George Rucker's June 7, 2016 Newsletter

The first Tuesday of June,

Some letters are fun to write, while others are a chore.  I was thinking of some older ones  that were fun and one comes to mind about Polish proverbs, not that there are many.  One is particularly interesting and used a lot in a work place, and it could be anybodies’ work place.  I think I used it about six or seven years ago when either the DEP or EPA was about to inspect our workplace.

Most of this is from a blog by Karen Ann Kennedy, Certified Health Coach, Speaker - Author - Trainer and writer for Huffpost Healthy Living.  It is modified for a man’s view.

A co-worker recently slipped a sign under my door with an old Polish proverb that reads, “Not my circus, not my monkeys.”

I got a really good chuckle out of it and hung it up in my office in a spot where only I could see it.

Later that day, another co-worker came to me with a problem. I jumped into “fix it mode,” which is what I always do, and found myself getting terribly involved in everything that was happening. When the exchange ended, I reached for a file and saw the sign hanging there. In that moment, I got it! I realized exactly what the sign meant and I knew that one of the biggest causes of stress in my life was my need to become the ringleader of every circus in town.

Why do I feel the need to fix everything and everyone in my path? To answer this question, I did what any self-respecting man would do: I poured a glass of beer, broke out a Slim Jim, and sat down with my journal. As I looked back at the pages that are my life, I realized that I’ve been “the fixer” my whole life!

What’s wrong with that? I’m glad you asked!

It’s not a bad thing to be there for people, however, sometimes the best way to help people is to let them help themselves! It’s like the “teach a man to fish” philosophy. If you always swoop in and fix everything, you deny people an opportunity to be independent and learn those important coping skills that they need to get by.

Springing into “fix, it mode” may also signal to your friends and family that you don’t have faith in their ability to take of themselves.  It can cause a lot of undue stress in your own life.

And finally, if you’re not careful, some unscrupulous folks will try to take advantage of your kindness!

Over the years I have found myself being sucked into all kinds of drama that I had no business being in. There were so many times when I caused myself unnecessary stress by worrying about something that didn’t concern me. It takes a lot of strength to pull back from things that are going on around you, but I urge you to try!

When you find yourself getting sucked into another person’s circus, stop and ask yourself this:

1. Does this situation really involve me?

2. If the situation doesn’t really involve me, what is my motivation for getting involved?

3. What will it cost me to get involved? We’re talking time, money, stress, etc.

4. Can I really bring something to the table that will help all parties get to a better resolution?

5. What will happen if I decline to participate in this situation?

If the situation doesn’t really involve you, it’s wise to think about why you are considering getting involved. If your motivation is to be in on the latest gossip or to get the upper hand in a situation, back away! If your motivation is anything less than for the good of everyone involved, you don’t need to be a participant.

If getting involved is going to cost you time that you don’t have, sleepless nights, or strained relationships, don’t get involved! It is not selfish to look out for yourself. There are some things that come with a cost too high to justify your involvement.

If you aren’t going to be part of the solution, don’t be part of the problem. Only get involved if you are able to be helpful. Jumping onto the pile when you can bring no added value just muddies the water.

On one of my bike rides, an older gentleman had fallen and was pretty badly cut up. At least 30 people were just standing around him. I’m not entirely sure what everyone was doing, but upon seeing such a mob, I continued to ride.   Does that make me a bad person? I don’t think so. Had I stumbled on the man and he was alone, I would have surely stopped and offered my assistance, but at that moment, with so many people there, I didn’t feel there was anything else I could add to the situation.

In the end, as you go through these questions, it’s a good idea to play out what will happen if you decline to participate. Will my absence create an even bigger situation? Will not participating hurt me or hurt someone else? This still doesn’t mean that you have to get involved, but it’s just helpful to know what the consequences will be.

The main point here is that, if you’re anything like me, you’ve already got a lot of things on your plate in your own life. I’m sure each of you are managing your own circus, and your own monkeys, so the question then becomes: Do you really have the capacity to take on someone else’s circuses and someone else’s monkeys?

If getting involved causes you to lose your peace of mind, step away. I guarantee you there are other ringleaders out there who would be happy to jump in and take your place.


Once again on the road,

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

Great Orators of the Democrat Party – PAST:

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

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

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

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


Great Orators of the Democratic Party today:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Here is another summer crockpot recipe. . .

Roasted Summer Squash with Pine Nuts and Romano Cheese


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

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


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

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


They only want to see you in your birthday suit.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The supervisor asked, "Is it the Governor?"

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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It’s difficult today to find something that is not made, at least in part, from plastic.  Everything from the clothes we wear...TV remote buttons, computer keyboards, food wrapping and storage bags, and even major parts of automobiles contain plastic.

Plastics are not found in nature.  They are man-made, the products of chemical engineering consisting mainly of the element carbon found in petroleum.  About 50 to 55 percent of the world’s petroleum is refined into combustible fuels.  Much of the rest is turned into a number of products, including fertilizer and plastic resin pellets.  The pellets are made by combining short chains of carbon molecules, called monomers, into larger chains called polymers.  The pellets then go to processing plants where they are further chemically altered to make different types of plastics.

Plastic is such a common part of our daily life that it’s easy to forget it is an invention of the recent past.  In 1909, a Belgian-born chemist named Leo Baekeland synthesized the first truly synthetic polymer form a mixture of phenol and formaldehyde.  The condensation reaction between these monomers resulted , three-dimensional polymers, creating a substance that could be molded when hot into hard shapes.  Called Bakelite after the inventor and considered the first commercial plastic, it was widely used for handles on flatware, phones, auto parts, furniture and even jewelry.

In the 1930s, Wallace Carruthers, a chemist for DuPont chemical company, invented a polymer that could be stretched out into strong fibers as nylon.  Nylon is lightweight, strong and durable.  It is now used for clothing, tents, luggage, rope and many more everyday items.

The use of these early polymers became widespread after World War II and continues today.  They were followed by the creation of many other plastics, like Dacron, Styrofoam, polystyrene, polyethylene and vinyl.

Although plastic, with its myriad uses and applications, seems like a miracle substance, it has created a large problem.  Because plastic doesn’t react chemically with most other substances, it doesn’t decay.  Instead it stays in the environment for decades; scientists predict it could hang around for centuries.  The disposal of plastic has thus become a difficult and significant environmental program.  Today, efforts to recycle plastic are being expanded in the hopes that we will someday be able to dispose of plastics more efficiently and with less harm to our environment.


Even if you aren't a Sports Fan this is Very Interesting!

36 have been accused of spousal abuse

7 have been arrested for fraud

19 have been accused of writing bad checks

117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses

3 have done time for assault

71,   I  repeat  71,   Cannot get a credit card due to bad credit

14 have been arrested on drug-related Charges

8 have been arrested! For shoplifting

21 currently are defendants in lawsuits,


84  have been arrested for drunk driving In the last year!

Can you guess which organization this is?  Is it the NBA Or NFL?

Give up yet?

Scroll down,

Neither, it's the 535 members of the United States Congress

The same group of Idiots that crank out hundreds of new laws each year designed to keep the rest of us in line.

Remember, many of them are up for election this year!!!  VOTE THEM OUT---ALL OF THEM UP FOR REELECTION.

You gotta pass this one on to all of your address listing!


Meet Walter Barnes - All golfers should live so long as to become this kind of old man!

Toward the end of the Sunday service, the Minister asked, “How many of you have forgiven your enemies?”  80% held up their hands.  The Minister then repeated his question.  All responded this time, except one man, Walter Barnes, who attended church only when the weather was bad .

“Mr . Barnes, it’s obviously not a good morning for golf.  It’s good to see you here today.   A re you not willing to forgive your enemies?”

“I don’t have any,” he replied gruffly .

“Mr . Barnes, that is very unusual.  How old are you?”

“Ninety-eight,” he replied.

The congregation stood up and clapped their hands .

“Oh,   Mr. Barnes, would you please come down in front and tell us all how a person can live   ninety-eight years and not have an enemy in the world?”

The old golfer tottered down the aisle, stopped in front of the pulpit, turned around, faced the congregation, and said simply, “I outlived all them bastards  - and he calmly returned to his seat .


I am a fan of kabobs, all types, chicken, pork, beef, etc. While in Asia I would stop at an occasional road side stand, as they would always cook of charcoal.   I also like Thai food and beef satay is very tasty but the usual portions are small.  This recipe makes a lot and when served and is on my list of things to make..

How to Make Beef Satay


    1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root
    4 cloves garlic, crushed
    2 tablespoons minced onion
    1/4 cup packed brown sugar
    1/4 cup fish sauce
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    2 tablespoons ground coriander
    1 tablespoon ground cumin
    ½  teaspoon ground turmeric
    1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    1 2-inch piece of fresh lemon grass (white part only)
    2 pounds beef top sirloin, trimmed
    4 12-inch long metal skewers


    Place ginger, garlic, onion, brown sugar, fish sauce, vegetable oil, soy sauce, coriander, cumin, turmeric, and cayenne pepper into a mixing bowl; whisk into a smooth marinade.

    Bruise lemon grass by hitting it lightly several times with the back of a large chef's knife; mince the lemon grass and add to the marinade.

    Cut beef sirloin into strips about 2 ½ inches long and 1/8 inch thick. Thoroughly mix the beef into marinade until all beef strips are completely coated, about 1 minute. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours.

    Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate.

    Remove beef from marinade and shake off excess marinade. Thread 1/4 the meat onto each metal skewer.

    Arrange skewers on the preheated grill and cook until the meat stops sticking to the grill, about 1 to 2 minutes. Flip skewers over onto other side and cook until meat is well browned and shows grill marks, 2 to 2 ½ minutes. Turn onto first side again and cook until meat is still slightly pink, 2 more minutes. Transfer to a platter and let skewers rest about 2 more minutes before serving.

How to Make Peanut Dipping Sauce


    3/4 cup smooth natural peanut butter
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons brown sugar
    1 tablespoon fish sauce
    2 teaspoons soy sauce
    2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

    ½  lime, juiced
    1 teaspoon chile-garlic sauce (such as Spriracha, or to taste
    1 (5.6 ounce) can coconut milk
    2 teaspoons chopped red bell pepper, or to taste
    2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro, or to taste
    2 teaspoons chopped peanuts, or to taste


    Place peanut butter in a mixing bowl. Whisk garlic, brown sugar, fish sauce, soy sauce, and sesame oil into peanut butter, followed by lime juice and chile-garlic sauce.

    Bring coconut milk to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat; pour over into peanut butter mixture. Whisk until smooth.

    Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with chopped red pepper, cilantro, and peanuts.


I have not talked much about my bird feeders.  The other day I had one very large turkey, by large it was about 15 to 20 pounds.  With its neck extended it was about 6 inches higher than my bird bath or about 3 feet tall.  I can usually tell male and female turkeys apart as the males have a gobbler hanging from their neck.  This one did not.  I have never seen any solitary turkeys until now, when they come in small packs of 3 or 4 are they are usually young males.  Large groups of which I am not sure of the name (flock, rafter, congress) are usually young and female.  I found the name congress funny but who would call our U.S. congress “turkeys” Wait . . . I know . . . me.

The black squirrel has been more frequent of late.  I think it is female and has had two darker than usual baby grey squirrels.  The three of them were in the yard this morning.

The chipmunk is back.  I think it is the same one as last year as it has no fear of me.  It scoots by to drink water from a flower pot while I am drinking coffee in the morning.   If he gets closer than 10 feet, I still plan to make a wallet of its pelt.  I had a lot of fun with those letters last year, the great chipmunk uprising of 2015.  I have some nieces that live in the countryside perhaps they can trap me two or three.  I do not think there is enough leather on one of those tiny things for a wallet, perhaps, but three or four would do.

I have one new aviary type friend, a sparrow, I call them friends as they show no fear of my presence.  It joins my other two friends, a chickadee and a crow.  The chickadee still scares me when his wings hit my ear but the crow keeps its distance to about 10 to 20 feet and has a distinct call for food.  The crow usually wants cheese, meat or possibly suit.  My crow vocabulary is limited so I cannot usually tell what it is asking for and always accepts whatever I toss to quiet the crow down.

Muhammad Ali is now floating with the butterflies. Cassius Marcellus Clay, the greatest boxer of all time, died early last Saturday in Phoenix, according to multiple reports. He was 74 years old.

Following an iconic stent as boxing's world heavyweight champion, Ali faced his toughest opponent. His 56-5 career record rested against the ropes.

Battles against George Foreman and Joe Frazier were nothing compared to a 32 year battle with Parkinson's disease.

Proud to say I was there for the “Thrilla in Manilla” during my Phillippines tour.


First time I heard about paraprosdokians, and I liked them. Paraprosdokians are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected and is frequently humorous.  This is a rerun.

1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it.
2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you  . . .  but it's still on my list.
3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.
5. We never really grow up -- we only learn how to act in public.
6. War does not determine who is right, only who is left.

7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

9. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

10. In filling out an application, where it says, "In case of emergency, notify... " I answered " a doctor."

11. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

12. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

13. I used to be indecisive, but now I'm not so sure.

14. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

15. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian, any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

16. You're never too old to learn something stupid.

17. I'm supposed to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

Sadly this is true!!! So...  Spread the laughter, share the cheer, let's be happy, while we're here.


See many of you at exercise class later this morning.                   George


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