09/04/17 – Labrador Weekend

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

Labor Day Weekend

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple

2017 AWPC Worlds – Raw & Equipped

September 10, 2017

This Sunday, September 10, I will be trying to win the Amateur World Powerlifting world championship for my age, weight and type of lift.

In May of this year, I qualified for Team USA by winning the Amateur American Powerlifting  Federation national championship for my age, weight and type of lift, as well as setting the national record in that category.

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

Getting Along with Others

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

There are a lot of people out there (gurus, financial advisors, various kinds of coaches, etc.) willing to give you advice for a fee.  Be cautious by checking their background and look for demonstrated successes, especially success in their own lives.

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

This is what separates the successful from the unsuccessful.

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder

by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Douglas Kent Hall

I understand, if you aren’t into fitness; you probably aren’t interested in this book.

There is more to this book than just fitness. Here is a sentence from this book, “The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

I saw this film last week and I adore Aubrey Plaza.  She not only starred in this film, but was also one of the producers.  As for my opinion of the film, well it is a good thing I adore Aubrey Plaza.

Ingrid Goes West

Critics Consensus: Led by strong performances from Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen, Ingrid Goes West delivers smart, topical humor underlined by timely social observations. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

Rocky Theme Song – Gonna Fly Now

by Bill Conti

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Are you a better person?

Have you become a better person since the beginning of this year?

37% – Yes

25% – No, I like how I am now

 19% – No, I was already a fantastic person

19% – Tried, but failed

In the remaining four months of 2017, I am going to

72% – Become a better person

22% – Stay the same

 6% – Become a worse person

THIS WEEK’S POLL – What do you think of gray hair?

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Here I am at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, standing by one of de Chirico’s paintings

Plaza d’Italia

by Giorgio de Chirico

Giorgio de Chirico (10 July 1888 – 20 November 1978) was an Italian artist and writer. In the years before World War I, he founded the scuola metafisica art movement, which profoundly influenced the surrealists.

De Chirico won praise for his work almost immediately from the writer Guillaume Apollinaire, who helped to introduce his work to the later Surrealists. De Chirico strongly influenced the Surrealist movement: Yves Tanguy wrote how one day in 1922 he saw one of de Chirico’s paintings in an art dealer’s window, and was so impressed by it he resolved on the spot to become an artist—although he had never even held a brush. Other Surrealists who acknowledged de Chirico’s influence include Max Ernst, Salvador Dalí, and René Magritte. (Source: Wikipedia)

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Franco Columbu

Francesco Columbu (born August 7, 1941) is an Italian actor, author, former champion bodybuilder and World’s Strongest Man competitor.

Columbu started his athletic career as a boxer, Columbu progressed into Olympic Weightlifting, powerlifting, and later bodybuilding, winning the title of Mr. Olympia in 1976 and 1981. At 5’4″, though shorter than most of his competitors, his height did not prevent him from achieving widespread success.

Columbu is a longtime friend of Schwarzenegger, whom he met in Stuttgart in 1965 and against whom he competed in several international-level bodybuilding competitions. For the Mr. Olympia competitions however, he competed in the under-200 lb (90.7 kg) category, whereas Schwarzenegger was in the over-200 lb category. The IFBB has since abandoned weight classes.

Arnold and Franco were inseparable friends and training partners during the late 60s to mid-1970s. Columbu served as Schwarzenegger’s best man at his wedding to Maria Shriver in 1986. Columbu and Schwarzenegger had been encouraged to come to America by bodybuilding guru Joe Weider in 1969; Weider sponsored them with an $80/week stipend. They arrived in America and began a bricklaying and patio business called European Brick Works in 1969. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you Crystal, Darlene, Quirky Girl, Samantha & Tania, for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

Thank you Darlene, Donna & Melissa, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

And my thanks to Eugenia, Hussein, Jac, Jim, Lindsay, Lost Soul, Madhulika, MC Clark, Moushmi, Mrs. Master Mind, Mystic Writer, Pradita, Sanoberkhan & Twiiti, who started following my blog and to Isabella, Mariana & Stacyfor liking  my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

BOOK (LIBRO)

My Final Cover

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

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/im-tired-of-being-ordinary-are-you-wm-allen/1120528064?ean=9780990388692

16 thoughts on “09/04/17 – Labrador Weekend

  1. Good luck Bill!….love Rocky theme song… I missed last week’s poll, but I am always trying to become a better person….in a world with so much turmoil, it’s easy to become an grumpy old bag, which no one wants to be around….try to find the happiness in just being alive everyday!

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    • Thank you Kathy for you good wishes on my upcoming contest as well as just commenting. I always appreciate comments and find them encouraging to stay at blogging.

      I believe you have already accomplished the better person goal 🙂

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  2. Good luck on the 10th.I know you will do great! When I get more gray hair I may decide to do the transition. Hope you and Carol had a great Labrador weekend. Lol

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  3. Stay focused the entire time before and during your weight lifting presentation. Afterwards relax and enjoy the journey of the other people in the contest. Reach for the stars. I know you will do well

    I saw a documentary on Arnold. He is a very interesting and daring person. He had a lot of goals in his life and has pretty much accomplished them all. .

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