04/08/19 – AAPF 2019 National Powerlifting Championships


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


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


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)


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


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.


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.



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.



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


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.



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


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.

10 thoughts on “04/08/19 – AAPF 2019 National Powerlifting Championships

  1. Oh wow, that’s amazing, wishing you all the best with the championships!! Let us know how you get on, we’ll be cheering 😀
    Also really liked the ‘learning traits’ part today with how a lot of us tend to sort through things to get rid of, it’s not always easy to say goodbye to stuff!
    Caz x


    • Hi Judy, great to hear from you and glad you are still looking at the blog. All the versions of Great Expectations were watched off of Amazon and there are more that I have not yet watched.


  2. Good luck on the championships, Bill! Although I am certain you’ll outperform everyone, as usual 🙂

    “Love Life” was my illegal sister’s life motto (we adopted each other as sisters after meeting on a trip to Canada). She passed away almost 2 years ago, but this motto still rings in my ears. It’s so beautiful to find your wife wrote a book with exactly that title ❤

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    • Thank you Samantha for your good wishes. This will be my first contest in a year that I will be injury free. Today will be my last day at the gym and contest on Saturday. I wish I understood poetry better, I used to start each of my short films with a poem. But the movie I mentioned was my first and probably only insight into poetry. As always, thank you for commenting Samantha.

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    • Thank you Nanette for you good wishes and your comments about the blog. Millie Small; I guess in many ways things are better today, than when she made that record; but for me it brought back many pleasant memories.


    • You are most welcome Chris, I enjoyed reading your book and I will see what I can do about getting you a copy of Carol’s book when I return home. I’m still in South Carolina


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