Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Through the Keyhole - September 2017




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Football Season is here!
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Oh.  You thought I meant American Football?  Well that too.
Soccer (futbol, football, futebol, etc.) has officially started back up all over the world. 
I know. I know. In America, it's Football season which really never made a lot of sense to me.  American football hardly puts ball to foot or foot to ball.  I wish the highly paid commissioner of Football would explain that to me.  Why is it not called Rugby Lite? or Minor Gladiators?  Just wondering - why call it football at all?

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An observation - The last time I was in Soldier Field I sat on the high side.  You know the side that is opposite the good seats and it takes a Sherpa to find your seats.  Pictured above is one guy with his Sherpa. Notice that she is carrying all of the necessary supplies - nachos, beer and a coke.  No oxygen needed until she reaches row 14...

Whichever football you watch - it's time and what a great time of year.  Warm days and cool nights are back for a limited time only and I urge you to enjoy it while you can.

Who doesn't love some leaves changing?

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I included this picture as it just looks like September - warm yet a sign of change to come...

And now for a new picture above- Can you guess where it is by looking "through the keyhole"? 
"This tiny island country plays host to one of the greatest (and scariest) landing patterns in the world. 747s are so close you can reach out and almost touch them.  Beware of the jet blast on takeoff as it can blow you away... " 
Can you guess the location?

Correct answers will be given recognition but half the fun is trying to figure it out.  The correct answer will be revealed in the subsequent issue.  Good luck and have fun.

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Loch Ness, Scotland - Keyhole Answer


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"This high land sports some deep, freshwater with plenty of peat so you can't see very far into the water.  Don't look too long for Nessie as she hasn't been seen for years... " 
Last month,  Russell Racean won the location by guessing correctly.  He correctly answered Loch Ness, Scotland.  Maybe he had the pleasure of being there.  It looks really ominous. Thanks for playing and well done.

Loch Ness
is Scotland's (if not the world's) most famous lake (or 'loch' in Scotland). It runs for 23 miles (37 km) along the natural geological cleft that stretches from Fort William in the west of the Scottish Highlands, to Inverness in the north.

About a mile wide at most places it is the purported home of the Loch Ness monster (called Nessie), a possibly mythical creature, which dwells in the Loch and is occasionally spotted by locals and passers-by. The sightings claimed lend credence to the remote possibility of a group of survivors of the long-extinct plesiosaurs (which lived up to around 65 million years ago).

Scotland is a sparsely populated country and only a small proportion of that population lives in the Scottish Highlands. Therefore, it is mostly barren territory. Villages in the highlands are small neat places with a lot of fighting and history behind them (remember the movie Braveheart?). It has been a battle against nature and also amongst human beings for survival and supremacy. Some interesting facts: Number of tourists visiting Scotland annually surpass the population of Scotland and the number of Scots living outside Scotland is many times more than the population of Scotland.

English is the official language of Scotland and is spoken by more or less everyone. Gaelic is spoken by about 60,000, and many Gaelic words are commonly used. The Scots, like most Britons, generally flourish when they live abroad but at home have rather poor foreign language skills, although those in tourism-related industries generally have better language skills. French, German and Spanish are the most commonly known foreign languages.

Here are some useful Gaelic words:

    Aber = river mouth (Aberdeen)
    Ben = mountain (Ben Nevis)
    Burn = stream (Bannockburn)
    Cèilidh = informal celebration, party
    Dale = Nordic word for valley, not actually Gaelic, but used alongside it.
    Firth = estuary (Firth of Forth) Firth comes from the Nordic languages too and means fjord
    Glen = valley (Glencoe) - usually refers to a steep-sided glaciated valley
    Inver = mouth of or confluence of (Inverness)
    Strath = vale (Strathspey) - tends to be a more shallow, wider, often flat-bottomed valley
    Kyle = narrow strait of water, sound (Kyle of Sutherland)
    Loch = lake (Loch Lomond) however not all lochs are enclosed. Loch Marie is a fjord and is open to the sea. So a lake can always be a loch, but a loch is not always a lake!
    Lochan = small lake, pond

Loch Ness in photos...
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A View from Above
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Barcelona - La Familia Sagrada in center
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Victoria Falls - Africa
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Paris Champs Elysees
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Manhattan's Battery Park
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Great Barrier Reef
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The Pyramids in Egypt
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Taj Mahal - India


After a  two year loan to the United States, Michelangelo's David is being returned to Italy 
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"Mad Dog" Mattis REAL Quote of the month
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“When you men get home and face an anti-war protester, look him in the eyes and shake his hand.  Then, wink at his girlfriend because she knows she's dating a pussy.”


Sophos wins.  Again.
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TURNkey has endorsed Sophos and uses its products exclusively for our clients.  Once again, their XG Advanced Firewall Routers, Anti-virus and Security products win top honors.  You may not know it but you are protected by these products and frankly we sleep better at night knowing that is the case.

Congrats!


Total Eclipse - AMAZING VIDEO
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My brother took his family to see the total eclipse in Saint Clair Missouri and shot this video with his phone.  It is very cool and the kids reaction to the event is PRICELESS!


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Chuck E. Cheese is Breaking up the BAND!
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Chuck E. Cheese's is phasing out its iconic animatronic band, the larger-than-life ensemble that has performed at the kid-friendly pizza chain for decades, in a bid to become more parent-friendly. Chuck E. Cheese's has 512 corporate-owned restaurants in the U.S.  Now all they need is good food and better drink options... NEWS AT ELEVEN.


Good Luck Mr. Gorsky
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ON JULY 20, 1969, AS COMMANDER OF THE APOLLO 11 LUNAR MODULE, NEIL ARMSTRONG WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO SET FOOT ON THE MOON.

HIS FIRST WORDS AFTER STEPPING ON THE MOON,
"THAT'S ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND," WERE TELEVISED TO EARTH AND HEARD BY MILLIONS. BUT, JUST BEFORE HE RE-ENTERED THE LANDER, HE MADE THE ENIGMATIC REMARK "GOOD LUCK, MR. GORSKY."
MANY PEOPLE AT NASA THOUGHT IT WAS A CASUAL REMARK CONCERNING SOME RIVAL SOVIET COSMONAUT.  HOWEVER, UPON CHECKING, THERE WAS NO GORSKY IN EITHER THE RUSSIAN OR AMERICAN SPACE PROGRAMS.

OVER THE YEARS, MANY PEOPLE QUESTIONED ARMSTRONG AS TO WHAT THE 'GOOD LUCK, MR. GORSKY' STATEMENT MEANT, BUT ARMSTRONG ALWAYS JUST SMILED.

ON JULY 5, 1995, IN TAMPA BAY, FLORIDA, WHILE ANSWERING QUESTIONS FOLLOWING A SPEECH, A REPORTER BROUGHT UP THE 26-YEAR-OLD QUESTION ABOUT MR.GORSKY ANDTHIS TIME HE FINALLY RESPONDED BECAUSE HIS MR. GORSKY HAD JUST DIED, SO NEIL ARMSTRONG FELT HE COULD NOW ANSWER THE QUESTION.

HERE IS THE ANSWER TO
"WHO WAS MR. GORSKY?":
IN 1938, WHEN HE WAS A KID IN A SMALL MID-WESTERN TOWN, HE WAS PLAYING BASEBALL WITH A FRIEND IN THE BACKYARD. HIS FRIEND HIT THE BALL, WHICH LANDED IN HIS NEIGHBOR'S YARD BY THEIR BEDROOM WINDOW. HIS NEIGHBORS WERE MR AND MRS. GORSKY.
AS HE LEANED DOWN TO PICK UP THE BALL, YOUNG ARMSTRONG HEARD MRS. GORSKY SHOUTING AT MR. GORSKY,
"SEX! YOU WANT SEX?! YOU'LL GET SEX WHEN THE KID NEXT DOOR WALKS ON THE MOON!"
It broke the place up.

This is NOT a True Story according to Snopes but it is quite a comical legend.


Mensa Convention
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There was a Mensa convention in San Francisco.
Mensa, as you probably know, is a national organization for people who have an IQ of 140 or higher. Several of the Mensa members went out for lunch at a local café.

When they sat down, they discovered that their salt shaker contained pepper, and their pepper shaker was full of salt. How could they swap the contents of the two bottles without spilling any, and using only the implements at hand?  ...Clearly, this was a job for Mensa minds.  The group debated the problem and presented ideas and finally, came up with a brilliant solution involving a napkin, a straw, and an empty saucer.

They called the waitress over, ready to dazzle her with their solution.  "Ma'am," they said, "we couldn't help but notice that the pepper shaker contains salt and the salt shaker has pepper."  But before they could finish, the waitress interrupted: " Oh sorry about that."  She leaned over the table, unscrewed the caps of both bottles and switched them.

There was dead silence at the Mensa table.


Whiskey Philosophy
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Ads you will never see again...
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Kick Ass Chicken Lasagna
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Ingredients
9 uncooked lasagna noodles


For the Filling:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into very small bits (1/2 inch or smaller)
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
12 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese
1 egg
2 ounces grated Parmesan Romano cheese


For the Cheese Sauce:
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
2½ cups milk (at least 2 %)
4 ounces grated Parmesan Romano cheese
12 ounces shredded mozzarella, divided
For the Mushrooms:
1 tablespoon butter
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 teaspoon oregano

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly grease a 13 X 9 baking dish (I rub a little olive oil on the bottom and sides).
Cook the lasagna noodles according to package instructions, but only cook halfway (because they will cook more in the oven). Drain and rinse with cold water (stops the cooking process).
While the pasta cooks, heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the chicken. Then add the salt, pepper, oregano, and basil. Brown the chicken over medium high heat. This will take only 4-5 minutes (because the chicken pieces are small).
Set the drained noodles and cooked chicken aside.
In a medium bowl mix together the ricotta cheese, egg, and 2 ounces Grated Parmesan Romano. Stir in the cooked chicken and set aside.
Make the cheese sauce and cook the mushrooms at the same time. In a medium saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour until it thickens. Then pour in the milk, stirring while you pour. Bring it to a simmer.
In a medium skillet (or re-use the pan you cooked the chicken in), melt the tablespoon of butter. Add the mushrooms and toss them with the oregano. Let them cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until they are caramel in color - about 5 minutes.
When the milk in the saucepan simmers, stir in the 4 ounces of grated Parmesan Romano cheese, and 8 ounces of the mozzarella. Stir until it melts.
To assemble the lasagna, lay 3 of the noodles on the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread ⅓ of the ricotta mixture over the noodles. Spoon or ladle ⅓ of the cheese sauce over the ricotta mixture. This will help it to spread. Top with half of the mushrooms.
Repeat. When you get to the last layer, sprinkle the entire top with the remaining 4 ounces of shredded mozzarella cheese.


Bake for 35-40 minutes.


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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Through The Keyhole - August 2017


                         


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A U G U S T
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Take the waaaaay back machine to 1986!  Remember this? 

This was really a comeback album with a new sound for Mr. Clapton.  I listened to it for the first time in years and am surprised at how it really holds up after all of this time.  For those of you who do not remember, "It's in the way that you use it" was the signature tune was used in the film The Color of Money with Paul Newman and Tom Cruise.  Take a look at the YouTube video HERE if you have some time...and want to laugh at Tom Cruise.

A couple of things
- This time of year you begin to see Back to School ads everywhere.  I HATE BACK TO SCHOOL ADS.  I know I have been out of school for some time now but seeing those ads make me think back to when I was a kid dreading to go back to school.  It's not that I didn't like school - I just didn't like how the ads made you feel.  Letdown. Anxious. Sad.  And another thing - I HATE #2 pencils.  They remind me of standardized tests, the ACT, the SAT.  Maybe I should go see someone about this...

Who doesn't love some good surfing?

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What I DO LOVE really at any time of year is watching surfing.  As the official end of summer is approaching, take a moment to watch some of the world's best surfing HERE.

And now for a new picture above- Can you guess where it is by looking "through the keyhole"? 
"This high land sports some deep, freshwater with plenty of peat so you can't see very far into the water.  Don't look too long for Nessie as she hasn't been seen for years... " 
Can you guess the location?

Correct answers will be given recognition but half the fun is trying to figure it out.  The correct answer will be revealed in the subsequent issue.  Good luck and have fun.

If you like this newsletter, forward it to someone else or
sign them up HERE.

As always, send any items you think are newsworthy, interesting or just plain odd to
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Geneva, Switzerland - Keyhole Answer


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"This City is home to a large hadron collider and has a convention named after it.  You also can find many towns in the United States that share the name. "
Last month, Valerie Faivre won the location by guessing correctly.  She correctly said "I should know that as my family used to live there."  That was too easy Valerie (and good for you)!

Geneva is the second most populated city in Switzerland and is French speaking.  Approximately 500,000 people live in the greater Geneva area (inner ring suburbs and city).  It is home to the United Nations and the Red Cross. 

Geneva is home to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).  The LHC is the world's largest and most powerful particle collider, most complex experimental facility ever built, and the largest single machine in the world. It was built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) between 1998 and 2008 in collaboration with over 10,000 scientists and engineers from over 100 countries, as well as hundreds of universities and laboratories.

Cost of Living (you better have a lot of cash if you visit)

Big Mac Meal $15
Dozen Eggs $7
2 liter of Coke $3
1 gallon Milk $7
1 beer in the supermarket $2
20 lb. potatoes $30

It is the place where the Geneva Conventions were signed which mainly concern the treatment of non-combatants and prisoners of war. Geneva is the world's 9th most important financial centers and is named the third highest quality of life of any city in the world (behind Vienna and Zurich).  It has been referred to as the "Peace Capital" of the world.
I guess you can see why when you look at the view...

Geneva in photos...

This place is breathtaking.  These photos almost don't look real.

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Stand up.
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A new teacher was trying to make use of her psychology courses. She started her class by saying, 'Everyone who thinks they're stupid, stand up!' After a few seconds, Little Larry stood up. The teacher said, 'Do you think you're stupid, Larry?' 'No, ma'am, but I hate to see you standing there all by yourself!'

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13 Of The Most Ridiculous (stupid waste of time) World Records Held By America
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The largest number of surfers catching a wave on a single surfboard

The world's largest rubber band ball

The world's longest pizza

The most people twerking at a single location

The person with the world's longest fingernails

The person with the world's largest collection of sneakers

The most people opening umbrellas at the exact same time

The largest gathering of people in sombreros

The world's most expensive dessert

The largest margarita in the world

The world's largest piñata

The biggest popcorn ball in the world

The most people doing jumping jacks in 24 hours

So Stupid...


"Mad Dog" Mattis REAL Quote of the month
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“Bloom where you are planted.”


Hmmm.
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Don't Brag
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I don't mean to brag but I still fit into the socks I wore in high school.


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It the Buffalo Bills Fault
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50 Years Married (FUNNY)
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After being married for 50 years, I took a careful look at my wife one day and said, "Fifty years ago we had a cheap house, a junk car, slept on a sofa-bed and watched a 10-inch black and white TV. But hey I got to sleep every night with a hot 23-year-old girl.

Now ... I have a $750,000 home, a $45,000 car, a nice big bed and a large screen TV, but I'm sleeping with a 73-year-old woman.  So I said to my wife "it seems to me that you're not holding up your side of things."

My wife is a very reasonable woman.  She told me to go out and find a hot 23-year-old girl and she would make sure that I would once again be living in a cheap house, driving a junk car, sleeping on a sofa bed and watching a 10-inch black and white TV.


Tough Questions (Quiz)
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    Question 1:
        If you knew a woman who was pregnant,
        Who had 8 kids already,
        Three who were deaf,
        Two who were blind,
        One mentally retarded,
        And she had syphilis,
        Would you recommend that she have an abortion?
       
                Read the next question before looking at the response for this one.
       
        Question 2:
        It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts..
        Here are the facts about the three candidates.
       
        Candidate A:
        Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologists.
        He's had two mistresses.
        He also chain smokes
        And drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.
               
        Candidate B:
        He was kicked out of office twice,
        Sleeps until noon,
        Used opium in college
        And drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.
               
        Candidate C:
        He is a decorated war hero.
        He's a vegetarian,
        Doesn't smoke,
        Drinks an occasional beer
        And never committed adultery.
       
       
        Which of these candidates would be our choice?
       
        Decide first ... No peeking, and then scroll down for the response.
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        Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt.
        Candidate B is Winston Churchill.
        Candidate C is Adolph Hitler.
       
        And, by the way, on your answer to the abortion question:
       
        If you said YES, you just killed Beethoven.
       
       
        Pretty interesting, isn't it?   Makes a person think before judging someone.
       
        Remember:
       
        Amateurs ... Built the ark.
        Professionals ... Built the Titanic


Whiskey Philosophy
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2 Monkeys Were Paid Unequally; See What Happens Next

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This is short, but it definitely packs a punch. Be sure to pay close attention from 1:34 to 2:06; it's like equal parts "America's Funniest Home Videos" and "Econ 101."
You will Laugh out Loud (video HERE)


Conchita's Mango Salsa
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This is a very simple recipe to make that will impress your guests (and you don't have to reveal your source).  Great on pork chops, fish or just plain tortilla chips.  I got it by watching a good friend of mine make it.  It is authentic Mexican cuisine and muy delicioso...

Ingredients:

1 clove of garlic (whole)
1/2 white onion chopped
2 ripe mangos chopped
3 habanero peppers

De-seed and stem the pepper (wear gloves) and chop the mangos and onion.  Simmer all ingredients in olive oil for 5 minutes.  Add water just to cover.  Bring to boil then add to blender and blend.  Add salt to taste.

You will love it.

Enjoy!


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