Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Classical vs Romantic ballets

Classical Ballet is the most formal of the ballet styles. It adheres to traditional ballet technique. Classical ballet is best known for its unique features and techniques, such as pointe work, turn-out of the legs, and high extensions; its graceful, flowing, precise movements; and its ethereal qualities. It puts a great amount of emphasis on the execution of movement and the method.The feature of ballet is the outward rotation of the thighs from the hip. The foundation of the dance is of five basic positions, all performed with the turnout. Example of classical ballet are the Swan Lake and the Nutcracker just to name two.

The Romantic ballet is defined primarily by an era in ballet in which the ideas of Romanticism in art and literature influenced the creation of ballets. The Romantic era marked the rise of the ballerina as a central part of ballet, where previously men had dominated performances. The movement style for Romantic ballerinas was characterized by soft, rounded arms and a forward tilt in the upper body. This gave the woman a flowery, willowy look. Leg movements became more elaborate due to the new tutu length and rising standards of technical proficiency. An example of a romantic ballet is Giselle. The synopsis is as follows:

ACT I:  The ballet is set in the vineyard country bordering the Rhine. Hilarion, the village huntsman and a gamekeeper to the court, returns from his early morning chores and pauses before a neighboring cottage—the home of Giselle, with whom he is in love.  Villagers pass by on their way to the vineyards, where they will harvest the last of the grapes before the Wine Festival.

Count Albrecht arrives with his squire and enters a cottage opposite Giselle’s. He emerges dressed as a peasant, submits his disguise to the squire’s inspection, and dismisses him. Hilarion has witnessed this exchange and is puzzled that the squire should show such deference to this youth, who is known to the villager as a fellow peasant named Loys. Loys excuses himself from joining the grape pickers so that he can be alone with Giselle. He swears eternal love, and she takes the traditional test with a daisy—“he loves me, he loves me not.”  When it appears the answer will be “not,” she throws the flower away; Loys retrieves it and, by surreptitiously discarding a petal, comes up with the answer “he loves me.”  Hilarion interrupts, protesting that he, and not Loys, truly loves Giselle. A quarrel ensues, and Hilarion’s suspicions deepen as Loys instinctively reaches for the sword that, as a nobleman, he is accustomed to wearing.

The villagers return, and Giselle invites them to join in a dance to celebrate the harvest. Her mother, Berthe, interrupts and warns her that her life may be endangered if she overexerts herself by dancing. She is struck by a momentary hallucination of her daughter in death. She sees her as a wili, a restless spirit who has died with her love unrequited.

A horn sounds in the distance, and Loys recognizes it as coming from the hunting party of the prince of Courland. As Loys hastily departs, Hilarion breaks into Loys’ cottage. Refreshments are served to the hunters, and the prince’s daughter, Bathilde, gives Giselle a gold necklace when she learns they are both engaged to be married.  After the royal party has returned to the hunt, Hilarion emerges from Loys’ cottage with a hunting horn and a sword, further evidence that the supposed peasant is, in fact, a nobleman.

The villagers return and proclaim Giselle the queen of the Wine Festival. Hilarion interrupts to denounce Loys as an impostor. When Loys denies the charges and threatens the gamekeeper with his sword, Hilarion blows the hunting horn, a signal for the prince to return. Loys is exposed as an impostor when Bathilde reveals that he is her fiancé, Count Albrecht. The shock of learning of Albrecht’s duplicity is too great for Giselle’s frail constitution. Her mind becomes unhinged, and she dies of a broken heart—her love unrequited.

ACT II:  The scene is laid in a clearing in the forest near Giselle’s grave. The wilis are summoned by their queen, Myrta, to attend the ceremonies that will initiate Giselle into their sisterhood.  Their love unrequited, they can find no rest. Their spirits are forever destined to roam the earth from midnight to dawn, vengefully trapping any male who enters their domain and forcing him to dance to his death. Hilarion, in search of Giselle, meets his death at their hands. Albrecht arrives to leave flowers on Giselle’s grave. He too is trapped and commanded to dance until death. Giselle resolves to protect him. She dances with him until the clock strikes four, at which hour the wilis lose their power. Albrecht is rescued from deat

The following link is to Giselle music by Adolphe Adam
 with Svetlana Zakharova at the Bolshoi:  In the first act, the ballerina acts; in the second, she dances.

Svetlana Zakharova

Svetlana Zakharova is my favorite all-time classical ballet ballerina.  I prefer her to Margot Fonteyn, who was the picture of perfection. Svetlana is not only perfect, she seems to float in the air. I often believe that she learned to dance before learning to walk! If the previous was not enough, she is also beautiful.

The following is  link to the ballet "The Swan Lake" bay Tchaikovsky withy Roberto Bolle at the The Scala of Milan: Svetlana performs Odette in the second and fourth acts and Odile in the third act. the story of the Swan Lake tells the tale of the doomed love of Prince Siegfried and Princess Odette. Prince Siegfried goes out hunting one night and chases a group of swans – one of them transforms into a young woman, Odette, who explains that she and her companions were turned into swans by the evil Baron Von Rothbart.The spell can only be broken if someone who has never loved before swears an oath of undying love and promises to marry her. The Prince declares his love to Odette and promises to be loyal forever.At a grand reception at the palace, the Prince must choose a bride – but he can think only of Odette. Suddenly a fanfare announces the arrival of two guests – it is Odette! The prince dances with her and asks for her hand in marriage.But it’s not Odette – the mystery woman is the daughter of the evil von Rothbart, Odile. Odette has witnessed the whole scene. Too late, Siegfried realises his mistake.Siegfried follows Odette to the lake and begs her forgiveness. She says she forgives him but nothing can change the fact he broke his vow. They decide to die together. The lovers throw themselves into the lake.

Svetlana's Biography (which I copied from her website:)

"People’s Artist of Russia, laureate of the Russian state prize, prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, étoile of La Scala, Svetlana Zakharova was born in Lutsk (Ukraine). At the age of 10 she entered the Kiev Choreography School. Having spend six years in the class of Valeria Sulegina, she took part in the international young dancers contest “Vaganova Prix” in Saint Petersburg, where she was the youngest ballet dancer. Then at the age of 15 Svetlana won the second prize. 

After the contest she accepted the invitation to go to the famous Vaganova Ballet Academy in Saint Petersburg. She skipped the second class and went straight to the graduating class which was the only case in the whole history of this educational institution.

Zakharova immediately drew attention to herself and six months later, she took invitation to perform a solo part in the ballet “Don Quixote” in the Mariinsky Theatre. The graduate from the class by Elena Evteeva perfectly managed to perform one of the most complicated classical roles – the Queen of the Dryads. This is how the young star of the Russian ballet was rising. When she was seventeen, Svetlana Zakharova graduated from the Vaganova Academy and in nearly no time she was accepted into the legendary ballet company of the Mariinsky Theatre.

Svetlana was noticed by the outstanding teacher of the Mariinsky Theatre and a famous ballet dancer the People’s artist of Russia Olga Moiseeva. Under her guidance, Zakharova debuted as Maria in “The Fountain of Bakhchisarai”. Then she danced Gulnara in “Le Corsaire” and performed “The 7th Waltz and Mazurka” in “Chopiniana”.

But the most tremendous success was brought to her by the role of Giselle in the ballet of the same name. Both the audiences and the ballet critics were full with excitement about Zakharova’s performance and demonstrated incredible interest in her. Shortly after the premiere Zakharova received an offer from Vladimir Vasiliev to join the company of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.

Having received her official ‘prima’ status at the age of 18, Svetlana continued her work for the Mariinsky Theater expanding her repertoire with classical and modern pieces: “The Sleeping Beauty”, “Swan Lake”, “Bayadère”, “Don Quixote”, - as well as premieres by George Balanchine. Zakharova successfully performed the pas des deux by Tchaikovsky and starred in “Apollo”, “Serenade”, “The Symphony in C” and “Diamonds in Jewels”. Zakharova also met with the great choreographer John Neumeier. In his ballet “Now and then” the young ballet dancer was presented as an ultra-modern artist, capable of mastering styles and genres of dance beyond the art of classical ballet.

At the same time she starts to receive international recognition. Her global fame is rapidly growing. In 2001, she signed her first contract with L’Opera de Paris for “Bayadère”. It was the first time in thirty years when a ballet dancer from Russia had a chance to perform on French capital’s famous stage. 
Zakharova is on tour to every part of the world: New York Metropolitan Opera, London Covent Garden, The Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Teatro di san Carlo in Napoli, Vienna Opera, National Theater in Tokyo, stages in many cities of Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. La Scala signs a long-term contract with her and awards her with the status of étoile. It was the first time in the history of this great theater, no Russian ballet dancer had been awarded this honor before. She also takes part in DVD-recordings of “Swan Lake”, “Bayadère” and “Giselle”.

In 2003 Svetlana Zakharova decided to join the ballet company of the Bolshoi Theater. Famous ballet dancer People’s Artist of Russia Ludmila Semeniaka has become her tutor. Zakharova’s first work in the Bolshoi was the ballet-premiere “La Fille du Pharaon” by the famous choreographer Pierre Lacotte. A recording of this ballet was issued on DVD. Gradually Zakharova was introduced into every piece of the Bolshoi’s classical repertoire, into the ballets by one of the greatest choreographers of our time, Yuri Grigorovich.

Svetlana Zakharova is, in equal measure, a unique and universal performer of classical heritage ballets and she demonstrates her mastery in Russia and all over the world. Staying strong in the pursuit of her goals, the ballet dancer continues to expand her repertoire with the modern pieces and programs. Without fear, she experiments and makes use of the modern technical capabilities.

In 2006, Svetlana Zakharova becomes a member of the Presidential Council for Culture and Art.   

In 2007, for the talented embodiment of scenic images, development of great traditions of the Russian Ballet, Svetlana Zakharova was awarded with the State Prize of the Russian Federation.   

In 2008 the famous ballet dancer was elected a State Duma Deputy, she served one term in the Russian parliament from 2008 to 2012. 
As a prominent representative of the Russian Culture, Svetlana Zakharova was given the honor of taking part in the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014.

Her “Natasha Rostova’s first ball” won the hearts of millions with beauty and fine artistic image. In her interview Svetlana confesses: “Such an event can happen only once in a lifetime. I will never forget those emotions which I experienced at the moment of my performance: excitement mixed together with incredible euphoria and happiness from the event.” 

Svetlana's Awards:

– The highest theater award of St. Petersburg Golden Soffit 

– The Golden Mask awards 

– Best Dance of the Year award by Italian Danza magazine 

– People of our City award, Saint Petersburg 

– The Meritorious Artist of Russia 

– Benois de la Danse award 

 – The State Prize of the Russian Federation (for the talented interpretation of roles and development of the great traditions of the Russian ballet) 

2– Soul of the Dance award by The Ballet magazine, Queen of the Dance nomination 

2– The People’s Artist of Russia 

2– La Scala Ballet Étoile Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France 

2– Twice a laureate of Benois de la Danse award

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Swan Lake

Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky
Swan Lake is a ballet composed by Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky in 1875-1876. Despite its initial failure, it is now the most popular ballet of all time. It did not become that popular until Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov choreographed Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, in the early 1900’s, after the composer early death. I always sustain that when Tchaikovsky composed the Swan Lake, he was touched by the hand of God. It is a ballet in four acts with a prelude. The following is a sypnosis:

Night. A palace terrace by a lake.
As his coming of age approaches, Prince Siegfried feels the heavy responsibilities of his rank. He grieves, too, recalling the funeral of his royal father that so overwhelmed him as a young boy.
Next day. The palace gardens.
Marius Petipa
Amidst the busy preparations for the Prince’s birthday, his young friends, fellow officers, and ladies of the court, seek to distract him from his melancholy. His widowed mother the Queen arrives with the Chancellor, who has effectively ruled the kingdom since the King’s death. Four foreign princesses are presented by their ambassadors as potential fiancées for the Prince, but he seeks diversion in drinking toasts and dancing. As evening falls, he feels the familiar lure of the lake, with its promise of comfort in solitude.
That night. The lake.
Siegfried is transfixed by the appearance of a swan, which changes before his eyes into the Princess Odette. She and her maidens are prisoners of the sorcerer von Rothbart, and condemned to be swans for all but a few hours of each night. Only a vow of true love and fidelity can break the spell. Entranced himself, Siegfried gradually woos Odette, and promises her his love: Odette gives him her heart, although she fears the elemental powers of the malevolent magician.
The next night. The palace ballroom.
Fonteyn & Nureyev in "Swan Lake"
A great ball is in progress, and this evening a distracted Prince is expected to choose a future consort to reign with him. None are aware of his secret love for Odette. The festivities are interrupted by the arrival of von Rothbart and his retinue, which includes his daughter Odile. Strangely resembling Odette, the seductive beauty captivates Siegfried, who allows himself to fall under her spell, and to break the vow of fidelity. As von Rothbart triumphs, Siegfried runs from the palace in despair.
 That night. The lake.
Yulia Makhalina as "Odette" in Swan Lake
The swan maidens, now spellbound forever, have gathered to protect Odette. Desolate, the Prince begs her forgiveness, which she bestows, knowing that they must part. In desperation he drowns himself, but as von Rothbart gathers his body from the lake, the soul of Odette is released. Although she will remain a swan, she is free of von Rothbart forever.

Needless to say that Swan Lake is my favorite ballet. I have watched it over 50 times in person and over the Internet. I have listened to the music score over 100 times in my lifetime. I have never gotten tired of it. My favorite dancing duo is Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev. They are considered the best duo of all time. The following link is to this duo performing the Pas de Duex from Le Corsaire: You will not see the "Pyrotechnics" from both until the last two minutes.

Nadia Muzyca as "Odile" & Juan Pablo Ledo as "Prince Sigfried" in Swan Lake from the Colon Theater

The following links are to:

Margot Fonteyn (Odette/Odile) and Rudolf Nureyev (Prince Sigfried) in Swan Lake with the Royal Ballet in Vienna
Yulia Makhalina as Odette/Odile with the Kirov Ballet
Svetlana Zakharova as Odette/Odile - Swan Lake/ Act II - with the Bolshoi Ballet
Nadia Muzyca as Odette/Odile with the Colon Theater in Buenos Aires

I was very surprised how good the Swan Lake production from the Colon Theater was. Nadia Muzyca is a top notch ballerina. However, Juan Pablo Ledo (Prince Sigfried) is second tier, in my opinion. If I did not say the above, most people won't be able to tell the difference.

Svetlana Zakharova as "Odile" in Swan Lake

Monday, May 18, 2020

Classical Ballet

"Two Dancers Entering the Stage" by Edgar Degas

"Odette" in Swan Lake
I am a devotee of classical music especially classical ballet. Ballet originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century. Noblemen and women were treated to lavish events, especially wedding celebrations, where dancing and music created an elaborate spectacle. Dancing masters taught the steps to the nobility, and the court participated in the performances. In the 16th century, Catherine de Medici — an Italian noblewoman, wife of King Henry II of France and a great patron of the arts — began to fund ballet in the French court. Her elaborate festivals encouraged the growth of ballet de cour, a program that included  dance, decor, costume, song, music and poetry. A century later, King Louis XIV helped to popularize and standardize the art form. A passionate dancer, he performed many roles himself, including that of the Sun King in Ballet de la nuit. His love of ballet fostered its elevation from a past time for amateurs to an endeavor requiring professional training.

By 1661, a dance academy had opened in Paris, and in 1681 ballet moved from the courts to the stage. The French operaLe Triomphe de l’Amour incorporated ballet elements, creating a long-standing opera-ballet tradition in France. By the mid-1700s French ballet master Jean Georges Noverre rebelled against the artifice of opera-ballet, believing that ballet could stand on its own as an art form. His notions — that ballet should contain expressive, dramatic movement that should reveal the relationships between characters — introduced the ballet d’action, a dramatic style of ballet that conveys a narrative. Noverre’s work is considered the precursor to the narrative ballets of the 19th century.
Svetlana Zakharova
After the Romantic ballet era, the next major development in ballet occurred in Russia. Russia had a long folk-dance tradition and in the 18th century, landowners had maintained serf dance companies. Dancing was also regularly taught in the military academies. 
The students at the Imperial Russian Ballet schools in St Petersburg and Moscow and the dancers of the Maryinsky (Kirov) Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet were highly privileged and regarded as members of the royal household.

The three greatest dancers in classical ballet history are considered to be Ana Pavlova (Russian,) Margot Fonteyn (English - Royal Ballet,) and Rudolf Nureyev (Russian.) One of the main reasons Nureyev defected from the then Soviet Union (Kirov Ballet) was to dance with Fonteyn; they are considered the greatest duo in history. They are also my all time favorites- a picture of perfection. Today, the ballerinas Yulia Makhalina (Kirov) and also Svetlana Zakharova (Bolshoi) have everything going for themselves. They are not only extremely talented - they can do anything with their feet, arms, and jumps, they are also beautiful. 

Marius Petipa
Marius Petipa

Classical ballet developed in the late 19th century when Marius Petipa was ballet master in St Petersburg. Classical ballet is a mixture of the French style of Romantic ballet, the techniques developed in Italy in the late 19th century, and Russian teaching. When most people talk about ballet they think of Petipa’s ballets, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty.

Yulia Makhalina
Petipa’s ballets were meticulously planned and he gave detailed descriptions to both dancers and composers. He worked closely with Tchaikovsky to create the music for Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. Petipa would specify exactly how many bars of music he needed for each section of the dance. Much ballet music was tuneful, simple and often repetitive.

Today, Swan Lake is one of the most famous and popular of all ballets, yet the first version in Moscow in 1877 flopped.  Now, Tchaikovsky’s familiar music is one reason for the ballet’s enduring popularity. Most versions today are based on the St Petersburg 1894 production, choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, which is regarded as the greatest ballet of all time.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires

The present day Teatro Colon opened its doors, in 1908, with a stunning performance of Aida. Since it opened over 100 years ago, the Colon is celebrated for its countless world-class operas, ballets, and classical music. (Teatro Colon Official Website / Many Live Performances / The Swan Lake  /Artists that Performed in Colon)

The Colon occupies an entire city block. It is seven stories high and five stories down. The theater is rated as one of the best opera houses in the world for acoustics and overall comes in third after La Scala in Milan and Teatro San Carlo in Naples, according to National Geographic.

For a theater of these characteristics acoustic quality is an important virtue. The quality of the acoustic in the Colon Theater is owed to the technical knowledge applied in a form of a horseshoe.  As it causes reflection of sound it becomes an echo chamber. Additionally, the architectural properties of the room and the quality of the materials - the distribution of the wood, the tapestries, the curtains, and the carpets - maintain in equilibrium that contributes to the favorably acoustic conditioning. Pavarotti famously commented that the acoustics are so perfect here that it made him nervous to perform because any mistake was amplified.

The classical music pit has room for 120 musicians. The stage is slightly slanted to show better viewing and has a revolving disk to allow for slick changes. There are roughly 2,500 seats and has a capacity of 3,000 including those standing.

The Colon has specialized production workshops that are able to prepare all the necessary elements for staging a show, meaning that the majority of the curtains, stage designs, and customs are made in the same building.

In 1989, the Colon Theater was declared a "Historic National Monument" and between the years 2006 and 2010 the building underwent a renovation. Initially it was planned as an 18-month, $100 million renovation with 500 workers. It became a 3-year $400 million affair with 1,500 workers including 130 architects and engineers. In all 60,000 square meters (645,835 sq. ft) underwent updating, both inside and out.

The roof was replaced, a new air-conditioning system was installed, and a state-of-the-art computerized fire prevention sprinkler system - the biggest enemy of any theater is fire. The famous baccarat crystal chandelier was no longer being able to be lowered for cleaning. A new system was installed to allow to lower the 5-ton glittering chandelier. Furthermore, an infinite amount of tasks were done, too numerous to enumerate.  

Paloma Herrera in "Giselle" at the Colon

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Probable Scenario for the Upcoming Presidential Elections.

I'm afraid that we are heading into a probable constitutional crisis if Joe Biden defeats Donald Trump in the upcoming Presidential elections, on November 2020. I believe that Trump would declare the elections null and void because he will assert that he was cheated out of his second term. He will state, in no uncertain terms, that he will not leave the White House come January 2021.

President Trump exhibits the traits of a Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD.”) In his mind, the only reason he would have lost his bid for re-election is because the Democrats would have committed fraud. Therefore, he would use the White House as his bunker. In my opinion, President Trump would call on his supporters to come and help him in his hour of need.

Hundreds if not thousands of his supporters would descend on Washington DC, fully armed, to defend their President. In addition, as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Trump would issue an order to have the US Armed Forces to come in his defense by surrounding the White House with all available weapons not only to protect him but also his supporters.

President Trump will have no qualms in using his "personal" Attorney General, William (Dr. Faustus) Barr, to launch investigations of alleged widespread fraud to justify his claims that the elections were stolen from him.  

The White House is a fortress. President Truman rebuilt everything except for the façade. It is built like a high rise building with a steel frame and bullet proof windows. A tank or artillery round or rounds cannot penetrate the walls or windows.

In addition to the famous situation room, there is an underground bunker that is atomic bomb proof with food and water to last for over a year for him, his cabinet, and staff. This is where Vice-President Cheney and the White House Staff spent their day during the 9-11 terrorist attack. The commercial airliner that was brought down in Pennsylvania, by the passengers, was destined for the White House. If he hunkers down there, it is almost impossible to bring him out. In addition, he can communicate with the outside world, specially his followers.

Will the Chief-of-Staff of the armed forces obey Trump’s orders? I really do not know. We would be trans-versing a new territory. Come January 20th, when Joe Biden would be our new President, would he give the order to physically remove Trump from the White House and arrest Trump’s armed followers that are surrounding the White House? If so, who will carry out such an order and how? How will the Secret Service act or react? Will Donald Trump tell his followers to take up arms to defend his Presidency unleashing a massive revolt or civil war? I have no doubt that Donald Trump would do that! I hate to be an alarmist, but I see no other outcome from a person with such a severe NPD. We are facing the biggest threat to our democracy in the history of our country!

Only time will tell. The only thing I pray for is for me to be utterly wrong with my prediction!

Sunday, April 12, 2020

The Corona Virus

Covid-19 Virus
Wuhan, China
It is my opinion that Covid-19 (The Corona Virus) is a man-made synthetic virus that got out of hand in the laboratories of Wuhan, China. Let me emphasize that it is my suspicion only, since I do not have any proof to offer. The only question I have is wether China was doing it alone or with the help or in collaboration with the US. Again, it is my suspicion only.

A documentary in RAI, the Italian Public TV, a very responsible and reliable TV station, predicted in 2015, the current world pandemic. That documentary stated that China and the US were developing, the now known as the Covid-19 virus, in Wuhan, China

Up to day, the Coronavirus in California, my country, are:

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

I am done with US politics.

Tulsi Gabbard

I am done with US politics. I contributed over $2,000 for the Tulsi Gabbard's Presidential campaign, because I believe in her and what she stands for. Tulsi is a wonderful human being, extremely intelligent, an officer with a rank of Major in the Army National Guard from Hawaii, the only Hindu religion member of the US Congress, and has nothing but class. She is truly the Anti-Trump and would have made an exceptional President. However, the powers that control the Democratic Party, the military-industrial complex, the big pharmaceutical companies, and the financial companies that control our country conspired against her. She had to be destroyed. They used the main-stream corporate media to do so. The media blacked her out and completely ignored her. It is like the correspondents, news anchors, and talking-heads or so-called experts follow orders not to name Tulsi if they appreciate their work.

Fox is the only network that gives her exposure. However, she is a liberal democrat. Tulsi will never get any traction with the super-conservative and Pro-Trump audience.

The main-stream media won. Therefore, I'm done with US politics. I am a Californio who loves my country - California. I do not want to be part of any country that elects the antichrist for President. Hence-fore, the two things I want is for California to succeed from the imperfect Union and for Tulsi Gabbard to run for Governor of Hawaii.

I have many interests and passions:
  1. Photography
  2. Egyptology (See next message)
  3. Philately - I collect stamps from Argentina, the country I was born.
  4. I am a devoted fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  5. I am passionate about soccer. I'm a die-hard  fan of the Barcelona football (soccer) team. It was my team since I was a toddler - I'm a Californio with Argentine-Catalan DNA. My grandparents were from Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca.  In other words, Catalunia. My surname means Carpenter in Catalan.
  6. Needless to say that my other football (soccer) passion is the Argentine National Team at all levels: U-15, U-17, U-20, U-23 (the Olympic team,) and the main National Team.
  7. I love Classical music.
All the above enumerated interests will keep me very busy for the rest of my life and I have  all the time to pursue them since I'm retired and widowed. In addition, I would like to take a cruise from Los Angeles to Los Angeles, once a year with my cameras. I'm going to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, and Mazatlan, this coming March, on the "Carnival Panaroma" for seven days. Therefore, I have withdrawn from US politics even though I have a Bachelors Degrees in History and Political Science - my true passion in  life.  I'm done! Finito!

Did I mention that I have four dogs? Zoe (Golden Retriever,) Cleo (Rottweiler,) Bella (Havanese,) and Rosie (mixed breed that looks like a smaller version of Cleo - the Rottweiler.) They all sleep with me or better said, I sleep with them in their queen size bed - they are totally spoiled. 😊
Plaza de Mayo, Bueno Aires - Argentina

Sunday, February 9, 2020

ET Built the Pyramids

Pyramids of Giza
The passion of my life is Ancient Egypt.  I have spent many years studying this fascinating civilization and thus consider myself to be a  scholar of Ancient Egypt.  This is my first post regarding the greatest of all civilizations. I will start by answering who built the Pyramids of Egypt, how many people it took to build them, how long it took to build the  Great Pyramid of Giza (Cheop's Pyramid,) and why they were built.

To answer the first question of who built the Pyramids is easy. An "Army of ET's" built them.  By "Army of ET's, I mean a workforce of ~ 22,0000 "Egyptian Terrestrials" 😎 and not "whoo...hoo" extraterrestrials  👽 like so many ET "whoo...hoo"💀 scholars have suggested.

Greek historian Herodotus wrote in his book of travels that the Great Pyramid was built in 30 years by more than 100,000 slaves. Herodotus must have been deeping into the good low-alcohol Egyptian beer when he made those comments. Ancient Eyptians drank a lot of beer.  It was a safer and healthier alternative than water, then.

We know that it took around 20 years to build the Great Pyramid and ~ 22,000 workers. Twenty two hundred were masters builders that worked year-round. They were supplemented by ~ 20,000 farmers about 3 - 4 months out of the year when the harvest was finished. The Egyptian government used to employ idled farmers to supplement their income. It was like a welfare program.

Pyramid Complex How It Looked When Built
One more question about the pyramids remains. "Why did Egypt spent so many precious resources to build the pyramids." It can be summarized in three main reasons:
  1. For the Pharoes, a Demigod, to achieve immortality in the afterlife.  The Egyptians wanted their Pharoes to be demigods or gods. Only Gods could talk to the Gods in behalf of the Egyptian people. If they achieve immortality in the afterlife, they can continue to work in behalf of the Egyptians.
  2. For the Egyptian civilization to also achieve immortality. Only the pyramids survived the rigors of  time. They are the only one of the seven ancient wonders that have survived. We are interested in the Egyptian Civilization because we are fascinated by them and want to study the civilization that built them. The Great Pyramid of Giza was the tallest and largest building ever erected by men until the 20th Century. The Egyptian Civilization did achieve immortality! 
  3. The infrastructure and "pyramid industry"needed built the nation of Egypt making it the greatest civilization ever. 

Friday, February 7, 2020

The antichrist

The antichrist  is someone recognized as fulfilling the biblical prophecies about one who will oppose Christ and substitute himself in Christ's place.
The term (including one plural form)  New Testament, The antichrist is announced as the one "who denies the Father and the Son."
The similar term "false Christ" is found in the Gospels. In Matthew (chapter 24) and Mark (chapter 13), Jesus alerts his disciples not to be deceived by the false prophets, which will claim themselves as being Christ, performing "great signs and wonders".
The antichrist is usually referred to a very popular world leader that will save us all. This leader usually refers to himself as the “chosen one.’
I am the chosen one,” Donald Trump told reporters on Wednesday. He looked up to the heavens as he said this, CNBC reports, so perhaps he truly believes that God anointed him to win a trade war with China, which he also started. He also saved us from a war with Iran that he almost started, etc, etc, etc. In addition, Trump mocked and disparaged Jesus Christ's Sermon on the Mount, a blasphemy of unspeakable proportions,  to us Catholics, 

An old wise man once said: “Satan walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Satan is devious, and his works can be found anywhere.” Trump could indeed be his agent, and that would make him the antichrist.