George Rucker's Newsletter for February 28, 2017

Maidin mhaith is how to say good morning in “Irish Gaelic.”

The opening for my letter this week   Maidin mhaith, which is the simplest way to say “good morning” in Irish, is a direct translation of the English phrase.

Maidin: Morning

Mhaith: Good

(In Irish, the adjective comes after the noun, much as in Spanish or French).

Pronunciation for this varies a bit among the three main Irish dialects:


Everyone by now knows that the 9th Circuit Court upheld a decision made by a lower court judge regarding the Presidents attempt of banning people coming in from seven countries.  This ban was imposed by the President for the protection of our country.  I have for at least 25 years referred to this court as the 9th Circus Court.  The President intends to rewrite his dictate or  kick their rejection to the next level of court, a U.S. Federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the district courts.

What surprise me while looking up this information was the 9th Circuit is not the worst of these lower courts.  The actual worst happens to be the 6th Circuit Court.  Can you believe that a court of any caliber could see 27 of their 28 decisions reversed.   The San Francisco-based court has frequently been the most reversed among the circuit courts, seeing 27 of its 28 decisions reversed or vacated by the high court.  I do see that both of these courts are in California so I feel they must have a very weak jurist pool or just those that disregard the law or the constitution.

Back to my looking into data on the 9th Circuit itself.  Does the Supreme Court Overturn 80 Percent of Ninth Circuit Court Decisions?  Some confusing wording suggested the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' decisions almost never "stick."  Among less than one tenth of one percent of circuit court decisions are reviewed by the Supreme Court, of those reviewed about 80 percent of the Ninth Circuit Court's decisions were overturned.

Eight of out of 10 cases from the 9th Circuit reviewed by the Supreme Court are overruled, according to a 2010 analysis published by the American Bar Association. The 9th Circuit, which is known for its liberal tendencies, has the second-highest reversal rate of the 13 appellate courts below the Supreme Court.  This is where I found the mention of the 6th circuit court, who I think might be trying to become the new 9th circuit court.  I had to know how any court could have been worse.

So how did the Ninth Circuit get the reputation for being the “rogue circuit”? Well, “figures don’t lie, but liars figure.” One measure of a circuit’s success “is the extent to which its decisions have been reviewed and reversed or vacated by the Supreme Court.”

Reversal rates for each court of appeals would be very small, in the range of a tenth of a percent, if calculated as the total number of cases reversed over the total number of appeals terminated by that court. Conversely, if the reversal rate is calculated as the total number of cases reversed over the total number of cases reviewed by the Supreme Court, the ratio increases dramatically. So, in the big picture, i.e., considering all of the appeals terminated by each circuit, reversal rates for all courts of appeals could be very low, if calculated by the former method, or very high, if calculated by the latter method.

They only count cases that go to the Supreme Court for this study and over a 10 year period 175 times their decision was appealed.  107 were reversed, 33 were vacated, and 35 were upheld; what this proves is that even a totally broken watch is right twice a day.


Church Receives $80,000 Winning Lottery Ticket in Collection Plate

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Jerry's Mart convenient store is often referred to as "the lucky store," Manager Junior Patel said.

The walls are plastered with winning tickets, the highest totaling $750,000 and soon another will be added. One lucky person picked up a $3 Lemon Doubler Cashword ticket and was fortunate enough to scratch off $80,000 what they did next was even more unbelievable.

The unknown winner placed the winning ticket in the collection plate at Cathedral of Prayer Church in Columbus, donating every penny of the cash earnings to the church.

"The money is going towards the church and we have to supply the food for the neighborhood, the clothing, everything costs and we give this stuff away free," says Alfonzo Riggins.

Riggins has been attending cathedral of prayer church for the past 15 years, He also handles security for the pastor and first lady of the church.

He says he has already received criticisms from people in the community about the church accepting the money.

"God said a blessing is a blessing you know, no one at the church played the lottery so it had to be an outsider that came in and did this," Riggins said.

Gloria Rodgers, chief financial officer of Cathedral of Prayer, spoke on behalf of the church, claiming the prize Aug. 26 at the Georgia Lottery's Columbus District Office.

"It's an excellent thing," she said. "People in the community have come by and put lottery winnings in the offering through the years."

The $80,000 prize is by far the largest they've received.

"When we saw this, we didn't know," Rodgers added.

According to Rodgers, burglars stripped the air conditioning unit of its copper three weeks ago, leaving the edifice without cool air. The anonymous donation will go toward fixing the unit.

"Everybody is just thrilled," she said. "We're thankful."

Church members leaving Bible study had no idea about the huge donation their church had gotten but agreed that it was in fact a gift from above.

"Everything comes from God, everything is a blessing however we received it, and it's a blessing I'm not telling anybody to go out and gamble but however God gave it to you then receives it as that," Riggins said. "I haven't found out yet and I'm not going to ask that question unless it's given to me as a direct order to figure out where it came from."

For now this church's $80,000 blessing will for now remain a mystery.


Do you want to learn how to become rich?  It is not the way I lived my life although I feel pretty comfortable.  I did in fact work until age 70 and with two heart attacks.  I envy some and some envy me but we are all losing the game of Monopoly as somebody out there owns Boardwalk.  I have retired three times plus social security and feel I get by..

Nobody I know becomes rich by consuming things but they do so by not consuming things.  I found a site you might be able to use that explains the process.
  Getting Rich: from Zero to Hero in One Blog Post

 Hi there. If we haven’t met, my name is Mr. Money Mustache. I’m the freaky financial magician who retired along with a lovely wife at age 30 in order to start a family, as well as start living a great life. We did this on two normal salaries with no lottery winnings or Silicon Valley buyout windfalls, by living what we thought was a wonderful and fulfilling existence. It was only after quitting the rat race that we looked around and realized why we had become financially independent while most people, even with higher incomes, end up stuck needing to work until age 65 or later.

I’m writing this post to use as kind of a permanent “Hello!”, since at any given moment in time, about half of the readers of this blog are pretty new, and casting around wondering where to start on a giant site like this with over 400 published articles. Most people arrive with the same question:

    “I hear Mr. Money Mustache writes some useful stuff and many people are building happy, wealthy lives for themselves using his advice”, they are saying, “but I am a busy person. How can he make me rich Right Now!?”

Want more?  Go to:

I will look at some of his articles in the next few letters or you can visit it now.


A truly amazing website, especially if you listen to the radio.  You can choose any country and pretty much any station in the world.  I did notice a few of my local stations were not included but the larger ones were there.



Let’s see what I can do for this weeks invention.  How about something that effects most us.  “Oil Refining,” an oil refinery converts crude oil into usable gasoline and other petroleum-based products.  Crude oil pumped from the ground is not pure, and in the unrefined state, it may damage an engine or produce a foul-smelling smoke.

The goal of refining is to isolate usable liquids.  First, the oil is heated to about 350 degrees Celsius and sent through a fracking tower, where it becomes cooler as the height increases.  As the vaporized oil cools inside the tower, the liquids separate.  Kerosene collects near the top, while heaver substances like tar are found at the bottom.  After the oil is distilled, pipelines and trucks transport the products around the world to consumers who depend on it for innumerable purposes.

Petroleum is thought to have originated from microscopic marine organisms that have bee transformed by high temperatures and pressures beneath Earth’s crust.  The oil and gas migrate through porous rock until they are trapped by impermeable rock.  Early miners who discovered the foul smelling substance saw it as a nuisance and often burned it or deposited it in rivers.  But in the 1840's in Pennsylvania, an entrepreneur named Samuel Kier tried to turn the oily byproduct into something of value.

Kier’s first thought was to use the flammable substance as a light, but it created a lot of smoke and the smell was awful.

He then sought the help of chemist James Booth and together they developed a simple way of refining petroleum, creating a new type of lamp oil, that burned with little smoke or odor.  By the 1860's there were 58 refineries in Pittsburgh alone.  These early refineries used horizontal stills that held five barrels at a time, raising the temperature very slowly.  Only concerned with kerosene, they disposed of the rest of the byproducts, like gasoline, for which they had no use at the time.

Today, all compounds in crude oil find uses after refining, but the greatest demand is for gasoline.  One barrel of crude oil contains only 25 to 35 percent gasoline, but the demand is so high that oil refineries break down other molecules, in a process called cracking, to make a low quality gasoline.

The refineries also spit out many important substances.  Asphalt, for instance, is used to pave roads, and fuel oil burns in furnace to generate heat.  Trucks and boats burn diesel fuel.  Kerosene becomes jet fuel and supports heating and cooking.  Petroleum gas can be used in heating appliances and refrigerants, and lubricating oils, such as motor oil, reduce friction.  Paraffin wax insulates buildings, and even bitumen, or tar is used for paving roads and waterproofing.  In sum, oil enhances nearly every facet of modern life, powering vehicles, creating medicines, forming plastics and more, all made possible through oil refineries.


Saudi Arabia Breaks Records on Oil Exports and Output for Year

Saudi Arabia boosted oil exports and production last year to the highest monthly averages on record as the global crude market endured oversupply.

Exports climbed to 7.65 million barrels a day on average last year, from 7.39 million barrels a day a year earlier, according to Joint Organizations Data Initiative monthly data compiled by Bloomberg. Production rose to 10.46 million barrels a day from 10.19 million, on average, over the same period.

What do I think of this?  . . . well the Saudi’s now want to end the world crude glut and for the first two months of 2017 have reduced their output.  This after they pretty much caused the world glut with their huge production in 2015 and 2016.

 Oil Producers Promised Output Cuts. Here’s the Reality.

4 countries reduced oil production by 5.6 million barrels a day, Saudi, Angola, Oman, and Qatar.

17 countries did not meet the goal, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Kuwait, Bahrain, U.A.E., Sudan, South Sudan, Malaysia, Brunei, Mexico, Iraq, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Venezuela.

Russia is now the worlds leading producer, and has surpassed the Saudi’s oil output.

Note: The U.S. is the third highest producer of oil in the world and is not considered an OPEC or non-OPEC nation.  Something I find interesting and should look into as we probably are one of the largest consumers in the world.


Bacon-Cheddar Chicken and Potatoes (from

Top this dish with parsley for the perfect finishing touch.


1/4 cup KRAFT Classic Ranch Dressing
6 large bone-in chicken thighs (1-3/4 lb.), skin and visible fat removed
4 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon
1-1/2 lb. red potatoes (about 5), cut into 1-inch chunks
1 onion, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1 cup KRAFT Shredded Triple Cheddar Cheese with a TOUCH OF PHILADELPHIA
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley


Pour dressing over chicken in shallow dish. Refrigerate 30 min. to marinate.

Heat oven to 400ºF. Cook bacon in large skillet on medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet, reserving 1 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Drain bacon on paper towels.

Add potatoes and onions to reserved drippings; cook 5 min., stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Crumble bacon. Add to potato mixture; mix lightly. Spoon into 13x9-inch baking dish. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Place chicken over potato mixture.

Bake 55 min. to 1 hour or until potatoes are tender and chicken is done (165ºF). Top with cheese and parsley.


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.


A small bit about Ted Nugent . . . By: Ted Nugent

NO VACANCY! No room at the inn! Full up! I’m sorry, we are plum overloaded here, you will have to find somewhere else to live.

With more deer, cougar, bear, wild turkey, geese and other game in North America than ever in recorded history, the expansive wildlife habitat across the land is filled to the max with every critter it can possibly support.

There simply is No Vacancy!

Even elk, bison and in some regions, moose, wild sheep and pronghorn are currently in numbers better than in more than 100 years. I am convinced that these are indeed the good old days of hunting in America.

There is, in reality, no place in North America that can handle any more deer, elk, bison, cougar or most game critters. The habitat is literally full-up.

This past season I had the best dove hunting, squirrel hunting, waterfowl hunting, deer hunting and bear hunting I have had in more than 60 years of chasing critters. I had so much fun I could hardly stand myself!

As I gear up for my Sonic Baptizm tour across America all summer long preparing to perform my 6,574th concert, I have to come to grips with the fact that I won’t be able to hunt with my beloved dogs every day for a while. I won’t be able to check my trap  line every morning, hunt hogs, exotics and varmints, or take my daily walks in my sacred swamps and woodlands or commune with the precious wildlife that gives me so much life.

What do I say about Ted Nugent? . . . We have more seals, whales, sharks of all sorts including the dreaded Great White shark off of Cape Cod.  One of the whites bit the end of a Kyack.  We also had a visit from two orca whales (A.K.A. Killer whales).  They can and have killed the great white.   He might just be right, there is no more room at the Inn...


This was on the south side of Chicago.

When I heard Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson were going to be guest preachers at a nearby church, I decided to go and check them out in person.

As soon as I sat down, Reverend Sharpton came over to me. I don't know why, maybe it was because I was the only white person in the church. He laid his hands on my hand and said: "By the will of Jesus the Lord Almighty, and the will of God, you will walk today."

I told him I was not paralyzed.

Then Jesse Jackson came by and said: "By the Grace of God, and his Son Jesus, the Lord Almighty, you will walk today."

Again I said that there is nothing wrong with me.

After the sermon I stepped outside and lo and behold --- My Car Was Gone!



This has to be one of the best singles ads ever printed.  It is reported to have been listed in the Atlanta Journal.

Love the response this ad got!!

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Over 150 men found themselves talking to the Atlanta Humane Society.

If you don't pass this along, Something is wrong with you!


When I lived in Mississippi and there were certain things going on that I could easily just hop in my car and down the road to attend, say the Mardi gras.  I went quite a few times while stationed there.  Well here in New England the same is also true just not the Mardi gras as that drive would probably be a 30 hours.

Coming up locally there are a few festivals with the same theme.  The theme for this time of year also called seasonal celebrations happens to be Maple Festivals.

When I was young and still living on the farm we had approximately 20 sugar maple trees.  They were taller than our seven bedroom house, sorry now six bedrooms as we had upgraded the home to have an inside bathroom using the smallest bedroom (18x12), and also the largest bathroom of any house I have lived in since.   This to me was a very big improvement as I hated the outhouse.

My grandmother and her brother would set the taps into the trees and attach a bucket to each, then for perhaps three to four weeks would constantly have the oven in the kitchen on low while they both would be making maple syrup.  The warmth and the smell made it very pleasant to be awake while getting ready for school.

Well locally, it your look, you can find a maple festival.  All the New England states have at least one.  I will list what I think are the three easiest drives.  You should take your children or your grandchildren.

Connecticut (Hebron Maple Festival) March 18 19, tours, crafts, food and music.

Massachusetts (Maple Days at Old Sturbridge Village) March 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26.  On display will be gathering procedures utilized by Native Americans to those of today.

Rhode Island (Maple Sugaring Weekends) March 4-5, 11-12,18-19,25-26.   It happens to be located on the once estate of Samuel P. Colt, a Federalist-era salt marsh farm and museum.


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Remember to smile.  George

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Many of my friends know I was once a Democrat who was a McGovern supporter. While I was stationed in Texas I shook McGovern’s hand by the Alamo, in San Antonio , during a rally. This particular political party left me behind many years ago.

Great Orators of the Democrat Party – PAST:

"One man with courage makes a majority." ~ Andrew Jackson

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

"The buck stops here." ~ Harry S. Truman

"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for country." ~ John F. Kennedy


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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