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Another Tuesday Greetings for you,

It seems last weeks red head was the best part of the letter.  Myself I liked the Algebra joke best.  All in all it seems people like recipes and jokes the best.

I guess I will start with a joke, but I will let you know I am not fond of one liners, unless they are more or less a pun.

My ex used to hit me with musical instruments.

I didn’t know that she had a history of violins.

Comments are also jokes in themselves.
    At least it wasn't sax abuse.
    She didn’t mean to harmony one.
    But she sounds like a real pitch.
    He got suspicious and bought a camera to recorder.
    That's a pretty smart idea. That way, there'll be re-flute-able evidence of abuse.                yes, you will have a good bass for your case.
     etc. etc.


Now here is the type of joke I like. . .

One day a Cop pulls a van over and when he walks up to the window he sees ten penguins in the back.

The cop asks the man "are those your penguins?"

The man Says "yes, they are my pets."

The cop replies to the man "You need to take them to the zoo right now."

So the man agrees and drives off. The next day the cop pulls over the same van and he walks up to the window and sees the ten penguins all wearing sunglasses.

The cop says to the man "I thought I told you to take those penguins to the zoo."

The man says "I did, today we are going to the beach!"


I have been using inventions in my letter for perhaps two years now.  Many inventions seem to lead to another, sort of like the “Radio” (this weeks invention) to the “Television.”  My first job after leaving the farm and a tech school was as a “Morse Code Operator” aboard the ship, the USS Brough, a destroyer escort.  The military used Morse code (another past invention) due to the distance a carrier wave signal would travel.  Here I am at age 77 and I still remember the ships call sign, NDRN. (da dit, da dit dit, dit da dit, da dit) There was a time when that call sign was like somebody calling my name.

No one at the time could even imagine how radio (and later, television) would change the globe.  Radio remains relevant today as a conduit for entertainment, news and information, although most listen to it primarily while driving.  Many people keep a battery-operated radio in their home for emergency situations.  With our reliance on electricity and the Internet, radio is often the only way to receive reliable information in the case of a power outage when all other systems of Intel gathering are down.

Who invented the radio?  That’s not an easy question to answer.  While the inventors of some other world-changing devices and technologies are easy to pinpoint, that is not the case with the humble radio.  This is because no individual can lay sole claim to its invention.  It developed over time until it reached today’s form.

Each of the scientists and inventors added to the breadth and depth of the pioneering work on radio technology.  The Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell predicted the existence of radio waves – electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths longer than infrared light.  In 1887, German physicist Heinrich Hertz produced radio waves in a laboratory setting.  Hertz discovered that the waves could transfer sound from one point to another.

After Hertz’s work, many people tried their hands at developing the electronic components needed to transmit sound and receive it using radio waves.  Chief among them was Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian physicist and engineer.  Marconi’s version of the device could transmit and receive radio waves in wireless communication.  By 1895 he was able to transmit radio signals across about 1.5 miles.  For his invention, Marconi was awarded a British patent.

But he wasn’t done.  In 1897, Marconi established a radio station on an island off the coast of Great Britain and continued to improve radio transmission.  In 1899, he transmitted messages across the English Channel to France.  In 1902, he was able to transmit radio waves all the way across the Atlantic Ocean from England to Canada and the United States.  For his contributions to the development of radio, Marconi was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1909.

The first commercial radio broadcast occurred in New York City on January 13, 1910, when opera singers Enrico Caruso and Emmy Destinn sang arias which, according to the New York Times were “Trapped and magnified by the dictograph directly from the stage and borne by wireless Hertzian waves over the turbulent waters of the sea to transcontinental and coastwise ships and over the mountainous peaks and undulating valleys of the country.”

There was a time when I would think about all the signals being transmitted by stations both mobile and stationary around the world, both TV and Radio, AM and FM and of course Carrier Waves, just an unmodulated wave for Morse Code going around the planet.  The higher the frequency the less distance it could travel.  The Navy at the time was experimenting with an ultra-low frequency 60 cycles that could go around the world, even under water for submarine communications.  While most frequencies have a range, I felt signals upward from earth went to infinity but did dissipate with distance..  Our planet, I suspect was one very noisy space traveler.

This is no longer the case as our phones operate at a very high frequency so the distance they can cover not far at all.  Our TV signals now perhaps 65 miles and the FM radios perhaps 80 miles.  The AM radio is perhaps the only noise leaving our planet anymore and perhaps the best chance of being picked up by alien life.   Point to point using dish reflectors will communicate with satellites and the space station if properly alligned..

There was a time when we would use formulas for frequency length and orient the direction of our antennas for maximum reception.  We had no dishes to use for reflectors during the early space program so we built our own our of aluminum rods.  I had friends who would set up on the beach of some out of the way islands like Fiji or Bali, when there was to be a space launch so we could relay communications to or from our early space craft when it was on the other side of our planet.  Now we just use satellite to satellite for the relay of communications around the world.

Our planet has basically gone dark when you consider how noisy we used to be.


I am not a real fan of the summer type of cold soups.  About the only two I think are ok are Vichyssoise and Gazpacho. I have had good variations of both during my life.

Vichyssoise despite the French name, some people (ahem, Julia Child) claim that this is “an American invention”, as opposed to a traditional French dish.

French or not, the dish is attributed to Frenchman Louis Diat. He (re)invented the soup in 1917, in New York City while working at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.


    1 large sweet onion, chopped
    2 tablespoons butter
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    3 large potatoes, peeled and diced
    6 large leeks, thoroughly rinsed and sliced (white and light green parts only)
    1 quart chicken broth
    Salt and pepper to taste
    A pinch of nutmeg
    ½ cup heavy cream
    Chives to garnish


    In a heavy bottomed pot, or dutch oven, heat the olive oil and the butter, over medium high heat.
    Sauté the onion until translucent (about 2 minutes).
    Add the leeks and sauté until soft (about 4-5 min).
    Add the potatoes and sauté with the onions and leeks for a couple of minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
    Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil.
    Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
    Using an immersion hand blender, puree the soup until smooth. Alternatively, you can work in batches using a regular blender.
    Add the heavy cream and turn the heat back up to medium. Cook for about 5 minutes so it thickens a little.
    Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper if necessary. Add a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg. Remove from heat.
    Wait for the soup to cool down to room temperature and chill for at least one hour before serving (overnight is better).
    Garnish with some chopped chives and serve.


Southern Spain-Style Gazpacho

    3/4 green bell pepper, seeded
    ½  cucumber, peeled and sliced
    2 cloves garlic, chopped
    ½  cup olive oil
    2 day-old crusty bread rolls, cut into thick slices

    6 tomatoes, peeled and quartered
    ½  tablespoon kosher salt
    1 pinch cayenne pepper
    ½  teaspoon balsamic vinegar
    1/4 teaspoon olive oil


Blend the green bell pepper, cucumber, garlic, and ½ cup olive oil together in a blender until smooth. Add the bread slices to the blender one at a time and blend each into the mixture until smooth. Blend the tomatoes into the mixture one at a time until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a bowl; season with salt and cayenne pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon olive oil to serve.

Most reviewers added1 tablespoon tomato paste, some changed the cayenne to paprika.  Those that do not like green pepper used orange or red.


Let’s see what is going on with my local liberal paper.

It looks like the State of Massachusetts now has chemicals in our public water supplies.

Before I see what is up with this article, let it be known that it is possible to contaminate a specimen easily by the person performing or gathering the sample.  I have seen samplers do both, the right and the wrong way.  I have seen a water sample contaminated quite by accident and the process demands good technique.  I am happy to say I feel I was trained by the masters of sampling while working with the 102d Fighter Wing environmental section.

Here we go. . .These tests were done by the nonprofit Environmental working Group

While most public water utilities were found to be in compliance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations, EWG officials said they took a stricter view of contaminants than either the federal or state government.

Lets take a breath here, if this group has an agenda, I say lets stick to the EPA and DEP regulations and stop this made up what is good and what is bad levels of anything as their agenda is starting to show.

Ah ha...they want my email address to use the data base.  I sense some sales pitch coming.   First they want a one time contribution – I will give zero as I do not believe them in the slightest..

Now they want my name...Ben There will do.  I do sometimes use Don That

Now they want my address...  I see a pattern of identity theft starting with the help of my local newspaper copying an Associated Press article.   I will use the local post office and general delivery so my house will not be known and most importantly it will not get egged.

I am thanked for my donation of zero dollars.   RIGHT... and now click here to shop on Amazon.  I would say WTF but as not to swear I will say WTH, H being heck.  Still no access to the data base.  There is a note saying it will be put in my email box.

But Amazon will sell me water filters designed for my area and EWG gets 8.5 percent of the sale.  Isn’t that special.  I wonder who will jump on that offer.

I feel that this EWC group is not only a liberal group but an extremely liberal group way over the edge of left.  Now they are saying that for the last 6 months Trump has made an Unprecedented Assault on Children’s Health ... good God when will they get over the fact that they lost and we won.  We suffered through 8 years of Obama.  Suck it up buttercup.

I will stop here as the article is starting to make me vomit.

Ok, they did send me an email and thanked me for my zero dollars, actually they thanked me for my donation.  It is addressed to Ben and is looking for another donation.  I could just send another zero dollars since they like it.

I sort of like names and the letter is written my Ken Cook.  I could use that on an avatar except I would use (I. Ken Cook), kind of funny.

The first part of the letter concerns all the pesticides in our produce, for which they sell a shopper’s guide.

The next concerns a database of 60,000 cosmetics and then rates them. This is also for sale

Now you can enter what you eat and they will give you for free your food score.  I know I will not do well there but I am sure I will be in the upper middle.

Now they have a cleaning guide rating for over 2500 products, along with their safety rating.

They say we can find out what is in our water from our water municipality.  Then purchase the filter that will take anything we do not want out of our water.

One more contribute button but I am looking for the unsubscribe button.

For my readers, every municipality water supply must send you a copy of their annual water supply testing.  It is usually done through the mail, however you can get their last test results probably by phone or a visit to your town hall.  If you use a well, most counties have a lab that can be used  to test your water for a small fee.  As that water is what I consider raw you might need a filter of some sort.

Just for your information, our farm used raw water from an artesian well, no filter, right to the tap, but that was a safer time.  We use used pond water to irrigate both our garden and tobacco crops.  Our chicken, cows and horses and pets also used raw water.  In my early teens I helped my grandmother and some of my friends parents replace the pipes from their well to their house as in the early 50s it was noted that lead pipes were not a good conduit for water and most of the original wells from the 30s and 40s used lead pipe.


A termite walks into a bar and asks,

"is the bar tender here"?


Here is some interesting shark news.

Dolphins and seals are also on the rise. Paul Sieswerda, head of the Gotham Whale volunteer marine wildlife tracking group, personally monitors a colony of harbor seals near his home in the New York City borough of Staten Island, which have increased to around 66 this year from just 10 in 2006.

Beach goers, however, have not been threatened, with the closest sighting to land still being a mile offshore.

In June, off Long Island, New York, three great whites were hooked in a week; sightings off New Jersey have also increased. In one such incident, fishermen reeled in a baby great white – which still weighed 80lbs – off Rockaway Beach in Queens. They released it and spotted its mother swimming nearby.

From New Jersey to Cape Cod, in Massachusetts, fishermen have reported increased instances of seeing and reeling in great whites and other sharks. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has reported a surge in numbers on the east coast but has yet to record detailed data. However, the agency’s most recent research, carried out off the California coast, showed great white numbers rising an estimated tenfold, after decades of decline accelerated if not solely caused by a rise in shark hunting inspired by the 1975 film Jaws.

Humpback whales and great white sharks are surging in numbers in the waters around New York City this summer, in a wildlife bonanza that is delighting naturalists, environmentalists and fishermen – if not necessarily bathers.

Crazy little fact: You are at least 10 times more likely to be bitten by a fellow human while in New York City than you are being bitten by a shark anywhere in the world.


Chuck Norris can kill two stones with one bird.

Big foot claims he saw Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris can hear sign language.

When Chuck Norris was in middle school, his English teacher assigned an essay: "What is courage?" He received an A+ for turning in a blank page with only his name at the top.

Chuck Norris tells Simon what to do.


#link_2998837post something that shows that the majority of our State Troopers are actually really good guys with a sense of humor. Unfortunately though we have no way of verifying these as they could just be internet myth.

1. “You know, stop lights don’t come any redder than the one you just went through.”

2. “Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they’re new. They’ll stretch after you wear them a while.”

3. “If you take your hands off the car, I’ll make your birth certificate a worthless document.”

4. “If you run, you’ll only go to jail tired.”

5. “Can you run faster than 1200 feet per second? Because that’s the speed of the bullet that’ll be chasing you.”

6. “You don’t know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can write anything I want to on the ticket, huh?”

7. “Yes, sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don’t think it will help. Oh, did I mention that I’m the shift supervisor?”

8. “Warning! You want a warning? OK, I’m warning you not to do that again or I’ll give you another ticket.”
9. “The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?”

10. “Fair? You want me to be fair? Listen, a fair is a place where you go to ride on rides, eat cotton candy and corn dogs and step in monkey poop.”

11. “Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster oven.”

12. “In God we trust; all others we run through NCIC.” ( National Crime Information Center )
13. “Just how big were those ‘two beers’ you say you had?”
14. “No sir, we don’t have quotas anymore. We used to, but now we’re allowed to write as many tickets as we want.”

15. “I’m glad to hear that the Chief (of Police) is a personal friend of yours. So you know someone who can post your bail.”

16. “You didn’t think we give pretty women tickets? You’re right, we don’t. Sign here.”

George. . . you know the drill to get your own copy put letter in the subject line and email .  

Walter publishes my Newsletter on his blog.  Just click capecod-beaches 

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This is a horse and buggy on Winkinkhoah Street circa 1910.  Ford's Model T was made in 1908.  We are looking west.  All of these cottages were blown away in the 1938 hurricane.