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:

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!!


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 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 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, 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.



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




~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.


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


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!


Only 86% will send this on,

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





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.


  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!"


 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.


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


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.


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.


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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 /////////////////////////////////////// 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 It goes well with coffee Some older letters are posted at the end of Attachments area