George Rucker's Newsletter for October 11, 2016

The second edition of Tuesday Letter of October 2016,

I am going to visit some information used in a past letter.  In it I had communicated to my friend Jerry, who lives in Westport, that  I had saved 60 cents a gallon by shopping at Stop and Shop, his response was that I had spent $600 to get that 60 cents per gallon.  I also purchased 12 gallons so I saved 12 times that 60 cents or $7.20.  I buy $600 worth of groceries and they refund me $7.20, not a bad deal for them but a bad deal for me.  He advised me to buy my gas at Cumberland Farms as with their card you always save 10 cents a gallon and you do not need to spend anything but buy the gas.  I got the card and was happy.

I am a BJ’s member and they always offer 10 cents off per gallon and I noticed that both companies were within 3 cents of each other and regularly it would change as to who was the cheapest.  I was happy with both.  If there is a problem it would be the membership fee from BJ’s while Cumbys is free.  I feel I save enough shopping at BJ’s to make up the fee.

Well BJ’s finally one upped Cumbys.  I now have the BJ’s advantage card with an annual cost is $75.  With their low normal price I save an additional 10 cents per gallon but if I shop first as I did today they give me another 5 cents off.  My cost during this past week was $1.889 the cost for a regular member would be $2.039 which is currently the exact price at Cumberland Farms .  That is not the best part.  They also refund 5% of your purchase price on what ever you purchase within the store.  (Tires, TV’s, food, books, movies, jewelry, printer ink etc. etc. etc.) The refund is in increments of $20 and usually a nice surprise.

There is a downside.  The downside is that you buy things in bulk and need storage space for many items.  An example is 32 rolls of toilet paper, 18 rolls of paper towels, 2 large containers of peanut butter, I think you get the point.


Spinach Salad with Sweet and Spicy Shrimp


    Spinach Salad:
    1/4 cup Olive Oil
    2 tbsp honey
    2 tsp sriracha hot sauce
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    ½ tsp salt
    1 lb shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed (16-20 count)
    8 cups baby spinach
    1 grapefruit, segmented
    1 avocado, peeled and chopped
    1 mango, peeled, pitted and chopped
    1/4 cup Filippo Berio Olive Oil
    2 tbsp sherry vinegar
    1 small shallot, minced
    1 tsp honey
    1 tsp grainy mustard
    ½ tsp salt
    1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper


    Dressing: Whisk together olive oil, sherry vinegar, shallot, honey, mustard, salt and pepper. Set aside.

    Spinach Salad: Whisk together olive oil, honey, sriracha, garlic and salt; toss with shrimp. Let stand for 10 minutes.

 Preheat grill to high heat; grease grate well. Grill shrimp for 2 minutes per side or until grill-marked and cooked through. In large bowl, combine spinach, grapefruit, avocado and mango; toss with dressing. Spoon shrimp over top. Serve immediately.


• If you like, you can also stir the shrimp into the salad.


Here is a tid-bit of information if you are interested in computers.

CD ROM, DVD and Blu-Ray Drives – Has Streaming Doomed Optical Drives into Obsolescence?

September 27, 2016

Back in the mid-1990, the optical drive was introduced for use in PCs. One of its primary purposes for the CD-ROM player was to replace diskettes for distributing software. It also allowed users to play their audio CDs on their computers. The optical drive quickly caught on quickly. The technology evolved to include CD-ROM writers followed by DVD players and burners. During the first decade of 2000, Blu-ray high definition technology gained popularity.

Then came advances in internet bandwidth. Video on demand and online streaming replaced the need for the PC hardware required for multimedia tasks such as playing audio and video discs. Software could be downloaded efficiently from the internet. A paradigm shift was well underway.

The data shows that Laptop PCs have always trailed the Desktop for the presence of optical drives. It’s intuitive that just by the nature of portables, weight considerations often led to the removal of the optical drive from its configuration. While there will always be some demand for these drives, research shows that technology is changing the role that they once had.

Just a quick bit of advice . . . do not by stock in for this type of equipment as their use has dropped about 40% in roughly six years.


One fine day, Nate the Snake was slithering through the forest when he came upon a lever on a tree. The lever said "IF YOU PULL THIS LEVER, THE WORLD WILL END". Now, Nate was a curious fellow, but was smart enough to know not to pull the lever. So, he decided to make it his duty to stand by the lever and warn the other animals that came by of the danger, since he knew most of them weren't as smart.

The day wore on, and animal after animal came and went. Each one wanted to pull the lever, but Nate warned them of the danger.

Soon, the day drew to a close, and Nate began slithering toward his home, when an eighteen wheeler sped by, and upset an area of several large boulders that was very close to the tree.

One broke away, and began speeding toward the tree in such a way that it would hit the lever and end the world if it was not stopped. But no large animal was there to help, and Nate knew what he had to do.

Nate curled himself up into a tight little coil in the boulder's path, bracing himself. The boulder struck him and killed him, but avoided the lever and the tree, and the world was saved.

This story just goes to show you - Better Nate than lever.

An American businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna.

The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied that it took only a little while.

The American then asked why didn't he stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family's immediate needs.

The American then asked, but what do you do with the rest of your time?

The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, senior."

The American scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles and eventually New York City where you will run your expanding enterprise."

The Mexican fisherman asked, "But senior, how long will this all take?"

To which the American replied, "15 to 20 years."

"But what then, senior?"

The American laughed and said, "That's the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions."

"Millions, senior? Then what?"

The American said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your grandkids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."


My mind wanders frequently, and I totally need to concentrate on what ever it is Im doing.  I was thinking about my second military tour to Cape Cod and I was thinking how I knew many of the people living in Wellfleet.  During that period using census data the town had roughly 1404 people.  I am guessing that I probably knew about 800 of them.  I liked walking into the bank or market and the people working would great and use my first name.  I think this was probably the first truly small town I had lived in.  It was also the reason I like the Cape in general.

During my vacation this year in March I visited the area once again and could see how the entire area had built up.  I checked the census again and found that the year round population was now 2750.  In the past 50 or so years it had almost doubled.

This in turn made me think about the population of the Cape in general.  I went once more to the Census Data Bank and found that the population of the Cape in 1960 was 70,286 and in 2010 was 216,902.  That is a 300% increase, no wonder our resources are stretching.

The tourists have left and the roads once again are pretty much open.  I could not actually find an amount of tourists that come here and it is variable.  Some stay in hotels, cottages, tents, and with family members living here.  I personally would estimate it to be over a million but less than two million.  I have no source to back up my data, it is just a guess.


A panda walks into a bar, sits down and orders a sandwich.

He eats the sandwich, pulls out a gun and shoots the waiter dead.

As the panda stands up to go, the bartender shouts, "Hey, Where are you going? You just shot my waiter and you didn't pay for your sandwich!"

The panda yells back at the bartender, "Hey man, I'm a Panda! Look it up!"

The bartender opens his dictionary and sees the following definition for panda: "A tree-dwelling marsupial of Asian origin, characterized by distinct black and white coloring. Eats, shoots and leaves."


Hilarious Things Only Husbands Would Say.  (Put on facebook by Abby Hugel)

One of the most important things about marriage is to have a sense of humor through better or worse, in sickness and in health, as long as you both shall tweet.

And for these hilarious husbands, they seem to have gotten the memo.

Marriage teaches you a lot about yourself.  For instance, I’ve learned that I don’t need to use so many paper towels, and they’re expensive.

And that using five paper towels to wipe out a Ziploc bag probably isn’t that smart.

Me: Look, I love you, but I made exactly the amount of cheese & crackers I want to eat right now.
Wife: But I only . . .
Me: EXACTLY the amount

Relationship status: My wife asked me what I wanted for dinner and then told me I was wrong.

Therapist: so why do you want to end your marriage?
Wife: I hate the constant star wars puns
Husband: divorce is strong with this one.

I hate when my wife gives me the speaking treatment.

My wife said I need to grow up.  I was speechless.
It’s hard to say anything when you have 45 gummy bears in your mouth.

I was about to do that chore that I see you’re starting now.

You pee too loud.

Never ask a woman who is eating ice cream straight from the carton how she’s doing.

And if she’s in line at the store with a cart of wine and chocolate?
Always let her go first.

Her: Is it in?
Him: Not yet
Her: Put it in now!
Him: Ok it’s in
Her: And set the timer!  Im not eating burnt lasagna again!

My wife probably tells me that I never listen to her.

The Mrs and I have been married so long she can finish my sentences.
She also starts most of them and supplies the middle parts too.

Marriage is mostly about know which hand towels you can use and which ones are for the better people who visit your wife’s home.

Marriage is just texting each other “Do we need anything from the grocery store?” a bunch of times until one of you dies.

Wife: Wow, I’m tired
Me: Go relax, give me the recipe and I’ll make dinner
[Five minutes later]
Me: Honey, I think we’re out of . . . “oven”?

Before I got married I didn’t even know there was a wrong way to put the milk back in the fridge

I don”t understand how God can have Ten Commandments for the whole world, and my wife can have 152 just for our house.

Therapist: What’s the problem?
Wife: He replaces words with animal names just to annoy me.
Me: I don’t do it on porpoise.

Im headed to Goodwill to buy back something I donated yesterday because this is my lesson on why marriage communication is so important.


Fatherhood is no joke but, in order to survive it, you do have to keep a sense of humor. And dads, God love 'em, are normally known for their corny sense of humor.

But these guys here? They don't mess around and sugarcoat things. They're hilariously honest about being a dad, and thank goodness, they tweet it out.

If you ask me, they're all vying for "Dad of the Year."

I wear a clown mask to sleep just in case one of my kids has a nightmare and comes to sleep in our bed.

[finally gets the car seat installed correctly.]
Me: Where’s the baby?”
Wife: In college.

Me: Can we leave?  These things take forever
Wife: *harsh whisper* Shut your mouth.  Watch our daughter open her presents

It’s weird how we tell kids not to lie then tell them how good the picture they drew is.

A cute thing I tell my kids when we see a dead deer on the side of the road is, “Looks like Santa lost his temper again.”

Hang on guys, I think my toddler is getting to the good part of his four hour long story and I don’t want to miss it.

Watching the kids play hide and seek in the park and mine just hid behind a chain link fence . . .
At least we don’t have to save for college


Our boss just banned overly specific nicknames and the whole office is staring at Rat Snitch Brian the Good Time Ruiner.

Boss: You ok?
Me: Yeah, why?
Boss: You have a sign that says “2 days without being annoyed”
[maintaining eye contact, I changed it to 0]

Ok. . . enough of these


1. Teaching Maths In 1950s
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?

2. Teaching Maths In 1970s
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?

3. Teaching Maths In 1980s
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100.  His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit ?

Yes or No

4. Teaching Maths In 1990s
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20.  Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

5. Teaching Maths In 2000s
A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands.  He does this so he can make a profit of $20. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong answers, feel free to express your feelings  e.g, anger, anxiety, inadequacy, helplessness etc.) Should you require debriefing at conclusion of exam there are counselors available to assist you adjust back into the real world.

6. Teaching Maths In 2050
(Sorry but I can’t put the question in Arabic on this computer.)


Have a nice day.      George


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