Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Tuesday 9 th August 2022….Frida shot..

 nice to read about a superstar who is different from most….


Keanu Reeves was abandoned by his father at 3 years old and grew up with 3 different stepfathers. He is dyslexic. His dream of becoming a hockey player was shattered by a serious accident. His daughter died at birth. His wife died in a car accident. His best friend, River Phoenix, died of an overdose. His sister has leukemia.

And with everything that has happened, Keanu Reeves never misses an opportunity to help people in need. When he was filming the movie "The Lake House," he overheard the conversation of two costume assistants; One cried because he would lose his house if he did not pay $20,000 and on the same day Keanu deposited the necessary amount in the woman's bank account; He also donated stratospheric sums to hospitals.

In 2010, on his birthday, Keanu walked into a bakery and bought a brioche with a single candle, ate it in front of the bakery, and offered coffee to people who stopped to talk to him.

After winning astronomical sums for the Matrix trilogy, the actor donated more than $50 million to the staff who handled the costumes and special effects - the true heroes of the trilogy, as he called them.

He also gave a Harley-Davidson to each of the stunt doubles. A total expense of several million dollars. And for many successful films, he has even given up 90% of his salary to allow the production to hire other stars.

In 1997 some paparazzi found him walking one morning in the company of a homeless man in Los Angeles, listening to him and sharing his life for a few hours.

Most stars when they make a charitable gesture they declare it to all the media. He has never claimed to be doing charity, he simply does it as a matter of moral principles and not to look better in the eyes of others.

This man could buy everything, and instead every day he gets up and chooses one thing that cannot be bought: To be a good person.

Keanu Reeves’ father is of Native Hawaiian decent.

I took Frida out this afternoon and this is one of my favorite shots of her….

A good step day…

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Monday, August 08, 2022

Monday 8 th August 2022…interesting!!


A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousands of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. 
Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule. A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk. A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work. 
The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on. 
In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32.00 When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition. 
No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth $3,500,000 dollars. 
Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats average $100. 
This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of an social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context? 
One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing.

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Sunday, August 07, 2022

Sunday 7 th August 2022…..serene!!!

 I just had a very peaceful and quiet Sunday to myself…….I went on a nice hike after getting lost😆………

lovely animals and scenery….

later on in the afternoon I took Frida out for our walk and we caught up on things…….

tonight it was tennis and soccer on the TV….

Managed to do OK with Wordle today!!

stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Saturday, August 06, 2022

Saturday 6 th August 2022…slow day!!

 Maybe once a month I make myself a cup of tea sit in my armchair and go to a random day month year of my blog and read what I did that day……I have been doing this for the 16 years I have been writing the blog….

tonight I turned up these two photos of my great nephew Tom who will be visiting me in a few weeks time….

I can already tell you that I plan to replicate the tennis photo when he comes I have a green Mexico soccer shirt he can wear that will be fun to see…..

stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Friday, August 05, 2022

Friday 5th August 2022…something new!!

 Sometimes, just sometimes, a man needs to stop counting steps and just take the afternoon off and chill with a good book, food, orange juice and light music…..swim a few laps…..fall asleep in the sun and dream…..

Today was that day!!!

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Koshi!

Thursday, August 04, 2022

Thursday 4 th August 2022…a very special birthday !!!

 Who was born this day in 1918….my MUM!!!!!

She was without a shadow of a doubt one on the most wonderful and special people to walk this earth…..always so caring and giving she was the light of my life and even though I spent all of my adult life thousands of miles away from her our bond and connection was a joy to behold. Sadly Mum passed away way too early on Valentine’s Day 1995….she remains in my heart and I love you!!!

Bermuda in the 1970’s!!

Can you believe they put me in a dress??????

Stay safe and healthy!

Yashi Kochi!!

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Wednesday 3 rd August 2022….two birthdays!!

 Today we have two birthdays to celebrate…

Tom my Great Nephew who is coming to visit me in a month turns 18 ..he is doing volunteer week in some of the more remote places in Costa Rica and is out of communication……

It is also Peter’s Birthday…this photo was taken a couple of months ago when I was in England…..Shelia is my only cousin on my Mum’s side and she was born one week before me and Peter is her husband..I wish you both special, happy and safe birthdays!!

Went to my training this morning and it was brutal. ..Jessica is a great trainer but so hard on me and I must say I do not enjoy the workouts but so glad I go and I know I feel and look stronger and healthier!!

From there off to my regular poker date with my buddies….I may not be able to call them buddies much longer if I keep continuing to win…..last week was my biggest win so far of the 12 years I have been playing and I bettered that today winning 400 pesos!!♣️♣️♣️♣️♣️

Finally I walked Frida for an hour such an amazing well behaved dog!!

Boy I seem to struggle everyday with Wordle……

I like this quote…

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Tuesday 9 th August 2022….Frida shot..

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