George Rucker's Newsletter for October 4, 2016

Another week, another Tuesday,

For about half of a century, I have been noted for chili.  Chili was requested for almost every squadron party or hospital party I went to.  I was given the recipe I first used while in the Phillippines, from a wife who was from the mid-western part of the United States.  It was a chore to make as the process took about four days, as you started with dried pinto beans which took almost two days to get ready for the chili.  She told me the recipe was from an old Mexican rancher who lived in Kansas.  Even though the process was arduous, it was well worth it.  While I was cooking the chili I would taste it and even have my children taste it.  If they cried it was getting close to being perfect.  The four year old daughter was easy to make cry but my eight year old son took a little longer.

The squadron parties would include personnel from the Army Security Agency, Naval Security Agency and the Air Force Security Service.  There was a group of Marines who worked for the Naval Security Agency who would always complain that my chili was not hot enough.  They complained until my last batch in which I took six days to make the chili.  I soaked the dried beans along with some sharp red onions, some, like me still call a Bermuda onion in straight hot sauce for two extra days prior to getting them soft enough for the start of my chili.  During the process I would break out in a sweat just walking into the kitchen.  I was pretty sure that the Marines would not complain this time and I wanted them to cry for all their complaints.

I did not let my children taste this batch as I knew it would be painfully hot as it hurt me and I did not want to scar them for life.  When taken to the party the Army, Air Force, and Naval personnel asked me to never make it like this again.  However the Marines said that I finally got it right.   Good Lord no wonder they are called Marines as that chili actually hurt to eat.

I was thinking about my chili and at one time I was a member of the International Members of Chili Crafters.  I had signed a pledge, while living in Texas to never use beans in my chili but found the chili is much better using beans.  I started to sneak in refried beans for their creaminess as you can not see the beans and noticed the taste also increased and from that time on I would always put only pinto beans into my chili.  When I retired I noticed the people from New England seemed to prefer red kidney beans but for some reason I always disliked the taste as the kidney beans have too strong a bean taste.  (Patty loves Kidney Beans!!!  Go figure)

Last Monday, out of the blue I received a copy of the “Chile Pepper.”  It is now in a magazine form using the old name.  In the old days it was a paper sent to the members of the International Chili Crafters.  It is full of advertisements for hot sauces, spices along with recipes.  It is an improvement of the old “Chile Pepper” paper which was mostly where to go to the next chili cook off along with some advertisements.  I see there is an interesting article called “Sauce and Tell,” From cranberry-orange hot sauce to a Christmas-inspired chimichurri, these sauces will perk up even the driest of turkeys.  I will need to read the article.

One of my funniest letters, those that you can’t put down but need to keep rubbing the tears out of your eyes from the laughter had a joke about chili.  Here it is once again.   I hope my older readers survive the joke.  If you do not, I am giving my apology in advance.  I hope my $5 bet that Trump will win in November survives the bet as he just had a 90th birthday, and a reader.

Posted on 10/10/2001, 11:27:12 PM by Sen Jack S. Fogbound

Notes from an inexperienced Chili taster named Frank, who was visiting Texas from the East Coast:

Recently I was honoured to be selected as an outstanding famous celebrity in Texas, to be a judge at a Chili cook-off, because no one else wanted to do it. Also the original person called in sick at the last moment, and I happened to be standing there at the judge's table asking for directions to the beer wagon when the call came. I was assured by the other two judges (Native Texans) that the chili wouldn't be all that spicy, and besides, they told me that I could have free beer during the tasting. So I accepted.

Here are the scorecards from the event:

CHILI # 1: MIKE'S MANIC MONSTER CHILI

JUDGE ONE: A little to heavy on tomato. Amusing kick.

JUDGE TWO: Nice, smooth tomato flavour. Very mild.

FRANK: Holy Shit, what the hell is this stuff? You could remove dried paint from your driveway with this stuff. I needed two beers to put the flames out. Hope that's the worst one. Those Texans are crazy.

CHILI # 2: ARTHUR'S AFTERBURNER CHILI

JUDGE ONE: Smokey, with a hint of pork. Slight Jalapeno tang.

JUDGE TWO: Exciting BBQ flavour. Needs more peppers to be taken seriously.

FRANK: Keep this out of reach of children! I'm not sure what I am supposed to taste besides pain. I had to wave of two people who wanted to give me the Heimlich manoeuvre. They had to walkie-talkie in three extra beers when they saw the look on my face.

CHILI # 3: FRED'S FAMOUS BURN DOWN THE BARN CHILI

JUDGE ONE: Excellent firehouse chili! Great kick. Needs more beans.

JUDGE TWO: A beanless chili. A bit salty. Good use of red peppers.

FRANK: Call the EPA, I've located a uranium spill. My nose feels like I have been snorting Drano. Everyone knows the routine by now. Barmaid pounded me on the back; now my backbone is in the front part of my chest. I'm getting shit-faced.

CHILI # 4: BUBBA'S BLACK MAGIC

JUDGE ONE: Black Bean chili with almost no spice. Disappointing.

JUDGE TWO: Hint of lime in the black beans. Good side dish for fish or other mild foods. Not much of a chili.

FRANK: I felt something scraping across my tongue, but was unable to taste it. Sally, the barmaid, was standing behind me with fresh refills; that 300 lb bitch is starting to look HOT, just like this nuclear-waste I'm eating.

CHILI # 5: LINDA'S LEGAL LIP REMOVER

JUDGE ONE: Meaty, strong chili. Cayenne peppers freshly ground, adding considerable kick. Very impressive.

JUDGE TWO: Chili using shredded beef; could use more tomato. Must admit the cayenne peppers make a strong statement.

FRANK: My ears are ringing, and I can no linger focus my eyes. I farted and four people behind me needed paramedics. The contestant seemed offended when I told her that her chili had given me brain damage. Sally saved my tongue from bleeding by pouring beer directly from a pitcher onto it. It really pisses me off that the other judges asked me to stop screaming. Freakin' Rednecks! ! !

CHILI # 6: VERA'S VERY VEGETARIAN VARIETY

JUDGE ONE: Thin yet bold vegetarian variety chili. Good balance of spice and peppers.

JUDGE TWO: The best yet. Aggressive use of peppers, onions and garlic.

FRANK: My intestines are now a straight pipe filled with gaseous, sulphuric flames. No one seems inclined to stand behind me except that slut Sally. I need to wipe my ass with a snow cone!

CHILI # 7: SUSAN'S SCREAMING SENSATION CHILI

JUDGE ONE: A mediocre chili with too much reliance on canned peppers.

JUDGE TWO: Ho Hum. Tastes as if the chef literally threw in a can of chili peppers at the last moment. I should note that I am worried about Judge # 3.

FRANK: You could put a #)$^@#*&! Grenade in my mouth, pull the #)$^@#*&! pin, and I wouldn't feel a damn thing. I've lost the sight in one eye, and the world sounds like it is made of rushing water. My shirt is covered with chili, which slid unnoticed out of my X*$(@#^&$ mouth. My pants are full of lava-like shit, to match my X*$(@#^&$ shirt. At least the during the autopsy they'll know what killed me. I've decided to stop breathing, it's too painful. I'm not getting any oxygen anyway. If I need air, I'll just suck it in through the four inch hole in my stomach.

CHILI # 8: HELEN'S MOUNT SAINT CHILI

JUDGE ONE: A perfect ending. This is a nice blend chili, safe for all; not too bold, but spicy enough to declare its existence.

JUDGE TWO: This final entry is a good balanced chili, neither mild nor hot. Sorry to see that most of it was lost when Judge # 3 passed out, fell and pulled the chili pot on top of himself. Not sure if he's going to make it. Poor Yank.

FRANK: - - - - - Mama?- - - (Editor's Note: Judge # 3 was unable to report).

I see there are now some notes to the chili posting. . .

To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound
Why waste a nuke? Let's just put some chili in Osama's care package...

To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound
LOL! Great!

To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound
TOO funny.................and TOO accurate. As one who spent a fair number of my years in Texas, I can tell you from experience that if you've never been to a Texas chili cook-off, you don't know what "hot", "spicy", or "ohmygodyougottabeshi**in'me" mean.

To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound
Judge #1 says one of the chilis needs beans. I like beans in my chili, but most native Texans have told me that real chili has no beans.

But, hey, after the pepper has scorched the taste buds off your tongue, what difference does it make anyway?

To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound
Heh...heh...another one worth sending out...heh...heh...BTTTTT!!

To: Rocky
I normally go over to waxahatchie every year around this time to a chili cookoff hosted by the Griphon Motorcycle Club..I make some pretty damn good chili and a great time is had by all...p.s. if you know beans about chili...you know they ain't surposed to be NO beans in chili!!!!!!!!

To: cajun-jack
Putting beans in chili is a hangin offense here in Texas...

To: Dallas
beer and chili f***s are bad enough..certainly don't want no beans to add to the terrorism!!! jack

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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound
Standing in the grocery checkout lane one day a Star headline caught my eye. "Man Spontaneously Combusts at Chili Cookoff after Eating Bowl of Hell Fire Chili", could this have been our poor Frank?

To: cajun-jack
I was really suprised to see you mention Waxahachie.

I was born, and raised just a few miles away in Maypearl....but I digress.

To: MissAmericanPie
"Standing in the grocery checkout lane one day a Star headline caught my eye. "Man Spontaneously Combusts at Chili Cookoff after Eating Bowl of Hell Fire Chili", could this have been our poor Frank?"

It wouldn't surprise me a bit! LOL

To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

I didn’t realize I was so unknown.

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I could not find the exact joke but this is pretty close and cleaned up a little for the reading of the public.

When Bush beans started coming out with “Texas Style Chili Bean Starter” I found that after cooking as on the can along with some refried beans and chili peppers and topping with some onions and cheddar cheese it was close to being the way I like chili.

I am not sure if they have anymore cans of Texas Style Chili cans available but I found on the site that Bush Beans a recipe that might suffice.

  http://www.bushbeans.com/en_US/recipe/chili-beans-chili

This classic chili with ground beef has lots of celery, chili beans and heat, and it's ready in about an hour.


Ingredients

    1 can (16 oz) BUSH'S® Chili Beans
    2 tsp oil
    1 lb ground beef
    1 large onion, chopped
    4 pieces celery (chopped)
    2 cloves garlic, chopped
    2 cups water
    2 tsp salt
    ½  tsp pepper
    ½  tsp sugar
    1 tsp chili powder (or to taste)
    ½  cup ketchup
    ½  tsp cayenne pepper or hot pepper sauce

Directions

    Heat oil in skillet. Cook beef until lightly browned. Push to one side of pan.
    Add onion, garlic, and celery. Cook until soft.
    Drain excess fat. Mix in remaining ingredients. Mix well, simmer 30 to 45 minutes.



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“Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”

Thomas Jefferson

“It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be to-morrow.”

James Madison

Do these two quotes remind you to the current state of our so call government of the people and for the people.

It seems to me the statement that for the government and by the government is a more correct statement during this part of my life.  Yikes!  I might be a Libertarian.

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 States And What They Are Famous For (Did You Ever Imagine?)

ALABAMA ............Was the first state to have 9-1-1, started 1968.

ALASKA .........One out of every 64 people has a pilot's license.

ARIZONA............Is the only state in the continental U.S. that does not follow Daylight Savings Time.

ARKANSAS...........Has the only active diamond mine in the U.S.

CALIFORNIA............Its economy is so large that if it were a country, it would rank seventh in the entire world.

COLORADO............In 1976 it became the only state to turn down the Olympics.

CONNECTICUT............The Frisbee was invented here at Yale University

DELAWARE...........Has more scientists and engineers than any other state.

FLORIDA............At 874.3 square miles, Jacksonville is the largest city in t he U.S.

GEORGIA............It was here, in 1886, that pharmacist John Pemberton made the first vat of Coca-Cola....interesting!

HAWAII............Hawaiians live, on average, five years longer than residents of any other state.

IDAHO...........TV was invented in Rigby, Idaho, in 1922.

ILLINOIS...........Has a Governor in jail, one pending jail, and is the most corrupt state in the union!

INDIANA............Home to Santa Claus, Indiana, which gets a half million letters for Santa every year.

IOWA.........Winnebago R.V.s get their name from Winnebago County. Also, it is the only state name that begins with 2 vowels.

KANSAS............Liberal, Kansas has an exact replica of the house in "The Wizard of Oz".

KENTUCKY............Has more than $6 billion in gold underneath Fort Knox.

LOUISIANA............Has parishes instead of counties because they were originally Spanish church units.

MAINE............It is so large that it covers as many square miles as the other five New England states combined.

MARYLAND............The Ouija board was created in Baltimore in 1892....... Bet you didn't know that!

MASSACHUSETTS.......The Fig Newton is named after Newton, Massachusetts.

MICHIGAN............Fremont, home to Gerber, is the baby food capital of the world.

MINNESOTA.......Bloomington's Mall of America is so big, that if you spent 10 minutes in each store, you'd be there almost four days.

MISSISSIPPI.....President Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear here... that's how the teddy bear got its name.

MISSOURI............Is the birthplace of the ice cream cone.

MONTANA ........A sapphire from Montana is in the Crown Jewels of England .

NEBRASKA............More triplets are born here than in any other state.

NEW HAMPSHIRE.........Birthplace of Tupperware, invented in 1938 by Earl Tupper.

NEW JERSEY............Has the most shopping malls in one area in the world.

NEW MEXICO............Smokey the Bear was rescued from a 1950 forest fire here.

NEW YORK............Is home to the nation's oldest cattle ranch, started in 1747 in Montauk...........Surprised?

NORTH CAROLINA........Home of the first Krispy Kreme doughnut.

NORTH DAKOTA........... Rugby, North Dakota, is the exact geographic center of North America .

OHIO............The hot dog was invented here in 1900.

OKLAHOMA............The grounds of the state capital are covered by operating oil wells.

OREGON............Has the most ghost towns in the country.

PENNSYLVANIA............The smiley : ) was first used in 1980 by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University .

RHODE ISLAND............The nation's oldest bar, the White Horse Tavern, opened here in 1673.

SOUTH CAROLINA.........Sumter County is home to the world's largest ginkgo farm.

SOUTH DAKOTA...........Is the only state that's never had an earthquake.

TENNESSEE...........Nashville's Grand Ole Opry is the longest running live radio show in the world.

TEXAS.......Dr. Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. The hamburger was invented in Arlington in 1906.

UTAH...........The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant opened here in 1952.

VERMONT..........Montpelier is the only state capital without a McDonald's.

VIRGINIA..........Home of the world's largest office building, The Pentagon.

WASHINGTON............Seattle has twice as many college graduates as any other state.

WASHINGTON D.C.........Is the first planned capital in the world

WEST VIRGINIA............Had the world's first brick paved street, Summers Street, laid in Charleston in 1870.

WISCONSIN............The ice cream sundae was invented here in 1881 to get around Blue Laws prohibiting ice cream from being sold on Sunday. Also the American Water Spaniel was created there and is the state dog.

WYOMING.........Was the first state to allow women to vote.

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George

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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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