George Rucker's Newsletter for May 16, 2016


Hello again from this second Tuesday in May,


I was thinking about the snakes out on that island in Quabbin Reservoir, primarily what a horrible idea it was to put these rattlesnakes on any of these islands.   All snakes can swim and as soon as the food gets scarce off they go.  I wish man would just stop screwing with nature.  This next video is from Virginia and is pro Timber Rattlesnake... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dt1oDnVeab0         


Timber Rattlesnake - Crotalus horridus, By virtue of their large size, timber rattlers are the most dangerous snakes in northeastern America. Fortunately, when encountered most timber rattlers are mild in disposition unless aroused, and make little attempt to rattle or strike. This striking is believed to have occurred in at least 25 counties prior to 1800. Today, the timber rattlesnake is listed as an endangered species by the Ohio Division of Wildlife and is known from only seven Ohio counties. 


Thinking of snakes in general here is one video that comes to mind that is a little funny.  It is about Willie Whistle’s snake experience.    Remember Willie Whistle the clown with the high pitched voice?  When dealing with this snake his high pitched whistle voice boarders on a shrill scream.  Here is the ONLY footage I have seen from ... Willie Whistle Clown From WSBK Boston TV Youtube;   This is old so the video is a little blurry.                      

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-2-pwuDSsA    


Just hot off the press...Someone has submitted pictures of this Boston water source during a drought and guess what the islands are just hills when the water is low.  The city-boy running the program has withdrawn his request to put snakes on what is currently islands as the lake is full once again.                               

                                    

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Coffee tastes good - but is it good for you? More than half of Americans are java junkies, yet the average joe doesn't know beans about the health effects of our daily brew. In fact, scientists say there are grounds to claim that coffee has many effects on health - some good, some bad.                                    

                                   

Moderate coffee drinking -- less than five cups per day -- has been linked to a decreased risk of death from chronic illnesses like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and neurological diseases. The study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 

This is for both regular and decaf coffees.


About three cups of coffee each day might stave off Alzheimer's for older adults experiencing memory declines. A small study found coffee consumption helped slow the progression of mild cognitive impairment, a condition that often leads to Alzheimer's. 


Coffee may lower the risk for the most serious type of skin cancer, malignant melanoma. A 2015 study found that frequent coffee drinkers -- those who consumed four cups or more per day -- had a 20 percent lower risk for developing malignant melanoma.  Not true for decaf.


Coffee contains almost no calories - as long as you drink it black. But fancy sweetened drinks sold by specialty coffee retailers are often loaded with sugar and fat - and hundreds of calories that can contribute to weight gain.


Caffeine can increase blood pressure - but apparently mostly transiently. Long-term studies have found no link between regular coffee consumption and high blood pressure, a.k.a. hypertension.


Preliminary studies have shown that habitual consumption of coffee is linked to lower risk for depression, at least among women.


Heavy coffee consumption during pregnancy has been linked to miscarriage and low birth weight. A developing fetus isn't good at metabolizing caffeine, and research has shown that the stimulant easily crosses the placenta. To limit the risk, doctors often urge women to have no more than one cup of coffee a day during pregnancy (or two cups of tea).


Studies have shown that men who drink lots of coffee have a below-average risk for Parkinson's, a neurological condition marked by tremors and difficulty to coordinate movements. Animal studies suggest that caffeine prevents the death of nerve cells that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is a core problem in Parkinson's. 


Recent evidence suggests that coffee lowers the risk for both liver cirrhosis and liver cancer, though there's no clear explanation of the apparent protective effect.


There is more if you want to check the internet.  This is probably why I have been drinking coffee since about the third grade.  Of course at that age I needed a lot of sugar but now I am sweet enough, so no sugar.  I have always followed my own intuition and what to eat and drink and avoid so called experts. 


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THIS HAS BEEN AROUND BEFORE, BUT I THINK ITS GREAT. 


At a time when  politicians tend to apologize for our country's prior actions, here's a refresher on how some of our former patriots handled negative comments about our country.


These are good


JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in  France  in the early 60's when DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO.  DeGaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible.

Rusk responded, "Does that include those who are buried here?"

DeGaulle did not respond.


When in  England, at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury  if our plans for  Iraq  were just an example of 'empire building' by George Bush.

He answered by saying, "Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders.  The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return."


There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American.  During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying, "Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to  Indonesia  to help the tsunami victims.  What does he intend to do, bomb them?"

A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly:  "Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency  electrical power to shore facilities; they have three  cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck.  We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?"


A  U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies  At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries.

Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, "Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?"

Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, "Maybe it's because the Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German."


Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane.  At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on.

"You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked sarcastically.

Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.

"Then you should know enough to have your passport ready."

The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."

"Impossible.  Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France !"

The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look.  Then he quietly explained, ''Well, when I came ashore at  Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen to show a passport to"


If you are proud to be an American, pass this on! If not, delete it.


I am proud to be of this land, AMERICA 


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I missed an invention last week so I will now put one in this weeks letter, one I personally like as it can be used for quite a few things is Velcro.


Many artificial objects were inspired by something organic or found in nature.  Velcro, sometimes called “the zipperless zipper,” is one of those items, modeled after the common seed case of a plant.


Velcro consists of two surfaces: one made up of tiny hooks and the other composed of tiny loops.  When the two sides are pressed together, the hundreds of hooks latch onto the timy loops, producing a firm binding that is easy to undo by pulling on the top surface making a rasping sound that is familiar to just about everyone.  Today Velcro is use in hundreds of consumer products from coats to children’s shoes, blood pressure guages to airplane flotation devices.


The idea for Velcro came unexpectedly.  In 1948 George de Mestral, a swiss engineer, went hiking in the woods with his dog.  Both he and the dog came home covered with burrs that had stuck to them during the hike.  Suddenly, an idea occurred to him: could what made the burrs stick on clothes have commercial use as a fastener?  Studying a burr under a microscope, he discovered that it was covered with tiny hooks which had allowed many of the burrs to grab onto clothes and fur that brushed up against the plants as he and his dog passed by.


Armed with this idea, de Mestral spent the next eight years developing a product he called Velcro, a combination of the words “velvet” and “crochet.”  He obtained a patent on his hook-and-loop technology in 1955 and named his company Velcro. (Strictly speaking, the word “Velcro” today refers to the company founded by de Mestral, not the product the company produces.)


Few people took de Mestral’s invention seriously at first, but it cought on.  Particularly after NASA used Velcro for a number of space flights and experiements.  In the 1960's Apollo astronauts use Velcro to secure all types of devices in their space capsule for easy retrieval.  Starting in 1968 shoe companies like Puma, Adidas and Reebok integrated Velcro straps into childrens’s shoes.


A 1984 interview between television talk-show hose David Letterman and Velcro’s U.S. director of industrial sales ended with Letterman, wearing a suit made of Velcro, launching himself off a trampoline and onto a wall covered in Velcro, sticking to it.  This widely publicized stunt only furthered the craze, resulting in even more companies adapting Velcro into their products.


This is a video of the show but notice the error of when it was patented as the year mentioned is 1948 and that was the year that de Mestral started thinking abut the burrs.  It was patented in 1955, 7 years later.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9uxxqKGmYg 


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A man was involved in a terrible accident which left his member mangled and torn from his body. The doctor assured him that modern medicine did make it possible for his manhood to be rebuilt, but since it was considered cosmetic surgery, his insurance would not cover the surgery.


On hearing this, the man asked the doctor what the cost would be.


"You have three choices," replied the doctor. "$4,000 for small, $7,000 for medium, and $15,000 for large."


The man appeared pleased with this news, but couldn't decide whether he wanted the medium or the large. The doctor suggested that since the decision also affected the man's wife, he talk it over with her privately before making a final decision. The doctor then left the room to give the man some privacy while he phoned his wife to explain the options.


When the doctor returned to the room, he found the man looking very depressed and staring into space.


"Have you and your wife reached a decision?" the doctor asked.


"Yes," the man replied, sounding very dejected. "After discussing it, my wife has decided she'd rather remodel the kitchen."


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Further evidence that if you try to make something' Idiot Proof,' the universe will invent better idiots.... Herewith, some more evidence that the gene pool may need a little chlorine: ----------


Sign in a gas station: Coke -- 49 cents. Two for a dollar. 


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All my readers know that many times when I put a recipe in my letter I have modified it a bit, probably for either Patty or my tastes. 


I have never sat down and try and make my own recipe, but many times I have thought about it.  Two of my favorite recipes during the summer are “Cold Tuna Macaroni Salad” and “Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction.”  You can buy Balsamic Reduction in most stores and it is much less work and as good.  Both of these recipes can be found at www.allrecipes.com.


Well I combined the two recipes and guess what, it was a B- type recipe as the Balsamic Reduction and tuna just do not hit it out of the park.  Patty mentioned that a person at work thought it would be better with grilled chicken.  Here is the new recipe 


Grilled Chicken, Pasta, and Caprese Salad


Ingredients:


1 pound grilled chicken, grilled and cut into bite size pieces

20 small salad tomatoes, halved

2 Tablespoons sliced green olives

1 teaspoon of dried basil

8 large leaves of fresh basil, cut or torn into small bits

12 small fresh mozzarella balls, halved

1 box of cold cooked pasta (I used 12 ounce box of tri-color penne pasta)

3 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

Balsamic glaze


Directions:


Combine first eight ingredients, stir, and chill


Drizzle with Balsamic glaze prior to serving


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I am not sure what party you are in.  I am a conservative supporting Trump.  I just received a phone call not blocked by my service, www.nomorobo.com .  They claim to have a message from Trump but it was so badly spliced together I reported it as a robotic call.  Wanting to donate a few dollars I found the site you use to go directly to the campaigns of either candidate...  For Donald usehttps://www.donaldjtrump.com/ and for Hillary use https://www.hillaryclinton.com/ I do think there are those that will be calling for both parties that will be fraudulent.  Just in case Hillary is arrested for past misdeeds you might be looking for  https://go.berniesanders.com/page/content/splash 


I have been around for many elections.  I started as a Democrat and even shook hands with George McGovern (July 19, 1922 – October 21, 2012).  Somewhere along the line I detested paying taxes, probably because of this state, Taxachussetts.  We had a govornor named Michael Dukakis, born November 3, 1933, who raised my taxes.  To send him a message I switched my party affiliation from Democrat to Independent.  The next year, he did it again, so I switched again to Republican.  I do vote occasionally for Democrats but only those that are fiscally responsible which lately have been far and few between.. 


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        "All Of A Sudden"         


        Before Obama there was virtually no outlandish presence of Islam in America .       


        • All of a sudden, Islam is taught in schools. Christianity and the bible are banned in schools.         


        • All of a sudden we must allow prayer rugs everywhere and allow for Islamic prayer in schools, airports and businesses.         


        • All of a sudden we must stop serving pork in prisons.         


        • All of a sudden we are inundated with law suits by Muslims who are offended by American culture.         


        • All of a sudden we must allow burkas to be worn everywhere even though you have no idea who is covered up under them.         


        • All of a sudden Muslims are suing employers and refusing to do their jobs if they personally deem it conflicts with Sharia Law.         


        • All of a sudden the Attorney General of the United States vows to prosecute anyone who engages in “anti-Muslim speech”.         


        • All of a sudden, Jihadists who engage in terrorism and openly admit they acted in the name of Islam and ISIS, are emphatically declared they are NOT Islamic by our leaders and/or their actions are determined NOT to be terrorism, but other nebulous terms like ‘workplace violence."         


        • All of a sudden, it becomes Policy that Secular Middle East dictators that were benign or friendly to the West, must be replaced by Islamists and the Muslim Brotherhood.         


        • All of a sudden our troops are withdrawn from Iraq and the middle east, giving rise to ISIS .         


        • All of a sudden, America has reduced it’s nuclear stockpiles to 1950 levels, as Obama’s stated goal of a nuke-free America by the time he leaves office continues uninterrupted.         


        • All of a sudden, a deal with Iran must be made at any cost, with a pathway to nuclear weapons and HUNDREDS of BILLIONS of dollars handed over to fund their programs.         


        • All of a sudden America APOLOGIZES to Muslim states and sponsors of terror worldwide for acts of aggression, war and sabotage THEY perpetrate against our soldiers.         


        • All of a sudden, the American Navy is diminished to 1917 Pre-World War I levels of only 300 ships. The Army is at pre-1940 levels. The Air Force scraps 500 planes and planned to retire the use of the A-10 Thunderbolt close air support fighter.  A further draw down of another 40,000 military personnel is in progress.         


        • All of a sudden half of our aircraft carriers are recalled for maintenance by Obama rendering the Atlantic unguarded, NONE are in the Middle East .         


        • All of a sudden Obama has to empty Guantanamo Bay of captured Jihadists and let them loose in Jihad-friendly Islamic states.  He demands to close the facility.         


        • All of a sudden America will negotiate with terrorists and trade FIVE Taliban commanders for a deserter and Jihad sympathizer.         


        • All of a sudden there is no money for American poor, disabled veterans, jobless Americans, hungry Americans, or displaced Americans but there is endless money for Obama’s “Syrian refugee” resettlement programs.         


        • All of sudden there is an ammunition shortage in the USA          


        • All of a sudden, the most important thing for Obama to do after a mass shooting by two Jihadists, is disarm American Citizens.         


        ... "By his fruits you will know him."         


        All of a sudden, I am sick to my stomach. 


And finally, 


   All of a sudden, America's president is getting ready to visit Hiroshima and apologize for an earlier president's decision to end the war the Japanese got us into.


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I have and exercise friend, Walter, who is an alumni of University of Oregon.  He us easy to spot as he is usually in Oregon Duck garb.  He has started adding my letter to his website.  If you visit the site my letter is the last thing posted.  If you are local and have a business that need advertising, you might want to look him up for a spot on his site. http://capecod-beaches.com 


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"Here is a pirate joke to tickle your funny bone...."


The pirate joke


A pirate walked into a bar and the bartender said, "Hey, I haven't seen you in a while. What happened? You look terrible."


"Shiver me timbers, what do you mean? me hearty", said the pirate, "I feel fine."


Bartender, "What about the wooden leg? You didn't have that before."


Pirate, "Well, we were in a battle and a cannon ball took it clean off, but I'm fine now."


Bartender, "Well, OK, but what about that hook? What happened to your hand?"


Pirate, "We were in another battle. I boarded a ship and got into a sword fight. Me hand was cut off. I got fitted with a hook. I'm fine, really.


" Bartender "What about that eye patch?"


Pirate, "Oh, one day we were at sea and a flock of birds flew over. I looked up and one of them pooped in me eye."


"You're kidding," said the bartender, "you could lose an eye just from bird poop?"


Pirate, "Aarrgghh! It was me first day with the hook." 


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Exercise once again at 1100 this fine Tuesday .....Aarrgghh.


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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