Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Creative Researchers And Producers

You remember when HBDA had 3000 members? When IBDI had 1500 members. Pan-Pacific had 1100 members etc. What happened? The Creative Researchers and Producers had a 60% control of these clubs. And ran them right straight into the ground. Now it may still be around 30%, but it is still there and mostly in the center of town.

"We can be miserable or we can motivate ourselves.
What ever has to be done, it is always our choice."

You can play a game in a classroom or party setting. It works best with less than 30 people. Line up everybody in a circle. Pick a starting player. The starting player comes up with a piece of harmless humorous gossip about somebody in the group, such as "I heard Bill sleep walks to Walmart at night." The starting player picks a player in the circle and whispers this gossip into their ear.


This person then whispers the gossip into the ear of the person to their right. This gossip circle continues until it gets to the last person in line. This person restates the gossip they heard, which will be drastically different than the initial gossip. You can use this game to illustrate how fast gossip travels, anywhere, not just in dancing circles and how different it can end up being. Fortunately, blogging results are much different than that. All opinions, right or wrong, are up front.


There is an increasing amount of dancers in the Studio groups and also in the Night club groups and mostly into the American Style of dance. And perhaps a little less looking down their noses at the clumsy dancers.That part of dancing in town is not perfect but certainly going in a better direction.


The outskirts are moving very nicely except for the always present problem of finding a place to dance. However they have developed their own versions of the di facto rulers of the clubs. Once we have a more democratically run dance club we will get more members. If not, there is a new club forming next month.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Nuttin' Much

Nothing much doing this weekend in the Corridor. There is, but we are just not aware of where. There were a couple of mortuaries with a little action but no one has reported on it. We have few Two Centers.

Q: Why did the dancer cross the road?
A: Because she had to do it on the other side!


But I am certain that there is going to be dancing every weekend in the West some time in the future, though for now, everything is moving out of the Rail Disaster Area. Waikele, Waipio, Mililani are all ripe for the picking. Then at the other end, Salt Lake and even Kalihi looking good. We will all play it by ear.


Will take some planning but it must be for the benefit of the dancers. If the dancers can see some benefit to them and not too many restrictions, that is it. Any other reasons are superfluous and dancing in downtown Honolulu is now understood to be an absolute non necessity. The Rail Calamity clinched it.

"Sh-Boom, Life Could Be A Dream" by the Four Aces

Pub's Side Note: We cannot do what one person tells us to do. But we can certainly hear what many of you say and then we must move accordingly. The Two Centers too?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

September

For most in our dance world, from September on, it is mostly cruising in the same style as during the prior months of the year except there is extra Party Time. I never see any thing on Labor Day, shouldn't we be have some fun on that day?

"And it takes a level of respect to appreciate for what some people are - 
and perhaps, for who they aren't."

Some people will communicate with us and we may include it in our print. Some have other ways to advertise and they should exercise their privileges. But we can give you a better idea of what blogs are good for.


Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is having a Filipino Fiesta at the Wahiawa Recreation Center on Friday September 9th. And some of the attendees are going to be swinging from the chandeliers. No truth to the rumor of six cases of champagne.


Kapolei Chapter HBDA will have their session end Social at the Makakilo Community Park on Monday, September 8th and they will have as special guests the members of the newly formed Ewa Beach Chapter, HBDA. Promises to be a rousing good time for all.

"Dance of Destiny" by Tony Martin

And according to Richie's blogging:
Divino Ritmo is having a their monthly social dance session at their studio, the Aloha Dancesport Center on September 13th and  29th. There is dancing around town.


For some reason or another National Ballroom Dance Week has never been extensively promoted here in Hawaii. This year it will September 19 to 28 and I haven't read anything at all here. There seems to be quite a bit on the Mainland. It is USADance sponsored and other dance groups would rather not intrude.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

It would be nice to make it a week to remember in our community. It is never too soon to think about how Hawaii's Chapter will participate in this special week long celebration of ballroom dance. We have few reasons.  The first is to share with others what we enjoy so much, social ballroom dancing. Unless they have new restrictions lately.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Moanalua Corridor, Where?

For all practical purposes we start the Moanalua Corridor from the vicinity of the beginning of Moanalua Road at Waimano Home Road in Pearl City. Just as good place as any other, Pearl City. The end is a little confusing. It ends right after the Moanalua Golf Course in Salt Lake somewhere which is good and the areas mauka and makai is close enough. So for the dance community we must plan on everything at least four blocks away from the Noise and traffic of the Rail Catastrophe. It may not be too bad.

"Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability
to keep a good attitude while waiting."


Moanalua Corridor had been developing for decades as a Di Facto Second City. But now for sure, because of the Rail Disaster, Kapolei is taking over and going full blast for second city status. Everything will be there, they can live, work and play in their own city and avoid the Honolulu mess. The Kalealoa Airport is running very nicely and the area around will have Industrial Parks and Night Life.


 Fortunately Moanalua now has Dream To Dance Studio in Palama which a short way. Then there is Aliamanu Intermediate where HBDA has there Ohanas. So there will be a new dance club by next year in this sector if they can find a place to dance. Aye, there's the rub.

"Dance with Me Just One More Time" by Johnny Rodriguez

It is going to be rough but we will help in the Public Relations department all we can and keep looking for Two Centers and Guest Authors for this blog. The hits will go through the roof, and could look forward to becoming an independent. But fortunately, more people are aware that the expected riders of the Rail will not be the only ones making the effort to avoid it at all costs.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Coming Along

The entire blogosphere is slowing down in advancement and it is very clear that there is an over dilution of the present reader/dancers. All the stats indicate the right direction it is just slower. The sharing of information has not been easy. That sharing is what is referred to as Social Media.

"Be thankful for what you are now and keep going
after what you want to be tomorrow."

And everyone becomes richer for the experience for they get many different view points and not just from the "Big Shots" running the show. And gradually everyone's kuleana should get bigger and we will have more understanding of our fellow dancers.

Bailamos (Let's Dance)
- Enrique Iglesias

Just email photos and tid bits of info to any one of our Guest Authors for starters. You may contribute more later when you see the good results. There is the particular image that a blog portrays and Town Dancer is no different except that it is at the top. And why? Simply because they have the Guest Authors. At the moment it is mainly exhibition and competition type dancing information.

 Baby, if You Wanna Dance - The Michael Stanley Band

But it will be more varied as we acquire more Guest Authors. The other blogs have only me and that is considered SOS. Our new Information Contributors will decide if they wish to go that route or if they wish to diversify. It is not up to the Big Shots, it is all up to the Information Contributors.

Pub's Side Note: Photos are valuable in the inverse proportion to their availability. How you figure, one nice photo of the dance gang in one of our blogs, compared to the same photo in Facebook who is due to get 350 million today? You got it!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Blog Sites

What is this Blog Site?

In our case it is a series of content (called "posts") that are usually organized by date with the most recent post showing first. Our blog may have several bloggers, each having their own blog within the blog and blogging whatever and whenever they damn well please. It is their blog. Our blogs also have "comment" forms at the end of every post that allow the readers to give the authors feedback and interact with other readers.

"Once you have accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you."


Blogs (taken from the phrase "web logs") were originally created for personal journaling. Now people use them in place of a website and some people, even own both. Our blogs have a topic (dancing) that compels us to write fresh information about dancing on a consistent basis. Fortunately, we are not territorially bound, and if we can get enough help, we can provide fresh and independent content on a regular basis. Otherwise, people may stop reading our blog if all they see is SOS. (same old shit.)


In order to create a blog you need to choose a platform. The two most common blog platforms are WordPress and Blogger. Both platforms are free and provide user-friendly editors for you to publish your content. No programming or additional software is needed. If you do decide to go with a blog, the proper study of the possible readership is very important.

"Volare" by Dominic Mondugno

Then the ultimate for this blog is to become independent.  With a couple more Guest Authors, the hits will run up enough so that the blog will not need me. We can choose another Administrator and I can phase myself out to my ultimate resignation. I have too many other blogs to work on.  I am sure that the Guest Authors will run the hits up where no one can catch them. Of course, I could work on getting the second best independent.

The Most Horrible Noise

The Bombardier train is an example of the type of steel-on-steel technology proposed for the Honolulu rail system. Honolulu has picked the oldest, noisiest technology for a planned $7 billion commuter rail line connecting Kapolei to Honolulu. The Natives don't know the difference.

"In the end, you tried and you cared and
sometimes that was enough." 

John Pritchett cartoons, now appearing in Midweek.
Steel wheels on steel rails represents a means of moving masses of people in and out of urban Honolulu, but it is also the loudest, according to a city-appointed panel of experts. Steel-on-steel technology is going to be a big problem for some residents near the elevated tracks, where trains will pass at up to 55 mph about 360 times a day from 4 a.m. to midnight.

The biggest noise impact would be along Salt Lake Boulevard, though neighbors along Farrington and Kamehameha highways and Dillingham Boulevard are very likely to be affected, according to a city consultant. So any new dance clubs and in fact any new business must try to get three or four blocks away from that din, if possible.


Meanwhile our blog is here to help whoever we can. Just watch what is happening in the Platinum Horseshoe blog. Everyone is planning a work around the Rail Crisis and the beach area Kalealoa is coming up to the forefront. Got a few bars and now even a new HBDA Ewa Beach Chapter. Things going like a house afire.

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


The beautiful Articulated Bus, one tenth the cost, five times
more efficient and "I coulda got it right around
the corner where I always did."

Pub's Side Note: To our reader/dancers, please consider yourselves, now and henceforth, and no matter what anyone ever asks of you, free to do any damned thing you want as long as it doesn't hurt someone else unnecessarily.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

So What Snew?

Doesn't look too bad, the Stats show the hits creeping up, slowly but surely. The Rail Disaster is a growing problem with the increasing realization of the Noise. Places to dance in the West are going to be hard to find. And we must avoid getting within three or four blocks from the Rail Noise. This a ten year drag, Many are already there and willing to wait on you hand and foot. However, it will cost you an arm and a leg.

"Most people achieve their greatest success one step beyond
what looked like their greatest failure."

The Dance Pavilion in Waipio has been cancelled, not officially but they need the money to pay for the Rail Catastrophe. More people are also accepting the fact that our type of dancing and our present social groups do not need acres and acres of dance floor. So there may be a way a couple of clubs could get together and install a nice dance floor in a good sized Community Center or District Park and hope the monthly cost could be held down. This has been done on the mainland

The best dance floor in the West remains at the Waianae District Park. The prospects would be very favorable for a new Dance Club in the Kalihi - Salt Lake area and one in the Honokai Hale - Nanakuli area. HBDA is doing quite well in the area where they are at now with Kapolei Chapter and Ewa Chapter and are even going to get bigger. The West is getting to be wide open. No need to get into the Honolulu Traffic.

"Three Coins In The Fountain" by the Four Aces.


Some people already comment on leaving a dance function in the West and getting home in 20 minutes. A function in town will take you 20 minutes to get out of the parking area. And more people are becoming aware of all this. The Rail Crisis will cost way too much money but we are all learning in the process. Somebody made a huge mistake somewhere.

Pub's Side Note: $100 worth two lowest places. DC, $84.60, and Hawaii $85.32. And the Fed money for the Rail Crisis is running out and Hawaii will be at the bottom of the 50 states. Lucky we all rich.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tough Going

With the reorganization of the blogs they all came out smelling like a rose except Moanalua Corridor. So, I've got it to the middle twenties average hits per day but I no longer am in condition to get around like I used to. So it is imperative for this blog to get one or two regular Two Centers contributing information and photos to share with friends, relatives and fellow dancers. Anything to do with dancing and even more.

"Happiness is not something you plan for the future,
it is something you design for the present."


Of course, the most valuable would be the volunteer to be a guest author and open their own blog within the blog. All they will need is the password from Blogger. Preferably a person that lives in the territory. I can coach them to the tricks of the trade over the internet. They can get in and out, post photos, write whenever and whatever they want. No registration fees, annual meetings or dues, and no monthly meetings either.


This section has always had the potential, they have over 5000 dancers living here. But now with the Rail Crisis, it is going to be shambles. They are all going to need some help. And we are here in the Public Relations department or is it phasing over into "Social Media?" We do not know what it is either but we can help.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Work In Process

The Moanaulu Corridor is in process of rebuilding the devastation that will be left by the Rail Disaster. So everyone must plan on at least four blocks away from the NOISE of steel on steel. Most people do not have an idea yet of that horrible sound. All the search engines on the Internet are geared for what is coming. Search for West Oahu Night Clubs and they have a hundred places to go to - In Waikiki. Got it?


"Sometimes we must close some doors, not because of pride, incapacity or ignorance but simply because they do not lead somewhere."

But people in this century want to live, work and play nearby. Too many of our legislators think only about the big bucks, the Rail Mess is not all Pork. It is going to cost big bucks for the taxpayers and the hell with the people. Fortunate we are getting more progressive thinking in this corridor and there will be a new dance club in the Salt Lake, Foster Village area.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

I heard about a new HBDA studio in Aiea, but nothing official from anyone yet. Unfortunately it will be too close to the Rail Catastrophe. At one time it was a beautiful location. Meanwhile, we await to print whatever news we can get for the dancers.

Pub's Side Note: Three of the most powerful tools for marketing a dance organization's services and products is through their Newsletters, Web and Blog sites. The benefits are many and it is the least expensive PR. They keep the organization's Name out in front of potential and current members, the media and Ballroom Dance Professionals.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Not Going Through The Roof.

The blogs are staying steady even with the big mess in Town Dancer. Russia has two Robot hitters and messing up the real hits. Must be patient, Blogger cannot do anything, perhaps another week. Connections with Facebook, Pinterest and Google Plus just working but I don't understand much of it.

That is what he said, "I can only please one person per day.
Today is not your day. Tomorrow doesn't look so hot either."

Twitter I am beginning to understand much better. I have reduced much of any outside of the Hawaiian Islands and I am getting plenty there even in following only those with less than 1000 total following and followers. But it does make it much more Social Media instead of some kind of huge conglomerate of information.

"Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'"
by the Crazy Elephant

In four Twitters I have almost one thousand that I am following and I am getting additional followers by a few everyday. I probably should begin to slow down when I get to 200 followers in each Twitter. Then I can tweak to keep those interested in dancing.

From the Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam about 1000 years ago.
“The moving finger writes, and having writ moves on. Nor all your piety or wit, shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all your tears wash out a word of it.”

Thursday, August 14, 2014

70th Anniversary

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

Seventy Years Ago, 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 0330, 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.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Reborn

Many of the people in the surrounding bedroom communities of Honolulu commute to work in Honolulu every day, and many like to live away from the center. At one time we did have Rapid Transit but it is not in the plans anymore. Makaha to Downtown will take twice as long and three times the humbug.

"We will not let anyone walk through our minds
with their muddy feet." 


And some find it more affordable to live within their own borders when they can work within their own borders. But the economic base of a typical bedroom community is housing sales and general retail sales, not industry or technology.

 "Keep the Country, Country" Not coined by country people.

Employment opportunities for younger residents of a commuter town or bedroom community may be limited to low-wage service or retail jobs. While most residents of the Oahu bedroom communities are gainfully employed in the larger city. Now with the Rail Fiasco coming in many are realizing their dreams are crashing to the ground. There will be more cars, no one wants the Rail Mess and the traffic will be a nightmare.


The Moanalua Corridor has been the second most populated section of Oahu next to Downtown. And it is in the process of devastation. Fortunately a few people are recognizing the necessity of an Industrial Park in the area. "And I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

There will be another Dance Club in the Salt Lake part of the Corridor too. Gotta be far away from the NOISE. And we are here to help in whatevah. What are the present clubs lacking that makes others get the idea? Anyone know? There is the old shopping center just waiting for a nice nightclub. No residences nearby. The Moanalua Corridor will rise again from the Rail Devastation.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Surprisingly Good

With only myself, the blogs are holding up pretty good with all the reorganization that I had to do. So I am beating the bushes in the Micros, four Twitters, Facebook, Pinterest and Google plus. But in the Micros, I had taken anyone just to have people in, plenty of nothings.

"Words may lie, but actions will always tell the truth."


The results were that everything was blurred and I had too many accounts that were really big stuff. When I dropped them, they never even knew about it, I was nothing to them. Of course, not having them was an advance for me too. I gradually got to eliminate those with over 2000 total following and followers. Then I brought it down to 1500 total following and followers. Now I am down to less than 1000 which makes it a little more social media and less big business.

"I Remember You" by Bruddah Iz

I finally got rid of everything out of the Hawaiian Islands. I am following over 1000 twitters in the four twitters alone. So that it may take a month or so for everyone to realize I am dealing "Mainly" with Hawaii. From there I must work to eliminate all those that are not interested in dancing and would rather avoid anything to do with dancing.


Another month and I may be getting some contributions of photos and text for the benefit of our many reader/dancers. The simplest is of course that precious photo containing four, five or six or your good dancing friends with Text. The location, occasion and the first names of the people in the photo would be a great introduction to our blogosphere. We have over a million people on these Islands.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

As they become satisfied Two Centers and see the valuable results of their contributions, then they can decide where and when they wish to be Guest Author. They can get in (password to Blogger) write, post photos, save, publish and get out all on their own. In effect they will have their own blog with the main blog and can write whenever and whatever they wish.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

New Territory.

Apparently the reorganization of the blogs has not done too much damage. They have been at the bottom all week but are gradually regaining the hits. The biggest improvement will be in the Platinum Horseshoe blog because of the famous Willy Dionisio. If he can give us info and photos, the hits will go through the ceiling. Why? Because regardless of club affiliation dancers are interested in dancing and many of these are our own friends and neighbors. Simple?

 "Hard work does not guarantee success, but it sure as hell improves your chances."


I have seen the list in HBDA and Kalihi Chapter has no Web site and is not very stable. I would certainly like to help them and show everyone what we are capable of doing. Our blog is not magic just very capable public relations. Just watch the hits on Platinum Horseshoe in the next few days and figure out who is getting the most benefit. No contracts are necessary and everyone does as they damn well please.


Our blogs have a lot of space that can be used for good public relations. There are many out there that realize the good that can be done. Text is good most of the time. Photos are good most of the time, but the proper combination of both, with recency and currency, is what makes Social Media. I never knew before, but I can see the results now.

It is slowly forming all by itself, a new dance force on Oahu, for Truth, Inclusion and Innovation and made "of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers." All the dancers? Of course not, they do not all wish to be involved and we must respect. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Dancing on Oahu

Male dancers have a reputation of being effeminate, why?

Simply put it’s because quite often we are. In  learning to dance you get less clumsy and move more with the rhythm. This does not mean we are gay though! Dance training, whether on the street or in the studio makes you very aware of your body, men stop slouching, they walk more gracefully and try not to walk like a horse stuck in a muddy swamp and they hold themselves up very nicely.

"Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here, Let's Dance."


They become elegant, less squat and clumsy. Let’s dispel a myth once and for all. Male dancers are not gay. There are some, of course it is the natural part of the order, but they want to dance. In a typical club there are typically 3 to 4 girls for every guy. Work it out, male dancers have great fun dancing!


In the Mainland there are special clubs with single gender dancing. Men with men and women with women. They seem to be gaining in popularity. That is their business and they should be allowed to do it if they are not harming anyone.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed.

With such female to male ratios on Oahu and the very social nature of dance clubs we have now on Oahu, many male dancers consider it one of dancing’s greatest benefits! Do we need more men? You'd bettah believe it! We should not have much trouble here.

Sorry folks but we are going to have to this blog on hold, there are now two Russian Robots in the hits and stopping all the rest that could be in there. At least a week.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Smoothing Out Very Nice

The entire blogosphere is adjusting very nicely. It may be going in the right direction. So what do I know? The two Billboard blogs on each end seem to be getting into it very easy. Dance Waianae and Dance Waiamanalo will each cover a little of the other blogs to help out in public relations wherever. Sort of Web site help, not much current changes.

"No star is lost once we can see, where we may be
 what we might have been."


Anyone that thinks they know what we are doing can make suggestions and I know that some must be taken seriously. And along with it comes the opportunity to send in the valuable photo of the dance gang. And it can differ every time. We have an awful lot of dancers out there and there are more coming in. Social Media is our game. Not sure what that is? Neither am I.

"This Is It" by Kenny Loggins

For now we seem to get the ordinary cultural dancer interested and you can tell the difference. The Rootzi Tootzis explain it this way: "It requires a number greater than one to perform a terpsichorean series of low dips and crouching step on the toes." The cultural dancer says it much simpler. "It takes two to tango."

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Da New, Moving Nicely.

There is a big change here too. Oahu West almost got down the Moanalua Corridor but hit a bump everywhere. This blog is adjusting into the old Moanalua Corridor. That is, starting from Moanalua Road at Pearl City and going down Moanalua to the end in Salt Lake. With the new clubs coming in we could help somebody.

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."

We just heard about an HBDA studio in Aiea and hopefully we can get more information. Though I keep hearing about clubs that will be disbanding, they may want to keep the whole thing a secret. We can let it linger there and see if it does any body any good or somebody can let us know something. We are willing to help.


Meanwhile, Platinum Horseshoe is showing some movement which is good news. The center will still be Kapolei, and they inherit the Dance Waianae territory all the way to Makaha, but they also inherit the territory going from Ewa Beach all the way to the North Shore. In fact we just made contact with Noelani Studios in Haleiwa.


It looks good all around, we just have to wait and see how the hits turn out. They hit bottom a couple days ago but now going steadily up. No great shakes but up, which is the good news. Looking good so far with two Billboard blogs. Dance Waianae and Dance Waimanalo. I do not have the experience and I certainly don't know any who does. All we can do is try.