04/03/17 – Warm Weather = Bike Riding


My New Bike

And if you live in the Royal Oak, MI, USA area, I recommend you see John at



Honor Thy Temple

Don’t let this be you.


The Foundation for Being Extraordinary


Getting Along with Others

Relationships can be complicated.


Growth Keeps You Extraordinary


The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary


The Death of Caesar

by Barry Strauss

I thought I knew a lot about the events surrounding the murder of Caesar on March 15, 44 B.C.; but this very readable book if full of information, much of which I did not know.


The Edge of Seventeen

I saw this film last week and rather than use words to tell you how much I liked this film, I thought I would just show you one scene, so you could decide for yourself if it would be a film you would like.


Last week I featured Alison Krauss singing When You Say Nothing at All (1995), which was a sweet song.  This week I thought I would change things up a bit with one of my favorites, the Wicked Mr. Pickett.

In The Midnight Hour

Wilson Pickett

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Health Insurance

42% – Believe their health insurance situation is worse compared to 7 years ago.

42% – Believe their health insurance situation is the same compared to 7 years ago.

 16% – Believe their health insurance situation is better compared to 7 years ago.



Art comes in many forms, some even on two wheels.



Not many people had a rougher start in life than Mr. T; yet he still made something of himself and we can follow his example.

Mr. T

Mr. T was born in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest son in a family with twelve children. His father, Nathaniel Tureaud, Sr., was a minister. Mr. T, with his four sisters and seven brothers, grew up in a three-room apartment in one of the city’s housing projects, in a poorly constructed building, in an area with high levels of environmental pollutants and the largest concentration of poverty in America. While growing up, Mr. T regularly witnessed murder, rape, and other crimes, but attributes his survival and later success to his will to do well and his mother’s love. (Source: Wikipedia)

Check out Mr. T on this season’s Dancing with the Stars



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Leon & Lulu
96 W. 14 Mile Road
Clawson, MI 48017

(Northern suburbs of Detroit)

If you like books or if you have ever thought of writing a book, Sunday April 30th, 2017, from 11 am to 5 pm at Leon & Lulu’s in Clawson, Michigan; you will have a chance to talk to a lot of authors.  Click on the link below to see who will be there, and if you look closely you see me there also. I  would be delighted if you would stop by and say hello.  Please let me know if you think you might stop by.


The basis of this blog sprung from my book, which is available on-line from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

My Final Cover



15 thoughts on “04/03/17 – Warm Weather = Bike Riding

    • Thank you for commenting Christy. I too was surprised at the adversity he faced when I start researching him. I’ve been a superficial fan of his for years, but only recently found out more about him. Plus, now I have also become a fan of Mr. Tea 🙂

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  1. Cool bike, Bill! I love biking once the weather gets warm. Todd, my dad, my brother, and I are going to do the 40-mile NYC bike tour again this year… I just hope it doesn’t rain because the weather was miserable last year. Are there lots of spots to bike by you?


    • Thank you Chris. I’ve been looking for a Fat Tire bike that was right for me for some time now and just happened upon this one and I am delighted with it. I’m really not much of a bike rider, traditionally I just ride to a restaurant 🙂 My goal is to ride in the Detroit Slow Roll at least once this year if not more. I’m definitely not in the 40 mile league 🙂


  2. ❤ the Mr. T video! (He's still my hero). And I wanted to vote "I rode my bike today" but that was not an option in your poll… Well, at least you know I rode mine today, haha. Your new bicycle looks great, Bill!


    • Thank you for commenting Samantha. I too am a fan of Mr. T; but I also like that Mr. Tea 🙂 I’ve wanted a Fat Tire bike for almost two years and finally found one that was right for me. Next, Slow Role Detroit 🙂

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  3. Hey Bill, Enjoyed your blog. That’s some bike! Widest tire I’ve ever seen. I’ll have to check out the movie Edge of Seventeen. Wilson Pickett was one of my favs back in the 60’s. That commercial with the BMW is funny. Mr. T. has done well for himself. We loved him with all his dangling chains. As for a dancer I’ve only seen the one you put on here maybe he should stick to acting. Lol Just saying. Thank you for this week’s entertainment. Always enjoy reading them.


    • Thank you Darlene. It is call a “Fat Tire” bike and they are catching on. I just knew I had to have one the first time I saw one. Just that clip I posted from the Edge of Seventeen was what got me to watch that film. It was a Netflix DVD. I am a fan of Mr. T, but I agree with you that he had better stick to acting. Plus, now I am also a fan of Mr. Tea. 🙂


  4. You ask if your health insurance is better or worse than seven years ago, But didn’t ask about the extent to which it was better or worse. I know people who are paying a few hundred dollars more than they used to, So it is worse for them. But I also know people who didn’t have any insurance until a few years ago, So things are much much better for them, And they were very fearful of losing their insurance.

    Before the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) medical costs were the cause of about half of our bankruptcies. Many people died because they couldn’t get insurance.

    By comparison, spending a few more dollars doesn’t seem so bad.

    But of course the program could be improved, And would have been improved under Hillary Clinton. The Republicans can’t come up with anything workable because some GOP want to do away with Government altogether while others know that their constituents will suffer without government help. (And keeping the pre-Obamacare status quo was more expensive because people didn’t get regular healthcare and ended up in the emergency room — the most expensive care possible.) So the Republicans will have difficulty uniting under any plan. Helping to explain the 17% approval rate of their last try at healthcare.


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