02/26/23 – 2023 Michigan APF State Championships


2023 Michigan APF State Championships

Location: Rochester Performance Gym, 1962 Star Batt Dr., Rochester Hills, MI 48309

All Male Lifters Saturday, March 11

All Female Lifters Sunday, March 12


I typically read more serious books, but I recall reading this book back in my 20s and 50 years later I read it again and enjoyed it.

A Princess of Mars

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

Suddenly projected to Mars, John Carter found himself captive of the savage green men of Thark. With him was Dejah Thoris, lovely Princess of Helium. And between them and rescue lay a thousand miles of deadly enemies and unknown dangers. (Source: Amazon)


John Carter (2012)

After I read the book, I just had to watch the film. Rotten Tomatoes gave it an audience score of 60%. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed watching the film.

Movie Background

John Carter’s failure has been blamed on its promotion, which has been called “one of the worst marketing campaigns in movie history”.

Critics focus on the decision to remove the words “Princess” and “Mars” from the title out of fear of alienating young men and women, leaving prospective audiences to try to deduce what the film was about from trailers and ads that were similarly uninformative about its characters and plot, its place in the development of science fiction, and who had made it.

The images they showed also seemed derivative of works such as Star Wars, Dune and Avatar that were, ironically, themselves informed by the Barsoom stories. Other critics have argued the film was doomed from the start since those works had so thoroughly appropriated the source material as to assure that modern audiences would see John Carter as unoriginal.


By (who else) Bo Diddley

Song Facts

The Bo Diddley beat is a syncopated musical rhythm that is widely used in rock and roll and pop music. The beat is named after rhythm and blues musician Bo Diddley, who introduced and popularized the beat with his self-titled debut single, “Bo Diddley”, in 1955.

Music educator and author Michael Campbell describes the Bo Diddley beat as:

a slightly altered version of the clave rhythm … [The “Bo Diddley”] song shows the relationship between Afro-Cuban music, Americanized Latin rhythms, and rock rhythm … [The beats] are more active and complicated than a simple rock rhythm, but less complex than a real Afro-Cuban rhythm


Chef Ronaldo is not just a world famous chef

he is also a designer.


Jeremy Brett

As Sherlock Holmes

Jeremy Brett (3 November 1933 – 12 September 1995), was an English actor. He played fictional detective Sherlock Holmes in four Granada TV series from 1984 to 1994 in all 41 episodes. His career spanned from stage, to television and film, to Shakespeare and musical theatre.

After taking on the demanding role (“Holmes is the hardest part I have ever played—harder than Hamlet or Macbeth”) Brett made few other acting appearances, and he is now widely considered to be the definitive Holmes of his era, just as Basil Rathbone was at the beginning of the 1940s.

Brett wanted to be the best Sherlock Holmes the world had ever seen. He conducted extensive research on the great detective and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself, and was very attentive to discrepancies between the scripts he had been given and Conan Doyle’s original stories. One of Brett’s dearest possessions on the set was his 77-page “Baker Street File” on everything from Holmes’ mannerisms to his eating and drinking habits. Brett once explained that “some actors are becomers—they try to become their characters. When it works, the actor is like a sponge, squeezing himself dry to remove his own personality, then absorbing the character’s like a liquid”.

Brett was obsessed with bringing more passion to the role of Holmes. He introduced Holmes’s rather eccentric hand gestures and short violent laughter. He would hurl himself on the ground just to look for a footprint, “he would leap over the furniture or jump onto the parapet of a bridge with no regard for his personal safety.” While the other actors disappeared to the canteen for lunch, Brett would sit alone on the set reading the script, looking at every nuance, reading Holmes in the weekends and on his holidays. (Source: Wikipedia).



Excessive Drinking Can Make A Fool Out of You

Or Worse.






Environmental Animals

I will have Amazon send a free copy of the above coloring book to the first ten people in the US or Canada, would let me know they would like a copy.


I’m Tired of Being Ordinary,

Are You?

My Final Cover

The Kindle version of this book is free, and the paperback version is $10

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, only you can do that.

This book can be ordered from Amazon


4 thoughts on “02/26/23 – 2023 Michigan APF State Championships

  1. We thought the John Carter movie was somewhat underrated. It was a fun adventure! And, unusually, I thought, had a pretty good ending, because so many movies don’t seem to know how to end, you know?

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    • I’m glad to hear you and I had a similar experience with the John Carter movie. I can appreciate what was said in the movie background as to why it did not do as well at the box office as it possibly deserved.

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