George Rucker's Newsletter for January 3, 2017

Here we are the first Tuesday of 2017, I had an error on my Swedish greeting a couple of letters back.  The greeting of Hello is “Hej” and not “Hey”, darn phonetics.

Sorry about the pickle soup recipe the other day.  I made it and it was terrible, Patty thought it was a joke recipe.  To me it tasted much like hot sour milk, just yucky.  I now see why my Polish grandmother never made it.

I think I will look back about and see what I wrote about the first Tuesday of 2013.  I do not have a complete library of old letters as my computer if broken loses some old letters.  I plan to put my 2017 letters onto a disk like my 2013 letters.  That will make it a little more permanent.

Starting with a joke,

GOD CREATED CHILDREN
(AND IN THE PROCESS, GRANDCHILDREN!)

To those of us who have children in our lives, whether they are our own, grandchildren,
nieces, nephews, or students... here is something to make you chuckle.

Whenever your children are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God's omnipotence did not extend to His own children.

After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve.

And the first thing he said was 'DON 'T! '

'Don 't what ? ‘Adam replied.

‘Don't eat the forbidden fruit. ‘God said.


'Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit? Hey Eve, we have forbidden fruit! '

' No Way ! ' 'Yes way! '

'Do NOT eat the fruit! ‘said God.


‘Why? ‘

'Because I am your Father and I said so! ‘God replied, wondering why He hadn't stopped creation after making the elephants.

A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break and He was ticked !
'Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit? ‘God asked.


Uh huh, ' Adam replied.

'Then why did you? ‘said the Father.

'I don't know, ' said Eve.
'She started it! ‘Adam said.

'Did not! '
'Did too! '
'DID NOT! '

Having had it with the two of them, God 's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.

If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom and they haven 't taken it, don 't be hard on yourself.

If God had trouble raising children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you ?
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT!

1. You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up.

2. Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children.

3. Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.

4. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said.

5. The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own.

6. We childproofed our homes, but they are still getting in.



ADVICE FOR THE DAY:

Be nice to your kids…They will choose your nursing home one day!

AND FINALLY:

IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF TENSION AND YOU GET A HEADACHE, DO WHAT IT SAYS ON THE ASPIRIN BOTTLE:


'TAKE TWO ASPIRIN ' AND 'KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN '!!!!!

Quick, send this on to ten people within the next five minutes.
Nothing will happen if you don't, but if you do, ten people will be laughing!!

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Spread the Stupidity

Only in This Stupid World ......do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

Only in This Stupid World.....do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.

Only in This Stupid World .....do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters..

Only in This Stupid World ......do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.

Only in This Stupid World ...........do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in
Packages of eight..

Only in This Stupid World .....do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.

EVER WONDER
...
Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?

Why don't you ever see the headline 'Psychic Wins Lottery'?

Why is 'abbreviated' such a long word?

Why is it that Doctors call what they do 'practice'?

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?

Why is the man who Invests all your money called a broker?

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?

Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?

You know that Indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff?!

Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?

Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?

I like this one!!!

If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?

If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?

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Back to this year,  Calling a “Hatchimal” popular is an understatement. The toy was named one of the hottest items for the 2016 Christmas season. Stores sold out in minutes, and parents spent plenty of time trying to get their hands on one.

Veronica Moser is one of those parents. She bought the toy for her daughter. A Hatchimal starts in an egg, and within 20 to 25 minutes the toy breaks through and children can take it out to play. But on Christmas day, Moser’s daughter was in tears.

“The only thing she wanted for Christmas was a Hatchimal,” Moser said. “It took us two days, still nothing, and it would come on and go right back off. I thought maybe the batteries were dead. Last night we ended up just breaking it open to get it out.”

Jamie Sparks’ granddaughter went through the same thing during the hatching process.

 “It just stopped. There was no light, there was no sound, it just stopped,” Sparks said. “My daughter tried to get it going again, and we just never got it going. The purpose of it is to watch it hatch, and they didn’t get to watch it hatch. It’s a Hatchimal that’s what it’s supposed to do.”

Moser, Sparks, and thousands of other unhappy customers spent hours on the phone trying to get answers. Moser said each time she got someone, they hung up. Sparks’ daughter said she spent almost two hours on hold and couldn’t get through. They reached out to Walmart.com who told them they could exchange the toy, but had to do it before January 13. The toy is currently out of stock.

TV-9 reached out to the toy company Spin Master, but haven’t received a response. On the company facebook page, it put out an apology, and directed parents to video of tips and tricks for the Hatchimal toy. There are thousands of comments with parents asking similar questions.

In situations like these, the Better Business Bureau said the best thing to do is ask for store credit, and  file a complaint.

“There really is no law that tells a retailer or store owner about what they have to do about return policies,” Greater Cedar Rapids BBB Director Barbara Green said. “We always recommend keeping the receipt and the packaging the product came in. This is going to be kind of a tricky one because this was the hot item this year.”

In the meantime Moser and Sparks say they will do what they can to get the problem resolved, but they don’t plan on purchasing another Hatchimal in the future.

Taken from    http://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Parents-disappointed-after-popular-toy-Hatchimals-stops-working-408439705.html

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With terriosts using trucks of late pretty much around the world, I have been avoiding large crowds.  One of the largest crowds during my life that I was in happened to be in New Orleans, Louisiana, for a Mardi Gras.  It was shoulder to shoulder both on the street and in the clubs.  I was in my 20s and it was an incredible time.

Well, in many cities for New Years the same thing happens, pretty much around the world.  I read an article about Bourbon Street in New Orleans on what they are doing to protect its citizens.

Bourbon Street to be pedestrian mall for New Year's weekend

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (LAND-roo) says that to ensure that truck-driving terrorists cannot get to the city's biggest New Year's crowds, much of Bourbon Street will be pedestrian-only.

He says trucks will block intersections from New Year's Eve through the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2.

Landrieu says the city also will bring light towers, security towers and many temporary security cameras in the French Quarter and some other areas.

The mayor says police, state troopers and federal agents will watch for weapons in the area.

A shooting on Bourbon Street killed one and wounded nine a month ago.

The head of the FBI's New Orleans office, Jeffrey Sallet, says there are not currently any credible terror threats in Louisiana. He and Landrieu say the actions are precautions.

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I saw a video on Facebook about problems in Paris with homeless illegal immigrants.  It has been removed and when I posted it, the video was quickly removed.  Here is the article if you want to read about the problem.

 The Paris you know or remember from adverts or brochures no longer exists. While no part of Paris looks like the romantic Cliches in Hollywood movies, some districts now resemble post-apocalyptic scenes of a dystopian thriller. This footage, taken with a hidden camera by an anonymous Frenchman in the Avenue de Flandres, 19th Arrondissement, near the Stalingrad Metro Station in Paris as well as areas in close proximity, shows the devastating effects of uncontrolled illegal mass immigration of young African males into Europe.

If it weren't for the somewhat working infrastructure, the scene might as well have been the setting of movie shooting - or a slum in Mogadishu. The streets are littered in garbage, the sidewalks are blocked with trash, junk and mattresses, thousands of African men claim the streets as their own - they sleep and live in tents like homeless people.

If no portable toilets are in reach, open urination and defecation are commonplace. Tens of thousands of homeless Illegal immigrants, undocumented or waiting for a decision of their asylum application, waste away trying to pass the time in the city. Although their prospects of being granted asylum as Africans are bleak, they're hoping for a decision that would grant them an apartment, welfare and make France their new home.

The conditions are absolutely devastating. The police have given up trying to control these areas, the remaining French people avoid the areas at all cost, crime and rape is rampant, just recently mass brawls and riots made the news as fights broke out near the Stalingrad metro station.

If current trends continue and the French become minority in their own capital in even more areas, scenes like this might spread to areas frequented by tourists, forever changing the last romantic parts of Paris that match what most people have in mind when they think of the iconic city.

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The other day I had some left over Mexican style chicken.  I do not know why they sell boneless chicken breasts that weigh over a half a pound.  During my third meal to try something different I decided to make stuffed peppers using the leftover chicken, rice and black beans.  It is almost like using a tortilla but using a pepper instead.

Let me talk about stuffed peppers a bit.  I like almost all peppers, all the bell pepper colors, jalapeno, pickled for sandwiches, the long Italian peppers, etc.  I have found that many people do not like the taste of peppers.  There are also some that the peppers do not like them and mess up their abdominal tract.  I think growing up on a farm with almost every vegetable at a young age allows me to be quite happy with most foods.  Most except for pickled beets, I have however managed to keep roasted beets down.  I happen to like every form of stuffed pepper.

The following is how I made the peppers without using a recipe.  I made two but ended up eating both as Patty will eat raw peppers but is not a fan of roasted ones.

Peppers seem to have different body types.  The ones with three sections to not stand well.  I used the ones with four sections.  I have seen some with five sections but not in the store today.  Feel free to share this recipe with anyone as any knowledge of cooking probably comes from someone else anyway.

Ingredients:

2 bell peppers,  top cut off and cored
1 cup cooked chicken cut bite size
1 cup cooked rice
1 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup black beans
1/4 cup taco sauce
1 tablespoon oil
2 tablespoons medium salsa
2 tablespoons Jack cheese

cilantro for garnish, plus some of the cut off pepper tops, diced.

Instructions:

Heat oven to 350, spray oil on a small pan.

Heat oil and then add onions, cook them at medium low heat about 4 minutes or until soft.  When onions are soft add garlic and cook for one minute.  Add rice, beans, chicken, and taco sauce.

Top each pepper with salsa and place in the lightly greased pan.

Cook in the oven for 45 minutes, pepper should be soft, if not cook a while longer.  If soft top with cheese and cook for the another 5 minutes.

Serve with some cilantro leaves and diced pepper.

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This winter soup gets 5 stars from the both of us, unlike the pickle soup a couple of letters back.

Cheddar Ham Soup Recipe, takes about an hour to make.

Ingredients

    2 cups diced peeled potatoes
    2 cups water
    ½  cup sliced carrot
    1/4 cup chopped onion
    1/4 cup butter, cubed
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    2 cups 2% milk
    1/4 to ½  teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon pepper
    2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
    1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
    1 cup corn

Directions

    In a large saucepan, combine the potatoes, water, carrot and onion. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender.

    Meanwhile, in another saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add the milk, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

     Stir into undrained potato mixture. Stir in cheese until melted.  Add ham and corn; heat through. Yield: 7 servings.

If corn is not wanted you can try peas or another vegetable.  This is a modified recipe from http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cheddar-ham-soup

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The other day I had some left over Mexican style chicken.  I do not know why they sell boneless chicken breasts that weigh over a half a pound.  During my third meal to try something different I decided to make stuffed peppers using the leftover chicken, rice and black beans.  It is almost like using a tortilla but using a pepper instead.

Let me talk about stuffed peppers a bit.  I like almost all peppers, all the bell pepper colors, jalapeno, pickled for sandwiches, the long Italian peppers, etc.  I have found that many people do not like the taste of peppers.  There are also some that the peppers do not like them and mess up their abdominal tract.  I think growing up on a farm with almost every vegetable at a young age allows me to be quite happy with most foods.  Most except for pickled beets, I have however managed to keep roasted beets down.  I happen to like every form of stuffed pepper.

The following is how I made the peppers without using a recipe.  I made two but ended up eating both as Patty will eat raw peppers but is not a fan of roasted ones.

Peppers seem to have different body types.  The ones with three sections to not stand well.  I used the ones with four sections.  I have seen some with five sections but not in the store today.  Feel free to share this recipe with anyone as any knowledge of cooking probably comes from someone else anyway.

Ingredients:

2 bell peppers,  top cut off and cored
1 cup cooked chicken cut bite size
1 cup cooked rice
1 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup black beans
1/4 cup taco sauce
1 tablespoon oil
2 tablespoons medium salsa
2 tablespoons Jack cheese

cilantro for garnish, plus some of the cut off pepper tops, diced.

Instructions:

Heat oven to 350, spray oil on a small pan.

Heat oil and then add onions, cook them at medium low heat about 4 minutes or until soft.  When onions are soft add garlic and cook for one minute.  Add rice, beans, chicken, and taco sauce.

Top each pepper with salsa and place in the lightly greased pan.

Cook in the oven for 45 minutes, pepper should be soft, if not cook a while longer.  If soft top with cheese and cook for the another 5 minutes.

Serve with some cilantro leaves and diced pepper.

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This winter soup gets 5 stars from the both of us, unlike the pickle soup a couple of letters back.

Cheddar Ham Soup Recipe, takes about an hour to make.

Ingredients

    2 cups diced peeled potatoes
    2 cups water
    ½  cup sliced carrot
    1/4 cup chopped onion
    1/4 cup butter, cubed
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    2 cups 2% milk
    1/4 to ½  teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon pepper
    2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
    1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
    1 cup corn

Directions

    In a large saucepan, combine the potatoes, water, carrot and onion. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender.

    Meanwhile, in another saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add the milk, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

     Stir into undrained potato mixture. Stir in cheese until melted.  Add ham and corn; heat through. Yield: 7 servings.

If corn is not wanted you can try peas or another vegetable.  This is a modified recipe from http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cheddar-ham-soup

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Not much room left but will try another invention.  The Optical Sensor.
Big Brother may not be watching, but optical sensors increasingly monitor our every move.

Optical proximity sensors are frequently used to enhance a user’s experience and to extend battery life on smartphones.  For example, it the phone “knows” it is being held up to the user’s ear for listening, ambient light sensors will allow the display screen to dim, saving battery power.  Optical sensors are also at work when the door to a darkened area, like the inside of a copy machine, is opened, triggering an automatic safety response that halts the operations.  Along the same likes, the technology is employed inside factories to monitor production and facilitate automatic safety responses.  Optical sensors are also used to monitor the rotating blades of wind turbines and activity on airport landing strips.

Given the ability to measure and react to changes in light, when the sensor “reads” that the available light has increased or decreased , it responds as a photoelectric trigger either increasing or decreasing the electrical output, depending on the type of sensor.

Today, it would be hard to imagine life without digital cameras, motions detectors, smart phone functionality and computer features such as the optical mouse, which uses a red LED and optical sensor instead of the traditional ball-tracking device.  The optical mouse is especially efficient for graphic design applications.

When it comes to optical sensor technology, the future looks Increasingly bright.

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I will see some of you later in the morning.

George

As usual this can delivered to your e-mail in box just email grucker@capecod.net with letter in the subject line.

Older copies can be read at the end of 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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