The Next Installment of George Rucker's Striking, Crackerjack and Wonderful Newsletter for October 2, 2017

Greetings once again,                                                               2 Oct 2017

Now here is something to think about!!!  I received an email about a woman who had the longest confirmed lifespan.  I then went to my web browser as I do not think should get all the business, plus google makes money off my personal information and I think at least they should share with me.  Anyway this woman did exist and much is written about her that could probably fill many books.  The funny thing is she is new to me, therefore she is not one of my, so called 6 degrees of separation.  I have met more people than I can ever remember, some quite famous.

Jeanne Louise Calment had the longest confirmed human   lifespan on record: 122 years and 164 days.  It seems that fate strongly approved of the way Madam Calment lived her life.

Jeanne was born in Arles, France, on 21st February 1875.

When the Eiffel Tower was built, she was 14 year old.

It was at this time that she met Vincent van Gogh.

"He was dirty, badly dressed and disagreeable," she recalled in an interview given in 1988.

When she was 85, she took up fencing, and she was still riding on her bike when she reached 100.

When Jeanne was 114, she starred in a film about her life; at 115 she had an operation on her hip, and at 117 she gave up smoking (having started at the age of 21 in 1896).

Apparently, she didn't give it up for health reasons, but because she didn't like having to ask someone to help her light a cigarette once she was becoming almost blind.

In 1965, Jeanne was 90 years old and had no heirs.

She signed a deal to sell her apartment to a 47-year-old lawyer called André-François Raffray. He agreed to pay her a monthly sum of 2,500 francs on the  condition that he would inherit her apartment after she died.

However, Raffray   not only ended up paying Jeanne for 30 years, but died before she did at the age of 77.

His widow was legally obliged to continue paying Madam Calment until the end of her days.

Jeanne retained sharp mental faculties.

When she was asked on her 120th birthday what kind of future she expected to have, she replied: "A very short one."

Quotes and rules of life from Jeanne Calment:

"Being young is a state of mind, it doesn't depend on one's body, I'm actually still a young girl; it's just that I haven't looked so good for the past 70 years."

"I've only got one wrinkle, and I'm sitting on it."

"All babies are beautiful."

"I've been forgotten by our good lord."

"I'm in love with wine."

"Always keep your smile. That's how I explain my long life."

"If you can't change something, don't worry about it."

"I have a huge desire to live and a big appetite, especially for sweets."

"I never wear mascara; I laugh until I cry too often."

"I see badly, I hear badly, and I feel bad, but everything's fine."

"I think I will die of laughter."

"I have legs of iron, but to tell you the truth, they're starting to rust and buckle a bit."

"I took pleasure when I could. I acted clearly and morally and without regret. I'm very lucky."

(At the end of one interview, in response to a journalist who said he hoped they would meet again the following year):

"Why not? You're not that old; you'll still be here."

I think she must have been a wonderful person and someone I would have liked to know.  I also feel very young and need to see myself in a mirror to know my own age has been ticking away much too fast of late.


I have been writing this letter for many years now.  I do now have many of my older ones due to broken computers.  This computer that I am using has been very loyal and now in its third year.  I do have 2013 on CDs but 2012 and earlier are lost somewhere, where ever data streams reside.  I send this to about 150 people and many share it with others.

I do try most of the recipes I post and tend to post the ones that I like.  Many times if the picture taken of the recipe looks great it makes me want to try the recipe.  If the recipe name is also great I want to try it even more.  Following is one such recipe.

Southwest Chicken with Honey Roasted Corn Salsa

It only gets 3.5 stars with only 6 reviews which is not so good.


2 cups uncooked instant rice
2 cups water
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 lb)
2 tablespoons Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix (from 1-oz package)
2 tablespoons oil
1 medium zucchini, sliced
1 bag (11.8 oz) frozen honey roasted sweet corn or 1 bag (12 oz) frozen corn
1 1/4 cups Old El Paso™ Thick 'n Chunky salsa


1  Cook rice in water as directed on box. Meanwhile, coat chicken with taco seasoning mix.
2  In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken in oil 6 to 10 minutes, turning once, until golden brown on outside and juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (at least 165°F). Remove chicken from skillet; cover to keep warm.
3   In same skillet, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Cook zucchini in oil 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, cook corn in microwave as directed on bag. Add corn and salsa to skillet; cook about 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
4  Serve chicken over rice; top with salsa mixture.

(Add review if made this week)


Perhaps there is some changes coming to the Muslim world that might be for the better.  This is from the NY Times, not one of my favorite papers.  (Sept. 26, 2017)

Saudi Arabia Agrees to Let Women Drive

Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that it would allow women to drive, ending a longstanding policy that has become a global symbol of the oppression of women in the ultraconservative kingdom.

The change, which will take effect in June 2018, was announced in a royal decree read live on state television and in a simultaneous media event in Washington. The decision highlights the damage that the ban on women driving has done to the kingdom’s international reputation and its hopes for a public relations benefit from the reform.

“It is amazing,” said Fawziah al-Bakr, a Saudi university professor who was among 47 women who participated in the kingdom’s first protest against the ban — in 1990.

Some said that it was inappropriate in Saudi culture for women to drive, or that male drivers would not know how to handle having women in cars next to them. Others argued that allowing women to drive would lead to promiscuity and the collapse of the Saudi family. One cleric claimed — with no evidence — that driving harmed women’s ovaries.

Ending the ban on women driving is expected to face some resistance inside the kingdom, where families are highly patriarchal and some men say they worry about their female relatives getting stranded should their cars break down.

The decision won near universal praise in Washington. Heather Nauert, the State Department’s spokeswoman, called it “a great step in the right direction for that country.”


Too close to the truth


I just discovered my age group!  I am a Seenager. (Senior teenager)

I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 50-60 years later.

I don't have to go to school or work.

I get an allowance every month.

I have my own pad.

I don't have a curfew.

I have a driver's license and my own car.

I have ID that gets me into bars and the wine store. I like the wine store best.

The people I hang around with are not scared of getting pregnant, they aren’t scared of anything, they have been blessed to live this long, why be scared?

And I don't have acne.

Life is Good! Also, you will feel much more intelligent after reading this, if you are a Seenager.

Brains of older people are slow because they know so much.  People do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains.

Scientists believe this also makes you hard of hearing as it puts pressure on your inner ear.  Also, older people often go to another room to get something and when they get there, they stand there wondering what they came for.

It is NOT a memory problem, it is nature's way of making older people do more exercise.


I have more friends I should send this to, but right now I can't remember their names!

So, please forward this to your friends; they may be my friends, too!  Thank you!


(Spam, Lettuce and Tomato) is great, and so is a grilled cheese and spam sandwich.  If I find an article about Spam I can’t help but pass on the information to my readers.

This is from the Huffington Post written in November 2012 by Kimberly Kohatsu.  I found it while looking for a recipe for Spam sushi.

My dad grew up on Maui, and even though our family was raised in Virginia, we always kept SPAM® in the pantry. My dad would eat Spam with fried eggs and rice — breakfast, lunch, dinner, didn’t matter what time of day it was. As a child, I attributed my father’s love of Spam to his pedestrian food knowledge (he pronounces the J in fajita), but it turns out he’s not alone. Hawaii consumes more Spam than any state in our union — in total, 7 million cans a year.

According to the SPAM website, the island’s love affair with Spam began in World War II, when GIs were served the salty luncheon meat because it didn’t require refrigeration and had a long shelf life. The Hormel Corporation, which manufactures Spam, provided 15 million cans to Allied troops every week. Between 1941 and 1945, Hormel had shipped over 100 million pounds overseas.

Though the name Spam is a shortened version of “spiced ham,” Army soldiers would often refer to it as “Special Army Meat.” Surpluses of Spam made their way from the soldiers’ supplies into native diets throughout the Pacific. To this day, Hawaiians love Spam Musubi, a sushi-style slice of Spam served with rice and seaweed, spam fried rice, and my dad’s favorite, spam and eggs.

Spam is so popular throughout Hawaii that it’s been nicknamed the “Hawaiian steak” and is even found on the islands’ McDonald’s and Burger King menus. During the last week of April, the annual Spam Jam takes place in Waikiki. And before taking office, Hawaii’s most prominent native son, Barack Obama, surprised reporters when he ordered spam musubi while on vacation in Oahu.

But Hawaii isn’t alone. In the territory of Guam, each person consumes 16 cans of Spam a year on average. In the UK, Spam fritters are served battered and deep-fried. In Hong Kong, Spam is often eaten with instant noodles. And as a result of the Korean War, Koreans enjoy Spam kimbap, a rice and vegetable filled seaweed roll.
You know a place is serious about a particular food when 25,000 people show up at an annual festival just to honor it.

In Hawaii, that food is Spam.  The annual Waikiki Spam Jam, which is a successful show of both love and marketing for the ham and pork shoulder byproduct.  Every year, the Spam Jam shuts down Waikiki’s famous Kalakaua Avenue, filling it with chefs from around 20 Honolulu restaurants who vie to make the most inspirational, surprisingly delicious recipe using the caramel-colored, versatile meat.  I now have one more thing to add to my bucket list...

Here is a preview of what is served:

11. Spicy Spam Snackers.  Like salty pork sliders with Sriracha-mayo sauce — ingenious!
10. Spam Nachos.  When fried, small pieces of Spam taste like bacon bits, making these the ultimate beach nachos.
 9. Spam Pancake Slammer With Spam Fries.  Combining a burger in short stack pancake buns with strips of fried Spam is just the best no-brainer of the year.
 8. Spam Pad Thai.  Maybe you didn’t know this about peanut butter, but it goes great with Spam and noodles. (Last weeks recipe would work for this big time.)
 7. Spam and Macadamia Nut Sundae.  Think about it: Shaved and fried Spam slices add a great salty crunch to a sweet sundae.
 6. Candied Spam Caramel Creme Brûlée OK, things are starting to get weird.
 5. Elegant Truffle Spam Musubi.  Spam Musubi is a Hawaii classic — even President Obama loves it. And sometimes, all you gotta do is add truffle oil to take it to the next level. - This is probably one of the few things I agree with Obama on.
 4. Loco Moco Spam Burger. The loco moco is the ultimate comfort/hangover food, so Spam is like its soul mate.
 3. Spam Truffle Ramen.  We heard this was a game-changer in Spam haute cuisine.
 2. Peanut Butter Ice Cream And Candied Spam Popsicles
and at numero uno we have - Wait for it!
  1. Spam Flan.  I do agree here that maybe there are some things you just shouldn’t put Spam on.

I eat about six cans a year, I would eat more but Patty does not like it.  I do however eat the low salt version which, at least to me has about the same in taste as the regular.  I also think it is better when fried with a little crispiness to the outside.


Lately at least for me many have been asking for my cell number.  My bank, people I deal with on line, my insurance companies (car and home) etc. etc.  I do not give it to them ever.  I might give it to my doctor if needed but for medical reasons.

Yet, some people are absolutely convinced that if they hand over their phone number, all of a sudden Google is going to do exactly that, and probably more evil things they can’t even think of.

They fear Google more than they fear losing their account.

I don’t get it. I really, really, don’t get it. If you fear Google that much, then why have a Google account at all? Or why have a Google account that is in any way “important” to you? (If you honestly don’t care if an account gets compromised, then recovery information like a phone number is immaterial.)

I do not have a Google account due to my own mistrust.  I guess if you do and they request the number I would give it to them especially if it is going to be used to prove your identity.


This 89 year old woman was arrested for shop lifting.

When she went before the judge in Cincinnati he asked her,”What did you steal?”

She replied. “A can of peaches.”

The judge asked her why she had stolen the can of peaches and she replied that she was hungry.  Then the judge asked her how many peaches were in the can.  She replied six.

The judge said, “Then I will give you 6 days in jail.”

Before the judge could actually pronounce the punishment, the woman’s husband spoke up and asked the judge if he could say something on his wives behalf.  The judge said, “What is it?”

The husband said, “she also stole a can of peas.”


One thing I have to say about kale.  People who say they love kale are lying.


My fried thinks he’s smart, he said onions are the only food that make you cry.

So I threw a coconut at his face.


That is all for this week.  I still am not sure if I will be at exercise this morning.  I will keep a copy for the next time I see you.


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Older copies with Vegetarian Walter’s addition of pictures and videos added.  I am sure he will like the Spam portion.

George, I am not a vegetarian, nor am I a vegan.  I eat a Plant based, whole food regemin.  This is a life-style adjustment.  It is not a diet; diets are something that is used to lose weight, but they are a temporary solutions and weight usually comes back.