Saturday, July 29, 2017

For Sad Sack

Senator Mitch McConnell: I’M SO SICK OF YOU!!
I CANNOT believe you’re willing to rip away health care from millions of Americans.. JUST to give millionaires a tax break. You have NO leadership, NO integrity, and NO place in the Senate. So I’m telling you: resign right now -- And I’ll do everything in my power to defeat you and every single joke of a politician just like you.

"Republicans do not know that what goes around comes around, keep your circle positive. Say good words, think good thoughts, do good deeds."


I’m not afraid of you. I’m ready to EXPOSE you for who you are. I’m making a public effort today to help End Citizens United end your corrupt career, defeat Republicans, and finally take back Congress for the people: You won’t act on gun violence because you’re beholden to the NRA. You ignore climate change because you care more about Big Oil than our planet. And you’re willing to rip away affordable health care because you’d rather please the Koch Brothers than save lives.


ENOUGH!! I won’t tolerate your corrupt agenda any longer. From now on, I will fight you every step of the way. With my blog today, I hereby commit to do everything in my power to stop your agenda and end your career once and for all: You dirty crooks gotta go. I won’t ever give up,
Joseph Martel

“Do you think it is a vain hope that one day man will find joy in noble deeds of light and mercy, rather than in the coarse pleasures he indulges in today."

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Facebook

Update on Facebook from Consumer Reports.

Randall Kessler of Kessler, Swartz and Solomiany, chair elect of the American Bar Association family law section, says he advises clients to "consider a cyber-vacation." "Facebooks posts makes our lives so much easier as divorce lawyers" he adds, "Some people give it to us on a silver platter. There are spouses who list themselves as single while they are still married."

"Social Dancers believe that free expression is the base of human rights,
the root of human nature and the mother of truth."


Lawyers and recruiters aren't alone in tapping into Facebook's vast database. Despite the uproar last year over Facebook's sharing of user data with some websites, the service recently proposed allowing developers of its more than 550,000 apps to request and obtain user's home addresses and phone numbers, The proposal prompted howls from several members of congress. Though the Trump gangsters are with it.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


 "This information is extremely sensitive, and the policy Facebook proposed has forced users to give up this info if they want an app," says Senator Al Franken (D-Minn), who heads the new Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law. "The potential for fraud is just too great," Franken and three other senators noted in a letter to Facebook that a phone number and a home address, coupled with a small few paid to a "people search" website, could yield enough information to complete a credit card application in someone else's name. Sounds like Trump gangsters.

"Se Te Olvida, por Javier Solis

I use Twitter extensively. I have six blogs and have no need for long discourses. Twitter is a little short at 140 character but easy to use and I can state that Trump is a lying rat fink, and usually get my point across.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Tango

By Ken Haas, Chicago
The old dancer sat before me in Cafe Tortoni. Quiet years in the sun had bleached his hair a yellow-gray and made a dry red river bed of the back of his neck. I had to imagine how he looked in 1940, a nocturnal youth, with a pencil thin moustache and raven hair shiny with Gomina. He was telling me about the tango.

"Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are."

Carlos Gardel
He told me about Carlos Gardel, tango's famous hero/singer, who sang of revenge, the vagaries of love, tango's profound melancholy, and the brooding sense that life exists on in a Promise Land. He described the fights, the feuds, the spiked heels, who danced the best and how the great ballrooms looked.

"La Comparsita"
por Placido Domingo.

Finally he shared the secret of how to ask a woman to tango. It seems the men would line up on one side of the hall and the woman on the other, like gladiators. The men would fold their arms or push their hands in their pockets and scan the room, trying to look as unconcerned as possible.

"Cuesta Abajo" By Carlos Gardel

When they finally saw a woman they fancied, they signaled by the slightest raising of an eyebrow. If the woman was not interested, she would ignore it, it was gentle but unmistakable. If, on the other hand, she was receptive, she would respond with a lift of her eyebrow, flutter her eyelashes, or the sudden brightening of her eyes. They understood that she said yes.

"And then you went over to escort her to the floor?"

"Gracious, no," he replied, "Then you took a firm and careful look around. You see, this is a subtle art, and you didn't want to cross that floor only to find that she was calling the man beside you. The walk back, my friend, is the longest you will ever take."

"Caminito" por Yoichi Sugawara


Tango Street Dance in Ireland

The Tango Dancers throughout the world are happy with their music and their dance. Argentina remains the greatest but there are others that are beautiful to listen and dance to. The Nordic Tango coming up strong in Europe. The American is very acceptable in social circles in North America and the Pacific. And for exhibition the International will take a back seat for none. Of course, the music happens to be some of the most beautiful music ever created. The point of concern for the Social Dancers is a Tango that can be danced "Socially." It is all part of what is coming in Social Dancing.

"Social Dancers know that success is not that simple. you gotta do right,
the right way and at the right time."

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

NIce People

By John Yamaguchi, Maili
A couple years back I was still hoping for this blog to continue evolving into a "to be seen" group category of dancing. There are a lot of nice people in that sector and I thought they should have a voice in our island blogosphere. The deluxe faction of the "to be seen" group can refer to the "slop" dancer (aka junk dancer) as the "lowest common denominator."  It is not very nice to assume that privilege, as well as other good privileges that they do merit. The expression "lowest, common denominator," when spoken outside the context of mathematics, is usually being misused.

"Social Dancers know that the rumors you hear about us,
are as true as the ones we hear about you."


If used to connote contempt for something popular, it is certainly being misused. The speaker may be both ignorant and elitist. The phrase does not imply that the commonest denominator is always the lowest. More dancers in the West are beginning to realize that the "Deluxe Dancers" have a perfect right to the term "ballroom," if they want it that way. They dance in ballrooms and furthermore they dance "correctly" which for them means ballroom and any one that does not dance that way is dancing "incorrectly."

"What A Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz


Simple enough? We, the Social Dancers on Oahu, read them, Loud And Clear. Whereas, us, the social, universal, recreational, cultural dancers have been indulging in our activities in Gas Stations, Malls, School Cafeterias, District Parks, Community Centers and even in night clubs and anywhere else where we can dance our way. So we are increasingly attracted to places where we do not get in the way of "real" ballroom dancers who dance in ballrooms. They will feel better and so will we. So let's try to get along and everybody will be happier.

"The purpose in social dancing is not to get to a certain place on the floor,
but to enjoy moving to the music every step along the way."

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Rail Tragedy, A Crime?

It looks bleak for the US. Major elements of Nazism have been described as far-right, such as allowing domination of society by people deemed racially superior specially if they got money. All this while purging society of people declared inferior, usually the lower classes, who were said to be a threat to national survival. Such as a wall to keep out all Latinos from the US. Special presidential orders to keep the Orientals out of Hawaii and Caribbean people out of Florida and of course the Muslims.

"Dance Teachers on Oahu help their students find the song in their hearts,
the beat in their feet and a passion for life."


Fortunately, in Hawaii, we most worry about the high cost of living and with the Rail Disaster in process, due to be the highest in the nation. Meanwhile we also watch the Present Rail Party making millions and millions of dollars daily. And now the Gravy Train is referred to as Easy Money and they are covering up where the money went. So that at present, nobody knows where it went. More residents of all Hawaii are becoming aware, they will have to pay for it too. Estimates now going to 15 Billion Dollars. Can go higher? You'd better believe it, they don't call it easy money for nothing. And no one is stupid enough to call it Rapid Transit anymore. It will be slower and twice the hassle.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


We coulda got 1000 of these babies for less than one billion dollars.
Would have been a piece of cake.

Nevertheless, the social dancer on Oahu will continue to make their dancing time better if possible. There will be more dance organizations in West Oahu to avoid the Rail Crisis and the increase in downtown traffic. It is most natural to have more Social dance clubs and night clubs on the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. We are overdue for this. Meanwhile, town will be doing just fine.

"Social dancers know that there are shortcuts to happiness
and dancing is one of them."

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Updating

The Oahu blogs do not have enough Comments or Information Contributors. And the hits show it, increasing but very slow going. The Honolulu venues have plenty of public relations, but the ones on the outskirts are in need of Information Contributors. In our case, what is an information contributor? Of course, very simply, that person just contributes information. Now we have the difficulty. They are not sure what constitutes Social Media and the information we need.

“Social Dancers may feel that the essence of dance is the expression
of humankind--the landscape of their souls."


Tune into the blogs we have available on Oahu. This is their viewpoint of a tiny part of our dance world. There are a thousand other points of view that we will not have simply because no one thought to share them with us. This of course includes photos. And we understand that there is not much action in the West Side. What little there is, is reported in the Town blogs. So our West blog Platinum Horseshoe is the one that needs the information. Your personal point of view that is yours and nobody else's.

"Here In My Heart" by Al Martino


Seek and find where the dancing is, that is news for all of us. And when you see a few good information contributions by you and you see them in print and everyone is pleased, then you can begin to think along the lines of being a guest author. This simply means you can get into the blog, write what and when you want, publish and get out without saying "boo" to anyone. With enough guest authors and running over 100 average hits per day, I can retire from the first blog that qualifies and it will continue very well with five or six people running it, I guarantee it.

"Some of the wheels in our dance community do not want to be dragged, kicking and
screaming into the 21st century. we will not do that. If they do not want it they shall
not have it. But the sign on the door we leave open still says welcome."

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Knick Knats

The reader/dancers of Town Dancer are becoming very akamai. Many know that it is erroneous to use the terms "salsa" and "mambo" interchangeably, which overlooks the valuable contributions made to the "salsa pot" by other Latin American countries such as Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Colombia. The reality is that today’s salsa music is very different from the more folkloric, 1940s and ‘50s type of Cuban mambo featured in the film Buena Vista Social Club. I know of no one that can properly define it, least of all me.

"Blogging is using a new medium for what it is good for - connecting and interacting.
Blogs are whatever we make them. Defining 'blog' may be a fool's errand."


The Rail Costs are waking up a lot of people. A lot of the money is gone and no one knows who has been getting the money.  The actual construction costs are at less than 50%. The rest is overhead? Wow, it is just that no one knows and they ain't gonna let anyone know. Caldwell is now a multi millionaire. And there are a few others too. They call it Easy Money.

No more need of the Rail. Google's Self-Driving Car Hits Nevada Streets

Google's self driving vehicle cruises the Las Vegas Strip and is growing up right in front of our eyes. The fledgling autonomous vehicle program recently passed its driver's license test in Nevada, the first license of its kind in the United States. Obtaining Nevada's self-driving car license clears the way for Google to test its technology on public roads in the state.

"Take Me Home, Country Roads"
by John Denver  

Can you imagine living in Makaha and leaving a night club in Waikiki and since you are not a dancer, staggering over to Robbie (your car,) struggling to get in and turn the car on and saying. "Home, Robbie." Waking up in your garage, and Robbie is repeating. "We are home, Sir, any further instructions?" And they cannot get you for drunk driving. You weren't driving.


I have made public notice that we do not need a follower or followers. We need comments, readers, information contributors and guest bloggers, but we do not need followers. They attached the flag from somewhere but they do not know how to delete it. They had written methods but none of them worked. The search engines were full  of people trying to delete the followers. The only thing you could do is delete the blog and then start all over again. Tough.

"Social Dancers know that if you set out to do a good deed,
you may do a hundred small kindnesses on the way."

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Social Dancers, Blogging

Most Social Cultural Dancers are accepting their role as dancers on the island of Oahu. And now more than ever, their likes and dislikes are being taken into consideration. You may think you know a lot about dancing and you may even know there is more to it than that. This large new group is gradually coalescing into a solid Social Cultural dancing group and it is bigger than all the others combined.

“Social Dancers know that dancing doesn’t give rise to anything in us
that isn’t already there. The music sparks a fire that illuminates
who we have always wanted to be.”


How about Socials at 60%, the to be seen at 20% and the Peripherals at 20%. Will there be different results? Very probably. And being dancers they will all make changes to suit themselves and adding to the enjoyment of their dancing to the music of their choice. The West is slowly developing with quicks and starts, but there is a lot of experience in the West. They just have to think West, and most of them still think Town. New venues are planned, all the way to Makaha and even in the North Shore.

"What A Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz


We cannot blame them, this has been the dance scene for over fifty years. Shouldn't be any hu hu, we all learn and Rome was not built in a day, Whatever your dance style, West Oahu's diverse musical roots will instill a powerful connection to all of Oahu and its social dancers. I can begin to focus on getting rid (delete) of one of the magnificent seven blogs. I am sure it can be done I just haven't got that much time left.  We need feedback and that is comment, comments and more comments. That will get us moving.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho


The blogs will evolve differently, and result in a marked difference. Town Dancer is the one most likely to go independent. Would be nice if they could settle for about 100 average hits per day which would be 3000 hits a month each. Not bad for these Islands. Then I can devote my time to getting the other ones into independence. - Pan Pacific July monthly dance, Saturday, July 8, 2017 full palladium ballroom, beautiful music, refreshments, fun dancing. Dancing from 6:00 to 9:30 pm. Donation: $3.00 members $6.00 non-members

"My mind not only wanders, sometimes it leaves completely."

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Bolero

by Ramiro Sandoval, Brownsville, Texas
aka as El Charlador

Europeans, for centuries were always arriving to the Caribbean with the some European dances, such as the Bolero that was a traditional Spanish dance deep in Spanish culture. The Bolero, a term that has been screwed around, changed, and misinterpreted by many in song and dance. And in the Americas, it requires an expert to decipher the different parts of the music and the various dances. The original Spanish bolero was a 3/4 dance that originated in Spain in the late 18th century, a combination of the contradanza and the sevillana.

"You don't need a reason to be happy, just a choice."


Dancer Sebastiano Carezo is credited with creating the dance in 1780. It is danced by either a soloist or a couple. It was in a moderately slow tempo and performed to music which was sung and accompanied by castanets and guitars with lyrics of five to seven syllables in each of four lines per verse. It was in triple time and usually had a triplet on the second beat of each bar. It took sometime to infiltrate in Cuba and by the 1850s, some how, parts of it including the music rubbed off on the fast Rumba and slowed it down into a new dance called the Son which means sound in Spanish.

"La Golondrina" por Narciso Serradell Sevilla


Mostly because of the new sound in the Bolero, which would later evolve into a somewhat different sound which exists in the music of Bolero today throughout Latin America. The new dance became popular and the old fast Rumba went back to the sticks which a half century later emerged as the Mambo. So it was the Son that was exported to the US and Europe, and they called it the Rumba. Talk about goof ups. And that was not the extent of the Goof Ups.

"La Paloma por Sebastián Yradier)


Dance teachers are well known for that. There evolved different kinds of Rumba. The International, a hundred years ago was somewhat close to the original but it has evolved to losing most of its resemblance to the real thing. And the American has been forever split into two different basics, Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire. All the other steps and patterns are just fine. Then to further -$ complicate matters, the dance teachers in the US invented ($-for artistic reasons-$) out of whole cloth, the $-Bolero Dance. It is still beautiful, and it is still being taught by dance studios and dance clubs. For the social dancer it has been extinct for several decades, along with the Paso Doble, the Quickstep and the Viennese Waltz.

IBTC news; A new inflatable magic brassiere that sells for $99 has been highly
recommended by the IBTC, but the price seems to be a bit steep. The IBTC
is not a dance club, it stands for the Itty Bitty Titty Committee.