Friday, March 31, 2017

Through the Keyhole - April 2017

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Informative & Interesting... not your everyday company newsletter.
This is NOT FAKE NEWS (but it's not real either)!
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Welcome to April.  It is already the beginning of the second quarter of 2017 and those April showers are coming your way.  Sometimes it feels like we are living in Scotland where it is cold, damp and dreary but we begin to see the flowers and trees bloom.  For those of you with allergies, get your Flonase ready - you are going to need it.

This month we celebrate Passover and Easter and I am going to take the opportunity to get a little deep during this holy please afford me some latitude...  This is GOOD STUFF.  You may even be interested AND informed (the purpose of this newsletter). 

Growing up on the west side of Chicago, I have vivid memories of getting ready for the Easter Feast at my Grandmother's house above the funeral home at 4255 W. Division (pictured present day, now a church below). My Grandparents had a very nice apartment above the funeral home that we spent every major holiday in.  What was great growing up was having the empty chapels below to play in.  What great memories in a funeral home - odd for most, normal for me.

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We would get together a basket full of items for the traditional Polish Easter dinner - bread, lamb shaped butter, horseradish, sausage, ham, eggs, cheese, bacon, salt and a candle on Holy Saturday (the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday).  We would then head over just a couple of blocks to the church where the priest would bless our basket along with hundreds of others.  It was a great tradition and one that is impressed upon me for my entire life.

For those who may be interested, there is great symbolism in the items placed in the traditional Polish Easter basket:
Maslo (Butter) - This dairy product is often shaped into a lamb (Baranek Wielkanocny) or a cross. This reminds us of the good will of Christ that we should have towards all things.

Babka (Easter Bread) -
A round or long loaf topped with a cross or a fish, symbolic of Jesus, who is the Bread of Life.

Chrzan (Horseradish)
- Symbolic of the Passion of Christ still in our minds.

Jajka (Eggs) and Pisanki (decorated with symbols of Easter, of life, of prosperity)
- Indicates new life and Christ's Resurrection from the tomb.

Kielbasa (Sausage)
- A sausage product, symbolic of God's favor and generosity.

Szynka (Ham)
- Symbolic of great joy and abundance. Some prefer lamb or veal. The lamb also reminds Christians that the Risen Christ is the "Lamb of God."

Slonina (Smoked Bacon)
- A symbol of the overabundance of God's mercy and generosity.

Sol (Salt)
- A necessary element in our physical life. Symbolic of prosperity and justice and to remind us that people are the flavor of the earth.

Ser (Cheese)
- Symbolic of the moderation Christians should have at all times.

- Represents Christ as the Light of the World.

Colorful Ribbons and Sprigs of Greenery
- are attached to the basket as signs of joy and new life in the season of spring and in celebration of the Resurrection.

Linen Cover
- drawn over the top of the basket which is ready for the priest's visit to the home or the trip to church where it is joined with the baskets of others to await the blessing. The food is then set aside and enjoyed on Easter Sunday.

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Interestingly, if you look at the Seder Plate for Passover, you will find some great similarities:

Maror and chazeret — Bitter herbs symbolizing the bitterness and harshness of the slavery the Hebrews endured in Egypt.

Charoset — A sweet, brown mixture representing the mortar used by the Hebrew slaves to build the storehouses or pyramids of Egypt.

Karpas — A vegetable other than bitter herbs, which is dipped into salt water at the beginning of the Seder. Parsley, celery or boiled potato is usually used. The dipping of a simple vegetable into salt water, and the resulting dripping of water off of said vegetables visually represents tears and is a symbolic reminder of the pain felt by the Hebrew slaves in Egypt.

Zeroa — Also called Z'roa , it is special as it is the only element of meat on the Seder Plate. A roasted lamb or goat shankbone, chicken wing, or chicken neck; symbolizing the korban Pesach (Pesach sacrifice), which was a lamb that was offered in the Temple in Jerusalem, then roasted and eaten as part of the meal on Seder night.

Beitzah — A roasted hard-boiled egg, symbolizing the korban chagigah (festival sacrifice) that was offered in the Temple in Jerusalem and roasted and eaten as part of the meal on Seder night.

I hope you enjoyed that little lesson.  I'll revisit it again next year for review. 

And now for a new picture above- Can you guess where it is by looking through the keyhole?  "This sacred place is still under construction since 1882.  It sits in this city by the sea where inflation and unemployment are sky high. By 2026, they say it will be complete." 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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Cliffs of Moher, Ireland - Keyhole Answer


"This 5 mile stretch of cliffs has served as a viewing point for hundreds of years. On a clear day you can see Twelve Pins and the Dingle Peninsula. It is a must stop when touring this green country."
Last month, Bob Conway won the location by guessing correctly.  He correctly said "the
Picture is of the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland."  It is a must see when visiting this green land.


At an Irish wedding reception I recently attended, the best man, in preparing to give the toast, said...
"Would all the married men, please stand next to the one person who has made your life worth living?"
The bartender was almost crushed to death.
And now...
I had the privilege of traveling to Ireland when I was 15 years old for a high school band and orchestra trip. It was the trip of a lifetime and I have many fond memories of it:
  • flying into Shannon Airport and unloading on the tarmac
  • the color green that seemed to be much more lush than I have ever seen
  • long bus rides through the Irish countryside
  • Wool, lots of it on everyone and everywhere
  • Beer, lots of it in everyone and everywhere
  • The St. Patrick's day parade (marching in the band) in a sea of people
  • Irish accents that I could barely understand
  • Smoking a cigar for the first time - yuck.
  • Getting our bus driver drunk and making him take us to the pub (in the bus) - don't ask.
  • The cliffs of Moher - what a site to see
  • Playing 22 concerts in 8 days
  • Wonderful people and beautiful countryside
  • Waterford crystal
  • The Blarney Stone that locals pee on...
  • Bunratty Castle where they mistakenly served us real Glug or wine - can you say TIPSY?
Anyway you look at it, Ireland is a beautiful country and one worth visiting.  I have many friends who have visited recently and they tell stories of great people, food, sites, golf, pubs, history and fun.

Ireland has really emerged as a technology leader in the world. When the country found itself in a depressed position, the Irish embraced technology and it has been a boon to their economy. 


What attracts big tech companies to Ireland? Hint: It’s not just low taxes (article)

The Mystery of Flying Kicks
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No one really knows why there are shoes hanging from wires above... but you see them everywhere throughout the world.  You see them in areas that are rich and poor, populated and rural.  What do they mean?  Why do people do it?  I had a conversation with a friend last week about it and decided to include it in my newsletter.

There are a lot of urban myths surrounding this phenomenon and no one really knows.

Is it a signal for a bad area?  Is it a marking for a drug dealer's area?  Is it a gang territory marking?  Are they shoes of people who have died in street warfare?  Or is it simply shoefiti?  But how can you compare throwing shoes on a wire with street "art"?  Is it just something to mark an event in one's life?

Someone made a 15 minute documentary about it and it is entertaining.  Watch here.
If you haven't noticed these shoes, from now on you will.  You are welcome.

Kids Jokes


Your Internet History is FOR SALE (Thanks Google)
I am not sure if you have noticed lately that almost everything you do and everywhere you go, Google seems to be following you.  When you go to a restaurant, they want you to share pictures, and reviews.  If you are in the airport, your phone gives you a map of the terminal.  If you have an appointment in your calendar, your phone will remind you to leave your location with enough time to travel there.  It's kind of spooky how much data is collected.  They know where you live, where you frequent, what you buy, what you are interested in and where you are RIGHT NOW.

With all of this information about you and I being collected, it's no wonder it might be sold and used against you.  I don't want to sound paranoid but it certainly should make you wonder.

Also, new regulations or lack thereof in Congress, give access to this information - BIG BROTHER MAY BE WATCHING.   Article here.

"Mad Dog" Mattis REAL Quote of the month
"I come in peace. I didn't bring artillery. But I'm pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you f*ck with me, I'll kill you all"

Favorite Easter Lamb Cake FAIL
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Never gets old...

Origins of Phrases
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Pictured above is a brass monkey (the thing at the bottom of these cannonballs).  I cannot tell you that all of the information below is true or simply interesting made up lore.  Either way, it is entertaining and you might be able to use some of it at your next social gathering.

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During WWII, U.S. Airplanes were armed with belts of bullets which they would shoot during dogfights and on strafing runs. These belts were folded into the wing compartments that fed their machine guns. These belts measure 27 feet and contained hundreds of rounds of bullets. Often times, the pilots would return from their missions having expended all of their bullets on various targets. They would say, I gave them the whole nine yards, meaning they used up all of their ammunition.
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In George Washington's days, there were no cameras. One's image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are 'limbs,' therefore painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence the expression, 'Okay, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg.' (Artists know hands and arms are more difficult to paint.)  
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Personal hygiene left much room for improvement. As a result, many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread bee's wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions. When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman's face she was told, 'mind your own bee's wax.' Should the woman smile, the wax would crack, hence the term 'crack a smile'. In addition, when they sat too close to the fire, the wax would melt. Therefore, the expression 'losing face.'
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Ladies wore corsets, which would lace up in the front. A proper and dignified woman, as in 'straight laced' wore a tightly tied lace.
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Common entertainment included playing cards. However, there was a tax levied when purchasing playing cards but only applicable to the 'Ace of Spades.' To avoid paying the tax, people would purchase 51 cards instead. Yet, since most games require 52 cards, these people were thought to be stupid or dumb because they weren't 'playing with a full deck.'
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Early politicians required feedback from the public to determine what the people considered important. Since there were no telephones, TV's or radios, the politicians sent their assistants to local taverns, pubs, and bars. They were told to 'go sip some Ale and listen to people's conversations and political concerns. Many assistants were dispatched at different times. 'You go sip here' and 'You go sip there.' The two words 'go sip' were eventually combined when referring to the local opinion and, thus we have the term 'gossip.'
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At local taverns, pubs, and bars, people drank from pint and quart-sized containers. A bar maid's job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep the drinks coming. She had to pay close attention and remember who was drinking in 'pints' and who was drinking in 'quarts,' hence the phrase 'minding your 'P's and Q's'.
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In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters carried iron cannons. Those cannons fired round iron cannon balls. It was necessary to keep a good supply near the cannon. However, how to prevent them from rolling about the deck? The best storage method devised was a square-based pyramid with one ball on top, resting on four resting on nine, which rested on sixteen. Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon. There was only one to prevent the bottom layer from sliding or rolling from under the others. The solution was a metal plate called a 'Monkey' with 16 round indentations. However, if this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust to it. The solution to the rusting problem was to make 'Brass Monkeys.' Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more and much faster than iron when chilled.. Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannonballs would come right off the monkey; Thus, it was quite literally, 'Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.'

Look Closely. Pic of the day.
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Why women can't put on mascara with their mouth closed?

Why you never see the headline 'Psychic Wins Lottery'? 

Why is 'abbreviated' such a long word?

Why is it that doctors and attorneys call what they do 'practice'? 

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavoring, and dish washing liquid made with real lemons?

Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker? 

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour? 

Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?

Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes? 

Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?

You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes?  Why don't  they make the whole plane out of that stuff??

Why don't sheep shrink when it rains? 

Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together? 

If flying is so safe,  why do they call the airport the terminal? 

Photos that will blow your mind.
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Blue ice...the result of snow falling on a glacier becoming compressed.
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Not Legoland. It's a housing complex in San Buenaventura, Mexico.
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What your skin looks like after being struck by lightening (and living).
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Commuting.  Then vs. Now. American vs. Asian.  Not sure how this Meme got made...
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Dubai.  A bird's eye view.  These people have too much money.

Could this be REAL? Nah. It's from CNN.
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Japanese town uses funeral discount to entice elderly drivers off the road

  • Aichi town uses discounted funerals to lure elderly drivers to give up the wheel
  • Prefecture-wide, over 13% of road accidents are caused by those aged 75 and older
Japanese pensioners aren't in a rush to dump their driving licenses, but one police department is hoping to entice them to retire from the roads with a novel incentive -- discount funerals.

A town in Aichi prefecture is piloting the scheme, which it hopes will see a decrease in the number of elderly drivers getting behind the wheel.

Drivers aged 75 or older were responsible for over 13 percent of fatal traffic accidents in Aichi in 2016, according to statistics released by the prefectural police and published by Japanese news agency Kyodo.

Complete Article here.

Meet Sedric - The self driving VW


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Common Errors in Grammar

1. Leaving too many white spaces between words
Example: To  the left.
Correct: To the left.
2. Missing a comma
Example: If the weather remains the same we'll leave early.
Correct: If the weather remains the same, we'll leave early.
3. Missing a comma after an introductory phrase
Example: First of all we must make sure that the power is off.
Correct: First of all, we must make sure that the power is off.
4. Missing a hyphen
Example: My 3 year old son
Correct: My 3-year-old son
5. Incorrect subject-verb agreement
Example: The cats eats.
Correct: The cats eat.
6. Incorrect capitalization
Example: It's cold, But we are going out.
Correct: It's cold, but we are going out.
7. Mixing up possessive and plural forms
Example: My sisters car is old.
Correct: My sister's car is old.
8. Incorrect agreement with noun phrases
Example: I would like to buy this apples.
Correct: I would like to buy these apples.
9. Commonly confused words
Example: After all that running, I am out of breathe.
Correct: After all that running, I am out of breath.
10. Incorrect verb form after auxiliary
Example: They had ate when we arrived.
Correct: They had eaten when we arrived.

Who Wrote These Washing Instructions?


Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
(and you thought it was easy)...

Hard-boiled eggs are so simple to make but also, sadly, simple to mess up. Our method brings the eggs and water to a boil, then immediately stops the boiling and lets the eggs cook, covered, in the saucepan. They emerge firm yet moist, with no green ring around the yolks. Favorite ways to eat them include sliced, deviled, atop buttered toast with sea salt, and minced or pushed through a sieve and sprinkled over steamed asparagus with a drizzle of white wine vinegar, olive oil, and kosher salt.

1. Place the eggs in a saucepan and fill with enough cold water to cover the eggs (they should sit in a single layer). Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. As soon as the water comes to a boil, turn off the heat and cover the pan; let sit for 13 minutes (15 minutes if you’re cooking a dozen).
2. Drain the eggs, then transfer to a bowl of ice water. Let cool completely.
3. To peel, gently crack the eggs on the countertop all over, then roll them between your hands. Peel the eggs.


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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Through the Keyhole - March 2017

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Informative & Interesting... not your everyday company newsletter.
It's March - Happy New Year, ancient Romans!

Welcome to the third month of the year—or, if you were born before 150 B.C., the first! According to the oldest Roman calendars, one year was ten months long, beginning in March and ending in December. It may sound crazy, but you can still see traces of this old system in our modern calendar: because December was the tenth month, it was named for the number ten in Latin (decem), just like September was named for seven (septem). So, what about January and February? They were just two nameless months called “winter,” proving that winter is literally so awful it doesn’t even deserve a spot on the calendar.

March Madness is also this month and my office has its infamous office pool (don't tell the cops) whereby we all guess our way to a busted bracket or two...March Madness also marks the time where the number of vasectomies surges by 50 percent as the first weekend boast just about 4 complete days of basketball on the couch.

March is also a great month to begin warring... March was actually named for the Latin Martius—aka Mars, the Roman God of war and a mythical ancestor of the Roman people via his wolf-suckling sons, Romulus and Remus. With the winter frosts melting and the ground becoming fertile for harvest again in the Northern hemisphere, March was historically the perfect month for both farmers to resume farming, and warriors to resume warring.

Romulus and Remus statues are all over Siena (in Tuscany), Italy

Recent history confirms that with the exception of Afghanistan (October 2001), all major US-NATO led military operations over a period of almost half a century –since the invasion of Vietnam by US ground forces on March 8, 1965– have been initiated in the month of March.

The Vietnam War
The US Congress adopted the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which authorized President Lyndon Johnson to dispatch ground forces to Vietnam on March 8, 1965.

NATO’s war on Yugoslavia was launched on March 24, 1999. 

The Iraq War
The War on Iraq was launched on March 20, 2003. (Baghdad time)

(The 1991 Gulf War on Iraq began on 17th January. However, after the 28th February ceasefire was agreed and signed – following the Basra Road massacre of withdrawing soldiers and fleeing civilians on 26th/27th February – the US 24th Mechanised Infantry Division slaughtered thousands on 2nd March.“)

The Covert War on Syria
The US-NATO Covert War on Syria was initiated on March 15, 2011 with the incursion of Islamist mercenaries and death squads in the southern city of Daraa on the border with Jordan.

NATO’s “Humanitarian” R2P War on Libya
NATO commenced its bombing of Libya on March 19, 2011.  Libya was bombed relentlessly by NATO warplanes starting on March 19, 2011 for a period of approximately seven months.


And now for a new picture above- Can you guess where it is by looking through the keyhole?  "This 5 mile stretch of cliffs has served as a viewing point for hundreds of years. On a clear day you can see Twelve Pins and the Dingle Peninsula. It is a must stop when touring this green country." 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

Paris, France - Keyhole Answer

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"When a couple travels to this famous bridge in the city of love, they lock a padlock with their initials onto the public fence and throw away the key.  In 2015, all locks were removed."

Last month, Penny Moen won the location by guessing correctly.  She correctly said "the lock and keys is in the city of Paris and it is the Pont des Art Bridge railing."  Great knowledge of romantic Parisian landmarks.

Paris is often referred to as "The City of Light" (La Ville Lumière), both because of its leading role during the Age of Enlightenment, and more literally because Paris was one of the first European cities to adopt gas street lighting.

The city of Paris (also called the Commune or Department of Paris) had a population of 2,241,346 people within its administrative city limits as of January 1, 2014. It is surrounded by the Paris unité urbaine, or urban area, the most populous urban area in the European Union.

Paris is famous for being a global fashion hub, and it is also known for its world-renowned cuisine. Paris is also famous for many of its attractions, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, The Louvre and Moulin Rouge.

Paris is called the "City of Love" for a number of reasons, including its sights, its native language and its popularity as a honeymoon destination. Although other cities sometimes claim the same moniker, Paris earns its name as a place where romance blossoms.

Don't leave Paris without trying...
  • Baguette. It is safe to say that Paris is the place on Earth with the highest density of top-quality, artisanal baguettes. ...
  • Steak-frites. ...
  • Croque-monsieur. ...
  • Duck confit. ...
  • Jambon-beurre. ...
  • Raw-milk artisanal cheeses. ...
  • Croissant. ...
  • Paris-Brest.
French Culture. The French are very proud when it comes to their cuisine. France is well-known throughout the world for its culinary arts. Amateurs and professionals flock to France, and particularly Paris, to study and experience food at its finest—gastronomie en France.


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Photo of the Month
This photo was taken February 14th by Indira Lopez of the Pacific Ocean near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Taxes and Children


Strictly Mathematics
This comes from 2 math teachers with a combined total of 70 yrs. Experience.
It has an indisputable mathematical logic.
It also made me Laugh Out Loud.
This is a strictly .....  Mathematical viewpoint.. And it goes like this:

What Makes 100%?

What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?

Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%?

We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%.

How about achieving 103%?

What makes up 100% in life?

Here's a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:


Is represented as:
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8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%


11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%

But ,

1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%


2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%

AND, look how far ass kissing will take you.

1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%

So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty, that while Hard work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there.
Its the Bullshit and Ass Kissing that will put you over the top. 

Now you know why some people are where they are today!

Fake "Mad Dog" Mattis Quote of the week
"Build a man a fire and he will be warm for a night.  Set a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."

Parenting Memes
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This Happened.
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In mid February, I attended a function where essentially a canary provided some of the entertainment.  The canary would be told your name and then it would choose a fortune from a box of many possibilities.  All of the fortunes that people around me received were very verbose, hard to read and generally vague.  However, mine was short, quirky and to the point.

Although I am not sure what "unleash your inner unicorn" means, I think it could mean something different to each one of us.  I had a very good laugh upon returning home after a very colorful evening.  Look for a unicorn promotion soon... or maybe a clothing line, a self help book or diet plan.

This story has legs (and a horn and a rainbow)...

Flying during the 30s and 40s
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If You Thought Air Travel Was Luxurious In The 1970s, 
Check Out What It Was Like Aboard The WW2-Era Boeing Clipper

Clipper passengers took their meals at real tables, not their seats.

For most travelers in the 21st century, flying is a dreary experience, full of inconvenience, indignity, and discomfort. That wasn't the case in the late 1930s, when those with the money to afford trans-oceanic flight got to take the Boeing Model 314, better known as the Clipper.

Even Franklin Roosevelt used the plane, celebrating his 61st birthday on board.
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Between 1938 and 1941, Boeing built 12 of the jumbo planes for Pan American World Airways.

The 314 offered a range of 3,500 miles — enough to cross either the Atlantic or Pacific —and room for 74 passengers onboard. Of course, modern aviation offers an amazing first class experience (and it's a whole lot safer), but nothing in the air today matches the romanticism of crossing the ocean in the famed Clipper.

The Model 314's nickname Clipper came from an especially fast type of sailing ship used in the 19th century.

The ship analogy was appropriate, as the Clipper landed on the water, not runways.

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On Pan Am flights, passengers had access to dressing rooms and a dining salon that could be converted into a lounge or bridal suite.

The galley served up meals catered from four-star hotels. If you want to sit at a table to eat with other people these days, you have to fly in a private jet.  There was room for a crew of 10 to serve as many as 74 passengers.
On overnight flights, the 74 seats could be turned into 40 bunks for comfortable sleeping.
The bunk beds came with curtains for privacy.

On the 24-hour flights across the Atlantic, crew members could conk out on these less luxurious cots.

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Unlike some modern jets that come with joysticks, the Clipper had controls that resembled car steering wheels.

Navigating across the ocean used to require more manpower in the air.

The lavatory wasn't too fancy, but it did have a urinal — something you never see in today's commercial jets, where space is at a premium.

The ladies lounge had stools where female passengers could sit and do their makeup.

The Clipper made its maiden trans-Atlantic voyage on June 28, 1939. But once the US entered World War II, the Clipper was pressed into service to transport materials and personnel.

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Normandy Beach Art.
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A large percentage of our country doesn't know of or care about Normandy.

In 2013, British artist Jamie, accompanied by numerous volunteers,took to the beaches of Normandy with rakes and stencils in hand to etch 9,000 silhouettes representing fallen people into the sand.

Titled The Fallen 9000, the piece is meant as a stark visual reminder of those who died during the D-Day beach landings at Arromanches on June 6th, 1944 during WWII.

The original team consisted of 60 volunteers, but as word spread nearly 500 additional local residents arrived to help with the temporary installation that lasted only a few hours before being washed away by the tide.
9,000 Fallen Soldiers Etched into the Sand on Normandy Beach to Commemorate Peace Day.

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watch it made here (video)

How The Fight Started...

One year, I decided to buy my mother-in-law a cemetery plot as a Christmas gift
The next year, I didn't buy her a gift.
When she asked me why, I replied,
"Well, you still haven't used the gift I bought you last year!"
And that's how the fight started.....

My wife was at her high school reunion, and she kept staring at a drunk swigging his drink as he sat alone at a nearby table.
I asked her, "Do you know him?"
"Yes", she sighed, he's my old boyfriend. He began drinking right after we split up years ago, and hasn't been sober since."
"My God!" I said, "Who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?"
And then the fight started...

When our lawn mower broke my wife kept nagging me to get it fixed. But, I always had something else to take care of. Finally she thought of a clever way to make her point.
I found her seated in the tall, unmowed grass, busily snipping away with a tiny pair of scissors. I watched silently for a short time and then went into the house. I was gone only a minute, and when I came out again I handed her a toothbrush. I said, "When you finish cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the driveway."
The doctors say I will walk again, but I will always have a limp.

My wife sat down next to me as I was flipping channels.
She asked, "What's on TV?"
I said, "Lots of dust."
And then the fight started...

My wife was standing naked, looking in the bedroom mirror.
She was not happy with what she saw and said to me,
"I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly. I really need you to pay me a compliment.'
I replied, "Your eyesight's damn near perfect."
That's when the fight began ....

I rear-ended a car this morning ... the start of a really bad day!
The driver got out of the other car, and he was a DWARF!!
He looked up at me and said 'I am NOT Happy!'
So I said, 'Well, which one ARE you then?'
That's how the fight started....

Too funny

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Never Throw out the Potato Peels
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3 Reasons Why You Should Roast Your Potato Peels
It only stands to reason that potato skins — long a staple of bars and tailgate parties — are delicious in just about any form. Even if they don't have much (or any) potato flesh left on them, the skins alone are full of potato goodness, and, once roasted, taste something like a potato chip or a French fry, but with even more flavor.
Here are three reasons why you should try this out.
1.      Because they are delicious. Plain and simple. Throw some potato peels in the oven, and they crisp up into delicious bites.
2.      No waste! It's delightful to take a food scrap that would have been thrown out or composted and find, instead, that it's not only worth saving, but really delicious.
3.      They are the perfect pre-dinner snack: If you're just now peeling potatoes, it means that dinner still has a little while to go before it's on the table. Since potato peels take a short amount of time to roast, you can give your guests or family an easy snack while you finish cooking. The roasted peels also are quite light and don't fill you up.
A hot, easy, delicious pre-dinner nibble that saves you from wasting space in the trash can? How much better does it get?

How to Roast Potato Peels

Here's how I roast potato peels. It's super simple. I've only roasted russet potato peelings (since that's what I use for mashed potatoes) but I think this would work with other potato varieties as well.
Two notes I would emphasize: Get these in the oven immediately after peeling your potatoes, as potato peels will quickly turn pink (which is nothing to worry about, but it does look strange); and if you leave them too long, they will get brown and mushy. Also, avoid any green peels; they may contain solanine, which is a toxin that is not (I repeat not) usually an issue in potatoes, since potatoes simply don't contain enough of it to bother most people. But small children can be more sensitive, and just to be on the safe side, I would discard any really green peels.
1.      Heat the oven to 400°F: Line a large baking sheet with a Silpat, if desired.
2.      Toss the peels with oil and seasonings: I used a light drizzle of olive oil, and some pepper and smoked salt. Toss so that the peels are thoroughly coated.
3.      Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring once: Stir halfway through roasting, and remove them once they're done to your liking.
4.      Sprinkle with cheese and scallions! If you like you can sprinkle these little bites with cheese and green onions, or eat them straight off the baking sheet.
Eat immediately with ketchup, hot sauce, or some other delicious dip.

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