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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Going Slow, but going.

"Every person should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances. But on the first of January let every person gird themselves once more, with their faces to the front, and take little interest in the things that were and are past. The future belong to us."

 
Some of us will learn to give, not because we have much,
but because we know what it is like to have nothing.

Friday, December 28, 2012

The Agonizing Reappraisel

The preliminary plans for Nanakuli Ridge blog are taking shape. The beneficiaries do not seem to be with it just yet. We must be patient. So for the ones that have been on the list and appeared in the blogs, there will be no worry for a while.

"Don't lose your dignity and respect, - Don't cry over the past, it's gone,
Don't stress about the future, it hasn't arrived, - Live in the present
and make it a beautiful experience."

I should wait a few months and dedicate myself to expanding to the rest of Nanakuli south and up to Lualualei. Some will eventually be realizing what a blog can do for the community. Nanakuli Ridge coulda been a contendah. Anyway, you all know I tried. Perhaps later. The sign on the door I leave open will still say welcome.

No one has claimed the computer that is in our lottery. I made it only for Nanakuli Ridge people for the first two weeks. Then I included the Oahu - West blog readers the next two weeks. Now I will include the readers of Central Valley blog. Somebody is going to get a perfectly good Laptop Computer for free. It must be a reader of our blogs and I make the rules.

"Blues In The Night" by Dinah Shore

Meanwhile, I hear some good news at the Waianae District Park. I will have to visit. Then there is Recreation Center near here that I have to find out about that. I have work to do. The Catholic Church may kokua if I can talk to the right parties.

Some have said that "a mistake is the first step of success." - But the truth of the
matter is that "the correction of a mistake is the first step of success."

The year 2012 will mark the pinnacle of power of the unions on Oahu. The greed in their lying methods is gradually going through the Universities and in all political circles and even noted on the Mainland. They have asked for it, through John White and the PRP, so they can blame no one but themselves. The Rail is what did it and Caldwell cannot distance himself. The disaster caused to the citizens of this community will never be forgotten. And the cost will be an ongoing reminder to all. There are some that already have regrets. But it may be too late, you have been had, now you have to pay the piper, through the nose.


Pub's Side Note: Just got into Google + and made my first "circle," it is a little complicated but the simple stuff seems right up my social alley. You don't need an invite you can just ask to be let in. It seems to be better than Facebook or Twitter. I dropped those a year back. Guy Kawasaki has just written a terrific book "What the Plus!" Paperback on sale at Amazon for only $8.


Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays

We are getting there little by little. Got most of my small stuff done and went over to Kokua Mao. They were just closing up and will not open until Wednesday.

 
They were not very interested in photo taking so we can go on our merry way.

Then went to Ono Steak and got my gift box of food filled up . Then went over Nanakuli Super, and at first they seemed to want to kokua. So I told them I would be back.

John Mason Neale 1853 The extremely
popular Christmas carol ‘Good King Wenceslas’ had its lyrics written in 1853,
by the English hymn writer John Mason
Neale. Neale wrote the lyrics with
his music editor Thomas Helmore.

Went back home and checked my mail on the way up. Then I usually divide the lunch in half, but it was so good, I ended up eating the whole thing. Then I got on the computer and took my time and made some posters for Ono Steak and Shrimp, and went back to get the photo. This time Carla was there, just had to wait a little bit.

"Silent Night"

She was waiting on customers, so I went over to Nanakuli Super, nice people but they were not quite with it. No hu hu, they are not ready for a blog. Maybe next year. Then went back and got a photo of Jeffery and Carla right at the serving window. Nice.


A little rough in a darkened window, but I wanted to try it.
Not bad but it could have been better. (better photographer)
 
From Jeffery and Carla
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
And Jesus loves you.

Nice Christmas Eve excursion and I have work to do. Back home, I took a little nap, and got back on my game. The computer.

Pub's Side Note: Through these blogs read the most informed cultural dancers in the Pacific. What is a Cultural Dancer?

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Party

Friday, September 21st, a very nice party planned for Nanaikeola Senior Apartments by Annette and  Pat for the lucky tenants.  And I got there about six and the place was already jumping. A nice and happy crowd. Some guys outside talking story.

"If you think positively, Sound becomes music.
Movement becomes dance and Smile becomes laughter.
Mind becomes meditation and Life becomes a celebration."

Testing my new camera and took a few shots right from the beginning. Sat down and enjoyed the happenings. The City of Joy people were there with their much appreciated donation of time to entertain our fellow friends, neighbors and residents of this community. We are continually in process of knowing each other better.

 
Made my first mistake. Had it on "Movie" but I was able to Print Screen, though tricky.

Was able to communicate to some of the picture takers of perhaps contributing a few of their favorites for publication in the Nanakuli Ridge blog. This has been very hard to do, some simply do not wish to share. But perhaps a few will be leading the way to make everyone connected with the blog happier.

Edmund Sears. 1849, "It came upon a Midnight Clear" is a favorite during the
holiday season just because of the reason for the song. Everyone wants peace on
earth and good will towards men during Christmas. The song addresses all of
that and has a nice, soothing melody to accompany it.
 
 

I got a few presents from the City of Joy and from the Party and took them up to my place. Then came back downstairs and got a nice plate of the leftovers. Simply delicious. I will go the Church next door and make connection (one of the ladies promised a short write up) on Sunday and for sure there will be another blog. Nanakuli Ridge is rolling.

Pub's Side Note: Just got into Google + and it is a little complicated (too much available for me) but the simple stuff seems right up my social alley. It has just about everything as social media to supplement our blogs. Guy Kawasaki has just written a terrific book "What the Plus!" Paperback on sale at Amazon for only $8.

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Bus and the Rail

It is looking worse for the users of public transportation on the Waianae Coast. The "C" bus will be eliminated forcing people to take the rail, OR ELSE! The parking lot fees at the Rail station will be reduced to less the $100 per month as in cities that have dropping rail users. The fees on buses and the rail will be the same as promised, but the fees will go up to $5. We are talking big bucks in profits for a lot of people.

"Laughter is to life what shock absorbers are to the automobiles. It won't take the
potholes out of the road, but it sure makes the ride smoother." 

We are already paying for it on the Waianae Coast. Remember 8 oz coffee at $3.99 at the beginning of the year. Now, at $4.99 and in January no less than $6 and some at $7. Gotta pay for the rail. Eggs going to $5, milk to $6 and gas of course going to $6. And plenty more. You didn't think the rich were going to pay for this fiasco, did you? And we haven't mention property taxes! Ha!

 
Can you imagine the "C" bus and #40 bus with these and plenty of them. People would
ride them "comfortable" instead of bucking the traffic to town. "And I could get it
right around the corner where I always got  it."

The entire island voted for this disaster and they will also have to pay the piper. They don't need it but they were sure conned by somebody and with dirty stinking lies too. The most honest politician we have had in the last 30 years, SMEARED! They changed the rules of the game and we are now going to play by their rules. We have start to zero in on the top instigators.


All over the world like a wave, rail is out, shortie buses are out. The Articulated
and the Bi-Articulated bus are definitely in. They have proven effective in South
America first, then China has done extensive studies and now moving into Europe.

Example: I make errands in town and get to Alapai Transit Center by 3:00 pm. for the #93 "shortie" bus. Half full but by the time it gets on the freeway it is almost full. Maybe forty cars missing from right in front of the bus because the drivers are "sitting" in the bus "comfortable." I am home in Nanakuli by 4;00 pm. The rail ain't gonna beat that in a million years even if it costs 20 billion. The danger is when the rail people become aware, they will put a stop to that nonsense.


The Bi-Articulated bus (two tandems) proven five times more effective that rail by the Chinese at one tenth the cost. Could be needed maybe ten years down the road.

And of course, Linda Lingle said it might bankrupt the state and I believe she knows her business. But I know and the residents of the neighbor islands are beginning to be aware. They will  have to pay for the billions and billions of dollars in profits from the rail. They will be stuck for it too. The Unions will make billions led by Caldwell. So it is Hanneman, Caldwell, and the PRP. Birds of a feather.

Pub's Side Note: From the Caldwell book "He who has the gold, makes the rules."

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Update

All of our blogs are moving slowly. It seems that way every Christmas, apparently everyone is busy with other things such as friends and relatives which are in fact very important.
 
"A place does not make a community... people do."
 
Nanakuli seem to be bustling around very nicely and I can see Christmas cards in the making and the receiving. I wasn't sure but with the bus situation even worse, I will not be able go to the various invitations in town. In some I would have to take the bike and coming back can be rough. You wait until 11 pm for the bus and then it has two bikes on a two bike rack. Auwe, now gotta wait another hour for the next one. Can you remember when Honolulu was known as one of the best? Those days of "DA BUS" are gone forever.


Oahu - West, Central Valley and Dancing in the Dark still struggling to get into the 34 average hits per day. (1000 per month.) In January, one of them will emerge to challenge Oahu And Beyond which is in 3rd place. It will depend very much on which one gets the Guest Author. The reader/dancers are there and just waiting.


The top two, Town Dancer and Honolulu Dance Guide do not have much to worry about. They are pretty consistent and will just naturally increase in readership. One Guest Author in Town Dancer (an American Style amateur dance teacher,) and it will hit 300 average hits per day, guaranteed. With a good ten years or more in their backgrounds, they would have plenty to say, (a teaspoonful at a time) to all of our reader/dancers.


Besides dancing at the Waianae District Park, we could take in as many residents and their pet subjects as they wish and build the blog up into the numbah one on this Island. Gradually take in Makaha and the Resort and something will develop there. We are not too bad and we could show the Nanakuli people what could be done to make this Social Media.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho
 
Pub's Side Note: About John White, PRP and Caldwell? "However they may now and then
answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent
engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert
the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying
afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion."
~ George Washington

Monday, December 17, 2012

Town Dancer Blog

The Numbah One dance blog on these Islands is the Town Dancer Blog. Since I cannot carry a blog by myself, Town Dancer is lucky that they have Calvin Ota, (Mr. Blogger) as Administrator and Guest Author. Fortunate also to have Richard Sun as Guest Author who enjoys covering live music on this island.

"You are the books your read - the films you watch, the music you listen to -
the people you meet - the dreams you have - the conversations you engage in.
 You are what you take from these."
 
Town Dancer is now at over 200 average hits per day. That is the equivalent of 6000 hits per month. That is not bad at all for being out here in the middle of the Pacific. TD blog seems to cover the entire island of Oahu and at times reports on off island dancing such as the Blackpool Dance Festival in England. What would happen if we just got one more guest author, Wow!
 
"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Nothing on the neighbor islands yet, though Oahu And Beyond Blog has been trying without success. They don't seem to be willing to share. The big experiment is yet to come when we get Town Dancer ready for independence. Completely on its own and with their own administrators and guest authors and beholden to no one, they could conceivably run up the hits to 500 per day. Meanwhile, you can take a look, just click the name of any blog in the side bar and it will appear like magic on your screen.

 
The "C" and the #40 with Articulated buses (one tandem) and the entire Waianae Coast
does not need the rail. Who needs it? The crooks that are gonna make billions and
billions of dollars on it, that's who. How many voters got suckered in on dis deal?

The Waianae Coast is still sputtering for us. Nuttin' li' dis evah happened before. For any of our local friends wanting to get in this blog, we are extending South to all of Nanakuli and North to include Laulualei. Anybody in there would like to be included, Welcome. Information and photos that you are willing to share with your neighbors. We are gonna get there.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

At any rate it is all there about to take place next year some time. I have no idea who is going to do it but I hope they find out that I am willing to help. That what social media and blogging is all about.

Pub's Side Note: Ordinary Communication Media - To whom it may concern - one way, newsletters, email flyers, web sites, advertising. They do their jobs.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Waianae Coast

No dancing allowed on the Waianae Coast. Actually I don't know. There seems to be small bits of dancing the old ballroom kind, but it has only been for a few times and not enough people interested so there it is. The military have always had some but it also has been sporatic.

"We, on the Waianae Coast are going to succeed,
simply because we are crazy enough to think we can."

At the Makaha Resort, it also has been sporatic but they even have had Salsa, Merengue and all that at different times. And I came all the way from Honolulu for a Puerto Rican party and dance in Waianae, 20 years ago. I have met people from Barber's Point, and Kapolei that go to town to Salsa at least a couple times a month.


So the best thing we have going thus far is the Kapolei Chapter HBDA at Kapolei Elementary school for classes and a quarterly social which is attended from people all the way to Honolulu. Then we are fortunate to have the best dance floor in West Oahu at the Waianae District Park. I don't know if it has ever been used to dance on.

"White Christmas" by Bing Crosby 

At any rate it is all there about to take place next year some time. I have no idea who is going to do it but I hope they find out that I am willing to help.

Meanwhile, we can all look into the Industrial Park that was voted down by the Rail People and you know why.


Way back in anyone of several valleys. Over 1000 employees. That means 1000 less cars
going down Farrington to the freeway,  1000 less cars in downtown traffic and 1000 less
cars coming back. You need the rail? What fo? And I coulda been home in 20 minutes. 
 
There are billions and billions of dollars in profits in the Rail. That is why we are importing so many mainlanders. They know about these Pacific Island yokels. Easy Money.
 
 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Amazing "C" Bus

Monday night I went to the Kapolei Chapter Social Dance in Kapolei and I was amazed, the bus had seating room. If they have changed something, perhaps they are learning. The way to get people off their cars and ride the bus to town is to make them "comfortable" on the bus. An unknown term in the city of Honolulu. The "cattle cars" are not it.

"A good apology has three parts, 1, I'm sorry. 2. It's my fault.
3. What can I do to make it right? - - Most people forget the third part."

All over the world they have come to the conclusion that rail is a waste of money. In San Francisco they tore it back down. The new articulated buses seem to be the answer to everyone's problems. It started in South America and picked up nicely by the Chinese, along with the "Industrial Park." Traffic has become very reasonable.


In many parts of the world they are discovering that if you make the bus riding "comfortable" people will ride it from their bedroom communities to town. They further realize that there may be "50 cars missing," right in front of the bus. The drivers are sitting in the bus. Not only that but they get the bus right around the corner where they always got it. How about the worst "cattle car" of all, the #40 bus replaced with Articulated buses. Wow, talk about doing for our fellow citizens! They deserve better riding conditions.

There may be need for more and it is there for the taking. Already proven in China, five times more effective than rail and at one tenth the cost. The Bi-Articulated bus (two tandems.)


Now with the Bi-Articulated buses the Chinese have discovered there may be "80 to 90 cars missing" right in front of the bus. The drivers are "sitting" in the bus. 80 to 90 cars not screwing up the traffic in town. Same as with the others, no special station, you get the bus right around the corner where you always got it.

"Come All Ye Faithful"

I got the "C" bus back home and had adequate "seating." Amazing. You may be able to take the bus again and leave the driving to the best bus drivers in the world. The only thing is those robber barons would not make is that easy money. In Rail, there are Billions and Billions of dollars in pure profits. And with Caldwell in their pocket, doubly easy. You voted now you gotta pay the piper, through the nose.

Pub's Side Note: Blogs are more personal, direct and more current communication, They leave an opening for comments in each blog and they are receptive to more formal answers and opinions in the blog itself. The hits go through the ceiling. Real Social Media is much different than anything we have come across before.




Sunday, December 9, 2012

There are changes in the making.

Nanakulu Ridge is now covering from Makaha to Barber's Point and will remain my own personal blog. I will just have more ground to cover so that I can include more people that may be interested. I tried Nanakuli but they are not aware of what a blog is. Many think I am running a business, so we must be patient, it will take time. The immediate extension is to Lualualei. This blog will remain stagnant with less than 15 average hits per day until I figure what to do.

"People were created to be loved. - Things were created to be used.
The reason the world is in chaos is that things are being loved,
and people are being used."

Oahu - West blog will take a new name for the URL address. just to get Nanakuli out of there.
The dance area will be definitely from Makaha to the Stadium. That's a lot of ground to cover but not much dancing. The hits are too low on all four blogs. The main anchor remains Kapolei Chapter HBDA. They are the example of what a fine dance club could be. With their kokua the hits can still go through the roof.


And we look forward to whatever we can in Ewa Beach and Ewa. Waipahu seems to be a more private club sector so we must respect their wishes. Pearl City to the Stadium is sure to have something going. We may interest Pearlridge Chapter HBDA, they may realize the value blog publicity, this year will show us a lot.


Central Valley is holding up quite nicely and frankly I thought to get rid of it less than a year ago. It will keep going, and I will make efforts to make contacts with anyone that has something to do with dancing and is willing to share with their fellow reader/dancers. Yes, I know, the private club syndrome, those we must respect, in Spanish it is, "Mas Tarde." (Later.) I usually say "Mucho Mas Tarde."

"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"

Meanwhile, Dancing in the Dark will expand simply with Aliamanu as the anchor of dancing in the area (for now) and the addition of Kalihi as part of the West. They should be moving up shortly in hits as soon as we can get some photos and write up some of the action.

Perhaps we can get some Kokua from Aliamanu Chapter and Kalihi Chapters HBDA. They may not know the full value of blog publicity yet, but eventually they will make the ultimate decisions, not me.

The two in town, Town Dancer and Oahu And Beyond have together over 300 average hits per day, so there is not much to worry about there, except to work on getting them independent.

"The Twelve Days Of Christmas"

Pub's Side Note: If we can get some resemblance of bus transportation from Waianae, I may be able to get to town more often. But we all understand the big bucks involved in the rail. They stand to make billions and billions of dollars in profits. Much of it will be going to the mainland and we will never see it again. Tourists? They have already been warned. The prices on everything in Hawaii are going to go sky high. Gotta pay for da rail.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Blogs for Waianae

Blogs appear on the news pretty often these days. A reporter may be tipped off to a story by a blog, or a blog reports a different angle on a story. Blogs show up in magazines a lot, too.

"Life's challenges are not suppose to paralyze you.
They are supposed to help you discover who you are."

But there is a good chance that most of our fellow residents in Nanakuli Ridge area are not likely to be familiar with a blog (also known as a weblog) or experienced the blogosphere. What are blogs? This is a blog. There are now millions of them -- where did they all come from?

"It Came Upon The Midnight Clear"

One of the things that is so amazing about blogs is their simplicity. Think about a "normal Web site." It usually has a home page, with links to lots of sub-pages that have more detail. In Hawaii many have dozens of information pages all organized under a home page. The complexity is good but most do not have enough readers so they omit the counters that would enable them to find out what hits and what doesn't hit.

­
Our blog site is much simpler:
We normally have single page entries. There may be archives of older entries, but the "main page" of a blog is all anyone really cares about. Our blog is organized in reverse-chronological order, from most recent entry to least recent. So the first one is the most recent. If you wish to see older news, just keep on scrolling.

"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"

Our blog is for the whole world to see, although hits in this blog from the Philippines do not compute for me. The hits are important but one person can only go so far, unless they are very famous. So entries in a blog from other authors can significantly increase the readership.


Most entries in a blog are usually stream-of-consciousness. There is no particular order to them. For example, if I see a good link, I can throw it in my blog. The tools that most bloggers use make it incredibly easy to add entries to a blog any time they feel like it. Same with photos. Got one? Email it in and I'll post it.

"It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year"

At the moment most of our blogs in the West are trying to get above 34 average hits per day which is equal to 1000 hits per month. Our main blog, Town Dancer (in town) gets over 200 average hits per day. Now that is blogging. I just have to go all out to get two more guest authors for it. Then I can make my plans for phasing myself out and leave it to them. They will run the hits up to 500 hits per day by themselves. I guarantee it.

Pub's Side Note: "Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm ... As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others."


Monday, December 3, 2012

In Search of Definition

This blog is going into the new year with a much different viewpoint than before. Most of the people I came in contact with are not very aware of the potential in a blog. So I will do it more as my own personal blog and let it evolve from there.

"On this Waianae Coast, we shall worship at the altar of openess and truth
and let the tropical flowers of opinion bloom."

Nanakuli Community Center overlooking the ocean.
Since social dancing is one of my hobbies, it will have a prominent place in this blog. The hotels in the vicinity are much too expensive for the locals, so we mustn't bother them. Dancing on the Coast is limited to the Military, which is, from the last Century. Inouye understands that very well. We may eventually move them out somewhere else, probably the big Island. That is big enough. Oahu is now an urban island and about to be destroyed by a Rail.

For now the beacon on West Oahu is Kapolei Chapter, HBDA, teaching the American style of dance for anyone in the vicinity. As of now, they could be the largest Chapter in HBDA and deservedly so, they work at it. The best influence on dancing in this entire section.

"Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"   ...   Vaughn Monroe

Then just up the Waianae Coast is the Pililau'au Community Center that has Line Dancing now and then and could start up "Ballroom" dance lessons in the future. Then up the Coast more we have the best dance floor West of the Pecos River, bar none. This is at the Waianae District Park, probably close to 900 square feet of dancing room. Of course, like many "dance" floors on Oahu, there is no record of anyone ever dancing on it.


Good news for the Rail people, the automobile sellers and the gas companies, they are going remove all the seats from the buses and it is going to be standing room only. Gotta cut the costs down more to pay for the advertising for the Rail. That is backward from what the entire world is doing. The rest of the world is trying to make every effort to get people off their cars and use public transportation. Unfortunately this is an unknown in Honolulu. Making the user of Public Transportation comfortable does not compute. Maybe the entire world doesn't know the truth, and Honolulu does?

Pub's Side Note: The door I leave open for my fellow Nanakuli Ridge residents will remain open and it will still say "Welcome."