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Friday, October 28, 2016

The Rail Disaster

Excerpted from David Shapiro columns. You can reach David Shapiro
at volcanicash@gmail.com - Getting rail to Middle Street
would be best use of funds. May 22, 2016

The debate over whether to complete Oahu rail to Ala Moana Center or stop at Middle Street needn’t be either/or. The most rational course is to devote all existing funds to getting the train to Middle Street as soon as possible, using express buses to carry commuters to their final destinations. Then, if public support and more funding materialize, a second phase of eastward construction can begin.

The reality is the city doesn’t have enough money to complete the full line; the half-percent rail excise tax and $1.5 billion federal share will raise $6.8 billion at most, while the Federal Transit Administration now projects it’ll cost up to $8.1billion to reach Ala Moana.


 We coulda got 1000 of these babies for less than one billion dollars.
The Rail Catastrophe may go to ten billion dollars. The profits
are in the millions and millions of dollars.

The FTA also projects it’ll take two years longer than the city estimates, until 2024, to begin service to Ala Moana and says it’ll be flexible if the city changes course. What better way for the city to regain trust than show it can competently build and operate a useful segment to Middle Street? Holding out for Ala Moana or bust means another year or more of floundering while waiting to see if the extremely reluctant Legislature and City Council provide more funding.

 Beautiful Business Park in Kapolei, voted down by the Present Rail Party.
And "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

Better to focus existing funds on getting to Middle Street and treat additional funding for building further as a separate issue that doesn’t distract from starting service to Middle Street in this decade. This means committing no further rail funds beyond Middle Street until uncertainties are sorted out. If existing money is spread out to include city center construction and new funding fails, we likely won’t even finish to Middle Street and will have nothing to show for nearly $7 billion spent.

The public is weary of such drama as rail costs have grown in a little over a year from $5.2 billion and promises of “on time and on budget” to nearly $3 billion over budget and five years behind the original schedule. Facing reality and focusing on Middle Street for now would allow the city to map rail’s future without the pressure of immediately dealing with major utility relocations, business disruptions and other thorny challenges of building in the city center.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Brudah Iz 

Pub's Note: What about Caldwell's plan to divert funds from The Bus and from the Handi Vans to the Rail Disaster. MIllions and millions of dollars in profits.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Weekly2 - (Weakly?)

Last week we only heard the Rumors. Dot's in Wahiawa with a live band, Just Tacos in Mililani with a live band and Cholo's on the North Shore with a live band. I wish we could tell you more but the news has not been forthcoming. It goes to other venues but it will get better as we go along. Patience.

“Dancers can mull over the implications of gossip and decide not to waste
their time worrying about what everyone else thought, or to bother
attempting to change their perceptions."


Before the rise of the small night clubs and DJ-based dancefloors with recorded music, live bands were the only means of serving the dance floors on Oahu. Along with that, slow-dancing was the primary method of dancing at the time, Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba although some swing was being played and danced. Actually no space constraints for the band's instruments.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Live bands have quickly been displaced by DJ-based dance floors as the DJ stands took up less space than bandstands and they played recorded and more up to date music. Live band dances were and are still used on occasion at ballrooms. Along with that, many small spots have live punk rock bands, so the young people are able to hear the hardcore sound associated with their kind of music.

"Livin Without You" by Nohelani Cypriano


Some formal dances such as proms use live bands as a means of serving class to the dance floor. Also, some people choose live bands because they believe there are virtually no space constraints for the band's instruments. Dance parties with high-end formality have also preferred live bands also as a means of serving a different class (the oldies but goodies) to the dance floor. Any way in this century we can consider live music as here to stay.

We don't have any news about the coming week end, except for Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, Halloween Dance on Saturday. Perhaps someone will send something in - Two Centers, where are you?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Evolving

This last week was pretty slow as far as acquiring enough dance information to make a good blog. Now that I am getting out more I may get more information to share with our reader/dancers. We did received some news that things were jumping at Dot's in Wahiawa and at Just Tacos in Miliani. Email us the information (and photos?) and we may be able to make a nice blog out of it.

"Dancers are finding that there is less in West Oahu of the joy-stealers - gossip, criticism, complaining, faultfinding, and a negative, judgmental attitude."


In the Central Valley we have some good street dances and folk dances that have been developing for decades. These are distinguished by when the terms were introduced for,"'street dance" as a compound noun, and has been believed to have existed since beginning of the early 20th century. Where as vernacular dance was becoming popular in the western world, it has never been taken seriously into consideration on Oahu.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho


We have been developing social dancing that has evolved from dancing to live music. In the course of music and dance we have developed two different fans of live music, listeners and the dancers. Many are interchangeable. We have to include both categories in this blog. So if you are just interested in listening to one of your favorites it is quite alright.

"Social dancers do not try to be better than anyone else,
they only try to be better than themselves."

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

First Weekly

This blog is not considered terminally ill. But going on a weekly basis, it will be on the back burner for a while until we get some Two Centers helping us out. The agenda remains fairly simple. Recap the last weekend and look forward to good things for the following week end. Comments at the end of each and every blog remain easy to do. Suggestions can be emailed very easily. We will have some good starters for all of our fellow dancers interested in Live Music.

"No matter how people think of themselves accomplished, when they set out to
learn a new language, science, or the bicycle, they have entered a new
realm as truly as if they were a child newly born into the world."


This entire blog thing has been an experiment for both the social dancers and the dance information contributors on this Island. Is there a difference in a Web site and Blog site?
We run an information group of blog service for ADULTS. Normally, we could have in our blogs, private parties, wedding receptions, class and family reunions, and even military parties. This is our social dance world.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


Just about anything that is moving to music is fine and most of our blogging is pretty current. We have found that most of our audience consists of experienced dancers that  have been very interested in music and dancing of 1960's - 1980's  The Oldies but Goodies music that is well done by the live bands on Oahu.. Seems like finding comfortable venues for touch dancing and oldies music are kinda tough to find.

"Begin The Beguine" by Artie Shaw


That's why we are only going on weekly basis until our reader/dancers catch up. If we get a critical mass - a regular Two Center and at least one Guest Author, maybe we can get back to regular blogging along with the other blogs. With averages per day over 67 (2000 per month) they can go independent from me. I cannot continue to handle so many blogs. My starting travel route is on the #53 bus from where I live in Pearl City all the way to Ala Moana Center.  It is easy for me and I don't have to bother the Handi Van, who are just terrific people.

"Dancers know that we cannot stop rumors from spreading and we cannot really stop people from believing them. All we can do is sit back and smile at these low life people who have nothing better to do than to talk stink about us."

Saturday, October 8, 2016

This is it.

I finally got to the point I was looking for. Which one? And this blog has been unanimously selected, the hits have been going to the other blogs. But like I have said time and again, the reader/dancers will make most of the final decisions. I don't want to delete it yet so it will just go on a weekly basis and we can all be patient. Since I have my own personal blog Dancing in the Dark on Sunday, I will try to get this Midweek. How about every Wednesday?

"Your age does not define your maturity - your speech does not define your intellect - and rumors don't define who you are."


Meanwhile the big big concerts seem to getting less popular. But in Hawaii many singles,  small groups and live bands are very well accepted. And fortunately for the dancers many have good sized dance floors. And most of the bands are very good at reminiscing with the "oldies but goodies."  Which of course, are mostly appreciated by the over 30.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


We do have an over abundance of live music in downtown Honolulu and parking is due to get worse when the rail disaster is done. The outskirts are way overdue. The North Shore, the Waianae Coast, Kapolei, second city and something will happen in the vicinity of Kailua. Because of the Rail Tragedy, the highest prices for homes on this Island are now in Kailua.

"Good friends, good dancing, good wine = good times."

 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Live or Recorded

Franklin Cheung, Pupukea
There are a million ways to experience music, but for the purpose of this blog let's just break it down to two categories: live and recorded. I don't know about the rest, but if I get to hear live music more than twice a month, I am lucky. Sure, I can look back and remember some great concerts in my life but I like the intimate atmosphere of a night club regularly and I can dance.

"A rumor can go around the Palladium floor twice before the
truth has a chance to get up the stairs."


Sitting about as far as you can get at the Blaisdell, the sound can still be awesome, There gave been times when I've never heard anything close to that sound reproduced by even the very best high-end audio systems. The orchestras certainly didn't need amplification; they were definitely loud enough.

"Sing, Sing, Sing" by Benny Goodman


Better yet, the sound never hurt my ears. But the orchestras have been far more viscerally dynamic than any rock band, and the sound of strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion filling the acoustic space of the Center has been a thrill I won't soon forget.

"Little Things Mean A Lot" by Kitty Kallen


That is, you don't so much hear the sound of each instrument, you hear all of them filling the Center. The sound of the entire orchestra floats, like a cloud, above the listeners. The sound has been beyond what I've ever experienced. But recorded music I can have with me for total recall anytime I want it.

"A Screwdriver walks into a Pearl City Bar. The Bartender says,
"Hey, we have a drink named after you." The Screwdriver
responds,  "You have a drink named Murray?"