George Rucker's Newsletter 3/22/2016

My Tuesday letter again,

I have been on vacation for the past nine days.  This time in New England on the coastline from Provincetown to Mystic Seaport, but mostly in the National Seashore.  The weather was mostly chilly to brisk but all in all very good for taking pictures of light houses to whale bone gates.  I am a life time member of the National Park system but there was no need to display my pass as all the parking lots were open to the public.  I am not sure if the pictures we took while on the Chatham beach had seals or Canadian geese as I have not downloaded my camera yet, and they were quite a way off shore on what looked like a sandbar or possibly a small outer bank type island.

I have managed to eat a quite a few restaurants but I will only mention those that impressed either Patty or myself.  First is the bakery “Hole in One” located in both Orleans and Eastham, by far the best thing offered is the chocolate biscotti with almonds and then dipped in chocolate.  We ate at both facilities as they also have attached breakfast nooks and for breakfast you could supstitue for their fried potatoes, two potato pancakes which as a youth was one of my favorite things to eat plus they go well with eggs.

Next I will mention Clancy’s Restaurant located at  8 Upper County Rd, Dennis Port, MA  for a menu visit  The views are of a marsh and in the summer have blue heron and white egrets along the banks of what looks like a river but is probably a tidal estuary.

Located on Route 6A in Yarmouth Port, MA 02675 has another restaurant with the name of “Olivers and Planck’s Tavern”  We ate there on St. Patrick’s day and found it very good. It has a has an outstanding website, with great food and friendly staff.  When on the Cape it would be a great place to visit and have supper or lunch.

The last place I will mention is “Somewhere in Time,” they serve only breakfast and lunch. It is located at 3175 Gold Star Highway in Mystic, CT.  For their website and location see ,  Patty and I liked the movie of the same name, and if you have not seen the movie you should.  It is considered the most romantic love story ever filmed.  For me I consider it tolerable as it is also a science fiction film.   While we were on our honeymoon we visited the hotel where the movie was filmed.  It was the “Grand Hotel,” located on northern Michigan’s Mackinac Island.  Once on the island only bicycles and horses are allowed, no cars or trucks.  (With the exception of emergency vehicles).  If you want to visit the hotel it has some of the best views of Lake Michigan, .  The Grand Hotel is also listed in the book of the top 500 hotels in the world 2015.


I don't know how true these are, but they sound interesting:

  Knowledge is Power

'A SHOT OF WHISKEY'   - In the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a glass of whiskey. If a cowhand was low on cash he would often give the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known as a "shot" of whiskey.

BUYING THE FARM - This is synonymous with dying. During WW1 soldiers were given life insurance policies worth $5,000. This was about the price of an average farm so if you died you "bought the farm" for your survivors.

IRON CLAD CONTRACT - This came about from the ironclad ships of the Civil War. It meant something so strong it could not be broken.

RIFF RAFF - The Mississippi River was the main way of traveling from north to south. Riverboats carried passengers and freight but they were expensive so most people used rafts. Everything had the right of way over rafts which were considered cheap. The steering oar on the rafts was called a "riff" and this transposed into riff-raff, meaning low class.

COBWEB - The Old English word for “spider" was "cob".

SHIP STATE ROOMS - Traveling by steamboat was considered the height of comfort. Passenger cabins on the boats were not numbered. Instead they were named after states. To this day cabins on ships are called staterooms.

SLEEP TIGHT- Early beds were made with a wooden frame. Ropes were tied across the frame in a criss-cross pattern. A straw mattress was then put on top of the ropes. Over time the ropes stretched, causing the bed to sag. The owner would then tighten the ropes to get a better night’s sleep.

SHOWBOAT - These were floating theaters built on a barge that was pushed by a steamboat. These played small town along the Mississippi River . Unlike the boat shown in the movie "Showboat" these did not have an engine. They were gaudy and attention grabbing which is why we say someone who is being the life of the party is “showboating".

OVER A BARREL - In the days before CPR a drowning victim would be placed face down over a barrel and the barrel would be rolled back and forth in an effort to empty the lungs of water. It was rarely effective. If you are over a barrel you are in deep trouble.

BARGE IN - Heavy freight was moved along the Mississippi in large barges pushed by steamboats. These were hard to control and would sometimes swing into piers or other boats. People would say they "barged in".

HOGWASH - Steamboats carried both people and animals. Since pigs smelled so bad they would be washed before being put on board. The mud and other filth that was washed off was considered useless “hog wash".

CURFEW - The word "curfew" comes from the French phrase "couvre-feu", which means "cover the fire". It was used to describe the time of blowing out all lamps and candles. It was later adopted into Middle English as “curfeu" which later became the modern "curfew". In the early American colonies homes had no real fireplaces so a fire was built in the center of the room. In order to make sure a fire did not get out of control during the night it was required that, by an agreed upon time, all fires would be covered with a clay pot called-a “curfew".

BARRELS OF OIL - When the first oil wells were drilled they had made no provision for storing the liquid so they used water barrels. That is why, to this day, we speak of barrels of oil rather than gallons.

HOT OFF THE PRESS - As the paper goes through the rotary printing press friction causes it to heat up.  Therefore, if you grab the paper right off the press it’s hot. The expression means to get immediate information.

There, don't you feel smarter now?

Betcha Didn’t Know That

The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for Blood plasma.
No piece of paper can be folded in half more than seven (7) times.
Oh go ahead .. I'll wait...
Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes or shark attacks.
You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.
Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty (50) years of age, or older.
The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.
The King of Hearts is the only king WITHOUT A MOUSTACHE
American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one (1) olive
from each salad served in first-class.
Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

(Since Venus is normally associated with women, what does this tell you?)
(That women are going in the 'right' direction. Or they always tend to be different..?)
Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.
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Most dust particles in your house are made from DEAD SKIN!
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The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer.
So did the first 'Marlboro Man'.
Walt Disney was afraid OF MICE!
The ten most valuable brand names on earth:  Apple, Coca Cola, Google, IBM, Microsoft, GE, McDonalds, Samsung, Intel, and Toyota,  in that order.
It is possible to lead a cow upstairs...But, not downstairs.

A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least six (6) feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.

(I keep my toothbrush in the living room now!)
  Turtles can breathe through their butts.

(I know some people like that, don't YOU?)

Remember, knowledge is everything, so pass it on......

Now go move your toothbrush!

And stop folding that damn paper!


Wisdom Of A Senior
There is no senior discount for reading this!!!
If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.
A whale swims all day, only eats fish, and drinks water, but is still fat.
A rabbit runs, and hops, and only lives15 years, while a tortoise doesn't run, and does mostly nothing, yet it lives for 150 years. And they tell us to exercise? I don't think so.
Now that I'm older, here's what I've discovered:
1.  I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.
2. My wild oats are mostly enjoyed with prunes and all-bran.
3. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.
4. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.
5. If all is not lost, then where the heck is it?
6. It was a whole lot easier to get older, than it was to get wiser.
7. Some days, you're the top dog, some days you're the hydrant.
8. I wish the buck really did stop here; I sure could use a few of them.
9. Kids in the back seat cause accidents.
10. Accidents in the back seat cause kids.
11. It is hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere.
12. The world only beats a path to your door when you're in the bathroom.
13. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he'd have put them on my knees.
14. When I'm finally holding all the right cards, everyone wants to play chess.
15. It is not hard to meet expenses . . . They're everywhere.
16. The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
17. These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter . . . I go somewhere to get something, and then wonder what I'm "here after".
18. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.
19. It is a lot better to be seen than viewed.
20. Have I sent this message to you before...or did I get it from you?


I do have a facebook acount and if you wish to befriend me it is


A note from my vacation: Why during the winter and spring months are there no clam fritters or cakes for sale?

I will have to make my own I guess.  These are from Volume I of The Cape Cod Seafood Cookbook by Noel W. Beyle.

Pat’s Perfect Clam cakes: Sift together 1 1/3 cups flur, 1 tsp. Baking soda, 1 tsp sugar, 2 tsp cream of tarter, 1/4 tsp each nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper & salt.  Mix 2 eggs, 1/3 cup milk and add to dry mixture.  Add 1 ½ cups quahog meat chopped, and mix well.  Fry in deep fat until golden.

Falmouth Clam Fritters: Mix 1 cup of ground quahogs with 1 cup of flour, 2 eggs, and 2/3 cups of milk.  Drop by spoonfuls into deep hot fat (375 deg.)  Until gold brown

Down East Clam Fritters: Mix 1 Cup of drained (chopped) quahogs, 4 Tablespoons of cracker crumbs, ½ tsp of pepper, and two eggs, Pat into thin cakes and fry in bacon fat.


On Saturday of our vacation Patty and I were in Provincetown and sad to say we missed a festival called 2016  Year Rounders Festival.  They celebrate the last day before the clock jumps an hour ahead.  Perhaps next year if we will go farther down Commercial Street to the Town Hall as it seems all those that wandered that far had a good time.  On our return with our friends that joined us Monday of our vacation we went back to the area to visit some of the shops when the following was reported.

“The Year Rounder event has grown in recent years as much attention has been put into organizing local artists, artisans, writers, crafters, musicians and performers throughout the day,” she says. “The focus is on the community coming together as well as to celebrate with all those near and far who love and are interested in Provincetown.”

Wells says the event draws thousands (I would say hundreds as it is still winter) of people to a myriad of activities throughout the day at Town Hall. There will be more than 60 artists, writers and community exhibits set up from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., and you won’t want to miss the pet parade and costume contest at 2 p.m.

“There’s no cost to participate in the event,” Wells says. “Some artists and artisans will have items for sale, and there will also be a silent auction and there will be a low-cost beer and wine bar in the evening.”

At 5 p.m. there was a free dinner buffet with food donated by local restaurants.

Once the evening gets going so does the entertainment. Daggers frontman Kyle Brodie, as Rollie Skreslet, will serve as the master of ceremonies. Event-goers can look forward to singer-songwriter Anne Stott, a drag show, the Daggers and Uncle Ted’s Acoustic Freak Show.  (Typical P-Town stuff)


Not usually an advertiser but Truro really has an interesting store, the Atlantic Spice Company.  This store would especially be great if you like to cook or a crafter.  It is located at the junction of 6 & 6A, 2 Shore Road, POB 205, North Truro, MA.  The website is If you are ordering by internet or mail they give  free shopping on orders over $50.

They have the highest quality culinary herbs and spices, teas, dehydrated vegetables, nuts, seeds, botanicals, essential oils, spice blends, potpourri ingredients and fragrance oils all at wholesale prices.


This is undoubtedly the closest you will ever ge t to the top of Mt. Everest.

KEEP AN EYE ON THE ELEVATION, LEFT SIDE OF YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN, AND    THEN MOVE THE MOUSE WHEN YOU GET TO THE TOP TO SEE A PANORAMIC VIEW . . . its almost like being there and there's a 360 degree view from the top! *



STROKE has a new indicator.....Please read

STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters.....
 S. T.  R


During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) ...she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Jane's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital
(at 6:00 PM Jane passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

It only takes a minute to read this.  A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient      medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.


Thank God for the sense to remember the '3' steps, STR. Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when      people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple      questions:

S...Ask the individual to SMILE.

T...Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e.       Chicken Soup)

R...Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke --------

Stick out Your Tongue!  If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

I have done my part. Will you?


When I was young I decided I wanted to be a doctor, so I took the entrance exam to go to Medical School .

One of the questions asked was to rearrange the letters PNEIS into the name of an important human body part which is most useful when erect.

Those who answered spine are doctors today.

The rest of us are sending jokes via email.


Caution: Contains the off color word "A-Hole"...Delete now if offended.

The Will ...

Doug Smith is on his deathbed and knows the end is near.  His nurse, his wife, daughter and 2 sons, are with him.

He asks for 2 witnesses to be present and a camcorder be in place to record his last wishes, and when all is ready he begins to speak:

"My son, Bernie, I want you to take the Mayfair houses."

"My daughter Sybil, you take the apartments over in the east end."

"My son, Jamie, I want you to take the offices over in the City Center."

"Sarah, my dear wife, please take all the residential buildings on the banks of the river."

The nurse and witnesses are blown away as they did not realize his extensive holdings, and as Doug slips away, the nurse says, "Mrs. Smith, your husband must have been such a hard-working man to have accumulated all this property".

The wife replies, "The asshole has a paper route."


Top 10 Reasons a Gun is Better than a Woman

10. You can trade an old 44 for a new 22.

  9. You can keep one gun at home and have another for when you're on the road.

  8. If you admire a friend's gun, and tell him so, he'll let you try it out a few times.

  7. Your primary gun doesn't mind if you keep another gun for a backup.

  6. Your gun will stay with you even if you run out of ammo.

  5. A gun doesn't take up a lot of closet space.

  4. Guns function normally every day of the month.

  3. A gun doesn't ask, "Do these new grips make me look fat?"

  2. A gun doesn't mind if you go to sleep after you use it.

And the number one reason a gun is favored over a woman....



Off once again to exercise at 1100, have a great week.


Patty says I sent the Gun/Women thing once before but it is ok due to
3. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.
4. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.