Remember “Police Academy” and “Three Men and a Baby”? No, forget those! This latest show by Steve Guttenberg - Tales from the Guttenberg Bible - is totally off the hook, as he tells his own story of leaving Long Island and making it in Hollywood. Comedy, satire and even a bit of drama & tears - I loved every second of it!
“I told him - you’re going to be the best commentator in the world! And that same year, he was already the number one guy… But I wish people could see his mental breakdowns caused by bipolar disorder, what he has had to work through each day!”
The martial arts legend - Bas Rutten - talks about another legend and a friend, Mauro Ranallo, a world-renowned sports announcer, commentator and mental health advocate.
“You guys see it completely differently than we, fighters, do… For us, fighting is as normal as shooting hoops”
I was privileged to speak with the legend - Bas Rutten - on all sorts of topics, his fighting days, his career as a commentator, his efforts to raise mental health awareness and his O2 Trainer, a tool designed to train lungs and strengthen your breathing.
Somewhere in Portugal, or Greece, or does it even really matter? - the sea doesn’t care about the imaginary lines, borders or names. The sea will change its mood and show its power, even if no one is looking…
Check out The Initiation Well - as the legend goes, they were holding the Knights Templar initiations here for hundreds of years. The initiates entered the Initiation Well blindfolded. Holding a sword close to their heart, they would descend nine flights of stairs - I assume for the Nine Circles of Hell. At the bottom of the well, the candidate walked into a dark labyrinth and looked for the way up towards the light. If he somehow made it back up, he was allowed to join the Freemasons. 5% of the candidates were never seen again, which is an acceptable loss percentage for the prospective Knights (or tourists) in Portugal 🤷
We were leaving Nazare, as we suddenly found ourselves in the middle of a religious procession - church bells were going crazy, the crowd was fired up, they were carrying crosses and dead bodies… We just can’t stay away from action!
There is some geological explanation for the giant waves in Nazare - we haven’t seen any. But what we saw was absolute, mind-boggling beauty, especially when you get up to the highest point in town. Just look!
Oh and what an awesome place to eat! -
The first challenge of the day was to go up a sharp vertical hill… What we discovered at the top, however, was well worth the pain - the University of Coimbra is the oldest university in the world, or in Europe, or at least in Portugal, since 1290. The place is bustling with both tourists and students, a cool combination of a modern school and 8+ centuries of architectural history.
We were walking the streets of Coimbra, as we noticed a group of people in black, singing and playing sad music. As it turned out, Fado music has its roots in Portugal, where guys used to get together with their friends and serenade a woman standing on a balcony. If she liked his sorrowful, dejected singing, she signaled him by turning her lights off and on a few times, after which he would run up to her place and engage in a wild intimate action (according to my interpretation) - a lot of rich history!
The views were not stunning - they were just insane. I don’t even drink wine, but here I had no choice, it was simply divine. Some dude was trying to sell me a box of that wine, but I didn’t even hear him - the place puts you in some sort of a trance…
We came across a really cool bookstore, Livraria Lello - apparently the inspiration behind the scenery in Harry Potter. JK Rowling used to live in Porto as an English teacher, and spent weekends at this bookstore - likely wasn’t exactly a party animal…
I was fortunate to speak with Pat Miletich – a true privilege not only because he is a UFC Champion and a Hall of Famer, and not only because he is a former sports commentator for ESPN & Showtime, and a highly successful trainer and coach. Pat is a unique human being, constantly looking for ways to give back, whether it’s through law enforcement and military training programs, or his work on supporting veteran organizations and much more. Above all else, Pat is one of the most direct and straightforward people in the world, the true embodiment of respect and honor.