George Rucker's Newsletter for December 13, 2016

 Hola this fine Tuesday,

I thought my letter last week would cause me some grief.  It did not, Walter as usual did post some of his insight on his site of and I found it interesting.  What unusual about his post this time is he left me a note inside last week’s letter.  I am currently a Republican yet in the past I was a Democrat.  I actually shook hands with George McGovern the presidential candidate of 1972.  I was in the service at the time and joined a rally just outside the Alamo in San Antonio.  I had spent a year in VietNam at the time plus three 90 day temporary duties. When I met Patty I was a member of Green Peace and wearing a Save the Seals Tee Shirt.  The same politician changed my view twice.  He raised my taxes so in protest I became an Independent.  He did it one more time so I once again protested by joining the Republican Party, his name was Michel Dukakis governor of Massachusetts.

Walter was a republican, and actually voted for Nixon, then Reagan and the first George Bush.  The second George Bush pushed him left due to the 6 trillion spent on war.

It almost looks like both of us come from both side of the tracks.  He is not as far left as I thought and I probably am not a far right as he thought.


Other than Walter’s note I did get one from one of my readers, not on climate change but on the dollar bill.  She is one of my favorite people as we had our heart attacks at almost the same time and participated in cardiac rehab together.  She much like my sister will be the first to let me know if I made an error in my letters.

When you cut and paste most of your letter it is easy for some things to get by.  Patty many times during her edit will have me delete a section due to it’s falsehood.

"In God We Trust" first appeared on U.S. coins in 1864 and has appeared on paper currency since 1957. A law passed in a Joint Resolution by the 84th Congress (P.L. 84-140) and approved by President Dwight Eisenhower on July 30, 1956 declared IN GOD WE TRUST must appear on currency. This phrase was first used on paper money in 1957, when it appeared on the one-dollar silver certificate. The first paper currency bearing the phrase entered circulation on October 1, 1957

This is where the motto came from:   the Mint Director on December 9, 1863, Secretary Chase stated:

    I approve your mottoes, only suggesting that on that with the Washington obverse the motto should begin with the word OUR, so as to read OUR GOD AND OUR COUNTRY. And on that with the shield, it should be changed so as to read: IN GOD WE TRUST.

The Congress passed the Act of April 22, 1864. This legislation changed the composition of the one-cent coin and authorized the minting of the two-cent coin. The Mint Director was directed to develop the designs for these coins for final approval of the Secretary. IN GOD WE TRUST first appeared on the 1864 two-cent coin.

This caused me to think about paper money in general but that will be in a different letter.


The 2 cent coin has "In God We Trust", while on the Silver 3 cent coin it is missing.

I have a cute thing to tell kids when you see a dead deer on the side of the road.  It looks like Santa lost his temper again."


This was sent to me from Florida from a friend whom I met in my late teens, aboard the USS Brough.

Thought you might enjoy these photos.

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There's a reason shows like The Office and movies like Office Space are such hits — because working in an office brings its own special, shall we say, "charm."

While all offices are a bit different, dealing with coworkers and small talk, break room mystery smells, and paperwork — oh, the paperwork — can do a number on the soul.

But they say laughter is the best medicine — and Twitter is the best distraction — so while you're pretending to work, have a laugh to keep from crying...

A coworker left himself signed in to Linkedln and now his skills include "mouth breathing."

[break room]

coworker: What's for lunch?

me: [eating] food, generally

cw: no, I mean what are you having?

me: an unwanted conversation


I once made what I considered to be the oldest written recipe.  It was a form of lentil soup.  It was supposed to have been in the Bible even though I could not find it.  I made the lentil soup more than 20 years ago and did not like it.  I now find there is an older recipe.    Remember, though, that anything that's called the "world's oldest" today might be eclipsed tomorrow by a new discovery.

This is a very special recipe on several different levels. First, at 4,000 years old, it's the oldest known written recipe. Second, it was handed down by a god.

Although the recipe was said to have been given to men by the Sumerian god Enki, the written version was found contained in a hymn dedicated to the beer goddess Ninkasi. Beer was the national fermented drink of ancient Babylonia.

I'm really beginning to think that Mesopotamians were aliens, because they seem to have invented everything under the sun, and made it look like they knew what they were doing from the get-go. Beer is no exception.

The beer Mesopotamians drank was rather strong, and full of bits and pieces of bread and floaties and what-not, which would sink to the bottom of the liquid.  This mention of brew strength comes from experience.  I am one of the founding fathers of a club named the Monument Beach Brewers Association.  We found that there is a limit as how much alcohol can be absorbed into the beer.  I am not exactly sure why the limit but feel to go higher requires the use of a distillery type action.  Perhaps the yeast can only produce so much alcohol, which is it's waste before the yeast dies.

My favorite taste for beer is not the max of 14 percent alcohol but from 6 to 8 percent.  I like hops but very light as it has a bitter taste.  My grandmother grew her own hops which grew like a vine on rear chicken coup fence then from there to the horse pasture,.  It was an perennial and once planted will come up each year.  She grew many other perennials like that, concord grapes, asparagus etc. Other thing I do prefer with making beer is corn sugar which is an inverted sugar while Europeans prefer only malt, both are inverted sugars, unlike the table sugar and easier for the yeast to use.  The Mesopotamians used honey which is not my favorite as it imparts taste and personally gives me a headache.  One of our beer batches was mead, a Viking type of beer which used honey for sweetener.

Brewing beer is not horribly expensive but is sort of a science and requires certain items to be purchased.  These items are not found in many homes.  Yet if you happen to like some of the micro brews on the market you might try to experiment on your own.  If you do not mind the nationally advertised beers like Bud, Miller, Coors etc then do not bother as the stuff becomes clutter in the home.  I like sort of a national beer that many do not, Yuengling Beer, a lager and sold in about one third of the states.  Yuengling happens to be the oldest American brewed beer. One interest fact is the Yuengling owner, Richard Yuengling Jr., a few years back made the top 20 richest people in the U.S. with just over 1.1 Billion dollars.  That same year Bill Gates made almost 8 billion dollars.  In 2015 he now has fallen to 361st with 1.9 billion.   Donald Trump is on the list at #156 and 3.7 billion dollars.

In case any are interested and since I am on the web site.  George Soros #19 with 24.9 Billion, The Koch Brothers at #7 with 42 billion, Face Book Mark Zuckerberg at 55.5 billion, and still at number one Bill Gates at 81 billion

No recipes are given for beer as there are truly so many choices due to differences in taste.  I can say this: It was fun to experiment and a batch takes about a month.  It truly is a science.  If you can get a group of people you like to hang with and the space to brew it.  Brewing beer can be a lot of fun.


Some have said my recipes are not the healthiest.  I do not go for healthy but tasty.  Here is a healthy recipe for those that need one.  It is also for breakfast so not a lot of competition.  This is from the October issue of Web MD.

Try a Taco for Breakfast

Smaller than a breakfast Burrito but just as satisfying a breakfast taco is a morning that satisfies on all fronts: Flavor, nutrition and convenience.

Make one in a few simple steps:

1.  Place two small corn tortillas on a large plate.  Spread each with a couple tablespoons of black beans, pop into the microwave for 20 seconds.

2.  Meanwhile, add a drizzle of olive oil to a small nonstick pan heated to medium-hot.  Crack an egg in the pan and use a spatula to fold and cut into the egg as it cooks – you’re essentially scrambling it in the pan.

3.  While the egg is still in a bit runny, add a handful of baby spinach or arugula.  Cook the egg and greens until the greens are wilted and egg is cooked.  Divide the mixture between the tortillas.  Add slices of avocado and some hot sauce or salsa.

You can make lots of variations, depending on what you have on hand.  Have leftover cooked greens, mushrooms, or other veggies from last night dinner?  Add that to the pan.  Feel like tofu rather than egg?  Scramble it up.  You can also add crumbled chorizo, and herbs and spices – cumin and oregano work well – Kerri-Ann Jennings


Let us move on to an invention that changed mankind, “Arabic Numerals.”

Despite their names, French fries are not from France and the Arabic numeral system – representing ten digits from zero to nine in a positional notation decimal system – is not from Arabia.  In fact, it was mathematicians from India who developed the decimal numeral system around 500 B.C. (Sorry, but I refuse to buckle under with the new politically correct form of C.E.)  The concept, which includes using zero as a placeholder and indication of the value of numbers through their placement (i.e., having a ones column, a tens column, a hundreds column, etc,) was revolutionary.

Although not mentioned in my small article the Mayan Indians on a totally different continent had a symbol for zero.  So necessarily not that revolutionary.  The concept of zero is perhaps a reason for another letter as I find the information interesting.

Prior to this system, the value of 30 would have been denoted with a 3, and the actual value would have been understood through context.  The new system made it possible to distinguish meaning in the absence of context, communicate value through placement, calculate fractions and recognize zero as a value.

In Europe, Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci popularized the use of the decimal numbering system and Arabic numerals in his book Liber Abaci in 1202 and thanks to the invention of the printing press in Europe in the 15th century, the use of numerals and the decimal system became widespread.

How the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 came to look as they do remains a subject of debate.  Some scholars believe the symbols evolved from Arabic letters used in the western regions of the Arab world, while others suspect the numbers graphically represented the number of angles contained within the symbol, but no one knows for sure.

What we do know is that the foreign symbols caught on, and adding XXVI TO MCVI suddenly became passe.  Although Roman numerals remained in use for clock faces, lists, written outlines and other traditional writings, the Arabic numerals multiplied exponentially, making the Arabic innovation the most widely used numeric system in the world to this day.


As the Korean war was at a stalemate the US realized that they didn't know how many prisoners they had so they appointed a Marine Colonel to do a census of all the prison camps.

He walked in the office of a prison and asked the ROK soldier there how many prisoners there were.

"Many, many", he replied.

"No, I need to know exactly how many for my report".

"We have many, many", he replied again.

The Colonel then asked if there was someone who could give him the exact amount. The soldier said that a Marine Sergeant sitting at the next desk might be able to tell him.

He went over to the Sergeant and said, "How many prisoners do you have here, son"

"Colonel, we've got a piss pot full".

The Colonel said, "Now why the hell couldn't that little SOB have told me that".


On one of my vacations to the Bahamas, I was lucky enough to be sharing the Island with two famous people, the wrestler, Hulk Hogan and the great Chuck Norris.  There were many more people of merit but not being a Basketball fan I would not have known who many of the 7 foot tall black guys in the elevator were.  There was some sort of Basketball union convention and most of the people were over 6'8" tall.  It is also the vacation when I lost my super power of being able to look over everyone head.

I always go out of my way for Chuck Norris jokes like:

Chuck Norris can touch MC Hammer.

Chuck Norris can gargle peanut butter.

Chuck Norris counted to infinity – Twice.

When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night he checks his closet for Chuck Norris

If you have five dollars and Chuck Norris has five dollars, Chuck Norris has more money than you.

Chuck Norris’ roundhouse kick is so powerful, it can be seen from outer space by the naked eye.


Another week and my kitchen is still a work in progress.  I found this recipe interesting and one I would not mind trying.  This is also from Web MD October issue, there is only so much to read while sitting in some Doctor’s office.  Well I made this on Friday

, not only is this interesting but very tasty.

Note there are 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the United States, the recipe uses Granny Smith but any variety will work.

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apple Onion Compote


2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 pork tenderloins, 1 lb each
½ tsp sea salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tsp fresh thyme, plus sprigs for garnish
1 large onion
2 large Granny Smith apples, pealed, cored, sliced ½ inch thick
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1/4 cup unsweetened apple juice or cider


1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees F

2.  Heat olive oil in a large nonstick oven-safe skillet over medium high heat.  Season pork with salt and pepper.  Sear pork on all sides until browned; remove to plate.

3.  Add thyme, onion, and apple spices to pan and saute until golden, about 5 minutes.  Place pork atop apple mixture atop apple mixture.  Place in oven and bake 10-15 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 145 degrees F.  Remove pork from oven and cover with foil for at least 10 minutes. (Sorry but I went another 15 minutes to insure the pork was cooked)

4.  Combine mustard, maple syrup and apple cider in a small bowl.  Return skillet to medium-high heat, add apple cider mixture to apple-onion mix, and cook until slightly reduced.  Place apple compote on plate and top with slices of pork.  Garnish with sprigs of fresh thyme and serve.

Serves 6 at 289 calories per serving.


In the Cape Cod Times dated 9th of December we have a dead whale washing ashore in North Truro.  The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) performed the necropsy.

The animal's body had appeared on Wednesday to be relatively fresh but once IFAW staff began to examine it Thursday they determined it was likely dead at least two days and possibly over a week, she said.

"We try to make an effort to necropsy every animal that we can" to see if there are any trends in diseases, to get an idea of the general health of the population and for other reasons, Niemeyer said. "It's really important with any wildlife to know what may have been the cause of death."

While there hasn't been a dead, beached humpback carcass reported on the Cape in a few years, humpbacks have been found washed up in Boston Harbor, Maine, New York and Rhode Island, Niemeyer said. In September, IFAW researchers examined the carcass of a young male humpback on a private beach on Martha's Vineyard.

A dead endangered North Atlantic right whale calf was found in May off Chatham. A necropsy was performed on it on Harding Beach and it was determined it had been died from a ship strike. A pilot whale stranded and then died off Chatham in July. It was taken to Woods Hole for a necropsy.

The West Indies population of humpbacks, which passes through Cape waters, is no longer protected as an endangered species but is still protected under the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act.

If interested now is a pretty good time to view seals on the shore of Cape Cod if you want some directions to the best viewing beach visit URL


Now I have heard this twice about a cookie that has always been pretty good.  It went well with milk and I found coffee.  They are saying that the Oreo cookie now has a funny taste.  Well being a little skeptical now that the moon was closest since 1949 I had to give them a try.  And guess what?  They do seem different.  First they are no longer made in the good old USA and second they now are produced with Genetic Engineering in Mexico.  Which means some ingredients have been changed to a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO).  Ever wonder why food is made and modified by the worlds’s largest pesticide manufacturer, Monsanto.

 How is a GMO Different from Hybridization / Cross-Breeding?

Genetic modification is the process of forcing genes from one species into another entirely unrelated species. Unlike cross breeding or hybridization—both of which involve two related species and have been done without ill effects for centuries—genetic engineering forcefully breaches the naturally-occurring barriers between species.

Other examples of GMOs include strawberries and tomatoes injected with fish genes to protect the fruit from freezing, goats injected with spider genes to produce milk with proteins stronger than kevlar for use in industrial products, salmon that are genetically engineered with a growth hormone that allow them to keep growing larger, dairy cows injected with the genetically engineered hormone rBGH (also known as rBST) to increase milk production, and rice injected with human genes to produce pharmaceuticals.

None of this belongs in a cookie.

Now for a side bar of interest.   Barack Obama appointed former Monsanto VP and head lobbyist Michael Taylor as Deputy Commissioner for the FDA — the board tasked with regulating Taylor’s own industry.  This truly is evidence of Obama Administration’s Revolving Door Politics even with their animus history, Barack Obama seems to be warming to the K Street corporate lobbyists he once adamantly denounced.

The companies running our industrialized food economy refuse to label genetically engineered foods.  Genetically modified foods are labeled in more than 60 countries including France, China, Germany and the U.K., so their citizens know what they are eating.  This will continue until we have laws requiring the labeling of GMOs in the U.S.

 We Currently Eat Genetically Engineered Food, But Don’t Know It

A genetically engineered food is a plant or meat product that has had its DNA artificially altered in a laboratory by genes from other plants, animals, viruses, or bacteria, in order to produce foreign compounds in that food. This type of genetic alteration is not found in nature, and is experimental. The correct scientific term is "transgenics," and is also often referred to as (GE) genetically engineered.

Example: Genetically Modified corn has been engineered in a laboratory to produce pesticides in its own tissue. GMO Corn is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency as an Insecticide, but is sold unlabeled.  You can’t wash the pesticide off that is located inside the corn.

I wonder why the FDA does not require a label that states GMO inside. . . Oh wait – perhaps it is Michael Taylor at least I would list him as my prime suspect.


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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 ( ; 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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