Thursday, November 30, 2017

Blog or Web site

There's no right or wrong answer to this. On Oahu, for most dance groups, the one they want to go with depends simply on them. Due to the way people read internet content, Websites are an announcement and tend to have more evergreen information and there isn't much pressure to keep writing new content all the time. The information on a website is more static and often contains reference information that people would want to bookmark and return to from time to time. And more, Web sites have another social attraction, if you have a "Web site," you have "arrived."

"Social dancers think dance may be a poetic journey with emotions
and experience packed up in moving to music." 

It's best to use a a blog if you have a lot of "newsy" and fresh information to share about on a topic. Blogs have counters and the average hits per day are double the Web sites. Ever changing dance schedules, announcements of socials and sharing the happy times at the socials will do it. You should be able to share new content on a consistent basis, and the more viewpoints the better. Whatever you do, if you have a group with a plan and start with Web site. please remember that the use of a blog site may be an "addition to" not an "instead of."

"Have You Ever Seen The Rain?" by Amy Hanaialii

You can see the tremendous amount of hits in our dance blogosphere of social dancers. Just overwhelming. Our highest is Town Dancer with more than 50 average hits per day and that adds up to 1500 hits per month. That is communication, most Web sites are in single digit average per day hits. Of course at the moment, the readers is still learning what they can get for free from the blog of their choice. We will get enough Guest Bloggers to make a blog with over 100 average hits per day. Yes, this is a WAG. (Wild Ass Guess.)

“Social dancers, revive their souls daily by moving to soothing music.”

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Season

Thanksgiving is over and the end the year is near. Plans all over Oahu to enjoy Christmas and the New Year. For centuries people have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer and carries over into the New Year. Hopefully a few will be thinking of becoming a Guest Blogger in any one of our blogs. With an idea of making that blog independent and that means several Guest Bloggers. The hits will go through the roof.

"T'was the night before Christmas and all through the house,
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse."

For us old timers, December can be a great time to think about the changes we want to make in our lives. Being and staying well is a resolution many people make for the New Year, but those resolutions can lead to frustration when we find we have set unrealistic goals. Then too, hopefully I can interest some of you to become Guest Bloggers and you can pick the blog.

Fortunately I have been invited to one of the best Christmas Parties on these Islands.

And when is the Christmas Season? Officially there is no such thing and there some customs that are different throughout the world. In the Americas, South, Central and North America it begins on the Sunday immediately preceding the first of December. And it ends on the 12th day of Christmas, which includes the 25th of  December and ends on January. 5th.

 "The First Noel"

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Thanksgiving and us old timers recognize that another year has almost gone by. We have lost so many of our dear friends, which we accept as another old age defect. But some of us are not doing too bad in still wanting to help people and do right. As this Holiday Season's blogs get under way, our thoughts turn gratefully to the many who have made our progress possible, our reader/dancers and our Information Contributors. We thank you and may you have the best of Holidays.

"Silence is just as loud and can ratify the original assumption."

The entire dance enchilada on this island is looking forward this coming weekend to Thanksgiving and the transition to the Christmas spirit. Starting the Christmas season off is Divino Ritmo Dance with two dance functions, one on the 2nd and this one on the 3rd.

"Jingle Bells"


Fortunately, most of the reader/dancers of this blog are rich. So for the rest of us who are not rolling in money - I am thankful that;

"I have a "bank" full of Faith and Trust - - I own a "mine" of Golden Memories - -
I have many "shares" of Love, Hope and Charity - - And I still have a million
dreams for Tomorrow - - have a nice holiday season, everyone."

Sunday, November 19, 2017


The entire blogosphere is getting to the point of diminishing returns. Simple - the readers are not catching up to the readings. It is not their fault. Since I am not famous, I cannot do it by myself. What I write is considered SOS. What anyone else writes in here is Gospel. This is feedback and no one on Oahu is aware of what it is. No one has ever done it before. But it will happen. Patience.

"The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard."

Our best communication is for those that do not have a Web site. If they can see an improvement in membership then they can make further plans. Would connections with a Blog site help or hinder? We do not really know, nor do you. But you could decide to experiment and in blogging there is usually no cost. At the moment we are having good results on our connection with Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. We posted the latest on their Wild Wild West social in two blogs, Platinum Horseshoe and Blogging Hawaii. I believe they will be stand outs for the Social Dancers in the entire Central Valley.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Central Valley is doing quite well without much organized dancing to hold them down. Must be some dancers in that territory reading and many are dancing in other places, like in Honolulu. Dot's in Wahiawa and Just Tacos in Mililani have Web sites and we have offered the help of our blog sites but have been ignored.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

So be it, no hu hu, we will not bother them anymore and when they are ready we will help. Right now Honolulu is doing very well and there are signs of another ballroom dance club forming. I don't believe they need it. However, the Waianae Coast looks very promising for a dance club. Maili or Nanakuli.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

We get these posters occasionally from Huggos on the big island. Fortunately this came with plenty of time. They still do not know what we are doing but they are going along with us which is just fine. We are not going to hurt anyone if we can help it.

“Social dancers think that sometimes we focus on the lyrics too much
and forget to dance to the music.”

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Paso Doble, Anyone?

Paso Doble is a lively style of dance to the duple meter march-like paso doble music. It is modeled after the sound, drama, and movement of the Spanish and Portuguese bullfight. The traditional version as couple's dance originated in France and was then adopted in Spain and Portugal.

The Moment of Truth

In Haro, a small city in Spain. Eighteen year old Julian Lopez Escobar (El Juli) inches slowly, carefully towards the bull, unmindful of his chest covered with blood from letting the bull get too close as it goes by. The boy matador’s face is filled with tenderness as though approaching a child who has hidden under a table in tears: gentle, coaxing, head tilted to one side.

El Juli, in all his glory.

The bull is heaving for breath and drops its head in a gesture that appears to say: I understand, I am ready, proceed. El Juli draws back his sword and calls one last time, “VENGA, TORO!” The bull charges, and the young matador strikes faster than a cobra — there is a flash of gold, and then he spins away graceful as a ballet dancer and opens his arms to his fans. His sword is buried in the back of the bull’s neck down into its heart. The young matador’s face is respectful as the bull buckles to the sand, folding gracefully into death.

"Matador" por Los Fabulosos Cadillacs

There is an awed silence. Then cheers, the waving of handkerchiefs (symbolizing the audience’s respect,) the cascade of flowers (expressions of their love), the awarding of the bull’s ears to the smiling matador (to honor the boy’s excellence.) Finally El Juli is carried in triumph from the bullring on the shoulders of the very strongest men of Haro, lifted like a true hero.

At age 15, he had become the youngest professional bullfighter in the history of the sport. By the age of 17, Julián had become the highest-paid bullfighter in history. Not only did his good looks and affluent background add to his popularity, but his skills in the ring were unmatched. He was finally gored in 2010 and retired from the arena.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God,
which is why we call it the present.”

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veteran's Day

"There was a time when the world asked ordinary men
to do extraordinary things."

From the book, "Paratrooper's Odyssey"

It was a sight that had rarely been seen before and which may never be seen again, the last large-scale night parachute jump of World War II. An hour after midnight on the 15th of August 1944, scattered over 150 miles at ten airfields in West Central Italy, 396 C-47 airplanes began turning over their engines.

At ten-second intervals planes taxied down dirt runways, lifted off and circled into formation. The dust compounded by darkness was so thick that many pilots had to use compass bearings to find their way down the runways. Take off times were from 0136 to 0151 for the first ten serials, depending on the first check point at the Isle of Elba. Each serial required over an hour to get into formation, a column of "V of Vs" nine planes wide.

The entire formation, from the head of the first serial to the tail of the last, was over one hundred miles long. This was the Albatross Mission, to drop five thousand thirty paratroopers in Southern France. These men were scheduled to be on the ground several hours before the invasion started. By 0400, the first men were "hitting the silk," out into a darkness that was almost pitch black.

The Beginning

THE RULE OF LGOPs: Little Groups of Paratroopers
written by an Army man who did not like Paratroopers.

After the end of the best Airborne plan, a most terrifying effect occurs behind the lines on the battlefield. This effect is known as the rule of the LGOPs. This is, in its purest form, small groups of pissed-off 19-year-old American Paratroopers. They are well-trained, armed-to-the-teeth and lack serious adult supervision. They collectively remember the Commander's intent as "March to the sound of the guns and kill anyone who is not dressed like you" ... or something like that. Happily they go about the day's work.

 "I have known war as few other men now living know it and
nothing to me is more revolting."  ~ General MacArthur

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Blogging On Oahu

This blog continues to seek dancers who are interested in sharing their thoughts on our social dance scene. Whether you’re a dance student, formal or social, a dance teacher or just someone who loves to dance, our dance community would dearly want to hear from you! We are also looking for studio owners and dance club officers who want to share news about their dance clubs and their studios with the community in blogs. If we do it right, the hits go through the roof and this blog will be the best and it can go independent.

“Social dancers know that this life is what they make it. No matter what, they
are going to mess up somewhere, it's a universal truth and they live with it." 

Most dance groups have Web sites and do their promoting that way. But take a peek into our blogging, it is much different. Our qualified Guest Bloggers can post photos, event information and coverage, fundraiser information and even just their opinions on situations, events and dances in general. Our contributors have inside information on what goes on in our dancing circles. All they have to do is email this information and share it with their fellow dancers on the blog of their choice.

"TheWorld Is Waiting For The Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

As dancers, they’ll have the ear of local dancers and residents, so they can keep the community posted on all of their recitals, fundraisers, news, events and more.They can contribute photos too according to the Guest Blogger's requirements, many don't have any requirements. So if writing isn’t their thing we are looking for dancers that can polish their skills as dance photographers to send us images of the events, recitals and other dance functions in and around town.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

If you’ve got a big announcement or an exciting post, we’re happy to feature it on any blog of your choosing and help you promote it. When you get a little experience in contributing information, you can become a Guest Blogger yourself. But you make that decision, whenever you wish and you can pick your blog. No annual meetings or dues, no monthly meetings or dues and you post whenever you damn well please. Yes, we are very strict.

"So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling,
because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.”

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Paradoxical Commandments

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the
smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you may get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.”