2019 APF Nationals in Grand Rapids, MI
I received first place in the Masters 7 (70 to 74 years old) 90 Kg (198 lbs.) raw bench press and raw deadlift. I’m really not much of a deadlifter, but it seems to help my shoulder from a 2004 operation. Plus, I enjoy being part of the competition. Better still, getting a liftoff from my trainer and long-time friend Art.
When it comes to the deadlift, for my age I am a serious lifter. My final lift was 363.7 lbs. and in August I hope to break the AWPC world’s raw deadlift record for my age and weight.
BOOK OF THE WEEK
I’ve read or reviewed my highlight notes in this book many times over the years and again before the APF Nationals last week.
By Boyé Lafayette De Mente
The most famous combat strategist in Japanese history was Musashi Miyamoto, a warrior who lived from 1584 to 1645. Just before he died, Musashi recorded his philosophy, strategies, and tactics in a short treatise entitled Go Rin Sho “The Book of Five Rings”.
Samurai Strategies has extracted the fundamentals of Musashi’s tactics and explains them here in the modern context. Musashi’s strategies for winning are as valid today as they were in seventeenth century Japan and provide valuable insights for anyone in any field of endeavor–from business, war, and sports to the fields of art, love, and politics.
MOVIE OF THE WEEK
If you have been looking at this blog very much, you are aware that I have been on a Spartacus kick for a while now. I just finished watching the first of this miniseries and I thought it was very well done.
Spartacus 2004 TV miniseries (Disc 1 of 2)
Goran Visnjic stars as the gladiator in this TV miniseries that’s adapted from the same 1951 Howard Fast novel that spawned Stanley Kubrick’s 1960 film classic. Living as a slave in Egypt, Spartacus is bought by gladiator trainer Lentulas Agrippa (Alan Bates, in his final screen role), and forced to fight for the amusement of the Roman masses. But he soon spearheads a slave uprising that rocks the very foundations of Rome.
MUSIC OF THE WEEK
I think all of us can use some “Happy”
By Pharrell Williams
ART OF THE WEEK
It has been years since I’ve been to the Bellagio on the Las Vegas Strip, where I saw a fine collection of Chihuly glass sculptures, so it was nice last week to see some Chihuly Glass Sculptures at Meijer Gardens y Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
Chihuly Glass Sculptures
Dale Chihuly (born September 20, 1941) is an American glass sculptor and entrepreneur. His works are considered to possess outstanding artistic merit in the field of blown glass, “moving it into the realm of large-scale sculpture.” The technical difficulties of working with glass forms are considerable, yet Chihuly uses it as the primary medium for installations and environmental artwork.
EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK
I could say more about this person, but the following was what made me decide Keanu Reeves should be the extraordinary person this week. I verified enough of the following to just accept what I didn’t verify.
THIS WEEK’S JOKE
So many aliments can be prevented and sometimes cured by lifestyle changes.
This a great way to handle criticism.
What could be better than having some friends come out to support your efforts.
I finally found the answer to something I have been wondering about for a very long time.
LAST WEEK’S POLLS
The one on the left 69.23% (18 votes)
The one on the right 19.23% (5 votes)
I don’t know 11.54% (3 votes)
Total Votes: 26
I have not seen it and do not wish to see it 43.75% (7 votes)
I have not seen it, but would like to 43.75% (7 votes)
I’ve seen some episodes and liked the series 12.5% (2 votes)
I’ve seen some episodes and didn’t like series 0% (0 votes)
Yes 83.33% (15 votes)
Maybe, but I don’t know what they say 16.67% (3 votes)
No 0% (0 votes)
No 35.71% (5 votes)
On second thought, maybe I would not want to be the last one standing 28.57% (4 votes)
Yes 21.43% (3 votes)
On second thought, maybe I would want to be the last one standing 14.29% (2 votes)
Total Votes: 14
No 66.67% (12 votes)
Yes 22.22% (4 votes)
I don’t even know what a deadlift is 11.11% (2 votes)
Never acceptable 87.5% (14 votes)
A little misrepresentation is ok 12.5% (2 votes)
Ok, if I really need a job 0% (0 votes)
Total Votes: 16
Annoying 80% (12 votes)
Grateful 20% (3 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.