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)
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)
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
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
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.
LAST WEEK’S POLLS
No 70% (14 votes)
Yes 30% (6 votes)
Total Votes: 20
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)
Yes 56.25% (9 votes)
No 43.75% (7 votes)
Total Votes: 16
No 87.5% (14 votes)
Yes 12.5% (2 votes)
Yes 47.06% (8 votes)
I don’t know 41.18% (7 votes)
No 11.76% (2 votes)
Total Votes: 17
Talk 62.5% (10 votes)
Think about whether it’s okay to leave yet 31.25% (5 votes)
Eat 6.25% (1 votes)
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)
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”
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!
Thank you very much Caz. This is my first contest in over a year that I am injury free, so I am feeling fairly confident things will go well.
Hi Bill, I really enjoyed this “newsletter” and am now hoping to find “Great Expectations” on Netflix or Amazon Prime. I read the book many years ago.
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.
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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Good luck at the championship! There’s always so much in your posts. This week, I was most enchanted by the Millie Small video.
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.
Thanks so much for the shout-out, Bill! I appreciate it. I’d love to read Carol’s book; is there somewhere I can purchase it? 🙂
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