10/26/15 – Willie, Leon & Lulu, Erik and Gandhi

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Sometimes things are just so terrible that it helps to find humor in them.  I’m hoping this is how everyone will take this short video.  However, you will have to stay with the video about 25 seconds to see where it is going.

[Warning: If this isn’t an actual broadcast, it should be]

https://www.facebook.com/serbevents/videos/10153731161177125/

SELF-HELP BOOKS

The Tao of Willie is a fun book to read and provides a great deal of wisdom.  

Tao of Willie

CURRENT EVENTS

Michigan APF Fall Open

Michigan APF

Please don’t be too quick to allow your age to prevent you from doing something you want to do.  

I was the oldest lifter in the two day powerlifting contest in Grand Rapids last Friday and Saturday.  My lift is the deadlift and there were plenty of people there who deadlifted far more than me.  Still, I set two state records in the 90 Kg Masters 6 class and I will be representing the USA in world powerlifting competition in Portugal next month. 

Here I am lifting 303 pounds for a age group state record.

Books & Authors Event – Leon & Lulu

Leon & Lulu Oct 2015

If you didn’t make it to yesterday’s Books & Authors event at Leon & Lulu in Clawson, MI; you missed the opportunity to talk one-on-one with over 50 authors.  Plus, Leon & Lulu is a very cool store with many unique items.

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK 

Sunglasses

Never dim yourself for the comfort of others,

make them wear sunglasses

Source:  Unknown

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Night of the Living Dead

This 1968 movie is one of the most scary movies that I have ever seen, but if you read below you will learn that it is more than just a scary movie.

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[Night of the Living Dead] eventually garnered critical acclaim and has been selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry, as a film deemed, “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” (Source:  Wikipedia)


LAST WEEK POLL
– Your Favorite Alcoholic Beverage

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Twenty-nine of you voted for your favorite alocholic beverage.  Wine was the overwhelming favorite with 12 votes or 41%.  Beer came in second with 8 votes, followed by 5 votes for mixed drinks and only one of you preferred liquor.  Non-drinkers were only 3 or 10% of those who voted.

As for belief about whether alcohol preferences says something about a person, 60% thought no and 40% thought yes.

THIS WEEK’S POLL 

Famous People

I think all of us have seen famous people, but I thought it would be interesting to hear how many of us have actually spoken with a famous person, even if it was a brief greeting.

Follow-up poll

SONG OF THE WEEK

Your Song

Erik Band

This week’s song is an Elton John classic, titled Your Song and it is performed by my friend Erik Loszewski.  I’m not sure what you will be doing October 31, but Erik and his buddies will be at Little Loraine’s in Mt Clemens from 9:30-1:30.

https://www.facebook.com/erik.loszewski/videos/10203989856018410/

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Gandhi

Gandhi

[Warning:  If the following isn’t a true story, it should be]

Rather than provide my usual brief bio of the person I have selected as the  extraordinary person of the week, I thought the following would tell you so much more about Gandhi than mere dates and events.

When Mahatma Gandhi was studying law at the University College of London, a white professor, whose last name was Peters, disliked him intensely and always displayed prejudice and animosity towards him..

Also, because Gandhi never lowered his head when addressing him as he expected, there were always “arguments” and confrontations. One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch at the dining room of the University, and Gandhi came along with his tray and sat next to the professor. The professor said, “Mr Gandhi, you do not understand. A pig and a bird do not sit together to eat.”

Gandhi looked at him as a parent would a rude child and calmly replied, “You do not worry professor. I’ll fly away,” and he went and sat at another table. Mr. Peters, reddened with rage, decided to take revenge on the next test paper, but Gandhi responded brilliantly to all questions.

Mr. Peters, unhappy and frustrated, asked him the following question. “Mr Gandhi, if you were walking down the street and found a package, and within was a bag of wisdom and another bag with a lot of money, which one would you take?” Without hesitating, Gandhi responded, “The one with the money, of course.”

Mr. Peters, smiling sarcastically said, “I, in your place, would have taken the wisdom, don’t you think?” Gandhi shrugged indifferently and responded, “Each one takes what he doesn’t have.”

Mr. Peters, by this time was fit to be tied. So great was his anger that he wrote on Gandhi’s exam sheet the word “idiot” and gave it to Gandhi.. Gandhi took the exam sheet and sat down at his desk, trying very hard to remain calm while he contemplated his next move.

A few minutes later, Gandhi got up, went to the professor and said to him in a dignified but sarcastically polite tone, “Mr. Peters, you signed the sheet, but you did not give me the grade.”

BLOG

I always appreciate those that leave comments on my weekly posts and last week four of you were kind enough to live a comment.  Thank you very much.    Leaving a comment is easy, just click on “Leave A Comment”, which is immediately below the title of this week’s post.  And if instead of seeing “Leave A Comment”, you see “# Comments”, just click on that and scroll down to leave your comment.

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MY BOOK

My book can be purchased on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  It is also available in a ebook format.

My Final Cover

http://www.amazon.com/Tired-Being-Ordinary-Are-You/dp/0990388697

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6 thoughts on “10/26/15 – Willie, Leon & Lulu, Erik and Gandhi

  1. I really enjoyed your blog this week. That story about Gandhi was very special. It illustrates his intelligence, humor and self respect even as a young man.

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  2. I hope this Ghandi story is true because I am moved to share it. Funny video as well.
    Also, I’m not surprised about the survey results on alcohol. There are always a lot of beer drinkers in bars and wine drinkers in restaurants. I am one of only a few people I know that don’t like either. Good vodka and tonic, yippee!

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    • Carolyn, the Ghandi story is like the vast majority of stories on the internet. But the way I look at it & with a knowing smile on my face; “If the story isn’t true, it should be.” 🙂

      And wouldn’t it be a wonderful world if the video was an actual news broadcast. Again, if it isn’t a real broadcast; it should have been. Rodney King had it right in my mind, after all the terrible things he experienced, he said; “Can’t we all just get along.” Personally, I think “slopes.com” needs another category, “Things that aren’t true, but should be.”

      By the way, “Gin & Tonic” makes a nice summer time drink 🙂

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