George's Newsletter 5/2/2016

Here we are with the first Tuesday in May,

When looking at my bird feeder it is not unusual for a stray or different bird to stop by.  I try to take a picture but most of the time I am to slow and scare it away.  Today I managed to get three shots of one of these different birds.  I think it was just an immature red wing black bird.  About the only marking was a white band on the forward part of his wings.  I also am glad the gold finches have returned and will change one feeder to thistle.

Many of you must have guessed I am a fan of festivals and fairs.  I like getting to them but always hate leaving as I usually end up in a traffic jam.  In New England We have quite a few of them if anyone is interested.  Most are not on my bucket list like the Kentucky Bourbon festival but many do look interesting.  Best of all driving in NE makes most things easy to get to and are rather short drives.  Here are a few that do look interesting from the current Yankee Magazine.

June 4, 2016 Portsmouth New Hampshire. www.prescottpark.org/  This is the biggest and oldest Chowder Festival (at 32 years) Chefs from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts serve signature variations of clam, seafood, corn and other chowders.

July 17, 2016 Shelburne, Vermont www.vtcheesefest.com It has a $60 admission fee.  I do think it is pricy and you must really like cheese to go.  One last thing is this festival is on 1400 acre oasis on Lake Champlain and was sold out last summer.  I guess there must be many people who like Vermont cheese.

August 3-7, 2016 Rockland, Maine www.mainelobsterfestival.com Now we are talking as this is a Maine Lobster Festival.  It started in 1947 and was conceived to revitalize summer tourism.  It draws about 30,000 people and they serve 20,000 pounds of lobster.

Do you have finer tastes and want something closer to the Cape?  There is the Nantucket Wine festival www.nantucketwinefestival.com May 18-22, 2016.  Don’t like to take a boat off the Cape then you can try the Newport Wine & Food festival www.newportmansions.org September 23-25, 2016.

Wild Blueberry festival August 19-20, 2016 www.machiasblueberry.com Machias Maine.

Corn festival September 17-18 2016 www.southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org Norwell, Massachusetts.

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Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled and infinite amount of times.

Gold is the only metal that doesn’t rust, even if it’s buried in the ground for thousands of years.

Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.

If you stop getting thirsty. You need to drink more water.  When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.

Kites were used in the American civil war to deliver letters and newspapers.

The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.

Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent.

Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke unless it’s heated above 450F.

The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.

Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.

The banana cannot reproduce itself.  It can be propagated only by the hand of man.

Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.

The University of Alaska spans four time zones.

The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage.  Catching it meant she accepted.

Warner Communications paid 28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

A comet’s tail always point away from the sun.

The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent.

Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines.

The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.

If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.

When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go.  The first sense lost is sight.

In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.

Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.

Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.

The moon moves about two inches away from the earth each year.  I thought it was about 1/4 inch but it is actually 3.8 centimeters or 1.5 inches.

The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.

Due to earth’s gravity is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.

Mickey Mouse is known as “Topolino” in Italy.

Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.

Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.

For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off

The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of elements.

And last but not least:

This is called ‘Money Bags.’ So send this on to 5 people and money will arrive in 5 days.  Based on Chinese Feng Shui, the one who does not pass this on will have money troubles for the rest of the year.

Superstitious or not, I passed this along because it is interesting information.

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Nearly shagged a Lady boy last night.  Picked him up in a night club.  He looked like a woman.  Smelled like a woman.  Even kissed like a woman, but as we arrived back at his apartment he reversed his car into a tight parking slot in one fluid movement!
That’s when I thought - hang on just a minute.
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I saw my mate Charlie this morning, he’s only got one arm, bless him.  I shouted “Where you off to Charlie?
He said, “I off to change a light bulb.”
Well I just cracked up, couldn’t stop laughing, then said, “That’s gonna be a bit awkward, aint it?”
“Not really.” he said.  “I still have the receipt, you insensitive bastard.”
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I’ve accidentally swallowed some Scrabble tiles.  My next crap could spell disaster.
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Angela Merkel arrives at Passport Control in Athens airport.
“Nationality?” asks the immigration officer.
German,” she replies.
“Occupation?”
“No, just here for a few days.”
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As the coffin was being lowered into the ground at a Traffic Warden’s funeral, voice from inside screams:
“I’m not dead, I’m not dead.  Let me out!”
The Vicar smiles, leans forward, sucking air through his teeth and mutters,”Too late, mate, the paperwork’s already done.”
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I spent a couple of hours defrosting the fridge last night.  Or “foreplay,” as she likes to call it.
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After both suffering from depression for a while, me and the missus are going to commit suicide together yesterday.
Strangely enough, however, once she killed herself I started to feel a lot better.  So I thought - sod it, I’ll soldier on.
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I woke up this morning at 8 and could sense something was wrong.  I went downstairs and found the wife face down on the kitchen floor, not breathing!  I panicked.  I didn’t know what to do.
Then I remembered - the local café serves breakfast until 11:30.
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“Jesus Loves You.”
Nice to hear in church - but not in a Mexican prison.

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I just noticed that I missed a food festival worthy of mentioning.
How could I miss the Maine Whoopie Pie Festival June 25, 2016.

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France has increased the tax on millionaires to punitive levels.  With the problems in France between the Christians and Muslims added to the mix there is a mass exodus of millionaires.  During 2015 the country of France has the highest number of millionaires leaving a country, over 10,000 of them.

I found this interesting and wondered if it is happening here or in other countries?  After France, the list of countries ranked by millionaire outflows includes China ranked second, followed by Italy, India, Greece, the Russian Federation, Spain and Brazil in descending order.

After reading about the outflow, I needed to know where are they going?  As for inflows, Australia was the favorite destination with maximum inflows in 2015 - a total of 8,000 new millionaires.  The US was ranked second with 7,000 inflows, followed by Canada, Israel, and UAE and New Zealand.

I am surprised to see the United States ranked second.  I thought our taxes were pretty high.  Oh well, interesting, I guess we are still the land of opportunity.

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When white man found this land, Indians were running it.  There were: -
No Taxes
No Debt
Plenty buffalo
Plenty beaver
Medicine man free
Women did all the work
Men hunted and fished all the time
The white man was dumb enough to think he could improve on that system!

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During our last vacation I tried this recipe and found it worth the effort.  It is from the Harbor Light Inn, Marblehead, MA and is called Apple raisin French Toast.

Ingredients:

1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup butter, melted
3 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
½ cup raisins
1 loaf French baguette, cut to 1 inch slices
5 eggs
1 ½ cup milk
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
2 Teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions:

Grease 9x13 inch baking dish.  In a large bowl mix together brown sugar and 1- teaspoon cinnamon.  Mix in melted butter.  Stir in apples and raisins until evenly coated.  Pour into prepared pan.  Arrange bread sliced in an even layer over the apples.

In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla and 2 teaspoons cinnamon, pour over bread; making sure every slice is fully soaked.  Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 375.  Remove dish from refrigerator while oven is heating.  Bake covered 40 minutes.  Remove cover and bake 5 minutes.

Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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Never will PC Pitstop or Microsoft call you to tell you that your computer has a virus
Never pay for “Support” because a website told you that your computer is infected
Never give personal information over the phone unless you can verify the source
Never disclose your checking account number or pay with a money order online.
Never believe what an internet stranger tell you about your computer status
Never use support hotlines from search engines.  They are rarely legitimate.
Never let an unsolicited party have access to your computer

I have done a couple of these in the past but never again.  They all have ended up badly.

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I have been looking forward to a documentary about Arthur T. Demoulas.  It has been shown in a few places, but when shown close to my home I plan to go.  I find it interesting when employees stand behind a manager and be willing to totally lose their livelihood for him or her.  Another surprising fact is all Market Basket employees are also non-union.  During my life few supervisors have attracted that sort of loyalty.  During my military career only once did the NCO’s award “The Order of the Sword” to an officer.  This ceremony  recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the enlisted corps. Only seven other individuals have been so honored since 1978, or the past 38 years.  I retired from the military in 1979 and the only reason I know of the earlier award as it occurred on Clark Air Base, Philippines where I was stationed.

Just in case your forgot the Market Basket family war, I was one of the customers who went to other stores during the strike.  However, I did not go as far to post my sales slips onto the MB windows.  Here are a few cuts from the article posted at www.foodfightfilm.com/

FOOD FIGHT, Inside the Battle for Market Basket

Throughout the summer of 2014, a corporate food fight played out in dozens of communities impacting tens of thousands of workers and economies of three states.  When the faction of the Market Basket board headed by Arthur S Demoulas fired his cousin and arch-rival Arthur T. Demoulas as long time CEO of the successful supermarket chain, it set off a firestorm that sparked one of the most unique corporate dramas in American history.  It’s what the New York Times called “the last stand for the middle class.”

FOOD FIGHT is the story of the battle to save Market Basket, and about the power of ordinary, passionate people to rewrite corporate history.  Within days of hearing the news that their beloved “Artie T” had been axed several high-ranking managers resigned, others were fired.  Truckers stopped trucking.  Warehouses stopped supplying.  Vendors stopped shipping.  Customers stopped shopping.  Employees picked in parking lots.  Practically overnight, the $4 billion dollar business, with 71 stores scattered across three states, ground to a halt.  Governors from two states were called in to negotiate a settlement.

www.foodfightfilm.com/see-the-trailer/

Screening dates are:

May 6-7, Luna Theater, Lowell, MA

May 7, Lynn Auditorium

May 12-15, Warwick Cinema, Marblehead, MA.

May 14, Somerville Theater

May 16, Peterborough Community Theater

May 20, Starlight Cinema, Rochester (this looks like the closest to Cape Cod)

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I searched the web yesterday for a site that would allow me to vote for the worlds funniest joke.  It ended up sending me to the United Kingdom, which I do agree is that the Brits do have a good sense of humor or as they spell it humour.  Here are some of the jokes form the site for the top 50   www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2406713/50

All of the jokes that made the final list are genuinely funny and good natured which proves crude gags don’t really cut it.

The array of topics reflects the modern era as well with gags about Goggle Plus, Facebook and Twitter all making the list.

Funny tales about marriage, famous icons and religion also cropped up in the poll while gags about families, money and food also appear in the list of our favorites.

The most popular joke about marriage turned out to be: “Why do men get married?  So they don’t have to hold-in their stomachs anymore.”

1.  I can hear music coming out of my printer.  I think the paper’s jammin’ again- Unknown Origin

2.  You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving ability today.  They left a little note on my windshield.  It said: ‘Parking fine.”  That was nice, but I did not think I parked it anything special.

3.  20 years ago we had Johnny cash, Bob Hope and Steve Jobs.  Now we have no Cash, no Hope and no Jobs.  Please don’t let Kevin Bacon die - Bill Murray

4.  Money doesn’t buy happiness!  Well it does buy a jet ski.  Have you ever seen a sad person on a jet ski?  Yeah, I thought so - Unknown Origin

5.  I found a Justin Bieber concert ticket nailed to a tree, so I took it.  You never know when you might need a nail - Unknown Origin

6.  How do you know when you’re too drunk to drive?  When you swerve to miss a tree then realize it was your air freshener - Kevin Hart

7.  Last week my mother-in-law fell into a wishing well, can’t believe it actually worked - Unknown Origin

These are pretty funny but are more or less one liners.  I like jokes with a story.

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Where is the worlds coldest place?
East Antarctic Plateau...On the high ridge of the East Antarctic Plateau, the temperature can drop as low as -135.8 degrees Fahrenheit, which was recorded during August, 2010.

Where is the world’s most populated city?
Shanghai...At a whopping 24,150,000 permanent inhabitants, Shanghai is the only city that is home to over 24 million people in one city.

Where is the world’s least populated city?
Vatican City...With a paltry population of 842, the city-state of Vatican City is the smallest city and state in the world.

Where is the world’s wealthiest city?
Tokyo, Japan...The tower might as well be made of gold since Tokyo tops the charts with a GDP of $1,520 billion, beating New York city by a mere $310 billion.

Where is the world’s poorest city in the poorest country?
Kinshasa, Congo...it is the poorest city and located in the poorest country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with the country’s GDP of $55 pillion.  Many of its residents live on less than $1 per day.

What is the highest point in the world? (This one is easy.)
Mount Everest...Towering 29,029 feet in the air, the top of Mount Everest is the closest you can get to touching outer space while still standing on the Earth.

Where is the lowest point in the world? (Again not to hard)
The challenger Deep Trench...It is the lowest know natural point in the world at 35,797 feet below sea level at the bottom of the Mariana Trench.  Only three people have ever made it to the bottom in a submersible, one of which was film maker James Cameron.

What is the most photographed place in the United States?
Surprise: The Guggenheim building in New York...Photos have always told stories, but in today’s world of cell phone cameras and social media, that story is relayed as data to companies who monitor everything we do.  Geotagged data was culled by Sitesmap using Goggle-based image sharing software, and can show as the most photographed places in the world, right down to this landmark.  The strange winner is this building in New York City.  Guess it impresses a lot of visitors.  I thought it was Grand Canyon.

I have a few more of these facts and will continue it with next weeks letter.  Have a great week.  I will soon be off to exercise as my weight is once again within striking distance of the great Tom Brady.  Only 3.5 pounds to go, perhaps this will be the week I make it.


Once again on the road,

From Orlando we went north to the Florida town that is farthest to the west, so far west it is in the next time zone, which is central. With Patty retired we are both now on a fixed limited income so to save money we decided to stay in government quarters. Our first try is with the Navy and I must say it is very nice, both clean and comfortable. We are located on the Naval Air Station, of Pensacola, Florida (www.dodlodging.net) ; we reserved three days using the Navy Gateway, Inns and Suites. What is great about this base is the location is right on Pensacola Bay so we have a beach. It is home to the Naval Air Museum, and a lighthouse. Another great thing is the Navy’s Blue Angels practice here probably twice a week. I will need to take a few pictures and Patty wants to get some autographs for the grand kids.

Last night we went into the city of Pensacola to eat at one of America’s great steakhouses, McGuire’s Irish Pub. Many of my friends would like this place as many drinks are in the $3 to $4 range. The walls were covered with money; my estimate is over 1 million, every square inch of the ceiling and walls down to about 3 feet. The money is not flat on a flat surface but hung perpendicular. There is so much money that sound does not carry and the Irish music is muted. They make all their beer and I had a red lager named, McGuire’s Irish Red. Patty drank something called an Emory Chenoweth, not sure what it contains but probably 10 inches high and only $3.50. My taste of it was delicious. There was a drink with a limit of 3 per person, served in an old fashion quart size Mason jar from the local cemetery, called “The Irish Wake” at a cost of $9.99. The seating capacity of this place was very close to 800 or 900 people. The parking lot was perhaps five acres. Many pictures of famous people are on the walls, more than one can imagine.

Day two: We went to the Naval Air Museum. It is huge and extensive, over 150,000 square feet and four stories high. One day is not enough, as there is so much history from WW1, through today. If I was going to say which is bigger the USAF or the USN, I would go to the USAF at Wright Patterson AFB.  Pensacola trains most of the Naval Aviators if not all, some became very famous and some were our past presidents. Their planes and log books will be enshrined here forever.

There is a lighthouse on the base which posed nicely for some pictures. You can look up http://www.pensacolalighthouse.org/  there is also a museum attached. This is still a working lighthouse kept up by the Coast Guard.

The last day was a visit to a fort. It was Fort Pickens National Park. From the fort we watched the Blue Angels practice maneuvers, our very own private air show. There were six planes and they kept passing over and around the fort then back to the base and up into the sky. A great day especially after we left the fort for a nearby beach that gets 4.9 stars out of five. It was not crowded at all and many have said it is the best beach in the Eastern United States, Langdon Beach. If I return to Pensacola, I would stay at the Naval Lodge as it is closer to the museum and lighthouse with its own private beach. The beach used by the Inn I was in although also on base but perhaps two miles away, without the seclusion afforded by the lodge.

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The next day we are off to stay on Joint Base Charleston, currently commanded by the A.F... We are staying at an Air Force Inn once again; it will be the least expensive nights of our trip. Unlike the old days when there were many clubs, the military has sort of made drinking out of vogue. Only one club on base now and this one had Bingo on the evening we arrived, however our arrival was an hour late to catch the entire evening’s game. There were two guaranteed $1,000 prizes included this evening along with all their normal prizes. We just ate in the Grill portion of the club, ran to the commissary and then back to our room. If anything was funny, we saw many open parking spaces in front of the club. Only trouble was the first 2 were for General Officers, the next 4 were for Colonels, then a few for Commanders of local units and the club manager. There was a group set aside for the E-9 enlisted also.  I parked in the back.

We made our reservation again by using www.dodlodging.net  for those active or retired military members with proper identification.  I tried to read the regulation (AFI 37-135 24 September 2014) to see if DoD Civilian guests are authorized, as in the past I have stayed with DoD Civilians with Temporary Duty Orders while we were having required environmental training and could not decipher the policy.  There are so many exceptions and rules I feel DoD Civilians with DoD ID cards might be eligible.

I did notice that rule 39 includes: Other DoD ID card holders not on official business to include disabled veterans.

It almost looks like many people are authorized so probably the best thing is just check and confirm eligibility.

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Ok, off to Fort Sumter, the place where the American Civil War Began. Decades of growing strife between north and south erupted in civil war on April 12, 1861, when confederate artillery opened fire on this Federal fort in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter surrendered 34 hours later. Union forces would try for nearly four years to take it back. You can’t drive to it so we took a ferry. The place where the ferry started there were two naval ships the USS Yorktown (CV/CVA/CVS-10) is one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. She is named after the Battle of Yorktown of the American Revolutionary War, and is the fourth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name. I did not catch the name of the destroyer.

This is a National Park so once again I got to use my park pass. If you are 62 or over you should spend the $10 for one of the passes. Once you pay the fee all National Parks are free for life, this includes the National Seashore on the Cape. I have got my $10 back many times over already and I bought it 3 or 4 years ago.

This is also the area my father went to college, he attended the U.S. military Academy called, “The Citadel.” His study was chemical engineering. This was also the start to get his commission and join the army’s, 101st Screaming Eagles and become a paratrooper during WWII. I did not have time to visit the Citadel museum so I might have to return on another trip.

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I am not sure if I can call these vacations anymore. Where we are retired now I would say they are just trips, excursions or adventures.

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Many of my friends know I was once a Democrat who was a McGovern supporter. While I was stationed in Texas I shook McGovern’s hand by the Alamo, in San Antonio , during a rally. This particular political party left me behind many years ago.

Great Orators of the Democrat Party – PAST:

"One man with courage makes a majority." ~ Andrew Jackson

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

"The buck stops here." ~ Harry S. Truman

"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for country." ~ John F. Kennedy

AND NOW...

Great Orators of the Democratic Party today:

"It depends what your definition of 'is' is?'' President William Jefferson Clinton

"Those rumors are false. I believe in the sanctity of marriage." ~ John Edwards

"What difference does it make?" (Re: Benghazi) ~ Hillary Clinton

"I invented the Internet." ~ Al Gore (he did however vote to provide tax payer money for it’s startup)

"America is, is no longer, uh, what it, uh, could be, uh, what it was once was, uh, and I say to myself, uh, I don't want that future, uh, for my children." ~ Barack Obama

"I have campaigned in all 57 states." ~ Barack Obama (Quoted 2008)

"You don't need God anymore; you have us Democrats." ~ Nancy Pelosi (Quoted 2006) (A really, really stupid remark.)

"Paying taxes is voluntary." ~ Sen. Harry Reid

"Bill is the greatest husband and father I know. No one is more faithful, true, and honest than he is." ~ Hillary Rodham Clinton (Quoted1998)

"You have a business. You didn't build that. Someone else did!" ~ Barack Obama (Quoted 2012)

And the most ridiculous gem of wisdom, from the "Mother Superior Moron": "We just have to pass the Healthcare Bill to see what's in it." ~ Nancy Pelosi (Quoted March, 2010)

(As one Doctor said: “That is also the perfect definition of a stool sample.”)

A Great Republican: "Life is tough! It's even tougher when you are stupid.'' ~ John Wayne

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Now I am on the Delmarva Peninsula and staying with a Navy Inn again. The internet and password are the same so my computer is happy. We drove all day (8 hours), had breakfast when we left but decided to have a nice dinner after we checked into Wallops Island, home of Surface Combat System Center (SCSC). It is located on a 6 square mile island with NASA.  There are so few people around it is weird.  The gate guard would open the gate electronically from his guard shack to let us in and out.  The gate was roughly a 10 foot high fence on rollers.  On my arrival there were about 8 men cooking on a bar-b-cue grill before they disappeared.  This was the most people I saw during my entire stay.  No base exchange, no club, no gas station, no commissary, just 3 or 4 buildings, a parking lot and a guard shack. The big building being what looked like a school for Navy training of Combat Systems.  The gate guard could jog around all the buildings in probably 5 minutes.

One funny thing, other than the ghost base item above.  A room is $70 and a suite is $70.  I took the suite, being the bargain hunter, penny pincher that I am.  All suites are on the second floor and all rooms on first floor.  The furniture in the rooms was sort of early Virginian, which was ornately carved cherry wood, no fiber board here, not even plywood.  Much better furniture than I have in my own house and those of the people I know.  The bed was a sleigh bed also cherry and carved.  I counted the drawers in the room in the 4 rooms of the suite, there were 21.  I was only sleeping there for two nights, our arrival and the one night after our day of exploring, so I did not unpack my suitcase as we would be leaving in the morning.  Not using all these drawers made me feel guilty so I put my glasses and wallet in one just before I went to sleep.  The Air Force would say we would be leaving at zero dark thirty.  There were probably only 4 or 5 other people and/or couples staying at the Inn but I did not see any of them, just their vehicles.

We had dinner at Ray’s Shanty on Chincoteague Road. If you drive the coast heading south after using the Cape May ferry this restaurant would be well worth the stop. https://www.raysshanty.com/ I had ½ pound of steamed shrimp from North Carolina; it came with fries, slaw, and hush puppies. This meal was incredible and only $17.95. Patty had 2 crab cakes made in the facility with the same sides that I had for $21.95. Just an FYI my shrimp size was XL, probably 16 – 20 per pound. Another thing I noticed was this place also sells fresh seafood; the sign said uncooked North Carolina  shrimp the size I just ate, goes for $35 for 10 pounds (head and shell on). In New England we pay way too much for seafood and it is not as fresh. Patty and I were taken on a tour of the restaurant/facility while waiting for our table by the owner’s wife,.  The owner, her husband, Captain Ray Twiford we met on our way out of the restaurant.

Adjacent to this base is a NASA installation that commands the oldest rocket launch range in the U.S. This might be interesting as they do offer tours, but we are visiting Chincoteague National Park tomorrow to visit and photograph the wild horses on nearby islands.

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We did get to go to the NASA museum on our way back from Chincoteague. I was becoming paranoid with all of the “Restricted Area,” signs on this base, plus those of the NASA and was wondering what they were hiding. There were probably nine parabolic dishes pointed toward the sky, some at least five stories high. More rockets are shot from this base then Cape Canaveral, Kennedy’s Space Station, approximately 30 per year. The next one is May 31. If you are an engineer in the field this would be the place to be. https://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/home . Why might you ask, great food, low cost homes, incredible ocean views and parks and beaches everywhere.

I have always thought that buying a home on the Delaware portion of this three state peninsula as the state of DE has the 46th lowest tax rate of the lower 48 states. I guess taxes are most important to me anyway.

I did learn that the next full solar eclipse of the sun will be on August 21, 2017. A total solar eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21, 2017. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. Let us hope for good weather and no clouds as this phenomenon does not happen very often.

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Having returned to my home once again I can return to my writing about inventions that changed mankind.  This week we will talk about the Stethoscope.

Many people have heard their stomach growling or listened to their heartbeat in the middle of the night.  But few know that inside the human body is a cacophony of sounds– from the gurgle of the intestines to the whisper of the lungs to the rush of the arteries and low rumble of other organs.  Doctors can draw conclusions about patient’s health depending upon the sounds they hear through a stethoscope.  The word “stethoscope” comes from the Greek words stehos, meaning “chest,” and skopein, meaning “to explore.”

Modern stethoscopes feature a round chest piece containing a hollow cup (bell) with a plastic disk, or diaphragm, inside it.  When the piece is placed on the patient’s chest, body sounds vibrate the diaphragm, creating sound waves that travel up hollow rubber tubes to the listener’s ears.  The bell transmits low-frequency sounds, while the diaphragm transmits higher-frequency sounds.

Rene Laennec invented the stethoscope in France in 1816.  Reportedly, while walking in Paris, Laennec saw two children sending signals to each other using a long piece of solid wood and a pin.  With an ear to one end, the child received an amplified sound of the pin scratching the opposite end of the stick.  After much experimentation, Laennec came up with the first stethoscope.  It consisted of a wooden tube and was connected to one ear only.  The tool was very similar to the ear trumpet, a device used by the hard-of-hearing to listen to conversations.

Flexible-tube stethoscopes for one ear arrived in 1840.  They were called ”snake ear trumpets.” In 1851 Irish physician Arthur Leared invented a binaural (two-eared) stethoscope which greatly improved the ability of a doctor to hear internal bodily sounds.

Today, physicians use many types of stethoscopes.  The acoustic stethoscope is the most familiar, but there are also electronic stethoscopes (stethophones) that electronically amplify body sounds.  They use a PC-based software that converts the sound into visual graphs that can be transmitted for remote diagnosis.

The invention of the stethoscope marked a major step in the redefinition of disease.  Formerly identified as a bundle of symptoms, disease in the current sense is considered a bodily problem even if there are no noticeable symptoms.  Using a stethoscope, a doctor can quickly tell the health of the lungs, heart, stomach, and intestines even if the patient notices no pain.

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Here is another summer crockpot recipe. . .

Roasted Summer Squash with Pine Nuts and Romano Cheese

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup chopped yellow onion
1 medium red bell pepper chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 medium zucchini, cut into ½ -inch slices
3 medium summer squash, cut into ½ -inch slices
½ cup chopped pine nuts
1/3 cup grated Romano cheese
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cubed
Springs of fresh basil (optional

1.  Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add onion, bell pepper and garlic; cook and stir 10 minutes or until onion is translucent and soft.  Remove to Crockpot slow cooker.  Add zucchini and summer squash; toss lightly.

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I hate it when people forward bogus warnings, and I have even done it myself a couple times unintentionally... but this one is real, and it's important. So please send this warning to everyone on your e- mail list.

If someone comes to your front door saying they are checking for ticks due to the warm weather and asks you to take your clothes off and dance around with your arms up

DO NOT DO IT!! THIS IS A SCAM!!

They only want to see you in your birthday suit.

I wish I'd gotten this yesterday. I feel so stupid.

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Billy Graham was returning to Charlotte after a speaking engagement and when his plane arrived there was a limousine there to transport him to his home.

As he prepared to get into the limo, he stopped and spoke to the driver.

"You know" he said, "I am 87 years old and I have never driven a limousine. Would you mind if I drove it for a while?"

The driver said, "No problem. Have at it."

Billy gets into the driver's seat and they head off down the highway.

A short distance away sat a rookie State Trooper operating his first speed trap.

The long black limo went by him doing 70 in a 55 mph zone.

The trooper pulled out and easily caught the limo and he got out of his patrol car to begin the procedure.

The young trooper walked up to the driver's door and when the glass was rolled down, he was surprised to see who was driving. He immediately excused himself and went back to his car and called his supervisor.

He told the supervisor, "I know we are supposed to enforce the law...But I also know that important people are given certain courtesies. I need to know what I should do because I have stopped a very important person."

The supervisor asked, "Is it the Governor?"

The young trooper said, "No, he's more important than that."

The supervisor said, "Oh, so it's the President."

The young trooper said, "No, he's even more important than that."

The supervisor finally asked, "Well then, who is it?"

The young trooper said, "I think it's Jesus, because he's got Billy Graham for a chauffeur!"

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Two nuns were shopping in a food store and happened to be passing the beer and liquor section.

One nun asks the other if she would like a beer.

The other nun answered that would be good, but that she would be queasy about purchasing it.

The first nun said that she would handle it and picked up a six pack and took it to the cashier.

The cashier had a surprised look and the first nun said, "This is for washing our hair."

The cashier without blinking an eye, reached under the counter and put a package of pretzel sticks in the bag with the beer saying, "Here, don't forget the curlers."

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Sorry had to finish up with the jokes as it is Monday night and I have been very busy.

See some of you at exercise.....  George

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