05/09/16 – APF Raw Nationals


APF Raw Nationals Powerlifting Contest

APF Raw Nationals

I just returned from Lombard, IL; where I took first place in the deadlift for the 198 and under weight and Masters VI (Ages 65 to 69)

2016 Raw Nationals

This could not have done this without Freddy, who got be back in the gym years ago.


Walter (fellow on left, holding three trophies he won that day) who got me into competitive powerlifting


And Art, who talked me into returning to the sport although I was in my late 60s.  By the way, Art set the “World Record” for his age and weight at this contest.

Art 2016 Raw Nationals


Honor Thy Temple

In recognition of Mother’s Day, I dedicate this one to all you moms out there.

Wk 20 Dinner Again


The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

I’ve long thought the value of living a good life is simply living a good life, and not based upon a reward or a punishment.

It seems one of Rome’s wisest emperors felt much the same way.

Wk 20 Marcius Arealous


Getting Along with Others

Think how well people would get along if we all just followed this advice.

Wk 20 Let them be wrong


Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

It is important to keep learning, regardless of how old we are.

So here is something you can learn about parking.

Wk 20 Parallel Parking


The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

I realize that some of you out there may believe the odds of you becoming extraordinary are about the same as finding a needle in a haystack.

Well, perhaps that isn’t as hard as you may think if you just give it a try.

Needle in Haystack


Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

by Carlo Rovelli

The lessons are very brief and easy to read; however, very difficult to truly understand.  If you aren’t willing to question everything you believe, probably not the book for you.

For example first there was just the flat earth and the sky above.  As time went on, we learned the sun and stars revolved around a spherical Earth per Aristotle.

Later, thanks to Copernicus, we learned that the earth revolved around the sun.  Still later, we learned our sun was just a star like the one hundred billion other stars in our galaxy.

In the 1930s we learned that our galaxy was just a speck of dust in a vast cloud of galaxies.  What you will learn from this book gets much stranger in many other ways.

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics


Me at the Nationals

I thought you may want to see this short clip of me at the National Raw Powerlifting Competition.

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Nixon & Elvis

Nixon & Elvis foto

Here are the results of the three poll last week:

When it comes to Nixon

   43% Indifferent

   43% Disliked

   14% Liked

When it comes to Elvis

   71% Liked

   19% Indifferent

10% Disliked

Regarding your preference between Nixon and Elvis

   68% Liked Elvis better than Nixon

   16% Liked Nixon better than Elvis

   16% Were indifferent

THIS WEEK POLL – Friendships

People in Your Life


Gonna Fly Now

(Theme from “Rocky”)

by DeEtta Little


“Gonna Fly Now”, also known as “Theme from Rocky”, is the theme song from the movie Rocky, composed by Bill Conti with lyrics by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins, and performed by DeEtta Little (the sister of actor Cleavon Little) and Nelson Pigford. Released in February 1977 with the movie Rocky, the song became part of American popular culture after main character Rocky Balboa as part of his daily training regimen runs up the 72 stone steps leading to the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia and raises his arms in a victory pose, while the song plays. (Source: Wikipedia)


Giant Horse Statue

Here is a photo of the famous large horse at Meijer’s Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI.  If you are ever in the Grand Rapids area, I urge you to visit these extraordinary gardens.

Me y grande horse

I probably should not have, but as you can see in the above photo the horse almost stepped on me.  So I tamed it.

Tamed that Horse


Arnold Schwarzenegger

If you want to know that you are in a serious gym, there should be at least one photo of Arnold on the wall.


Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (born July 30, 1947) 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. (Source: Wikipedia)


Wk 20 Terrifying animals


Thanks to Judith, Kathy & Carol,  for commenting on last week’s post.  Comments are so encouraging, I urge you to let me know what you are thinking via a blog comment.

Thank you Abbie & Lori for bringing my total number of blog followers to 62.  

My Harmony Books & Films Facebook page likes remains at 65.  

If you think this blog has any merit, please pass it on to your friends.  Hopefully, more of you will continue to share this blog with others. My thanks to Scot, Kim, Cheryl, Debbie, Carol & Marilyn, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.


If you know someone who is trying to change their life or that needs to change their life, please consider my book.

For those of you into reading books on a Kindle, the Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  

And if you have read my book, please leave an evaluation of it on Amazon.  Thank you.

My Final Cover




8 thoughts on “05/09/16 – APF Raw Nationals

  1. Good job, Bill. Lots of good jokes and philosophy. I never stop laughing at that jib jab weightlifting video. I like how you give tribute to your weightlifting teachers!


  2. I’m still not sure about being, extraordinary….or why I would want to be….good job with the weightlifting…I still parallel park, just to see if I still can and I’m always surprised that I can!


    • I hear what you are saying about being extraordinary. I was shocked the first time someone told me that they didn’t want to be extraordinary. I am hoping the just don’t want the notoriety; but would still like to do extraordinary things like cure cancer or do something to improve the conditions so many people live under.

      Thank you for the weightlifting comment. Freddy and Walter have passed, but I can never go to the gym or a contest without thinking of them and their efforts to get me to where I am at. And of course, there efforts would have been for nothing; without Art there to give me the final push to come back to competitive powerlifting. Believe, it took him years to get me to return; but he always believed in me.

      And finally I know so many people have problems parallel parking, so I wanted to do something to help them. I thought those parallel parking instructions would really help–they actually do work 🙂

      Thanks for commenting, I look forward to hearing your observations.


  3. There you go man, keep it up with the weight lifting. The millinials are a generation of future problems, and you at your wise.age can probably outlift them. When you have the chance, check out a fre of my stories at Gastradamus.


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