Sunday, April 11, 2021

Night Clubs

Well we are finding out on Oahu, that again, we opened up too soon and too much. The cases are going up. But Trumpanzees have much influence and their solution is in the MONEY, MONEY, MONEY. We have slowly established  "clusters" and Night Clubs are clusters.. Masks and social distance have been pretty well proven World Wide. New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan are all clear now. But they were strict. 

“Social dancers know that if you hit a wall, you climb over it, crawl under it,

or dance on top of it.”

On Oahu, the virus has shown itself to be persistent. It is airborne and it has a higher likelihood of transmission indoors and less likelihood with distancing — none of which bodes very well for nightclubs and music clubs, whose very business model depends on squeezing as many bodies as possible into a room. The most precious advice now is to keep away from Trumpanzeees. They are more likely to go to places that does not require masks or social distance.

"Why do our male dancers not like tight pants? No ballroom." 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

We can dance, But?

Careful, careful, the cases are going up again in Hawaii. QAnon has got into the controllers. Big Crowds in Waianae and Kapolei. No masks, no respect for social distance, the whole smash. Cases are going to go up. In spite of vaccines and precautions. New strains are coming with the tourists. Yogi Berra said it, "It ain't over 'til it's over." Vaccines are only 90% good. So you can figure that out of every hundred vaccinated, there are ten that ? heh heh. smartie.

"Social dancers are not the same as groups that specialize in one dance.
For social dancers, when the music changes, so must the dance
and the enjoyment that goes with it.."
 

Social dancers know they can dance now, but we must follow the recommendations to stay safe. First keep away from Trumpanzees. They are more likely to be contaminated and we all understand why. The groups will invite the right people. Next, testing, wear masks, respect social distance and wash your hands, (sanitizers) when you think you should. And if you dance outdoors, it is much safer than indoors. And changing partners is not recommended. Sitting couples should be at least seven feet apart. If we know it wont rain, we can plan an Easter Dance, outside, for just a few carefully picked couples.

"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective,
and may not be the truth."
 

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Makaha to Honolulu


 
Now that they are bringing up the Rail Disaster for the masses, we can get in it again and I just read something on it. Some plans include Taxi Drivers that live in Makaha than can buy a 12 passenger van. and don't worry about the round trip to Downtown Honolulu. With a full load, you can cover the income and expense very nicely and they have the rest of the day to pick up on the real cash. With the new electrics coming out this year you wont have to worry about gas. And you have a five day week built in.

"Social dancers may feel that the essence of dance is the expression of people.
The landscape of their souls. We can hope that every dance we do
reveals something of ourselves as a human being.”


The Bus/Rail charge of five dollars will go up to at least six dollars, the proposed $400 monthly parking permit in the rail stations will go up to $500. The users will be more than willing to pay (maybe $25 round trip) to ride in comfort to their places in Downtown Honolulu without the Bus and Rail Rigamarole Catastrophe. And everyone of these vans will have many cars missing right in front of them. The drivers are sitting in the vans very comfortably. Da way ta go, Moe!
 
"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz 
 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Night Clubbing 2021

COVID Nightlife on Oahu is beginning to take shape. Attending nightlife and daylife venues during the pandemic has been an uncertain and even daunting task, especially if you don't know the rules ahead of time. No one likes a bad surprise when entering a club, so you ask around to make sure you can navigate the nightlife scene during the pandemic. After a few trips to a few places, you should have a good grasp on the current nightlife landscape and what you should expect when night clubbing for the rest of the year.

"Social dancers know that no matter how much evil we see,
we understand that there is much more light than darkness.”

First, almost all nightlife venues are allowed to remain open during the pandemic only because they serve food and have an outdoor area of some sort. You can find lists of all venues on Oahu that are either Open, Opening Soon, or Closed due to COVID. Second, almost all venues are bottle service only and have a F&B (Food & Beverage) minimum spend required to attend. This means no general admission (GA), guest list, or ticket entry. Just keep a good distance from people that do not seem to respect the rules.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Lastly, you should be prepared to abide by all COVID guidelines set by the venue, including social distancing, mask enforcement, and capacity restrictions, among others. Threats and restrictions aren’t putting a damper on some of the Mainland's Nite Clubs. There some Rule-Flouting underground party scenes  San Francisco Police disclosed that they have shut down an illegal underground nightclub operating in the city’s Southern District. Multiple agencies are working on the case. On Oahu most are staying well within the law.

“Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.” – Kurt Vonnegut








Saturday, February 6, 2021

The Internet

The Micro Blogs seem to be the maximum communication between Social Dancers on Oahu since dancing came to a screeching halt some time ago. The shortest ones like Twitter have a limit of 280 characters and a graphic which really not too bad considering that we don't have much dancing to talk about. You can safely go to 500 characters in Facebook but more is not recommended because most readers interest drop drastically at that place. Then it is easy to just add another post if you wish to add more information.

“Social dancers are not a bad people, we are just a little bit different

in moving to music and we are all suckers for that.”

Then we have the Standard Blog Sites such as Word Press and Blogger which are available in a free version simple enough to use for most people. They are usually pretty current, some as often as daily. They usually have two or three paragraphs and two or three Graphics. Anyone can see that they require much more time set up and publish. Then the blogs can be sectioned into columns. You can set up your main information column in the middle like  us. Then you have a choice of a column on the right or left or both. As offshoots of regular Website, they have surpassed the Websites in popularity simply because they are easier to handle.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Then we have the Websites at one time very popular and it took a little more computer knowledge than the average good computer user. And there are many beautiful Websites in existence today that are designed to be less current than blogging A website is a collection of publicly accessible Web pages that share a single domain name. Websites can be created and maintained by an individual, group, business or organization to serve a variety of purposes. Although it is sometimes called “web page,” this definition is wrong, since a website may consist of several webpages. A website is also known as a “web presence” or simply “the site”.

Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt.

Dance like nobody's watching.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Oahu Nightclubbing, 2021.

The night club scene is beginning to open up. They must try to make money but they also like to see happy customers. Is it safe to go to these Oahu venues? Are there any other safety measures taken by venue? There has been a little trouble with Trumpanxzees, they want "their" freedom. Venues that are opened right now have implemented very strict and comprehensive COVID-19 protocols to ensure safety and well-being of their patrons. While it varies per venue, most places have temperature checks at the door, and some even have quick COVID test kits available prior to entry.

“Social dancers know that we cannot erase the past. We cannot even change it.
But sometimes life offers us the opportunity to put it right.”
 

Do you need to wear a mask? Masks are mandatory upon arrival - if you don't have one, the venue staff may provide you with one before you are allowed to enter. Once inside the venue, hand sanitizers are available and masks are not required at your table or when entering the general area. However, they are still highly encouraged when you leave your table area to use the bathroom. Play it safe, for you and your fellow dancers. Wear them and just remove when taking a drink.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges 

When attending nightlife venues during the pandemic, you should expect some level of capacity restrictions. It varies by venue, but most places are not allowing general admission and have reduced their capacity to anywhere between 25-75%. Tables are spaced out to maintain social distancing guidelines. Bottle service groups are expected to stay at their table only. Mingling with other groups is frowned upon, and often closely monitored. With the current state of affairs, most venues do not have a live DJ. Pre-recorded DJ sets are common, Patience, we may be out of it by year's end.

"Life is like dancing – it’s not about getting from one place to another.
It’s about enjoying each step along the way."
 

Monday, January 11, 2021

Social dancing

What Is Social Dance? We still don't know but this year we are going to get much closer to a definition. Social dance forms on Oahu weren't made for exhibition, but were instead created in streets and social dance clubs. Many of the ethnic groups used it aas a means of expression and communication from their own viewpoints. Minor perhaps but from many different groups the total has made for a very nice enjoyable social dance. Examples include most of the syllabi of the American Dance Style plus the fad dances, salsa, bachata, hustle, and night club two step.

"Hope is such a beautiful word, but it often seems very fragile.
Life is still being needlessly hurt and destroyed.”
 

Social dances tell a story about history and ethnic cultures, These dances are a voice of the people and there is some give and take with the neighbor islands. Finding comfort in your identity of social dance style tends to emphasize community building over conformity in the pursuit of different aesthetics. That kind of learning environment can help social dancers gain a greater self-appreciation. When dancers feel comfortable being their fullest selves, they might also discover more space to challenge other societal norms.

"My Molokai Woman" by Willie K

Many have danced in modern dance, street dance and even International style of dance worlds and often faced microaggressions in those environments. But they have found acceptance in social dance as the easiest. Some favorite dances in the social partner-dance community have been where no one had any qualms about race, sexuality, or clumsiness. Buoyed by that support, they become interested in so many other social aspects of the social dance scene. 

"Social dancers believe, they can - and they are halfway there."