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.