11/11/19 – Recent Scientific Discovery

CURRENT EVENTS

Scientific Discovery

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Ben Franklin is one of the most interesting people in history and I believe he remains an inspiration to anyone today who knows about his life. This particular book is one of the best ways I know of to learn about Franklin.

Reading this book will be an investment, as it is over 400 pages; however, I believe you will receive a good return on your investment.

Franklin of Philadelphia

By Esmond Wright

The most original and most delightful of the Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin was publisher and printer, essayist and author, businessman and “general,” scientist and philologist, politician and diplomat, moralist and sage―and a thoroughly rational patriot who was a major force in winning his country’s independence and securing its life in the Constitution.

Born poor in Cotton Mather’s Boston, he was soon at ease in Quaker Philadelphia, and later in royal London, and in elegant Paris. Born with no advantages, he died wealthy and esteemed. He was the quintessential American, almost totally free of the limits of his environment, ready to accept any challenge, to speculate, experiment, and question. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I’ve been watching old Twilight episodes and came across this one, that I saw back when it was first aired. It really has something to say.

A Game of Pool 

Twilight Zone (Oct. 13, 1961)

A game of life or death. Fats Brown (Jonathan Winters) attempts
to teach young pool shark Jesse Cardiff (Jack Klugman)
about the price of being the best.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Last week’s poll indicated that two-thirds of us often feel we are in too much of a hurry and need to slow down. I hope this song helps.

I’m in a Hurry

By Alabama

ART OF THE WEEK

I was in Scotland back in 2014 to run a half-marathon in Edinburg. Afterwards, I visited a few other areas of Scotland, but so disappointed I miss seeing this. I will have to return to Scotland. 

The Kelpies in Falkirk, Scotland

The Kelpies are 30-metre-high (almost 30 yards) horse-head sculptures depicting kelpies (shape-shifting water spirits).

The sculptures were designed by sculptor Andy Scott and were completed in October 2013. The sculptures form a gateway at the eastern entrance to the Forth and Clyde canal, and the new canal extension built as part of The Helix land transformation project. The Kelpies are a monument to horse-powered heritage across Scotland.

The sculptures were opened to the public in October 2013 . As part of the project, they will have their own visitor centre, and sit beside a newly developed canal turning pool and extension. This canal extension reconnects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the River Forth. (Source: Wikipedia)

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

I actually saw him in person, once when I was rather young. 

Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower

Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was an American army general and statesman who served as the 34th president of the United States from 1953 to 1961. During World War II, he was a five-star general in the Army and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe. He was responsible for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43 and the successful Invasion of Normandy in 1944–45 from the Western Front.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

I had to replace my initial video of the cat, with this one (11/11/19 @ 9:00 a.m.)

Will The Cowboys Sign This Cat

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Which version of Kung Fu Fighting did you like best?

Kung Fu Panda Video  61.54%  (8 votes) 

Carl Douglas  38.46%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 13

Do you feel you are often in too much a hurry and that you need to slow down?

Yes  63.16%  (12 votes) 

No  36.84%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 19
Are you for or against term limits for all political offices?

For term limitations  94.74%  (18 votes) 

Against limitation  5.26%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

Which best represents your life?

Do stuff  90%  (18 votes) 

Have stuff  10%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 20

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.

11/04/19 – An American Hero

CURRENT EVENTS

Conan

The heroic dog who helped chase down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi goes by the name Conan and he is a Belgian Malinois. He will be leaving the Middle East soon to make an appearance at the White House. 

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I read this book a number of year ago and have mentioned it in the past. I just finished reviewing it again and it is about a lot more than just running.

Running & Being

By Dr. George Sheehan

Tells of the author’s midlife return to the world of exercise, play and competition, in which he found “a world beyond sweat” that proved to be a source of great revelation and personal growth. This title provides an outline for a lifetime program of fitness and joy, showing how the body helps determine our mental and spiritual energies. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE OR PLAY OF THE WEEK

I believe the horror films have given us a mistaken view of this very moving story.  I was fortunate to have some front row seats for this play two Sundays ago. You may not be able to find the play near you, especially now that we are in November, but the actual story by Mary Shelly is well worth reading.

Frankenstein (A play)

Playwright A. S. Peterson

Baldwin Theater Cast 2019

Brilliant scientist Victor Frankenstein unlocks the mysteries of life itself and creates a monster that he cannot control. A mesmerizing gothic tale of horror and humanity, this exciting new adaptation was written in honor of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic novel and holds true to the author’s original vision. One of the most enduring monster stories of all time, Frankenstein explores what it means to be human, what it means to belong, and how we are shaped by our scars.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Kung Fu Panda Music Video

I thought you might find the above Kung Fu Panda Music Video more entertaining to look at; but in all fairness, I wanted to present Carl Douglas performing his song.

Kung Fu Fighting

By Carl Douglas

ART OF THE WEEK

Decorating one’s home for holidays is an art from. Here is our house decorated last year for Halloween.

Due to porch construction, our Halloween decorating had deteriorated, but we still managed to give out treats during the cold and rainy weather.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

It is wonderful to see women pushing the boundaries of what is possible. 

Laura Smith

I was there at the AWPC World Competition in Orlando, Florida this August and saw Laura receive her recognition as Outstanding Lifter.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

I do not share anything that I have not tried to verify. I found that a generic version of Sovaldi sells in India for $4.00. I also heard that there is no generic version of Sovaldi. Regardless, if it is generic or actual Sovaldi, the going price in India is $4.00. I confirmed to the best of my ability that the price of Sovaldi in the USA is $1,000.

I don’t think it is any secret that drug companies price their products on ability to pay. The is a cliché saying politicians and white shirts are both best when new. The establishment doesn’t like term limits because they value the experience of long-time legislators. I guess they feel the USA has the best politicians money can buy.

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the movie, “Night of the Living Dead”

I’ve seen it and thought it was very scary  38.1%  (8 votes) 

I have not seen it.  38.1%  (8 votes) 

I’ve seen it, but did not think it was scary  23.8%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 21

Of the two versions of the Monster Mash, which do you like best?

The first one with film clips  53.33%  (8 votes) 

The second one with Bobby Pickett  46.67%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 15
Are you proud of the life you have led?

Yes  55%  (11 votes) 

Could have been better and I am going to try to make it better  35%  (7 votes) 

Could have been better  10%  (2 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

No, but I am going to try to make it better  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 20

Do you feel your management appreciates you?

Sometimes  61.54%  (8 votes) 

Yes  30.77%  (4 votes) 

No  7.69%  (1 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.

10/28/19 – Halloween and Black Cats

CURRENT EVENTS

Halloween is a particularly dangerous times for cats, especially black cats

Please be a responsible cat owner and keep your cat indoors

And I keep my cat “Bear” in for the protections of others

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Here is another graphic novel appropriate for Halloween. 

Robert Louis Steven’s 

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

& The Body Snatcher

Graphic novels are a good way to get young people interested in reading. Here is a page out of the above book.

MOVIES OF THE WEEK

Since this is the week of Halloween, I feel obligated to mention what I think is a very scary movie.

Night of the Living Dead (1990)

I was once in a zombie movie. That’s me on the cover 14 years ago.

The Dead Walk The Earth

Yet They Live And They Kill (2005)

But if all these zombie movies are two much for you, here is a nice uplifting movie made back in 2000.

The Kid (2000)

An unhappy and disliked image consultant gets a second shot at life when he is mysteriously confronted by an eight-year-old version of himself. (Source: IMDB)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Monster Mash

By Bobby Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers

I thought you might find it interesting to see Bobby Pickett perform the song on American Bandstand.

ART OF THE WEEK

For the sixth straight year, the Troy Historical Society is hosting an annual scarecrow row along Livernois road in Troy, MI. Local businesses sponsor each scarecrow and the scarecrows will be left there for the entire month of October. The Oakland Press reports, “This eye-catching Scarecrow Row is viewed by 10,000 cars traveling by the Troy Historic Village each day. That’s 300,000 views in one month.”

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Who else, given this is the week of Halloween

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

Cassandra Peterson

Cassandra Peterson, May 2011

Cassandra Peterson (born September 17, 1951) is an American actress best known for her portrayal of the horror hostess character Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. She gained fame on Los Angeles television station KHJ-TV wearing a revealing, black, gothic, cleavage-enhancing gown as host of Elvira’s Movie Macabre, a weekly horror movie presentation. Her wickedly vampish appearance is offset by her comical character, quirky and quick-witted personality, and Valley girl-type speech.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

If you have followed my posts for any length of time, you know I am against any unnecessary surgeries and actually I’m not that thrilled with necessary ones either. 

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

I wish more people in management understood this.

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

Just a reminder that we turn back our clocks this coming Sunday

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

The following Halloween Support Group issues apply to me.

None of the issues apply to me  45%  (9 votes)

I need to learn to unwind.  40%  (8 votes)

Everyone drives me batty  5%  (1 votes)

I fly off the handle constantly  5%  (1 votes)

I got nobody  5%  (1 votes)

Total Votes: 20

Have you ever seen the 1931 film “Frankenstein”?

Yes  86.36%  (19 votes) 

No  13.64%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 22
What do you think of drivers who ignore lane change signs and then what to move over into your lane?

They think their time is so much more important than everyone else  95.45%  (21 votes) 

I also do this sometimes  4.55%  (1 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.

10/21/19 – Halloween Support Group

CURRENT EVENTS

Halloween Support Group

Check that applies to you.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Frankenstein

By Mary Shelley

Illustrated by Pete Katz

As I mentioned last week, I think graphic novels are a terrific way to introduce young people to some classic literature.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Here is another one of these scary old black and white films that are so worth watching at this time of the year.

Frankenstein (1931)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

This is month is Halloween, so here is another song with a bit of a Halloween theme.

Dead Man’s Party

By Oingo Boingo

ART OF THE WEEK

Ever think of decorating your van for Halloween?

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

 Vincent Price

Vincent Leonard Price Jr. (May 27, 1911 – October 25, 1993) was an American actor best known for his performances in horror films, although his career spanned other genres, including film noir, drama, mystery, thriller, and comedy.

He appeared on stage, television, and radio, and in more than 100 films. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for motion pictures and one for television. He was born and raised near St. Louis, Missouri and has a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

He was an art collector and arts consultant with a degree in art history, and he lectured and wrote books on the subject. The Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College is named in his honor. He was also a noted gourmet cook.(Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Will You Be Wearing A Halloween Costume This Year?

No  66.67%  (16 votes) 

Yes  16.67%  (4 votes) 

No, not since I was a child  12.5%  (3 votes) 

No, but I have in the last five years  4.16%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 24

Do you believe we see the world not as it is, but as we are?

Yes  52.38%  (11 votes) 

Sometimes  47.62%  (10 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 21
Do you tend towards immediate gratification or do you consistently put away enough money for a comfortable retirement?

I consistently put away enough money for a comfortable retirement  66.67%  (12 votes) 

I save some, but not enough  22.22%  (4 votes) 

I don’t believe I make enough money to save for retirement  5.56%  (1 votes) 

Retirement is a long ways off  5.55%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

Do you think companies tend to treat potential new customers better than long-time loyal customers

Yes  57.14%  (12 votes) 

Some do and some don’t  38.1%  (8 votes) 

No  4.76%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 21

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.

10/14/19 – Having A Hard Time Finding A Halloween Costume

CURRENT EVENTS

Having A Hard Time Finding A Halloween Costume

I know the following does not apply to all of us, but it does to some of us.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Dracula

By Bram Stoker

Illustrated by Matt Pagett

I think graphic novels are terrific. The are a great way to introduce young people to some classic literature.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

These scary old black and white films are so worth watching at this time of the year.

Dracula (1931)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

This is month is Halloween, I thought the music of the week should have a Halloween theme.

I’m In Love With A Monster (From Hotel Transylvania 2)

By Fifth Harmony

ART OF THE WEEK

I thought this was very creative, plus a good use of old tires.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

 Boris Karloff

Karloff in Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

William Henry Pratt (23 November 1887 – 2 February 1969), better known by his stage name Boris Karloff, was an English actor who was primarily known for his roles in horror films. He portrayed Frankenstein’s monster in Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Son of Frankenstein (1939). He also appeared as Imhotep in The Mummy (1932).

His mother’s maternal aunt was Anna Leonowens, whose tales about life in the royal court of Siam (now Thailand) were the basis of the musical The King and I. Pratt was bow-legged, had a lisp, and stuttered as a young boy. He conquered his stutter, but not his lisp, which was noticeable throughout his career in the film industry. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

(Note: You may have to enlarge the photo below)

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

So many live in a world of immediate gratification,

without realizing the price they will pay in the future.

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

How long were you cheerful at the start of the work week?

I was cheerful all week until Saturday  38.89%  (7 votes) 

I was cheerful for the first half of Monday  27.78%  (5 votes) 

I wasn’t cheerful even before I arrived  11.11%  (2 votes) 

I was cheerful Monday and Tuesday and part of Wednesday  11.11%  (2 votes)  

I was cheerful all day Monday and part of Tuesday  5.56%  (1 votes) 

I was cheerful all week until Friday  5.55%  (1 votes) 

I was cheerful all week until Thursday  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

How long has it been since you have read a book?

Within the last week  68.18%  (15 votes) 

Within the last year  27.27%  (6 votes) 

Within the last decade  4.55%  (1 votes) 

Within the last month  0%  (0 votes) 

I have not read a book in the last ten years  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 22
How many Star Trek: The Next Generation feature films have you watched?

None  52.17%  (12 votes) 

One  17.39%  (4 votes) 

All four  17.39%  (4 votes) 

Two  8.7%  (2 votes) 

Three  4.35%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 23

Do you believe in the 80/20 rule when it comes to your clothing?

Yes  78.95%  (15 votes) 

No  21.05%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 19
Is today a great day to be alive for you?

Yes  89.47%  (17 votes) 

No  10.53%  (2 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.

10/07/19 – Arriving at Work

CURRENT EVENTS

l’ve had days like this.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I’ve been watching the seven seasons (I’m wrapping up season six) of Star Trek: The Next Generation, when I decided to watch the four Next Generation feature films. I liked each one better than the prior one.

Star Trek Generations (1994)

Capt. Jean-Luc Picard commands the newest incarnation of the U.S.S. Enterprise, investigating a disaster at an outlying settlement. The catastrophe’s sole survivor is Dr. Tolian Soran, who has malevolent plans to use an energy field called the Nexus. (Source: Netflix)

Star Trek First Contact (1996)

The Borg have time-traveled to Earth’s past to prevent the first contact between humans and Vulcans, which resulted in the Federation’s birth. Bent on revenge, Picard follows the Borg to the 21st century. (Source: Netflix)

Star Trek Insurrection (1998)

Capt. Picard and the Enterprise crew head to a mysterious world where metaphasic radiation has halted the aging process of its citizens. There, they work to unravel a conspiracy that would harness the planet’s power. (Source: Netflix)

Star Trek Nemesis (2002)

With longtime foes the Romulans at last willing to negotiate peace with the Federation, the Enterprise and its crew are dispatched on a diplomatic mission. But it’s all a ruse that will pit them against a wily villain with a sinister agenda. (Source: Netflix)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

This is month is Halloween, I thought the music of the week should have a Halloween theme.

Werewolves of London (1978)

By Warren Zevon

ART OF THE WEEK

The Ohio Deadlift bar is truly a work of art and arguably the world’s best deadlift bar. I’m pleased to say that there are four of them, all privately owned, at the Royal Oak gym, where I work out.

One of those four deadlift bars is mine.

Privately owned bars are kept under lock and key.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

 Bela Lugosi

Bela Lugosi as Dracula (1931)

Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó (20 October 1882 – 16 August 1956), better known as Bela Lugosi, was a Hungarian-American actor best remembered for portraying Count Dracula in the 1931 film and for his roles in other horror films.

In 1927, he appeared as Count Dracula in a Broadway adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel. He later appeared in the 1931 film Dracula directed by Tod Browning and produced by Universal Pictures. Through the 1930s, he occupied an important niche in horror films, with their East European setting, but his Hungarian accent limited his potential casting, and he unsuccessfully tried to avoid typecasting. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

If you believe the 80/20 rule, we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time, but the following does make a point.

CHARACTER TRAITS

It’s a Great Day to Be Alive

By Travis Tritt

SOCIAL TRAITS 

Drug Testing Is Getting More and More Common

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

If you have school age children, do you pick them up from school or wait for them at the school bus stop?

I don’t have school aged children; but if I did, I would pick them up from school or wait at the school bus stop.  63.64%  (7 votes) 

I don’t have school aged children; but if I did, I would not pick them up from school or wait for them at the school bus stop.  27.27%  (3 votes) 

No  9.09%  (1 votes) 

Yes  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 11

Regarding books by Malcolm Gladwell?

I’ve read at least one and liked it  75%  (3 votes) 

I’ve read at least one and did not like it  25%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 4
Regarding the film “Waking Life”:

I have not seen it, nor do I wish to see it.  45.45%  (5 votes) 

I have not seen it, but would like to see it.  36.36%  (4 votes) 

I’ve seen it and I liked it.  18.18%  (2 votes) 

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

Total Votes: 11

Have you been to Barcelona?

No  75%  (9 votes) 

Yes and I have been inside of the Sagrada Famila.  25%  (3 votes) 

Yes, but I have not been inside of the Sagrada Famila.  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 12
Did you enjoy Elvis by Mr. Singh?

Yes  81.82%  (9 votes) 

No  18.18%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 11

Do you believe if you don’t pick a day to relax, your body will pick it for you?

Yes  92.31%  (12 votes) 

No  7.69%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 13
Your reaction to the song “Ain’t Hurtin Nobody?

First time I head it and I did not like it.  50%  (5 votes) 

First time I heard it and I liked it.  40%  (4 votes) 

I’ve heard it before and I liked the song.  10%  (1 votes) 

I’ve heard it before and I do not like the song.  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 10

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.

09/30/19 – Children Coming Home From School

CURRENT EVENTS

So many parents pick their children up from school or wait at the school bus stop for their child. I thought that family love of their children was so touching that I decided to post a clip of such a situation.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I found this Malcolm Gladwell book, like his other books, worth reading; although to me it was not his best book. If you have never read Malcolm Gladwell, you may want to start with some of his earlier books.

Talking to Strangers

By Malcolm Gladwell

How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn’t true? 

He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland – throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I normally don’t care for animated films, plus this is a very strange movie. Regardless, I am glad I watched this film.

Waking Life

Director Richard Linklater’s animated film follows a young man as he floats in and out of philosophical discussions with a succession of eccentrics and passionate thinkers, all the while uncertain whether he’s conscious or dreaming. (Source: Netflix)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Burning Love

By Elvis with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

ART OF THE WEEK

This may be the most impressive building I have ever been in.

Basilica de la Sagrada Famila in Barcelona

The Basílica de la Sagrada Família also known as the Sagrada Família, is a large unfinished Roman Catholic minor basilica in Barcelona, Catalonia. Designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926).

On 19 March 1882, construction of the Sagrada Família began under architect Francisco de Paula del Villar. In 1883, when Villar resigned, Gaudí took over as chief architect, transforming the project with his architectural and engineering style, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. Gaudí devoted the remainder of his life to the project, and he is buried in the crypt. At the time of his death in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete.

Relying solely on private donations, the Sagrada Família’s construction progressed slowly and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War. In July 1936, revolutionaries set fire to the crypt and broke their way into the workshop, partially destroying Gaudí’s original plans, drawings and plaster models, which led to 16 years work to piece together the fragments of the master model. Construction resumed to intermittent progress in the 1950s. Advancements in technologies have since enabled faster progress and construction passed the midpoint in 2010. It is anticipated that the building can be completed by 2026, the centenary of Gaudí’s death. (Source: Wikipedia)

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

 Ken Shelton

That is Ken in the blue shirt to the right of me. I don’t think there was ever a better guy than Ken. After he retired from the company, I taped up a picture of him behind my desk so that he would be looking over my shoulder and remind me to treat people like he would have treated them. I didn’t live up to his standard, but I was better for trying.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

I’ve used this video before. but I just cannot help myself. Especially since the Song of The Week is by Elvis, so here it is again. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all go through life without hurtin nobody.

Ain’t Hurtin Nobody

John Price

SOCIAL TRAITS 

Unfaithful

I’m dedicating this week’s topic under Social Traits to all your folks out there who have experienced the pain of an unfaithful spouse.

My second wife ran off with my best friend.

I don’t think I ever got over it.

I still miss that guy.

LEARNING TRAITS

This is an example of creativity.

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Who is the guy in the above photos?

Clark Kent  72.73%  (16 votes) 

None of those listed  22.73%  (5 votes) 

The Wichita Lineman  4.54%  (1 votes) 

Spokesperson for a dating site  0%  (0 votes) 

The Duke of Earl  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 22

Regarding Ken Burns’ Country Music

I have not seen any episodes and do not wish to see any.  41.18%  (7 votes) 

I’ve seen an episode and liked it  35.29%  (6 votes) 

I have not seen any episodes, but I would like to see some.  23.53%  (4 votes) 

I’ve seen an episode and did not like it.  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
Click on as many of the following that you overindulge.

Sweets  50%  (7 votes) 

Rest at home (video games, TV, etc.)  21.43%  (3 votes) 

Unhealthy drinks  21.43%  (3 votes) 

Junk food  7.14%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

Do you believe when you describe others you are often describing yourself?

Sometimes  61.11%  (11 votes) 

No  22.22%  (4 votes) 

Yes  16.67%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 18
Have you ever visited Ireland?

No, but I would like to visit Ireland  41.18%  (7 votes) 

Yes  35.29%  (6 votes)  

No  23.53%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

Do you believe to be irreplaceable, you must be different?

Yes  55.56%  (10 votes) 

Maybe  27.78%  (5 votes) 

No  16.66%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

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