George Rucker's Amazing Newsletter for April 4, 2017

There is a rather large island off of Africa’s east coast.  It is the island of Madagascar, and you would say good morning as, “bonjour.”  I am sure most of the population would understand the phrase but the island main language is Malagasy and they would say “Manao ahoana ianao!.”  From this information you might deduce that Madagascar is a former French Colony.


Looking at the vowel structure of the language, and my experience after nine years of living  in the Philippine Islands, the language looks very Polynesian and probably is.  It has always troubled me why many former colony countries have struggled to regain their identity with the use of their former language prior to colonization.  Perhaps I just do not understand as I only speak one language.  Most colonization periods were in excess of two and a half centuries and I feel the newer dominate language would have better scope and more scientific terms.  That is just me I guess.


Anyway the official languages of Madagascar are Malagasy and French. Madagascar is a Franco phonetic country, and French is spoken among the educated population and most second-language speakers.  Currently there are more speakers of Malagasy than French in Madagascar.


If you know me and some of the things I might think about, I would be interested in the tectonic movement of the island and found the following fact.  Since its formation the Madagascar block has moved roughly in conjunction with Africa, and thus there are questions as to whether the Madagascar Plate should be still considered a separate plate.


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North Sentinel Island – The World's Hardest Place to Visit
By Sumitra on January 9th, 2014 Category: Travel

It's hard to believe that there are people in this world who have no idea about the internet or cell phones. These are tribes that are completely cut-off from global civilization and do not welcome any kind of contact from the outside world.

North Sentinel Island, a part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal Ocean between Myanmar and Indonesia, is home to one such tribe. The Sentinelese people are so hostile to external contact that the island has been dubbed the ‘hardest place to visit' in the world.

The Sentinelese are thought to be direct descendants of the first humans who emerged from Africa. They have lived on the tiny island for almost 60,000 years. Their exact population is unknown; it could be as low as 40 or as high as 500.

It doesn't matter whether you are friend or enemy, whether you arrive at the island shores on purpose or by accident, the locals will greet you the same way – with spears and arrows. Gifts of food and clothing are of no importance to them. They were even hostile to rescue missions after the tsunami in 2004.

There are several horror stories of how the Sentinelese have treated their guests. People either return from the island terrified and injured, or not at all. In 1896, an escaped convict from the British prisons of The Andamans drifted on to the shores of North Sentinel by accident. A few days later, a search party found his body on a beach, punctured by arrows and with his throat slit.

In 1974, a group went there to make a documentary, and the film's director took an 8-foot arrow in the thigh. A few of the recordings from that visit were included in the larger documentary, Man in Search of Man.

Indian anthropologist T. N. Pandit conducted several government-sponsored trips to the island in the late 80s and early 90s. "Sometimes they would turn their backs to us and sit on their haunches as if to defecate," he said. "This was meant to insult us as we were not welcome."

Surprisingly, there has been only one instance where outsiders did not have to face an aggressive reception. On January 4, 1991, 28 men, women and children approached Mr. Pandit and his group. "That they voluntarily came forward to meet us, it was unbelievable," he said. "They must have decided that the time had come."

Unfortunately, the last contact with the islanders in 2006 didn't go as well. Two fishermen were killed while illegally fishing within the range of the island.

The Sentinelese are among the last of the un-contacted people – communities who live without contact with globalized civilization – left in the world. Perhaps it's best to leave them alone; bringing them out into civilization might not be the best thing for them. They might not be immune to several diseases and adapting themselves to the modern world could be extremely difficult.

I found this old article interesting.

During my time while living in the Phillippines, a jungle tribe attracted widespread media attention in 1971, when a journalist employed by the Manila Associated Press bureau reported a discovery, amid apparent "stone age" technology and in complete isolation from the rest of Philippine society. They again attracted attention in the 1980s when some accused the Tasaday living in the jungle and speaking in their dialect as being part of an elaborate hoax, and doubt was raised about their isolation and even about being a separate ethnic group.  Myself I saw a picture of one male native drinking from a stream with a deer nearby also drinking.  They were said not eat meat and lived by only eating vegetables thus the deer was not frightened of them.  To me, this sounds feasible.

The stone age ended approximately 11,000 years ago so both of these island groups would go beyond that.  The end of the glacial ice age would not have much of an effect on either of these two islands due to their proximity to the equator.  As long as they could produce food they would have survived, provided there was not some sort of natural catastrophe.

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I have a couple of corrections to a past letter about cars and their speed.

New 2015 Corvette Stingray Z06 is Bloody Fast, Hits 60mph in 2.95 Seconds!

The Shelby Mustang goes 0-60 in 3.5 seconds

The 2016 Dodge Viper was rated at 0-60 in “the low 3-second range” (3.2) and the quarter mile in the “11-second range,” stock. The 2014-16 Viper held the production car lap record at nine U.S. tracks.

All of these cars beat the old record set by the 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 409 of 4.0 seconds.

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Next is my chili recipe. . . I forgot that I add about 3 tablespoons of corn.  No taste change if you already made it but a nicer appearance.  I made some last Wednesday and served it with cornbread.  It was still one of the best ways to make chili.  I will add the cornbread recipe in a bit.

The Spanish definition of Chili Con Carne is actually just Chili with meat.  This surprised me as in North America we just call it Chili.  I felt it must mean something else as meat is a main ingredient so for years to me it meant Chili with beans.  Thanks for pointing out my error.

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Two Ladies Talking in Heaven

1st woman: Hi, Wanda!

2nd woman: Hi, Sylvia, How’d you die?

1st woman: I froze to death.

2nd woman: How horrible!

1st woman: It wasn’t so bad.  After I quit shaking from the cold, I began to get warm & sleepy, and finally died a peaceful death.  What about you?

2nd woman: I died of a massive heart attack.  I suspected that my husband was cheating, so I came home early to catch him in the act.  But instead, I found him all by himself in the den watching TV.

1st woman: So what happened?

2nd woman: I was so sure there was another woman somewhere that I started running all over the house looking.  I ran up into the attic and searched, and down into the basement.  Then I went through every closet and checked under all the beds.  I kept this up until I had looked everywhere, and finally I became so exhausted that I just keeled over with a heart attack and died.

1st woman: Too bad you didn’t look in the freezer – we’d both still be alive.

(Thanks to the Federalist Papers)

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This weeks invention might sound like a movie or a video game monster but this invention was truly a game changer for mankind, the “Mechanical Reaper.”

It was a cumbersome machine: a platform with two large wheels pulled by a horse across a field of ripe grain.  On its side was a mechanized reciprocating knife that cut grain as it came in contact, letting it drop on platform where it was raked up by a man walking beside the machine.  Yet Cyrus McCormick’s invention, the mechanical reaper, literally started a revolution that changed the world for the better.

McCormick, a Virginia blacksmith, knew his invention was not exactly a new idea.  Since humans had first developed farming at the end of the last Ice Age (around 11,000 BC, crops had to be harvested by hand using scythes and sickles.  (Note to those who think global warming is the end of the world.  The last ice age ended about 13,000 years ago and one would assume that the only thing to do would be to warm up.  Think about it, man is naieve to think it is something he is doing as it is just the warmth of the sun.) The harvesting was slow, inefficient and laborious task often requiring many farm workers.  Often a crop was destroyed by storms, drought or insects.  Planting was an uncertain profession that drove many farmers to financial ruin.

Roman, Scottish and American inventors had all attempted to make farming a more reliable enterprise by mechanizing harvesting – with variable success.  Cyrus McCormick’s father, Robert McCormick, had spent 20 years working on a harvesting machine.  Finally, Cyrus with the aid of Jo Anderson, a slave held by his family, devised and constructed a mechanical reaper that he felt would work efficiently.  In 1834, he received a patent for his invention.

McCormick, of course wanted to get rich by selling his new machine, but it was slow to catch on though people were amazed to see it in action.  He finally sold seven reapers all built by hand in the family farm shop.  After improving the machine, he received a second patent on January 31, 1845.  Still, it took another 20 years before the McCormick reaper gained wide spread success and acceptance.  By 1872, McCormick was producing reaper-binders, which not only reaped the crop but also bound it into sheaves that could be easily picked up.  By 1896, American farmers were using an estimated 400,000 reaper-binders.

“Bank robbing is more of a sure thing than farming,” wrote Canadian author Allan Dare Pearce.  Today, reaper-binders have been replaced by giant combine harvesters that perform three separate operations – reaping, threshing and winnowing – into a single process.  Mechanization has enabled farmers all over the world to produce and market food at lower prices, benefitting everyone.  And it started with Cyrus McCormick’s invention.

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You might wonder why I picked this cornbread to make as I usually just buy a box of Jiffy mix and it is not bad.  Most cornbread including Jiffy mix a little dry and crumbly.  I have eaten some great cornbread here and there that wasn’t so crumbly but it was rare and in a restaurant.


This recipe said it was sweet and moist, plus it had a 5 star rating from over 5000 people.  That alone perks my interest as I find it impossible to believe that somebody might not think it was terrific.  Well after making it I too give it a 5 star rating.  If any flaw maybe slightly too sweet.  I still give it an A++


Recipe by Bethany Weathersby and on www.allrecipes.com web site.


Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread


Ingredients


    ½  cup butter

    2/3 cup white sugar

    2 eggs

    1 cup buttermilk


    ½  teaspoon baking soda

    1 cup cornmeal

    1 cup all-purpose flour

    ½  teaspoon salt


Directions


    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8 inch square pan.


    Melt butter in large skillet. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Quickly add eggs and beat until well blended. Combine buttermilk with baking soda and stir into mixture in pan. Stir in cornmeal, flour, and salt until well blended and few lumps remain. Pour batter into the prepared pan.


    Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


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This is a little late for St. Patrick’s day but I liked it and perhaps you can store it and use it next year.  Regardless of whether the names and people involved are factual the story is a good one. Hopefully the Good Luck part will work for everyone.

A very interesting history lesson.  Here it comes again!  Irish Luck - Remember to send it back!

 I want this back. It DOES work.

His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools  and ran to the bog.

There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.

'I want to repay you,' said the nobleman. 'You saved my son's life.'

'No, I can't accept payment for what I did,' the Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel.

'Is that your son?' the nobleman asked.

'Yes,' the farmer replied proudly.

'I'll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of.' And that he did.

Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time, graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.

Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia.


What saved his life this time? Penicillin.

The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill .. His son's name?

Sir Winston Churchill.

Someone once said: What goes around comes around.

Work like you don't need the money.

Love like you've never been hurt.

Dance like nobody's watching.

Sing like nobody's listening.

Live like it's Heaven on Earth.

It's National Friendship Week Send this to everyone you consider A FRIEND.

Pass this on, and brighten some ones day.

AN IRISH FRIENDSHIP WISH:

I hope it works...

May there always be work for your hands to do;

May your purse always hold a coin or two;

May the sun always shine on your windowpane;

May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;

May the hand of a friend always be near you;

May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you. and may you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows you're dead.

OK, this is what you have to do.... Send this to all of your friends.

But - you HAVE to send this within 1 hour from when you open it!

Now.....Make A wish!! I hope you made your wish!

Now then, if you send to:

1 person --- your wish will be granted in 1 year
3 people --- 6 months
5 people --- 3 months
6 people --- 1 month
7 people --- 2 weeks
8 people --- 1 week
9 people --- 5 days
10 people --- 3 days
12 people --- 2 days
15 people --- 1 day
20 people --- 3 hours

If you delete this after you read it, you will have 1 year of bad luck!

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That is a little spam sounding to me and I already have held it beyond the grace period.  The first clue that should make us skeptical of this too-good-to-be-true tale. According to Snopes it is False but I like it anyway.

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Two or three years ago Aug. 2014 to be exact, the Demoulas family that owned all 78 stores of the Market Basket food chain had an extreme falling out over money and how it should be managed.  There was a shift in the family voting block and Arthur T. Demoulas was now the ousted CEO.  The only problem being was he was such a great boss that all the employees left with him.  He was seen as a father figure by a number of his employees and compared to as the “It's a Wonderful Life” protagonist George Bailey for his willingness to put people over profit.  The store floundered with this change and started losing millions every day with Arthur S. Demoulas as the new CEO.

The value of the store plummeted and Artie T was able to purchase the store or the remaining 50.5 percent of the stock from the rest of his family for around 1.5 billion dollars.

I happen to like Market Basket and many times will ask an employee if anything has changed and always get the same response.  They are happy to have a job, it is a place with a lot of upward mobility, and they are always treated fairly.  My usual response is to tell them “Thank you for coming to work.”  That happens to be a saying from one of my past bosses every payday.  I always thought it was a nice thing to say and do so whenever I get good or great service.

Market Basket employees who work more than 1,000 hours a year are eligible to enter the profit-sharing program. Employees also receive benefits, including healthcare and paid sick leave. There are also no Market Basket employees belonging to any trade unions.

The reason for this little section is I have always wondered how Market Basket was doing with paying down the debt.  I heard from one employee that 2/3 of the debt has been paid and they are working on the remaining ½ billion dollars.  I feel Arthur T got a pretty good deal for his $1.5 billion loan as it is now a $4 billion company and he did it  in about 3 years time.

Unlike most low-price grocers, Market Basket does not use supermarket loyalty cards. Market Basket also differs from other supermarkets because it typically does not feature pharmacies, banks, or coffee shops within it’s stores. The company also does not have a website, although there is an independent website that contains weekly specials and store locations and hours. Further, Market Basket does not have self-checkout lanes. Company President Arthur T. Demoulas stated that he wanted "a human being waiting on a human being."

You can read more on the internet but most of this information was garnished from wikipedia.

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When Chuck Norris was born, he slapped the doctor

When Chuck Norris was pulled over for speeding, the officer left with just a warning.

Have you ever wondered how these Chuck Norris jokes started?  This is a fun fact, Chuck Norris jokes were invented by a few college kids. They were later visited by Chuck Norris and his lawyer, because he did not understand the jokes. And wanted them to stop.  That being said.... College kids I think like living on the edge.

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That is it for this week, enjoy your coffee.

George

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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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