09/16/19 – Take Me Home Tonight

CURRENT EVENTS

Eddie Money

(March 21, 1949 – September 13, 2019)

Eddie Money, the prolific singer and songwriter whose songs “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets to Paradise,” and “Take Me Home Tonight” soundtracked popular music in the 1980s, has died after being diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer (Source: Variety on Twitter)

Take Me Home Tonight

By Eddie Money with Ronnie Spector

perform on Late Show with David Letterman on October 6, 1988.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

If you want to participate in the extreme sport of aging, I recommend you read this book or some other book about strength training for older people. Personally, I think 40 is a bit young; but if you are 60 or older you really need to make sure you are strong. 

The Barbell Prescription

Strength Training for Life After 40

By Jonathon M. Sullivan & Andy Baker

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I’ve watched or more accurately, I’ve tried to watch, some films so I could recommend one to you; but, I was only able to finish one of the films. I certainly couldn’t recommend it to you. I would have never watched it; except that Snoop Dog was in the film. So, perhaps you want to check out some travel videos.

Rick Steves’ Travel Videos

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Another great loss this week.

Ric Ocasek

Lead Singer of The Cars

(CNN) Ric Ocasek, lead singer of the new wave rock band The Cars, died Sunday in New York City, police said. He was 75. The Cars were a mainstay of MTV in its early days.

Ocasek married supermodel Paulina Porizkova after the two met while shooting the video for 1984’s “Drive.” The couple last year announced their separation. They had two children together.
He was known for his mop of black hair and black sunglasses, which featured in many of the band’s videos, including “You Might Think” in 1984.
Ocasek and The Cars were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

Shake It Up

By The Cars

ART OF THE WEEK

The Many Faces of Mona Lisa

#1 Before & After Mona

#2 Public Transportation Mona

#3 Vulcan Mona

#4 Relaxing Mona

#5 Monday Mona

#6 Sexy Mona

#7 Pirate Mona

#8 Traveling Mona

#9 Drinking Mona

#10 Actual Mona

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

 Quanah Parker

 

Quanah Parker (c. 1845 or 1852 – February 20, 1911) was a war leader of the Quahadi (“Antelope”) band of the Comanche Nation. He was the son of Comanche chief Peta Nocona and Cynthia Ann Parker, an Anglo-American, who had been kidnapped as a child and assimilated into the tribe.

Following the apprehension of several Kiowa chiefs in 1871, Quanah emerged as a dominant figure in the Red River War. With European-Americans deliberately hunting American bison, the Comanches’ primary sustenance, into extinction, Quanah eventually surrendered and peaceably led the Quahadi to the reservation at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Quanah Parker was never elected chief by his people but was appointed by the federal government as principal chief of the entire Comanche Nation, and became a primary emissary of southwest indigenous Americans to the United States legislature.

In civilian life, he gained wealth as a rancher, settling near Cache, Oklahoma. Though he encouraged Christianization of Comanche people, he also advocated the Native American Church alternative, and passionately fought for the legal use of peyote in the movement’s religious practices. He was elected deputy sheriff of Lawton in 1902. After his death in 1911, the leadership title of Chief was replaced with Chairman; Quanah is thereby described as the “Last Chief of the Comanche”.

He is buried at Chief’s Knoll on Fort Sill. Many cities and highway systems in southwest Oklahoma and north Texas, once southern Comancheria, bear references to his name. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

You may have to be a Star Trek fan to get this one.

PHYSICAL TRAITS

This may be unpleasant to some, but it is something you need to think about.

Ain’t The Way to Die

By Eminem/Rihanna/ZDoggMD.com

An advance healthcare directive, also known as living will, personal directive, advance directive, medical directive or advance decision, is a legal document in which a person specifies what actions should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves because of illness or incapacity. In the U.S. it has a legal status in itself, whereas in some countries it is legally persuasive without being a legal document. (Source: Wikipedia)

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

I encourage you to see your own country as well as the rest of the world. Here is a video clip of pictures that Carol took when we visited San Antonio, Texas, back in 2017. I hope it encourages you to visit places, especially somewhere you haven’t been to before. 

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

How is your grammar?

Above average  58.82%  (10 votes) 

Average  35.29%  (6 votes) 

Below average  5.88%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

Regarding Star Trek: The Next Generation

I’ve seen episodes and I liked them  56.25%  (9 votes) 

I’ve seen episodes and I did not like them  18.75%  (3 votes) 

I have never seen any episodes and do not wish to see any  18.75%  (3 votes) 

I have never seen any episodes, but I would like to  6.25%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
Do you believe that those who don’t study history are likely to repeat history?

Yes  81.25%  (13 votes) 

I have no idea what you are saying  12.5%  (2 votes) 

No  6.25%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Do you believe you can accomplish almost anything, if you 100% believe you can?

Maybe  50%  (8 votes) 

Yes  31.25%  (5 votes) 

No  18.75%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
Do you believe in yourself?

Yes  100%  (16 votes) 

No  0%  (0 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.

09/09/19 -Atlantic Hurricanes

CURRENT EVENTS

Atlantic Hurricanes

Hurricane Dorian has caused so much damage and suffering, that I thought we should know more about these Atlantic Hurricanes

Tracks of North Atlantic tropical cyclones
(1851–2012)

An Atlantic hurricane or tropical storm is a tropical cyclone that forms in the Atlantic Ocean, usually between the months of June and November.

A hurricane differs from a cyclone or typhoon only on the basis of location. A hurricane is a storm that occurs in the Atlantic Ocean and northeastern Pacific Ocean, a typhoon occurs in the northwestern Pacific Ocean, and a cyclone occurs in the south Pacific or Indian Ocean.

Tropical cyclones can be categorized by intensity. Tropical storms have one-minute maximum sustained winds of at least 39 mph, while hurricanes have one-minute maximum sustained winds exceeding 74 mph.

Most North Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanes form between June 1 and November 30. 

In recent times, tropical disturbances that reach tropical storm intensity are named from a predetermined list. Hurricanes that result in significant damage or casualties may have their names retired from the list at the request of the affected nations in order to prevent confusion should a subsequent storm be given the same name.

On average, in the North Atlantic basin (from 1966 to 2009) 11.3 named storms occur each season, with an average of 6.2 becoming hurricanes and 2.3 becoming major hurricanes (Category 3 or greater). The climatological peak of activity is around September 10 each season. (Source: Wikipedia)

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I’ve written a rough copy of another book that is  currently being reviewed by  subject matter experts that I personally know to be the best at what they do. I also have a couple of professionals helping me clean up my grammar. I hope to have it available sometime next year.

When I came across this cartoon below, I felt I just had to pass it on to you folks..

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I’ve been re-watching this entire seven season series consisting of 178 episodes, each about 45 minutes. I am current into season six. It is my favorite of all the various Star Treks. 

Star Trek: The Next Generation

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I wish this song was a little bit longer.

Stay

By Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

Stay” is a doo-wop song written by Maurice Williams and first recorded in 1960 by Williams with his group the Zodiacs. Commercially successful versions were later also issued by The Hollies, The Four Seasons and Jackson Browne. (Source: Wikipedia)

ART OF THE WEEK

Eagle Carved Out of Wood

Unfortunately, my eagle is no more. I made a big mistake placing it on that old tree stump and eventually the ants had their way with my eagle. It was truly a thing of beauty for many years.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

 Red Cloud

Red Cloud in 1880

Red Cloud (1822 – December 10, 1909) was one of the most important leaders of the Oglala Lakota from 1868 to 1909. He was one of the most capable American Indian opponents that the United States Army faced in its mission to occupy the western territories, leading a successful campaign in 1866–68 known as Red Cloud’s War over control of the Powder River Country in northeastern Wyoming and southern Montana. The largest action of the war was the Fetterman Fight, with 81 Army soldiers killed, and was the worst military defeat suffered by the army on the Great Plains until the Battle of the Little Bighorn ten years later.

Red Cloud became an important leader of the Lakota as they transitioned from the freedom of the plains to the confinement of the reservation system. His trip to Washington, DC had convinced him of the number and power of European Americans, and he believed the Oglala had to seek peace.

Outliving all the other major Lakota leaders of the Indian Wars, Red Cloud died on Pine Ridge Reservation in 1909 at the age of 87, and was buried there in the cemetery now bearing his name. In old age, he is quoted as having said, “They made us many promises, more than I can remember. But they kept but one — They promised to take our land … and they took it.” (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Guys, you may want to give this a try; especially you bad boys.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

How many of the above ladies do you recognize from other paintings?
1  30.43%  (7 votes) 
4  26.09%  (6 votes) 
2  17.39%  (4 votes) 
0  13.04%  (3 votes) 
3  13.04%  (3 votes) 
Total Votes: 23
Do you believe are schools and universities for the most part, teach students what to think or do they teach how to think?
What to think  61.9%  (13 votes) 
How to think  38.1%  (8 votes) 
Total Votes: 21
Have you accomplished everything you wanted to accomplish this year?
No, but I still have hope  94.74%  (18 votes) 
I made no plans to accomplish anything  5.26%  (1 votes)
Yes  0%  (0 votes) 
No, and I have given up  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 19

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.

09/02/19 – Thoughts About Going Back To School

CURRENT EVENTS

Thoughts About Going Back To School

Children

Teachers

Moms

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I believe this book first came out in 1982. I bought and read it in 1993 and I still have it today and over the years I look it over every so often. I just learned of Franco Columbu’s death and so I thought I would make his book my Book of the Week.

Franco Columbu’s Complete Book of Bodybuilding

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

This is one of my favorite movies, it is funny and provides a lot of lessons in leadership. I had the students in one of the college classes I taught, do their term paper on all the leadership principles they observed in this film.

Back To School

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

School Days

By Chuck Berry

ART OF THE WEEK

How many of these ladies to you recognize

from other paintings?

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

 Franco Columbu

Franco Columbu suffered a heart attack (myocardial infarction) and subsequently drowned just off the coast of San Teodoro, Sardinia, Italy, on August 30, 2019. He was 78 years old.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

There are still four months remaining this year.

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

What is your opinion of Walter Palmer, who killed Cecil The Lion

Scum  68.42%  (13 votes) 

Bad opinion  21.05%  (4 votes) 

No opinion of him  10.53%  (2 votes) 

Good opinion, what he did was legal  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

Regarding “Expedition Unknown with Josh Gates”

I’ve seen the show and liked it  41.67%  (5 votes) 

I have not seen the show and do not wish to see it.  33.33%  (4 votes) 

I have not seen the show, but would like to.  25%  (3 votes) 

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

Total Votes: 12
Did you enjoy watching Shadows by Lindsey Stirling

Yes  78.57%  (11 votes) 

Ok, not good or bad  21.43%  (3 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes)  

Total Votes: 14

Have you ever gone to the Chicago Art Institute?

No  56.25%  (9 votes) 

Yes  43.75%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
Do you understand what Scotty is talking about?

No  69.23%  (9 votes) 

Yes  30.77%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 13

No you believe everyone can make something of themselves?

Yes  60%  (9 votes) 

Most can  33.33%  (5 votes) 

Few can  6.67%  (1 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

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.

08/26/19 – Remembering Cecil The Lion

CURRENT EVENTS

Remember Cecil The Lion

Cecil relaxing in Hwange National Park (2010)

Cecil (c. 2002 – 2 July 2015) was a lion who lived primarily in the Hwange National Park in Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe. He was a major attraction of the park and was being studied and tracked by a research team of the University of Oxford as part of a long-term study.

On the night of 1 July 2015, Cecil was wounded with an arrow by Walter Palmer, an American dentist and recreational big-game hunter, then tracked and killed with a bow and arrow the following morning, between 10 and 12 hours later. Cecil was 13 years old when killed. (Source: Wikipedia)

What Happened To Dentist That Killed Cecil
Nothing
 
Walter Palmer smiling like a psychopath
after illegally killing Cecil the lion in 2015
(Source: Quora)

BOOK OF THE WEEK

A True Warrior Reads

 

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Another disappointing week of movies, so I went back to watching Josh Gates on the Travel Channel. He really takes you to some interesting places.

Expedition Unknown with Josh Gates

On The Travel Channel

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I found this intriguing and I hope you do also.

Shadows

By Lindsey Sterling

ART OF THE WEEK

Lions of the Chicago Art Institute

Here I am by the North Lion

Iconic guardians of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Lions have stood at the Michigan Avenue entrance since the building’s inaugural year. The site became the museum’s permanent home at the conclusion of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, where the new structure had hosted lectures and other events for fairgoers.

Modeled by Edward Kemeys, an essentially self-taught artist and the nation’s first great sculptor of animals, the lion pair was unveiled on May 10, 1894. 

For the Art Institute, he modeled larger-than-life African lions, the one positioned north of the steps “on the prowl” and the lion to the south “in an attitude of defiance,” in Kemeys’s words. These behavioral distinctions are visible in the variation of head, tail, and stance. Each weighing in at more than two tons, the Lions were cast in Chicago by the American Bronze Founding Company.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

 Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley (August 13, 1860 – November 3, 1926), born Phoebe Ann Mosey, was an American sharpshooter. She was a star in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show.

Oakley was born in Ohio to Jacob and Susan Mosey. On June 20, 1882 she married Frank E. Butler, another skilled shooter. The couple joined Buffalo Bill’s show in 1885. Oakley performed before several European heads of state, including Queen Victoria and Kaiser Wilhelm II. She left the show in 1902 and began acting.

Oakley died in 1926 of pernicious anemia (a type of blood disorder). She was buried in Greenville, Ohio. Frank Butler died 18 days later. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

If you are a Star Trek fan, I think you will really enjoy this.

PHYSICAL TRAITS

You may not get this, if you haven’t seen a lot of Star Trek

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

Best to just keep one’s hands to themselves. 

LEARNING TRAITS

I believe everyone can make something of themselves, if they would only try.

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the film, “The Man Who Killed Hitler and then Bigfoot”

I like Sam Elliott, but not enough to watch this film  69.23%  (9 votes) 

I like Sam Elliott enough to like this film  30.77%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 13

Have you ever been to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum?

No  93.75%  (15 votes) 

Yes  6.25%  (1 votes) 

Yes and you can purchase the picture of Nixon and Elvis  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
Have you ever eaten a “Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich”?

No  76.47%  (13 votes) 

Yes  23.53%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

What is your opinion of people who don’t pay back loans because they think you don’t need the money since you had it to lend in the first place?

I think they have no character what so ever  66.67%  (12 votes) 

My opinion of them depends upon the circumstances  33.33%  (6 votes) 

I agree that the lender probably doesn’t need it back.  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

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.

08/19/19 – Results

CURRENT EVENTS

AWPC World Powerlifting Competition

I turned 73 on August 16, and that very day I was participating in the AWPC World Powerlifting competition. I successfully broke Alexander Sorochinsky’s world record raw deadlift for a 70 to 74 year old, in the 198.2 lbs. or 90 Kg. weight category. 
Alexander set his record 374.7 lbs. or 170 Kg. raw deadlift back in 6/15/2013 in Moscow.  My raw deadlift was 380.2 lbs. or 172.5 Kg. I also won the raw bench press and raw deadlift in my category. However, I was surprised to learn I also received Outstanding Raw Deadlifter designation; which I thought was a big deal and never expected such an honor. 
I don’t believe anyone accomplishes anything without some help. Thank you
Alexander Sorochinsky for demonstrating what possible for older people.
Back in 10th grade in 1961, there were two teachers who set up a weight lifting training program after school, which was my first introduction to lifting weights.
My best friend, Freddy, introduced me to competitive powerlifting.
I have his trophy, the one he is holding, in my office as I type these words.
My friend Walter, who got me into deadlifting.
And especially Art, who got me back into competitive powerlifting in 2015 and taught me most of what I know about deadlifting. 
Art, is standing next to me, next is legendary Ernie Frantz, founder of the APF, AAPF, AWPC & WPC, followed by Janice, 76 year-old world champion and world record holder.   

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Mind Gym

By Gary Mack with David Casstevens

I can’t even recall how many times I have tried Visualization without success. This time, I read this book over and over and I spent a month or so daily visualizing throughout the day every aspect of what I was going to do at the AWPC World’s from my warmup lifts through my three competitive attempts.

This book was written for athletes, but I think you can apply it just as well to other situations.

In Mind Gym, noted sports psychology consultant Gary Mack explains how your mind influences your performance on the field or on the court as much as your physical skill does, if not more so. Through forty accessible lessons and inspirational anecdotes from prominent athletes–many of whom he has worked with–you will learn the same techniques and exercises Mack uses to help elite athletes build mental “muscle.” Mind Gym will give you the “head edge” over the competition. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I tried to watch a number of movies this week, but they were all so bad that I ended up making this film the movie of the week. In my defense, I was trapped in an airplane and had already seen any sort of worthwhile movie they had to offer.

As for this movie, I think the title says it all. Unless you really like Sam Elliot, I would pass on this one too.

The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then Bigfoot (2018)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

All Shook Up

By Elvis

ART OF THE WEEK

This is definitely a classic photo. Although I have never been to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, I understand you can purchase the picture there.

The President and The King

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

 Elvis

(Jan. 8, 1935 – Aug. 16, 1977)

I think the following video does an excellent job of letting you know about Elvis, The King Of Rock N’ Roll.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

It is important to eat right and here is an opportunity for you see see Elvis actually making is fried peanut butter and banana sandwich.

Queen wrote Crazy Little Thing Called Love as a tribute song to Elvis.

Elvis liked the song so much he recorded it with Freddie Mercury right there in the studio.

CHARACTER TRAITS

It is so hard for me to believe, but there are people out there with the attitude that if you lend them money, it means you don’t need it back.

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Will I set a new AWPC raw deadlift record on my 73 birthday?

Yes  100%  (26 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 26

Regarding the film, “The Wrestler”

I saw the film and liked the film.  46.15%  (6 votes) 

I have not seen the film, but would like to see it.  30.77%  (4 votes) 

I have not seen the film, nor do I wish to see it.  23.08%  (3 votes) 

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

Total Votes: 13
Between “Tuff Enuff” and the “Rocky Theme” song, which do you prefer?

Rocky  50%  (8 votes) 

I liked them both  37.5%  (6 votes) 

Tuff Enuff  12.5%  (2 votes) 

I didn’t like either  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Do you think you the less attachments you have, the more peace you experience?

Yes  73.33%  (11 votes) 

No  26.67%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 15
Regarding two ears and one mouth?

I talk and listen in equal amounts  60%  (9 votes) 

I listen twice as much as I talk  26.67%  (4 votes) 

I talk twice as much as I listen  13.33%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

What kind of person are you going to be today?

Extraordinary  66.67%  (10 votes) 

Mediocre  33.33%  (5 votes) 

Disappointment  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

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.

08/12/19 – Will He Do It?

CURRENT EVENTS

AWPC World Powerlifting Competition

On August 16, I will be at the AWPC World Powerlifting competition, where I plan to break Alexander Sorochinsky’s world record raw deadlift for a 70 to 74 year old, in the 198.2 lbs. or 90 Kg. weight category. 
Alexander set his record 374.7 lbs. or 170 Kg. raw deadlift back in 6/15/2013 in Moscow.  August 16 will be my 73 birthday and on that very day, I intend to set a new AWPC raw deadlift in the 70 to 74 year old, 198 lbs. category of 380.2 lbs. or 172.5 Kg.
Thank you Alexander Sorochinsky for demonstrating what possible for older people and for giving me something to strive for this year. I’ve always found the Russian powerlifters to be very supportive of my efforts. I feel they want the competition, which is the mark of true champions. Here I am in Portugal back in 2015 with some Russian Powerlifters.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Power: A Scientific Approach

By Frederick C. Hatfield, Ph.D.

I read this book back in 2002, when I started competitive powerlifting. The book came out in 1989, so it was a bit dated when I first read it. Every so often I look it over and although 30 years have gone by since this book first came out, obviously some of the information is dated, but others parts of the book are as valid today as back in 1989. Plus, the book is very readable.

Dr. Fred Hatfield, presents Power, his most advanced, most comprehensive book to date on the science of strength training. Revealing the latest discoveries and techniques, Power translates these findings into relevant, understandable training advice.

Dr. Hatfield delves into the intricacies of strength–its eleven types and seventeen sources. He explains how the body builds strength and how scientific methods can improve it. He considers issues both physical–fatigue factors, recovery times–and mental–concentration, motivation, and stress.

He also explores the crucial role of diet and nutrition, providing programs for integrating training with proper diet and supplementation schedules and giving sound advice on pre-contest and performance diets.  (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I almost went with the film Rocky, but I suggested that film before so I thought I would suggest something a bit different. This film can create a lot of emotions in a person, so if you are looking for something light, you may want to pass on this one.

The Wrestler (2008 film)

Mickey Rourke gives a performance for the ages in The Wrestler, a richly affecting, heart-wrenching yet ultimately rewarding drama. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I was going to use the theme song from the movie Rocky,

but I decided to go with this instead.

Tuff Enuff

By The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Sorry, I tried not to use the Rocky Theme song,

but could not help myself

ART OF THE WEEK

Monument to Joe Louis

Also Known as The Fist, is a memorial to the boxer at Detroit’s Hart Plaza. Dedicated on October 16, 1986, the sculpture, commissioned by Sports Illustrated magazine from the Mexican-American sculptor Robert Graham, and poured by the legendary bronze artist, Rolf Kriken, is a 24-foot-long (7.3 m) arm with a fisted hand suspended by a 24-foot-high (7.3 m) pyramidal framework.

It represents the power of his punch both inside and outside the ring. Because of Louis’ efforts to fight Jim Crow laws, the fist was symbolically aimed toward racial injustice. Graham referred to the sculpture as a “battering ram”. (Source: Wikipedia)

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

I would be reluctant to be a member of any gym that did not have a picture of Arnold on its walls.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (Born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American politician, actor, filmmaker, and former professional bodybuilder. He served as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 to 2011.

Schwarzenegger began lifting weights at the age of 15. He won the Mr. Universe title at age 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times, remaining a prominent presence in bodybuilding and writing many books and articles on the sport. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time, as well as the sport’s most charismatic ambassador.(Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

What do you think are the reasons (you can pick more than one) behind these mass killings in the USA?

Availability of weapons  21.62%  (16 votes)

Mentally ill people on the streets  13.51%  (10 votes)

Lack of civil discourse in the media, Hollywood and the political arena  12.16%  (9 votes)

Violence in films and video games  10.81%  (8 votes)

Other reasons  10.81%  (8 votes)

Failure to discipline in the homes and schools  9.46%  (7 votes)

Legal system too easy on minors who participate in violence  8.11%  (6 votes)

Failure of people who see something to say something  6.76%  (5 votes)

Lack of religious instruction  4.05%  (3 votes)

Single parent households  2.7%  (2 votes)

Total Votes: 74

Did you like the Km Music Norman Cook Remix video of “Brimful of Asha”?

Yes  90.91%  (10 votes) 

No  9.09%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 11
The country of “Antenna” is located on what continent?

I don’t know  45.45%  (5 votes) 

The continent isn’t listed  36.36%  (4 votes) 

North America  18.18%  (2 votes) 

South America  0%  (0 votes) 

Antarctica  0%  (0 votes) 

Australia  0%  (0 votes) 

Asia  0%  (0 votes) 

Europe  0%  (0 votes) 

Africa  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 11

Do you think Albert Einstein is correct when he says, “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got”?

Yes  84.62%  (11 votes) 

No  15.38%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 13

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.

08/05/19 – ¿Qué Pasa? or What’s Happening?

CURRENT EVENTS

¿Qué Pasa? or What’s Happening?

Picture taken of Gun Map at Art Prize in Grand Rapids, MI a few years ago.

Waco, Texas

Twenty people were killed and dozens more injured on Saturday morning in a massacre at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart that was packed with back-to-school shoppers, making it one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, officials said. (Source: ABC News)

Dayton, Ohio

The gunman’s sister was one of nine people killed in a shooting early Sunday in downtown Dayton, Ohio, police said. At least 27 others were injured when Connor Betts, 24, fired an assault rifle in a popular nightlife district about 1 a.m., authorities said. (Source: CNN)

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Anger

By Thich Nhat Hanh

I read this book back in 2008 and although I am a fan of self-help books and even wrote one myself. I’m sorry to say that like all the many diet books, nothing can help you until you are ready to help yourself. Still I think such books are  motivators for those who really do want to change.

It was under the bodhi tree in India twenty-five centuries ago that Buddha achieved the insight that three states of mind were the source of all our unhappiness: wrong knowing, obsessive desire, and anger.

All are difficult, but in one instant of anger—one of the most powerful emotions—lives can be ruined, and health and spiritual development can be destroyed.

With exquisite simplicity, Buddhist monk and Vietnam refugee Thich Nhat Hanh gives tools and advice for transforming relationships, focusing energy, and rejuvenating those parts of ourselves that have been laid waste by anger. His extraordinary wisdom can transform your life and the lives of the people you love, and in the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, can give each reader the power to “change everything.” (Source: Goodreads)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Medici The Magnificent

Netflix Season 2

If you have been following this blog, you know that I watched Season 1 of the Medici, so it is no surprised that I have just finished watching Season 2. Season 3 of the Medici has already been filmed and will be released on Netflix in early 2020.

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I came across this video and liked it. I hope you do too.

Km Music’s Brimful of Asha (Norman Cook Remix)

By Cornershop

Brimful of Asha” is a 1997 single by British alternative rock band Cornershop. The recording originally reached number 60 on the UK Singles Chart in 1997. After a remixed version by Norman Cook became a radio and critical success, the song was re-released and reached number one on the UK chart in February 1998 and number 16 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. The lyrics are a tribute to Asha Bhosle. (Wikipedia)

ART OF THE WEEK

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Here is another play that I saw at the LookingGlass Theater on Michigan Ave. while I was recently in Chicago. I have no idea how many plays I have seen in my life since I’ve been a season ticket holder for several decades at various theaters. However, this play was certainly memorable. If you are in Chicago, I urge you to see it.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Mary Shelley

Richard Rothwell’s 1840 portrait of Mary Shelley

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) was an English novelist who wrote the Gothic novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). Her father was the political philosopher William Godwin, and her mother was the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft.

After Wollstonecraft’s death less than a month after her daughter Mary was born, Mary was raised by Godwin, who was able to provide his daughter with a rich, if informal, education, encouraging her to adhere to his own anarchist political theories. When Mary was four, her father married a neighbor, with whom, as her stepmother, Mary came to have a troubled relationship.

In 1814, Mary began a romance with one of her father’s political followers, Percy Bysshe Shelley, who was already married. Together with Mary’s stepsister Claire Clairmont, Mary and Shelley left for France and travelled through Europe. Upon their return to England, Mary was pregnant with Percy’s child. Over the next two years, she and Percy faced ostracism, constant debt, and the death of their prematurely born daughter. They married in late 1816, after the suicide of Percy Shelley’s first wife, Harriet.

In 1816, the couple famously spent a summer with Lord Byron, John William Polidori, and Claire Clairmont near Geneva, Switzerland, where Mary conceived the idea for her novel Frankenstein.

The Shelleys left Britain in 1818 for Italy, where their second and third children died before Mary Shelley gave birth to her last and only surviving child, Percy Florence Shelley. In 1822, her husband drowned when his sailing boat sank during a storm near Viareggio. A year later, Mary Shelley returned to England and from then on devoted herself to the upbringing of her son and a career as a professional author. The last decade of her life was dogged by illness, most likely caused by the brain tumor which killed her at age 53. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Here is some advice for us older guys.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Do you know the USA City, where I took this video last week?

Chicago  45.83%  (11 votes) 

City other than those named  20.83%  (5 votes) 

Detroit  8.33%  (2 votes) 

Orlando  8.33%  (2 votes) 

NYC  4.17%  (1 votes) 

LA  4.17%  (1 votes) 

Boston  4.17%  (1 votes) 

Dallas  4.17%  (1 votes) 

Memphis  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 24

Regarding the movie “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood”

I have not seen the movie, but I want to see it.  70.83%  (17 votes) 

I’ve seen the movie and liked it.  16.67%  (4 votes) 

I’ve seen the movie and did not like it.  8.33%  (2 votes) 

I have not seen the movie, nor do I wish to see it.  4.17%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 24
What did you think of “Kenzo World”?

I found it interesting  37.5%  (6 votes) 

I don’t know what to think of it  37.5%  (6 votes) 

I did not like it  25%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Did you get the joke?

Yes  92%  (23 votes) 

No  8%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 25
Have you been guilty of putting things ahead of people?

Sometimes  68.18%  (15 votes) 

Generally no  31.82%  (7 votes) 

Generally yes  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 22

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.