George Rucker's Newsletter for December 6,2016

Here we are in December, welcome to the Tuesday Letter.

This week is the week that I change my sheets to flannel as they quickly absorb and transfer body heat and seem warm to the touch.  I hate crawling into a cold bed that does not warm quickly.

The daisy is still alive on the deck although I doubt if any bugs are around to pollinate it.  I seriously doubt it will make the next letter.

Another thing is on the website my friend Walter has been kind.  Probably due to the election being over as he is as far left as I am right.  His additions are actually becoming helpful for some of the topics I write about and add to the quality of the letter.  During the election I wanted to drop him from my mailing list.


<p>Actually, George, I used to be a Republican and voted for Nixon, Reagan, etc.

  And the First George Bush.  I voted for the 2nd Bush, but he turned me off with the totally stupid war based on lies and cost us 6 Trillion U.S. dollars.  We should have avoided the war like his father did and used that money to repair our infrastructure. etc. So I am not as far left as you think.


Many of you know my mind wanders about many topics.  My latest thought is on our last full moon.  When a physicist uses math to determine something is true and I find that his/her data seems logical, I accept it pretty much as fact.  I have been told that the moon is moving away from the earth most of my life.  It moves away from the earth at the rate of 1.48 inches per year which is about how fast our finger nails grow.  I accepted this as fact and on paper I figured out how much it moves for every generation (25 years).  Then how much it moved away during recorded history which I put at about 5000 BC or now about 7000 years.

Well a fly is in the ointment and it troubles me.  If in fact the moon was the closest to the earth due to it’s elliptical orbit since 1949,  which by coincidence happens to be the year of my first car, a Mercury; I was 8 during that year and this closeness could not have happened if the moon was moving away.  I guess it could just be the math was calculated when the moon was moving toward an apex or greatest distance of the orbit which seems to happen about every 65 years.  That would happen from the close point for 32.5 years.  I think checking you math for 32.5 years and finding it always moving away would tend to verify you calculations.

It is a good thing they did not do the math during when it was moving from the apex to the closest point on the oval.  All hell would break lose as they would think the sky is falling and tell us the moon is closing in on the earth at the rate of 1.48 inches per year.  Prepare yourself for the total destruction of the planet.

Anyway we are not endanger of losing the moon for quite a while.  If this worries you it will be millions of years for that to happen.  There must be some sort of a wobble to the oval orbit as there is one orbit for the moon roughly every 28 days.  Thinking about this the actual orbit is not truly an oval as the sun, earth and the moon are moving in space.  It actually is like a slinky or spring.  I guess the full moon could actually occurs on different points of the oval also.  Anyway it is not a big deal.

My next thought is I now that the earth also has an elliptical orbit around the sun.  The same might be true of the earth being closer and farther except with the distance we travel on our planet for the highs and the lows it would be much greater than mere 65 years than it takes the moon.  It seems to me it might be tens of thousands or at least hundreds of years between the closest points and maximum points.  In school I learned the earth had two ice ages the last ending about 110,000 to 12,000 years ago and the last one we are still coming out of.  With the recording of temperature today being at an all high and the ability to check temperature of oceans etc our data during this age is extremely good.  However the evidence becomes sparser the further back we look, and its interpretation often involves a set of assumptions. In other words, a fair amount of guesswork.  One orbit for the earth is one year, but that does not bring into the math the “wobble” of the oval orbit.

During my lifetime we have been having a multitude of what I call temperature guesses. First it was the Ozone problem over both poles. Ozone is a very unstable molecule as it is unbalanced with two extra electron spaces or holes. Which when broken off become just plain oxygen. (Ozone is 03 and Oxygen is O2) If two Ozone molecules come together they are more apt to become three Oxygen atoms than stay two Ozone molecules as the Oxygen is just much more stable. This a was weather problem in the 1970s and proven to be a normal, just a year to year occurrence or shrinking and growing. My theory on this topic is Ozone is created during energy transfer, like electric motors. It also has a acrid smell. Probably the greatest source of ozone on the planet would be lightning which does not occur often during winter months. Therefore the growing and shrinking problem is just ozone falling apart into oxygen during the winter months and the growing as just more lightning creating more ozone in the summer months. Next the weather problem was global cooling, this was actually started by data used by scientists starting in 1945. The data of the day has the temperature rising from about 1878 rising regularly until 1937 and then take a nosedive starting that year all the way to the 1960s. My personal thoughts again are that temperature recording would be sparse with a lot of guess work, plus how old were thermometers and who and why was anyone writing down temperatures. This cold weather theory was taught in schools and colleges in the 1970s. I might have thought the same as with temperature seemed to be falling for roughly 30 years. It is hard to argue with the data. Then in the 70s along with the ozone problem we started to see a temperature rise. A quick check on google shows me that this has happened before. Actually the earth has experienced several additional descending peaks, including the Minoan Warm Period between 3500 – 3000 years ago, the Roman Warm Period between 2250 – 1500 years ago and the Medieval Warm Period between 1250 – 750 years ago. Once again the data being sparse from those periods and requires guess work. But to me I see a cycle of about 1800 to 2000 years between peaks. The current theory is one of climate change. What the heck is that some sort of joke? That is just normal weather as it always changes. I think man is naive to think we are changing or controlling the weather. In my mind it is the sun and nothing else. I do think we can control and pollute a section of our environment of the planet, with heavy metals, radiation and such, but as far as the weather goes, not a chance. I think we will see solar warming until 2500 or 2600 before it starts the descending cycle. It will continue to be warming for about the next 500 to 900 years. ////////////////////////////////////

A Politically Correct Christmas Carol

Deck the halls with boughs of non-endangered plant species
Fa la la la la, la la la la

' Tis the season to be self-actualizing,
Fa la la la la, la la la la

Don we now our alternate-lifestyle apparel
Fa la la la la, la la la la

Toll the ancient non-denominational-winter-solstice-holiday carol
Fa la la la la, la la la la

See the blazing log of non-denominational-winter-solstice-holiday-non-endangered wood before us,
Fa la la la la, la la la la

Play the harp without unnecessary brutality and join the chorus
Fa la la la la, la la la la

Sing we emotionally stable in a collective group effort,
Fa la la la la la la la la

Heedless of the weather patterns despite the effects of global warming,
Fa la la la la, la la la la

Fast away the mature year passes
Fa la la la la la la la la

Hail the new year without any implicit ageism, ye persons
Fa la la la la la la la la

Dance in a non-hierarchical manner in merry measure,
Fa la la la la la la la la

While I tell of non-materialistic, non-denominational-winter-solstice-holiday treasure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la


A tiny but dignified old lady was among a group looking at an art exhibition in a newly opened gallery. Suddenly one contemporary painting caught her eye. "What on earth," she inquired of the artist standing nearby, "is that?"

He smiled condescendingly. "That, my dear lady, is supposed to be a mother and her child."

"Well, then," snapped the little old lady, "why isn't it?"


My kitchen is still a mess but here is another recipe I intend to try.

When we go out one of the meals Patty likes is “Prime Rib.”  During my life I have only gone to one house where the family made prime rib.  I myself have never made the dish for the following reason.  It was a costly cut of meat and I did not want to screw it up or waste it.

On Facebook the other day somebody posted the fool proof way to cook a prime rib.

Perfect Prime Rib Everytime


1prime rib roast with or without bone (any size)
Garlic powder


Preheat oven to 550F degrees.

Make a rub of salt, pepper and garlic powder and apply to meat. Place meat in a shallow roasting pan fat side up.

Roast at 550 at 5 minutes per pound for RARE, or 6 minutes per pound for MEDIUM and 7 minutes per pound for WELL DONE.

Turn off oven at the end of cooking time and DO NOT OPEN OVEN DOOR FOR TWO HOURS.

At the end of the 2 hours, remove meat from oven to slice; it comes out perfect everytime.

Works the same with Roast beef. Try it you won’t be disappointed.


On the rear of the One Dollar bill, you will see  two circles. Together, they comprise the Great Seal of the United States. The First Continental Congress requested that Benjamin Franklin and a  group of men come up with a Seal. It took them  four years to accomplish this task and another  two years to get it approved.
If you look at the left-hand circle,  you will see a Pyramid .

Notice  the face is lighted, and the western side is  dark. This country was just beginning. We had  not begun to explore the west or decided what we  could do for Western Civilization. The Pyramid  is uncapped, again signifying that we were not  even close to being finished. Inside the  Capstone you have the all-seeing eye, an ancient  symbol for divinity. It was Franklin 's belief  that one man couldn't do it alone, but a group  of men, with the help of God, could do  anything.

'IN  GOD WE TRUST' is on this  currency.

The  Latin above the pyramid, ANNUIT COEPTIS, means,  'God has favored our undertaking.'

The  Latin below the pyramid, NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM,  means, 'a new order has begun.'

At  the base of the pyramid is the Roman numeral for  1776. (MDCCLXXVI)

If  you look at the right-hand circle, and check it  carefully, you will learn that it is on every  National Cemetery in the United States .

It  is also on the Parade of Flags Walkway at the  Bushnell, Florida National Cemetery , and is the  centerpiece of most heroes' monuments.  Slightly  modified, it is the seal of the President of the  United States , and it is always visible  whenever he speaks, yet very few people know  what the symbols mean.

The Bald  Eagle was selected as a symbol for victory for  two reasons:
First, he  is not afraid of a storm; he is strong, and he  is smart enough to soar above it.
Secondly,  he wears no material crown. We had just broken  from the King of England .
Also,  notice the shield is unsupported. This country  can now stand on its own.
At the top  of that shield there is a white bar signifying  congress, a unifying factor. We were coming  together as one nation.

In the  Eagle's beak you will read, ' E PLURIBUS UNUM'  meaning, 'from many -  one.'
Above the  Eagle, we have the thirteen stars, representing  the thirteen original colonies, and any clouds  of misunderstanding rolling away. Again, we were  coming together as one.

Notice  what the Eagle holds in his talons. He holds an  olive branch and arrows. This country wants  peace, but we will never be afraid to fight to  preserve peace. The Eagle always wants to face  the olive branch, but in time of war, his gaze  turns toward the arrows.

An (untrue)  old-fashioned belief says that the  number 13 is an unlucky number. This is almost a  worldwide belief. You will almost never see a  room numbered 13, or any hotels or motels with a  13th floor. But think about  this:

America,  which relies on God (not a number) to direct and  lead, boldly  chose:

13 original  colonies,
13 signers of the Declaration of  Independence ,
13 stripes on our flag,
13  steps on the  pyramid,
13 letters  in 'Annuit  Coeptis',
13 letters  in ' E Pluribus Unum,'
13 stars above the  eagle,
13 bars on that shield,
13 leaves  on the olive  branch,
13 fruits,  and if you look  closely,
13  arrows.

And  finally, notice the arrangement of the  13  stars in the  right-hand circle.

You will  see that they are arranged as a Star of  David.

This  was ordered by   George Washington who, when he asked Haym  Solomon, a wealthy Philadelphia Jew, what he  would like as a personal reward for his services  to the Continental Army.   Solomon said he wanted nothing for  himself, but he would like something for his people.  The  Star of David was the result. Few people know it was Solomon who saved the Army  through his financial  contributions  ... then   died a pauper. Haym Solomon gave $25 million  to  save the Continental Army, money that was  sorely  needed to help realize   America’s – our - freedom and independence from England .

Therein  lies America ’s Judeo-Christian  beginning.

Most  American children do NOT know any of  this.

They are not  taught because their history teachers do NOT know this. They also were  not taught!

On  America’s Freedom:

Too many  veterans gave up too much to let the meaning  fade.  Many  veterans came home to an America that did not  care.  Too many  veterans never came home at  all.
They served, they died for you … for me.

I  hope you will   share this page with many-so they can learn about the UNITED  STATES DOLLAR BILL, and what it stands for.

America is  at a critical juncture.  Let's do whatever we can to save her while never,  ever forgetting:

I am not sure where this information above came from but being a veteran I never heard it before.  I am however a MMORPG player.  I have had many avatars at max level, “World of Warcraft, more then one at level 100.  Currently playing “Final Fantasy IXV” and closing in on the max of level 60.  MMORPG means Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game and for some reason this email is being bantered about.  Not so much in the game itself but places you visit when you are having trouble with a quest.  I actually got my copy in an e-mail.  By massively it is in the millions and money earned is in the billions.


Two lawyers were out hunting when they came upon a pair of tracks. They stopped and examined the tracks closely.
The first lawyer announced, "Those are deer tracks. It's deer season, so we should follow the tracks and find our prey."
The second lawyer responded,"Those are clearly elk tracks, and elk are out of season. If we follow your advice, we'll waste the day."
Each attorney believed himself to be the superior woodsman, and they both bitterly stuck to their guns.
They were still arguing when the train hit them.


The reason the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines bicker amongst themselves is that they don't speak the same language.

For instance, take the simple phrase "secure the building". The Army will post guards around the place.

The Navy will turn out the lights and lock the doors.

The Marines will kill everybody inside and set up a headquarters

The Air Force will take out a 5 year lease with an option to buy.


An Army Ranger was on vacation in the depths of Louisiana and he wanted a pair of genuine alligator shoes in the worst way, but was very reluctant to pay the high prices the local vendors were asking. After becoming very frustrated with the "no haggle" attitude of one of the shopkeepers, the Ranger shouted, "maybe I'll just go out and get my own alligator so I can get a pair of shoes made at a reasonable price!"

The vendor said, "By all means, be my guest. Maybe you will run into a couple of Marines who were in here earlier saying the same thing."

So the Ranger headed into the bayou that same day and a few hours later came upon two men standing waist deep in the water. He thought, "those must be the two Marines the guy in town was talking about."

Just then, the Ranger saw a tremendously long gator swimming rapidly underwater towards one of the Marines. Just as the gator was about to attack, the Marine grabbed its neck with both hands and strangled it to death with very little effort. Then both Marines dragged it on shore and flipped it on its back. Laying nearby were several more of the creatures.

One of the Marines then exclaimed, "Damn, this one doesn't have any shoes either!"


This past Thursday Patty and I went to play at the Old Rochester Regional High School.  Our Grandson, Paul, was playing the part of Jacob Marley in the play “A Christmas Carol.”

The play was terrific, everything was done to perfection, the sets, costumes, etc.  If I had any problem it would be the sound system.  I have seen a play in the past at ORR and the sound system was poor back then.  Then the play was “Oklahoma.”

Paul is a Freshman in Highschool and has participated in plays while in Junior High.  Previous productions include Annie and the Princess and the Pea.

The community of Rochester should be proud of the High School Drama Club and the club of the Junior High.


Christmas is the time of the year that many are involved in “Cookie Swaps.”  I have been the stand in for Patty during these swaps but the reward is greater than the work.  You submit 12 dozen cookies all the same and end up with 12 dozen different cookies.

I have never made Ginger Snap cookies as I felt one of my past bosses made them pretty much better than anyone.  During my working life I would look forward to her cookies.  She still gets my weekly letter and I am hoping after reading this recipe she will send me hers.

After baking, these spicy cookies have a crackly and sugary top. Serve them with ice cream, fresh fruit, sorbet or coffee.



1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
Granulated sugar


    1.   Heat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease cookie sheets with shortening or cooking spray, or line with cooking parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
    2.   In large bowl, beat brown sugar, shortening, molasses and egg with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Until well blended. Stir in remaining ingredients except granulated sugar.
    3.   Shape dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into balls. Dip tops into granulated sugar. On cookie sheets, place balls, sugared sides up, about 3 inches apart.
    4.   Bake 10 to 12 minutes or just until set. Immediately remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack.


The letter has come to an end.  See some of you during exercise class.

Remember to smile.

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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