2/19/18 – Most Successful Olympic Competitor Ever

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

Since the winter Olympics are still going on, I thought some of you may be wondering who was the most successful Olympic competitor ever. Here is the answer.

Roman Emperor Nero

In AD 67, Nero took part in the Olympic Games and became the only competitor in history to win all the events.  As outstanding as this accomplish was, it was even more impressive since he did not even enter some events.  And other events, like the chariot races, Nero did not finish the event. Nero was thrown from his chariot and did not finish the race, yet he was still proclaimed the winner on the grounds that he would have won had he been able to complete the race.

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple (Honra Tu Templo)

What has happened to people, it seems so many claim they can’t eat this or that due to an allergy. No doubt true for a few, but is it possible to be true for so many.  I hope not.

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

(La Fundación para Ser Extraordinario)
How many times do you hear you should live in the moment?  
Personally, I think Cookie Monster makes a good point.

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to learn another language.  It helps keep your mind sharp and it goes over well when one is visiting a foreign country.

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

(Las Probabilidades y Los Fines de Ser Extraordinarios)

Most people are their own biggest obstacle to having what they want.

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

This is definitely not an easy read, so please skip down to “Movie of the Week.”

In The Name of Rome

by Adrian Goldsworthy

 

The Roman Empire was created and maintained by military might. As a consequence, generals were immensely important figures throughout Rome’s history. Often the same men who commanded the legions in battle dominated the State in peacetime.

From Scipio Africanus, who combined apparent mysticism with iron determination, to Caesar, the aggressive and charismatic aristocrat, Adrian Goldsworthy looks at Rome’s greatest generals and at how and why they won their victories. At the same time he tells the story of Roman warfare, from the bitter struggle with Carthage and the brilliant Hannibal in the third century BC to the last desperate attempt to win back the Western Empire in the sixth century AD. He also traces the evolution of the Roman army and the Roman political system which directed it. (Source: Adrian Goldsworthy)

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

I’m now in the 13 and final season of this wonderful series.  

Poirot Series 13 

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

I miss this version of Taylor Swift compared to today’s version.

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

By Taylor Swift

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Valentine’s Day

How did or will you spend Valentine’s Day?

Doing nothing out of the ordinary  47.06%  (8 votes) 

Giving someone a Valentine card  23.53%  (4 votes) 

Giving someone a gift  17.65%  (3 votes) 

Doing something special with someone  11.76%  (2 votes) 

 THIS WEEK’S POLL – Happiness

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Here are photos of the outside of the Colosseum and the inside, that I took while Carol and I were on a visit to Rome.

Colosseum

  

The Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. It is the largest amphitheatre ever built. 

Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in AD 72, and was completed in AD 80 under his successor and heir Titus. Further modifications were made during the reign of Domitian (81–96). These three emperors are known as the Flavian dynasty, and the amphitheatre was named in Latin for its association with their family name (Flavius).

The Colosseum could hold, it is estimated, between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, having an average audience of some 65,000; it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology.

The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine.

Although partially ruined because of damage caused by earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is still an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome. It is one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions. (Source: Wikipedia)

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

It seems to me that today, the media refers to a lot of people as heroes, who are victims.  However, Aaron Feist isn’t a victim, he is a true hero in every sense of the word.

They say that the best way to die is in your sleep and that is a pretty good way to die.  But I believe a hero’s death is a far better way to leave Earth.

Aaron Feist

(CNN)Football coach Aaron Feis threw himself in front of students as bullets hailed down Wednesday at his alma mater, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you Carol, Darlene, Quirky Girl, Roijoyeux Spiritual Journey for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

And my thanks to Aarti, Ankandas, Experimental Film Festival & Mabm,  who started following my blog.

BOOK (LIBRO)

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

My Final Cover

10 thoughts on “2/19/18 – Most Successful Olympic Competitor Ever

  1. I know this is hard to believe, but I had never heard of Taylor Swift, and listening to the song just now is the first song I’ve heard her sing. When you get past the 50’s, I know very little of the modern musical world. Folk ballads and classical music are my favorites.
    I so enjoy your blog and wish that we had an opportunity to meet with you more often. I probably told you that Michael and I are going to Hot Springs Village in Ar., probably in April, to visit Kate. If we really like it, we may move there. I would very much like that. For one thing, then we would only be 8 hours away from Brenton, my only child. (Michael has 4 by his previous marriage.
    A belated Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Carol! Con carino y un abrazo fuerte, Judy

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    • I tend to include a lot of 50s songs on my blog Judy. But once in a while I mix it up a bit.
      I’m delighted to hear you are still enjoying the blog. I’ve started giving it a tiny bit more edge, to make it more interesting both for those who agree and those who disagree.
      Best wishes on your trip to AR and no doubt you will enjoy seeing Kate. How long to you plan on staying?

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  2. Thanks Bill for a great blog again. Food alergy joke I enjoyed. What’s in your cup is so true, Happiness is a choice is right on also. I can think of a couple of people that can take advice from Taylor Swifts song Never Ever Getting Back Together. I personally don’t care for her singing but I did like the old one Tear drops on my Guitar. When was that when you and Carol were in Rome? You can piut Tom Petty on anytime you like.

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    • Thank you very much Darlene for your encouraging comment and glad you enjoyed so many of the topics. We have been to Rome a couple of times, but it has been a rather long time ago. So long, I cannot begin to guess. I’ll keep Tom Petty in mind. Thanks again Darlene.

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  3. I liked the cup of life example and also, that you included a real hero in this post! Thank you!
    I enjoyed the Olympics and the win which had me grinning was women winning over Canada in Hockey! Yay! 🎖️🏆

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