George Rucker's Newsletter for Much 14, 2017

Born dia meus amigos! In Portuguese

Bom dia is a Portuguese equivalent of 'Good morning'. The masculine adjective 'bom' means 'good, fortunate'. The masculine noun 'dia' means day'.

Some things I found out this week that I did not know.  The North Dartmouth BJ’s club sells beer and wine.  Years ago they did in a separate area then they stopped.  Now the beer and wine are sold along with the groceries.  I wish they did this in Plymouth.  It must be a town bylaw that allows it.

I have known for a while, listening to those TV chefs, that cooking wine is not as good as bottled wine that is sold in supermarkets.  Well the other day I made chicken Marsala with bottled wine and must say it was great.  While buying the bottle I was talking to my friend, the clerk, and he told me that all wine sold in supermarkets has a ton of salt added and that the bottled wine used mostly for cooking is always fortified.   Fortified means higher alcohol content than most wines and will last two or three months with out refrigeration.  The only advantage of the supermarket wine is that it lasts a very long time.  I am not sure if true but most alcohol left over from parties seems to last for years.  The Marsala wine I purchased was 17% alcohol or 34 proof.  I looked at my other cooking wines and disposed of them all and salt was in fact the second ingredient on the label.

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 America's Health Insurance

              The medical community is unable to reach consensus on what to do with America's health insurance situation.

        The Allergists were in favor of scratching it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves.

        The Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve.

        Meanwhile, Obstetricians felt certain everyone was laboring under a misconception, while the Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted.

        Pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" while the Pediatricians said, "Oh, grow up!"

        The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the Radiologists could see right through it.

        Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing and the Internists claimed it would indeed be a bitter pill to swallow.

        The Plastic Surgeons opined that this proposal would "put a whole new face on the matter."

        The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea.

        Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and those lofty Cardiologists didn’t have the heart to say no.

        In the end, the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the assholes in Washington.

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           A retired older couple return to a Mercedes dealership where the salesman has just sold the car they were interested in to a beautiful blonde in a mini skirt and halter top.

            The old man was visibly upset. He spoke to the salesman sharply. "Young man, I thought you said you would hold that car till we raised the $55,000 asking price," said the older man. "Yet I just heard you closed the deal for $45,000 to the lovely young lady there."

            "And if I remember right, you had insisted there was no way you could discount this model."

            The salesman took a deep breath, cleared his throat and reached for a large glass of water. "Well, what can I tell you? She had the cash ready, didn't need any financing help, and, Sir, just look at her, how could I resist?", replied the grinning salesman sheepishly.

            Just then the young woman approached the senior couple and gave the car keys to the old man... "There you go," she said. "I told you I could get him

            to lower the price.... see you later Dad"

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           A retired older couple return to a Mercedes dealership where the salesman has just sold the car they were interested in to a beautiful blonde in a mini skirt and halter top.

            The old man was visibly upset. He spoke to the salesman sharply. "Young man, I thought you said you would hold that car till we raised the $55,000 asking price," said the older man. "Yet I just heard you closed the deal for $45,000 to the lovely young lady there."

            "And if I remember right, you had insisted there was no way you could discount this model."

            The salesman took a deep breath, cleared his throat and reached for a large glass of water. "Well, what can I tell you? She had the cash ready, didn't need any financing help, and, Sir, just look at her, how could I resist?", replied the grinning salesman sheepishly.

            Just then the young woman approached the senior couple and gave the car keys to the old man... "There you go," she said. "I told you I could get him

            to lower the price.... see you later Dad"

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           A retired older couple return to a Mercedes dealership where the salesman has just sold the car they were interested in to a beautiful blonde in a mini skirt and halter top.

            The old man was visibly upset. He spoke to the salesman sharply. "Young man, I thought you said you would hold that car till we raised the $55,000 asking price," said the older man. "Yet I just heard you closed the deal for $45,000 to the lovely young lady there."

            "And if I remember right, you had insisted there was no way you could discount this model."

            The salesman took a deep breath, cleared his throat and reached for a large glass of water. "Well, what can I tell you? She had the cash ready, didn't need any financing help, and, Sir, just look at her, how could I resist?", replied the grinning salesman sheepishly.

            Just then the young woman approached the senior couple and gave the car keys to the old man... "There you go," she said. "I told you I could get him

            to lower the price.... see you later Dad"

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           A retired older couple return to a Mercedes dealership where the salesman has just sold the car they were interested in to a beautiful blonde in a mini skirt and halter top.

            The old man was visibly upset. He spoke to the salesman sharply. "Young man, I thought you said you would hold that car till we raised the $55,000 asking price," said the older man. "Yet I just heard you closed the deal for $45,000 to the lovely young lady there."

            "And if I remember right, you had insisted there was no way you could discount this model."

            The salesman took a deep breath, cleared his throat and reached for a large glass of water. "Well, what can I tell you? She had the cash ready, didn't need any financing help, and, Sir, just look at her, how could I resist?", replied the grinning salesman sheepishly.

            Just then the young woman approached the senior couple and gave the car keys to the old man... "There you go," she said. "I told you I could get him

            to lower the price.... see you later Dad"

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         A retired older couple return to a Mercedes dealership where the salesman has just sold the car they were interested in to a beautiful blonde in a mini skirt and halter top.

            The old man was visibly upset. He spoke to the salesman sharply. "Young man, I thought you said you would hold that car till we raised the $55,000 asking price," said the older man. "Yet I just heard you closed the deal for $45,000 to the lovely young lady there."

            "And if I remember right, you had insisted there was no way you could discount this model."

            The salesman took a deep breath, cleared his throat and reached for a large glass of water. "Well, what can I tell you? She had the cash ready, didn't need any financing help, and, Sir, just look at her, how could I resist?", replied the grinning salesman sheepishly.

            Just then the young woman approached the senior couple and gave the car keys to the old man... "There you go," she said. "I told you I could get him

            to lower the price.... see you later Dad"

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         A retired older couple return to a Mercedes dealership where the salesman has just sold the car they were interested in to a beautiful blonde in a mini skirt and halter top.

            The old man was visibly upset. He spoke to the salesman sharply. "Young man, I thought you said you would hold that car till we raised the $55,000 asking price," said the older man. "Yet I just heard you closed the deal for $45,000 to the lovely young lady there."

            "And if I remember right, you had insisted there was no way you could discount this model."

            The salesman took a deep breath, cleared his throat and reached for a large glass of water. "Well, what can I tell you? She had the cash ready, didn't need any financing help, and, Sir, just look at her, how could I resist?", replied the grinning salesman sheepishly.

            Just then the young woman approached the senior couple and gave the car keys to the old man... "There you go," she said. "I told you I could get him

            to lower the price.... see you later Dad"

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The Difference Between Red, White and Yellow Onions - from www.tiphero.com

When you see a recipe that calls for a yellow or red onion, you probably think you can just use whatever kind of onion you have hanging around the fridge in its place. But when some recipes call for a particular kind of onion, you might be surprised to hear that they actually MEAN that kind of onion.

Red, yellow, and white onions all vary slightly in flavor, texture, and color, but can usually be substituted for one another. In terms of cooking, they will all behave the same in the pan, but may have a slightly different taste.

Before going into the differences between your most common types of onions, how do you know which onion to buy at the store?

When buying onions, go for ones that feel heavy in your hand and firm. Avoid soft onions or ones that have a sharp odor before peeling; these signs indicate that the onion is old. Except for sweet onions, all these onions can be stored for several weeks in a cool, dark pantry or cupboard.

Why are sweet onions stored differently? Well, read on to discover why and other crucial differences between common onion varieties.

Yellow Onions

More often than not, yellow onions are our go-to variety, kind of like an all-purpose onion. They tend to have a nice balance of astringency and sweet in their flavor, becoming sweeter the longer they cook.

Yellow onions are usually fist-sized and have a fairly tough outer skin and meaty layers that can be difficult to cut (and will almost always make you cry.) The only variety of yellow onion that we are most likely to find in the store are Spanish onions. We find this kind of yellow onion to be slightly sweeter and more delicate in flavor.

White Onions

At least these onions LOOK a lot more distinct than other onions! White onions tend to have a sharper and more pungent flavor than yellow onions, and they also have a thinner, more papery skin. They can be cooked just like yellow onions, but they’re best minced and added to raw salsas and chutneys.

Sweet Onions

Sweet onions are trickier because they look very similar to your average yellow onion. While they may look similar, they taste entirely different than yellow onions do. They lack the sharp, astringent taste of other onions and really do taste sweet.

Typically, these are what you’ll enjoy thinly sliced on top of sandwiches. They can range in color from white to yellow and often have a flattened or squashed appearance. Sweet onions tend to be more perishable than other varieties and should be stored in the refrigerator, unlike their fellow onions.

Red Onions

With their deep purple outer skin and reddish flesh, these are really the black sheep (or more appropriately the purple sheep) in the onion family.

Despite the fact that they look so different, red onions are fairly similar to yellow onions in flavor, though their layers are slightly less tender and meaty. They tend to lean more towards the sour-end of the flavor spectrum. Red onions are most often used in salads, salsas, and other raw preparations for their lovely color and relatively mild flavor.

A quick tip: if you find the flavor of red onions too astringent for eating raw, as many do, try soaking them in water before serving.

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I am an Ice Cream fan . . .  Here are some local creameries opening this March.

1. Somerset Creamery, both locations: Wednesday, March 15

2. Dairy Maid, New Bedford: Wednesday, March 15 – NOON!!!

3. Acushnet Creamery; Thursday, March 16 –  weather permitting

4. Country Whip, Acushnet: Thursday, March 16 – tentative

5. The Ice Cream Barn, Swansea: Monday, March 20th

6. Capt. Bonney’s Creamery, Rochester: Thursday, March 23rd

7. Oxford Creamery, Mattapoisett: Thursday, March 30

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3 carrier ships plus the new USS New York

This makes me proud to be an American!!

Great pictures and a wonderful tribute to the U.S.S. NEW YORK

http://jwvsw.org/carriers.pdf

(For those of you who have daughters or granddaughters, check out photo 4)

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The other day while shopping at Market Basket, I saw and heard something I thought very funny.  A young boy talking to his Mother said, “Mom!, Mom!, would you buy some brussels sprouts.”

At 76 I have never heard any child ask for brussels sprouts, most children do not know what they are.  Yet there he was standing right in front of the little green cabbage like vegetable.

It got me to think I should have some for supper tonight so I grabbed some and just cooked them with butter and a little salt.  Growing up on the farm they were a frequent fall vegetable.

When people tell me they don’t like Brussels sprouts, my response is the same as when people say they don’t like sex:

“Oh, maybe you’re just doing it wrong!”

So next time you do Brussels sprouts, make sure you do it right.

Sauteed Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts suffer from bad PR, but this super-simple recipe will make you forget all your bad experiences as they are transformed into nutty, garlicky, caramelized balls of goodness!

Author: Jeanne Horak-Druiff
Recipe type: Vegetable side
Serves: 2

Ingredients

    About 600g Brussels sprouts (I guess about 15 or so)
    4 shallots
    2 cloves of garlic, crushed
    olive oil
    vegetable stock cube/powder

Instructions

    Clean the Brussels sprouts and cut each one vertically in half.  Finely chop the shallots and crush the garlic.
    In a large flat-bottomed frying pan, heat enough oil to cover the base of the pan.  Place the Brussels sprouts in the pan, cut side down, in a single layer.  Scatter the chopped shallots and garlic over the sprouts.
    When the sprouts are just starting to caramelize (you will smell them), turn them over and cook for another 5 minutes or so.
    Add enough water to just cover the base of the pan with about 1mm of water and crumble half a vegetable stock cube into the pan (I used Kallo organic vegetable stock cubes). Give the pan a good stir and then allow to steam-fry until all the liquid has cooked off and the sprouts are tender.  Serve hot.

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Now for this weeks invention, “Satellites.”  I have been alive for every launch and now we are being “watched” at all times.  About 2460 satellites, of all shapes and sizes, now orbit earth, including the huge International Space Station (ISS)

During my military career and assigned to the 1st Mobile Communications Group we had a satellite equipment section.  Those lucky ducks would fly and tent on a beach on far away islands like “Bali,” as there was no communications with satellites while on the so called dark side of the earth.  This is no longer true as with communications satellites all messages can now be relayed.  Just an FYI my section was Mobile Control Towers which was also in high demand due to the Viet Nam war, (sigh), just not a beach on Bali.

Satellites circle our planet in regular orbits.  When objects such as meteors draw close to Earth, they become trapped by the planet’s gravity and burn up in the atmosphere.  Satellites, however, are launched at precisely calculated speeds – fast enough to maintain a balance between a satellite’s velocity and Earth’s gravitational pull.  If a satellite is traveling at the predicted speed, it will repeatedly “fall” toward Earth, but Earth’s curvature and the satellite’s speed result in the satellite falling around the planet in orbit – instead of crashing down.  The exact speed needed to keep a satellite in orbit depends on the height of the orbit – the higher it travels, the less speed is required for the satellite to overcome gravity and avoid burning up.

There are several accepted zones of satellite orbits around Earth.  One is called low Earth orbit (LEO).  LEO extends from about 100 to 1,250 miles above Earth’s surface.  This is the zone where the ISS orbits and where the U.S. space shuttle orbited previously.  Most communications satellites occupy a different zone, however designed to keep them in geostationary orbit.  This is a zone above Earth’s equator at an altitude of 22,236 miles.  In this zone, the rate of “fall” around Earth is the same as the speed of Earth’s rotation.  Thus, from the ground, the satellite appears to be fixed in the sky.

This allows the satellite to keep a stable connection with stationary ground antennas.  Fixed satellites can receive and send hundreds of billion voice, data and video transmissions.

Regardless of its purpose, every operation satellite has three main parts; an antenna to transmit data and to receive radio wave instructions from Earth; and a payload, such as a camera or particle detector, to collect information.

Satellites were the stuff of science fiction as recently as 58 years ago, when the Soviet Union launched the first real operating Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, on October 4, 1957.  Sputnik’s success triggered the “space race” between the USSR and the United States.  The United States launched its first artificial satellite, Explorer 1, on January 31, 1958.

Today, besides Russia and the United States, more that 40 other countries have launched their own satellites.  A sky so full of satellites faces a new problem – space junk.  So many dead satellites, spent rockets and pieces of space hardware now circle the planet that they pose a hazard to operating satellites.  More than 21,000 pieces of space trash larger than 4 inches, plus half a million bits between a quarter-inch and 4 inches, are now estimated to travel in orbit around Earth.  Even tiny pieces of junk, moving at high speed can severely damage or destroy an operating satellite.

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 Isn't history more fun when you know something about it ?

The History of the Middle Finger:

Well, now......here's something I never knew before, and now that I know it, I feel compelled to send it on to my more intelligent friends in the hope that they, too, will feel edified.

Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers.  Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore they would be incapable of fighting in the future.  This famous English longbow was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as 'plucking the yew' (or 'pluck yew').

Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and they began mocking the French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, See, we can still pluck yew!  Since 'pluck yew' is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodental fricative 'F', and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger-salute!  It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as 'giving the bird.'

And yew thought yew knew every plucking thing.

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From The London   Times:

A Well-Planned Retirement

Outside England's Bristol Zoo there is a parking lot for 150 cars and 8 buses. For 25 years, its parking fees were managed by a very pleasant attendant.....The fees for cars ($1.40),for buses (about $7) .

Then, one day, after 25 solid years of never missing a day of work, he just didn't show up; so the zoo management called the city council and asked it to send them another parking agent . The council did some research and replied that the parking lot was the zoo's own responsibility. The zoo advised the council that the attendant was a city employee.

The city council responded that the lot attendant had never been on the city payroll.

Meanwhile, sitting in his villa somewhere on the coast of Spain, or France, or Italy, is a man who'd apparently had a ticket booth installed completely on his own and then had simply begun to show up every day, commencing to collect and keep the parking fees, estimated at about $560 per day -- for 25 years. Assuming 7 days a week, this amounts to just over $7 million dollars ......and   no one even knows his name.

Sorry to say but this story is just an urban myth

This story originated with a feature on urban myths published in the Bristol Evening Post back in 2007 to coincide with April Fool’s Day, not as a reporting of a real-life event. After an American writer spun the legend out into a full-length book in 2010.

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think is the last thought in the head of a deer before you shoot him?  Is it, 'Are you my friend?' or is it 'Are you the one who killed my brother?'"

Nugent replied, "Deer aren't capable of that kind of thinking.  All they care about is what am I going to eat next, who am I going to screw next, and can I run fast enough to get away.  They are very much like the Democrats in Congress."

The interview ended.

For some of you I am sad to say this story is true

Origins:   Hard rock guitarist Ted Nugent is a man who has a penchant for expressing strong opinions in colorful fashion. This outdoors man, conservationist, bow hunter, Republican, Christian, gun rights advocate, anti-drug exponent, military supporter (his biography and list of affiliations expresses the essence of the man far better than we can) is notorious for the vehemence with which he expresses his views. He is not one to be shy about sharing his take on things with the media, and interviews with him make for highly entertaining reading.

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This came "through the grapevine" so to speak........from a friend of a friend.


From my brother-in-law as to the morale within the Pentagon.

Most of you know that our son works in a leadership position within US Special Operations, specializing in counter-terrorism, at the Pentagon. I spoke with him last night to get his view of how the first weeks of the Trump administration was perceived there. It was a short conversation but very informative.

He said the difference is nothing short of amazing. It is almost as though you can feel it in the air, in the pace of people strides, in the expressions on their faces. But beyond that, the change in process has been immediate.

Within 48 hours several action orders that had been languishing for up to six months between State, NSC, and the White House, were approved and executed. Over the last 8 years (our son has been there for about 15 years) and particularly, the last 3 to 4, the atmosphere has been stifling. Every little thing had to be vetted by dozens of 30-year old State Department lawyers (with no military experience) before it even got up the chain, effectively neutering the senior officers and reducing effectiveness to near zero. This past week, he took something to General Dunford, our Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and within minutes it was approved by the SecDef, General Mattis (both Marines, by the way [OOOORAH!]) and green lighted.

There is new energy flowing through the whole building. There is a new sense of purpose, a new resolve that is palpable. A cloud has been lifted.

Say what you will about our new President, and there certainly is a lot (pro and con) that could be and is being said, the folks at the pentagon are walking with a new skip in their step.

Thought you might like to hear about this.

Why don't you pass this good news on to others?

CLASSIFICATION UNCLASSIFIED

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That is all for this week . . . George  (No exercise today due to blizzard, will have a few copies of letter on Thursday)

For an email copy put letter in the Subject line and email grucker@capecod.net

Older copies are available to read towards the bottom of www.capecod-beaches.com

Once again on the road,

From Orlando we went north to the Florida town that is farthest to the west, so far west it is in the next time zone, which is central. With Patty retired we are both now on a fixed limited income so to save money we decided to stay in government quarters. Our first try is with the Navy and I must say it is very nice, both clean and comfortable. We are located on the Naval Air Station, of Pensacola, Florida (www.dodlodging.net) ; we reserved three days using the Navy Gateway, Inns and Suites. What is great about this base is the location is right on Pensacola Bay so we have a beach. It is home to the Naval Air Museum, and a lighthouse. Another great thing is the Navy’s Blue Angels practice here probably twice a week. I will need to take a few pictures and Patty wants to get some autographs for the grand kids.

Last night we went into the city of Pensacola to eat at one of America’s great steakhouses, McGuire’s Irish Pub. Many of my friends would like this place as many drinks are in the $3 to $4 range. The walls were covered with money; my estimate is over 1 million, every square inch of the ceiling and walls down to about 3 feet. The money is not flat on a flat surface but hung perpendicular. There is so much money that sound does not carry and the Irish music is muted. They make all their beer and I had a red lager named, McGuire’s Irish Red. Patty drank something called an Emory Chenoweth, not sure what it contains but probably 10 inches high and only $3.50. My taste of it was delicious. There was a drink with a limit of 3 per person, served in an old fashion quart size Mason jar from the local cemetery, called “The Irish Wake” at a cost of $9.99. The seating capacity of this place was very close to 800 or 900 people. The parking lot was perhaps five acres. Many pictures of famous people are on the walls, more than one can imagine.

Day two: We went to the Naval Air Museum. It is huge and extensive, over 150,000 square feet and four stories high. One day is not enough, as there is so much history from WW1, through today. If I was going to say which is bigger the USAF or the USN, I would go to the USAF at Wright Patterson AFB.  Pensacola trains most of the Naval Aviators if not all, some became very famous and some were our past presidents. Their planes and log books will be enshrined here forever.

There is a lighthouse on the base which posed nicely for some pictures. You can look up http://www.pensacolalighthouse.org/  there is also a museum attached. This is still a working lighthouse kept up by the Coast Guard.

The last day was a visit to a fort. It was Fort Pickens National Park. From the fort we watched the Blue Angels practice maneuvers, our very own private air show. There were six planes and they kept passing over and around the fort then back to the base and up into the sky. A great day especially after we left the fort for a nearby beach that gets 4.9 stars out of five. It was not crowded at all and many have said it is the best beach in the Eastern United States, Langdon Beach. If I return to Pensacola, I would stay at the Naval Lodge as it is closer to the museum and lighthouse with its own private beach. The beach used by the Inn I was in although also on base but perhaps two miles away, without the seclusion afforded by the lodge.

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The next day we are off to stay on Joint Base Charleston, currently commanded by the A.F... We are staying at an Air Force Inn once again; it will be the least expensive nights of our trip. Unlike the old days when there were many clubs, the military has sort of made drinking out of vogue. Only one club on base now and this one had Bingo on the evening we arrived, however our arrival was an hour late to catch the entire evening’s game. There were two guaranteed $1,000 prizes included this evening along with all their normal prizes. We just ate in the Grill portion of the club, ran to the commissary and then back to our room. If anything was funny, we saw many open parking spaces in front of the club. Only trouble was the first 2 were for General Officers, the next 4 were for Colonels, then a few for Commanders of local units and the club manager. There was a group set aside for the E-9 enlisted also.  I parked in the back.

We made our reservation again by using www.dodlodging.net  for those active or retired military members with proper identification.  I tried to read the regulation (AFI 37-135 24 September 2014) to see if DoD Civilian guests are authorized, as in the past I have stayed with DoD Civilians with Temporary Duty Orders while we were having required environmental training and could not decipher the policy.  There are so many exceptions and rules I feel DoD Civilians with DoD ID cards might be eligible.

I did notice that rule 39 includes: Other DoD ID card holders not on official business to include disabled veterans.

It almost looks like many people are authorized so probably the best thing is just check and confirm eligibility.

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Ok, off to Fort Sumter, the place where the American Civil War Began. Decades of growing strife between north and south erupted in civil war on April 12, 1861, when confederate artillery opened fire on this Federal fort in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter surrendered 34 hours later. Union forces would try for nearly four years to take it back. You can’t drive to it so we took a ferry. The place where the ferry started there were two naval ships the USS Yorktown (CV/CVA/CVS-10) is one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. She is named after the Battle of Yorktown of the American Revolutionary War, and is the fourth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name. I did not catch the name of the destroyer.

This is a National Park so once again I got to use my park pass. If you are 62 or over you should spend the $10 for one of the passes. Once you pay the fee all National Parks are free for life, this includes the National Seashore on the Cape. I have got my $10 back many times over already and I bought it 3 or 4 years ago.

This is also the area my father went to college, he attended the U.S. military Academy called, “The Citadel.” His study was chemical engineering. This was also the start to get his commission and join the army’s, 101st Screaming Eagles and become a paratrooper during WWII. I did not have time to visit the Citadel museum so I might have to return on another trip.

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I am not sure if I can call these vacations anymore. Where we are retired now I would say they are just trips, excursions or adventures.

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

Great Orators of the Democrat Party – PAST:

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

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

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

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

AND NOW...

Great Orators of the Democratic Party today:

"It depends what your definition of 'is' is?'' President William Jefferson Clinton

"Those rumors are false. I believe in the sanctity of marriage." ~ John Edwards

"What difference does it make?" (Re: Benghazi) ~ Hillary Clinton

"I invented the Internet." ~ Al Gore (he did however vote to provide tax payer money for it’s startup)

"America is, is no longer, uh, what it, uh, could be, uh, what it was once was, uh, and I say to myself, uh, I don't want that future, uh, for my children." ~ Barack Obama

"I have campaigned in all 57 states." ~ Barack Obama (Quoted 2008)

"You don't need God anymore; you have us Democrats." ~ Nancy Pelosi (Quoted 2006) (A really, really stupid remark.)

"Paying taxes is voluntary." ~ Sen. Harry Reid

"Bill is the greatest husband and father I know. No one is more faithful, true, and honest than he is." ~ Hillary Rodham Clinton (Quoted1998)

"You have a business. You didn't build that. Someone else did!" ~ Barack Obama (Quoted 2012)

And the most ridiculous gem of wisdom, from the "Mother Superior Moron": "We just have to pass the Healthcare Bill to see what's in it." ~ Nancy Pelosi (Quoted March, 2010)

(As one Doctor said: “That is also the perfect definition of a stool sample.”)

A Great Republican: "Life is tough! It's even tougher when you are stupid.'' ~ John Wayne

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Now I am on the Delmarva Peninsula and staying with a Navy Inn again. The internet and password are the same so my computer is happy. We drove all day (8 hours), had breakfast when we left but decided to have a nice dinner after we checked into Wallops Island, home of Surface Combat System Center (SCSC). It is located on a 6 square mile island with NASA.  There are so few people around it is weird.  The gate guard would open the gate electronically from his guard shack to let us in and out.  The gate was roughly a 10 foot high fence on rollers.  On my arrival there were about 8 men cooking on a bar-b-cue grill before they disappeared.  This was the most people I saw during my entire stay.  No base exchange, no club, no gas station, no commissary, just 3 or 4 buildings, a parking lot and a guard shack. The big building being what looked like a school for Navy training of Combat Systems.  The gate guard could jog around all the buildings in probably 5 minutes.

One funny thing, other than the ghost base item above.  A room is $70 and a suite is $70.  I took the suite, being the bargain hunter, penny pincher that I am.  All suites are on the second floor and all rooms on first floor.  The furniture in the rooms was sort of early Virginian, which was ornately carved cherry wood, no fiber board here, not even plywood.  Much better furniture than I have in my own house and those of the people I know.  The bed was a sleigh bed also cherry and carved.  I counted the drawers in the room in the 4 rooms of the suite, there were 21.  I was only sleeping there for two nights, our arrival and the one night after our day of exploring, so I did not unpack my suitcase as we would be leaving in the morning.  Not using all these drawers made me feel guilty so I put my glasses and wallet in one just before I went to sleep.  The Air Force would say we would be leaving at zero dark thirty.  There were probably only 4 or 5 other people and/or couples staying at the Inn but I did not see any of them, just their vehicles.

We had dinner at Ray’s Shanty on Chincoteague Road. If you drive the coast heading south after using the Cape May ferry this restaurant would be well worth the stop. https://www.raysshanty.com/ I had ½ pound of steamed shrimp from North Carolina; it came with fries, slaw, and hush puppies. This meal was incredible and only $17.95. Patty had 2 crab cakes made in the facility with the same sides that I had for $21.95. Just an FYI my shrimp size was XL, probably 16 – 20 per pound. Another thing I noticed was this place also sells fresh seafood; the sign said uncooked North Carolina  shrimp the size I just ate, goes for $35 for 10 pounds (head and shell on). In New England we pay way too much for seafood and it is not as fresh. Patty and I were taken on a tour of the restaurant/facility while waiting for our table by the owner’s wife,.  The owner, her husband, Captain Ray Twiford we met on our way out of the restaurant.

Adjacent to this base is a NASA installation that commands the oldest rocket launch range in the U.S. This might be interesting as they do offer tours, but we are visiting Chincoteague National Park tomorrow to visit and photograph the wild horses on nearby islands.

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We did get to go to the NASA museum on our way back from Chincoteague. I was becoming paranoid with all of the “Restricted Area,” signs on this base, plus those of the NASA and was wondering what they were hiding. There were probably nine parabolic dishes pointed toward the sky, some at least five stories high. More rockets are shot from this base then Cape Canaveral, Kennedy’s Space Station, approximately 30 per year. The next one is May 31. If you are an engineer in the field this would be the place to be. https://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/home . Why might you ask, great food, low cost homes, incredible ocean views and parks and beaches everywhere.

I have always thought that buying a home on the Delaware portion of this three state peninsula as the state of DE has the 46th lowest tax rate of the lower 48 states. I guess taxes are most important to me anyway.

I did learn that the next full solar eclipse of the sun will be on August 21, 2017. A total solar eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21, 2017. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. Let us hope for good weather and no clouds as this phenomenon does not happen very often.

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Having returned to my home once again I can return to my writing about inventions that changed mankind.  This week we will talk about the Stethoscope.

Many people have heard their stomach growling or listened to their heartbeat in the middle of the night.  But few know that inside the human body is a cacophony of sounds– from the gurgle of the intestines to the whisper of the lungs to the rush of the arteries and low rumble of other organs.  Doctors can draw conclusions about patient’s health depending upon the sounds they hear through a stethoscope.  The word “stethoscope” comes from the Greek words stehos, meaning “chest,” and skopein, meaning “to explore.”

Modern stethoscopes feature a round chest piece containing a hollow cup (bell) with a plastic disk, or diaphragm, inside it.  When the piece is placed on the patient’s chest, body sounds vibrate the diaphragm, creating sound waves that travel up hollow rubber tubes to the listener’s ears.  The bell transmits low-frequency sounds, while the diaphragm transmits higher-frequency sounds.

Rene Laennec invented the stethoscope in France in 1816.  Reportedly, while walking in Paris, Laennec saw two children sending signals to each other using a long piece of solid wood and a pin.  With an ear to one end, the child received an amplified sound of the pin scratching the opposite end of the stick.  After much experimentation, Laennec came up with the first stethoscope.  It consisted of a wooden tube and was connected to one ear only.  The tool was very similar to the ear trumpet, a device used by the hard-of-hearing to listen to conversations.

Flexible-tube stethoscopes for one ear arrived in 1840.  They were called ”snake ear trumpets.” In 1851 Irish physician Arthur Leared invented a binaural (two-eared) stethoscope which greatly improved the ability of a doctor to hear internal bodily sounds.

Today, physicians use many types of stethoscopes.  The acoustic stethoscope is the most familiar, but there are also electronic stethoscopes (stethophones) that electronically amplify body sounds.  They use a PC-based software that converts the sound into visual graphs that can be transmitted for remote diagnosis.

The invention of the stethoscope marked a major step in the redefinition of disease.  Formerly identified as a bundle of symptoms, disease in the current sense is considered a bodily problem even if there are no noticeable symptoms.  Using a stethoscope, a doctor can quickly tell the health of the lungs, heart, stomach, and intestines even if the patient notices no pain.

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Here is another summer crockpot recipe. . .

Roasted Summer Squash with Pine Nuts and Romano Cheese

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup chopped yellow onion
1 medium red bell pepper chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 medium zucchini, cut into ½ -inch slices
3 medium summer squash, cut into ½ -inch slices
½ cup chopped pine nuts
1/3 cup grated Romano cheese
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cubed
Springs of fresh basil (optional

1.  Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add onion, bell pepper and garlic; cook and stir 10 minutes or until onion is translucent and soft.  Remove to Crockpot slow cooker.  Add zucchini and summer squash; toss lightly.

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I hate it when people forward bogus warnings, and I have even done it myself a couple times unintentionally... but this one is real, and it's important. So please send this warning to everyone on your e- mail list.

If someone comes to your front door saying they are checking for ticks due to the warm weather and asks you to take your clothes off and dance around with your arms up

DO NOT DO IT!! THIS IS A SCAM!!

They only want to see you in your birthday suit.

I wish I'd gotten this yesterday. I feel so stupid.

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Billy Graham was returning to Charlotte after a speaking engagement and when his plane arrived there was a limousine there to transport him to his home.

As he prepared to get into the limo, he stopped and spoke to the driver.

"You know" he said, "I am 87 years old and I have never driven a limousine. Would you mind if I drove it for a while?"

The driver said, "No problem. Have at it."

Billy gets into the driver's seat and they head off down the highway.

A short distance away sat a rookie State Trooper operating his first speed trap.

The long black limo went by him doing 70 in a 55 mph zone.

The trooper pulled out and easily caught the limo and he got out of his patrol car to begin the procedure.

The young trooper walked up to the driver's door and when the glass was rolled down, he was surprised to see who was driving. He immediately excused himself and went back to his car and called his supervisor.

He told the supervisor, "I know we are supposed to enforce the law...But I also know that important people are given certain courtesies. I need to know what I should do because I have stopped a very important person."

The supervisor asked, "Is it the Governor?"

The young trooper said, "No, he's more important than that."

The supervisor said, "Oh, so it's the President."

The young trooper said, "No, he's even more important than that."

The supervisor finally asked, "Well then, who is it?"

The young trooper said, "I think it's Jesus, because he's got Billy Graham for a chauffeur!"

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Two nuns were shopping in a food store and happened to be passing the beer and liquor section.

One nun asks the other if she would like a beer.

The other nun answered that would be good, but that she would be queasy about purchasing it.

The first nun said that she would handle it and picked up a six pack and took it to the cashier.

The cashier had a surprised look and the first nun said, "This is for washing our hair."

The cashier without blinking an eye, reached under the counter and put a package of pretzel sticks in the bag with the beer saying, "Here, don't forget the curlers."

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Sorry had to finish up with the jokes as it is Monday night and I have been very busy.

See some of you at exercise.....  George

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