George Rucker's Newsletter for January 24, 2017

Another week another letter,


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When I was young you could tell what day of the week it was by what we were eating for supper.  You would think that one would get sick of certain types of food after eating it 45 to 50 times a year, week after week.  I still feel a nostalgia for the food during that era - meatloaf, mac and cheese, spaghetti, American chopped suey, hot dogs and beans, deviled eggs and a few others.

Some things I did not like - Tuna Noodle Casserole, Beet soup (Borscht).  I do not like them to this day.

Writing this letter made me think of American chopped suey and believe it or not there are a ton of recipes for this dish.  I decided to make it this past weekend and combine some of the recipes I liked and as if you did not know I read suggestions of recipe changes by others who made the dish.   This recipe will be as I made it for the football game against the Houston Texans weekend before last.  I consider it mine although with a lot of influence from others.

My version of American Chopped Suey with a hint of Lasagna:

½ pound of hamburger

½ pound of sweet Italian sausage

1 large chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 jar prepared spaghetti sauce

1 ½ cup water

1 ½ tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

1 tablespoon dried basil

1 tablespoon dried parsley

2 bay leaves

1 teaspoon fennel seeds

1 or 2 teaspoons of onion or garlic salt or one of each.

1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni

1 can diced tomatoes, undrained

Cheese (you choose or mix) mozzarella, Parmesan, cheddar, etc.

1.  Cook and stir the ground beef, sausage, onion in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, breaking the meat up as it cooks, until the meat is no longer pink and started to brown, (about 10 - 15 minutes).  Drain of grease add garlic and cook for about 10 more minutes.

2.  Stir water, spaghetti sauce, diced tomatoes, soy sauce, seasoned salt, bay leaves and all the dried spices.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3.  Stir macaroni into the mixture, cover, and simmer over low heat until the pasta is tender, about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. (I like the macaroni taking on the spice and sauce taste.  Some of you possibly can cook the macaroni separately and skip this 25 minute part.)

4.  Remove from heat, discard bay leaves and serve with cheese

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I know you will find this hard to believe....

A Texas A & M Study Calls Obama 5th Best President in America.  Good research work by a fine institution.

Obama Rated 5th Best President In Our History.

From a total of 44 U.S. Presidents:   Obama is rated as the 5th best.  The A & M's Public Relations Office released this statement.

"After nearly 8 years in office, Americans have rated President Obama the 5th best President ever."

These are the details according to Texas A & M:

     1.  Reagan and Lincoln tied for first.

     2.  Twenty three presidents tied for second.

     3.  Seventeen other presidents tied for third.

     4.  Jimmy Carter came in fourth, and

     5.  Obama came in fifth.

This is reasonable.

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Remember you don't have to be on a southern plantation to be a slave, if you are dependent on government entitlements you just have a different slave owner.

PASS THIS ON TO EVERY THINKING AMERICAN YOU KNOW!

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Never let it be said I am not fair . . .


A good Catholic Joke (one I hate)


The Pope and Trump are on the same stage in Yankee Stadium in front of a huge crowd.  The Pope leans towards Trump and said, “Do you know that with one little wave of my hand I can make every person in this crowd go wild with joy?  This joy will not be a momentary display, but will go deep into their hearts and they’ll forever speak of this day and rejoice!”


Trump replied, “I seriously doubt that!  With one little wave of your hand . . . Show me!”


So the Pope backhanded him and knocked him off the stage!  And the crowd roared & cheered wildly and there was happiness throughout the land!


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This letter’s invention will be the Submarine.  If interested the US Navy has a museum located nearby in Groton, CT on the Thames River. I have been there more than once as it is just stuff I find interesting.  There is another advantage for the visit as it has a rather large Military Exchange that Patty and I both like for shopping.


First a bit of history.  In 1775, American David Bushnell built the Turtle, a hand -powered underwater device.  In 1864, the Confederate navy’s H.L. Hunley became the first military submarine to sink an enemy vessel, the Union’s sloop-of-war USS Housatonic.


People have always been fascinated by submarines, from Captain Nemo’s submarine Nautilus in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea to the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” to today’s powerful, sleek modern vessels.  Whether it’s an antique diesel-powered World War I sub or a modern nuclear one, all submarines are based on a simple principle: the ability to adjust buoyancy.


In all submarines, buoyancy depends on the boat’s ballast tanks, which are found between the sub’s inner and outer hulls.  A submarine resting on the ocean’s surface has positive buoyancy, which means the sub is less dense than the water around it causing it to float.  To achieve positive buoyancy, the ballast tanks must be mainly full of air, not water.  To submerge, the submarine must become denser than the water, or achieve negative buoyancy.  The crew opens vents on the top of the ballast tanks, allowing seawater to enter and forcing air out and the sub begins to sink.


Adjusting the water-to-air ratio in the ballast tanks controls the exact depth of a submarine.  Neutral buoyancy, meaning that the density of the submarine equals the density of the amount of water it displaces allows the sub to remain in a static position.


This static position is the same when scuba diving.  The exception being is you add weight to your weight belt until you no longer sink or rise to the surface.  (I added this sentence as neutral buoyancy is important while scuba diving, one of my old pastimes.) If you get into trouble you can discard your belt and will rise to the surface without swimming.


Submarines first made a significant military impact in World War I, when German U-boats used torpedoes to sink ships in the Atlantic Ocean.  And by the end of World War II, Germany had used U-boats again to sink almost 3,000 allied ships.  Submarines, though only about 2 percent of the U.S. Navy during World War II are credited with destroying more than 30 percent of the imperial Japanese navy.


Today nuclear power is used in all large submarines, but due to the high cost and large size of nuclear reactors, smaller submarines still use diesel-electric propulsion.  Besides torpedoes, modern submarines also carry ballistic missiles and cruise missiles both of which can be launched when the sub is underwater

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It has been two months since the election and the Clinton Foundation gets some bad news.  During the election many troubling things were learned by the American people about Hillary Clinton.


Probably the most notable was the realization that the foundation had some very controversial dealings with foreign governments.  The documentary “Clinton Cash” exposed several situations that looked like clear cut cases of pay for play.


Now it looks like the Clinton Foundation has fallen on some hard times.


From the Daily Caller:


The Clinton Foundation announced it’s laying off 22 staffers on the Clinton Global Initiative, keeping with a plan to deal with the negative spotlight put on the organization during former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign


The layoffs will take effect April 15, the Clinton Foundation said in a filing with the New York Department of Labor Thursday citing the discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative.  The move is part of a plan put in motion ahead of the presidential election in order to offset a storm of criticism regarding pay-to-play allegations during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.


It has been reported that all donations to the foundation have dropped off dramatically (more than 37%) and that’s likely to get worse because the American people have a clearer understanding of where the money is actually going.


Why would anyone give money to the foundation at this point?  There is no advantage for “play for pay” anymore.


You have to imagine that things are going to get worse for the foundation before they get better.

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It has been two months since the election and the Clinton Foundation gets some bad news.  During the election many troubling things were learned by the American people about Hillary Clinton.


Probably the most notable was the realization that the foundation had some very controversial dealings with foreign governments.  The documentary “Clinton Cash” exposed several situations that looked like clear cut cases of pay for play.


Now it looks like the Clinton Foundation has fallen on some hard times.


From the Daily Caller:


The Clinton Foundation announced it’s laying off 22 staffers on the Clinton Global Initiative, keeping with a plan to deal with the negative spotlight put on the organization during former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign


The layoffs will take effect April 15, the Clinton Foundation said in a filing with the New York Department of Labor Thursday citing the discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative.  The move is part of a plan put in motion ahead of the presidential election in order to offset a storm of criticism regarding pay-to-play allegations during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.


It has been reported that all donations to the foundation have dropped off dramatically (more than 37%) and that’s likely to get worse because the American people have a clearer understanding of where the money is actually going.


Why would anyone give money to the foundation at this point?  There is no advantage for “play for pay” anymore.


You have to imagine that things are going to get worse for the foundation before they get better.


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I just read an interesting article, the Pittsburgh Mills Mall was sold in auction for $100.00.  This sounds like one great deal at first however the winner was the Wells Fargo Bank.  The bank was owed $143 million dollars so they in fact are not winners at all.


The mall has 1.1 million square feet and assets of roughly $11 million  I am sure the Wells Fargo Bank is just protecting their interests and hoping for the best for their investments and shareholders.

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I used to think I was just a regular guy, but . . .


I was born white, which now, whether I like it or not, makes me a racist.


I am a fiscal and moral conservative, which by today's standards, makes me a fascist.


I am heterosexual, which according to gay folks, now makes me a homophobic.


I am non-union, which makes me a traitor to the working class and an ally of big business.


I am a Christian, which now labels me as an infidel.


I believe in the 2nd Amendment, which now makes me a member of the vast gun lobby


I am older than 70, which makes me a useless old man.


I think and I reason, therefore I doubt much that the main stream media tells me, which must make me a reactionary.


I am proud of my heritage and our inclusive American culture, which makes me a xenophobe.


I value my safety and that of my family and I appreciate the police and the legal system, which makes me a right-wing extremist.


I believe in hard work, fair play, and fair compensation according to each individual's merits, which today makes me an anti-socialist.


I believe in the defense and protection of the homeland for and by all citizens, which now makes me a militant.


Recently, a sick old woman called me and my friends a “basket of deplorable's”.


Please help me come to terms with the new me . . . because I'm just not sure who I am anymore!


I would like to thank all my friends for sticking with me through these abrupt, new found changes in my life and my thinking!


I just can't imagine or understand what's happened to me so quickly!


Funny . . . it's all just taken place over the last 7 or 8 years! As if all this crap wasn't enough to deal with.


I'm now afraid to go into either restroom!

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In 1986, Peter Davies was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Louisiana State University .


On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Peter approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee, inspected the elephants foot, and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and as gently as he could, Peter worked the wood out with his knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot.


The elephant turned to face the man and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments. Peter stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned and walked away. Peter never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.


Twenty years later, Peter was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his teenaged son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Peter and his son Cameron were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Peter, lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down. The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man.


Remembering the encounter in 1986, Peter could not help wondering if this was the same elephant. Peter summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder. The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Peter legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly.


Probably wasn't the same damn elephant.


This is for everyone who sends me those heart-warming bullshit stories.


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Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested that the elderly woman should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.

She apologized to the young girl and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."


The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."


The elderly women said that she was right -- our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day. She went on to explain:

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.


Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.


But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.


Back then we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.


But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.


Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.


But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.


We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.


But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.


Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the"green thing." We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing"

We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off... Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can't make change without the cash register telling them how much.

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Every once in a while I find a recipe that came out as good as any meal I could have purchased in any restaurant.   This one had five stars and both Patty and I rate it the same.  As usual it is always best to cut, mince, measure etc. all the ingredients ahead that you can.


One Pot Creamy Chicken Mushroom Florentine


Ingredients


    1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into one inch pieces

    1 tablespoon butter

    1 teaspoon olive oil

    2 garlic cloves, minced

    ¼ cup sun dried tomatoes

    4 ounce small mushrooms, sliced

    1 tablespoon flour

    2 cups chicken broth

    1½ cup half and half

    1 teaspoon salt

    ¼ teaspoon pepper

    ½ teaspoon garlic powder

    8 ounces linguine, broken in half

    ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

    2 cups fresh baby spinach


Instructions


    In a large skillet over medium high heat add the butter and cook the chicken until golden brown and no longer pink. Add the olive oil and cook the garlic, sun dried tomatoes, and mushrooms until tender. Add in the flour and cook for another minute.


    Slowly add the chicken broth, half and half, salt, pepper, and garlic powder and whisk until incorporated. Add the linguine and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the pasta is tender.


    Remove from the heat and add the parmesan cheese and spinach and stir until the spinach starts to wilt. Serve immediately.


Note: Leftovers are also great even if heated in the microwave.  Probably as there is not a lot of butter/oil to separate from the food.


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I will see some of you later at exercise.  Have a great day.


George


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As usual for a copy to your email just put “Letter” in subject line and email grucker@capecod.net

Some older copies of my email letters can be found at the end of the following web site: www.capecod-beaches.com

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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