Champions, FJ and Catherine Abaya; U.S. National 9 Dance Finalists and Ballroom Champions, Nathan Simler and Lecie Mcnees; Pacific Ballroom Dance Youth Formation Team; Special performance by “4 of a Kind.” Tickets were VIP $20 if prepaid by May 31, $25 at the door. For more information, contact Therese Verosa at (253) 228-7571 email: theresezapata@aol.com
 
"Touch Me In The Morning" by Diana Ross

Washington State Senior Games, July 10
Compete in Ballroom Dance events for those 50 and older. Saturday, July 10 at the South Park Community Center in Tacoma. Arrive at 10 am for check-in and warm-up. At 11 am compete or be a spectator at the 50-and-over dance competition for Pro-Am, and Am-Am. Intermixed will be a Jack and Jill competition and dance demonstrations.

"Music rots when it gets too far from the dance.
Poetry atrophies when it gets too far from music."

Spectators are FREE. One time $30 registration fee and $8 Sports fee per dance per participant. Participants open to other states and Canada as well. Early Bird Discount of $10, if registered by May 31st. Deadline for registration is July 2nd. For more information go to Washington State Senior Games, call 253-565-4536

Formation Team seeking new members!
Dance team logo USA Dance - Seattle's Formation and Performance Teams are looking for new members to join in the fun and art of performance dancing!

"Hey There Lonely Girl" by Eddie Holman
 
The team's mission is to promote ballroom dancing through performance, and they have been doing so throughout the Northwest and Canada since 1989. They welcome dancers of all skill levels interested in improving their dancing by training with a group for public performances, such as Seattle Star Ball, the Bellevue Philharmonic's "Night in Vienna," and National Ballroom Dance Week.

The team rehearses regularly at DanceSport International on Lake City Way NE on Wednesdays 7-10 pm and is coached by Monique Hrouda. If you like to dance, enjoy meeting new people, having fun and are interested in joining this great organization, please contact the team president, Mike Begley, at 425-508-8856, or see our website at teamdancers.org. Get in early.

"Patience is bitter, but the fruits are sweet."
 
Pub's Side Note: Ordinary Communication Media: To whom it may concern, one way, newsletters, email flyers, web sites. They do their job but nuttin' like a blog.
 
 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Da Latest

Well, I watch the stats like a hawk. Wherever I see an opportunity I take it. So it has been for this month. First I deleted The Eastside blog, the old blog rules, no hits, no use. The total hits dropped naturally but in a few days regained ground and more.

From the days when we did not have enough: "All deep things are song. It seems somehow
the very central essence of us is song; as if all the rest were but wrapping and hulls!
~Thomas Carlyle

 
Then Sea Country had to go, the reader/dancers rule, and it was deleted last week. The total hits dropped again, naturally but are coming back up, but slower. Now at the end of the month I will delete Central Valley blog. And I expect to get the totals back up in a week or so. I will publish the stats for the end of the month on Tuesday, the first, in the Blogging Hawaii blog.

That will leave us six blogs, with two looking good for independence, Town Dancer and Oahu West. I must get rid of the best ones. The junk blogs will remain mine. Now apparently I have to double my efforts to get a Guest Author in the any of the blogs. From experience, it will surely make a big difference in the hits. If I make the extra effort for a blog, you can be sure that Oahu West will be closing up to Town Dancer by Christmas.

"Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by Rod Stewart

The Guest Author (that most important factor) can perhaps get us more information from other clubs. I am specifically looking for dance organizations that do not have a Web site. Those are the ones that really need us and we can be of some help. And it won't cost you a cent, this is a blog.

I am making some good contact with Dream To Dance Studio, (even if they have a Web site.) and that may turn out to be a dilly. I will try another studio in the West. Perhaps Woodson Dance Academy or Nix Dance Academy.

So who loses? This is a win-win situation. We are for the dancers and what club they belong to is immaterial, and if the club gets free Public Relations, we don't mind. The reader/dancers are having fun dancing and not harming anyone. We intend to write them up and post the photos of everyone having fun. That's it. Hopefully more people will understand the dance blogging principle that is evolving on this island for the good of all the dancers.

"Yesterday" by the Beatles

And the more people we get involved, the better it will be for all. The solution for Social Media is the different opinions and the different viewpoints. We must avoid S.O.S. So it is taking time but the reader/dancers will eventually know that they are the important ones.