"I was always dreaming about very powerful people, dictators and things like that. I was just always impressed by people who could be remembered for hundreds of years, or even, like Jesus, be for thousands of years remembered."
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
It's a Dammaged Goods kind of month with plenty of awesomely 80's inspiration going on in the forms of Jean-Claude Van Damme's Birthday, Carl Weathers night and Arnold, Arnold, everywhere! Just yesterday, The Oak headed to Columbus, Ohio for the rededication of a bronze statue featuring his bodybuilding likeness. Originally unveiled in 2012, sculptor Ralph Crawford's 8 foot, 600 pound ode to the inspirational Arnold has been moved front and center outside the Convention Center where Arnold and promoter Jim Lorimer have held the annual Arnold Expo and Bodybuilding Classic since 1989. Arnold also owns a piece of nearby shopping center Easton I believe which used to house a Planet Hollywood. The event hosts bodybuilding and fitness competitions along with gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, fencing, table tennis, yoga, martial arts, strongman, archery and more. 1000's of athletes descend on Columbus in late February/early March while the events bring in over 150,000 spectators. I've attended several years and it's always fun to walk around the floor checking out the exhibitors, guests and events. Back in the day you got A LOT of free samples of protein, energy drinks, fat burners and the like but now that they got ya, companies don't need to hand out as many goodies since crowds will show up with or without the freebies. Kind of like Comic-Con...
The Terminator on the big screen? And you can bet your ass I'll be leading the applause when Biehn's credit comes up.
Now everyone say it with me..."Get to the choppa!"