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.



 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Times They Are Changing

What an experience, to dance a Cha Cha Cha to the original, Moonglow, even if it was not Da Reel Latin, just because we loved the music. But of course this only for the ultimate Recreational dancers. Others are not able to understand this kind of dancing. We dance the way we want to dance and not the way others think we should dance. We would like to dance what we want to dance to the best music available and our way.

"Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies."

But at the turn of this century, we heard of the latest from the powers that be, coming to Waikiki. The ones that rule and you were required to listen. We were talking big bucks here. The goal was a definite "over $100" ticket. They were in control, you had nothing to say about it.

What you wanted was of no consequence, it is only what they wanted. Tough. A decade ago I even asked one of the experts and he would elevate his jaw just a little and tell me, "It's not like these people have no choice, they have two choices - they can take it or leave it." And his eyelids may have been at half mast.

So how do you like them potatoes?


"When A Man Loves A Woman" by Percy Sledge


"You are just a mover to music." I have been accused of being that by a very good dancer that knows at least half of the 1000 or so documented moves in Salsa. Another told me a few years back, that he tried to learn a new move every week. That's 52 per year, Wow. Perhaps we are getting closer to the real definition of dancer. "Their definition."



We hope everyone understands the big divisions that have been occurring in ballroom dancing in Hawaii. And specially the "Spectator" division which had been growing rapidly. They are nice people, they just don't dance. And everyone seems to be opening their eyes whether they agree with me or not.



Monday, September 23, 2013

Review

Town Dancer blog still rolling along in front of all the blogs, just not that much in front anymore. Many hits are missing their news on Blackpool by Calvin Ota and Debra.

"The discovery of song and the creation of musical instruments both owed their
origin to a human impulse 'to move' which lies much deeper than conscious
intention: the need for rhythm in life … the need is a deep one,
transcending thought,  and disregarded at our peril."

This was just about the best and most complete information we have ever had on Blackpool. Be patient, next year may be in the works too.  Of course, they both have something to say, they are just too busy.

For anyone that gets around the Islands we highly recommend using Blogging Hawaii blog. Not much contact yet but we just need that Guest Author. It can be an enjoyable experience for all concerned.

"Spirit In the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum

Photo on the right from the Town Dancer blog sent by Calvin Ota a few years ago. The world's largest, most prestigious International Style Festival.

"You Really Got Me" by the Kinks

We are not club centric, we are reader/dancer centric. So our priorities are the reader/dancers. If it coincides with the club intent it is fine for all of us. Otherwise we got "trouble in Middle City and it doesn't rhyme with pool." Hopefully that Guest Author is right around the corner. I don't care who it is, but their opinion is very valuable.


The getting of photos is becoming easier with some help from our fellow dancers and getting their points of view. I am taking two extra cameras and hope I can get some of the "deluxe" pics with five or six people in, plus first names. Photos have value, and the law of supply and demand applies here too. "One photo is worth a thousand words." Three hundred million photos in Facebook are worth ?? You guessed it!

Q: Where do moths dance?   A: Why at the Moth Ball, of course!

Our total rearrangement is getting off to a slow start but should be rolling by October 15th. The hits on all the blogs are holding their total levels. A few regular contributors and a one Guest Author and the hits will go through the roof. If we are missing anyone, please let us know. We want to help all dance organizations but they must accept that we are not paparazzi, we are not taking anything from anybody.

Pub's Side Note: Sixty percent of my contemporaries are gone. Many more have profound mental or physical damage and are trapped in a tragic and minimal existence. I see it in my regular visits to the VA and the marks of decay are all too visible. I quit driving and saved money. I ride the bicycle less, because I get careless. My reactions are a little slower, names more frequently elude me, and my energies must be husbanded, but even so, at times, I may feel full of energy - and life is not at all “old.” Happy Dancing.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

El Paso, Texas Modernizes

A new chapter in the history of El Paso's public transportation system was written this year. After seven years of planning and looking for funding, city officials broke ground on El Paso's new $141.6 million Bus Rapid Transit System. A hellava lot less than the projected new estimates on the Rail Disaster in Honolulu of Eight Billion dollars. El Paso is just a little smaller than Honolulu.

 "Those who lie for you, will also lie against you."

Eighty percent of the funding for the rapid-transit system, also known as Sun Metro Brio, was from the federal government (the Federal Transit Authority is pro-buses) and the rest from the city. Construction of the system began and the first Sun Metro Director, Jay Banasiak said the new bus system would be very similar to a light-rail transit system. "Except that it's not on rail, it's on wheels."


Articulated buses. All those cars missing from right in front of the buses.
Drivers are "sitting" comfortable inside the bus.

The rapid-transit system is faster and more comfortable than a regular fixed route; people are able to board quicker and the articulated buses are able to get through traffic faster than regular buses. The buses have three doors, and people buy their tickets at small boarding stations. You get on and sit down, you don't worry about trying to pay the bus fare at the front to the bus.

Everything is made to go quicker The boarding stations are located less than a mile apart. All buses and stations will be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Another feature will be the controlled traffic signals. As the bus is approaching an intersection, the new system is able to hold the green light longer so the bus does not get stuck in traffic.


Later on as passenger traffic increases, there will be bi-articulated buses (two tandems.) The idea is to encourage more people to use the public transportation system. They hope to get people out of their cars and onto the rapid-transit system but it cannot be done running cattle cars as the Present Rail Party runs it in Honolulu.

They also hope that some of the stations will spur economic development along the main corridors, Because the system will operate similar to a rail system and the stations will be permanent, business owners are encouraged to establish or expand their businesses along the corridor. None of that would have to be done in Honolulu, and we "couda been a contendah" among the best again.


Monday, September 16, 2013

Blogging

People are just beginning to find out who are the beneficiaries of blogging. It has always been support for some organization, loyalty required etc. Some have even suspected that in our blogs, someone is making big bucks on their good looks, talent, fame and good fortune. But blogging is much different and the readers of Town Dancers are beginning to suspect the truth but not really in the know yet.

"Someone who can think logically would provide a nice contrast to the real world."

The biggest beneficiaries are the reader/dancers. They are able to read about our kind of dancing and learn plenty about the technicalities and the social aspects all over the island and eventually beyond. And they are very prominent with their presence in the hits.

The second beneficiaries are the organizations. For with our counters they can get some idea that they are not just beating their gums. Ten average hits per day is nothing, most of it is spam or bounce. And I remember when I got to ten. It was exhilarating, that's three hundred hits per month.

"You Belong To Me" by Jo Stafford

The third class is the contributors of information and photos and the guest authors. They know the importance of the various view points and what they do. And everyone else does too. Unfortunately many are too modest to realize their importance.

The fourth class is of course the blogs, the more hits, the more they can offer their good friends, neighbors, and fellow reader/dancers. And we can look forward to their independence one by one.

A win-win situation. Anybody out there getting that?

But I am not pushing  for Town Dancer anymore. If we get the needed guest authors fine, but I can cool it there. The one going like a house afire is Oahu West. Blogging Hawaii had been in second place for five years. Now, Oahu West may be the first one with enough Guest Authors and hits to make it an independent blog. From whom? From Me. That may start the ball rolling for the rest of the blogs.

Pub's Side Note: Some of the wheels in the dance community have to be dragged, kicking and screaming into the 21st century. I will not do that. If they do not want it they shall not have it. But the sign on the door I leave open still says welcome.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Made it.

And I am still here, I have accepted my age. Today, Thursday, the 12th, I completed my 88th trip around the sun on this space ship Earth. So I will take this opportunity to let everyone know that my planning includes retiring slowly from this phase of my happy life.

"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born
and the day you find out why."

The reappraisal of my ten blogs for our fellow dancers has already begun. I have deleted one blog and the next one on tap is Central Valley. That will leave eight and I can concentrate on the next one to go. Central Valley has gone through its ups and downs but most of our best potential clients in the area have Web sites and have no use for Blog sites. They have the perfect right to their decisons.

I have given all of them a fair chance and the reader/dancers are the ones that are making the decisions. The blogs have become an easy game to play and enjoyable working in the comfort of my nice little apartment. And believe me, I am learning "Blogging." I have my own stats of all the blogs plus others when I can get the counters.

"A Day In The Life" by the Beatles

I can still go out and make my rounds, only not as often and I just cannot take photos. So I am always taking an extra camera and find someone that can operate and get photos of his/her choosing, his/her viewpoint. Just hit the jackpot with Kevin Hall at the Pearlridge Chapter HBDA social. Beautiful pictures. Most of the other picture takers would rather contribute to Flicker or Facebook and they should do as they please. Those places must be pretty good, they get more than a million photos per hour.

I have watched, as Blogging Hawaii, went, from being pretty close to Town Dancer, down to third place behind Oahu West. My personal guess is that the first Independent blog will be Oahu West. But each blog, with plenty of feedback from more people, administrators, guest authors and just plain contributors, will help make our dance world of Hawaii much better.

I have been fortunate to be allowed to play this long among the stars. and in Nanakuli, on "a clear day when you can still see forever" I can admire the sky sprinkled with stars. But as they say at the VA, talking about all their aches and pains, "It will end, all too soon." We cannot do anything about it, accept it and be grateful that we had some time to meet with so many nice people.

In Hawaii, dance blogs are enabling hundreds of dancers to express their opinions with reduced political risk simply because of the sheer number of like-minded opinions online. Facing these independent voices, the old clique machine starts to crumble. Unfortunately most of this will be after my time. Happy Dancing.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Hits

The hits remain at another plateau and I must be patient. The blogs are rearranging themselves with the help of Google Analytics and which I take with a grain of salt. Very little news from anyone and it is getting to be too much work to chase down the, is and is nots. I just don't have the time to cover everyone all the time. You want some information in, doesn't cost anything except your time and email.

"Eighty percent of success is showing up." –Woody Allen

I know now that "To Whom It May Concern" notice, ala Web site or Newsletter is not working to get Two-Centers. I must do something to communicate personally to the persons most indicated. I am beginning to get quotes at the social function, some small and some a little longer and of course, the longer ones are more interesting to the reader/dancers. Those people are, hopefully, the most likely to drive the hits to high heaven.

"She Loves You" by the Beatles

The Micro Blog, "Blither," is small, concise and compact but bigger than Twitter. It would be very easy for anyone to pick up on the action of getting in, posting, publishing and getting out without saying boo to anyone. Whenever they feel like posting bigger blogs, they could very easily pass to any regular blog of their choosing. They would already know the ropes.


President Calvin Coolidge and his wife were taking separate tours on a farm. Mrs. Coolidge asked if the Rooster copulated more than once per day. "Oh yes, dozens of times," "Tell that to the president," she replied. When the president was told, he asked, "Same hen every time?" "Oh no, different hen every time." "Tell that to Mrs. Coolidge," He said.


Friday, September 6, 2013

Wot?

"To be merely free is not much. To be able to do whatever you want to do does not
in itself produce a good life or a fine character. All you can say is that without
freedom the real problem of a good life cannot even begin."




Calvin and Hobbs doing the Manoa Shag


By Harry Shibata, Niu Valley

Simple steps are walking steps. Most everyone has heard them mentioned. For beginners, walking kind of steps should be their first goal. Waltz, Foxtrot, and Merengue are only part of the many out there. Of course it would be tough to learn the Foxtrot using only the simple steps, you would have to learn it on your own in "street dancing" And most of us learned a little in our "street dancing."

Line dancing is crucial, specially for men. Women become accustomed to following so it is just naturally good for them. But for men, they become familiar with the music used in most partner dancing. They can learn the timing, rhythm and the steps and develop their own styling by themselves, making it easier for them to lead later. Of course the fun as always is moving to the music. On Oahu, HBDA leads with men line dancing and it is being copied in the West by others very nicely. I believe that if there had been no Rail Fiasco, the West would have eventually taken the lead in dance on this Island, but it will never happen now.


Hello! Anybody in the Eastside? If we can gather a few interested folk, and find a place to dance, it would be a good beginning for dancing in the territory. A new Eastside Dance Club, that could meet weekly to perfect the dance movements already in their repertoire. With a DVD from somewhere, they could add steps and patterns whenever they feel ready. So it would take ten years to be a really good dancer, but it would be lots of fun along the way.


Monday, September 2, 2013

Island Tango

Has a good ring to it, doesn't it? Just heard it mentioned last week. No, I don't think anyone knows what that is. I am not sure either. However, now that I have seen the Filipino Tango more often in West Oahu and seen it danced on the same floor with American Tango, it makes some sense.

"Tango has four legs and one heart."

I can see the opportunities for the cross breeding. With a dash of Argentine Tango, it could be developed into "Da Reel Teeng," an Island Tango. But the only place it could develop would be West Oahu. In town the "tradition" (whatever that is) is too hard to break. The rootzi tootzis would never stand for it.

Modern Argentine Tango did not become fully formed until the beginning of the 20th century after centuries of being danced as the Milonga by the Indians of South America. Once fully formed and introduced into Europe, the different offshoots developed. Not only in Europe but in Argentina too.

The Continental Tango was and remains one of the biggest styles socially throughout Europe. Then the English style was one of the principal ones. The Finnish Tango is still popular and being danced not only in Finland but has spread into Russia, the rest of Scandinavia and the Baltics and now known as the Nordic Tango. Even Argentine's say it is one of the most beautiful Tangos in existence.

"Tango can be danced in a thousand different ways, but lets step on the ground first,
 because that is where the energy comes from. Therefore this is where we ought to
dance to the music. And without the music there is no dance, no tango, no teacher,
no student. A true teacher can only transmit the teaching the music has left him."
"Tete" (Pedro Rusconi)

"El Dia Que Me Quieras" by Carlos Gardel

The American Tango, of course, in the U.S. and Mexico and "invading" other Latin American countries. The Chinese Tango, in Asia developed with the upper classes of the old Chinese empire. It was transferred and modified in Korea by the Koreans and then Japan got it in their occupation of Korea. So there is also a Korean and a Japanese Tango.

Then of course, the American influence for so many years in the Philippines was instrumental in the introduction of the American Tango there. With its subsequent modification by the Filipinos and a touch of the Argentine here and there, and you have the present day Filipino Tango. Somehow it has resulted in a very Milonga like style. Step, step, step, step.

Now, on this island, there are many that are turned off by the ten or so variations of the Argentine Tango and their tendency for a "Rootzi Tootzi" attitude about their "art" doesn't help at all.  Island recreation dancers like the American Tango and they like the Filipino Tango. Seems pretty natural to me, but then what do I know? We certainly are not going to tell anyone what to dance. It will be an interesting observation.

"Did anyone ever tell the original Milonga dancers that
it takes two to tango?"