5/14/18 – Peace in the Middle East


Peace in the Middle East

A woman was walking along the beach when she stumbled upon a Genie’s
lamp.  She picked it up and rubbed it and lo-and-behold, a Genie

The amazed woman asked if she got three wishes.  The Genie said, “nope,
due to inflation, constant downsizing, low wages in third world
countries, and fierce global competition, I can only grant you one
wish.  So what’ll be?’.

The woman didn’t hesitate. She said “I want peace in the Middle East,
See this map?, I want these countries to stop fighting with each other”.

The Genie looked at the map and exclaimed, “Gadzooks lady! These
countries have been at war for thousands of years.  I’M good, but not
THAT good!, I don’t think it can be done.  Make another wish”.

The woman thought for a minute and said “Well, I’ve never been able to
find the right man.  You know, one that’s considerate and fun, likes to
cook and helps with the housecleaning, is good in bed and gets along
with my family, doesn’t watch sports all the time, and is faithful.
That’s what I wish for…….”A good mate.

The Genie let out a long sigh and said, “let me see that map again.


Honor Thy Temple (Honra Tu Templo)

And please don’t neglect your dental health, it is so important.

I know, sometimes you may be running short of cash, but still you ought to go.

A friend of mine, told me that although he only had a dollar, he still went to the dentist.

I was surprised to hear that and so I asked him what the dentist did for him.

He told me the dentist gave him “buck” teeth.


The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

(La Fundación para Ser Extraordinario)
It is important to tell the truth and if it isn’t the full truth, then it isn’t the truth.
However, telling the truth is not a license to hurt people.




Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

(El Crecimiento te Mantiene Extraordinario)

Space exploration is very important and the photos being taken are amazing, such as this photo of earth.

And here is a photo of the surface of Mars


The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

(Las Probabilidades y Los Fines de Ser Extraordinarios)


This book is old, like me (Actually, I’m older than this book), but like me it still has some useful ideas.

The Brand You 50(1999)

by Tom Peters

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why you need to become a distinct brand;
  • Fifty specific ways to become “Brand You”; and
  • Fifty actions you should take to make your brand real.

(Source: getabstract)


If you are as much of a fan of Aubrey Plaza as I am, you will like this movie.  Aubrey not only stars in the movie but was also one of its producers.

The Little Hours (2017 – Rated R)

In the Middle Ages, a young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns. Introduced as a deaf-mute man, he must fight to hold his cover as the nuns try to resist temptation. (Source: IMDB)

Critics Consensus: The Little Hours gets plenty of goofy mileage out of its gifted ensemble, anchoring its ribald laughs in a period comedy with some surprisingly timely subtext. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

Cleopatra (1963)

I first saw this film when I was an Assistant Theater Manager of a military theater in Tehran, Iran.  I’ve seen it since and I just finished watching it again last week.  I found for a movie, it was surprisingly accurate other than describing Caesar’s desire to be an emperor (I don’t think so) and Anthony’s final defeats. It did take me two days to watch this 4+ hours epic.

Critics Consensus: Cleopatra is a lush, ostentatious, endlessly eye-popping epic that collapses from a (and how could it not?) four-hour runtime. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

Life of the Party (2018)

I really thought this would be funnier.  I did really enjoy the few times the Mom’s roommate, Lenore, was on camera–what a trip she was.  And “Comma Girl” was also a delight.

Critics Consensus: Life of the Party‘s good-natured humor and abundance of onscreen talent aren’t enough to make up for jumbled direction and a script that misses far more often than it hits. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)


I attended a concert last Thursday. Some thought it was amazing that at woman, Speranza Scappucci, was the conductor. It never occurred to me that a woman conductor was something out of the ordinary.

All the music was exciting, but I especially liked the William Tell Overture and wanted to share with you the part most of you know well.

William Tell Overture

(The Ride of William Tell and the Swiss Army)

(or better known as Lone Ranger & Tonto)

By Gioachino Rossini (2-29-1792 to 11-13-1868)

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Have you lost touch with a couple of people that you used to be?

Have you lost touch with a couple of people that you used to be?
Yes  90%  (18 votes) 
No  10%  (2 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
Is losing touch with a couple of people you used to be a good thing or a bad thing?
More a good thing  42.11%  (8 votes) 
About even  31.58%  (6 votes) 
More a bad thing  26.31%  (5 votes) 
Total Votes: 19

 THIS WEEK’S POLL – Do you wish you had tried to have a closer relationship with some key people in your life who are now gone?



I thought Black Swan was just the name of a movie,

I didn’t know that Black Swans actually existed.

Nature is a fantastic artist.



Since yesterday was Mother’s Day, I select as most extraordinary people my mother-in-law, Delores Perkey.  Here she is with her bags packed for her trip to heaven.

The other person I selected was my last living relative, my mother, Alice Allen.

My mom wanted me to drive her in a convertible up to the Pearly Gates.



Thank you Coach Jo & Tania, for commenting on last week’s post. 


And thank you Brigid, Carmen, Carol, Cathy, Eddie, Kelly, Laurie, Leroy, Marilyn, Morgana, Ray, Terrence & Tom, for sharing my FB post.


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

My Final Cover

14 thoughts on “5/14/18 – Peace in the Middle East

  1. You didn’t know black swans existed? That reminds me of a very complicated story about inductive research I learned at college… They used swans as examples, but it’s too long to get into that now, lol.

    I can’t open this week’s poll, but I’d like to have had a better relationship with my grandparents. Not so much because I didn’t treat them right, but because I was so young when they died and I’d have loved for them to have been around some more, so I could show them what kind of person I’ve grown into 🙂

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      • It’s probably my PC. Sometimes I can and sometimes I can’t open the polls. Must have something to do with all the anti-ad and spyware I have installed… O_o Often “safe links” won’t open directly. It’s maddening, but oh well.

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  2. You really outdid yourself this week! Shows what an exciting eclectic life you lead! Thanks for putting it all together and sharing. The parts about my mom and yours were very touching.

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  3. Great blog Bill I loved the joke about Keith Richards and about the genie. True, about not everything is suppose to be with us forever. I would have loved to know my grandparents but they both spoke Polish and not much English at all. My other 2 grandparents died when I was very young,

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    • Thank you so much Darlene for commenting, plus it is always great to hear from someone I have known so long. Glad you enjoyed the jokes. Yes, people come into our lives like your grandparents and then they are gone. It all happens so quickly.


  4. I am late reading your blog. I love the Middle East joke and the teeth joke. I will check out The Little Hours movie. I haven’t seen Cleopatra in ages. Have to see it again. So true about one day someone you care about won’t be here. Thanks for great reads Bill.


    • Thank you very much for comment Darlene. I get a kick out of working that “buck teeth” joke into conversations and thought I would use it in the blog.


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