05/02/21 – My AAPF Nationals Results


AAPF Nationals


It was my intent to set a new AWPC World’s raw deadlift record for my age and weight. Unfortunately, it didn’t go as planned as you can see below:

I plan to train harder and smarter to make this 385 lbs. lift at my next contest in mid-June.


The Swoly Bible

By Dom Mazzetti

This is a humorous book with a sprinkling of good hardcore gym advice throughout. Even if you aren’t into hardcore weight lifting, you may still find this book funny and if you are into hardcore weight lifting I think you will love this book.

For years bros, meatheads, and gym rats around the world have posed pressing questions: What can you bench? Can I skip leg day? What goes in this protein shake? And, importantly, do you even lift, bro? At long last, answers to these questions and more can be found in one handy volume – The Swoly Bible, written by the Internet’s favorite gym expert/literary genius, Dom Mazzetti. (Source: Back cover of the book)



The video that goes along with this song, brings back a lot of memories for a person my age, who saw much of this via TV as it was happening

Wonderful World

By Sam Cooke


Possible Revision to the Sistine Chapel 


Good People Do Some Bad Things


Bad People Do Some Good Things

Unemployed men outside a soup kitchen opened in Chicago by Al Capone, 1931.

Al Capone started one of the first soup kitchens. In fact, preceding the passage of the Social Security Act, “soup kitchens” like the one Al Capone founded, provided the only meals that some unemployed Americans had. 

Al Capone was a gangster who made a fortune during the prohibition though bootlegging. He had a bit of the Robin Hood mystique by being charitable from some of the money he made running his criminal enterprise. Being a bootlegger (made/distributed illegal alcohol) during Prohibition during the period in the USA from 1920-1933 when alcohol was illegal) was seen as an acceptable, glamorous, even brave thing to do by the public. But it’s well-known that he had brutal methods murdering enemies, extorting local businesses, bribing public officials, intimidating witnesses.

Al Capone’s intentions were an effort to clean up his image. “120 000 meals are served by Capone Free Soup Kitchen” the Chicago Tribune headlined on December 1931. Al Capone’s soup kitchen became one of the strangest sight Chicagoans had ever seen. An army of ragged, starving men assembled three times a day beside a storefront at 935 South State Street, feasting on the largesse of Al Capone. Toasting his health. Telling the newspapers that Capone was doing more for the poor than the entire U.S. government. He was even offering some of them jobs. Capone milked his good works for all the favorable publicity they were worth. He came down and walked among the men, the wretched of the earth, offering a handshake, a hearty smile, and words of encouragement from the great Al Capone. (Source: RareHistoricalPhotos.com)



World Famous Chef Ronaldo’s

Quick Recipe for Banana Bread



Actions Speak Louder Than Words




Regarding the film IL Postino (The Postman):
I have not seen the film, but would like to see it  45%  (9 votes) 
I have not seen the film, nor do I wish to see it.  30%  (6 votes) 
I have seen the film and liked it  25%  (5 votes) 
I have seen the film and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
Are you in too much of a hurry?
Yes, but I am going to slow down  40%  (8 votes) 
No  35%  (7 votes)  
Yes and it is going to stay that way  15%  (3 votes) 
I need to be more in a hurry  10%  (2 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
Have you changed your usual lifestyle?
Yes, because of fear  45%  (9 votes) 
Yes, because of the dictates of government  30%  (6 votes) 
No, my lifestyle has not changed since the pandemic  25%  (5 votes)  
Yes, because of greed  0%  (0 votes) 
Yes, because of both fear and greed  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
When do you think we will stop being required to wear a mask?
By the end of 2021  42.11%  (8 votes) 
By the end of 2022  26.32%  (5 votes)  
By Fourth of July  15.79%  (3 votes) 
Never in many public places  15.78%  (3 votes) 
Total Votes: 19
Based on the last 12+ months, how effective is wearing a mask?
Somewhat effective  55%  (11 votes) 
Very effective  20%  (4 votes) 
No effective for stopping the spread of a virus  20%  (4 votes) 
Only for keeping people from spitting on you  5%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
How controlling are you?
A little controlling  47.37%  (9 votes) 
I’m not controlling  31.58%  (6 votes) 
Too controlling  15.79%  (3 votes)  
I should be a little more controlling  5.26%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 19
Do you think the majority of news outlets try to report the news in an unbiased fashion?
No  84.21%  (16 votes) 
Yes  15.79%  (3 votes)
Total Votes: 19


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.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.



4 thoughts on “05/02/21 – My AAPF Nationals Results

  1. You lifted it higher than any of us could! I respect your dedication to self improvement. You are a wonderful example for the rest of us.

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