Thursday, January 14, 2021

Masks, a Revelation.

I had an appointment at the VA, the Handi Van came to pick me up and the driver had his mask on. Everything went nice until it came to light that I did not have my mask on. I quickly ran up back to my apartment to get mine. He picked another lady on the way and she had her mask on. We went through the gates of Tripler and everyone was wearing masks. And when we got to the VA, eveyone was wearing a mask. And a trio of nurses with masks were there as doorkeepers.

"Social dancers believe that in every dark night there has to be,
somewhere, a small light of hope burning that can never be quenched.”

ID, and time of of appointment, no one could get in less the 15 minutes before the appointment. You wait and keep 6 feet apart. Benches with signs, "only one person to a bench." When your time comes and you get inside, you note there are no crowds and no sitting rows of seats inside anymore. There are more questions and everyone is masked, even the police officers. I finally get into section on the second floor and I can hardly recognize anyone because everyone is wearing a mask. In spite of all this everyone seems to be doing their job. They certainly did good job for me. Nice.

"Hanalei Moon" by Loyal Garner 

I had to wait for the Handy Van to take me back and the driver was masked. He picked up a lady masked and dropped her off in Pearl City then left me off at Foodland, Millilani. Everyone was masked and seem to respect distance between customers. Getting in line to be checked out had to be six feet apart. The bus back had the Bus driver with a mask and all passengers must have a mask or you cannot get on. Got back home and it was a relief to take my mask off but I find it very understandable. And I am quite sure it may not be too much longer.

"Social dancers don’t let anyone ever dull their sparkle."

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Social Media Oahu

The new year is starting off pretty good as far as plans for the future. My social media is morphing very nicely in my old age. My key blogs are Town Dancer, Social Dance Oahu, Dancing Nights and The Bill Board. In addition I am in Facebook and in three Groups. Fam Mart, Oahu Dancers and HBDA group. I am also into Twitter, Tumblr and Word Press. Anyone that cares to join me is welcomed. And the blogs are all with few hits because we have no dancing. Stands to reason.

“Social dancers are optimists. They may be hopers of far-flung hopes,
and the dreamers of improbable dreams.”

Facebook has inherited the creative space allowed for Groups. The ordinary Time Line consists of over 500 friends and covers just about everything. But I have three Groups allied with Facebook - Fam Mart which is my personal group, mostly relatives. Oahu Dancers which has to do with social dancing, mainly on Oahu. Then I have been invited to an additional Group, HBDA, where dance begins and they are doing very well with 190 members. Frank Sierra contributes some beautiful dance videos of HBDA Exhibition dances all over this island.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Then I have the experiments, Word Press, Tumblr and Twitter. All three increasing very slowly. I do not have a counter but I will set one up on each when I can find out how to do it. Twitter is just fine for very short communications with the dancing public and you cannot edit very easily. But if you know your way around, if is very useful. Word Press and Tumblr work similarly and I usually copy the bigger data from Word Press to Tumblr and they are very likely to be with different readers.

"Social dancers don’t let anyone ever dull their sparkle."

Monday, December 28, 2020

The New 2021 Clubs?

It won't be too bad, and if we all accept, we will be safer and our fellow dancers will be safer too. And we will do it until we get the all clear, perhaps by year's end. Married couples, people living together or in a serious relationship accepted. Masks will be worn and temperatures of the staff and students will be taken as soon as they enter the building and before they start dancing. Every person must complete a questionnaire to ensure they’re safe to dance. We don't have lobbies so everyone waits outside. The staff and students will be required to wash their hands before and after each lesson.

“Social dancers never lose hope. They believe that storms
make people stronger and never last forever.”
Additional hand washing stations with touch-free faucets and soap dispensers may be set up. Posted informative signs throughout to remind the staff and students to follow the safety protocols. We will be observing social distancing by spreading out students and their teachers throughout to ensure everyone is at least 6 feet away (and in another room entirely when possible) from other dancers. We must minimize unnecessary touch and personal contact while teaching and dancing.

"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed

We will have a cleaning and disinfecting schedule. The hall will be thoroughly cleaned throughout the day and common touch points are cleaned at least every 45 minutes. We must eliminated hugs and handshake greetings. Just give a friendly wave hello and good-bye Whether you want to dance at home or in our sanitized dance rooms, we should be here to keep each other safe. We may avoid admitting Trumpanzees. Then too if you want to be safer yet, there will be Zoom.

"Social dancers believe that life can be better when you can dance."

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Blogging in Process

The set up on my Blogs is changing. I had reduced the blogs down to five at the beginning of this year. Then a couple weeks ago I deleted Oahu Dancers and opened it as a Group in my Facebook Time Line and it is not doing very well. No Dancing. Now for the coming year I have changed Dance and Live to a Poster blog, with an opening date of January 1st and renamed "The Bill Board." That leaves me with Town Dancer, Social Dance Oahu and Dancing Nights for blogging. And since my time is getting more limited I plan to get rid of my best one. Town Dancer blog.

“Social dancers know that life's trials will test us, and shape us,
but may even change us for the better.”

I have too many "Friends" in my Facebook Timeline, so the Oahu Dancers Group should be increasing very soon. It is much easier for outsiders to get in though I do not know how it is done. At any rate, we have space available for anyone to share their dance moments with our fellow dancers. Photos seem to get more interest than anything else. So I try to mix it up. We have so few that is is better to have two people instead of just one. Or three may be better than two. Anyway the photographer will decide.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

The Bill Boards on the Mainland seem to be doing good, but I don't really know. But I am willing to try it here in Hawaii, though I know it has never been done before. On the Mainland the people pay for the their posters. But, my plan is to help any dance organization on Oahu. No payment is necessary, Just certain requirements. Only two sizes permitted, and if you like I can make sample for free as a trial. You can change it anytime you wish. Take a look see and anyone can decide.

"Social dancers know that it is with their feet that they move to music,
but it with their heart that they dance."

Monday, November 23, 2020

Biden Is In

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

Slow Going

On Oahu we have accepted that our ability to dance together has disappeared overnight, This has been a stress for us social dancers not being able to socialize and that’s really hard. So should dancing with strangers come back? Hell, yes. As to when we will feel safe again, there’s a hopeful precedent in what happened a few years after the 1918 flu pandemic. We just have to be patient, for our social-dance scene to evolve, we can’t be first out of the gate. But it’s not "no dancing" — just "not yet" for social dancing.

“Most social dancers believe that if you lose hope, somehow
you lose the vitality that keeps you moving," 

Unfortunately, the Trumpanzees have been pretty hard in Hawaii and three months ago we were coming out of it. Then they opened too soon and too much. Hawaii is still in bad shape. They do not believe in masks or social distance. Trump Rallies have no recognition of masks or social distance at all. We don't know too much either. Six feet is fine but not engraved on stone. Ten feet is better than six feet, and 20 feet is better than 10. Most people can see the reason easily. Trumpanzees cannot.
"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Hi Grandpa, Attached are a few pics from my Mom's birthday dinner we took her out to... Thank you again. We had a nice celebration! Much love, Your Granddaughter, Tracey.

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
“Most social dancers know that we got more yesterday than anybody.
What we need now is some kind of tomorrow.”.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

The Pandemic in Hawaii

The Trump Pandemic has revealed deep cracks in Hawaii’s government and social system. Many of us are having a better understanding of how we came to be in the situation we’re in now, We must put Hawaii’s experience in perspective and provided some thoughts for the future. It’s been six months since Hawaii’s first stay-at-home order went into effect, barring residents from most public spaces and shuttering thousands of businesses in an attempt to stop the Trump Pandemic from spreading across the islands. Now the dance community on Oahu is waiting to emerge from a second stay-at-home order, with many wondering what there is to show for months of personal sacrifice.

"Social Dancers know that life is an extraordinary adventure and they fully understand that they can only do this - one time around."

Hawaii had major advantages aiding its pandemic response: An ocean to help seal its borders more tightly than any other state seeking to quarantine travelers. A population somewhat more likely to don masks than residents on the mainland unfamiliar with the custom or unwilling to give up personal comfort in the name of safety. The support of residents, a majority of whom said they were willing to bear extreme financial burdens in order to keep the state safe. And we had time: Washington state saw its first fatality from the Trump Pandemic on Feb. 29. Hawaii didn’t lose a resident to the disease until April 1. Still, six months into the pandemic, the fight against the virus has battered Hawaii’s economy and taken a serious toll on the mental health of residents.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

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.

"Social Dancers believe that the future belongs to those
who believe in the beauty of their dreams."