George Rucker's Newsletter for November 15, 2016

The ancient pong game is here.  I created it by using a product from MIT called Scratch. To use Scratch go here.  You put the Scratch together by using action pieces like a jigsaw puzzle.  There are lots of tutorials on YouTube.  It was designed to give users the rudiments of programming.  Even kids can do it.  Just select the green flag to start the game of pong.  Use the green bar to prevent the ball hitting the bottom of the image (sidewalk).  Have Fun!  Walter

  Hola once again,


Well Trump won.  I can not wait to get my $5 from the Judge, I probably will save it in a frame.  By the time this letter is posted I will already have it.  That is why judges are honorable.


Note many are not talking about the fact that Trump won 306 electoral votes and to become president you need 270.  Hillary did not see any way she would not have 270.   Our forefathers put this system in place so major population centers could not steal an election.  It still is possible for only six states to name a president due to their high population.  Once these six states are in the bag for a particular party the other 44 states have basically no say in the Presidency.  They are California 55, Texas 38, New York 29 and Florida 29, Illinois 20 and Pennsylvania 20. You only need a few more to win. All votes are not verified but it looks like Clinton 232 and Trump 306.


Probably the next thing is Canada will build a wall to the south, many have said that they will leave the country.  I am sure they won’t want them either.  Some actually say they are leaving the planet, like Cher.  It looks like some high end furniture and homes will be on the market on the left coast.


What really troubles me the most is Colin Kaepernick, he will not stand for the National Anthem but did not take the time to vote.  Something tells me he does not care for anything except himself and face-time in the national news.


I can only guess why Clinton did not give a conciliatory speech.  My personal guess is that none was prepared and all the time spent on the acceptance speech was a total waste of time.  I finally listened to her speech and found it very good.


As usual the main stream media is not on the pulse of the American people.


From my military indoctrination starting at 17, if unhappy, “Suck it up Buttercup,” you will get over it.  The cottled generation of this nation has not been taught how to lose.


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Cinnamon roll apple pie


INGREDIENTS


5 Granny Smith apples

2 cans cinnamon rolls

½ cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon cornstarch


PREPARATION


1. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C and spray a pie dish with nonstick oil.

2. Peel and cut the apples into thin slices and place in a bowl.

3. Add sugar, cinnamon, and cornstarch to apples and stir.

4. Cut each cinnamon roll in half and roll out with flour until thin.

5. Layer the bottom of the pie dish with the flattened cinnamon rolls to create a bottom crust.

6. Add the apples and layer the rest of the rolls on top to create a closed crust, pinching any holes together with your fingers.

7. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes.

8. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes uncovered.

9. Allow the pie to cool and drizzle with icing.

10. Enjoy!


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38 Fiery Facts about Redheads


1.  Approximately 1-2% of humans, or about two in 100 people in the world, have red hair.

2.  The ancient Greeks believed that redheads would turn into vampires after they died.

3.  Otherwise dark hair may turn red or blond in cases of severe protein deficiency due to starvation.

4.  During the Middle Ages, a child with red hair was thought to be conceived during “unclean sex” or during menstruation.

5.  Red hair doesn’t gray as much as other hair colors. Red hair initially tends to turn blond and then white.

6.   According to Hamburg sex researcher Dr. Werner Habermehl, women with red hair have more sex than women with other hair colors. He also postulates that women in a relationship who dye their hair red may be signaling that they are unhappy and looking for something better.

7.  Because natural red hair holds its pigment more than other colors, it is harder to dye.

8.  Lilith, the supposed first wife of Adam, is said to have had red hair. She was ultimately kicked out of the Garden of Eden because she refused to be subordinate to Adam.

9.  Redheaded women report bruising more easily than other women of different hair colors.

10.  People with red hair have twice the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease

11.  Because redheads have thicker hair than people with other hair colors, they have fewer strands of hair. For example, while blondes have on average 140,000 hairs, redheads have approximately 90,000.

12.  Hitler reportedly banned the marriage of redheads in order to prevent “deviant offspring.”

13.    During the witch hunts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Europe, many women were burned at the stake as witches merely because they had red hair.

14.  According to George Chapman’s 1613 play Bussy D’Ambois, the perfect poison must include the fat of a red-haired man.

15.  According to legend, the first redhead was Prince Idon of Mu who, upon discovering Atlantis, was imprinted with the island’s stunning red sunset and leaves in the form of red hair and freckles so future generations would be reminded of Atlantis’ first sunset.

16.  Red hair is a recessive trait, which means that a child must inherit one red hair gene from each parent. Recessive traits often come in pairs, and redheads are more likely than other people to be left handed.

17.  Some scholars speculate that because Adam was from “red earth” and the Hebrew word for “red” is adom, that Adam was a redhead.

18.  According to Playboy magazine, “Redheads are like other women—only more so.”

19.  Scholars note that redheads have influenced history out of proportion to their numbers. Famous redheads include Roman emperor Nero, Helen of Troy, Cleopatra, the ancient god of love Aphrodite, Queen Elizabeth I, Napoleon Bonaparte, Oliver Cromwell, Emily Dickinson, Antonio Vivaldi, Thomas Jefferson, Vincent Van Gogh, Mark Twain, James Joyce, Winston Churchill, Malcolm X, Galileo, and King David.

20.  The most rare hair color in humans is red.

21.  The sixteenth-century artist Titian (Tiziano Vecelli) painted so many redheads that his name became associated with a shade of red.

22.  In ancient Rome, redheaded slaves were often more expensive than those with other hair color.

23.  Satan is often portrayed as a redhead most likely because red was viewed as the color of sexual desire and moral degradation.

24.  In 1995, Professor Jonathan Reese discovered that mutations of the gene MC1R on chromosome 16 were responsible for red hair (known as the “ginger gene”). The gene mutation responsible for red hair in humans probably arose 20,000-40,000 years ago.

25.  While 49% of those polled in a Clairol Color Attitude survey think blonds are naive, only 15% thought redheads were.

26.  Some scholars postulate that the same gene mutation that causes red hair also affects the way redheads respond to pain and anesthetics.[1]

Mark Twain once quipped that “while the rest of the human race are descended from monkeys, redheads derive from cats.”

27.  In Egypt, redheads were buried alive as sacrifices to the god Osiris.

28.  According to a Clairol Color Attitude survey, 71% of redheads think that the word “bold” describes them, which is 24 points ahead of blonds.

29.  Scientists now report that Neanderthals had a version of the gene that causes red hair but not the same variant as in modern humans, suggesting they did not interbreed with each other.

30.  There is a common perception that redheads could become extinct in 100 years. However, a National Geographic article states that while redheads may decline, barring a catastrophe, the gene for red hair will not likely become extinct.

31.  While Scotland has the highest proportion (13%) of redheads (followed by Ireland with 10%), the United States has the largest population of redheads in the world, with between 6-18 million redheads, or 2-6% of the population.

32.  Red hair is a mutation of the MC1R gene on chromosome 16. The mutation blocks the production of eumelanin (dark brown and black pigment), which causes a buildup of the phaeomelanin (red and blond pigments). Some scientists believe that higher levels of phaeomelanin may produce more mutations and dangerous effects when exposed to UV radiation.

33.  The gene that causes red hair initially had the benefit of increasing the body’s ability to make vitamin D, which was important for people living farther away from the equator. However, today’s redheads are more likely to develop skin cancer and premature wrinkles.

34.  “Ginger phobia” is a fear of redheads. “Gingerism” is the bullying or prejudice of redheads.

35.  In Michelangelo’s Temptation and in St. Paul's Cathedral, Eve is initially depicted as having brown and blond hair, respectively. But in both artistic renditions, after she eats the apple and she and Adam are driven from the Garden of Eden, Eve is depicted as a redhead.

36.  Ruadh gu brath is Gaelic for “Red heads forever!”

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37.  Some common surnames in the British Isles reflect the frequency of red hair there, including Flanary (“red eyebrow”), Reid (“red-haired, ruddy complexion”), and Flynn (“bright red”).


References for the above if any wish to read more on this subject.,


1 Blue, Laura. “Do Red Heads Really Feel More Pain? The Jury’s Still Out.”


2 Cass, Cort. The Red Head Handbook. Blue Mountain Arts, Inc,


3 Douglas, Stephen. The Redhead Encyclopedia. Redheads International/Stone Castle Literary Group,


4 Gao, Xiang, Kelly C. Simon, et al. “Genetic Determinants of Hair Color and Parkinson’s Disease.” Ann Neurol.


5 Garreau, Joel. “Red Alert!” The Washington Post. March 19, 2002.


6 Liem, Edwin B, Sandra Hollensead, et al. “Women with Red Hair Report a Slightly Increase Rate of Bruising but Have Normal Coagulation Tests.” Anesthesia and Analgesia.


7 “Redheads Have More Sex Than Brunettes or Blonds.” MailOnline.


8 Rincon, Paul. “Neanderthals ‘Were Flame-Haired.’” BBC News.


9 Roach, Marion. The Roots of Desire: The Myth, Meaning, and Sexual Power of Red Hair. Bloomsbury USA,


10 Sherrow, Victoria. Encyclopedia of Hair: A Cultural History. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group,


11 Sterling, Kristin. Red Everywhere. Lerner Publications,


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At my age, 75, many of the inventions I write about I have used.  The next one I used in school, received as a toy, and given as a toy to grandchildren.


The microscope provides a portal through which we can view things unseen by the naked eye.  Like many great inventions, microscopes have evolved over time, from a simple hand lens used by Romans in the first century to modern magnifying devices of today.


The compound microscope, invented by Anton van Leeuwenhoek in the 1900s, was the first big advancement in the pursuit of magnification.  The new technology allowed van Leeuwenhoek to make many biological discoveries, including the first sight of bacteria, the details inside a drop of water and the circulation of blood in capillaries.


The compound microscopes contains an eyepiece (with a lens that magnifies to a power of 10 or 15 times) that the user looks through to examine a specimen; objective lenses (which further magnify up to 100 times); an aperture that allows light from an illuminator to reach the specimen; and illumination, usually in the form of a low-wattage bulb.  A stage or shelf hold the specimen, and adjustment knobs enable the user to bring the object into focus.  Once a specimen is fixed on a slide to the stage, light passes the aperture through the slide and objective lens and continues through the body of the instrument up to the eyepiece.  This invention significantly advanced the field of biology, but its impact was limited by the size of light’s wavelength and dependability of the light source.


In 1933, German engineer Ernst Ruska conquered these problems with the development of an electron microscope, revolutionizing the field of science.  Instead of a light source, a beam of electrons passes though the slide, allowing greater resolution and a more detailed view of a specimen.  Electrons that hit the specimen scatter in many directions, while electrons that pass straight on through are captured on the screen below.  The discovery earned Ruska a Nobel Prize and transformed our understanding of cell structure and molecular parts that make up our world.


Electron microscopes are and integral part of many laboratories.  There are two types:  the transmission electron microscope, which utilizes a camera to send an image to a video monitor (resulting in a very high resolution), and the scanning electron microscope, which focuses on a very small part of the sample and enables superior 3-D images.


These microscopes allow scientists to examine microorganisms, molecules, biopsy samples, crystalline structures and various other surfaces.  The technology is also used to produce computer parts, examine evidence found at crime scenes and search for stress lines in an engine, assisting in a wide range of disciplines and industries.  Modern electron microscopes are able to magnify objects as much as 300,000 times providing detailed images of Life’s greatest mysteries.


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I am not sure what to write about, I am thinking a little about the transition of a government going from liberalism to conservative.  The problem is some would say I would be gloating.  There are many web-sites out there on the subject, however one takes on the subject very well.  It includes job applications, a suggestion box, and information on how to best serve America.  Www.greatagain.gov


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A friend of mine tried to annoy me with bird puns, but I soon realized that


toucan play at that game.


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You can’t run through a campground.  You can only ran,


Because it’s past tents.


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Lately I find more recipes posted on FaceBook than received in my e-mail.  I find them easy to manage also in a folder called “Recipes”


It now has sub-folders called: meat, soup, desert, veggies, crockpot, web-sites, and dips.  I am sure it will grow with other folders as I have about six more I found interest to file when I get a chance.


This is for a small family.


Here is one that also has a video,  http://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/crockpot-turkey-breast-video/


The most tender and deliciously seasoned crockpot turkey breast. Perfect for smaller holiday get together or to have turkey ready for lunches and salads during the week.


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This is the turkey recipe if you want something low maintenance (like seriously very little work), easy to do, one dish to clean up, and just about zero percent chance of a dried out turkey. Dried out turkey is always a huge concern for many people when cooking turkey in the oven. It’s easy to over-cook it! But in a slow cooker? Nope. It comes out super moist (<–raise your hand if you hate that word! ??), delicious, and flavorful. Literally it falls off the bones it’s so super tender.

Now, you won’t get that super pretty crisp skin by cooking a turkey in the crockpot and you can’t fit super huge turkeys in the crockpot, but it is great for a smaller get together or if you aren’t huge turkey fans and plan on doing a ham or other meats. It also makes some of the best turkey for sandwiches and salads as it shreds super well. The past few years the husband and I have always cooked a turkey in the oven and been very traditional about the whole thing, but after one taste of this turkey we are never going back. Crockpot OR bust!


A few quick “turkey” notes. Be sure that your turkey is 100% thawed out before putting it in the crockpot. This does take some planning and preparation as a turkey will generally need to sit in the fridge for 1-2 days (a 5-7 pound turkey) to get fully thawed out.


I highly recommend a bone-in turkey breast just because of the flavor you’ll get from it. And speaking of flavor, why do I remove the skin?? Well, it’s totally personal preference. You can leave the skin on (and many people swear by the flavor the skin on a turkey brings to the meat). However, after making 2 crockpot turkeys (one skin on, one skin off), I preferred the one with the skin removed before cooking.


Either way, you’ll likely want to remove the skin as it doesn’t get that nice crisp that an oven will get. It’s just a matter of removing it before or after cooking. You can get a great flavor by leaving it on and removing it after cooking, but I prefer the spices on the actual meat. Which, technically, you can rub the spices on AND under the skin. I just think it gets on better without the skin and the melted butter really enhances the spices/flavor of the actual meat instead of skin you’ll be removing. So really, there are pros and cons to either. Whatever you like to do — skin on or off! I’m no turkey cooking pro, I just like yummy tender turkey that’s easy to make ??


Ingredients


    1 bone-in turkey breast (5-6 pounds), completely thawed

    5 stalks celery

    2 yellow onions

    About a cup (~12-15) baby carrots

    1 cup chicken broth

    6 tablespoons butter, separated


Seasonings


    1 tablespoon dried minced garlic

    1 teaspoon seasoned salt

    1 teaspoon paprika

    ½ teaspoon pepper

    1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

    1/4 teaspoon dried parsley

    1/4 teaspoon dried sage

    Optional: 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme*



Instructions


    Make sure the turkey breast is completely thawed -- this can take 1-2 days in the fridge so be prepared. It isn't food safe to thaw a turkey in the crockpot.

    Spray a large crockpot (I use a 6 quart crockpot) with nonstick spray.

    Place the celery at the bottom. Cut one yellow onion into large chunks and add it to the bottom. Add the baby carrots. Pour the chicken broth on top.

    Cut off the skin of the turkey breast (OR leave it on, whatever you prefer -- see last paragraph of blog post for more notes on this)

    Place the turkey breast, BREAST DOWN on top of the vegetables.

    Cut the other onion in half and place inside the turkey with 4 tablespoons butter.

    Stir together all of the seasonings and rub all over the turkey. If leaving the skin on, make sure to rub the seasonings under the skin.

    Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and, using a pastry brush, brush it all over the turkey.

    Cover the crockpot and cook on high for 1 hour and then low for 5-7 hours or until the turkey's internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F and it is very tender.

    Remove the turkey from the crockpot and turn so it is breast up.

    Start by removing the wishbone and then remove all the other bones. Take the large pieces of meat and slice them.

    Enjoy.


Notes

TO MAKE GRAVY: Remove the vegetables and strain out the remaining liquid in the slow cooker. Add that liquid to a small pot and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes or until all the fat comes to the surface. Remove the fat and allow the mixture to come to a simmer over medium-low heat. Stir constantly for about 5-10 minutes or until thickened. In a separate bowl, briskly whisk together 1 and ½ tablespoons cornstarch with 2 tablespoons cold water until completely smooth. Briskly whisk that mixture into the gravy and simmer over low heat until completely thickened. Add salt, pepper, and any other seasonings needed.


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Now, you won’t get that super pretty crisp skin by cooking a turkey in the crockpot and you can’t fit super huge turkeys in the crockpot, but it is great for a smaller get together or if you aren’t huge turkey fans and plan on doing a ham or other meats. It also makes some of the best turkey for sandwiches and salads as it shreds super well. The past few years the husband and I have always cooked a turkey in the oven and been very traditional about the whole thing, but after one taste of this turkey we are never going back. Crockpot OR bust!


A few quick “turkey” notes. Be sure that your turkey is 100% thawed out before putting it in the crockpot. This does take some planning and preparation as a turkey will generally need to sit in the fridge for 1-2 days (a 5-7 pound turkey) to get fully thawed out.


I highly recommend a bone-in turkey breast just because of the flavor you’ll get from it. And speaking of flavor, why do I remove the skin?? Well, it’s totally personal preference. You can leave the skin on (and many people swear by the flavor the skin on a turkey brings to the meat). However, after making 2 crockpot turkeys (one skin on, one skin off), I preferred the one with the skin removed before cooking.


Either way, you’ll likely want to remove the skin as it doesn’t get that nice crisp that an oven will get. It’s just a matter of removing it before or after cooking. You can get a great flavor by leaving it on and removing it after cooking, but I prefer the spices on the actual meat. Which, technically, you can rub the spices on AND under the skin. I just think it gets on better without the skin and the melted butter really enhances the spices/flavor of the actual meat instead of skin you’ll be removing. So really, there are pros and cons to either. Whatever you like to do — skin on or off! I’m no turkey cooking pro, I just like yummy tender turkey that’s easy to make ??


Ingredients


    1 bone-in turkey breast (5-6 pounds), completely thawed

    5 stalks celery

    2 yellow onions

    About a cup (~12-15) baby carrots

    1 cup chicken broth

    6 tablespoons butter, separated


Seasonings


    1 tablespoon dried minced garlic

    1 teaspoon seasoned salt

    1 teaspoon paprika

    ½ teaspoon pepper

    1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

    1/4 teaspoon dried parsley

    1/4 teaspoon dried sage

    Optional: 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme*



Instructions


    Make sure the turkey breast is completely thawed -- this can take 1-2 days in the fridge so be prepared. It isn't food safe to thaw a turkey in the crockpot.

    Spray a large crockpot (I use a 6 quart crockpot) with nonstick spray.

    Place the celery at the bottom. Cut one yellow onion into large chunks and add it to the bottom. Add the baby carrots. Pour the chicken broth on top.

    Cut off the skin of the turkey breast (OR leave it on, whatever you prefer -- see last paragraph of blog post for more notes on this)

    Place the turkey breast, BREAST DOWN on top of the vegetables.

    Cut the other onion in half and place inside the turkey with 4 tablespoons butter.

    Stir together all of the seasonings and rub all over the turkey. If leaving the skin on, make sure to rub the seasonings under the skin.

    Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and, using a pastry brush, brush it all over the turkey.

    Cover the crockpot and cook on high for 1 hour and then low for 5-7 hours or until the turkey's internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F and it is very tender.

    Remove the turkey from the crockpot and turn so it is breast up.

    Start by removing the wishbone and then remove all the other bones. Take the large pieces of meat and slice them.

    Enjoy.


Notes

TO MAKE GRAVY: Remove the vegetables and strain out the remaining liquid in the slow cooker. Add that liquid to a small pot and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes or until all the fat comes to the surface. Remove the fat and allow the mixture to come to a simmer over medium-low heat. Stir constantly for about 5-10 minutes or until thickened. In a separate bowl, briskly whisk together 1 and ½ tablespoons cornstarch with 2 tablespoons cold water until completely smooth. Briskly whisk that mixture into the gravy and simmer over low heat until completely thickened. Add salt, pepper, and any other seasonings needed.


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For my in-laws cruising the Carribean, I have taped the Garth Brooks concert on my DVR.  We can watch it together upon your return.  I am hoping the kitchen will be finished by then.  If not completed the viewing will be delayed.  Enjoy the music of the Carribean, I always liked it.

Speaking of concerts on DVD, I have probably 35 or so, some of these concerts are no longer available to attend live as the feature artist as passed on, like Bob Marley, Jimmi Hendrix, The Doors etc.  We do not need Jimmy Buffet to have a tail gate party as I have three of his concerts, plus one of his big blenders.  A great concert to watch is Shania Twain live in Chicago.  Speaking of Shania Twain where is she now, I need to check.

Shania Twain, OC is a Canadian singer and songwriter. With nearly 25 years in the music industry, Twain has sold over 85 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in the history of country music and one of the best-selling artists of all time. Her success garnered her several honorific titles including the "Queen of Country Pop".

I see she has some past tour DVDs for sale, but no tour planned for 2017.  Perhaps she is going to stay in Las Vegas name of her last tour.

If you have a DVD player and would like to borrow one I have, just ask.

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See some of you at exercise.  Have a great day and smile.


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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