11/30/15 – Dave Miller

 CURRENT EVENTS

Dave Miller

It is with shock and sadness that I learned of the sudden passing of my brother David Miller while he was vacationing in Costa Rica yesterday.
Dave was a great guy and loved by many. He was 61 years old.
Please pray for his newly departed soul and for his widow Gail Miller.
There are no plans for services at this time.

Source:  Cheryl Miller, Dave’s sister

Dave was a long-time friend of mine and my euchre partner at the San Marino Club, where one year we actually won this ten-week tournament.

Euchre Winners

I believe a number of you have attended my numerous happy hour parties and know Dave and his wife Gail, who were frequent attendees.

DaveAndGailSM

Police Unions

Apprehended

I’m starting to wonder why there seems to be so many rogue police officers.  I think back to my union days and I recall there were a number of workers that really should have lost their jobs, but the union kept management from firing them.  

Perhaps, the same is true of the police officers unions.  I can’t believe that the other seven (I believe that was the number) officers who was on the scene didn’t know this officer who jumped out of his car and fired 16 shots into this teenager didn’t know they had a rogue cop in their ranks.  

SELF-HELP BOOKS

I bought Rules for a Knight on the 20th of this month and finished it by the 24th of this month.  It is definitely as easy read, but it is also a great guide for your journey though life.

Rules for a Knight

From Ethan Hawke, four-time Academy Award nominee—twice for writing and twice for acting—an unforgettable fable about a father’s journey and a timeless guide to life’s many questions. (Source: Amazon.com)

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

Remember details

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Meet Joe Black

Death, who takes the form of a young man, asks a media mogul to act as a guide to teach him about life on Earth and in the process he falls in love with his guide’s daughter. (Source: IMDB)

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Thanksgiving

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Probably no surprise that the vast majority of you (76%) were either having Thanksgiving at home or at a friends or relatives house.  The remaining 24% may be of interest to you, if you want to check the results of last week’s poll.

THIS WEEK POLL – Goals/Resolutions for 2016

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As we move into the last month of the year, many of us will start thinking about goals and resolutions for 2016, so this week’s poll is about your goals/resolutions plans for the coming year.

SONG OF THE WEEK

I had the privilege of seeing a live performance of MC Hammer a few years ago and Hammer is right, “U Can’t Touch This”.  

MC Hammer 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otCpCn0l4Wo

PAINTING OF THE WEEK

Liberity Leading the People

Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix

Delacroix depicted Liberty as both an allegorical goddess-figure and a robust woman of the people. The mound of corpses acts as a kind of pedestal from which Liberty strides, barefoot and bare-breasted, out of the canvas and into the space of the viewer. The Phrygian cap she wears had come to symbolize liberty during the first French Revolution, of 1789–94. The painting has been seen as a marker to the end of the Age of Enlightenment, as many scholars see the end of the French Revolution as the start of the romantic era.

The fighters are from a mixture of social classes, ranging from the bourgeoisie represented by the young man in a top hat, a student from the prestigious École Polytechnique wearing the traditional bicorne, to the revolutionary urban worker, as exemplified by the boy holding pistols. What they have in common is the fierceness and determination in their eyes. Aside from the flag held by Liberty, a second, minute tricolore can be discerned in the distance flying from the towers of Notre Dame. (Source: Wikipedia)

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Captain Jack Sparrow

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[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.  (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Cat racing

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11/23/15 – A Disturbing World

 CURRENT EVENTS

Viva la France!

France

Normally, I post something different each week; but I’m going to stay with Viva la France again this week.

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Keep Calm and Carry On is a little book of motivational quotes.  The title coming from a motivational poster produced by the British government in 1939 in preparation for the Second World War.  The book came out in 2009 and I first read it in 2010.  It doesn’t take long to read it, since it is just quotes.  But the title appealed to me during these troubled times.

Keep Calm and Carry On

You can read more about the history of the motivational quote used as the title for this book on Wikipedia.  Just click on:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keep_Calm_and_Carry_On

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

good and obedient wives

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

Coffee y Wine

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Sometimes the world is so disturbing, that one alternative to depression is to dance.  I think I’m going to dance now.

LAST WEEK POLL – A Christmas Carol

A Christ Carol image for poll

It seems like many of us have seen a movie based up the story, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  And I thought a surprising number of us have seen a play based upon the story.  And a good number of us have even read the story.

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Thanksgiving

SONG OF THE WEEK

I guess I’m not the only one feeling the need to dance.  Click on the link below and scroll down a little past the history and you will see some performers from the past dancing to Uptown Funk.  

Uptown Funk

http://www.littlethings.com/uptown-funk-dance-oldies-classic-vintage-nostalgia-vts/?utm_source=LTts&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=performances

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Napoléon Bonaparte

Napoleon

Napoléon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution [ ]

Napoleon dominated European affairs for over a decade while leading France against a series of coalitions in the Napoleonic Wars. He won most of these wars and the vast majority of his battles, rapidly gaining control of continental Europe before his ultimate defeat in 1815. One of the greatest commanders in history, his campaigns are studied at military schools worldwide and he remains one of the most celebrated and controversial political figures in Western history.

In civil affairs, Napoleon had a major long-term impact by bringing liberal reforms to the countries that he conquered, especially the Low Countries, Switzerland, Italy, and large parts of Germany. He implemented fundamental liberal policies in France and throughout Western Europe. His lasting legal achievement was the Napoleonic Code, which has been adopted in various forms by a quarter of the world’s legal systems, from Japan to Quebec. (Source:  Wikipedia)

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11/16/15 – Viva la France!

 CURRENT EVENTS

Viva la France!

France

World Powerlifting Congress

I took second place at the World Powerlifting contest in Maia, Portugal; coming in second to the extraordinary Evageny Khudolleev of Russia.

Results at Maia

I found the Russians very friendly and extremely supportive of me.  Below is a couple new Russian friends that I made at the contest.

Me y Russian 2

As I have mentioned in the past; one never accomplishes anything without some help along the way.  You may recall me mentioning Tony, Walter and Art’s contributions to my being at the contest in Portugal.  

Well I owe a big thank you to John Harp, who I met at the weigh-in the day before the contest.  He was kind enough to coach me through the lifting process, which was somewhat different than how I had done it in the USA.  Plus, John was encouraging me for each of my lifts.  I believe without his help, the results would not have been as favorable for me.

John y me

A Christmas Carol

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I saw this play yesterday with some of my best friends and I think seeing a live performance of A Christmas Carol is a great way to kick off the Christmas Holidays.  Usually, you can find a performance somewhere near you.  I happened to see this one at Meadow Brook Theater in Rochester, Michigan.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Toss

SELF-HELP BOOKS

I first read “The Art of War” back in 1988 and have reviewed it every so often.

Art of War

The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise attributed to Sun Tzu, a high-ranking military general, strategist and tactician [ ].  It has had an influence on Eastern and Western military thinking, business tactics, legal strategy and beyond.

The book was first translated into the French language in 1772 by French Jesuit Jean Joseph Marie Amiot and a partial translation into English was attempted by British officer Everard Ferguson Calthrop in 1905. The first annotated English language translation was completed and published by Lionel Giles in 1910.  Leaders as diverse as Mao Zedong, General Vo Nguyen Giap, General Douglas MacArthur and leaders of Imperial Japan have drawn inspiration from the work. (Source: Wikipedia)

LAST WEEK’S QUOTE FOR THE WEEK 

Last week’s poll involved five frogs on a long.  Four decide to jump off the log, how many are left?
Congratulations to the over 80% of you who answered that five frogs were left.  Why, because deciding isn’t doing.

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

Davy Quote

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

French Kiss

To demonstrate my support for the people of France, I thought I would choose a movie with a French theme.  This is a very nice movie and hopefully will take your mind off the troubles of our world, at least for a little while.

 French Kiss

The film is about a woman who flies to France to confront her straying fiancé and gets into trouble when the charming crook seated next to her uses her to smuggle a stolen diamond necklace. French Kiss was filmed on location in Paris, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur région of southeastern France, and Cannes. (Source:  Wikipedia)

LAST WEEK POLL – Health

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Regarding the first poll on health, 57% of us believed the people of the USA are less healthier than other people in the world.

However, 41% of us believe we are as healthy as other people in the world and another 41% of us believe we are healthier than other people in the world.

THIS WEEK’S POLL – A Christmas Carol 

A Christ Carol image for poll

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a holiday classic.  It is not just a book, but a number of movies have been using the story as its basis and many plays are being performed at this time of the year.

SONG OF THE WEEK

Given what happened in Paris and the threats against the USA; it just had to be Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. this song this week.Here is a song about taking care of business, plus I am dedicating this song to  all the business women out there.

Born in the U.S.A.

Born in the USA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPhWR4d3FJQ

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Davy Crockett

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Davy Crockett (August 17, 1786 – March 6, 1836) was a 19th-century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier, and politician. He is commonly referred to in popular culture by the epithet “King of the Wild Frontier”. He represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives, served in the Texas Revolution, and died at the Battle of the Alamo.

Crockett grew up in East Tennessee, where he gained a reputation for hunting and storytelling. After being made a colonel in the militia of Lawrence County, Tennessee, he was elected to the Tennessee state legislature in 1821. In 1825, Crockett was elected to the U.S. Congress, where he vehemently opposed many of the policies of President Andrew Jackson, most notably the Indian Removal Act. Crockett’s opposition to Jackson’s policies led to his defeat in the 1831 elections. He won again in 1833, then narrowly lost in 1835, prompting his angry departure to Texas (then the Mexican state of Tejas) shortly thereafter. In early 1836, Crockett took part in the Texas Revolution and was killed at the Battle of the Alamo in March. (Source:  Wikipedia)

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11/09/15 – Taking Care of Business

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBqxZAf3_FE

In chapter 40 of my book, I briefly talk about paying attention to your instincts.  If something seems too good to be true, it probably isn’t true.

SELF-HELP BOOKS

I’ve suggested this book before, but I thought given the circumstances that I am at the World Powerlifting Congress competition in Maia, Portugal; I thought it was particularly appropriate.

The Life Plan

CURRENT EVENTS

World Powerlifting Congress

I’m here in Maia, Portugal and as I look at the representatives from other countries, I now realize I should have trained harder and watched my diet far closer.  I will not make that mistake at next year’s WPC World Championship.

Miai

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK 

The gods help them that help themselves.

Source: Aesop

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This was true in Aesop’s time and it is true today.  Wishing, hoping and praying will not alone make it happen, you have to take some action.

As I say in my book, there are five frogs on a long.  Four decide to jump off the log, how many are left?

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

The Rewrite

Here is a film that I really enjoyed on the plane flying to Portugal.

 The Rewrite

An Oscar-winning writer in a slump leaves Hollywood to teach screenwriting at a college on the East Coast, where he falls for a single mom taking classes there. (Source:  IMDB)

LAST WEEK POLL – Seeing the world

World

I suspect I poorly worded my poll, since only 27% of us have visited North America.  I do have some non-North American readers of this blog, but not that many.

As for the other areas of the world that readers have visited:

  Europe  22%

  Asia or Australia  17%

  South or Central America  17%

  Middle East  10%

  Africa  8%

  North or South Pole  0%

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Health 

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I hear the typical person living in the USA spends more effort maintaining their car than they do their own bodies.  So how do you think the USA as well as yourself fares when compared to other people in the world.

 

SONG OF THE WEEK

Here is a song about taking care of business, plus I am dedicating this song to  all the business women out there.

Short Skirt Long Jacket

Cake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7aDstrDMf0

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Jack LaLanne

I can recall watching Jack LaLanne on TV in the morning before I went to school.  There weren’t that many people talking about fitness in the 1950s.

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LaLanne presented fitness and exercise advice on television for 34 years. The Jack LaLanne Show was the longest-running television exercise program. According to the SF Chronicle TV program archives, it first began on September 28, 1953 as a 15-minute local morning program (sandwiched between the morning news and a cooking show) on San Francisco’s ABC television station, KGO-TV, with LaLanne paying for the airtime himself as a way to promote his gym and related health products. [ ] In 1959, the ABC network picked up the show for nationwide broadcast, which continued until 1985. (Source:  Wikipedia)

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11/02/15 – There is more to lifting weights than just lifting weights

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Listening

In Chapter 29 of my book I talk about the importance of listening to understand; plus, active listening is one of the greatest compliments you can give someone.

SELF-HELP BOOKS

The Soul’s Whisper by Kimberly Verhamme, is aimed at children and it is a nice book to read to one’s child as well as generating some interesting discussions.  With that said, I have enjoyed reading it and found it has a lot of good reminders for adults too.  

Soul's Whisper

CURRENT EVENTS

World Powerlifting Congress

Well, it has been a while since I went overseas to represent the United States of America, as you can see from the photo below taken in 1966.

(Major General Rosson promoting me to Specialist 5 while I was in Viet nam and he was the reason I went to college until I was in my mid-50s.  When that guy told you to go to college, you went.)

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I’ll be leaving for Portugal this week as one of the members of Team USA for the World Powerlifting Congress’s 2015 World Championships in Portugal.  I can’t say this was a dream come true since I could never have imagined such an opportunity.  The point of all this is the importance of having friends around you to encourage you.  I was lucky to have:

Tony Mangino, who got me back in the gym years ago

(Tony’s not with us any longer, but I still have that trophy he is holding & I was with him when he won it)

Freddy

Walter Crescentini, who  got me into competitive power lifting years ago.

(Walter coaching me during a bench press contest.  Walter also is no longer with us, but every time I am in a contest, I miss him greatly.)

Coach walter

(Walter, me & Tony’s brother Geno)

Freddie Contest

Art Little who had more faith in me that I could do this, than I had in myself.

another try

I devoted Chapter 27 of my book to “Friends”.  The question for all of us is, “Are we the kind of friend that brings out the best in others, encourages them and are glad for their successes?  If we are, then we are extraordinary by helping others to become extraordinary.

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK 

Your Time

How often have you been told, I’m sorry but I just don’t have enough time.  Actually, we all get the same 24 hours a day.  Perhaps, those who say this are simply being polite.  Since saying they don’t have enough time is far nicer to hear than saying you or your request is not a priority.  In chapter 37 of my book, I stress how important it is to make good use of your time as well as mention some time saving tips.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

The Best Offer

Although this isn’t my usual type of movie, I thought this mystery suspense movie was well done.  As for lessons to be learned from this movie, it does relate to Chapter 40 of my book that talks about seeing what is there rather than what you want to be there.

 The Best Offer

A master auctioneer becomes obsessed with an extremely reclusive heiress who collects fine art.d (Source:  IMDB)

LAST WEEK POLL – Have you ever spoken to a famous person

Famous People

It seems like many of us have actually spoken to an entertainer.  Close behind are those of us who have spoken to an author or artist, followed closely by those of us who have spoken to some other kind if famous person.

As for the impact of speaking with a famous person, there was a tie between those who thought it had a lasting impact and those who thought there was no impact.  However, a number of you thought speaking with a famous person has a impact for a little while.

THIS WEEK’S POLL 

World

In chapter 48 I talk about the importance of seeing the world, so I thought you might find it interesting to learn of all the places your fellow blog readers have been.

 

SONG OF THE WEEK

Monster Mash

Boo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2PoSljk8cE&feature=share

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

I have never trained in a gym that did not have a picture of Arnold on its walls.  The discipline of the gym carries over to your outside activities.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Arnold  Schwarzenegger; born July 30, 1947, is an Austrian-American actor, model, producer, director, activist, businessman, investor, writer, philanthropist, former professional bodybuilder, and politician. Schwarzenegger served two terms as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 until 2011.

Schwarzenegger began weight training at the age of 15. He won the Mr. Universe title at age 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times. Schwarzenegger has remained a prominent presence in bodybuilding and has written many books and articles on the sport. He is widely considered to be among the greatest bodybuilders of all times as well as its biggest icon. Schwarzenegger gained worldwide fame as a Hollywood action film icon. Schwarzenegger’s breakthrough film was the sword-and-sorcery epic Conan the Barbarian in 1982, which was a box-office hit and resulted in a sequel.  In 1984, he appeared in James Cameron’s science-fiction thriller film The Terminator, which was a massive critical and box-office success. Schwarzenegger subsequently reprised the Terminator character in the franchise’s later installments in 1991, 2003, and 2015.[3][4][5] He appeared in a number of successful films, such as Commando (1985), The Running Man (1987), Predator (1987), Twins (1988), Total Recall (1990), Kindergarten Cop (1990) and True Lies (1994). He was nicknamed the “Austrian Oak” in his bodybuilding days, “Arnie” during his acting career, and “The Governator” (a portmanteau of “Governor” and “The Terminator”, one of his best-known movie roles).

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