George Rucker's February 14, 2017 Newsletter

God morgon, kompis or Norwegian for Good morning, friend,

Well my life should be a little more orderly now that my vacation and the Super Bowl have finished.  My letter was posted one day early last week  so I could get it out of the way.

I received an email that I had to check if true or false.  This particular one is true.  The account was allegedly written in a book by Elmer Bendiner called “The Fall of  Fortresses.”

The story, as written in the circulating eRumor below, is a paraphrasing of an actual account given by World War 2 war veteran Elmer Bendiner in his book “The Fall of Fortresses”. The book is now out of print but the team was able to acquire a used copy at

Elmer Bendiner was a navigator in a B-17 during WW II.  He tells this story of a World War II bombing run over Kassel, Germany, and the unexpected result of a direct hit on their gas tanks.  "Our B-17, the Tondelayo, was barraged by flak from Nazi antiaircraft guns.  That was not unusual, but on this particular occasion our gas tanks were hit."
"Later, as I reflected on the miracle of a 20 millimeter shell piercing the fuel tank without touching off an explosion, our pilot, Bohn Fawkes, told me it was not quite that simple."  On the morning following the raid, Bohn had gone down to ask our crew chief for that shell as a souvenir of unbelievable luck.
The crew chief told Bohn that not just one but 11 shells had been found in the gas tanks.  11 unexploded shells where only one was sufficient to blast us out of the sky.  It was as if the sea had been parted for us.  A near-miracle, I thought.  Even after 35 years, so awesome an event leaves me shaken, especially after I heard the rest of the story from Bohn.
He was told that the shells had been sent to the armorers to be defused.  The armorers told him that Intelligence had picked them up.  They could not say why at the time, but Bohn eventually sought out the answer.  "Apparently when the armorers opened each of those shells, they found no explosive charge.  They were as clean as a whistle and just as harmless."
  Empty?  Not all of them!  One contained a carefully rolled piece of paper.  On it was a scrawl in Czech.  The Intelligence people scoured our base for a man who could read Czech.  Eventually they found one to decipher the note.  Translated, the note read:

"This is all we can do for you now… using Jewish slave labor is never a good idea."


If a recipe has received 5 stars by over 650 reviews it is bound to be good.

Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos


    1 pound ground pork sausage
    1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
    1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
    1 pound large fresh jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
    1 (8 ounce) bottle Ranch dressing (optional)


    Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
    Place sausage in a skillet over medium heat, and cook until evenly brown. Drain grease.
    In a bowl, mix the sausage, cream cheese, and Parmesan cheese. Spoon about 1 tablespoon sausage mixture into each jalapeno half. Arrange stuffed halves in baking dishes.
    Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until bubbly and lightly browned. Serve with Ranch dressing.


Please do not Google or check this with Snopes.  They will lie to you.  Trust me!

In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a healthy young wife by the name of Dorothy.   And Dot Com was a comely woman, large of breast, broad of shoulder and long of leg.  Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.

And she said unto Abraham, her husband, "Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?"

And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, "How, dear?"

And Dot replied, "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send
messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price. The sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."

Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums.  And the drums rang out and were an immediate success.  Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent.

To prevent neighboring countries from overhearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew.  It was known as Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures - Hebrew to the People (HTTP).

And the young men did take to Dot Com's trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung.  They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS.  And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land. Indeed he did insist on drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates' drum heads and drumsticks.

And Dot did say, "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others." And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel, or eBay as it came to be known.  He said, "We need a name that reflects what we are."

And Dot replied, "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators."  "YAHOO," said Abraham.  And because it was Dot's idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com.

Abraham's cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot's drums to locate things around the countryside.

It soon became known as God's Own Official Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE).

That is how it all began. And that's the truth.

I would not make up this stuff.


Two more facts to add to last weeks letter. “The state of sanitation remains a powerful indicator of the state of human development in any community,” (reads a report from the United Nations) “Access to sanitation bestows benefits of many levels. Cross-country studies show that the method of disposing of excreta is one of the strongest determinants of child survival: the transition from unimproved to improved sanitation reduces overall child mortality by about a third. Improved sanitation also brings advantages for public health, livelihoods and dignity – advantages that extend beyond households to entire communities.” ///////////////////////////////// This week’s invention will be the “Computer.” In my house I currently have three. A computer is a programmable machine that responds to a specific set of defined instructions. It consists of hardware (the machinery and housing for its electronics) and software (the programs that contain the data used by the computer). The hardware includes a central processing unit (CPU) that controls an operating system, which directs your inputs (keyboard, mouse or micropho9ne), outputs (LCD display or printer), memory and storage. The first modern computers were cumbersome machines designed to solve complicated mathematical questions. Today’s computers do much more than math, but the language they speak is still one of calculation, storing each piece of information as a number. English inventor, scientist and mathematician Charles Babbage is credited with conceiving of the first computer, which he called the “Difference Engine,” in the early 1830s. It was designed to solve mathematical computations. In 1991, the Science Museum in London built Babbage’s computer and discovered that the visionary inventor’s machine worked. ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was one of the first digital computers. Built in 1954, it weighed 30 tons and was powered by thousands of vacuum tubes, capacitors, relays and electrical equipment. ENIAC lacked an operating system, but its legacy can be found in the personal computers of today. Although in 1943 IBM president Tom Watson famously said, “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers,” advances in electronics (transistors), the application of semiconductors, and integrated circuits enabled reductions in size and increases in power that paved the way for a much more robust prognosis. Today, computers are everywhere: on our desks and laps, in our hands, on our wrists and for some, in our eyeglasses. And there’s more to come: computers that learn on their own, brain-computer interfacing, and quantum computers that utilize fiber optic technology are all on the horizon. //////////////////////////////////

Have you ever thought about spices?  Lately they have blends, mixes, sort of shortcuts to the original.  Here is an example, Italian Seasoning: (zest factor - mild)


3 tablespoons dried basil
3 tablespoons dried oregano
3 tablespoons dried parsley
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


Mix all ingredients in a spice grinder
or put in a small bowl and crush with the back of a spoon

store in an airtight jar for up to 6 months.

. . . that looks easy and is sold in most markets and probably available in most kitchens.  What I learned from this recipe is spices must have a shelf life of about 6 months once opened.  Funny thing is I usually keep them for about two years but realize that potency decreases over time so I use more for the same taste.

Lately spicy food is becoming vogue.  Cajun, Creole, Mexican and other spices of this venue are appearing in our American Kitchens.

Cajun Spice (zest factor Hot)

2 teaspoons sea salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 ½ teaspoon hot paprika (see note below)
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoons ground cayenne
1 1/4 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/4 teaspoons dried thyme
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes

Directions are same as above.

(Note mentioned above) - While on vacation I looked for the spice “Hot Paprika,” while at home I have smoked and regular.  I know there is a Hungarian, but thought it was the same as American made regular paprika.  I have always just used this spice for color, like sprinkling onto deviled eggs.  I never noticed much of a taste until the smoked variety came out about a year or so ago.  For special spices you can visit: They sell tea and spice in sort of bulk amounts, by bulk I mean ½ pound or less.  The location is in North Truro MA and it looks like they employ about 10 or so people.  I visit the store about every other year as they sell some rather neat items.


Teacher: How old is your father?
Kid: He is 6 years,
Teacher: What?  How is this possible?
Kid: He became father only when I was born.
(Logic!!  Children are quick and always speak their minds.)
Teacher: Maria, go to the map and find North America.
Maria: Here it is.
Teacher: Correct.  Now, Class, who discovered America?
Class: Maria
Teacher: Glenn, how do you spell ‘crocodile?’
Glen: K-R-O-K-O-D-I-A-L
Teacher: No, that’s wrong
Glen: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.
(I love this child.)
Teacher: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?
Teacher: What are you talking about?
Donald: Yesterday you said it’s H to O.
Teacher: Clyde, your composition on ‘My Dog’ is exactly the same as your brother’s.  Did you copy his?
Clyde: No, sir; it’s the same dog.
(I want to adopt this kid!!!)
Teacher: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?
Harold: A teacher.
Pass this around and make someone laugh!  Laughter is the soul’s medicine!


There was an old joke that I heard probably 30 years ago that after fours years of College Spanish the only thing most people remember is “Mi casa es su casa” or My house is your house.  I found it funny then and while on vacation someplace bought a ceramic sign that states “Mi sand casa es su sand casa.”

Pretty much living surrounded by sand and ocean all the time, living on Cape Cod, my house decorations are beach related.  My light switches are of sand color and texture and with shells stamped into them.  The pictures on the wall are of light houses from up and down the coast.  I have a light house pretty much at the end of the street, well my street and one other, it is at the end of Wings Neck.  At the end of my street is a town beach and boat ramp which is just after the turn towards Wings Neck.  That lighthouse is privately owned and comes with a house or visa versa depending on your way of thinking.

I am leading into a topic pretty much in the news lately, sanctuary cities.  An executive order signed by President Trump in January would also cut federal money to "sanctuary cities" if local law enforcement agencies do not comply with U.S. immigration requests.  I am in agreement, I am totally for legal immigrants, just not the illegal immigrants.  Our city of Boston is one of these sanctuary cities.  This blows my mind as I did not know it was a border or even a near border town.  I do not see any humor in the Mayor of any city saying “mi casa es su casa.”  It is totally not funny and he is breaking federal laws if his or her policies do not allow for deportation of any and all illegal immigrants who break any laws.  It is a crime and they, as the mayor of the city should be punished.

The order signed by President Trump is somewhat ambiguous in its definition of what is a sanctuary city. The U.S. Supreme Court has said that law enforcement cannot stop someone on a pretense to determine whether or not a person is legally or illegally in the U.S.   A police officer cannot look at someone and say, "Oh, I think this person may be here illegally, so I am going to stop and interrogate this person." That is not going to happen.

Let's assume that someone has robbed a bank, they are arrested, and it's determined that person is illegally here. If you commit a felony, a serious crime, then you go through the process to determine if the person is here illegally. That person, yes, is turned over to ICE, but that is for a felony.  Some sanctuary cities, e.g. San Francisco will give a bale amount while these illegals are waiting for ICE and let them go, only to have them go underground again and many times commit another crime.  I think that letting them go is just another crime.

But let's say this another person is stopped for running the red light. Citation is probably given or it's a misdemeanor. Then no, you don't go through all that. If that person is illegally here, it doesn't matter: That is a misdemeanor.  What matters to me is any infraction of any law is a crime and should be reported to ICE if the person is illegal.


Heart of the problem.

The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.


Sign in Indiana Business Front Window

We would rather do business with President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, all the elites of Congress, the Mass Media, and all of Hollywood than with one Conservative American!!!

This sign was prominently displayed in the window of a business in Whiting, Indiana.  You are probably outraged at the thought of such an inflammatory statement.  However, we are a society which holds Freedom of Speech as perhaps our greatest liberty; and after all . . . it is just a sign.

You may ask, what kind of business would dare post such a sign?

Answer: Owen’s Funeral Home

(Gotta love Midwest Humor!!!)



In the afternoon, I went over to the local Cabala’s Outdoor Shop to get a small 9mm handgun for home/personal protection. When I was ready to pay for the pistol and some ammo, the cashier said, "Strip down, facing me." Making a mental note to complain to the NRA about the gun control wackos running amok, I did just as she had instructed.

  When the hysterical shrieking and alarms finally subsided, I found out she was referring to how I should place my credit card in the card reader!!! As an intelligent senior citizen, I do not get flustered often. But this time, it took me a while to get my pants back on. I've been asked to shop elsewhere in the future. They need to make their instructions to seniors a little more clear.

I still don't think I looked that bad!   Just need to wear underwear more often.


A recent article in "The Dominion Post" reported that Nancy Pelosi  Has sued Wellington Hospital, saying that after her husband had  Surgery there,   he lost all interest in sex.

A hospital spokesman replied:  "Your husband was admitted for cataract surgery.  All we did was correct his eyesight!”


I tried my best the other day to make potato pancakes.  They came out not bad, probably a B-.  I emailed my sister for her recipe and I like her measurements and descriptions.  It did however give me a start for a better recipe.  Here is my sisters recipe:
   I grate the potatoes in the blender with water.  (I don't like blood from a box grater in the potatoes.)  I strain the potatoes through a couple of layers of cheese cloth to get most of the water out  You can squeeze it.  I also throw a little bit of onion in the blender.  Not too much.  Then a couple of eggs, some flour, not too much, and the most important thing is Matzo meal.  It helps them get crunchy.  Then I fry them in about ½  inch of oil.  The best kind of pan to use is a cast iron one.  I haven't made them in quite a while because I can't use my cast iron pans on the stupid glass electric top on the stove in this new house.  We have a gas furnace, so the gas lines run to the house, but running a new line to the kitchen and replacing a perfectly (well sorta) good stove offends my cheap nature.  It's one of those follow your instincts recipes.

Potato Pancakes (Latkes)   courtesy of Linda Rohatiner - food network


    5 large russet potatoes, peeled
    1 medium onion
    4 eggs, beaten
    ½  cup matzo meal
    1 ½  teaspoons salt
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    ½  cup canola oil, for frying
    Sour cream, for serving
    Applesauce, for serving


Grate potatoes and onion into a bowl or pulse in food processor. Drain any excess liquid, then add the eggs, matzo meal, salt and pepper.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Spoon the mixture into hot oil forming small pancakes. Cook until underside is golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip pancakes and cook until other side is golden and potatoes are cooked through, about 2 minutes more. Serve hot with sour cream or applesauce.

It has been mentioned that some potato Pancake mixes are so good the many have just gone to using the mix rather than going through all the effort to make them fresh.

Hungry Jack® Potato Pancakes, King Arthur Flour Potato Pancake mix, Manischewitz Potato Pancake Mix, all of these say they are the best.


As usual, smile, and the world will smile back.  I will be at exercise later in the morning today, see some of you then.  For all of Georges Newsletter click HERE

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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