01/28/19 – Weather Warning

CURRENT EVENTS

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Star Trek Memories

By William Shatner with Chris Kreski

This book came out in 1993 and if you are a Star Trek fan, you have probably already read it.  But if you haven’t and are a Star Trek fan, I urge you to read this book. 

Star Trek Memories is Shatner’s classic behind-the-scenes look at the legendary series that continues to put forth movies, books, and series spin-offs decades after the last episode aired.

A television phenomenon that suffered from shaky ratings from its first broadcast in 1966 through its entire run, Star Trek nevertheless exploded into a worldwide, billion-dollar industry.

Avid Trekkers who were onboard at the launch, as well as fans of the later Trek incarnations, will be delighted with this eye-opening, eminently fascinating “captain’s log” from James Kirk himself.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

For a number of weeks now, I have been reading Agatha Christie’s short stories and watching films about the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, Inspector Japp, Captain Hastings and Miss Lemon.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

John Belushi as Beethoven

ART OF THE WEEK

Art & Logos

The False Mirror (1928)

By René Magritte

CBS Eye (1952)

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Franco Columbu

Francesco Columbu (born August 7, 1941)

Columbu was born in Sardinia (Italy). Starting his athletic career as a boxer, Columbu progressed into Olympic Weightlifting, powerlifting, and later bodybuilding, winning the title of Mr. Olympia in 1976 and 1981. At 5′ 2″, though shorter than most of his competitors, his height did not prevent him from achieving widespread success.

Columbu is a longtime friend of Schwarzenegger, whom he met in Stuttgart in 1965 and against whom he competed in several international-level bodybuilding competitions. Arnold and Franco were inseparable friends and training partners during the late 60s to mid-1970s.

Columbu served as Schwarzenegger’s best man at his wedding to Maria Shriver in 1986. Columbu and Schwarzenegger had been encouraged to come to America by bodybuilding guru Joe Weider in 1969; Weider sponsored them with an $65/week stipend. They arrived in America and began a bricklaying and patio business called European Brick Works in 1969.

Since 1969, Franco Columbu was considered one of the world’s strongest men. He held a number of powerlifting world records. He deadlifted over 320 kg (700 lbs). (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Maybe you have heard that phrase, “Food trumps exercise”.  If you think you can exercise off poor food choices, here is something to think about.

“A pound of fat contains roughly 3,500 calories.  This is the equivalent to running (or walking) 35 miles” per Franco Columbu

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

This list may help you recognize the symptoms of laziness.

MISCELLANEOUS 

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the PBS Series “Victoria”

I’ve seen some episodes and liked it  38.89%  (7 votes) 

I haven’t seen it, but would like to.  38.89%  (7 votes) 

I haven’t seen it and don’t wish to see it.  22.22%  (4 votes) 

I’ve seen some episodes and didn’t care for it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

Do you believe people who fail to exercise consistently, will pay a high price for not exercising?

Yes  89.47%  (17 votes) 

No  10.53%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 19
Do you tend to overlook those who would give you the world for those who can barely give you the time of day?

No  81.25%  (13 votes) 

Yes  18.75%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Have you ever practiced interviewing with an associate before actually interviewing?

No  61.11%  (11 votes) 

Yes  38.89%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 18
What do you think of your environment and the people around you?

They are helping me grow.  55.56%  (10 votes) 

Irrelevant  44.44%  (8 votes) 

They are holding me back.  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

BOOK 

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

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01/21/19 – Winner of the Ten Year Aging Challenge

CURRENT EVENTS

Ten Year Aging Challenge

If you spend much time on social media, you are probably aware of the Ten Year Aging Challenge, where you post a photo of yourself ten years ago and a second recent photo of yourself.

Well, we now have a winner.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

A Short Guide to a Long Life

By David B Agus, MD

 This book may be a bit dated, having come out in 2014.  And I certainly don’t agree with everything in this book, but it does give you a lot of things to think about and it is easy to read. 

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Season 2 of Victoria is now playing on PBS at 9 p.m. EST on Sundays.

Victoria Season 3

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

By  Elton John & Kiki Dee

ART OF THE WEEK

Clothing As Art

Clothing has always been a form of art and one really needs to dress for the occasion.  For instance here is a person properly dressed for using a snow thrower.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Alley Oop

Alley Oop, was a sturdy citizen in the prehistoric kingdom of Moo. He rode his pet dinosaur Dinny, carried a stone war hammer, and wore only a fur loincloth. He would rather fight dinosaurs in the jungle than deal with his fellow countrymen in Moo’s capital and sole cave-town. (Source: Wikipedia)

However, I think the following will give you a far better idea of this extraordinary individual.

Alley Oop

By The Hollywood Argyles

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

You are going to pay a high price for not finding time to exercise.

CHARACTER TRAITS

If this isn’t true, it should be.

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

If you are going to be interviewing, make sure you test your answers to common interview questions, such as “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”

MISCELLANEOUS 

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Which one of these two is the biggest bozo?

Jeff Bezos  77.78%  (14 votes) 

Bozo the Clown  22.22%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

Have you ever attended a classical concern?

Yes  84.21%  (16 votes) 

No  15.79%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 19
Have you ever seen Chuck Berry perform live?

No  87.5%  (14 votes) 

Yes  12.5%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

What is your overall opinion of the majority of Facebook posts?

It is a mixed bag of good and bad posts  73.33%  (11 votes) 

I don’t like the majority of posts I see  26.67%  (4 votes) 

I like the majority of posts I see  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 15
Question for Males Only: Are you attracted to strong independent women?

Yes  66.67%  (6 votes) 

No  33.33%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 9

Question for Women Only: Do you think males are attracted to strong independent women?

No  63.64%  (7 votes) 

Yes  36.36%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 11

BOOK 

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

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01/14/19 – Bezos or Bozo

CURRENT EVENTS

(CNN)The world’s richest couple is splitting up.

Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, are getting a divorce after 25 years of marriage, according to a joint statement put out Wednesday on the Amazon CEO’s Twitter account.
Bezos, 54, and MacKenzie, 48, met and got married while working at D.E. Shaw, a New York-based hedge fund, in the early 90s. Shortly after, they packed up and moved across the country to Seattle, where Bezos launched Amazon.
Bezos is now the world’s richest person, with an estimated net worth of $137 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. That means this divorce could end up being very costly.
MacKenzie is an author of multiple novels, including Traps and The Testing of Luther Albright.

Yahoo Finance

Reportedly, Jeff Bezos has been officially carrying on a relationship with married Lauren Sanchez for some time. Readers may remember Lauren Sanchez from “So You Think You Can Dance?” She was a judge and host on the show.
The timing of the hook up coincides with Bezos’ initial separation from his wife MacKenzie. Jeff and MacKenzie were friends with Lauren and her husband, talent agent Patrick Whitesell. Both Lauren and Jeff officially separated from their spouses around the same time.

Who is the Biggest Bozo

Jeff Bezos

Bozo The Clown

BOOK OF THE WEEK

For most of us, it is a little too cold for gardening, but perfect weather for a library.

MOVIE (PLAY) OF THE WEEK

I saw this play yesterday and I thought it was one of the most entertaining plays I have seen and I have seen a lot of play. Oh, and I don’t care for golf.  Golf is the backdrop of this play, but the play isn’t about golf in my mind.

A tribute from Ken Ludwig to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, A Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp, which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it’s a charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man’s eternal love affair with…golf.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

The William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series

I’ve attended a number of symphony concerts over the years and I thought this one was one of the best.  I urge all of you to at least experience a classical concert once in your life.

And as much as I was enjoying the concert, I simply could not get this out of my mind.

ART OF THE WEEK

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall in 1907

The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe with an eye to expansion.

Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century BC; these, later joined together and made bigger and stronger, are collectively referred to as the Great Wall. The Great Wall has been rebuilt, maintained, and enhanced over various dynasties; the majority of the existing wall is from the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644).

Apart from defense, other purposes of the Great Wall have included border controls, allowing the imposition of duties on goods transported along the Silk Road, regulation or encouragement of trade and the control of immigration and emigration. Furthermore, the defensive characteristics of the Great Wall were enhanced by the construction of watch towers, troop barracks, garrison stations, signaling capabilities through the means of smoke or fire, and the fact that the path of the Great Wall also served as a transportation corridor.

Today, the Great Wall is generally recognized as one of the most impressive architectural feats in history. (Source: Wikipedia)

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

I was fortunate to see Chuck Berry perform in person.

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry in 1957

Charles Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as “Maybellene” (1955), “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956), “Rock and Roll Music” (1957) and “Johnny B. Goode” (1958), Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive. Writing lyrics that focused on teen life and consumerism, and developing a music style that included guitar solos and showmanship, Berry was a major influence on subsequent rock music.

Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986; he was cited for having “laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance.”Berry is included in several of Rolling Stone magazine’s “greatest of all time” lists; he was ranked fifth on its 2004 and 2011 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll includes three of Berry’s: “Johnny B. Goode”, “Maybellene”, and “Rock and Roll Music”.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Think Powerlifting is just for huge, young males, well you are mistaken I know a number of world champion powerlifters in their 70s, both males and females. As you get older, you don’t have to become feeble. 

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

I wish people would put some thought into the posts they share, such as is it really true, is it kind and respectful, etc.

LEARNING TRAITS

Many of you from an early time when air for your tires was provided free at every gas station have perhaps wondered why we now have to pay for air.  I hope this will answer your question.

MISCELLANEOUS 

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Have you ever attended a Captain & Tennille concert?

No  92.86%  (13 votes) 

Yes  7.14%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

Regarding the book, “Fezziwig: A Life”

The book seems interesting and I would like to read it  64.29%  (9 votes) 

I’m not interested in reading the book  35.71%  (5 votes) 

 Total Votes: 14

Regarding the movie “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”

I haven’t seen it, but I am interested in seeing it  40%  (6 votes) 

I’ve seen it and liked it  33.33%  (5 votes) 

I haven’t seen it and I am not interested in seeing it  26.67%  (4 votes) 

I’ve seen it and didn’t like it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

Do you typically get 7 to 8 hours sleep a night?

Yes  53.33%  (8 votes) 

No, I get less  40%  (6 votes) 

No, I get more  6.67%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 15
Do you have too much stuff?

Yes  88.24%  (15 votes) 

No  11.76%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

BOOK 

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

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01/07/19 – Daryl Dragon of “The Captain & Tennille Died

CURRENT EVENTS

Daryl Dragon, one half of popular ’70s duo The Captain & Tennille, died, according to his publicist Harlan Boll. He was 76.

“He was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly,” Toni Tennille said in a statement. “I was at my most creative in my life when I was with him.” Tennille was at Dragon’s side when he passed away, Boll said.
Dragon, a classically trained pianist, was most at home behind the keyboard. One of his early gigs was as a backup musician for the Beach Boys in the mid-’60s.
Dragon and Tennille met in 1971 when she hired him to play piano for a musical called “Mother Earth.” They married in 1975, a year after they signed a deal with A&M Records.
Dragon and Tennille separated in 2013 and finalized their divorce in 2014. They remained close friends.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I could not put this book down, once I started reading it.  I did find it difficult to obtain and eventually had to reach out to the author, Danny Kuhn, for a copy.

In the midst of Britain’s Industrial Revolution, one of Charles Dickens’ most beloved characters is living a full life, adventurous and lusty, but touched by scandal.

Born in rural Lincolnshire in 1721, as a boy, William Fezziwig is displaced from his impoverished home through treachery and left alone in the world. Against the odds, Fezziwig rises to a prominent position in 18th century London when opportunities are presented by a respectable gentleman smuggler who sees promise in the waif.

Prominence brings peril and Fezziwig must brave the War of Jenkins’ Ear in order to pursue trade in Barbados and colonial Charleston, South Carolina.  In the Americas there are threats on many fronts, from Spanish warships to his conflicted feelings toward the beguiling Eliza Lucas, heiress to one of the largest plantations in the Carolinas.

Quixotic American Benjamin Franklin and a bevy of eccentric characters destined to become some of history’s most influential figures upend Fezziwig’s desire for a quieter life. Fezziwig finds himself in the position of mentor to his famous friend, as well as a certain ambitious young apprentice in need of lessons on life…and love. Social, political, intellectual, and economic revolution is in the air, and an old mystery resurfaces that could change the course of Fezziwig’s and Franklin’s careers. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

A month ago I asked readers who they thought was the best Sherlock Holmes and Robert Downey Jr. came in second behind Jermey Brett, so I thought I should check out this film and I found it was pretty good.  Still, Robert Downey Jr. is no Jermey Brett when it comes to portraying Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Captain Hollywood Project – More and More

ART OF THE WEEK

Some of the malls had very nice Christmas displays

This is Somerset Mall in Troy, MI

Marshall Fields Walnut Room (Now Macy’s) in Chicago

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

King Henry VIII of England

I would be surprised if any of you have not heard of King Henry VIII of England. However, there are probably some misconceptions about him and I will try to clear them up with these two versions.  

The first version is a song that is believed to be actually written by King Henry the VIII.

This second version, prepared by the noted team of historian scholars, Herman and the Hermits; is probably the more recognized version of the life of Henry the VIII.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Adequate sleep is so important.

It is recommended adults get 7 to 8 hours a night

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS 

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Are you going to make 2019 a great year?

Yes  100%  (18 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

Regarding the book “Stay Interesting”

I have not read it and I am not interested in reading it  75%  (12 votes) 

I have not read it, but would like to read it  18.75%  (3 votes) 

I’ve read it and liked it  6.25%  (1 votes) 

I’ve read it and didn’t like it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
Regarding the movie “New Year’s Eve”

I have not seen it and I am not interested in seeing it  66.67%  (10 votes) 

I’ve seen it and I liked it  26.67%  (4 votes) 

I have not seen it, but would like to see it.  6.66%  (1 votes) 

I’ve seen it and I didn’t like it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

One of the most common New Years Resolutions is to lose weight.

I plan to lose weight in 2019  50%  (8 votes) 

I plan to stay at the same weight in 2019  50%  (8 votes) 

I will probably gain weight in 2019  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

BOOK 

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

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12/31/18 – Happy New Year

CURRENT EVENTS

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I thought it was an interesting and fun read; but I could not help wishing it was more about The Most Interesting Man in the World and less about Jonathan Goldsmith.

A memoir told through a series of adventures and the lessons he’s learned and wants to pass on, Stay Interesting is a truly daring and bold tale, and a manifesto about taking chances, not giving up, making courageous choices, and living a truly adventurous, and always interesting life. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I thought this movie was very appropriate for this week, plus it is clever and entertaining.

New Year’s Eve (2011)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I’ve checked out a number of songs for starting out the new year and for me, I can’t find one better than this to start our 2019.  It has stood the test of time.

1999

By Prince

ART OF THE WEEK

I think nature is one of the best artists.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

This isn’t the first time that I have made Father Time the extraordinary person of the week, but I thought why not do it again.

Father Time

Father Time is usually depicted as an elderly bearded man […], dressed in a robe and carrying a scythe and an hourglass or other timekeeping device (which represents time’s constant one-way movement).

Around New Year’s Eve, the media uses Father Time as the personification of the previous year (or “the Old Year”) who typically “hands over” the duties of time to the equally allegorical Baby New Year (or “the New Year”) or who otherwise characterizes the preceding year.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

The beginning of the year is a good time for reflection.

LEARNING TRAITS

Just in case you didn’t already know this.

MISCELLANEOUS 

When it is all said and done, the only thing that matters is what you have done, not what your ancestors have done.  

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

In 2018, did you become a better person?

Yes  47.37%  (9 votes) 

A little better  36.84%  (7 votes) 

No, but I tried  15.79%  (3 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

Are you a reader of books?

Yes  93.75%  (15 votes) 

No  6.25%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
Regarding the movie “Scrooged”

I’ve seen it and liked it.  50%  (7 votes) 

I haven’t seen it, but I want to see it.  35.71%  (5 votes) 

I haven’t seen it and I am not interested in seeing it.  14.29%  (2 votes) 

I’ve seen it and didn’t like it.  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

Regarding the Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier

I’ve never been, but I want to go there.  61.54%  (8 votes) 

I’ve never been and don’t wish to go there.  23.08%  (3 votes) 

I’ve been there and liked it.  15.38%  (2 votes) 

I’ve been there and didn’t like it.  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 13
Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle?

Yes  71.43%  (10 votes) 

No  28.57%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

Which would you rather receive from a dear friend or relative?

Their presence  93.33%  (14 votes) 

A present  6.67%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 15
Do you think the “Blind Man” description of the USA does the country justice.

No  80%  (8 votes) 

Yes  20%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 10

BOOK 

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

My Final Cover

12/24/18 – Did You Become A Better Person?

CURRENT EVENTS

Another year is coming to a close and I always like to ask myself this question.  Unfortunately, I don’t always like the answer, but I did try.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

“Reading is your first line of defense against an empty head. … like an athlete in training, the more you read, the more mentally fit you feel.”

“I read for growth, firmly believing that what you are today and what you will be in five years depends on two things: the people you meet and the books you read.”

Source: Twyla Tharp

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I have been watching updated versions of A Christmas Carol and I can’t recommend any of them; other than, Bill Murray’s Scrooged. I believe it is still the best updated version of A Christmas Carol.

Scrooged (1988)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

The Christmas season in always a bit stressful.  

This song has a great message.

Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)

By The Ramones

ART OF THE WEEK

I didn’t visit Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier in Chicago this year, but I have been there many years in the past and it has something for everyone in the family.

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier, Chicago

There are a number of cool rides for kids

There is the huge Christmas Tree

And Christmas displays from all over the world, here are just a few.

Ireland

France

Germany

Poland

Russia

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Ebenezer Scrooge

George C. Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge

The extraordinary person of the week is Ebenezer Scrooge. Unfortunately, his last name has come into the English language as a byword for miserliness.

I say unfortunately because Ebenezer Scrooge is proof that regardless of how old a person is and how mean-spirited that person may be, redemption is still possible.

Although his name today is a byword for miserliness, in his time it was always said of him that, “he knew how to keep Christmas well if any man alive possessed the knowledge.”

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Exercise is considered by many medical scientists to be the magic bullet for good health.  This time of the year, many people make New Years Resolutions to get healthy by exercising, eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep and trying to reduce stress in their lives.

According to James P. Owen, author of Just Move, 75% of people who make New Year’s Resolutions will stick to them no longer than one week. 

CHARACTER TRAITS

I know this is a stressful time of the year and we may have a tendency to want to bark at other drivers,  but instead we should still try to be considerate and understanding to other drivers. 

SOCIAL TRAITS 

This time of the year many people are spending more than they can really afford on presents or stressing themselves out with gift buying.

Perhaps, you should consider giving more of your “presence” and less “presents”.  Your time is worth more than any gift you could give.

LEARNING TRAITS

Visit the USA

The following is the best description I can come up with for describing what it is like to visit the USA.

A group of blind men heard that a strange animal, called an elephant, had been brought to the town, but none of them were aware of its shape and form. Out of curiosity, they said: “We must inspect and know it by touch”. So, they sought it out, and when they found it they groped about it.

In the case of the first person, whose hand landed on the trunk, said “This being is like a thick snake”.

For another one whose hand reached its ear, it seemed like a kind of fan.

As for another person, whose hand was upon its leg, said, the elephant is a pillar like a tree-trunk.

The blind man who placed his hand upon its side said, “elephant is a wall”.

Another who felt its tail, described it as a rope.

The last felt its tusk, stating the elephant is that which is hard, smooth and like a spear.

MISCELLANEOUS 

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Do you feel it is incorrect to publicly say “Merry Christmas” or describe events as “Christmas” parade, party etc.?

No  86.96%  (20 votes) 

Yes  13.04%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 23

How much do you know about Russia?

Something of its history  70.59%  (12 votes) 

Nothing other than what I hear from the USA Media  23.53%  (4 votes) 

Considerable knowledge of Russia  5.88%  (1 votes) 

I’ve visited Russia  0%  (0 votes) 

I have considerable knowledge of Russia and I have visited Russia  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
What do you think of the “Baby It’s Cold Outside” controversy?

It is absolutely ridiculous  93.75%  (15 votes) 

It is a legitimate concern  6.25%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

How many birthdays have you had?

71 to 80  42.86%  (6 votes) 

51 to 60  28.57%  (4 votes) 

41 to 50  14.29%  (2 votes) 

31 to 40  7.14%  (1 votes) 

More than 80  7.14%  (1 votes) 

20 or less  0%  (0 votes) 

21 to 30  0%  (0 votes) 

61 to 70  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 14
Do you make New Year’s Resolutions or set goals for the new year?

No  53.33%  (8 votes) 

Yes  46.67%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

What is your opinion of “picky” eaters?

Generally negative  71.43%  (10 votes) 

Generally positive  28.57%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 14
Do you consider yourself a picky eater?

Yes  53.33%  (8 votes) 

No  46.67%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

BOOK 

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

My Final Cover

12/17/18 – Merry Christmas or Season Greetings

CURRENT EVENTS

I’ve been around for over 70 years and I recall the word “Christmas” being used to describe parties, sales, and a host of other events around this time of the year.

I can’t help observing that I see the word “Christmas” used far less frequently today in any sort of public announcement.

It seems to me like the word “Christmas” has fallen victim to political correctness.

I don’t always say “Merry Christmas” and especially to people I know are Jewish or Muslim or of some other faith, but when I do say Merry Christmas

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

When considering a purchasing a book, what initially attracts you to a book?

Author of the book  50%  (10 votes) 

Title of the book  25%  (5 votes) 

Cover of the book  25%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 20

When actually purchasing a book, what factor has the greatest influence on your decision?

Subject matter  65%  (13 votes) 

Cost of the book  25%  (5 votes) 

How easy it is to read the book  10%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 20
Which is your favorite version of “A Christmas Carol”?

A Christmas Carol (1984) with George C. Scott  31.25%  (5 votes) 

A Christmas Carol (1938) with Reginald Owen  18.75%  (3 votes) 

Other versions  18.75%  (3 votes) 

A Christmas Carol (1951) with Alastair Sim  12.5%  (2 votes) 

A Christmas Carol (1999) with Patrick Stewart  12.5%  (2 votes) 

Scrooged (1988) with Bill Murray  6.25%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Do you find the song itself, “Baby It’s Co ld Outside”, offensive?

The song itself is fine  94.74%  (18 votes) 

Its offensive  5.26%  (1 votes) 

It is offensive and should be banned for the airwaves  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 19
Of the two versions of the painting, “The Creation of Adam”, which to you prefer?

The first, also known at the finger  80%  (12 votes) 

The second, the one Bill remembers  20%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

Have you waited in a restaurant bathroom, that has a sign saying “Employees must wash hands.” and no one has come in to wash your hands.

No, because most restaurants can’t get dependable help  41.18%  (7 votes) 

Yes, the employees never show up  35.29%  (6 votes) 

I’ve always had the employees come in and wash my hands for me.  23.53%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
Do you plan to start some sort of exercise program for 2019?

No, I will just continue with my current exercise program  57.89%  (11 votes) 

No  21.05%  (4 votes) 

Yes  21.05%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

Are you letting something stand between you and your dreams?

No  64.71%  (11 votes) 

Yes  35.29%  (6 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
Are you neglecting individual family members, good friends or a loyal pet?

No  66.67%  (12 votes) 

Yes  33.33%  (6 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I don’t believe this is a fair portrait of Russia, but that seems fairly typical of the books you find on today’s Russia in America bookstores.  I read it anyway, because I wanted to learn more about Russia.

I’ve met a few Russians over the years and I found them to be excellent people and when I was at the WPC World Championships in Portugal back in 2015, other than Team USA, the Russian were my biggest fans.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

This particular version of A Christmas Carol didn’t do that well in last week’s poll, and I think the “Spirit of Christmas Past” in this version was lame.

I have watched a number of versions of this story, so I wanted to see this rather well-known version.  Perhaps, you might also wish to see it, if you are watching various versions of “A Christmas Carol”.

A Christmas Carol (1999)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

For all you people offended “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, here is something for you.

Baby, Just Go Outside

By The Holderness Family

ART OF THE WEEK

Zoos all over the country are generating some additional much-needed revenue, while also providing a unique Christmas experience.  We again went to the Christmas Light Show at the Detroit Zoo with some friends.

Christmas Lights At The Zoo

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

This week I chose one of the greatest managers of all time.  One that I tried to emulate myself, but never came close.

Mr. Fezziwig

Here is an exchange one of Mr. Fezziwig’s employees had to say about him in an exchange with a spirit at a Christmas Work Party.  I wish every employee could speak this way about their manager, but unfortunately many can’t.

Spirit, “A small matter to make these silly folks so full of gratitude.”

“Small!” echoed Scrooge.

Spirit replies, “Why! Is it not? He has spent but a few pounds of your mortal money: three or four, perhaps. Is that so much that he deserves this praise?”

Scrooge, in defense of Mr. Fezziwig, “It isn’t that, Spirit. He has the power to render us happy or unhappy; to make our service light of burdensome; a pleasure or a toil. Say that his power lies in words and looks; in things so slight and insignificant that it is impossible to add and count ‘em up: what then? The happiness he gives is quite as great as if it cost a fortune.”

The following is taken from http://www.chiefoutsiders.com

Employees who feel valued and respected are happier. They provide better service. They’re more creative and more productive. They work harder, bounce back better and support one another more vigorously.

As a result, your products and services are delivered more enthusiastically. Problems are solved more quickly and the “vibe” your prospects get when considering a relationship with your company is better. 

By setting high expectations, providing the resources to meet those expectations and celebrating great outcomes, you can make your company a place where everybody – employees, neighbors, suppliers, customers and prospects – are all happier. With “words and looks; in things so slight and insignificant that it is impossible to add and count ‘em up…”. You can can build a culture where “the happiness he is quite as great as if it cost a fortune.”

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

You can’t argue with science..

CHARACTER TRAITS

This is always a good question to ask, but especially this time of the year when many are making their New Year’s Resolutions.

SOCIAL TRAITS 

More and more people are trying to eat healthy, but some do seem to carry a good habit to extremes.

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS 

BOOK 

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

My Final Cover