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Strongman Warrick Brant

I once heard that “Warrick Brant” was Australian for Bear.  Or something like that.  One thing is for sure though: Warrick Brant is one gigantic monster of a man…

Amongst the many fine physical features that Mr. Brant is endowed with, it is his massive arms and biceps that lure me to his wickedly charming handsomeness.  Cases in point:

And he’s also just this big hunk of a teddy bear with a gorgeous, killer smile…

When I meant "killer," I didn't mean it literally!
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Finally, here are some “select” (well, okay, “shirtless”) videos from Warrick Brant’s YouTube Page:

You can learn more about this Aussie-tanding (somebody shoot me) Strongman by visiting his Official Site and Facebook

Shirtless Saturday: Jay Hughes

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Jay “Hollywood” Hughes was featured here a few months ago and today we have a special treat.  Mr. Hughes is currently a member of the Ministry Of Muscle Gym in the UK.  According to their website:

Opened in August 2006, we are an independent gym that aim to give access to people who for many reasons don’t take regular exercise.  We are not part of the “health club” culture that stormed the UK – our gym is individual and, unlike corporate health clubs, we treat our customers as individuals.  We aim to get you results, whether you want to lose weight, improve your general fitness or build muscle.  We are a very friendly gym and are proud of our comfortable and easygoing atmosphere.  We have a wealth of experience to help you achieve your goals and maintain them.

The founder/owner (as well as being a massively-built-like-a-mack-truck brutish musclebear), Steve Winters, has also created a reality-web series on their site called Ministry Of Muscle TV.  Here’s a sample video where we get to see the massive and shirtless Jay Hughes.

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It’s a fantastic series and we get an intimate look at what these mythical strongmen do to prepare themselves for various strength athletics competition.  Definitely check them out.

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Just a few of the massive behemoths on the reality-web series

Jay Hughes is also one of Ministry Of Muscle’s stable of strongmen models who’s available for film, TV, and photography: Ministry Of Muscle Models site.

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These are but a few screenshots from the web-series.  Check out the bearmythology Flickr Photostream for more images of this handsome brute.  (Then check out the current whole Ministry Of  Muscle set here.)

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And as an added bonus, here are Jay Hughes and Rob Hughes (are they related?) showing off their bellies…

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Shirtless Saturday: Tobias Ide

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tobiasHere’s a wonderful Shirtless Saturday treat…

It’s literally hot off the presses.  AP from Real Thick Yahoo Group just shared an awesome video clip of German Strongman Tobias Ide.

He was also kind enough to post a series of screenshots from that short — but (as AP would say) HAWT — video.

And if you guys were members of that Yahoo group, you would have received the direct link to download that video.

You’re not a member, you say?

Ah, well, them’s the perks.  -_^

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But before I continue, I want you guys to know who AP is.  He is the awesome illustrator/artist/connoisseur of big brutes, bears, and bulls.  I’ve seen his work from back in the day and watched it blossom as he creates spectacular mythic imagery of such big men.  Definitely check out his website as it’s integral Bear Education 101:

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And back to the beefy and bulky Tobias Ide.  Ah, of course, I googled him like mad and found the following shirtless photos (most of them are from his Official Site).  This massive bull would literally pass for a beefier triplet for the Shane Twins.

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Ervin Katona: Serbian Strongman

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Ervin Katona shirtless 03That big brute you’re seeing is Serbia’s own, strongman Ervin Katona.  Just like Travis Ortmayer, I also did not notice him before, but that photo above made my eyes dilate from seeing such pure, unadulterated handsomeness.  So I did my own investigation on this beautiful behemoth…

Here’s a video of this massive guy (you see him for the first minute):

And here be even more photographic evidence of this man’s spectacular physique…

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I will be posting about the other guy too

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Travis Ortmayer: Accused Of Doping Up With Viagra

While searching for Travis Ortmayer photos on the web, I’ve stumbled upon this photo and the accompanying article:

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The original article is located here and the Google (semi-) translated version here:

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It is not located in the head.  American strongmani embrace najohydniejszych ways to defeat our champion Mariusz Pudzianowski (31 l.).  One of them, Travis Ortmayer (27 l.), during the recent world championships, even took a Viagra, to keep balls thrown in his platform … penis.

For many, and so he did not help.  Ortmayer, as did four other American wrestler, had to recognize the superiority of the Polish “Dominator”.  Bullets are usually the last competition event.  There are five, each heavier than the previous one, and the latter weighs 200 kg.  Pudzianowski never have problems with their loading, but as you can see – you need some help, even in such embarrassing manner.

– Viagra is a very popular measure to take the tablets by a group of players.  But the truth is that it … give nothing – tell us anonymously person closely connected with the environment strongmanow.

For Ortmayer it was not a “debut” a few times before trying a similar trick.

– But it must be further developed, because bullets still make him a lot of problems – mocking our informant.

It’s fascinating to see how people would say whatever it takes to prove that “The Other Side” is underhanded and “evil.”  Competitive sports tend to bring the worst in people, especially from the fans.  The above article is from an actual news website in Poland.  I thought that it was some kind of “humor” site, but upon closer inspection, it wasn’t.  However, in their defense, that photograph appears to be a scan from a tabloid.  Either way, the butchered English translation say otherwise: they’re angry at the American strongmen for cheating which caused Mariusz Pudzianowski to lose.

But, Viagra?  Oh, come on!

And let me dispel something.  That image was cleverly manipulated.  Not by Photoshop, but by deliberately concealing something.  Check out this video (especially the first instance of it at the :15 second mark) and the following screenshot from it.

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Basically, Mr. Ortmayer was using (legally) “Tacky” — which is a sticky pine resin that is allowed by the rules and should be applied to the forearms and chest (if the competitor is not wearing a shirt) [from WannaBeBig.com].  The Tacky from the stones would then stick to his shorts.  However, our intrepid news reporters felt that it was actually Travis’ elongated member that helped him win the event.

Anyway, all that info just to segue for more screenshots of a shirtless Travis Ortmayer practicing with the Atlas Stones…

Lol, I know.  I’m no different from those sneaky Polish news reporters…  -_^

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Travis Ortmayer: The “Texas Stoneman”

Travis Ortmayer flexingFrom demomile’s Flickr Photostream

Travis Ortmayer iconTravis Ortmayer is an American Professional Strongman from Texas who has been nicknamed the “Texas Stoneman” due to his dominance and expertise in the Atlas Stone strength events [Wikipedia].

His massive physique reminds me of Britain’s Terry Hollands.  I’ve seen him before but I paid closer attention this time out as he has gotten thicker and bulkier during the 2009 Arnold Strongman Classic.

I know, I know…  ^_^

Here are some videos from that event:

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I know, the screenshots are blurry, but hey, I did the best I could…  Anyway, here are a couple of clear videos:

This is the longer version/different angle of the previous video:

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What I want to know is: "Does he ever feel pain when lifting the Atlas Stones with his nipple rings on?"

Malcolm Lutu: Hawaiian Strongman

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VP Malcolm LutuMr. Malcolm Lutu is a Hawaii strongman who is currently the Vice President of SHOPO (State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers).

I finally found my old video recording of a Malcolm Lutu interview from a variety show called, Hawaiian Moving Company.  I don’t quite remember what year this was shown, but I’m guessing it was around the early 2000.

Please check out more screenshots in the bearmythology Flickr Photostream.

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Terry Hollands: Big Tall Order Model

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I’ve been going through the blog’s comments and missed out on Matt updating us about strongman, Terry Hollands, being a model for Big Tall Order.  I quickly went to the website and guess which links I clicked on first?  That’s right.  “Trousers” and “Underwear.”  Unfortunately, there were no husky models for those links and I hope I can convince you guys to email the proprietors and demand them that we need to see Terry Hollands modeling in trousers and underwear, because — goshdangit! — we need to, uh, make informed decisions when making our purchases…  Yeah, that’s it…  ;P

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And here are just a few more of Terry Hollands awesome modeling photos…

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Shirtless Saturday: Don Pope

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I haven’t seen Don Pope in any strongman competitions lately, but he’s definitely a fine specimen of a musclebear.  He may not be “filled up” for my tastes but you just gotta fall in love with that handsome face.  He could pass for a brother of any of the Shane Twins.

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And on this Shirtless Saturday, here we have the pretty-faced brute in all of his magnificent shirtless glory…

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Don Pope shirtless 06Musclebear on the right ain’t too bad either…

Don Pope poolIf there was not a non-gay man in the crowd, I’m sure they are now…

Don Pope and Terry HollandsTerry Hollands and Don Pope’s awesome backside…

Two Woofy Tuesday (Beary Yummy Seconds): Phil Martin

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Musclebear Heinz Ollesch won the poll when he was pitted against musclechub Phil Martin.  I mentioned in the Woofy Winner Wednesday result that I was currently 0-for-3, so that meant that I would have voted for Mr. Phil Martin.

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My body preference tend to lean towards the husky/chubbier types which was why I would have chosen Mr. Martin over the German Beast, Mr. Ollesch.  However, Heinz is definitely a magnificent specimen and I’m not completely discounting him.  I love Phil Martin a bit more because he is just so huggable!  Also, I am completely attracted to his handsome face.  Heinz has this brutish look while Phil has this approachable yet intimidating look that I just go nuts for.  He also reminds me of this daddy bear actor, Bill Smitrovich:

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gerrit-badenhorst-and-phil-martinGerrit Badenhorst and Phil Martin
(I can’t seem to find Gerrit’s official site; I know that he’s slimmer now
and is currently a singer…)

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Finally, here are more screenshots of the ever wooftiful Phil Martin in a sumo garb.  Check out more photos of my favorite musclebear in such a fantastic sportswear

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philmartin-sumo1_111Kevin Toth is on the right…  Definitely another one of my musclechub fantasy…

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Woofy Winner Wednesday: Heinz Ollesch

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The race started out really close, but Heinz Ollesch eventually got the lead — based on emails, comments, and poll (76-96).  You guys have “woofen” loud and clear, so here are more photos of your favorite strongman musclebear…

And, gawrsh, I’m like 0-for-3 on these weekly polls!  😛

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Two Woofy Tuesday: Phil Martin Vs. Heinz Ollesch

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Today’s Two Woofy Tuesday theme is “Strongest Men.”  It completely pains me to pit two spectacularly handsome strongmen together, but I am a cruel and unjust blogger.  So, today, I pose this most difficult question: “Do you pick the strongman musclechub, Phil Martin, or the strongman musclebear, Heinz Ollesch?”

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Boris Haraldsson: Mythic & Massive Icelandic Viking

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You guys might have noticed my little “bearish” poll on the bottom right column of this blog.  One of the descriptions there is the vaguely-worded “Fantasy.”  If you were wondering what it meant, the following photo set of the beefy Boris Haraldsson in his Viking apparel will perfectly capture the very definition of “Fantasy”…

More importantly, the very concept of Bear Mythology is exactly about spectacularly mythic images of bearish masculinity such as these…

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Making Peace & Amends To Boris Haraldsson

I just want to give a big THANK YOU and a virtual big bear hugs to Iceland’s Strongest Man, Boris Haraldsson.  Thank you for your honesty and time for explaining things to your gay fans — even though we did not deserve it at all.  Also, I would like to make my peace to your friend.  She was only looking after your best interest and I do respect that.

Mr. Haraldsson, thank you very much.  You truly are a World’s Strongest Man.

More importantly, I can finally post more photos of Boris!  🙂  Do you guys and gals know how badly I’ve been meaning to post this wonderful and cute photo?  A very long time.  Anyway, what better way to end a bitter past and renew a much better present with this?

boris-haraldsson-and-dogFrom Johannes Asgeir’s Flickr Photostream

[EDIT: I have cut and pasted Mr. Haraldsson’s comments about the whole “Incident” (yeah, I’m calling it that) in this post…]

hey guys, my friend pointed this discussion out to me but i see it´s quite old so maybe no one will read my reply but here goes.

i put my facebook page up for my fans or anyone interested in contacting me so i usually accept all friend requests unless the profile picture is out of order. . . that goes for men and women

i´m not homofobic at all and i´m glad i have (or had) such a huge group of gay fans. . . i´ve had a lot of good conversations with some gay guys and helped a few of them out with their training and their diet.

i had no idea there was such a thing as a group of guys that called themselves bearhunters until few months ago and thought it was quite amusing (no offence)

i told my friend about this (the one that sent you the e-mail) and she told me that she had seen my picture on this blog/website and that was the reason for all the bearhunters adding me on facebook.

then she told me that she was going to send an e-mail to the administrator about taking my photo down and i told her that she didn´t have to but she insisted. . . i didn´t want to argue with her and i also thought it was quite cute that she was looking out for me.

and there´s no reason to be rude to her. . . she was just trying to look out for me and she´s a really nice person so please be nice.

the e-mails she´s referring to are messages sent to me on facebook and i´ve had quite a few that were just really rude and the guys just wouldn´t take no for an answer. . . which at the time was pretty frustrating since i was getting a ton of them. . . in those cases i deleted the guys from my friends account.

and here are answers to some of your questions.

you´re not the cause of all this by releasing my full name. . . i´ve been on international tv several times so a bunch of people know my name.

i don´t deny friend requests unless the profile pic is not suitable. . . like a faceless picture of a guy holding his crotch. . . sorry, i just don´t think it´s appropriate

the women that have messaged me and offered to suck my off have taken no for an answer. . . and most of the guys too.

i´ve never made it to the finals at wsm but thanks for rubbing my nose in it (kidding)

and i am glad i have a following, gay or straight. . . that´s the reason i put that facebook page up in the first place (i did, not her). . . and i don´t think it´s cheesy at all (but to each his own i guess), it´s good for people that want to contact me and for me to contact other people.

about my gay posing on facebook, humping kevin nee and all that. . . i uploaded most of those pictures myself. . . would i do that if i was severly homofobic or even be posing in the first place?

i would never get a lawyer because of a silly thing like that. . . if you really want to have the video up there it´s fine with me

and my real name is kristinn oskar haraldsson which is quite funny because in every other country in the world it´s a girls name but in iceland the girls name has one “n” at the end but the boys has two

the boris name is because of an incident that happened in 1996 while i was in the coast guard. . . long story so i´m not gonna get into it but it wasn´t because i wanted something more butch. . . and it´s actually quite good for me and others cause it´s virtually impossible for foreigners to pronounce my real name correctly

hey man, i´m sorry if i reacted badly to your question about if i was gay or not (must have been a bad day)

but for a while the messages were piling in from gay guys (which was cool). . . but like i said, some of them were just really rude and i was a bit frustrated at a certain point.

and to the spelling champion. . . i´m from iceland so i´m guessing there´s a few type-o´s

so to sum it up:

i´m not gay but i have nothing against gay guys. . . except the really rude ones but that doesn´t just concern gay guys, i just don´t like rude people.

this whole thing has been blown way out of proportion and i´m sorry if someone got offended.

my friend that sent you the e-mail is a cool chick so please lay off the name calling and all

i hope we´re all cool and you guys can put this whole thing behind you

you can add me on facebook and check out my pictures there if you like. . . got some viking shots and other stuff that people find really interesting (especially my gay fb friends)

thanks so much everyone and i hope you´ll be understanding

peace!

boris haraldsson
icelands strongest man

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Van Hatfield: How Strongmen Play Chess

Powerlifter and strongman, Van Hatfield, shows us how strongmen play chess in this clever Honda Ridgeline commercial.


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The following super blurry YouTube screenshots (and the above animated gif) came from this video: 2004 Team Championships – USA vs Netherlands – Log Press.

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Shirtless Saturday: A (Shirt) Tale Of Two Stevies

One Steve is a strongman from Canada, while the other is also a strongman, but from the United States of America.  And one thing is for sure: they are both Tyg-erifically woofy being shirtless…

The first is the beefy and burly Canadian, Steve Bourgeois..

While the other is the thick and husky American musclebear, Steve Kirit…

Gerard Benderoth: Mo Rocca Interviews An American Strongman

Majored in art in college.  Loves painting.  Enjoys sewing and knitting.  Loves dance movies, especially Seven Brides For Seven Brothers.

When I wrote those things, would you even think that these are interests and passions of a strongman?

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Direct link to that interview can be found here

Bullgoon-loving internet superstar, Bullneck, has just updated me about a fantastic video interview piece of Gerard Benderoth by ex-Daily Show correspondent, Mo Rocca.  Bullneck has also posted about this in his LiveJournal (which reminded me that I have been very lax with updating and checking out my very own LiveJournal account).  And I just have to shout out a huge “Thank you!” to Bullneck for thinking about me.  He’s such a super and smart guy and any of you bullgoons out there will be lucky enough to snatch this smart and witty young man.  I wholly endorse him.  🙂

As for the video, it was wholly unexpected.  I was expecting a rough and gruff personality, but through such intimidating exterior, he’s completely a “teddy bear” on the inside.

*begins sudden out from left field rant*

And as a lesson to any of you homophobic “bearish guys” out there, take a lesson from Big Benderoth himself as he talked about “confidence.”  If you can’t handle any gay references or insinuations, then there’s something wrong with your level of confidence.

*ends sudden out from left field rant*

Anyway, I really love the video and I love how Benderoth is such a completely nice guy.  I’ve also been a fan of Mo Rocca and he definitely did a great piece with this one.

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Shirtless Saturday: Various Strongmen In All Manners Of Undress

Looks like a Fishbone song (“Sunless Saturday“) has inspired me to create this particular Saturday theme: “Shirtless Saturday”…

So on this Shirtless Saturday, we find a couple of shirtless behemoths involved in the wonderful world of Strength Athletics, more popularly known as Strongman Competitions…

I found most of these photos from a long-running blog that I just recently uncovered: Mature & Bear Men Hideaway (it has a plethora of full frontals, so this blog is NSFW).  The author tends to prefer the muscular and “smaller” (subjective, of course) bears while I tend to get attracted to the “bigger” and “chubbier” types…

Ah, yes, the bullgoon model, Gerard Benderoth, in all his bulky & sweaty glory

The thick, wide, & massive Ukranian, Vasyl Virastyuk

*boing* That’s right, I went there.  -_^
I mean, c’mon, Grant Higa and Matty Parkes?  Woof-dee daisy!

HELP!  Who are these beautiful massive men (especially the big bear on the right)?

Irek Kuras is in need of a clean up…  Any volunteers?

HELP AGAIN!  Vladimir Kalinichenko is unfortunately clothed in the photo,
but who are the other three (especially the big bear on the right)?

As for the final two photos, I know that the strongman on the very right is Alexander Pekanov.  But, dear Lord, who is that handsome furry bear on the very left?  *boing boing* indeed!  -_^

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Glenn Ross: “Who’s The Daddy!”

Amidst the thunderous applause, a massive strongman poses after successfully lifting six tires then roars out his battle-cry, “Who’s The Daddy!”


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Former Britain’s Strongest Man (1999, 2000 & 2001) and powerlifter, Glenn Ross, is a definite perennial favorite of mine.  Like Phil Martin, not only is he a sight to behold, but he’s also a showman who knows how to pump up the crowd.  Take that video clip (courtesy of the awesome D.T.), for example.  He makes the sport even more exciting by involving the spectators and fans.  Athletes who are best remembered, whether successful or not at their particular sport, tend to be the ones who are exactly like Glenn Ross.  Their love for the sport and a winning personality are qualities that eventually make them popular and stand out to fans and non-fans alike.

I am particularly fond of the following photos of Glenn Ross in a business suit.  I just love how his long-sleeved shirt is tucked in, exposing his well-defined belly.  There’s just something utterly delectable about it.

D.T. has also unearthed another strongman musclechub who I have not heard of before.  His name is Dale Norris and here he is posing with the Big Daddy himself…

Boris Haraldsson: A “Ber” Removes His Shirt (Redux)

I’ve decided not to respond to Boris’ girlfriend.  And I want to thank all of you crazy guys and gals for showing me your support.  A few of you had shown interest in the video, and it’s really not that spectacular: I mean, it’s just one guy assisting another guy remove his shirt.  Nothing threatening or sexually explicit about it.  However, it appeared to have been an emotional bane for one strongman.  To be fair though, Boris never did contact me nor put his two cents in.  The thing is, I did not want to risk getting my YouTube account suspended (as I’ve seen similar things happen to other channels — LFBears, for one).  I just did not want to chance Boris’ girlfriend complaining to YouTube about such a harmless, and not to mention, public, video clip.  I’d rather sacrifice one video than losing them all.

But thanks to puppyjoe, he had uploaded that video in his DailyMotion page.  Thank you for being more courageous than I am, puppyjoe!  BIG HUGS!