06/17/19 – 2019 APF Nationals

CURRENT EVENTS

2019 APF Nationals in Grand Rapids, MI

 

I received first place in the Masters 7 (70 to 74 years old) 90 Kg (198 lbs.) raw bench press and raw deadlift. I’m really not much of a deadlifter, but it seems to help my shoulder from a 2004 operation. Plus, I enjoy being part of the competition.  Better still, getting a liftoff from my trainer and long-time friend Art.

When it comes to the deadlift, for my age I am a serious lifter. My final lift was 363.7 lbs. and in August I hope to break the AWPC world’s raw deadlift record for my age and weight.

 

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I’ve read or reviewed my highlight notes in this book many times over the years and again before the APF Nationals last week.

Samurai Strategies

By Boyé Lafayette De Mente

The most famous combat strategist in Japanese history was Musashi Miyamoto, a warrior who lived from 1584 to 1645. Just before he died, Musashi recorded his philosophy, strategies, and tactics in a short treatise entitled Go Rin Sho “The Book of Five Rings”.

Samurai Strategies has extracted the fundamentals of Musashi’s tactics and explains them here in the modern context. Musashi’s strategies for winning are as valid today as they were in seventeenth century Japan and provide valuable insights for anyone in any field of endeavor–from business, war, and sports to the fields of art, love, and politics.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

If you have been looking at this blog very much, you are aware that I have been on a Spartacus kick for a while now. I just finished watching the first of this miniseries and I thought it was very well done.

Spartacus 2004 TV miniseries (Disc 1 of 2)

Goran Visnjic stars as the gladiator in this TV miniseries that’s adapted from the same 1951 Howard Fast novel that spawned Stanley Kubrick’s 1960 film classic. Living as a slave in Egypt, Spartacus is bought by gladiator trainer Lentulas Agrippa (Alan Bates, in his final screen role), and forced to fight for the amusement of the Roman masses. But he soon spearheads a slave uprising that rocks the very foundations of Rome.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I think all of us can use some “Happy”

Happy

By Pharrell Williams

ART OF THE WEEK

It has been years since I’ve been to the Bellagio on the Las Vegas Strip, where I saw a fine collection of Chihuly glass sculptures, so it was nice last week to see some Chihuly Glass Sculptures at Meijer Gardens y Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

Chihuly Glass Sculptures

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Dale Chihuly (born September 20, 1941) is an American glass sculptor and entrepreneur. His works are considered to possess outstanding artistic merit in the field of blown glass, “moving it into the realm of large-scale sculpture.” The technical difficulties of working with glass forms are considerable, yet Chihuly uses it as the primary medium for installations and environmental artwork.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

I could say more about this person, but the following was what made me decide Keanu Reeves should be the extraordinary person this week. I verified enough of the following to just accept what I didn’t verify.

Keanu Reeves

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

So many aliments can be prevented and sometimes cured by lifestyle changes.

CHARACTER TRAITS

This a great way to handle criticism.

SOCIAL TRAITS 

What could be better than having some friends come out to support your efforts.

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

I finally found the answer to something I have been wondering about for a very long time. 

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Which one in the above picture is the real blue heron and not the plastic imposture?

The one on the left  69.23%  (18 votes) 

The one on the right  19.23%  (5 votes) 

I don’t know  11.54%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 26

Regarding “The Spanish Princess” series:

I have not seen it and do not wish to see it  43.75%  (7 votes) 

I have not seen it, but would like to  43.75%  (7 votes) 

I’ve seen some episodes and liked the series  12.5%  (2 votes) 

I’ve seen some episodes and didn’t like series  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
Do you think the chairs say something?

Yes  83.33%  (15 votes)

Maybe, but I don’t know what they say  16.67%  (3 votes)

No  0%  (0 votes)

Total Votes: 18
In your realm, would you like to be the last person standing?

No  35.71%  (5 votes) 

On second thought, maybe I would not want to be the last one standing  28.57%  (4 votes) 

Yes  21.43%  (3 votes) 

On second thought, maybe I would want to be the last one standing  14.29%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

Have you ever deadlifted?

No  66.67%  (12 votes) 

Yes  22.22%  (4 votes) 

I don’t even know what a deadlift is  11.11%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 18
How to you feel about misrepresenting yourself in an employment interview?

Never acceptable  87.5%  (14 votes) 

A little misrepresentation is ok  12.5%  (2 votes) 

Ok, if I really need a job  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

What is your feelings towards people who correct your speech?

Annoying  80%  (12 votes) 

Grateful  20%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

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.

06/10/19 – Blue Heron

CURRENT EVENTS

If you have a koi pond like I do, you certainly don’t want Blue Herons visiting your pond. However, they are a magnificent bird, something that appears to be from prehistoric times when you see them flying above you.

I have some plastic Blue Herons around my pond to indicate to the real Blue Herons that the pond is already taken.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

The Longest Trek

By Grace Lee Whitney with Jim Denney

I almost stopped reading this book because of Grace’s description of the assault she experienced as well as other bad experiences. But there is enough interesting material in this book to make it of interest to a Star Trek fan. If you are not a Star Trek fan, you may want to pass on this book.

She opened for jazz great Billie Holiday, shared the set with Marilyn Monroe, and flirted on-screen with Jack Lemmon. In her dream role, Gene Roddenberry beamed her aboard the Starship Enterprise as Yeoman Janice Rand in the original “Star Trek” series. But a terrifying sexual assault on the studio lot and her lifelong feelings of emptiness and isolation would soon combine to turn her starry dream into a nightmare.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I’ve watch thee episodes of this series and found it entertaining, although like most films they either take some liberties with the facts or simply make some up if we don’t know what actually took place. Still, I found it entertaining.

THE Spanish Princess

The Spanish Princess is a British-American historical period drama television limited series developed by Emma Frost and Matthew Graham for Starz.

It is based on the novels The Constant Princess and The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory and it is a sequel to the miniseries The White Queen and The White Princess.

The series premiered on May 5, 2019, with an initial eight episode order. On June 3, 2019, Starz ordered an additional eight episodes to premiere in 2020 and conclude the story. (Source: Wikipedia)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Let’s Dance

By Chris Montez

Here is an early 1960s version from American Bandstand

ART OF THE WEEK

I think it isn’t art, unless it says something. I took these photos of these chairs while I was recently in Krakow.

Memorial to victims of the Krakow ghetto

 

The Memorial shown in the above photos, was designed by Krakow architects Piotr Lewicki and Kazimierz Latak, and opened on 8 December 2005.

This square was the place where the Jews had to assemble before being transported to the concentration/death camps.  The Jews who were able to work were sent to the Plaszow forced labor camp just outside the city of Krakow, and the rest were sent to the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

According to information given by the Auschwitz Museum, March 13, 1943 was the day that the gas chamber in Krema II at Birkenau was first used when 1,492 women, children and elderly Jews from the Podgorze Ghetto were put to death immediately upon arrival and their bodies were burned in the ovens.

 As horrible as you can imagine these camps to be, seeing them was even more horrible than anything I could have imagined. I think everyone should see these absolutely horrible places one, but I never want to see such places again.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Willie Nelson

Willie Hugh Nelson(born April 29, 1933) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, producer, author, poet, and activist.Nelson [is] one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.

In 1990, Nelson’s assets were seized by the Internal Revenue Service, which claimed that he owed $32 million. The difficulty of paying his outstanding debt was aggravated by weak investments he had made during the 1980s. In 1992, Nelson released The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories?; the profits of the double album—destined to the IRS—and the auction of Nelson’s assets cleared his debt. (Source: Wikipedia)

Last Man Standing

By Willie Nelson

I wish I did not understand so well what Willie is singing;

on second thought, maybe I do.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

I’ll be benching and deadlifting this Thursday, June 13.

Here I am with my Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar that I was taking to the gym to use for the first time. It worked great, I did a 345 lbs. deadlift with it and put the big wheels on it to do a 365 lbs. deadlift.

Just in case you don’t know what big wheels are, here is a photo I took a couple of years ago.

CHARACTER TRAITS

I think one is always better off in the long run being honest on their resume.

You certainly don’t want this to happen to you.

In addition to being honest, some student advisors tell their students to try to figure out what the interviewer is looking for and try to position yourself as that kind of person. Personally, I think this is a mistake because you will either have to  be someone you are not your entire career or you will disappoint your employer. Neither is a winning outcome.

SOCIAL TRAITS 

Corrective lens can be so annoying.

LEARNING TRAITS

Advertisers and politicians know the importance of selecting a clever name or phrase, so try not to be fooled by them.

MISCELLANEOUS

Not only does it feel better, but often your attitude can influence the outcome.

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Have you ever watched a film involving Spartacus?

Yes  61.11%  (11 votes) 

No  38.89%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

Have you ever watched a “silent” film.

Yes  70.59%  (12 votes) 

No  29.41%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
Have you ever heard of “The It Girl”, Clara Bow, before today?

Yes  56.25%  (9 votes) 

No  43.75%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Have you heard of Leon Redbone?

No  68.75%  (11 votes) 

Yes  31.25%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
How often are you out after 9 pm?

Only for special events or obligations  62.5%  (10 votes) 

Rarely  25%  (4 votes) 

Frequently for almost any reason  12.5%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Are you a person who minds their own business?

Yes  42.86%  (6 votes) 

Maybe  42.86%  (6 votes) 

No  14.28%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

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.

06/03/19 – Shampoo Warning

CURRENT EVENTS

BOOK OF THE WEEK

The Spartacus War

By Barry Strauss

I’ve watched several films related to Spartacus and they were all misleading, some a lot, and others not so bad. I don’t know why film makers feel they have to embellish the real story of Spartacus, which is an amazing tale.

An authoritative account from an expert author: The Spartacus War is the first popular history of the revolt in English. A leading authority on classical military history, Barry Strauss has used recent archaeological discoveries, ancient documents, and on-site investigations to create the most accurate and detailed account of the Spartacus rebellion ever written—and it reads like a first-rate novel.

PLAY OF THE WEEK

I saw this play yesterday at Meadow Brook Theater, in Rochester, Michigan, USA. I thought it was extremely well done.

THE IT GIRL

By BT McNicholl – Michael Small – Paul McKibbins

Here is a lighthearted tribute to silent movies and Clara Bow that reinvents her 1927 Paramount Picture “IT.”  Betty is a sassy department store sales clerk who wins an advertising contest held to find the girl with the elusive, thrilling quality known as “IT”. Among those she enchants with sexy charm is the heir to the retail empire that employs her.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I thought you might fine this a little different.

Clips of Clara Bow’s hit movie “It” (1927) set to a song written about her called ‘She’s Got It’ by Harry Reaser.

ART OF THE WEEK

Malbork Castle

Me & Carol at Malbork Castle

 

The Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork is a 13th-century Teutonic castle and fortress located near the town of Malbork, Poland. It is the largest castle in the world measured by land area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It was originally constructed by the Teutonic Knights, a German Catholic religious order of crusaders.  In 1457, it was sold by the Bohemian mercenaries to King Casimir IV of Poland and it since served as one of the several Polish royal residences, interrupted by several years of Swedish occupation, and fulfilling this function until the First Partition of Poland in 1772.

From then on the castle came back to German rule for over 170 years. Following Germany’s defeat in World War II in 1945, the land was assigned to Poland by the Allies. Heavily damaged, the castle was renovated under the auspices of modern-day Poland in the second half of the 20th century and most recently in 2016. Nowadays, the castle hosts exhibitions and serves as a museum. (Source: Wikipedia)

Seat of the Grand Master of the Teutonic Order

This 13th-century fortified monastery belonging to the Teutonic Order was substantially enlarged and embellished after 1309, when the seat of the Grand Master moved here from Venice. A particularly fine example of a medieval brick castle, it later fell into decay, but was meticulously restored in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of the conservation techniques now accepted as standard were evolved here. Following severe damage in the Second World War it was once again restored, using the detailed documentation prepared by earlier conservators.

I could not resist sitting in the seat of the Grand Master

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Leon Redbone

Leon Redbone, the perpetually anachronistic, famously mysterious artist who rose to prominence as a performer on Toronto’s folk circuit in the early ’70s, died Thursday while in hospice care in Bucks County, Pa.

Redbone’s family confirmed his death through a publicist. No cause was given, and Redbone’s age was a subject of speculation for decades.

“I’ve heard he’s anywhere from 25 to 60,” Bob Dylan told Rolling Stone in 1974, “and I can’t tell, but you gotta see him.” That same year, when asked about his age by Rolling Stone, Redbone replied: “Of course I don’t know. It’s just something I vaguely recall. I can’t say for sure.” In the news release announcing his death, Redbone’s age was cited as 127.

The only things known — ostensibly — of Redbone’s origins were revealed by Toronto Star columnist George Gamester in the 1980s: that he was a Cypriot named Dickran Gobalian, who emigrated to Ontario in the 1960s and changed his name after arriving in Canada.

Redbone’s obscurantist tendencies, including his ever-present, masking uniform of sunglasses, bushy mustache and Panama hat, gave Redbone the aura of a quixotic time-traveler, someone who simply stepped onto the stage fully formed.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Are you a fan of Star Trek?

Yes  68.75%  (11 votes) 

No  31.25%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Did you watch the first episode of Season 7 of Elementary?

No  50%  (7 votes) 

Yes or I plan to  35.71%  (5 votes) 

No and not interested in doing so  14.29%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 14
If you have watched the “Old Town Road” video with Lil Nas & Billy Ray Cyrus, what feelings did it inspire in you?

Positive  62.5%  (5 votes) 

I have no feelings  37.5%  (3 votes) 

Negative  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 8

Within the last 12 months, have you visited a country that you have never before been too?

No  57.14%  (8 votes) 

Yes  35.71%  (5 votes) 

No, but I plan to within the next 12 months  7.14%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 14
Do you make time to exercise?

Yes  76.92%  (10 votes) 

Not enough  23.08%  (3 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 13

Are you living every day or just going through the motions?

Mostly living every day  83.33%  (10 votes) 

Mostly going through the motions  16.67%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 12

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.

05/27/19 – Memorial Day

CURRENT EVENTS

There were those who never came home

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Beam Me Up, Scotty

By James Doohan with Peter David

I’ve read most of the books by the crew of the Starship Enterprise, but somehow missed this one. If you are a fan of Star Trek, you probably should read this book; otherwise, I doubt it will hold much interest for you. 

All around the world, everyone knows “Scotty” — but far fewer know the true story of actor James Doohan, who has brought Starfleet’s legendary “miracle worker” to life for three seasons on television and in seven major motion pictures.

The actor who brought to life Star Trek’s engineering officer Montgomery Scott discusses his army service during World War II, his career, and relationships with his co-stars

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

The last season of one of my favorite shows.

Elementary Season 7

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I saw this video and it made me proud that I live in the USA.

Old Town Road

Lil Nas X(Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus)

ART OF THE WEEK

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Location: Near Kraków, Poland

I was recently in this amazing mine and saw the unground lake, chapels and statues carved out of salt by the miners. Here are a few photos, which in no way conveys how marvelous this place is. I’m hoping these and other photos I have posted will encouraging you to travel somewhere you have never been. This was  my first trip to Poland and I thought the entire country was amazing.

Underground Lake

Various carvings

Huge Gallery Deep in the Mine

The Wieliczka Salt Mine, lies within the Kraków metropolitan area. Sodium chloride (table salt) was formerly produced there and had been since Neolithic times. The Wieliczka salt mine, excavated from the 13th century, produced table salt continuously until 2007, as one of the world’s oldest operating salt mines. Commercial salt mining was discontinued in 1996 owing to falling salt prices and mine flooding.

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is now an official Polish Historic Monument. Its attractions include the shafts and labyrinthine passageways, displays of historic salt-mining technology, an underground lake, four chapels and numerous statues carved by miners out of the rock salt, and more recent sculptures by contemporary artists. (Source: Wikipedia)

As much as I like traveling, it is always nice to have someone waiting for you when you return from a trip.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Nicolaus Copernicus

Mikolaj Kopernik (Polish Spelling)

The “Torun portrait” (anonymous, c. 1580), kept in Toruń town hall

Nicolaus Copernicus (aka Mikolaj Kopernik (19 February 1473 – 24 May 1543) was a Renaissance-era mathematician and astronomer, who formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than the Earth at the center of the universe.

The publication of Copernicus’ model in his book (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres), just before his death in 1543, was a major event in the history of science. 

Copernicus was born and died in Royal Prussia, a region that had been part of the Kingdom of Poland since 1466. He obtained a doctorate in canon law and was also a mathematician, astronomer, physician, classics scholar, translator, governor, diplomat, and economist. 

This is a picture I took of Mikolaj Kopernik’s actual house in Toruñ, Poland.

Our guide (Picture below) who told us she was a small child during the time of Kopernik, but remembered this story.

When Napoleon came to Toruñ, he asked the city leaders to show him Kopernik’s house. The city leaders had no idea where Kopernik had lived, since hundreds of years had passed. So they found an empty house, brought in some furniture and even a telescope (which had yet to be invited during Kopernik’s time). Napoleon was satisfied.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

This lady certainly models the behavior of a caring and courageous person.

Adina Emilia De Zavala

You can read more about her on Wikipedia, by searching for Adina Emilia De Zavala.

SOCIAL TRAITS 

These are the top ten countries in the last year who have looked at this blog.

LEARNING TRAITS

My homework was never eaten.

If I had it to do over again, I would have paid more attention when I was in school to grammar and spelling.

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Have you ever read a book on ancient Rome?

Yes  56.25%  (9 votes) 

No  43.75%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Have you ever been to a classical music concert?

Yes  88.89%  (16 votes) 

No  11.11%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 18
Do you believe just following orders is an excuse?

No  46.15%  (6 votes) 

Sometimes  38.46%  (5 votes) 

Yes  15.38%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 13

Do you believe that many of the problems people have to face is because of their own poor choices

Yes  100%  (15 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 15
Do you sometimes find yourself worrying about things that don’t really matter?

Yes, a lot  37.5%  (6 votes) 

Yes, once in a while  31.25%  (5 votes) 

Generally no  31.25%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

In USA presidential elections in which you have voted:

I’ve voted voted for both Democrats and Republicans for President  57.14%  (8 votes) 

I’ve never voted for anyone other then a Democrat for President  21.43%  (3 votes) 

I’ve never voted for anyone other than a Republican for President  14.29%  (2 votes) 

I’ve voted for a third party candidate for President  7.14%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

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.

05/20/19 – Hello from Gdañsk, Warclaw and Krakow

CURRENT EVENTS

This Week’s Post Is Coming To You From The Following Polish Cities:

Gdañsk

Warclaw

(Famous for its Gnomes)

and

Krakow

BOOK OF THE WEEK

The First Triumvirate

By Clifford Alexander

Last week I mentioned a book titled The Second Triumvirate by Clifford Alexander. I liked the book so much and I obtained and read this book.

The First Century BC was a century characterized by warfare and political strife in Rome, and was beginning to undergo an uneasy transition from Republic to Imperial Power.

Central in this change were the actions of the First Triumvirate: an alliance between the most powerful men in Rome. The Triumvirate was composed of Gnaeus Pompey Magnus, Marcus Licinius Crassus, and Gaius Julius Caesar, and together these individuals combined their vast political influence to reduce the Roman Senate to a mere charade.

Soon, it too began to show signs of corruption, and each man started to suspect the other of looming betrayal. These misgivings would seep through the alliance until the poison had successfully turned the members of the First Triumvirate against one another. The political tension, and the ensuing war, would fundamentally alter the very fabric of the Roman state forever. From the chaos of the Triumvirate, a new form of government would take root: the Roman monarchy we now know as the Empire.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I watched a couple of movies this week, but I don’t want to mention what they were because I am afraid you might simply take a look at them out of curiosity. Trust me, the majority of you will be disappointed. I was crossing the Atlantic Ocean and could not sleep; which is the only reason I watched them.

If you have a movie suggestion, please mention it in the comment section of this blog.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

If you have never been exposed to classical music, you should give it a try.

Kensho Watanabe was the conductor and what an amazing performance he put on.

We got there early and was able to sit in the first row. When Kensho walked by us he said, “You guys are really close.” I thought that was cool, first time a conductor ever spoke to us.

After intermission, Kensho came by again and said, “Thank you for staying.” I thought he was really cool.

ART OF THE WEEK

Neptune Fountain

Location: Gdansk, Poland

The focal point of Długi Targ, the Long Market, is the Neptune Fountain, a bronze statue of the sea god erected in 1549 and converted to a fountain in 1633 and restored in 2011/12.

During WWII, this symbol of Gdańsk was dismantled and hidden with many of the city’s other treasures. It was only returned to its rightful place in 1954. 

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Lech Walesa

Lech Wałęsa (Born 29 September 1943) is a Polish retired politician and labour activist. He co-founded and headed Solidarity, the Soviet bloc’s first independent trade union, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, and served as President of Poland from 1990 to 1995.

While working at the Lenin Shipyard (now Gdańsk Shipyard), Wałęsa, an electrician, became a trade-union activist, for which he was persecuted by the Communist authorities, placed under surveillance, fired in 1976, and arrested several times. In August 1980 he was instrumental in political negotiations that led to the ground-breaking Gdańsk Agreement between striking workers and the government. He co-founded the Solidarity trade-union movement.

After martial law was imposed in Poland and Solidarity was outlawed, Wałęsa was again arrested. Released from custody, he continued his activism and was prominent in the establishment of the 1989 Round Table Agreement that led to semi-free parliamentary elections in June 1989 and to a Solidarity-led government.

In the Polish general election of 1990, Wałęsa successfully ran for the newly re-established office of President of Poland. He presided over Poland’s transition from communism to a post-communist state.

I was at the Gdañsk Shipyards and took this photo.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Last week I mentioned that Józef Pitsudski, the great Polish patriot, was more of a “My Way Or Prison” type guy than a “My Way Or The Highway” type guys.

Here I am in prision.

PHYSICAL TRAITS

My “Age/Weight” national raw deadlift record arrived.

I am actually going to be lifting in the AWPC world powerlifting championships on my birthday, August 16. And on my birthday, I am going to try in my “Age/Weight” category to win the raw bench press & raw deadlift championships, plus break the current AWPC world’s raw deadlift record. The record is currently held by a Russian, who set it in Moscow on June 15, 2013. It will be a nice birthday present for a 73 year-old. 

CHARACTER TRAITS

Auschwitz

I was at this horrible place, but did not what to take many pictures. The camp commandants were publicly hung, but I was told the guards were typically given one to three years prison. I think they should have all been hung.

I was just following orders is never an excuse.

SOCIAL TRAITS 

Poor Choices

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Have you ever been to Poland?

No  96.3%  (26 votes) 

Yes  3.7%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 27

For people who are at least 50% Polish, have you ever been to Poland?

No  100%  (7 votes) 

Yes  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 7
Regarding the movie “Green Book”:

I did not see it, but I want to see it.  61.9%  (13 votes) 

I saw it and liked it.  23.81%  (5 votes) 

I did not see it and I do not wish to see it.  14.29%  (3 votes) 

I saw it and did not like it.  0%  (0 votes)  

Total Votes: 21

Have you been guilty of rescuing someone who consistently makes poor choices?

Yes  64.71%  (11 votes) 

No  35.29%  (6 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
If you have or are continuing to rescue someone who consistently makes poor choices, are you going to stop?

Yes  91.67%  (11 votes) 

No  8.33%  (1 votes)  

Total Votes: 12

Are you holding on to anger?

No  76.47%  (13 votes) 

Yes  23.53%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
If you are holding on to anger, are you going to let it go?

Yes  57.14%  (4 votes) 

No  42.86%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 7

Are you putting off things you wanted to do and things you wanted to say to people?

No  54.55%  (6 votes) 

Yes  45.45%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 11

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.

05/13/19 – Hello from Warsaw

CURRENT EVENTS

This Week’s Post Is Coming To You From Warsaw, Poland

 

BOOK OF THE WEEK

The Second Triumvirate

By Clifford Alexander

If you don’t know anything about The First Triumvirate, than this book probably isn’t for you. However, if you do know about The First Triumvirate; I think you will enjoy this easy to read book.

With the murder of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March 44 BC, a new political constellation seized control of the city of Rome. Known as the Second Triumvirate, this alliance between Gaius Octavius (Augustus), Marc Antony, and Marcus Aemilius Lepidus formed in the year 43 BC and saw the three most powerful men in Rome overcome their own personal differences to bring about a new stability to their tumultuous city. 

Gradually emerging victorious over the assassins, the Second Triumvirate attempted to consolidate their hold on the Roman Empire by partitioning its vast expanse amongst themselves.  In what followed, political intrigue pitted each member of the Triumvirate against one another, as all attempted to seize absolute power.

This contest between the greatest Roman politicians mobilized vast armies from across the world, and featured battles that stretched from the sands of the Persian heartlands to the Spanish steppes. From the ashes of the Second Triumvirate emerged a new form of government that we now know as the Empire. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Green Book (2018)

This movie is both very entertaining and also very educational. I took college classes until my mid-50s and I am still trying to wake up as so many classes were boring.

Education should be engaging and entertaining. If it isn’t, I’m not sure what you are being taught; but, it probably isn’t to think for yourself.

I thought this movie was excellent

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I enjoy watching this video, it is both music and a story. I hope you enjoy it too.

Beer For My Horses

By Toby Keith & Featuring Willie Nelson

ART OF THE WEEK

The Nut Gatherers (1887)

By William Adolphe Bouguereau

Location: Detroit Institute of Arts

Bouguereau shows us two innocent girls posing in a glade, unaware of the dangers of life. The fresh faces, smooth skin, and bare feet remind us of the vulnerability of youth and of that privileged world of simple pleasures and intense youthful friendship before the responsibilities of adult life begin. Bouguereau was a teacher who upheld traditional values in painting at the Académie des Beaux Arts in Paris.

What a surprise when I stopped by our local library and saw a replica of this famous painting on the building’s wall.

Since, I have a copy of this same painting in my hallway.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Józef Pitsudski

I was really impressed with this guy. Not only is he a great Polish patriot, but he looks like someone you would be better off not messing with. 

Perhaps, you hear the saying, “My way or the highway.” Well this is more of a “My way or prison” type guy.

Józef Klemens Piłsudski, (5 December 1867 – 12 May 1935) was a Polish statesman who served as the Chief of State (1918–22) and First Marshal of Poland (from 1920).

He was considered the de facto leader (1926–35) of the Second Polish Republic as the Minister of Military Affairs. From World War I he had great power in Polish politics and was a distinguished figure on the international scene.

He is viewed as a father of the Second Polish Republic re-established in 1918, 123 years after the 1795 Partitions of Polandby Austria, Prussia and Russia

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

I grew up in a neighborhood that was predominantly Hill Billy, Italian and Polish; so I think I should be allowed to tell a couple of ethnic jokes.

I remember when I first got married, my family was so upset with me. I recall them saying, “What is the matter. Ain’t your own kin good enough for you.”

One of my hill billy friends went to a doctor and told the doctor he just had to be Polish. The doctor warned him, that he was going to have to have half of his brain removed. My hill billy friend said, “That’s okay, I’ve got to be Polish.”

After the operation, the doctor came in and told my friend that there had been a horrible mistake. Instead of removing half of his brain, they accidentally removed his entire brain.

My friend said “Mamma Mia!”

PHYSICAL TRAITS

I would not recommend anyone start drinking, if they don’t currently drink. However, I suspect one or two drinks a day may be helpful.

So for you drinkers out there, check out this Warsaw restaurant menu.  How about that, “Brzeski” on their menu. And I love the way they spell “Alkohole”.

CHARACTER TRAITS

Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw

This Memorial is dedicated to people who did not die fighting for freedom. These people died “fighting for an honorable death.” They knew they had absolutely no chance of surviving, if they rose up against the Nazis; since, they were surrounded by Nazis and vastly outgunned. They just didn’t want to go to their deaths without a fight. They died a noble death, they were truly extraordinary.

SOCIAL TRAITS 

Poor Choices

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

The above is a rather strange image, but it should make you think.  After seeing this, I would be reluctant to put off things I wanted to do and things I wanted to say to people.

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the film “Bohemian Rhapsody:

I’ve seen it and I liked it  35.71%  (5 votes) 

I have not seen it, but I want to see it.  35.71%  (5 votes) 

I have not seen it and I do not wish to see it.  28.57%  (4 votes) 

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

Total Votes: 14

Do you listen to your body?

Yes  69.23%  (9 votes) 

Not until it screams  15.38%  (2 votes) 

I do when I can; but I have so many responsibilities  15.38%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 13
Do you choose wisely what you feed your mind?

Yes  53.85%  (7 votes) 

Both  46.15%  (6 vot

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 13

Do you believe the majority of American colleges and universities teach critical thinking?

No  66.67%  (8 votes) 

Yes  33.33%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 12

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.

05/06/19 – Spring Time

CURRENT EVENTS

Spring time and the bunnies are helping me mow my lawn.

BOOKS OF THE WEEK

Quest for the Best

By Stanley Marcus

I had the privilege of meeting Stanley Marcus October 13, 1992 and he signed his book for me. Although I was only with him a minute or so, I walked away knowing I had just met someone who was truly extraordinary. As for the book, Stanley Marcus wrote it, so the book has to be remarkable. I’ve read it and reviewed it a number of times over the last quarter century that I have had it. 

Who better to know what is “the best” than the man who made Neiman Marcus synonymous with excellence for more than fifty years? Quest for the Best outlines Marcus’s philosophy of what constitutes the best in goods and services and how to receive it.

Marcus describes how increased labor costs and the disappearance of family owned businesses into the pockets of corporate giants have led to an institutionalized indifference to quality. “I have observed,” he writes, “that when you talk with an independent fine-quality maker, he speaks with pride about his product; when you talk with the chairman of a large corporation, he refers with pride to its net profit and balance sheet.”

Quest for the Best is not just a nostalgic look, however, at the age of handcrafted elegance. Marcus gives good advice on how consumers can educate themselves about the best, demand it, and get it. He describes his own experiences with the best in chapters such as “The Things You Love to Touch,” and “Bed and Board.” Witty, urbane, but always accessible, Marcus is a joy to read.

PLAY & MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I saw this play on April 28 at Meadow Brook Theater, in Rochester, Michigan; and I thought it was excellent. I didn’t look at my watch even once, the time just flew by with some comedy and a lot of great songs.

If you live in the Detroit area, it will be running through May 19, 2019.

This hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives, the girls serenade us with classic ‘50s hits including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” and “Stupid Cupid.” When the girls reunite to take the stage and perform at their ten-year reunion we learn about the past decade’s highs and lows.

Bohemian Rhapsody

It has taken me a while to get around to watching this film. I found it well worth watching and the acting was superb.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Given the movie of the week, it seems appropriate to feature some music by Queen.

We Will Rock You

By Queen

ART OF THE WEEK

Bird’s Eye View of Niagara Falls

This week I wanted to provide a bird’s-eye view of Niagara Falls; however, Bird photo bombed my shot of the Falls.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Stanley Marcus

Harold Stanley Marcus (April 20, 1905 – January 22, 2002) was president (1950–1972) and later chairman of the board (1972–1976) of the luxury retailer Neiman Marcus in Dallas, Texas.

During his tenure at the company, he also became a published author, writing his memoir Minding the Store and also a regular column in The Dallas Morning News.

Marcus introduced many of the innovations for which Neiman-Marcus became known, creating a national award for service in fashion and hosting art exhibitions in the store itself, as well as weekly fashion shows and an annual Fortnight event highlighting a different foreign country for two weeks each year.

He established the Neiman-Marcus Christmas Catalogue, which became famous for extravagant “His and Hers” gifts such as airplanes and camels. Marcus prided himself on his staff’s ability to provide service and value for each client, often citing his father’s dictum, “There is never a good sale for Neiman Marcus unless it’s a good buy for the customer.”

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

There are so many mysteries is the world, with the help of numerous friends, this blog is trying to give you a greater understanding of the world we live in. 

LEARNING TRAITS

I’m getting the impression that the majority of American colleges and universities are at best trade school and for many not even that. 

MISCELLANEOUS

Guys, here is some advice on how to flirt with girls.

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the film “My Cousin Vinny”:

I have seen it and liked it  73.68%  (14 votes) 

I have not seen it, but I would like to see it.  15.79%  (3 votes) 

I have not seen it and do not wish to see it  10.53%  (2 votes)  

I have seen it and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

Females, have you ever lifted weights?

Yes  57.14%  (8 votes) 

No  28.57%  (4 votes) 

Yes and I still do  14.29%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 14
Males, have you ever lifted weights?

Yes  50%  (4 votes) 

Yes and I still do  25%  (2 votes) 

No  25%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 8

Do you make enough time to create the life you want?

Yes  64.71%  (11 votes) 

No  35.29%  (6 votes)  

Total Votes: 17
Did the above instructions on how to fold a fitted sheet help you?

Yes  50%  (9 votes) 

No  50%  (9 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.