12/09/19 – Time is Running Out

CURRENT EVENTS

BOOK OF THE WEEK

These “Classic Starts” books are a great way to get young people into reading the classics. I found this book to be an easy and entertaining read.

Classic Starts: The Odyssey

Retold From The Original Homer

Homer’s epic tale of the warrior Odysseus’s decades-long struggle to return home after the Trojan War is simply and beautifully retold, with all the drama intact. Young readers will thrill at Odysseus’s adventures with the man-eating Cyclops; the enchantress Circe, who turns his crew into pigs; and the angry sea god Poseidon. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I really enjoy this Canadian Show that has been running for 13 seasons. The last few years around this time, I make it a point to watch this episode.

Once Upon A Murdock Christmas

At a Christmas charity gala for sick children, the host, dressed as Santa Claus, is found with a broken neck and all the presents are stolen. When witnesses report hearing a wild animal near the scene, Crabtree suspects the legendary creature Krampus.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Listen to this song and you will understand why Elvis is the King.

Here Comes Santa Claus

By Elvis

ART OF THE WEEK

Rene Magritte Exhibitions

I’ve been a long-time fan of the surrealistic paintings of Rene Magritte. The above photo was when I attended the The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC) exhibition in the early 1990s.

A few years ago, another exhibition of his work was put together and I saw it at the Chicago Institute of Art.

I believe Magritte considered himself a philosopher who communicated through paintings. Below are a few examples of his work.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Paladin

Paladin prefers to settle the difficulties clients bring his way without violence, but this rarely happens. When forced, he excels in fisticuffs. He was a dueling champion of some renown. Paladin is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a veteran of the American Civil War, in which he served as a Union cavalry officer.
His permanent place of residence is the Hotel Carlton in San Francisco, where he lives the life of a successful businessman and bon vivant, wearing elegant custom-made suits, consuming fine wine, playing the piano, and attending the opera and other cultural events. He is an expert chess player, poker player, and swordsman. He is skilled in Chinese martial arts. He is highly educated, able to quote classic literature, philosophy, and case law, and speaks several languages. He is also president of the San Francisco Stock Exchange Club.
When out working, Paladin changes into all-black Western-style clothing. His primary weapon is a custom-made, first-generation .45 caliber Colt Single Action Army Cavalry Model revolver with an unusual rifled barrel, carried in a black leather holster (with a platinum chess knight symbol facing the rear), hanging from a black leather gunbelt. He also carries a lever action Marlin rifle strapped to his saddle, and a Remington derringer concealed under his belt.
Paladin gives out a business card imprinted with “Have Gun Will Travel” and an engraving of a white knight chess piece, which evokes the proverbial white knight and the knight in shining armor. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

Some people are so quick to sacrifice their health and their wealth for others. They just can’t seem to understand that if you don’t take care of yourself, you will as time goes on not be able to help others and you will likely become a burden to someone else.

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Did you know that Thanksgiving was celebrated outside of the USA?

Yes  68.18%  (15 votes) 

No  31.82%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 22

Regarding the film “Murder Mystery”

I have not seen it, but I would like to see it  36.84%  (7 votes) 

I’ve seen it and I liked it  31.58%  (6 votes) 

I have not seen it nor do I wish to see it  26.32%  (5 votes) 

I’ve seen it and I did not like it  5.26%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 19
Should I continue each year making The Ramones “Mary Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) a song of the week?

No  57.14%  (8 votes) 

Yes  42.86%  (6 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

Did you watch American Bandstand?

Yes  86.96%  (20 votes) 

No  13.04%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 23
If you are retired, are you financially and physically independent?

I am financially and physically independent  66.67%  (8 votes) 

I am physically independent but not financially independent  16.67%  (2 votes) 

I am financially independent but not physically independent  8.33%  (1 votes) 

I am neither financially independent nor physically independent  8.33%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 12

When I do retire, I expect to be

Financially and physically independent  66.67%  (6 votes) 

Neither financially nor physically independent  22.22%  (2 votes) 

Financially independent, but not physically independent  11.11%  (1 votes) 

Physically independent, but not financially independent  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 9
When it comes to situations, what do you do?

I may accept the situation as it is or I may look at it like I want it to be  68.75%  (11 votes) 

 Accept the situation as it is  18.75%  (3 votes) 

Try to make the situation into what I want it to be  12.5%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

12/02/19 – What do you know about Thanksgiving Day?

CURRENT EVENTS

I hope everyone reading this had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day even if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving or celebrate it on a different day than the fourth Thursday of November

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in the United States, Canada, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

Similarly named festival holidays occur in Germany and Japan. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and Brazil, and around the same part of the year in other places. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated as a secular holiday as well. (Source: Wikipedia)

For the last couple of years I have been celebrating Thanksgiving Day by participating in a 5K race.

I seem to be getting slower with each passing year and this was the slowest I ever ran a 5K, coming in 7th out of 8 male runners in the 70 and over age category.

However, I following day I picked up 415 lbs. off of some tall blocks; so I’m not feeling too decrepit.

And of course like many of you, we spent Thanksgiving with some of our family

BOOK OF THE WEEK

This book is easy to read and has a lot of valuable running tips.

The Little Red Book of Running

By Scott Douglas

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I just saw this film and I thought it was very entertaining.

Murder Mystery

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Every year around this time I make this the song of the week. I just get a kick out of it.

Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)

By The Ramones

ART OF THE WEEK

How one decorates their home says a lot about a person. This was my decorating style back in 1988.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Dick Clark

Dick Clark in 1958

Richard Wagstaff Clark(November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012) was an American radio and television personality, television producer and film actor, as well as a cultural icon who remains best known for hosting American Bandstand from 1957 to 1988. He also hosted the Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, which transmitted Times Square’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.

As host of American Bandstand, Clark introduced rock & roll to many Americans. Many of the leading rock groups had their first exposure to nationwide audiences. A few of the many artists introduced were Ike and Tina Turner, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Simon and Garfunkel, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Bobby Fuller, Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino and Chubby Checker.

Episodes he hosted were among the first in which blacks and whites performed on the same stage, and likewise among the first in which the live studio audience sat without racial segregation. Singer Paul Anka claimed that Bandstand was responsible for creating a “youth culture”. Due to his perennially youthful appearance and his largely teenaged audience of American Bandstand, Clark was often referred to as “America’s oldest teenager”. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

When you retire, you may think your work days are over. Well, you are mistaken. Your new full-time job is to take care of your health. Treat it like a job, you may not feel like exercising, you may not want to watch what you eat; but, like work it is better than the alternative. If you don’t work, you will be depended upon others, if you don’t work out, you will be dependent upon others.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the film “Planes, Trains and Automobiles:

I’ve seen the film and thought it was funny  77.78%  (14 votes) 

I haven’t seen the film, but would like to see it  22.22%  (4 votes) 

I’ve seen the film and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 

I have not seen the film and do not wish to see it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

Have you seen any films starring Captain Jack Sparrow?

Yes and liked what I saw  68.42%  (13 votes) 

No, but I would like to see one  15.79%  (3 votes)  

No and I do not wish to see one  10.53%  (2 votes) 

Yes, but did not enjoy what I saw  5.26%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 19
After Thanksgiving Day are you going to have high score on your scale?

No  33.33%  (6 votes) 

Maybe  33.33%  (6 votes) 

Same score  22.22%  (4 votes) 

Yes  11.11%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

Have you ever been significantly disappointed in a business?

Yes  83.33%  (15 votes) 

No  16.67%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 18
If you have been disappointed in a business:

I did not file a complaint with an independent agency  61.54%  (8 votes) 

I filed a complaint with an independent agency  38.46%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 13

When it comes to the media, they primarily

try to tell me what to think  76.47%  (13 votes) 

give me just the facts and let me decide what to think  23.53%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
Do you believe Miyamoto Musashi is correct about things and people outside of yourself?

Maybe  50%  (8 votes) 

Yes  31.25%  (5 votes) 

No  18.75%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

11/25/19 – Have You Seen Wild Lights?

CURRENT EVENTS

Christmas Lights at the Detroit Zoo

We go on this Christmas Lights walk through the Detroit Zoo every year and it just keeps getting better and better. If you live in the Detroit area, you really should go to this event. And if you are outside of Detroit, perhaps there is a similar event near you or maybe you can suggest one be started.

Here are a few photos I took to give you an idea of what the event was like, but they certainly don’t to the event justice.

Here I am standing in front of a fox to give you an idea of its size.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Last week I mentioned the play, A Christmas Carol. If you have ever seen the play or one of the movies, you may want to check out this very interesting and readable book about the life of Mr. Fezziwig

Fezziwig: A Life

By Danny Kuhn

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I just finished watching all ten episodes of The Crown, which just came out on Netflix and thought it was well worth watching.

The Crown

Season three covers the time period between 1964 and 1977, beginning with Harold Wilson’s election as prime minister and ending with the Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II.

Events depicted include the unmasking of the Queen’s art adviser Sir Anthony Blunt as a Soviet spy, Wilson’s time as prime minister, the Aberfan disaster, the Apollo 11 moon landing, the 1969 Investiture of Prince Charles, the decolonisation of Africa and the Caribbean, the death and state funeral of Winston Churchill, and Princess Margaret’s eight-year affair with baronet and gardening expert Roddy Llewellyn that leads to the Princess’s divorce from Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1978. (Source: Wikipedia)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Something more in tune with Thanksgiving is this film. It is old and I have seen it before, but it is still one of the most laugh out loud films I have ever seen.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles The film stars Steve Martin as Neal Page, a high-strung marketing executive, and John Candy as Del Griffith, a goodhearted but annoying shower curtain ring salesman. They share a three-day odyssey of misadventures trying to get Neal home to Chicago in time for Thanksgiving with his family.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I once saw George Thorogood at the House of Blues in Chicago.

Rock and Roll Christmas

By George Thorogood & The Destroyers

ART OF THE WEEK

Floral Arrangements are nice Christmas Decorations or Gifts

The above flora arrangements were created by my friend Cindy Russo

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Captain Jack Sparrow

Captain Jack Sparrow is one of the nine pirate lords in the Brethren Court, the Pirate Lords of the Seven Seas. He can be treacherous and survives mostly by using wit and negotiation rather than by force, opting to flee most dangerous situations and to fight only when necessary.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

I would strongly suggest before you even contact a contractor about a job, you look them up on the Better Business Bureau site and certainly before you sign any agreements.

I put a lot more weight on the negative comments, looking for a pattern. Plus remember these negative comments are just the tip of the iceberg. Most people never bother to complain, they just never do business with the contractor again.

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Do you plan to see or watch “A Christmas Carol”?

Yes, a movie  52.63%  (10 votes) 

Bah humbug  26.32%  (5 votes) 

Yes, both a movie and a play  21.05%  (4 votes) 

Yes, a play  0%  (0 votes)  

Total Votes: 19

What do you think of your competition?

They are my inspiration  100%  (14 votes) 

They are my enemy  0%  (0 votes) 

I think whatever the media tells me to think  0%  (0 votes)  

Total Votes: 14
Are you certain you absolutely need all the prescription medicine you take on an ongoing basis?

Yes  60%  (9 votes) 

Maybe  33.33%  (5 votes) 

No  6.67%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

Have you or will you make lifestyle changes to avoid or get off of ongoing prescription medicine?

Yes  56.25%  (9 votes) 

No  43.75%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
Is there someone you need to reach out to?

No  62.5%  (10 votes) 

Yes  18.75%  (3 votes) 

 Yes and I am going to reach out to them  18.75%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Do you believe if you can’t explain something in simple terms, you don’t understand it well enough.

Yes  88.89%  (16 votes) 

No  11.11%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

11/18/19 – Transformers Warning

CURRENT EVENTS

Transformers Warning

I thought Transformers was just a science fiction action film. That is, until they appeared at my house. 

My thanks goes to the brave men in the green vests who tried to fight off the Transformers.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I’ve been a life-long fan of self-help books and this is a good one that is also very funny. I first read it back in 2002 and every so often I look it over again as I did last week and I still enjoy it.

A Goomba’s Guide to Life

By Steven R. Schirripa

Attention would-be paesans: Can’t distinguish “gabagool” from “pasta fazool”? Not sure how to properly accessorize your track suit with gold chains? Does the phrase “go to the mattresses” make you sleepy? Now Steven R. Schirripa, The Sopranos’ own Bobby Bacala, exposes the inner mysteries of this unique Italian-American hybrid in A Goomba’s Guide to Life so that anyone can walk, talk, and live like a guy “from the neighborhood.” (Source: goodreads)

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

A nice way to start the Christmas Season is by seeing the play, “A Christmas Carol“.  I’ve been doing this for a very long time. But if for one reason or another you can’t, then perhaps you will want to watch one of the various “A Christmas Carol” films.  My favorite is the one starring George C. Scott. Or perhaps, you might like a more current version, such as Bill Murray’s “Scrooged”.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I remember listening to this a lot while I was in Vietnam, back in 1966-67

Nashville Cats

By Lovin’ Spoonfull

ART OF THE WEEK

They had some pretty cool designs back in 1946. 

The Spacelander

(Photo by J. A. Hampton/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

This bicycle, designed by Benjamin Bowden, was included in the “Britain Can Make It Better” exhibition of 1946. Known simply as the Classic (and later the Spacelander), Bowden’s initial design for the bicycle included a motor that gave riders a little extra oomph while traveling uphill. (Source: themindcircle)

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

I remember this being reported in the news. I think it was a bit of a shock to most of us here in the USA. But without the Russians, the USA would not have been inspired to to what it did regarding landing people on the moon. Your competition isn’t always your enemy; often, they are your inspiration. 

In powerlifting, they have been my inspiration

Yuri Gagarin

Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin  (9 March 1934 – 27 March 1968) was a Soviet Air Forces pilot and cosmonaut who became the first human to journey into outer space, achieving a major milestone in the Space Race; his capsule Vostok 1 completed one orbit of Earth on 12 April 1961. Gagarin became an international celebrity and was awarded many medals and titles, including Hero of the Soviet Union, his nation’s highest honor. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

Why You So Crazy?

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Do you believe that hearing opposing viewpoints causes no real harm?

Yes  53.85%  (14 votes) 

Depends  30.77%  (8 votes) 

No  15.38%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 26

Have you ever read any book about Ben Franklin?

No  77.27%  (17 votes) 

Yes and I thought he was extraordinary  22.73%  (5 votes) 

Yes, but I wasn’t impressed by Franklin  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 22
When it comes to politicians, who do you think they serve?

Themselves  94.74%  (18 votes) 

The people  5.26%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

What do you think of all the paper coupons you receive when you check out at a CVS drug store?

Way too much paper  56.52%  (13 votes)

I’ve never been into a CVS store  26.09%  (6 votes)

I like getting all those coupons  17.39%  (4 votes)

I didn’t notice a lot of paper coupons as I check out  0%  (0 votes)

Total Votes: 23
Do you agree or disagree with the above?

Agree  94.44%  (17 votes) 

Disagree  5.56%  (1 votes)  

Total Votes: 18

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

11/11/19 – Recent Scientific Discovery

CURRENT EVENTS

Scientific Discovery

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Ben Franklin is one of the most interesting people in history and I believe he remains an inspiration to anyone today who knows about his life. This particular book is one of the best ways I know of to learn about Franklin.

Reading this book will be an investment, as it is over 400 pages; however, I believe you will receive a good return on your investment.

Franklin of Philadelphia

By Esmond Wright

The most original and most delightful of the Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin was publisher and printer, essayist and author, businessman and “general,” scientist and philologist, politician and diplomat, moralist and sage―and a thoroughly rational patriot who was a major force in winning his country’s independence and securing its life in the Constitution.

Born poor in Cotton Mather’s Boston, he was soon at ease in Quaker Philadelphia, and later in royal London, and in elegant Paris. Born with no advantages, he died wealthy and esteemed. He was the quintessential American, almost totally free of the limits of his environment, ready to accept any challenge, to speculate, experiment, and question. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I’ve been watching old Twilight episodes and came across this one, that I saw back when it was first aired. It really has something to say.

A Game of Pool 

Twilight Zone (Oct. 13, 1961)

A game of life or death. Fats Brown (Jonathan Winters) attempts
to teach young pool shark Jesse Cardiff (Jack Klugman)
about the price of being the best.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Last week’s poll indicated that two-thirds of us often feel we are in too much of a hurry and need to slow down. I hope this song helps.

I’m in a Hurry

By Alabama

ART OF THE WEEK

I was in Scotland back in 2014 to run a half-marathon in Edinburg. Afterwards, I visited a few other areas of Scotland, but so disappointed I miss seeing this. I will have to return to Scotland. 

The Kelpies in Falkirk, Scotland

The Kelpies are 30-metre-high (almost 30 yards) horse-head sculptures depicting kelpies (shape-shifting water spirits).

The sculptures were designed by sculptor Andy Scott and were completed in October 2013. The sculptures form a gateway at the eastern entrance to the Forth and Clyde canal, and the new canal extension built as part of The Helix land transformation project. The Kelpies are a monument to horse-powered heritage across Scotland.

The sculptures were opened to the public in October 2013 . As part of the project, they will have their own visitor centre, and sit beside a newly developed canal turning pool and extension. This canal extension reconnects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the River Forth. (Source: Wikipedia)

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

I actually saw him in person, once when I was rather young. 

Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower

Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was an American army general and statesman who served as the 34th president of the United States from 1953 to 1961. During World War II, he was a five-star general in the Army and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe. He was responsible for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43 and the successful Invasion of Normandy in 1944–45 from the Western Front.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

I had to replace my initial video of the cat, with this one (11/11/19 @ 9:00 a.m.)

Will The Cowboys Sign This Cat

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Which version of Kung Fu Fighting did you like best?

Kung Fu Panda Video  61.54%  (8 votes) 

Carl Douglas  38.46%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 13

Do you feel you are often in too much a hurry and that you need to slow down?

Yes  63.16%  (12 votes) 

No  36.84%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 19
Are you for or against term limits for all political offices?

For term limitations  94.74%  (18 votes) 

Against limitation  5.26%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

Which best represents your life?

Do stuff  90%  (18 votes) 

Have stuff  10%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 20

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

11/04/19 – An American Hero

CURRENT EVENTS

Conan

The heroic dog who helped chase down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi goes by the name Conan and he is a Belgian Malinois. He will be leaving the Middle East soon to make an appearance at the White House. 

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I read this book a number of year ago and have mentioned it in the past. I just finished reviewing it again and it is about a lot more than just running.

Running & Being

By Dr. George Sheehan

Tells of the author’s midlife return to the world of exercise, play and competition, in which he found “a world beyond sweat” that proved to be a source of great revelation and personal growth. This title provides an outline for a lifetime program of fitness and joy, showing how the body helps determine our mental and spiritual energies. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE OR PLAY OF THE WEEK

I believe the horror films have given us a mistaken view of this very moving story.  I was fortunate to have some front row seats for this play two Sundays ago. You may not be able to find the play near you, especially now that we are in November, but the actual story by Mary Shelly is well worth reading.

Frankenstein (A play)

Playwright A. S. Peterson

Baldwin Theater Cast 2019

Brilliant scientist Victor Frankenstein unlocks the mysteries of life itself and creates a monster that he cannot control. A mesmerizing gothic tale of horror and humanity, this exciting new adaptation was written in honor of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic novel and holds true to the author’s original vision. One of the most enduring monster stories of all time, Frankenstein explores what it means to be human, what it means to belong, and how we are shaped by our scars.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Kung Fu Panda Music Video

I thought you might find the above Kung Fu Panda Music Video more entertaining to look at; but in all fairness, I wanted to present Carl Douglas performing his song.

Kung Fu Fighting

By Carl Douglas

ART OF THE WEEK

Decorating one’s home for holidays is an art from. Here is our house decorated last year for Halloween.

Due to porch construction, our Halloween decorating had deteriorated, but we still managed to give out treats during the cold and rainy weather.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

It is wonderful to see women pushing the boundaries of what is possible. 

Laura Smith

I was there at the AWPC World Competition in Orlando, Florida this August and saw Laura receive her recognition as Outstanding Lifter.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

I do not share anything that I have not tried to verify. I found that a generic version of Sovaldi sells in India for $4.00. I also heard that there is no generic version of Sovaldi. Regardless, if it is generic or actual Sovaldi, the going price in India is $4.00. I confirmed to the best of my ability that the price of Sovaldi in the USA is $1,000.

I don’t think it is any secret that drug companies price their products on ability to pay. The is a cliché saying politicians and white shirts are both best when new. The establishment doesn’t like term limits because they value the experience of long-time legislators. I guess they feel the USA has the best politicians money can buy.

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the movie, “Night of the Living Dead”

I’ve seen it and thought it was very scary  38.1%  (8 votes) 

I have not seen it.  38.1%  (8 votes) 

I’ve seen it, but did not think it was scary  23.8%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 21

Of the two versions of the Monster Mash, which do you like best?

The first one with film clips  53.33%  (8 votes) 

The second one with Bobby Pickett  46.67%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 15
Are you proud of the life you have led?

Yes  55%  (11 votes) 

Could have been better and I am going to try to make it better  35%  (7 votes) 

Could have been better  10%  (2 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

No, but I am going to try to make it better  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 20

Do you feel your management appreciates you?

Sometimes  61.54%  (8 votes) 

Yes  30.77%  (4 votes) 

No  7.69%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 13

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

10/28/19 – Halloween and Black Cats

CURRENT EVENTS

Halloween is a particularly dangerous times for cats, especially black cats

Please be a responsible cat owner and keep your cat indoors

And I keep my cat “Bear” in for the protections of others

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Here is another graphic novel appropriate for Halloween. 

Robert Louis Steven’s 

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

& The Body Snatcher

Graphic novels are a good way to get young people interested in reading. Here is a page out of the above book.

MOVIES OF THE WEEK

Since this is the week of Halloween, I feel obligated to mention what I think is a very scary movie.

Night of the Living Dead (1990)

I was once in a zombie movie. That’s me on the cover 14 years ago.

The Dead Walk The Earth

Yet They Live And They Kill (2005)

But if all these zombie movies are two much for you, here is a nice uplifting movie made back in 2000.

The Kid (2000)

An unhappy and disliked image consultant gets a second shot at life when he is mysteriously confronted by an eight-year-old version of himself. (Source: IMDB)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Monster Mash

By Bobby Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers

I thought you might find it interesting to see Bobby Pickett perform the song on American Bandstand.

ART OF THE WEEK

For the sixth straight year, the Troy Historical Society is hosting an annual scarecrow row along Livernois road in Troy, MI. Local businesses sponsor each scarecrow and the scarecrows will be left there for the entire month of October. The Oakland Press reports, “This eye-catching Scarecrow Row is viewed by 10,000 cars traveling by the Troy Historic Village each day. That’s 300,000 views in one month.”

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Who else, given this is the week of Halloween

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

Cassandra Peterson

Cassandra Peterson, May 2011

Cassandra Peterson (born September 17, 1951) is an American actress best known for her portrayal of the horror hostess character Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. She gained fame on Los Angeles television station KHJ-TV wearing a revealing, black, gothic, cleavage-enhancing gown as host of Elvira’s Movie Macabre, a weekly horror movie presentation. Her wickedly vampish appearance is offset by her comical character, quirky and quick-witted personality, and Valley girl-type speech.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

If you have followed my posts for any length of time, you know I am against any unnecessary surgeries and actually I’m not that thrilled with necessary ones either. 

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

I wish more people in management understood this.

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

Just a reminder that we turn back our clocks this coming Sunday

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

The following Halloween Support Group issues apply to me.

None of the issues apply to me  45%  (9 votes)

I need to learn to unwind.  40%  (8 votes)

Everyone drives me batty  5%  (1 votes)

I fly off the handle constantly  5%  (1 votes)

I got nobody  5%  (1 votes)

Total Votes: 20

Have you ever seen the 1931 film “Frankenstein”?

Yes  86.36%  (19 votes) 

No  13.64%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 22
What do you think of drivers who ignore lane change signs and then what to move over into your lane?

They think their time is so much more important than everyone else  95.45%  (21 votes) 

I also do this sometimes  4.55%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 22

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.