Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Blogs March On

Amazing that this blog is still way ahead of the others in average hits per day. This coming year will make the difference when we get more information contributors and a guest author or two for the other blogs. That will separate them more than anything. Some will go to the front and some will stay back. And I want everyone to know that top blogs in hits will go independent first. The junk blogs will belong to me.

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”

The first item in our January lottery will be a small 10 inch laptop with Windows 8.1. If the last two numbers of your social security number match it you can come and pick it up. I will not deliver it.There will be more when the time comes on the same basis. Meanwhile the most important people we need are the information contributors. Without that information we do not have much of anything to give the reader/dancers.

"Abrazame" by Julio Iglesias 

I take my camera to the functions where I can get in free and then I ask anyone to take a few pictures. I carefully explain that two people are better than one and three people are better that two. They can usually figure that out. Then, 40 people are not better than thirty nine. From there than can do as they wish. Hopefully they can get duplicate photos so that I can get the best one. I get some very good public relations for some groups.


Meanwhile, we are on the road to developing the best social dancing of any peoples on this earth. I just saw some good Mariachi videos and I can plainly see the Chasse dance step that has been in the Americas for millenniums. It has been sold under different dances but never as a separate distinct dance movement.'

"You don't stop dancing from growing old, you grow old from stopping to dance."


Thursday, November 26, 2015

And Down It Goes

Town Dancer now really operating with known controls. Less blogging equals less hits. I may increase the blogging when I get to Pearl City. The big classy dances at the Hotels get the most hits in any blog. Then the lessor ones are at the socials of the Dance Clubs. The drop in hits in our blogosphere is definitely there. Then there are two other control factors. The information contributor and the Guest Author.They will eventually make the difference for all communication with the reader/dancers.

"Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it."


With that in place, I can resign as Administrator and remain as Guest Author just to fill in the gaps while it evolves farther. Then the complete break must happen in order for the blog to have full freedom and they can make their own rules. Meanwhile, the most important people next to the reader/dancers must be recognized. I will have my hands full with the remaining blogs.


Yes, many people are interested and looking. School cafeterias are nice but we cannot change the environment that goes with dancing by too much. So we must find " dance floors" for our environment. When the International people were running things, they had to have a big, big dance floor and the famous Palladium was built. Unfortunately, it had to be designated as a Multi Purpose Facility. As a Dance Center it coulda been a contendah!

"We don't forgive people because we are weak, We forgive them because we are
strong enough to realize that people make mistakes."

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Brazil

As a very big country of many states, Brazil’s music is regional, with each section (sometimes specific cities) contributing distinct musical genres. Portuguese influences abound in the country’s rich and lyrical poetry, the exquisite melodies, and the instrumentation which included the accordion, guitar and violin families.

"When we make a mistake, we don't look back at it long. We take the reason of the thing into
our minds and then look forward. Mistakes should be lessons of wisdom.
The past cannot be changed but the future is yet in our power."


"Manha De Carnival" por Placido Domingo

Roman Catholic festivals and pageants remain as seasonal events in various regions in Brazil, and the Portuguese sentimental song forms such as the moda and the fado became staple genres. The European influences are not exclusively Portuguese, of course, as Brazil witnessed the arrival of settlers from Germany, Italy, Lebanon and even Japan and China.

"Moliendo Cafe" por Azucar Moreno


The Samba in Brazil is a different dance than what is danced in the European and American sectors. In Brazil it is almost exclusively chassé, and can be danced to slow, medium and fast music. The body gyrations are distinct. of course. in the different modes. You ever do a cross body lead in Samba? May be illegal or "incorrect" but done all the time in Brazilian Samba.

"La Distancia" por Roberto Carlos


In American and European modes, the basics can be quite complicated and were developed by dance teachers in both sides of the Atlantic. The music is usually fast and the dance is usually progressive. The various Hustles in the US developed from the need of the chassé to slower music and which can be done more beautifully using the Brazilian Samba movements.

"In Blogging, the best way to inspire fresh thoughts is to hit the publish button."

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Holding On Nicely

Town Dancer seems to be still there. I will wait until I move to Pearl City and see what develops. Maybe I can get an additional Guest Author. That would definitely do it. This blog has always been a natural, it was just stuck with SOS and the different opinions are what make a good dance blog.

"Denial ain't just a river in Egypt." ~Mark Twain


Losing the Super Ferry was a fiasco that will live for a century. Now the Rail is a fiasco that will live forever. In a city of 4 million, it makes good sense but on Oahu? Dumb Dodos. Of course the millions and millions of dollars in profits that are being made by "our" friends the contractors is a big plus. And the Rail has created over ten millionaires already, and  there are more coming into view. All "our" friends get rich and the public pays. As P.T. Barnum use to say, "There's a sucker born every minute." Of course, he was wrong, on Oahu, it is every second.

"Rags To Riches" By Tony Bennett

Meanwhile there seems to be more interest in dancing around the Island of Oahu, specially Kapolei and the North Shore. Unfortunately they want to "keep the country, country." And we all know what that means, no streets, no sidewalks, less money for schools and definitely no shoe stores. No places to work nearby. And the tourists will see all this and say, "How Quaint."

Dancer's Law No. 32B: Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Wow!

The stats on this blog have been dropping drastically. Of course, I have cut back on all the blogs pending my move to Pearl City. I will be closer to the VA and Tripler hospital. From Nanakuli it requires a full day and not bad when I only went once per month and I could walk. Now from Pearl City it will be a half day only, I must go more often and I am on a walker.

"None have made a greater mistake than those who did nothing because they could do only a little."

I should do something better with these blogs when I am in my new residence. Close by the Pearl City Shopping Center and close to banks and even a couple of bars. Sidewalks and I can get some exercise using my walker. The Community Center is within walking distance and perhaps I can recruit somebody from Pearl City for the blogs.


"Hawaiian Wedding Song" By Melveen Leed

Apparently the Dance Pavilion in Waipio has been cancelled. They need the money for the Rail Disaster. Millions and millions of dollars in profits. There are already over ten new millionaires in the  Present Rail Party. And wrecking the economy is of no consequence to them. They just don't care, they don't have to care. They are the Fat Cats of Honolulu.


"E Le Ka Lei Lei (Beach Party) by Don Ho

The Micros have been somewhat surprising. I am getting some feedback  and I realize that much of the hits are coming from my links in the Micros. I do mainly Word Press using Dancing On Oahu as the title for the blog. From there it is automatically shares posts with Tumblr and Twitter. Facebook is out. No need. And all my Blogs in Blogger are shared with Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus. That keeps them all in double digit average per day hits.


I have had a pressing need to make Town Dancer an independent blog that is beholden to no one. And of course one in which I no longer have any participation. Those are my rules but independently, they will make their own rules. I can see them back to 67 average hits per day very soon. They could be communicating to the entire Island chain and.setting an example for the rest of us.

Yes the Politician Dance is still there. You take three steps forward and two steps back. Then you do a side step and another side step, then you turn around and face in another direction.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Another Big Change

I have adjusted the blogs again. This time they are going to once per week. The hits will tell me where we are at, now that I plan to leave. I think I should make Richie Fun an administrator same as Calvin Ota, for back up and then phase myself out of it and let them run it the way they wish.

"Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything, it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness."

The blogs will now be a once per week basis. The hits will come down but they will tell me what to do next. I have several months to wind this down, but I wish to do it as good as I can. I have had so many good readers on this Island, it is very gratifying.

"Twist and Shout" By the Beatles

For sure we need more Guest Authors and information contributors for all our blogs. That is information which no one else has, except you and that is what the reader/dancers want to read about in our blogs. And all our readers will know that it is not SOS. It is a win win situation for everyone.

"Maui Waltz by Loyal Garner

From Whine & Noises:
Today is the Tomorrow you worried about Yesterday — I am much too young to be as old as I am — If you can’t convince them, confuse them — This is probably as bad as it can get, but don't count on it. — Sorry, I'm just having a senior moment — Hope is the pillar that holds up the world.


Waipio at one time was designated as the central spot for dancing in West Oahu. They even had programmed a "Dance Pavilion" in the Patsy Mink Recreation Center. Of course, the costs were too much and the City & County gotta give the money to the Present Rail Party.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Around This Island

The news is picking up just a little, perhaps with the coming holidays we will get more. Waianae is still thinking about Latin Dancing and I think the best place would at the Best Dance Floor in the West and that is at Waianae District Park. I  don't believe it has ever been used for dancing but what do I know?

"It is possible to give away and become richer. It is also possible
to hold on too tightly and lose everything."


The North Shore looks brighter every day. Of course there are many that wish to stop any actions there. They want everyone to go to Honolulu. The Present Rail Party does not want any kind of job creating Business Parks in the area. (I coulda been home in 20 minutes.) Cholo's Homestyle Mexican is doing just fine with Salsa. And there is another restaurant less that a block away, Luibueno Mexican Seafood that could go Latin Dancing.

 "Young At Heart" By Frank Sinatra


"Music, Music, Music" By Theresa Brewer

The interest in dancing in the Central Valley from Whitmore Village to Kapolei is developing very nicely. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club has been there a long time. And Dot's In Wahiawa is not doing badly. If I get a place in Wahiawa, I may get around to these places and blog'em. Then Just Tacos has Salsa doing good too and Greg Henry recommends them.


If they build a nice dance pavilion (still in doubt) at the Patsy Mink Recreation Center, 5000 square feet would be good enough. (less than half the size of the Palladium.) Then do not make it into a Multi-Purpose facility. Make it for dancing only. Ballroom, Country, Swing, Tango, Line, Portuguese, Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Vietnamese, South American etc. It would probably require a job of 25 hours a day, 8 days a week, but worth it. Unfortunately, the Present Rail Party wants the money.

Mini-Lesson: A short lesson given during the regular session of dancing at a night function. They may teach a specific new point and sometimes to remedy a common error. Often an extra attraction for the night of dancing.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

We Are Getting Tnere

Good evidence that the amount of blogging has an effect on the hits. I pulled the levers back on all blogs and the results show the results. the hits went down, So I cannot do it all by myself, I am not famous, and from all our past experience, the blogs are all at a plateau.

"Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy."


I am also certain that the biggest key of all is also very prominent in my stats. The Contributing Editors are key. If we get just one more Contributing Editor in each blog, the hits will increase very noticeably and not only in that blog but the entire plateau will lift even if only a small amount. All you have to do is be willing to share a little information and maybe a photo or two. Our blogs cannot exist as a one man show, I have no fame. It must be Social Media and with seven blogs it should be just about right.

"Wooly Bully" By Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs


There are plenty of web sites and other blog sites throughout the islands but no one wants to find out if anyone is reading the material they are posting on the Internet.  Most are fixed items and they have their own reasons and it should be respected, but I have to do something about it on my blogs and for our Reader/dancers. Up to date items should be the most welcome items. A couple photos and it would be a smash hit.


Because one of these blogs will go independent, I should know by the end of the year as to which one it will be. The one with the most Contributing Editors will be it. Simply because the average hits per day will mandate it. Once the blog becomes independent, they will double in hits simply because everyone will know that no one person will be running the show.

"Ei Nei" by Loyal Garnere 

He turned sixty some years back and took  a little ribbing from his wife. Now his wife was turning 60, he thought he would get even. So he told her he had never made love to anyone over 60. She replied, “Oh, I have, and it’s not that great.”

Monday, October 5, 2015

What Snew?

Now I have received the really bad news in the latest Consumer Reports. More than 5 million households experienced some type of abuse on Facebook in the past year, including virus infections, identity theft, and for a million children - bullying.

"Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness,
to pull another hand into the light."

And consumers are at risk in myriad other ways, according to our national State of the Net Survey of 2000 online households conducted earlier this year by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. It will be worse later, they gotcha on their terms and they are not about to let you go. They are beginning to interfere with your computer like Adobe and Microsoft with annoying spam.

"Living on earth may be tough, but it includes a free ride around the sun every year."

I am awfully glad I got out of Facebook. I have been reading too many things bad about them. They have that, "I gotcha sucka." Even if you notify them that you want out, you are still in according to their records. Even if they disable you, you are still in according to their records. Seem a little nasty to me.


Dancers are in unanimous agreement that the Ala Wai Multi-Purpose Recreational Facility has been a huge success for all the users. With the best dance floor ever seen in the Pacific it has been especially appreciated by the International dancers. However it was planned as a Multi Purpose Center and they are stuck with it.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


However there are social dancers in other parts of the island and also in the neighbor islands that need a place to dance. The one most needed is the one that was originally planned in Waipio. But of course it was designed too big and the Present Rail Party has appropriated the money and it will never get built. But a good Community Center with a floor 50 by 50 (about 2500 square feet) one fifth of the Palladium, would be perfect any place in the West for Social Dancers which are the bulk of the dancers on this Island.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Competition Dancing

By Ralph Matsushima, Punaluu:

Going back far enough, "winning" might simply mean the result of running faster or quicker if being pursued by some hungry carnivore. As time went on, from the Olympics in Greece to the weekly plethora of sports, thanks to television, millions can feed their craving, albeit vicariously, for this primeval need within our soul, the elation of winning.

"It is hard to believe that people are telling the truth when you know
that you would lie if you were in their place."


As was said all those years during the introduction of the World Wide World of Sports - "The human drama of competition, bringing you the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat." In our modern and complex society, technology has opened vast new areas of further human competitions. Contests of uniquely human skills involving instruments and materials are being constantly being refined and developed.

"Vaya Con Dios" by Les Paul and Mary Ford


"Because Of You" by Tony Bennett

As of this wasn't complicated enough, we even devised a way of having other humans "decide" who was the winner based on their evaluation of a performance or demonstration of skill. Unfortunately it can be tainted. It was really the only way to produce a winner, at least in the minds of the participants and aficionados of such endeavors as diving, ice skating and ... competition dancing.


At one time we had ballroom dancing in the Aloha Games and no one has come up with a good excuse of cancelling the event. It was a good idea to develop the competition spirit among our good amateur ballroom dancers. International events are just fine of course, but we need a local deal somewhere.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Back On Top

Just checked the Stats and there had been quite a few scam spam robot hits in Latin Rhythms and well hidden. It has come down to well below Town Dancer which should have been expected. I hope it stays in the 30s.

"Sometimes when we innovate, we make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly,
and get on with improving our other innovations."


Meanwhile I have received good news from Pearl City and I will have an interview on Wednesday. Moving to Senior Housing there will be a big help. I live in Nanakuli and it is an all day affair to go to the VA. Not bad when it was only once per month, but my health has been getting worse and I have to go more often. From Pearl City it would be only a half day. Nice.

"Nothing that is, can pause or stay. - The moon will wax, the moon will wane, -
The mist and cloud will turn to rain, - The rain to mist and cloud again, -
And Tomorrow will be today." ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Got up feeling better and had a nice breakfast in my living room as per usual. I don't have a dining area and I would rather look out at the "calendar" picture of my back yard and "my mountain."


This has been "my mountain" since I moved here and I know they have names, but it took me some time. The name of it is Puu Haleakala. Behind it is the Lanakila Ridge going all the way to the Waianae Mountain range. So how lucky can a guy get? And when I could get around I was living in Paradise, the people are the greatest, none of this chintzy back biting crap. You all know da kine.


The people in town should know that the West Coast does not have many
with computers or access to the Internet.

Technology for West Coast Folks
Chip: Munchies for the TV
Micro Chip: What's at the bottom of the munchie bag.
Modem: What people that got Lawns do to them.
Hard Drive: The drive to town every day and back.
Dot Matrix: Ole Dan Matrix's wife.
Laptop: Whar da kitty sleeps.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Dance Opinions

In general, a dance opinion is a judgment, viewpoint, or statement about dancing that is commonly considered to be subjective. What distinguishes fact from opinion is that facts are verifiable and our dancing gossip groups have never verified anything. In  our case, the opinions of the dancers are valuable, true or not, simply because they represent their particular viewpoint and they are printed for all to see.

"The truth may not lead you to where you thought you were going,
but it will always lead you somewhere better"


A dance opinion may be supported by facts, in which case it becomes an argument, although people may draw opposing opinions from the same set of facts. In our social media, we are trying to establish some better understanding of our dance scene. Opinions rarely change without new arguments being presented. So in our blogs we need more honest dance opinions from different viewpoints. It can be reasoned that one opinion is better supported by the facts than another by analyzing the supporting arguments.


In casual use, the term dance opinion may be the result of a dancer's perspective, understanding, particular feelings, beliefs, and desires. It may refer to unsubstantiated information, in contrast to knowledge and fact. Nevertheless, it is their  own opinion and valuable on its own viewpoint.

"What A Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz

We will see some value by the end of the month. Town Dancer and Latin Rhythms are neck and neck for first place. One good contributing editor with their own private, personal and honest opinion will determine the outcome. I calls'em as I sees'em.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Around The Island

As far as dancing is concerned there appears to be no dancing in Waianae anymore. I don't know why but they "coulda been a contendah." So a couple of line dance groups could start off the dancing on a regular weekly basis. This for fun moving to music and for exercise too. Of course, there should be more promotion on Line Dancing. It is a great beginner course for wannabee Ballroom Dancers.

"If you have no will to change it, you may have no right to criticize it."

Maili and Lua Lua Lei are just asking for a Community Center or District Park. But as per usual, not enough funds at the moment. You know, the Present Rail Party. Maili Beach Park is probably the best on the Waianae Coast. They call it Sea Country which is an apt description.

From there it should be relatively easy to get some men to kokua and have Ballroom Dance classes and then a monthly dance at the Waianae District Park, probably the best dance floor in the West. But then Kapolei is gearing up to be Second City in spite of the Present Rail Party. And the people in town can look forward to dancing in the West.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


Meanwhile Live Music in town does not have as many fans as I thought. I have all my blogs safely out of single digit average per day hits and most are verging into the 20s. But Live Music is staying at the bottom of the totem pole. A couple Two Centers would do nicely and I have to find a good place where I can go personally and able to blog'em. The trips into town about once per week are doing me much good, both mentally and physically.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Oahu Dancers

Apparently Town Dancer has been too lucky and some of our best bloggers have been perhaps too good. But that has been Honolulu. Others do not wish to get in and "compete" with these good bloggers. And we cannot blame them. However I must stress that we are not all alike and in social blogging we are all an "addition to" not an "instead of." SOS is our prime fault throughout Oahu.

"How High The Moon" By Les Paul and Mary Ford


For us, all peoples opinions are valuable, simply because they are unique. And opinions are like noses, every one has one. And the easiest way to get in would be just by emailing the information in to any one of our Guest Authors and they probably would publish it. If you don't want to use your name, use a pen name, but skip the "anonymous." We have too many of those and most are spam and are deleted.


From there, any time you feel ready, you can go the next step and become a Guest Author yourself. This is guaranteed to increase the hits in all the blogs, simply because we are getting different viewpoints. SOS can only go so far with ordinary dancers doing it. But a fresh, new, honest opinion is worth diamonds because everyone is interested in other opinions. Simple.

"The history of our dance scene and each individual's experience, is sown thick with evidence
 that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told often is immortal."

Monday, September 14, 2015

Whatsup?

From Consumer Reports: On Facebook

Its position as the king of social networks has made Facebook the custodian  of arguably the nation's largest collection of details about consumers' personal lives. "Any time you have a party with a large amount of data, there's reason for concern." says Justin Brockman, director of consumer policy for the nonprofit Center for Democracy and Technology.

Already use of that data by outsiders is widespread, it might not be news that people have been fired because they posted ill considered status updates or photos. And job recruiters check Facebook to find out who people are connected to. You must be very careful.

One recruiter told us that headhunters have used social network data to make sure job candidates are a fit with their clients. So if you lost out on a job because of Facebook, it might not have been because of just one indiscretion. You might have been rejected because an employer or recruiter found telling details in your postings, even though such a rejection might constitute discrimination.

"The trouble with people is twofold. They cannot learn truths which are too complicated
and they forget truths which are too simple."


As far as Bloggers are concerned, we are just fine where we are at because our readership is much smaller in territory. Most of us do not miss the hits from Sweden, or Nigeria or Thailand. On Oahu we deal mostly with our friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow dancers. And we may be including others from the neighbor islands soon. Our blogging is more personal and forgiving. And most know that anything of ours on the Internet is about 9 average hits per day or less. That is why we have reduced the number of blogs in our blogosphere to seven. Just about right,

Thursday, September 10, 2015

It is looking good.

There seems to be more people using the Internet to get their dance communication. This includes all the dance blogs and pertinent Web sites. Unfortunately few have counters so no one can tell how each one is doing. So, my blogs are coming down to seven and I may bring them down to six. Any with single digit average per day hits is out.

"The truth may not lead you to where you thought you were going,
but it will always lead you somewhere better."


The dance structure in town, both in the social dance clubs and the Night Club scene seem to be leveling off but still solid. With the Rail Disaster screwing up everything all around them and the traffic in town getting worse, the outskirts looks very promising. We are still waiting on the Waianae Coast but too many are in doubt because of the Rail Catastrophe and the horrible increase in traffic along Farrington Highway.



Don’t quit over doubts and questions, For there’s something you might learn.

Don’t quit when the night is darkest, For it’s just awhile till dawn;

Don’t quit when you’ve run the farthest, For the race is almost won.

Don’t quit when the hill is steepest, For your goal is almost nigh;

Don’t quit for you’re not a failure, Until you fail to try."


For many in town, the Palladium is still the best bet for social dance and covered very nicely by Dance Fever Oahu and Frank Sierra's two blogs. They get much dance news, not available to our blogs. All you have to do is tune in. Some of the very small clubs are showing sparks of life. Why not?

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

The Dance Studio and social dance center combination seems to be on its way and looks good, a natural combination. Now we are due for the other way around. The Night Club with dance lessons. It is coming and just because they sell booze.