George Rucker's Newsletter for 3-21-2017

Greek language is considered one of the most difficult languages to learn.

kalimera = good morning.  They have many different letters in their alphabet than we do.

This spring paeon to spring was written by Geoffrey Chaucer (/ˈtʃɔːsər/; c. 1343 – 25 October 1400), known as the Father of English literature,[1] is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages. He was the first poet to be buried in Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey.  Cantebury Tales is his most famous poem


You can view and hear it at this URL: http://sites.fas.harvard.edu/~chaucer/gp-aloud.htm

I was watching a nature film on eels.  It is a fish that I have eaten in the past.  Those that were eaten by my family were caught in a small coastal town in Connecticut, called Old Saybrook.  As a child I found them to be quite creepy as they looked like snakes and for some reason, those small 4" sections, would turn over in the pan while being cooked.  The only eels eaten by our family were caught in the ocean.  These eels as far as fish goes, tasted better than most fish, although a few do in fact taste better.  I think the salt water striped bass is my favorite to eat.


Every eel I have managed to catch in fresh water have been too small in comparison to eat as the ocean eels which are perhaps 4 or 5 times larger.  Fresh water eels rarely seem to be longer than 18 inches.  I just assumed that there were just two types of eels fresh and salt water.


When I started to self teach myself how to scuba dive, in the mid 60s, I would only dive in the rather small lakes on Cape Cod.  I would occasionally see an eel swimming in these small lakes, sometimes called kettle holes.  They were formed from chunks of ice  left from the last ice age glacier that formed the Cape and the islands.  Many of these lakes now have been stocked with fish, usually trout so seeing an eel was rare.   For some reason now  trout are no longer stocked in these lakes, probably budget cuts, bass are now at the top of the fishable food chain.


Well back to why I am even mentioning eels.  Unlike many other fish that head to fresh water to spawn, eels head to the ocean.  With very little research on this animal I find that there are 4 suborders, 20 families and about 800 species.  The heaviest being the European conger with 10 feet in length and about 240 lbs.  The longest and the scariest looking being the giant moray of 13 feet but not as heavy due to slender bodies.


Very little is known about eels as they are not in our diet.  Perhaps the most knowledge of eels comes from the Asian countries as they farm and consume much of the worlds production.  They say the longest life span for eels is the European eel and it can live for 88 years.  This eel is currently the only one with a “Critically endangered” posting.  What I found interesting during my research is a large female eel can have over 10,000,000 young.  One would think with that many offspring they should be very sustainable.


The Chinese pay Sky-high prices for juvenile American eels and are pitting the fishermen against the scientists.  In 2010 the fishermen were paid $200 a pound and in 2012 were being paid $2,600 a pound for baby eels.  Last season a person caught a little over 10 pounds of glass eels and received $23,000.  Not bad for a nights work.


 The sky-high prices have also attracted attention from government, media, poachers—and scientists. Fisheries biologists are worried about the American eel’s survival because surveys show a dangerous decline in the population count. They recommend taking measures to protect the species. “We’re supposed to manage fisheries on the precautionary principle,” says eel biologist James McCleave of the University of Maine, “If the trend is down, we don’t say it’s okay.” This year a regional management board tightened eel fishing regulations and it may decide on August 7 to shut down Maine’s glass eel fishery altogether.


Unsurprisingly, fishermen argue against the proposal to close the fishery—their livelihoods, after all, are at stake. They say that the eel fisheries in Maine are healthy and that there is no reliable evidence that their fishing significantly harms the species. In fact, they point to other factors, such as the thousands of dams that clog east coast watersheds, as far more problematic for eel populations than fishing.


The American eel is an enigma. It has such a complex life cycle that biologists do not possess some basic information about the species. It ranges from Brazil to Greenland, yet despite this wide geographic range, genetic evidence indicates that every American eel somehow belongs to one gigantic interbreeding population. The eels hatch in the warm, blue brine of the Sargasso Sea south of Bermuda and then disperse to estuaries and freshwater habitats where they spend most of their lives before migrating back to their birthplace to spawn and die.  I find it funny as then how does one make it to be 88 years old.  Another thing is the spawning ground has not been found and surely someone would have noticed 1000s of dead eels.. The spawning is something of a mystery, however, because scientists have yet to witness it—despite investing many hours and funds trying—because the eel’s breeding ground is remote and difficult to sample.  What!, Bermuda is easy to get to and the water is warm for divers.  I say let the fishermen fish.  I do not believe the scientists for this one and say fish away.


 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reviewed the status of the American eel in 2007 and in 2015, finding both times that Endangered Species Act protection for the American eel is not warranted.  “Bingo, I say I am right”


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How true this is!!


AND THEN IT IS WINTER


You know. . . Time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.


It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams. But, here it is... the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise...How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go?


I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like. But, here it is...my friends are retired and getting grey...they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me...but, I see the great change...Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought  about.


And so...now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!


But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last...


Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done...things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.


So, if you're not in your winter yet...let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don't put things off too long!


Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life...so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to hear and remember... and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!


"Life" is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.

LIVE IT WELL! ENJOY TODAY! DO SOMETHING FUN! BE HAPPY! HAVE A GREAT DAY!


REMEMBER:....


"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.


"LIVE HAPPY IN THIS YEAR AND EVERY YEAR!


LASTLY, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:


TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU'VE EVER BEEN, YET THE YOUNGEST YOU'LL EVER BE SO - ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.


~Your kids are becoming you......


~Going out is good.. Coming home is better!


~You forget names.... But it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!


~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything.... LOL!


~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore.


~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It's called "pre-sleep".


~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch..


~You tend to use more 4 letter words ... "what?"..."when?"... "what?"... ????


~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.


~You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!!


~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.


~Everybody whispers.


~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet.... 2 of which you will never wear.


~But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!


Stay well, "OLD FRIEND!" Send this on to other "Old Friends!" and let them laugh in AGREEMENT!!!


It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter, That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.


GOOD MORNING,  WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, a Christian nation, land of the free and home of the brave.

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How may I help  you?


Press '1' for  English.

Press '2' to disconnect until you learn to speak English


And remember only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ

and the American Soldier.


One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.


If you agree, keep it going.  God bless America


2017, A NEW YEAR AND A NEW BEGINNING IS HERE.

A Nation of Sheep  - Breeds a Government of Wolves !


I'M 100% for PASSING THIS ON!!!

Let's Take a stand!!!


Borders : Closed...

Language : English only .. .

Culture: Constitution and the Bill of Rights!!!

Drug  Free : Make a drug screen mandatory for anyone on welfare and/or food stamps!

NO freebies to Non-Citizens or illegal immigrants!


WITH THE ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP , OUR HOPE AND PRAYER IS WE THE PEOPLE, WILL BE HEARD AT LAST.

Only 86% will send this on,

It should be a 100%!!! What will you do?

YOU KNOW WHAT I DID!!!


AND TO ALL MY LIBERAL FRIENDS OUT THERE - REMEMBER THE IMMORTAL WORDS OF THE NEWLY ELECTED PRESIDENT OBAMA IN 2008


"ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES.....I WON ......YOU LOST.....GET OVER IT!"  WE REMEMBER!

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This week we will look at Alternating Current.


In the 1880's, the most popular electrical power sources in the world was direct current (DC), championed by American inventor Thomas Edison, but it wasn’t the most efficient.  DC consisted of a constant stream of electrons flowing in one direction (from a positive to a negative pole).  However, it was difficult to send the desired voltage of direct current long-distance.


Alternating current (AC) operates differently: the charges, also electrons flow in one direction for a short time, then reversing direction, then reversing again.  The back-and forth cycle of switching directions is called frequency, and it is measured in hertz (Hz).  The more often a current cycle, the higher its frequency.  In the United States, the AC frequency is 60 times per second, but that number varies in other countries – hence the need for adapters when you travel.


Croatian-born inventor and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla became obsessed with the concept that AC could power motors more efficiently than DC.  In addition, he wanted to solve the problem of how to raise and lower voltage as needed, which was not possible with direct current.  Tesla’s work led to the invention of the poly phase induction motor, the missing technological link that enabled the long-distance application of AC electrical power and the ability to transmit high voltages with small current, therefore reducing the amount of heat in the wires.


Today, AC if efficiently transmitted over high-tension power lines with transformers that control voltage, parsing it down from one million to 1,000 volts for general distribution and then 120 volts for homes, powering life as we know it.


AC’s advantages over DC are that it requires thinner wires to transmit smaller amounts of amps at higher voltages, and releases less heat during a transmission.

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  A woman is in the bar of a cruise ship and asks the bartender for a scotch and two drops of water. As the bartender gives her the drink, she announces, "Today is my 80th birthday and I'm on the cruise to celebrate."


"Well, since it's your birthday," the bartender says, "the drink's on the house."


As the women finishes her drink, the lady to her right says, "Since it's your birthday, I'd like to buy you a drink, too."


"Thank you," says the old woman. "Bartender, I'll have a scotch and two drops of water."


She no sooner finishes that drink, when the man to her left says, "Since I'm the only one around you that hasn't bought you a drink, I guess I might as well buy you one."


"Why, thank you sir," the old woman says. "Bartender, I'll have a scotch and two drops of water."


"Coming right up," the bartender says. As he gives her the drink he says, "Excuse me, but I'm dying of curiosity. Why the scotch and only two drops of water?"


The old woman replies, "Well, sonny, when you're my age you learn that you can hold your liquor, but you sure can't hold your water!"

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 In fine print on the last page of the Guinness Book of World Records it notes that all world records are held by Chuck Norris, and those listed in the book are simply the closest anyone else has ever gotten.

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Chuck Norris invented black. In fact, he invented the entire spectrum of visible light. Except pink. Tom Cruise invented pink.

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Q:  What was the first official White House car

A: A 1909 White Steamer, ordered by President Taft.

Q: Who opened the first drive-in gas station?

A: Gulf opened up the first station in Pittsburgh in 1913.

Q: What city was the first to use parking meters?

A: Oklahoma City, on July 16, 1935.


Q: Where was the first drive-in restaurant?

A: Royce Hailey's Pig Stand opened in Dallas in 1921.


Q: True or False?

The 1953 Corvette came in white, red and black.

A: False. The 1953 'Vett's were available in one color, PoloWhite.


Q: What was Ford's answer to the Chevy Corvette, and other legal street racers of the 1960's?

A: Carroll Shelby's Mustang GT350


Q: What was the first car fitted with an alternator, rather than a direct current dynamo? A: The 1960 Plymouth Valiant


Q:  What was the first car fitted with a replaceable cartridge oil filter?

A: The 1924 Chrysler.


Q:  What was the first car to be offered with a "perpetual guarantee"?

A: The 1904 Acme, from Reading , PA.

Perpetuity was disturbing in this case, as Acme closed down in 1911.


Q: What American luxury automaker began by making cages for birds and squirrels?

A: The George N. Pierce Co. Of Buffalo , who made The Pierce Arrow, also made iceboxes.


Q: What car first referred to itself as a convertible?

A: The 1904 Thomas Flyer, which had a removable hard top.


Q: What car was the first to have its radio antenna embedded in the windshield?

A: The 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix.


Q: What car used the first successful series-production hydraulic valve lifters?

A: The 1930 Cadillac 452, the first production V16


Q: What type of car had the distinction of being GM's 100 millionth car built in the U.S.?

A: March 16, 1966 saw an Olds Tornado roll out of Lansing, Michigan with that honor.


Q:  Where was the first drive-in movie theater opened, and when?

A: Camden , N. J. In 1933


Q:  What autos were the first to use a standardized production key-start system?             A: The 1949 Chryslers


Q:  What did the Olds designation 4-4-2 stand for?

A: 4 barrel carburetor, 4 speed transmission, and dual exhaust.


Q: What car was the first to place the horn button in the center of the steering wheel?

A: The 1915 Scripps-Booth Model C. The car also was the first with electric door latches.


Q:  What U.S. Production car has the quickest 0-60 mph time?

A: The 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 409.   Did it in 4.0 seconds.


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He who laughs last, laughs best. He who laughs at Chuck Norris, it's definitely his last laugh.


   Chuck Norris knows Victoria's secret.


   When Chuck Norris turned 18, his parents moved out.


   Chuck Norris once kicked a horse in the chin. Its descendants today are known as giraffes.


   Chuck Norris can delete the Recycling Bin


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I guess that is it for this week, remember to smile.


George


For a copy every Tuesday morning, put letter in subject line and email grucker@capecod.net.   It goes well with coffee


Some older letters are posted at the end of www.capecod-beaches.com

He who laughs last, laughs best. He who laughs at Chuck Norris, it's definitely his last laugh. Chuck Norris knows Victoria's secret. When Chuck Norris turned 18, his parents moved out. Chuck Norris once kicked a horse in the chin. Its descendants today are known as giraffes. Chuck Norris can delete the Recycling Bin /////////////////////////////////////// I guess that is it for this week, remember to smile. George For a copy every Tuesday morning, put letter in subject line and email grucker@capecod.net. It goes well with coffee Some older letters are posted at the end of www.capecod-beaches.com Attachments area

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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