12/09/19 – Time is Running Out

CURRENT EVENTS

BOOK OF THE WEEK

These “Classic Starts” books are a great way to get young people into reading the classics. I found this book to be an easy and entertaining read.

Classic Starts: The Odyssey

Retold From The Original Homer

Homer’s epic tale of the warrior Odysseus’s decades-long struggle to return home after the Trojan War is simply and beautifully retold, with all the drama intact. Young readers will thrill at Odysseus’s adventures with the man-eating Cyclops; the enchantress Circe, who turns his crew into pigs; and the angry sea god Poseidon. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I really enjoy this Canadian Show that has been running for 13 seasons. The last few years around this time, I make it a point to watch this episode.

Once Upon A Murdock Christmas

At a Christmas charity gala for sick children, the host, dressed as Santa Claus, is found with a broken neck and all the presents are stolen. When witnesses report hearing a wild animal near the scene, Crabtree suspects the legendary creature Krampus.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Listen to this song and you will understand why Elvis is the King.

Here Comes Santa Claus

By Elvis

ART OF THE WEEK

Rene Magritte Exhibitions

I’ve been a long-time fan of the surrealistic paintings of Rene Magritte. The above photo was when I attended the The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC) exhibition in the early 1990s.

A few years ago, another exhibition of his work was put together and I saw it at the Chicago Institute of Art.

I believe Magritte considered himself a philosopher who communicated through paintings. Below are a few examples of his work.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Paladin

Paladin prefers to settle the difficulties clients bring his way without violence, but this rarely happens. When forced, he excels in fisticuffs. He was a dueling champion of some renown. Paladin is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a veteran of the American Civil War, in which he served as a Union cavalry officer.
His permanent place of residence is the Hotel Carlton in San Francisco, where he lives the life of a successful businessman and bon vivant, wearing elegant custom-made suits, consuming fine wine, playing the piano, and attending the opera and other cultural events. He is an expert chess player, poker player, and swordsman. He is skilled in Chinese martial arts. He is highly educated, able to quote classic literature, philosophy, and case law, and speaks several languages. He is also president of the San Francisco Stock Exchange Club.
When out working, Paladin changes into all-black Western-style clothing. His primary weapon is a custom-made, first-generation .45 caliber Colt Single Action Army Cavalry Model revolver with an unusual rifled barrel, carried in a black leather holster (with a platinum chess knight symbol facing the rear), hanging from a black leather gunbelt. He also carries a lever action Marlin rifle strapped to his saddle, and a Remington derringer concealed under his belt.
Paladin gives out a business card imprinted with “Have Gun Will Travel” and an engraving of a white knight chess piece, which evokes the proverbial white knight and the knight in shining armor. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

Some people are so quick to sacrifice their health and their wealth for others. They just can’t seem to understand that if you don’t take care of yourself, you will as time goes on not be able to help others and you will likely become a burden to someone else.

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Did you know that Thanksgiving was celebrated outside of the USA?

Yes  68.18%  (15 votes) 

No  31.82%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 22

Regarding the film “Murder Mystery”

I have not seen it, but I would like to see it  36.84%  (7 votes) 

I’ve seen it and I liked it  31.58%  (6 votes) 

I have not seen it nor do I wish to see it  26.32%  (5 votes) 

I’ve seen it and I did not like it  5.26%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 19
Should I continue each year making The Ramones “Mary Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) a song of the week?

No  57.14%  (8 votes) 

Yes  42.86%  (6 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

Did you watch American Bandstand?

Yes  86.96%  (20 votes) 

No  13.04%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 23
If you are retired, are you financially and physically independent?

I am financially and physically independent  66.67%  (8 votes) 

I am physically independent but not financially independent  16.67%  (2 votes) 

I am financially independent but not physically independent  8.33%  (1 votes) 

I am neither financially independent nor physically independent  8.33%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 12

When I do retire, I expect to be

Financially and physically independent  66.67%  (6 votes) 

Neither financially nor physically independent  22.22%  (2 votes) 

Financially independent, but not physically independent  11.11%  (1 votes) 

Physically independent, but not financially independent  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 9
When it comes to situations, what do you do?

I may accept the situation as it is or I may look at it like I want it to be  68.75%  (11 votes) 

 Accept the situation as it is  18.75%  (3 votes) 

Try to make the situation into what I want it to be  12.5%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

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.

12/02/19 – What do you know about Thanksgiving Day?

CURRENT EVENTS

I hope everyone reading this had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day even if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving or celebrate it on a different day than the fourth Thursday of November

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in the United States, Canada, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

Similarly named festival holidays occur in Germany and Japan. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and Brazil, and around the same part of the year in other places. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated as a secular holiday as well. (Source: Wikipedia)

For the last couple of years I have been celebrating Thanksgiving Day by participating in a 5K race.

I seem to be getting slower with each passing year and this was the slowest I ever ran a 5K, coming in 7th out of 8 male runners in the 70 and over age category.

However, I following day I picked up 415 lbs. off of some tall blocks; so I’m not feeling too decrepit.

And of course like many of you, we spent Thanksgiving with some of our family

BOOK OF THE WEEK

This book is easy to read and has a lot of valuable running tips.

The Little Red Book of Running

By Scott Douglas

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I just saw this film and I thought it was very entertaining.

Murder Mystery

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Every year around this time I make this the song of the week. I just get a kick out of it.

Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)

By The Ramones

ART OF THE WEEK

How one decorates their home says a lot about a person. This was my decorating style back in 1988.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Dick Clark

Dick Clark in 1958

Richard Wagstaff Clark(November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012) was an American radio and television personality, television producer and film actor, as well as a cultural icon who remains best known for hosting American Bandstand from 1957 to 1988. He also hosted the Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, which transmitted Times Square’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.

As host of American Bandstand, Clark introduced rock & roll to many Americans. Many of the leading rock groups had their first exposure to nationwide audiences. A few of the many artists introduced were Ike and Tina Turner, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Simon and Garfunkel, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Bobby Fuller, Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino and Chubby Checker.

Episodes he hosted were among the first in which blacks and whites performed on the same stage, and likewise among the first in which the live studio audience sat without racial segregation. Singer Paul Anka claimed that Bandstand was responsible for creating a “youth culture”. Due to his perennially youthful appearance and his largely teenaged audience of American Bandstand, Clark was often referred to as “America’s oldest teenager”. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

When you retire, you may think your work days are over. Well, you are mistaken. Your new full-time job is to take care of your health. Treat it like a job, you may not feel like exercising, you may not want to watch what you eat; but, like work it is better than the alternative. If you don’t work, you will be depended upon others, if you don’t work out, you will be dependent upon others.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the film “Planes, Trains and Automobiles:

I’ve seen the film and thought it was funny  77.78%  (14 votes) 

I haven’t seen the film, but would like to see it  22.22%  (4 votes) 

I’ve seen the film and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 

I have not seen the film and do not wish to see it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

Have you seen any films starring Captain Jack Sparrow?

Yes and liked what I saw  68.42%  (13 votes) 

No, but I would like to see one  15.79%  (3 votes)  

No and I do not wish to see one  10.53%  (2 votes) 

Yes, but did not enjoy what I saw  5.26%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 19
After Thanksgiving Day are you going to have high score on your scale?

No  33.33%  (6 votes) 

Maybe  33.33%  (6 votes) 

Same score  22.22%  (4 votes) 

Yes  11.11%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

Have you ever been significantly disappointed in a business?

Yes  83.33%  (15 votes) 

No  16.67%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 18
If you have been disappointed in a business:

I did not file a complaint with an independent agency  61.54%  (8 votes) 

I filed a complaint with an independent agency  38.46%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 13

When it comes to the media, they primarily

try to tell me what to think  76.47%  (13 votes) 

give me just the facts and let me decide what to think  23.53%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
Do you believe Miyamoto Musashi is correct about things and people outside of yourself?

Maybe  50%  (8 votes) 

Yes  31.25%  (5 votes) 

No  18.75%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

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.