His mind flooded with images of his life. He had been given every opportunity to succeed. Monsieur Barbasetti had taught him many things. For 4 years he had trained unwilling to reconcile the consequences of a miss spent youth.
As an adult he had encounter much success but as a teenager he had troubled his parents with poor judgment and unruly acquaintances. As a result his parents sent him to La Ronceray in France. Upon arrival he put forth no effort in school work and instead sunk into mindless bullying, alcohol and trouble. In an effort to tame his wildness a counselor admitted him into a fencing estage. Stating that the sports dedication to respect, tradition and craft would do him some good. Monsieur Barbasetti was strict from the very beginning; testing him and pushing him harder, Always want more than he thought he could ever give. At first he subordinately plunged into the act of swordsmen-ship failing to respect the art and reverence required for victory, but after a time fencing began to change him. After graduating magnum cum lade with a masters in business his life became filled with promise and opportunity, which he took. Investing his time In his own venture capitalist resulting in a net worth over 200 million dollars. The headlines had flashed; Robinson Capital… next fortune 500, the future looks bright for Blake Robinson. Was this all his achievements were good for, corporate stardom, A-list parties, social banter, a one-sided endless pursuit for more Or did he already hold what his heart truly desired. Was he meant to safe guard what others took so lightly?
He had never understood the rules of entrepreneurial battle, Step on the little people, lie if you have to, success, money, success. The rules that governed this world, his world he felt he could no long abide by.
In fencing though there was always a victor, you did not win by trampling those of less fortune but by skill, respect and tradition. You earned the right to advance the winning thrust, an Idea colliding with an action.
The images blurred, he stared out the widow of his penthouse office. Turning he noticed the refection of light then land firmly in affirmation. Tonight he too would take his place among the masters.
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father, which is in heaven.
Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a
trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
Each of his gifts were tied to this theme they all had a tag telling how the present related to the Iron Cutlass or his secret identity Blake Robinson.
CHRISTMAS EVE TABLE
The Table Setting
After the show we popped on over to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. This year the star is made out of real Swarovski Crystals. Oh the awe and amazement we did behold!
Last night we ventured out into the cold to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Show. Featuring the world famous Radio City Rockettes in an unparalleled show with the Rockettes signature eye high kicks, precision choreography and exciting show stopping numbers.
We had to arrive an hour early so I came prepared for the cold weather. (Notice that I look like a chunky hobbit, love-hate with those boots baby)
NYC FUN FACT:
When the stock market crashed in 1929, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. held a $91 million, 24-year lease on a piece of midtown Manhattan property properly known as "the speakeasy belt." Plans to gentrify the neighborhood by building a new Metropolitan Opera House on the site were dashed by the failing economy and the business outlook was dim. Nevertheless, Rockefeller made a bold decision that would leave a lasting impact on the city's architectural and cultural landscape. He decided to build an entire complex of buildings on the property-buildings so superior that they would attract commercial tenants even in a depressed city flooded with vacant rental space. The project would express the highest ideals of architecture and design and stand as a symbol of optimism and hope.
With A reputation as a theatrical genius "Roxy" Rothafel employed an innovative combination of vaudeville, movies and razzle-dazzle decor to revive struggling theatres across America. Together Rockefeller, RCA and Roxy realized a fantastic dream - a theatre unlike any in the world.
For much of the theater's history, it presented both a movie and a stage show as part of the same program. By the 1970s, changes in film distribution made it difficult for Radio City to secure exclusive bookings of many films; furthermore, the theater preferred to show only G-rated movies, which became less common as the decade wore on. Regular film showings at Radio City ended in 1979, when Radio City was saved from a possible closure due to lack of funds. Reborn after a $70 million renovation in 1999, Radio City has been restored to all of its original opulence.
Better without the BOOTS
A little Interior Design:
Donald Deskey wasn't the most celebrated interior designer to enter the competition for design of the Music Hall's interior spaces. In fact, he was relatively unknown. But from the moment opening night visitors passed through the lobby and entered the Grand Foyer, his popular legacy was secured. In his design for the Hall, Deskey chose elegance over excess, grandeur above glitz. He designed more than thirty separate spaces, including eight lounges and smoking rooms, each with its own motif.
We had a WoNDerFul evening last Saturday at the Bensonhurst Ward Party!! The food was fantastic and it was a great time to sit and chat with the other members of the ward. We also watched a couple of inspirational videos one made by me and the other from another brother in the ward. The missionaries asked me to make a compilation of ward members sharing their testimonies and this is how it turned out. Hope You enjoy!
Pause Music at the Bottom