02/03/20 – Yesterday’s Outcomes


This probably wasn’t the outcome you were wishing to hear about.

Which Do You Prefer To Watch?


Which do you prefer to watch?
Groundhog Day  41.94%  (13 votes)
Super Bowl  38.71%  (12 votes)
Neither  12.9%  (4 votes)
Both  6.45%  (2 votes)
Total Votes: 31
Yesterday (02-02-20) Punxsutawney Phil could not find his shadow, which means that we are in for an early spring.
If you missed the game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, you really missed something–even if you aren’t a football fan. It was an amazing game and the KC Chiefs won, 31 to 20.


The Defeat of Rome

By Gareth C. Sampson

This book is not an easy read, but if you are as fascinated by Roman history as I am, you will learn a lot about Crassus and the victory at Carrhae by the Parthians.

In 53 BC the Proconsul Marcus Crassus and 36,000 of his legionaries were crushed by the Parthians at Carrhae in what is now eastern Turkey. Crassus’ defeat and death and the 20,000 casualties his army suffered were an extraordinary disaster for Rome.

The event intensified the bitter, destructive struggle for power in the Roman republic, curtailed the empire’s eastward expansion and had a lasting impact on the history of the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

It was also the first clash between two of the greatest civilizations of the ancient world. Yet this critical episode has often been neglected by writers on the period who have concentrated on the civil war between Pompey and Caesar. Gareth Sampson, reconstructs the Carrhae campaign in fine detail, reconsiders the policy of imperial expansion and gives a fascinating insight into the opponents the Romans confronted in the East – the Parthians. (Source: Amazon)


I mentioned this movie back in July 2019 and watched it again last week. I enjoyed it and thought it was well worth watching, even a second time.

Here was the poll results from back in 2019:

Regarding the movie “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood”
I have not seen the movie, but I want to see it.  68%  (17 votes) 
I’ve seen the movie and liked it.  20%  (5 votes) 
I’ve seen the movie and did not like it.  8%  (2 votes) 
I have not seen the movie, nor do I wish to see it.  4%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 25

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. (Source: IMDB)

Star Trek: Picard

Last week, I watched the second episode of this new Star Trek series and so far I’m a little disapointed. Nevertheless, I will continue to watch because it is good to see Jean-Luc Picard again.


I’ve mentioned before, but thought I would again. I’ve seen Little Richard twice. Once when he was young (as was I) and once when he was old (as am I). I’m glad he is still around (And I am to still be around).

Long Tall Sally (1956)

By Little Richard


Kerid Volcanic Crater Lake in Iceland

Known as the Eye of the World or Eye of Odin

The Norse god Odin is typically portrayed as having only one eye. The myths which explain this [was …] the result of his pursuit of knowledge, which led him to sacrifice his right eye to gain cosmic knowledge from the mythical well of Mimir.

The myth is mainly concerned with the price of wisdom, and what an individual will pay to gain what they desire. In drinking the waters of Mimir’s Well, Odin is able to see more with one eye than he did previously with two. It establishes Odin’s great desire for wisdom and knowledge, and also emphasizes that the greater the sacrifice, the greater the reward. (Source: Wikipedia)

Located in southern Iceland, Kerid is unique among crater lakes in that its caldera likely didn’t form from an explosion as most do. The Kerid volcano is thought to have formed when the magma in the center simply depleted itself, and the empty chamber beneath caved in. Regardless of the geological minutia that led to the lake’s creation, its bright rainbow of colors look unearthly.

In addition to the bright, sapphire-colored waters, the steep slopes of the caldera’s bowl are almost entirely covered in red volcanic rock. There is one, less-steep side of the slope that is covered in rich green moss. (Source: Atlas Obscura)


Darlene Shibley

If you have enjoyed Downton Abbey as well as other shows featured on PBS Masterpiece, Darlene Shibley deserves some thanks for her donations  to The Masterpiece Trust that makes these wonderful shows possible.

For decades as one of San Diego’s most high-profile and prolific philanthropists, Shiley — with her late husband, heart-valve inventor Donald Shiley — has given away upward of $100 million to science, educational and arts organizations.

But it’s been the one-time actress’ record-breaking gifts to the fundraising Masterpiece Trust, more than $5.2 million to date, that have made Shiley nearly as famous as a Crawley family member.

Darlene Shiley

Born: Aug. 23, 1946

Education: San Jose State University, theatre arts and humanities

Work experience: Acting, semiconductor industry, television public service director, accounting firm, public relations., President, Shiley Foundation

“Darlene is a wonderful ambassadress for the show. People recognize her everywhere and she handles it with such warmth and grace,” said Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of Masterpiece and one of “Downton’s” executive producers. (Source: The San Diego Union – Tribune)






If you have a cat, this may be helpful




Regarding the film “JoJo Rabbit”

I did not see the film, but I would like to see it  36.84%  (7 votes) 

I saw the film and liked it  31.58%  (6 votes) 

I did not see the film and I do not want to see it  31.58%  (6 votes) 

I saw the film and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

Do you think drug companies and their executives are too greedy?

Yes  95.45%  (21 votes) 

No  4.55%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 22
When someone wants to argue with you about something?

Some of both  81.82%  (18 votes) 

Do you usually let them continue with a belief that you think is mistaken  13.64%  (3 votes) 

Do you usually insist upon trying to win the argument  4.54%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 22

If today was the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?

More yes than no  50%  (11 votes) 

More no than yes  50%  (11 votes) 

Total Votes: 22
Can you name the three rocks in the above photo?

Yes, all three  52.38%  (11 votes) 

Two of the three  19.05%  (4 votes) 

None of the rocks  19.05%  (4 votes) 

One of the three  9.52%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 21


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.

19 thoughts on “02/03/20 – Yesterday’s Outcomes

  1. Marcus Crassus learned the hard way that you can’t eat money, not to mention that money can buy you a big army but it doesn’t make you a good general. It’s not like the Parthian strategy was all that elaborate. Everything’s gonna be fine as long as we don’t run out of arrows. I LOVE Roman history. Have you heard Mike Duncan’s history of Rome podcast? It’s brilliant and super entertaining. So now I guess I’m going to have to peruse your stacks, which isn’t as rude as it sounds. Cheers!

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  2. Thanks for your great posts Bill. Would rather watch a good old movie than football. Amazing about Iceland. Loved this week joke. The answer about do you think drugs work. As far as cancer , the medicine has cured so many so as far as that goes yes I do think it works. Not all the time I also believe prayer is a big part of it also. I know a lot of cancer survivers after treatment.

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  3. Rather belatedly I agree with you on how great Little Richard is but it looks like I am the only one who watched some of Jojo Rabbit and then fast-forwarded to the end…It was a definite miss for me 🙂

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