04/15/19 – Results of AAPF National Championships

CURRENT EVENTS

I lifted in the raw bench press and raw deadlift, 181.7 to 198 lbs. category, aged 70 to 74.

In my age/weight category, I took first place in both the raw bench press and raw deadlift. In the deadlift, I set a new AAPF age/weight national record of 363.7 lbs.

BOOKS OF THE WEEK

The 21 Indispensable Qualities of A Leader

By John C. Maxwell

This book is a bit old, it came out in 1999 and although the title indicates it is about leadership; in a sense all of us are leaders in one way or another, even if we don’t bear the official title indicating we are a leader.

What struck me was the part of the book’s description that reads, “John C. Maxwell provides a concise, accessible leadership book that helps readers become more effective leaders from the inside out.” Who doesn’t need to work of their insides or to gain a deeper understanding of humans.

I first read this book long ago and have recently taken a second look at it and found insights such as, “It’s hard for a person to be generous when [they] are not satisfied with what [they have]. And if you’re not generous with little, you won’t suddenly change if you become wealthy.”

MOVIES OF THE WEEK

I thought this ad was better than the movies I watched this week.

Step Jamie – Progressive Insurance Ad

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I certainly didn’t work as hard getting ready for the AAPF National Powerlifting competition as Rocky did getting ready for his fight, but since November I have worked harder at the gym than I ever have to get ready for the AAPF Nationals.

Rocky Theme Song

ART OF THE WEEK

I’d say this tree is a bit of an artist.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Pericles

Bust of Pericles Marble, Roman copy after a Greek original from c. 430 BC, Museo Pio-Clementino, Vatican Museums,

Pericles (495 – 429 BC) was a prominent and influential Greek statesman, orator and general of Athens during its golden age. Pericles led his countrymen during the first two years of the Peloponnesian War. The period during which he led Athens, roughly from 461 to 429 BC, is sometimes known as the “Age of Pericles”.

Pericles promoted the arts and literature; it is principally through his efforts that Athens acquired the reputation of being the educational and cultural center of the ancient Greek world.

He started an ambitious project that generated most of the surviving structures on the Acropolis (including the Parthenon). This project beautified and protected the city, exhibited its glory, and gave work to the people.

Bill & Carol at the Acropolis

Pericles also fostered Athenian democracy. He, along with several members of his family, succumbed to the Plague of Athens in 429 BC, which weakened the city-state during a protracted conflict with Sparta. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

This answers the question.

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Other than some terrible accident or birth defect, I don’t understand why anyone would want to change the interesting features that nature provides and are often the thing that makes you both interesting and unique.

CHARACTER TRAITS

It was the great Athenian leader, Pericles, who said that there was nothing wrong with poverty. It could be caused by so many things—a business failure, the sudden loss of a family’s breadwinner, theft, even just plain old back luck. Like the Stoics, he knew that Fortune could swoop in, and, in the blink of an eye, undo years of hard work and careful planning.

But Pericles would not have said, as religious leaders and populist demagogues have tried to argue for thousands of years, that there was anything special or holy about poverty. While it wasn’t necessarily someone’s fault they were poor, and so they shouldn’t be judged for it, Pericles said, there was “real shame…in not taking steps to escape it.” (Source: Daily Stoic)

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the movie “IL Postino”:

I haven’t seen it, but I want to see it  38.46%  (5 votes) 

I haven’t seen it and I don’t wish to see it  38.46%  (5 votes) 

I have seen it and I liked it  23.08%  (3 votes) 

I have seen it and I did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 13

Is the man in the picture sitting inside the house or outside the house?

Outside  42.86%  (6 votes) 

Depends upon your perspective  35.71%  (5 votes) 

Inside  21.43%  (3 votes)  

If you voted either inside or outside, you may want to look at the picture again and try to see why someone would vote opposite of you.

Total Votes: 14
Do you ever wonder why you are here?

Yes  73.33%  (11 votes) 

No  26.67%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

Do you know why you are here?

No  66.67%  (10 votes) 

Yes  33.33%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 15
Do you believe losing weight and getting into shape is or can be easy?

No  66.67%  (10 votes) 

Yes  20%  (3 votes) 

Maybe  13.33%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

Do you believe in 20 years you will be more disappointed about what you did not do, then what you did?

No  53.85%  (7 votes) 

Yes  46.15%  (6 votes) 

Total Votes: 13
Are you going to try harder to withhold judgement about people, until you get to know them a bit better?

Yes  71.43%  (10 votes)  

No  14.29%  (2 votes) 

Maybe  14.28%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

Are you storing things you have not used in over five years?

Yes  86.67%  (13 votes) 

No  13.33%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 15
Which of the following age milestones do you expect to make?

85  28.57%  (4 votes) 

90  21.43%  (3 votes) 

100  21.43%  (3 votes) 

75  14.29%  (2 votes) 

80  7.14%  (1 votes) 

95  7.14%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

04/08/19 – AAPF 2019 National Powerlifting Championships

CURRENT EVENTS

I’ll be there, lifting in the raw bench press and raw deadlift, 181.7 to 198 lbs. category, aged 70 to 74.

BOOKS OF THE WEEK

This week I am suggesting two poetry books. All I know about poetry, I learned from watching this movie:

If like me, you don’t understand poetry; why not open yourself up to something different by watching this movie.

If you haven’t read a poetry book or if you like poetry, here are two books that you may want to consider. One is written by my good friend Chris Doka.

An Unfamiliar Ache

By Chris Doka

And the other is written by my wonderful wife, Carol Gammicchia (now Carol Allen)

Love Life

By Carol Gammicchia

MOVIES OF THE WEEK

As you can see below, I have been on a Great Expectation binge.

Great Expectations (1974)

Here is what a critic had to say about this 1974 version: The Listener – ‘Everything is wrong about it with a sort of dedicated, inspired wrongness that, in itself, is breath-taking’.

I just saw it and really liked it. Sarah Mills did a fantastic job as both young and older Estella. Michael York was as good a Pip as any I’ve seen. Anthony Quayle was impressive in the role of the attorney Jaggers. 

This 1988 version of Great Expectations took considerable liberties with the story and was my least favorite version. The fantastic character attorney Jaggers, is played as if Jaggers was a mafia bag man. On the plus side, it is always a joy to watch Gwyneth Paltrow.

Great Expectations (1988)

This 2011 PBS version of Great Expectations may be the best that I have seen to date. David Suchet brings attorney Jaggers to life. 

As for someone leaving Miss Havisham standing at the altar, not believable if the role is played by Gillian Anderson

PBS Great Expectations (2011)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I heard this song on the radio the other day, it came out in 1964, the year I graduated and the world was still normal. Things were soon to change with Viet Nam and riots. But for a couple of minutes, let’s let Millie Small take us back to 1964.

My Boy Lollipop (1964)

Millie small

ART OF THE WEEK

I always enjoy these pictures that force one to think about perspective. Like so many things in life, there is little absolute truth. So much simply depends upon your perspective.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Carolyn Cruse

That’s Carolyn between Jerome and Me,  shortly before I retired

Carolyn was the best all around corporate middle managers I ever encountered. She is now retired from the corporate world like me, but she certainly isn’t retired from life.

It is rare to find someone who cared so much for the welfare of her team members, had the respect of everyone she came in contact with, was so fair even when it perhaps was not always in her best interest to be fair. And as wise as they come. I can’t say enough good things about her.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

If you go for the quick fix, the easy way; in the end I believe you are going to be disappointed. Losing weight and getting into shape is not easy–it is hard, very hard.

If all you had to do was drink something, take a pill or do this or that exercise for a few minutes, the whole world would be in great shape. Look around you, is that what you see–I don’t think so.

If you want it, you have to work hard for it, very hard and it takes time. You didn’t get in your present shape overnight, so don’t expect changes to take place overnight either.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

As much as possible, one should try to withhold judgement regarding someone until you get to know them. You could be pleasantly surprised.

LEARNING TRAITS

There are a few good reasons for putting your stuff in a storage unit temporarily; but for most people it is a very expensive option for delaying the discarding you or whoever inherits your stuff will have to do.

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Have you ever posted something on Facebook that you later regretted?

No  70%  (14 votes) 

Yes  30%  (6 votes) 

Total Votes: 20

Regarding the 2011 science fiction film Paul:

I have not seen it and I don’t wish to see it.  43.75%  (7 votes) 

I have not seen it, but would like to see it.  43.75%  (7 votes) 

I’ve seen it and I liked it  12.5%  (2 votes) 

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

Total Votes: 16
Do you invest enough time and money into your health?

Yes  56.25%  (9 votes) 

No  43.75%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Do you believe most people invest enough time and money into their health?

No  87.5%  (14 votes) 

Yes  12.5%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
Do you believe successful people have a sense of gratitude and unsuccessful people have a sense of entitlement?

Yes  47.06%  (8 votes) 

I don’t know  41.18%  (7 votes) 

No  11.76%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

What do you primarily do at parties?

Talk  62.5%  (10 votes) 

Think about whether it’s okay to leave yet  31.25%  (5 votes)  

Eat  6.25%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
Do you trust the U.S. government?

No and I am an independent  47.06%  (8 votes) 

No and I am a Republican  41.18%  (7 votes) 

No and I am a Democrat  11.76%  (2 votes) 

Yes and I am a Republican  0%  (0 votes) 

Yes and I am a Democrat  0%  (0 votes) 

Yes and I am an independent  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

04/01/19 – Don’t Let This Happen To You

CURRENT EVENTS

Don’t Let This Happen To You

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I found this to be a very enjoyable read, plus lots of pictures.

How The Barbarian Invasions Shaped The Modern World

By Thomas J. Craughwell

How the Barbarian Invasions Shaped the Modern World is a richly detailed chronicle that brings to life the personalities of Attila the Hun, Alaric the Goth, Genghis Khan, and many other barbarian kings and chieftains whose rampages across Europe, Asia, and North Africa changed the course of history.

In this highly readable and authoritative book, author Thomas J. Craughwell draws upon the latest historical and archaeological research to reveal the impact of the barbarian invasions on the modern world, including the establishment of the English language, the foundation of world capitals such as Dublin, and the introduction of gunpowder to Europe. The book is Illustrated with more than 100 archival images gathered from around the world. The text is written in a narrative fashion, with anecdotes and vignettes to engage the reader’s imagination. 

MOVIE OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I’ve seen this film a couple of times and watched it again last week and it is still pretty funny.

Paul (2011)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

No More Mr. Nice Guy

Alice Cooper

ART OF THE WEEK

This reminds me of the time I had a “rim cabin” at the Grand Canyon. Although I was on vacation, I had a document I needed to review and comment on. I was sitting there reading and highlighting the document with a large blue highlighter and glancing at the Canyon every so often.

A lady walked by and I remember her words. She said, “Is it permissible to look at your work?” Since it wasn’t a confidential document, I said ok. She walked up to where I was sitting, looked at my work, and just walked away. I never forgot the disgusted look she had on her face.

Only then, did it occur to me that she thought I was an artist, especially as I was holding a large blue highlighter.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Don’t believe that Alice Cooper song, No More Mr. Nice Guy. He is a really good guy. He was in the local Royal Oak, Michigan National Coney Island with his family. As they were leaving, a fan came up to him. Alice Cooper stopped and took time for a photo with his fan.  How many celebrities would do that, in fact how many celebrities would be an a local coney without security and their entourage.

ALICE COOPER

Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier; February 4, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spans over fifty years. With his distinctive raspy voice and a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, deadly snakes, baby dolls, and dueling swords, Cooper is considered by music journalists and peers alike to be “The Godfather of Shock Rock”. 

Originating in Phoenix, Arizona, in the late 1960s after he moved to Detroit, Michigan, “Alice Cooper” was originally a band consisting of Furnier on vocals and harmonica. In 2011, the original Alice Cooper band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Furnier adopted the band’s name as his own name in the 1970s and began a solo career with the 1975 concept album Welcome to My Nightmare. Expanding from his Detroit rock roots, Cooper has experimented with a number of musical styles, including art rock, hard rock, heavy metal, new wave, glam metal, and industrial rock.

Cooper is known for his sociable and witty personality offstage, with The Rolling Stone Album Guide calling him the world’s most “beloved heavy metal entertainer”. He is credited with helping to shape the sound and look of heavy metal, and has been described as the artist who “first introduced horror imagery to rock’n’roll, and whose stagecraft and showmanship have permanently transformed the genre”. Away from music, Cooper is a film actor, a golfing celebrity, a restaurateur, and, since 2004, a popular radio DJ with his classic rock show Nights with Alice Cooper. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Isn’t this the truth.

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Have you read G. Orwell’s Book?

Yes  42.86%  (6 votes)

Yes, and I find today’s world troubling  28.57%  (4 votes)

No  21.43%  (3 votes)

No and I don’t even know the book being referenced  7.14%  (1 votes)

The book is 1984 and it describes how in a fictional future, individuals are controlled and monitored by the government–you really should read it unless you wish to controlled. 

Total Votes: 14

Have you ever read any books about the fall of the Roman Republic?

No, but I would like to read about this period in history  53.33%  (8 votes)

Yes  40%  (6 votes)

No and I don’t wish to know anything about this period in history.  6.67%  (1 votes)

Total Votes: 15
There is a saying that those who don’t know history are condemned to repeat it.
Have you ever seen the film “Terror By Night”?

No and I don’t wish to see the film  42.86%  (6 votes) 

No, but I would like to see the film  35.71%  (5 votes) 

Yes and I liked the film  14.29%  (2 votes) 

Yes, but I did not like the film  7.14%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

You agree that the most hated sentence at a concert is, “Now we’re going to play a song from our new album.”

No  56.25%  (9 votes) 

Sometimes  31.25%  (5 votes) 

Yes  12.5%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
Are you sometimes guilty of looking in the fridge for answers to your problems?

Yes  46.15%  (6 votes) 

No  46.15%  (6 votes) 

Sometimes  7.69%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 13

Regarding the news you receive from papers, media, social media, etc., do you question whether it is actually true?

I question it, if it doesn’t seem to make sense from my own personal experiences  54.55%  (6 votes) 

I question it, if I don’t trust the source of the news  36.36%  (4 votes) 

I accept it as true because I trust those sources  9.09%  (1 votes) 

I accept it as true, if it agrees with my biases  0%  (0 votes) 

I question it, if it does not agree with my biases  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 11
When it comes to doing things with people:

I think I do about the right amount of things with people  91.67%  (11 votes) 

I would like to do more things with people  8.33%  (1 votes) 

I would like to do less things with people  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 12

Do you believe in the 80/20 rule?

Yes  54.55%  (6 votes) 

I’ve never heard of that rule  18.18%  (2 votes) 

I don’t understand the 80/20 Rule  18.18%  (2 votes) 

No  9.09%  (1 votes) 

The 80/20 rules says that 80% of your outcomes are the results of 20% of your inputs. For instance, you were 20% of your clothing 80% of the time.

Total Votes: 11

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.