05/16/16 – Tarzan

 CURRENT EVENTS

Something to Think About At Election Time

Con and Pro Congress

Michigan Weather

The following isn’t that much of an exaggeration.

May weather

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Exercise is so important to your later years.

No one runs

CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

Honesty is an important character trait, but anything carried to extremes can be harmful, as the following illustrates.

Honesty Interview

SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

Beliefs

LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Last week I posted a tip on how to parallel park.  I understand that some of the fellows were saying that women can’t park.  Well, I completely disagree with that stereotype and here is some proof that women can park.

Women cant park

MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

If we really want to be extraordinary, once in a great while we need to throw caution to the wind.

Caution to the Wind

SELF-HELP BOOKS

You Are A Badass

by Jen Sincero

This book is number 3 on the New York Times Book Review list of top ten “Advice, How-to and Miscellaneous” books and has been on the list for the last 16 weeks.

I first read it back in March 2014 and have reviewed it twice since I read it and I still find it an easy to read and worthwhile book.

You Are A Badass

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Tarzan Fights Over Directions: It’s what You Do

(GEICO Commercial)

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Friendships

People in Your Life

When it comes to friends

71% thought that both parties made an equal effort to keep up the friendship

17% thought the other party made more of an effort to keep up the friendship

 12% thought they made more of an effort to keep up the friendship

THIS WEEK POLL – Clutter

Clutter closet

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Drunk on a Plane

by Dierks Bentley

Why can’t flying be like what it looks like in this music video

ART OF THE WEEK

Vincent van Gogh

There is a lot of humor here, if you know anything about this particular artist.

Van gogh

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Sherlock Holmes

Holmes Mouse Pad

The Sherlock Holmes mouse pad

Sherlock Holmes [ ] is known for a proficiency with observation, forensic science, and logical reasoning that borders on the fantastic, which he employs when investigating cases for a wide variety of clients, including Scotland Yard.

First appearing in print in 1887, [ ] additional stories appeared from then to 1927, eventually totalling four novels and 56 short stories. All but one are set in the Victorian or Edwardian periods, taking place between about 1880 to 1914.

Most are narrated by the character of Holmes’s friend and biographer Dr. Watson, who usually accompanies Holmes during his investigations and often shares quarters with him at the address of 221B Baker Street, London, where many of the stories begin.

Though not the first fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes is arguably the most well-known, with Guinness World Records listing him as the “most portrayed movie character” in history.

Holmes’s popularity and fame are such that many have believed him to be not a fictional character but a real individual; numerous literary and fan societies have been founded that pretend to operate on this principle.

The stories and character have had a profound and lasting effect on mystery writing and popular culture as a whole, with both the original tales as well as thousands written by authors other than Conan Doyle being adapted into stage and radio plays, television, films, video games, and other media for over one hundred years. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Paying bills

BLOG

Thanks to Sue, Carol, Kathy, Gastradamus & Steph  for commenting on last week’s post.  Comments are so encouraging, I urge you to let me know what you are thinking via a blog comment.

Thank you Gastradamus, GoodAnimalPic, Steph & Jamie for bringing my total number of blog followers to 66.  

My Harmony Books & Films Facebook page likes remains at 65.  

If you think this blog has any merit, please pass it on to your friends.  Hopefully, more of you will continue to share this blog with others. My thanks to Willie, Grethe & Joanne, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

If you know someone who is trying to change their life or that needs to change their life, please consider my book.

For those of you into reading books on a Kindle, the Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  

And if you have read my book, please leave an evaluation of it on Amazon.  Thank you.

My Final Cover

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05/09/16 – APF Raw Nationals

 CURRENT EVENTS

APF Raw Nationals Powerlifting Contest

APF Raw Nationals

I just returned from Lombard, IL; where I took first place in the deadlift for the 198 and under weight and Masters VI (Ages 65 to 69)

2016 Raw Nationals

This could not have done this without Freddy, who got be back in the gym years ago.

Freddy

Walter (fellow on left, holding three trophies he won that day) who got me into competitive powerlifting

Champs

And Art, who talked me into returning to the sport although I was in my late 60s.  By the way, Art set the “World Record” for his age and weight at this contest.

Art 2016 Raw Nationals

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

In recognition of Mother’s Day, I dedicate this one to all you moms out there.

Wk 20 Dinner Again

CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

I’ve long thought the value of living a good life is simply living a good life, and not based upon a reward or a punishment.

It seems one of Rome’s wisest emperors felt much the same way.

Wk 20 Marcius Arealous

SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

Think how well people would get along if we all just followed this advice.

Wk 20 Let them be wrong

LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

It is important to keep learning, regardless of how old we are.

So here is something you can learn about parking.

Wk 20 Parallel Parking

MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

I realize that some of you out there may believe the odds of you becoming extraordinary are about the same as finding a needle in a haystack.

Well, perhaps that isn’t as hard as you may think if you just give it a try.

Needle in Haystack

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

by Carlo Rovelli

The lessons are very brief and easy to read; however, very difficult to truly understand.  If you aren’t willing to question everything you believe, probably not the book for you.

For example first there was just the flat earth and the sky above.  As time went on, we learned the sun and stars revolved around a spherical Earth per Aristotle.

Later, thanks to Copernicus, we learned that the earth revolved around the sun.  Still later, we learned our sun was just a star like the one hundred billion other stars in our galaxy.

In the 1930s we learned that our galaxy was just a speck of dust in a vast cloud of galaxies.  What you will learn from this book gets much stranger in many other ways.

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Me at the Nationals

I thought you may want to see this short clip of me at the National Raw Powerlifting Competition.

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Nixon & Elvis

Nixon & Elvis foto

Here are the results of the three poll last week:

When it comes to Nixon

   43% Indifferent

   43% Disliked

   14% Liked

When it comes to Elvis

   71% Liked

   19% Indifferent

10% Disliked

Regarding your preference between Nixon and Elvis

   68% Liked Elvis better than Nixon

   16% Liked Nixon better than Elvis

   16% Were indifferent

THIS WEEK POLL – Friendships

People in Your Life

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Gonna Fly Now

(Theme from “Rocky”)

by DeEtta Little

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuULcVaMTf0

“Gonna Fly Now”, also known as “Theme from Rocky”, is the theme song from the movie Rocky, composed by Bill Conti with lyrics by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins, and performed by DeEtta Little (the sister of actor Cleavon Little) and Nelson Pigford. Released in February 1977 with the movie Rocky, the song became part of American popular culture after main character Rocky Balboa as part of his daily training regimen runs up the 72 stone steps leading to the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia and raises his arms in a victory pose, while the song plays. (Source: Wikipedia)

ART OF THE WEEK

Giant Horse Statue

Here is a photo of the famous large horse at Meijer’s Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI.  If you are ever in the Grand Rapids area, I urge you to visit these extraordinary gardens.

Me y grande horse

I probably should not have, but as you can see in the above photo the horse almost stepped on me.  So I tamed it.

Tamed that Horse

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Arnold Schwarzenegger

If you want to know that you are in a serious gym, there should be at least one photo of Arnold on the wall.

ArnoldRealTitlePic

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (born July 30, 1947) began weight training 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. Schwarzenegger has remained a prominent presence in bodybuilding and has written many books and articles on the sport. He is widely considered to be among the greatest bodybuilders of all times as well as its biggest icon. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Wk 20 Terrifying animals

BLOG

Thanks to Judith, Kathy & Carol,  for commenting on last week’s post.  Comments are so encouraging, I urge you to let me know what you are thinking via a blog comment.

Thank you Abbie & Lori for bringing my total number of blog followers to 62.  

My Harmony Books & Films Facebook page likes remains at 65.  

If you think this blog has any merit, please pass it on to your friends.  Hopefully, more of you will continue to share this blog with others. My thanks to Scot, Kim, Cheryl, Debbie, Carol & Marilyn, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

If you know someone who is trying to change their life or that needs to change their life, please consider my book.

For those of you into reading books on a Kindle, the Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  

And if you have read my book, please leave an evaluation of it on Amazon.  Thank you.

My Final Cover

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11/02/15 – There is more to lifting weights than just lifting weights

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Listening

In Chapter 29 of my book I talk about the importance of listening to understand; plus, active listening is one of the greatest compliments you can give someone.

SELF-HELP BOOKS

The Soul’s Whisper by Kimberly Verhamme, is aimed at children and it is a nice book to read to one’s child as well as generating some interesting discussions.  With that said, I have enjoyed reading it and found it has a lot of good reminders for adults too.  

Soul's Whisper

CURRENT EVENTS

World Powerlifting Congress

Well, it has been a while since I went overseas to represent the United States of America, as you can see from the photo below taken in 1966.

(Major General Rosson promoting me to Specialist 5 while I was in Viet nam and he was the reason I went to college until I was in my mid-50s.  When that guy told you to go to college, you went.)

Gen Rossen ScannedImage-6

I’ll be leaving for Portugal this week as one of the members of Team USA for the World Powerlifting Congress’s 2015 World Championships in Portugal.  I can’t say this was a dream come true since I could never have imagined such an opportunity.  The point of all this is the importance of having friends around you to encourage you.  I was lucky to have:

Tony Mangino, who got me back in the gym years ago

(Tony’s not with us any longer, but I still have that trophy he is holding & I was with him when he won it)

Freddy

Walter Crescentini, who  got me into competitive power lifting years ago.

(Walter coaching me during a bench press contest.  Walter also is no longer with us, but every time I am in a contest, I miss him greatly.)

Coach walter

(Walter, me & Tony’s brother Geno)

Freddie Contest

Art Little who had more faith in me that I could do this, than I had in myself.

another try

I devoted Chapter 27 of my book to “Friends”.  The question for all of us is, “Are we the kind of friend that brings out the best in others, encourages them and are glad for their successes?  If we are, then we are extraordinary by helping others to become extraordinary.

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK 

Your Time

How often have you been told, I’m sorry but I just don’t have enough time.  Actually, we all get the same 24 hours a day.  Perhaps, those who say this are simply being polite.  Since saying they don’t have enough time is far nicer to hear than saying you or your request is not a priority.  In chapter 37 of my book, I stress how important it is to make good use of your time as well as mention some time saving tips.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

The Best Offer

Although this isn’t my usual type of movie, I thought this mystery suspense movie was well done.  As for lessons to be learned from this movie, it does relate to Chapter 40 of my book that talks about seeing what is there rather than what you want to be there.

 The Best Offer

A master auctioneer becomes obsessed with an extremely reclusive heiress who collects fine art.d (Source:  IMDB)

LAST WEEK POLL – Have you ever spoken to a famous person

Famous People

It seems like many of us have actually spoken to an entertainer.  Close behind are those of us who have spoken to an author or artist, followed closely by those of us who have spoken to some other kind if famous person.

As for the impact of speaking with a famous person, there was a tie between those who thought it had a lasting impact and those who thought there was no impact.  However, a number of you thought speaking with a famous person has a impact for a little while.

THIS WEEK’S POLL 

World

In chapter 48 I talk about the importance of seeing the world, so I thought you might find it interesting to learn of all the places your fellow blog readers have been.

 

SONG OF THE WEEK

Monster Mash

Boo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2PoSljk8cE&feature=share

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

I have never trained in a gym that did not have a picture of Arnold on its walls.  The discipline of the gym carries over to your outside activities.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold-Schwarzenegger-Physique-4  Arnold_Schwarzenegger_February_2015-2

Arnold  Schwarzenegger; born July 30, 1947, is an Austrian-American actor, model, producer, director, activist, businessman, investor, writer, philanthropist, former professional bodybuilder, and politician. Schwarzenegger served two terms as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 until 2011.

Schwarzenegger began weight training 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. Schwarzenegger has remained a prominent presence in bodybuilding and has written many books and articles on the sport. He is widely considered to be among the greatest bodybuilders of all times as well as its biggest icon. Schwarzenegger gained worldwide fame as a Hollywood action film icon. Schwarzenegger’s breakthrough film was the sword-and-sorcery epic Conan the Barbarian in 1982, which was a box-office hit and resulted in a sequel.  In 1984, he appeared in James Cameron’s science-fiction thriller film The Terminator, which was a massive critical and box-office success. Schwarzenegger subsequently reprised the Terminator character in the franchise’s later installments in 1991, 2003, and 2015.[3][4][5] He appeared in a number of successful films, such as Commando (1985), The Running Man (1987), Predator (1987), Twins (1988), Total Recall (1990), Kindergarten Cop (1990) and True Lies (1994). He was nicknamed the “Austrian Oak” in his bodybuilding days, “Arnie” during his acting career, and “The Governator” (a portmanteau of “Governor” and “The Terminator”, one of his best-known movie roles).

BLOG

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MY BOOK

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