George Rucker's Newsletter for November 25, 2016

Well met on another Tuesday,

Some of you may wonder where I get the material for my letters.  Many times it is from conversation with others.  Some times it is something that my wife mentioned that perked by interest.  I also get some information sent to me from people on my email list.  I am not sure but I am beginning to think the military members are not getting my Tuesday email letter both the military and Department of Defense civilians, perhaps I am just paranoid.  There was a time when they provided me with some good stuff.  It could be like the trouble with the Town of Bourne server but have found a way to get past the system.  It was very simple as the system just did not like multiple email addressees combined in the “To or Info” line, by multiple, I use about 30 per line.

I sometimes just bookmark a page to revisit for another topic while looking up something else.  These I put in a file named “Use then Delete.”  All this information available to me was like white noise filling my head, noise I heard when young and a Navy Radioman.  Something I remember was my ability to pick out the ships call sign from all the dits and dashes filling the airwaves.   While eating, in the Mess Deck I would occasionally jump up to go and answer the call as I had a message to copy and then deliver it to the Captain.  My call sign was NDRN or (dash dot, dash dot dot, dot dash dot, dash dot) It was like somebody calling my name.   People in the Mess would rather I play music on the speaker but I needed to listen to the Naval Ship to Shore channel while on duty but away from my post.  I would return music to the  Mess or other parts of the ship when returning to my duty position in the Radio Shack.

This next article is from my “Use then Delete” file.

In this era of technology, we find that raising children is a bit different from those times before the iPOD, iPHONE, computers, Internet, and all the other amazing gadgets that consume us. Children played outside. They kicked a ball across a field. They played with cards rather than chasing Pokemon on a screen. Children played outside until the street lights came on and they knew they had to go indoors. We are raising children very differently now than we did twenty or thirty years ago. But, perhaps it’s time to return to basics.

This is a new world. Children born in this time automatically are given gadgets to entertain them. But, what are we missing? Psychologists at Harvard University have been studying what makes a well-adjusted child in these changing times. They have concluded that there are several elements that are still very basic.

Here are 5 secrets to raising a good kid, according to Harvard psychologists:

1. Spend time with your children.

It’s a simple suggestion. But, we are living in challenging times when we are on 24/7 through technology, work, and the bombardment of busy lives trying to stay afloat. It’s not just social media – the news, emails, texts, or the fluctuation of being on call at all times strains our relationships. We have become accustomed to the addiction of putting ourselves out there. It’s easier to give a child a toy or an Xbox console to keep them busy.

Spending time with your children means putting everything down, reading a book, kicking a ball, hiking, or just playing an old-fashioned card game. In simplest terms, it means that you interact with your kid person-to-person. These are the things they will remember. They will forget what you bought them. They only want to spend quality time with their folks.

2. Speak out loud to your children.

According to the Harvard researchers, “Even though most parents and caretakers say that their children being caring is a top priority, often children aren’t hearing that message.”

It goes back to spending time to find out what’s going in your child’s life. Check with teachers, coaches, tutors, and other caretakers. Find out if there is a shift in behavior. Allow your child to feel comfortable to come and speak with you. Your child needs to hear that he/she is top priority in your life. It’s not enough to show them by giving them things, keeping them safe, or feeding them. Children require acknowledgment through words. Words are important. Invite them to sit and share their stories about school, homework, friends, and so on.

3. Show your child how to solve problems without stressing about the outcome.

One of the greatest gifts you can give your child is the ability to analyze and solve problems. Trust your child to decide for himself what he wants. You cannot solve their issues all the time. It’s healthy to allow them to experience life through their own lenses. Achievement is important and, in allowing them to determine what they want, you are gifting them awareness.

4. Show your child gratitude on a regular basis.

The researchers say that “studies show that people who engage in the habit of expressing gratitude are more likely to be helpful, generous, compassionate, and forgiving–and they’re also more likely to be happy and healthy.”

Parents should be giving their kids chores and then expressing how grateful they are for their accomplishments. It’s important for children to see that gratitude is a remarkable gift. Whenever they do something, honor and acknowledge them for their performance. The Harvard psychologists did find that parents are giving praise only to “uncommon acts of kindness.”

5. Teach your children to see the larger picture.

This goes back to showing them gratitude. Let your child experience the world through your compassion. Researchers say that “almost all children empathize with and care about a small circle of families and friends.”

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It turns out that Braniff did not fly 707s from Dallas to New York like Jessica Leeds says she was on, and that was the flight that Trump octopused her.  In fact, we've got the old yellowed schedules that you used to be able to buy as published pamphlets. Newark and New York from Dallas? If you wanted to fly Braniff, you had to fly a Boeing 727.  Now, I'm sure that Ms. Leeds would say, "Well, I don't know 707, 727. What difference does it make?"  Well, it's gonna turn out to make a lot of difference.

My other question would be where are the witnesses, others traveling in first class, plus the stewardess, in those days, 1979 there was a single stewardess handling first class while two or three would be for the rest of the passengers.  This was 37 years ago.

I was going to try and stay away from politics but couldn’t stand it any longer.


Next, I guess will be the invention that is changing mankind.  It happens to be one I have used while visiting Disney.  I can’t wait for it to be in all houses and used by all.

Training for Space.  NASA astronauts use virtual reality hardware inside the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility in order to practice tasks they will undertake when deployed to the International Space Station.

Wondering what life would be like on the moon - - all while we remain tethered to Earth - - used to be the job of children and daydreamers.  But the advancement of computer displays and 3-D technology allows us to immerse ourselves in worlds as varied as car racing, the battlefield, and deep space in experiences that have come to be known as virtual reality.

The definition of virtual reality as we understand it today was commercialized by computer scientist Jaron Lanier in the 1980s.  Lanier’s fantastic vision included interactive, computer-generated environments that allowed users to travel through space and time to visit other lands or wander through the human body.  But a filmmaker named Zmorton Heilig in the 1950s is probably responsible for the first commercial virtual-reality experience .  Using his “sensorama” console, viewers watching a film while sitting in a chair that could move were able to smell odors and feel sensations associated with what was on the screen.

In the mid-1960s, computer scientist Ivan Sutherland, funded by NASA, developed systems liked to computers that supplied graphics and sound and later developed into early flight simulators, Other industries, including architecture, construction, and medical field, also embraced the emerging technology.

Virtual reality systems for consumer use developed in the 1990s Wearing headsets and goggles, participants would stand in a three sided booth that displayed images of an alternative environment.  Gloves with applied computer sensors allowed the indivual to open doors, travel pathways, and change perspective, all while feeling immersed in this “virtual” world.  Critics of this early technology argued that the immersive experience was not rich enough, as it did not allow participants to forget about their actual surroundings.

Video game programmers nudged the concept further, creating graphics and interactive features that employ a sensor to enable the user’s body to deliver directive cues in a game.  The sensor hardware includes a video camera for face recognition and body detection, a depth-detection component and an array of four microphones to pick up sounds made by the different players in the room.  The most exciting development in virtual reality in years, however, is the Oculus Rift, announced in 2014, whose headset provides more range of movement, a wider field of vision and less lag time.

Virtual worlds take a lot of time and expense to create, making them slow to be developed.  But programming that allows users to smell the enticing odors of a thai food stall in Bangkok or feel the heat of the Santa Ana winds in California desert may, at last be closer than we think.

Founder Palmer Luckey says about his Oculus Rift virtual reality system: “This isn’t about sharing pictures.  This is about being able to share experiences.”


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During my life I have eaten many types of food, depending on the time of the year and who I might be living with.  While on the farm, it was pretty much what was in season.  It also had a lot to do with what animals were recently butchered.  In the winter we ate smoked meats and canned vegetables.  There was always eggs, milk and cheeses, plus my Grandmothers home made breads.

When living with my father and step-mother I could pretty much tell the day of the week by what we were having.  I think that is pretty much like most city folk.  Eating with a routine is easier to plan and budget the grocery list.

When I was in the Navy at 17 I pretty much ate the mess hall food as our pay was meager and the chow was included by the military.

Well my first Asian meal as I remember was “Sweet and Sour Pork.”  It was truly enjoyable and a real treat.  I have always like the taste of Sweet and Sour foods.  Some jellies have that taste like currant or raspberry.  Rhubarb and strawberry pie also has that taste.  The recipe I have today also has that flavor and I was happy with the outcome.  I did however add some crisp vegetables like Vedalia onion, red bell pepper, and bok choy.  The last three were only cooked for about two minutes so they would retain their crispness.

This recipe is by Gail Kennedy, page 98 of “What’s Cooking at Moody’s Diner.”  One year with our five children, Patty and I rented a camper and happened to stop for breakfast at Moody’s Diner while on a Maine vacation.

Sweet and Sour Chicken


4 to 6 pieces of chicken tenders (I used 7)
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup catsup
½ cup pineapple juice
½ cup white vinegar
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp oil
1 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp cornstarch
½ cup cold water
1 cup pineapple chunks

Cook chicken and set aside. (I used additional oil and cooked till brown on each side)

In the same saucepan, combine all ingredients except cornstarch, water and pineapple chunks.  Heat to boiling.  Add cornstarch mixed with water, then add pineapple.  Remove from heat and add chicken.  Let stand a few minutes befor serving over cooked rice.

Note one: I put my veggies in just after it started to boil.  I also kept boiling until sauce thickened not sure if important to the recipe.

This is also very good when prepared ahead and marinated overnight.  Just reheat and serve.


Baiji dolphin

China's baiji dolphin, or Yangtze River dolphin, is listed as critically endangered, but scientists say it may already be extinct. In 2006, scientists from the Baiji Foundation traveled up the Yangtze River for more than 2,000 miles equipped with optical instruments and underwater microphones, but were unable to detect any surviving dolphins. The foundation published a report on the expedition and declared the animal functionally extinct, meaning too few potential breeding pairs remained to ensure the species' survival.

The last documented sighting was in 2002, but in October 2016, a team of amateur conservationists claimed to have seen the creature near the city of Wuhu in China's Anhui province. “No other creature could jump out of the Yangtze like that,” team leader Song Qi told the Chinese website Sixth Tone. “All the eyewitnesses — which include fishermen — felt certain that it was a baiji.” However, the team wasn't able to photograph the dolphin and had no other conclusive proof of its existence. Plus, none of the people who witnessed the sighting were experts on the animal.

The decline in the baiji dolphin population is attributed to a variety of factors including overfishing, boat traffic, habitat loss, pollution and poaching. Deemed "the goddess of the river," the dolphin's skin was highly valuable and used to make gloves and handbags.

Sorry I just found this interesting so included it in my letter.


Golden toad

The golden toad, which is sometimes referred to as the Monteverde toad or the orange toad, was a species that lived only in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve in Costa Rica. It was once a common species, but no specimen has been seen since 1989. The toad’s breeding sites were well-known and closely watched — in 1988, only eight males and two females could be found, and in 1989, only a single male could be located. Extensive searches for the golden toad since then have failed to locate another specimen, and the species was declared extinct in August 2007. The amphibian disease chytridiomycosis, airborne pollution and global warming probably contributed to the species' demise.


Hawaiian crow

This native Hawaiian bird was declared "extinct in the wild" in 2002 when the last two known wild individuals disappeared. Some birds remain in captivity, and between 1993 and 1999, more than 40 birds were hatched in a captive breeding program. The birds were released into a lightly managed habitat and closely monitored, but releases were abandoned in 1999 because of increasing mortality. A reintroduction plan is being developed, but about 75 Hawaiian crows would be needed for the plan to work. The reasons for the bird's extinction is not fully understood, but researchers speculate that an introduced disease, such as avian malaria, might have played a significant role in the species' decline.


I want to say a bit on crows, since I have started to feed them on an irregular basis they seem to be trying to talk to me.  This has been going on for a while and I find it interesting.

They are one of the thirteen animals on the planet that use tools, humans, primates or monkeys with chimps seen actually fishing, elephants, crows and ravens, sea otters using stones to break open shells, dolphins using sea sponge, octopuses using seashells and coconut shells to hide from predators, the octopus has also used a man o’war stinging tentacle as a weapon,  .  There are some that are not really tools but manipulation of the environmental elements such as ants, some who use certain leafs to grow a fungus for food, beaver lodge and dam, and the bower bird nest.

Back to the crows, here are some interesting facts.

Crows living in suburban areas require only 10% of the nesting territory that crows living in the wilderness do, and are much more tolerant of range overlap. They also will build fake nests to fool predators.

Dubbed ‘Anting’ by John Marzluff, crows will crush an ant and rub it all over themselves like perfume! The Formic Acid in the ants helps ward off parasites.

Pet crows give their owners names. This is identified by a unique sound they make around specific people that they would not otherwise make.  (This makes me feel like the two or three around my house have a name for me.)

Female Crows mate for life, but males will cheat, which explains the next one:

Male crows have no penis.  Their sperm is transferred from their cloaca to the female cloaca and copulation only lasts 15 seconds. It is a wonder the females are so loyal!

Crows can count to six!

Crows sunbathe for Vitamin D.

Healthy crows help crippled crows but they have a dark side.  Crows occasionally murder each other for reasons that mystify scientists.  (A flock of crows is called a murder.  On the murder part I think the one they murder is the one above keeping watch and a predator managed to get through and get another.  Just a guess it is a form of punishment.)

Crows have been observed chasing sparrows into buildings in order to stun them. The result is sparrow for lunch. Don’t worry, they pick on birds their own size – mobbing crows can seriously injure hawks.  Scientists suspect an eagle was even killed by mobbing crows.

Crows have been reported to eat over 1000 food items, including insects, worms, berries, birds eggs and nestlings, small mammals, bats, fish, snakes, frogs, salamanders, animal dung, grain, nuts, carrion, fried chicken, hamburgers, Chinese food, french fries, and human vomit. They can be weirdly picky though – an experiment showed crows prefer French fries in a McDonald’s bag over those in a brown paper bag. To top it off, a nestling can eat 100 grasshoppers in 3 hours.


This was written in June of this year in response to an article about fighting cats.  Crows are extremely intelligent animals, they have problem solving intelligence, tool making intelligence, and aside from humans and apes, are the only animals that have the intelligence to make specific tools in order to make a tool, they have verbal communication that is as complex and equally efficient relaying information as talking is for humans! From what you observed I would say the birds were juveniles, and juvenile crows are just like juvenile humans, they were prolly just amusing themselves, a pack of juvenile crows is as bothersome and troublesome as a pack of 15 year old boys looking for trouble! You should check out some video’s on YouTube regarding the intelligence of corvids, it is amazing their level of intelligence, but also can be creepy, I have one as a pet, I’ve had him for almost 11 years now, and no exaggeration at all, he understands everything I say to him, he can count to 6, he can change the tv channel up or down if I ask him too, same with volume, knows colors, can read my facial expressions, can tell when I’m being sarcastic or serious, he likes some of my friends, hates others, shows off In front of ladies when they come over……’s goes on and on! You really should look into it, they’re amazing animals.


Below are the 13 acts of treason committed against the United States:

    1. Qatar gives Bill Clinton $1,000,000 for his birthday:

    2. Saudi Sheikh won’t donate money to Clinton Foundation unless he receives a phone call from Bill Clinton. Staff responds: Bill won’t do it “unless Sheikh Mo has sent us a $6 million check”:

    3. Iran Deal (which Hillary negotiated and defends) “condemns the next generation to cleaning up a nuclear war in the Persian Gulf”. John Podesta responds with “Yup”:

    4. Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta owned 75,000 shares in Putin-connected energy company:

    5. Transcripts from Hillary Clinton’s lucrative closed-door paid speeches delivered to elite financial firms and other special interests groups (which she has refused and failed to disclose to the public after much demand) have finally surfaced: (See Attachment)

    6. Clinton staff conspiring to stage ‘leaking’ of favorable excerpts from wall street speech, in efforts to calm down the public while leaving out more damaging parts:

    7. Leaked private speech, Clinton: “You Need Both A Public And A Private Position”:

    8. Leaked private speech transcript shows Clinton’s warm ties to Wall Street’s most powerful figures: Clinton: “There is such a bias against people who have led successful and/or complicated lives” The pressure on officials to sell or divest assets in order to serve, she added, had become “very onerous and unnecessary”:

    9. Leaked private speech to Goldman Sachs, Clinton: “Wall Street was only accountable for the financial crisis for political reasons. The blame placed on the United States banking system for the crisis “could have been avoided in terms of both misunderstanding and really politicizing what happened”:

    10. Leaked private speech, Clinton: US will “ring China with missile defense” and has right to rename Pacific Ocean the “American Sea”: (See attachment)

    11. Hillary Clinton flipped her public position on TPP after her team discussed how she would be “eaten alive” by Labor:

    12. Clinton speechwriter: “We are trying to find a good way to leak her opposition to the pipeline without her having to actually say it”:

    13. Leaked private speech, Clinton: “My dream is a hemispheric common market, with  open trade and open borders”:

That is it for now as no more room.....George

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 ( ; 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  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.


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  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.


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.


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.


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


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


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. 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.


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. . 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.


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.


Here is another summer crockpot recipe. . .

Roasted Summer Squash with Pine Nuts and Romano Cheese


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.


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


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!"


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."


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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