Monday, December 28, 2020
Sunday, December 20, 2020
Monday, November 23, 2020
In the book, Animal Farm by George Orwell, after the pigs have taken over and run things their way for the good of everybody. it seem to be just like up to the time of Obama. Then something went wrong and Trump and friends took over. At the end of the story, it mentions a sign that had been put up at the beginning of the "revolution." It had said, "We are all equal." And someone (I think it was Barr) had written underneath, "But some of us are more equal than others." I hope we are now starting a new book, a much better one for the people.
“Social dancers know how fortunate we are who still
have hope that we shall dance again."
President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration events are likely to look different from past years in order to prevent the spread of the Trump Pandemic. The inauguration is scheduled to take place amid a surge of infections across the country. The change-up to the quadrennial tradition is an illustration of Biden’s dramatically different approach to containing the virus from that taken by Trump. It is likely to feature “scaled down versions of the existing traditions” and may borrow from the techniques that were used to put on the virtual Democratic National Convention over the summer.
"Take Me Home, Country Roads" by Bruddah Iz
Biden's approach to tackling the Trump Pandemic is that it is the most immediate and obvious challenge facing the country. He intends to provide free testing for all and hire 100,000 people to set up a national contact-tracing program. He says he wants to establish at least 10 testing centers in every state, call upon federal agencies to deploy resources and give firmer national guidance though federal experts. He says all governors should mandate wearing masks.Voters suspicious of federal authority will see this as overreach, but it lies very much in line with Mr Biden's and Democrats' general view on the role government should play. We shall overcome.
“I am, and always will be, the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes,
and the dreamer of improbable dreams.” ― Eleventh Doctor
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Most of my relatives are from California. My granddaughter lives in Whittier. Yes, that is my great grandson. Jacob. I will play the game and make more contacts. None of these are dancers
Thursday, November 5, 2020
"Social Dancers know that life is an extraordinary adventure and they fully understand that they can only do this - one time around."
Then we let the tourist in and opened the schools. As beleaguered parents braced for the second month of virtual classes, businesses continue to lay off employees and federal benefits dry up, the state is facing perhaps its biggest challenge yet: restarting tourism safely when just relaxing restrictions for residents was enough to send cases skyrocketing and force the state back into lockdown. We now have 236 deaths in Hawaii. We are in bad shape but we sort of have a another chance to get it right. Perhaps we can dance by the end of the year? Testing, masks and social distance. This is not a Trump Rally.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Lily Diamond in Facebook, Re: TOURISTS COMING TO HAWAII...LONG READ BUT TOTALLY RIGHT ON THE MONEY!
I think every Hawaii bound traveler should read it before stepping off the plane. “AN OPEN LETTER to malahini (visitors) arriving in Hawaiʻi in the wake, and midst, of the pandemic: A few requests as the state opens up today. Pass it on to a traveler near you. Aloha nā malahini (hello visitors),
I imagine you may read this as a gentle, humid breeze kisses your cheek, the scent of salt and plumeria mellowing the stale plane air you’ve been breathing for hours. I imagine you arriving with that open-hearted excitement born of travel, for even if you’ve been to these islands before, they’ve been closed to visitors for most of 2020.
"The Music Of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed
"May the life of the ʻāina (land) be perpetuated in righteousness." It is up to us, all of us, to ensure that this ʻāina—and its people, its kūpuna (ancestors), its kānaka maoli (native Hawaiians)—are protected, revered, and honored. And so, over the past six months, Hawaiʻi has wondered if there might be a new way forward, a way to reimagine an industry that has become fundamentally extractive and exploitative, an industry built on imperialism, essentialism, and appropriation, an industry that serves the consumer while desecrating the consumed. Yes, I’m talking about tourism. Hawaiʻi’s economy is severely dependent on tourism, which means our time in COVID lockdown left the state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. Many businesses shuttered. Families suffered. Homelessness skyrocketed. If we don’t return to tourism—one expression of the abusive relationship the state has been in with its colonizer for over two centuries—the economy as we know it is doomed.
A fellow malahini on our one earth”
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Regrettably, our politics is affecting our social life too. We have been polarized by the Trump Pandemic. Signified by testing, masks and social distance. The Trumpanzees do not believe in testing, masks or have any respect for social distance. They are more likely to be infected than our regular residents and there is the clash. We do not want them around us and we do not want to be around them. For us it is matter of life and death. They don't give a damn.
|New permission, Wuhan, China. Dancing in the Street.|
Sunday, September 27, 2020
We have come a long ways. From just jiggling to a beat. 8000 years ago, to the dancing we do today. Somewhere along the line all over the earth, these savages learn to accent one count and the other was less. The Two Count measure. Then some dummies went more and developed the three count, accenting the one. Some may have gone to six counts but that is hazy. And they could go forward, walking, or backward or sideways. They could even turn to the left or right. So when music began they could have a little more fun moving to the music in many ways.
"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz
Friday, September 25, 2020
Sunday, September 20, 2020
We are learning on Oahu to live with the Trump Pandemic. We are all aware that Trumpanzees do not believe in testing, wearing masks or respecting social distance. If they want to disrespect each other, they have "rights." The stats are there and they are more likely to be contaminated than ordinary humans. Don't argue with them, it is useless. Keep away from them. Ten feet, mo bettah. Don't allow any of them on your property.
An oldie but goodie: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
In dancing we are making some progress. We believe that two people that live together can sit together and dance together with safety. If they wear masks and respect social dance it is not so bad. They protect themselves and respect their fellow dancers. Temperature taking on entrance is accepted and hand sanitizer is furnished by the dance group. Now the problem of how many people can be permitted in a room? Recommended no less than thirty six square feet of room space per person. Bathrooms are still a problem.
"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho
Financially, the hardest hit are the Dance Studios and on Oahu we have been lucky that most of our studios have existed to help create good dancers and not just bleed you for whatever they can get. So all of us are willing to help. And some of the local dance clubs are making plans for next month. No hand shakes or fist touching necessary, Maybe a Halloween Dance?
"Some people may not go where the path may lead, - they go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Yesterday I completed my 95th trip around the sun on this Space Ship Earth. I have been very lucky. The Tragedy is for those have died so young and did not have the joy of a few more years of life. Then the loss to their loved one too. When we get to my age, we can understand that we have had our time in the sun and we do not have any complaints. Successful aging is to be useful, responsible and productive. Let's get on with the business at hand.
Death is a part of life for many of the older people who often say they are taking each day as it comes and not worrying too much about tomorrow. It is only day-from-day when you get into your nineties. Some older people are more desperate in their desire to reach the end. I signed the paper not to keep me alive if there is little hope. Let me go. In my life, I have fallen and I have risen and it happens to many, I have made mistakes but I live and learn. I've been hurt, but I'm alive, I'm human and I'm not perfect, but I'm thankful.
I want to thank everyone who wished me Happy Birthday on Twitter and Facebook.
Happy Dancing Everyone.
Saturday, September 12, 2020
There weren’t many tapes and CD’s and all that stuff. We didn’t even know what a disc jockey was. If we went to somebody’s house, there was someone playing a piano, or some kind of instrument for the rhythm for us to dance to. If we went to a ballroom… it was unheard of if they just had tapes. So it was always live music, a live band. And by us being able to dance to live music, to musicians, we were able to feed off the music that they gave out and they were able to feed off our energy. This may be a different century.
So it was an interchange between the dancers and the music and that’s the difference that we cannot see now. Most of the time today, it’s DJs. You can only identify with the music that’s coming over the loudspeaker. Back then we could listen to a record, and we could say, "Oh, that’s Harry James, that’s Gene Krupa, that’s Benny Goodman!" We knew who was playing what, because we listened to these guys impressions so much, we knew how they sounded; we knew what they did. Now you listen to music coming from the CDs and the tapes and somebody has to tell you who the person is that’s playing. We will adjust.
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
By Kay Gilley, Turtle Bay
A piece of music will occasionally come on and even the most experienced dancers look at each other and say, "What do we do to this.?" When that happens, one of my favorite partners and I look for each other because I know that he will be innovative interpreting the music. He knows that I am OK just following what he does. If the music is more flowing and romantic in nature, he may incorporate steps from bolero, waltz and nightclub two step ... and even make up a few. If it is faster and jazzy, we have done cha-cha-cha, hustle, East and West Coast swing and even merengue in a single dance, switching back and forth as he interprets the music.
I think it is a great sport, and it definitely invites me to use my best following skills. Yes, this is extremely difficult for the Rootzi-Tootzis to comprehend. It may even be considered blasphemy. We may eventually have separate dance floors. We have many variations of dance on our cultural dance floors. And fortunately all these people are coming forward with a little pride. They are dancing just for fun, and you can judge them if you will, but the judging doesn't count for much in this group. For they were good street dancers that have become good social dancers.
As a result of fewer Pandemic tests counted over the Labor Day holiday, the Hawaii Department of Health today reported double digits in new cases — the first time in more than a month after triple digit increases for most of August and early September. The state reported 45 cases on Aug. 2 and a record high of 355 cases on Aug. 13. Health officials today recorded two new coronavirus - related deaths and 66 new infections, bringing the statewide totals since the beginning of the pandemic to 88 fatalities and 10,025 cases. We may be coming out of again. The schools in question.
inspiration and motivation. And learning from successful
leaders and entrepreneurs is a fantastic way to grow."
Sunday, September 6, 2020
Looking over the dance Web sites on the Mainland and in Hawaii, I find them all at a stand still. Many have removed their counters simply because there is not much to count. I have all my five blogs plus two others with counters on my daily stats and it is very plain, "Feedback" to share with our readers equals hits. We are able to spread the available knowledge around. So there it is and when we get to do some dancing they will make all the difference. You got something share with our readers email it in and I will post it to the blog of your choice.
First most needed, Feedback, - info contributors and foto contributors. Your name or you may use a pen name if you wish - no anonymous. Anything pertaining to dance, of course..Anything to advise with the Pandemic, fine. And you can feel free to feedback anything else that may be of interest to the Social Dancers. At least two lines but a nice paragraph of five or six lines would be perfect. Photos, - 2 people is mo bettah than one. Three is mo bettah than two. But 19 is not mo bettah than 18. use your head red. Yes we are somewhat limited, with Facebook, you may be read in Pakistan. Our readers are mostly on this little island Oahu out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Latest on the Trump Pandemic: Lt. Gov. Josh Green believes a “stay-at-home” order for Oahu, which was originally set to be lifted Sept. 10, will likely be extended by two more weeks. “I can tell you that we have to get to a point where we have no more than 150 cases a day, That’s about the sustaining threshold where our hospitals don’t get overrun.” Perhaps we can breath easier by the end of September. Halloween Dance? Not likely?
Thursday, September 3, 2020
bravest thing we can do,is to hold on, have hope,
dance a little, even if just for another day.”
Line dancing can be very crucial in these times because it is relatively easy to social distance. You can relax and learn the timing and the rhythm of each type of dance with some freedom. Second, it is the easiest way to learn to move routinely to the music simply because you do not have a partner. Not the hardest, but the easiest, most relaxing way to move to music, which is the best way. And it is entirely up to you how much you exaggerate each move. You can really enjoy moving to the music by yourself.
And that movement to music is what the body seeks when it hears music, that is dancing! From there it may be easy all the way, but it can get quite complicated. You would naturally be ready to learn to lead and partner dance. If you don't get in a hurry and just enjoy each stage of the game, you will eventually be a very good dancer. There are Social Dancers that have been dancing for forty years without ever being in a competition or done an exhibition. They must have been having fun and that is the name of our game.
Sunday, August 30, 2020
“You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us.
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Nobody seems to know what real dancing is. And I suppose there are many different kinds of "real" dancing. Perhaps ten thousand different dances throughout the world. To find a real dance would be the easiest thing in the world or it would be quite impossible. Each person has to find their own and social dancers were the fastest growing group on Oahu when the Trump Pandemic hit. Meanwhile we have several dances at hand, in which you can look and feel like a dancer more to your liking for when the lights go on again.
lose that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all."
And the ladies can look feminine more to your liking. The American Style of dancing and specially the Latin dances are a very good beginning, Although some men have learned Salsa on the dance floors of night clubs on Oahu and have done very well, they have also found it necessary to take lessons with a variety of Salsa dance teachers. You must have a great passion for the dance to learn without lessons. Fortunately we, on Oahu, have some the best teachers of American style of dance in the Pacific.
They don't play much variety of Latin music in Hawaii Night Clubs so we have to take what we can get. The young are more into acrobatic bop, hip hop, do wop and disco type which is always non-stop. So this means that you can only find our kind of dance music in the various social dance clubs about town that have a little breather in between dances. The silence can be golden. Most are in public buildings such as School Cafeterias, District Parks and Community Centers and of course, the deluxe Golf Course Ballroom, Any man interested in dancing would find any of these places good to start to gather information for the learning process.
to give us what we expect.”
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
We simply need a blog site that communicates with our fellow dancers and we must be well aware of it. I must seek Information Contributors to any blog of their choosing. When we get three semi - permanent people in any blog, we can start the planning to make it independent. I can appoint all three as Administrators and I can resign as Administrator. They will run it as they wish and all I will do is blog what I can.now and then when needed. But it is on its own and it can get it's own information contributors. With one more after that they could tell me that "they accept my resignation."
I have got a lot of work ahead of me and I do not have enough time. You, young people might think about yesterday because hopefully you will have learned from your mistakes. Then it should also be pleasant to remember the good things. You must think about tomorrow, because you hope to do better than you did yesterday. But the important one is always today, make the most of it. It will never come again. We must cater to the wants of "our" reader/dancers, give them what they want and make it easier for them to make the right choices. This is different thinking? Definitely.