01/21/19 – Winner of the Ten Year Aging Challenge

CURRENT EVENTS

Ten Year Aging Challenge

If you spend much time on social media, you are probably aware of the Ten Year Aging Challenge, where you post a photo of yourself ten years ago and a second recent photo of yourself.

Well, we now have a winner.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

A Short Guide to a Long Life

By David B Agus, MD

 This book may be a bit dated, having come out in 2014.  And I certainly don’t agree with everything in this book, but it does give you a lot of things to think about and it is easy to read. 

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Season 2 of Victoria is now playing on PBS at 9 p.m. EST on Sundays.

Victoria Season 2

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

By  Elton John & Kiki Dee

ART OF THE WEEK

Clothing As Art

Clothing has always been a form of art and one really needs to dress for the occasion.  For instance here is a person properly dressed for using a snow thrower.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Alley Oop

Alley Oop, was a sturdy citizen in the prehistoric kingdom of Moo. He rode his pet dinosaur Dinny, carried a stone war hammer, and wore only a fur loincloth. He would rather fight dinosaurs in the jungle than deal with his fellow countrymen in Moo’s capital and sole cave-town. (Source: Wikipedia)

However, I think the following will give you a far better idea of this extraordinary individual.

Alley Oop

By The Hollywood Argyles

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

You are going to pay a high price for not finding time to exercise.

CHARACTER TRAITS

If this isn’t true, it should be.

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

If you are going to be interviewing, make sure you test your answers to common interview questions, such as “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”

MISCELLANEOUS 

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Which one of these two is the biggest bozo?

Jeff Bezos  77.78%  (14 votes) 

Bozo the Clown  22.22%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

Have you ever attended a classical concern?

Yes  84.21%  (16 votes) 

No  15.79%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 19
Have you ever seen Chuck Berry perform live?

No  87.5%  (14 votes) 

Yes  12.5%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

What is your overall opinion of the majority of Facebook posts?

It is a mixed bag of good and bad posts  73.33%  (11 votes) 

I don’t like the majority of posts I see  26.67%  (4 votes) 

I like the majority of posts I see  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 15
Question for Males Only: Are you attracted to strong independent women?

Yes  66.67%  (6 votes) 

No  33.33%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 9

Question for Women Only: Do you think males are attracted to strong independent women?

No  63.64%  (7 votes) 

Yes  36.36%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 11

BOOK 

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

My Final Cover

01/14/19 – Bezos or Bozo

CURRENT EVENTS

(CNN)The world’s richest couple is splitting up.

Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, are getting a divorce after 25 years of marriage, according to a joint statement put out Wednesday on the Amazon CEO’s Twitter account.
Bezos, 54, and MacKenzie, 48, met and got married while working at D.E. Shaw, a New York-based hedge fund, in the early 90s. Shortly after, they packed up and moved across the country to Seattle, where Bezos launched Amazon.
Bezos is now the world’s richest person, with an estimated net worth of $137 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. That means this divorce could end up being very costly.
MacKenzie is an author of multiple novels, including Traps and The Testing of Luther Albright.

Yahoo Finance

Reportedly, Jeff Bezos has been officially carrying on a relationship with married Lauren Sanchez for some time. Readers may remember Lauren Sanchez from “So You Think You Can Dance?” She was a judge and host on the show.
The timing of the hook up coincides with Bezos’ initial separation from his wife MacKenzie. Jeff and MacKenzie were friends with Lauren and her husband, talent agent Patrick Whitesell. Both Lauren and Jeff officially separated from their spouses around the same time.

Who is the Biggest Bozo

Jeff Bezos

Bozo The Clown

BOOK OF THE WEEK

For most of us, it is a little too cold for gardening, but perfect weather for a library.

MOVIE (PLAY) OF THE WEEK

I saw this play yesterday and I thought it was one of the most entertaining plays I have seen and I have seen a lot of play. Oh, and I don’t care for golf.  Golf is the backdrop of this play, but the play isn’t about golf in my mind.

A tribute from Ken Ludwig to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, A Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp, which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it’s a charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man’s eternal love affair with…golf.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

The William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series

I’ve attended a number of symphony concerts over the years and I thought this one was one of the best.  I urge all of you to at least experience a classical concert once in your life.

And as much as I was enjoying the concert, I simply could not get this out of my mind.

ART OF THE WEEK

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall in 1907

The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe with an eye to expansion.

Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century BC; these, later joined together and made bigger and stronger, are collectively referred to as the Great Wall. The Great Wall has been rebuilt, maintained, and enhanced over various dynasties; the majority of the existing wall is from the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644).

Apart from defense, other purposes of the Great Wall have included border controls, allowing the imposition of duties on goods transported along the Silk Road, regulation or encouragement of trade and the control of immigration and emigration. Furthermore, the defensive characteristics of the Great Wall were enhanced by the construction of watch towers, troop barracks, garrison stations, signaling capabilities through the means of smoke or fire, and the fact that the path of the Great Wall also served as a transportation corridor.

Today, the Great Wall is generally recognized as one of the most impressive architectural feats in history. (Source: Wikipedia)

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

I was fortunate to see Chuck Berry perform in person.

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry in 1957

Charles Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as “Maybellene” (1955), “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956), “Rock and Roll Music” (1957) and “Johnny B. Goode” (1958), Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive. Writing lyrics that focused on teen life and consumerism, and developing a music style that included guitar solos and showmanship, Berry was a major influence on subsequent rock music.

Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986; he was cited for having “laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance.”Berry is included in several of Rolling Stone magazine’s “greatest of all time” lists; he was ranked fifth on its 2004 and 2011 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll includes three of Berry’s: “Johnny B. Goode”, “Maybellene”, and “Rock and Roll Music”.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Think Powerlifting is just for huge, young males, well you are mistaken I know a number of world champion powerlifters in their 70s, both males and females. As you get older, you don’t have to become feeble. 

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

I wish people would put some thought into the posts they share, such as is it really true, is it kind and respectful, etc.

LEARNING TRAITS

Many of you from an early time when air for your tires was provided free at every gas station have perhaps wondered why we now have to pay for air.  I hope this will answer your question.

MISCELLANEOUS 

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Have you ever attended a Captain & Tennille concert?

No  92.86%  (13 votes) 

Yes  7.14%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

Regarding the book, “Fezziwig: A Life”

The book seems interesting and I would like to read it  64.29%  (9 votes) 

I’m not interested in reading the book  35.71%  (5 votes) 

 Total Votes: 14

Regarding the movie “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”

I haven’t seen it, but I am interested in seeing it  40%  (6 votes) 

I’ve seen it and liked it  33.33%  (5 votes) 

I haven’t seen it and I am not interested in seeing it  26.67%  (4 votes) 

I’ve seen it and didn’t like it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

Do you typically get 7 to 8 hours sleep a night?

Yes  53.33%  (8 votes) 

No, I get less  40%  (6 votes) 

No, I get more  6.67%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 15
Do you have too much stuff?

Yes  88.24%  (15 votes) 

No  11.76%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

BOOK 

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

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01/07/19 – Daryl Dragon of “The Captain & Tennille Died

CURRENT EVENTS

Daryl Dragon, one half of popular ’70s duo The Captain & Tennille, died, according to his publicist Harlan Boll. He was 76.

“He was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly,” Toni Tennille said in a statement. “I was at my most creative in my life when I was with him.” Tennille was at Dragon’s side when he passed away, Boll said.
Dragon, a classically trained pianist, was most at home behind the keyboard. One of his early gigs was as a backup musician for the Beach Boys in the mid-’60s.
Dragon and Tennille met in 1971 when she hired him to play piano for a musical called “Mother Earth.” They married in 1975, a year after they signed a deal with A&M Records.
Dragon and Tennille separated in 2013 and finalized their divorce in 2014. They remained close friends.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I could not put this book down, once I started reading it.  I did find it difficult to obtain and eventually had to reach out to the author, Danny Kuhn, for a copy.

In the midst of Britain’s Industrial Revolution, one of Charles Dickens’ most beloved characters is living a full life, adventurous and lusty, but touched by scandal.

Born in rural Lincolnshire in 1721, as a boy, William Fezziwig is displaced from his impoverished home through treachery and left alone in the world. Against the odds, Fezziwig rises to a prominent position in 18th century London when opportunities are presented by a respectable gentleman smuggler who sees promise in the waif.

Prominence brings peril and Fezziwig must brave the War of Jenkins’ Ear in order to pursue trade in Barbados and colonial Charleston, South Carolina.  In the Americas there are threats on many fronts, from Spanish warships to his conflicted feelings toward the beguiling Eliza Lucas, heiress to one of the largest plantations in the Carolinas.

Quixotic American Benjamin Franklin and a bevy of eccentric characters destined to become some of history’s most influential figures upend Fezziwig’s desire for a quieter life. Fezziwig finds himself in the position of mentor to his famous friend, as well as a certain ambitious young apprentice in need of lessons on life…and love. Social, political, intellectual, and economic revolution is in the air, and an old mystery resurfaces that could change the course of Fezziwig’s and Franklin’s careers. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

A month ago I asked readers who they thought was the best Sherlock Holmes and Robert Downey Jr. came in second behind Jermey Brett, so I thought I should check out this film and I found it was pretty good.  Still, Robert Downey Jr. is no Jermey Brett when it comes to portraying Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Captain Hollywood Project – More and More

ART OF THE WEEK

Some of the malls had very nice Christmas displays

This is Somerset Mall in Troy, MI

Marshall Fields Walnut Room (Now Macy’s) in Chicago

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

King Henry VIII of England

I would be surprised if any of you have not heard of King Henry VIII of England. However, there are probably some misconceptions about him and I will try to clear them up with these two versions.  

The first version is a song that is believed to be actually written by King Henry the VIII.

This second version, prepared by the noted team of historian scholars, Herman and the Hermits; is probably the more recognized version of the life of Henry the VIII.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Adequate sleep is so important.

It is recommended adults get 7 to 8 hours a night

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS 

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Are you going to make 2019 a great year?

Yes  100%  (18 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

Regarding the book “Stay Interesting”

I have not read it and I am not interested in reading it  75%  (12 votes) 

I have not read it, but would like to read it  18.75%  (3 votes) 

I’ve read it and liked it  6.25%  (1 votes) 

I’ve read it and didn’t like it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
Regarding the movie “New Year’s Eve”

I have not seen it and I am not interested in seeing it  66.67%  (10 votes) 

I’ve seen it and I liked it  26.67%  (4 votes) 

I have not seen it, but would like to see it.  6.66%  (1 votes) 

I’ve seen it and I didn’t like it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

One of the most common New Years Resolutions is to lose weight.

I plan to lose weight in 2019  50%  (8 votes) 

I plan to stay at the same weight in 2019  50%  (8 votes) 

I will probably gain weight in 2019  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

BOOK 

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

My Final Cover