Friday, January 31, 2014

Through the Keyhole February Edition

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Through the Keyhole

Informative & Interesting... not your everyday company newsletter.
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To begin with, THANK YOU for all of your positive feedback from our first issue.  We are moving this edition out quickly to see if the first one was just a fluke. If you like what you see, let us know and then forward your email of Through the Keyhole to a friend (link at the bottom of this email)...anyone can opt-in on our site.

In this edition of Through the Keyhole, we will feature a "Guess the location" game that is pictured in the image that is shown above.  Can you guess where it is by looking through the keyhole? 

How about an additional clue?

"This scenic route is less traveled and takes about 3 hours to complete on foot.  It is positively breathtaking passing by 3 peaks, countless private gardens and ending near a little town where you might hear the song "Midnight Rambler".  Along the way, there are several places where you narrowly escape a 3000 foot plunge down to the sea."

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.

As always, send any items you think are newsworthy, interesting or just plain odd to

Now let's see if we can pick up where we left off...


handshake-offered 2Etiquette of the month - The Handshake. The firm and appropriate handshake is seldom taught but often judged.  Ever heard of the "dead fish"?  The handshake is often your first impression and highly regarded as important in social and business circles.  A good handshake is confident and friendly but not too strong. 

The initiator should be the person in a higher position of authority or age. 

Good eye contact is critical while shaking up and down for 2 to 3 seconds.  Any longer or shorter and it could be awkward.  Use one hand only and forget the "lady fingers" as it's business and not the deep south before the Civil War.

What to bring to your Super Bowl Party

SuperBowl 2A friend of mine (David Sandler) brought this over to my house for a football game.  Everyone loved it and it was the hit we all look for to WOW our friends and family.  Claim it as your own or that you read it here.  It is easy and delicious (not low in calories)... just what a Super Bowl Party needs.

Frank’s REDHOT Buffalo Chicken Dip

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes


1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup FRANK'S® REDHOT® Buffalo Wings Sauce
1/2 cup blue cheese or ranch dressing
2 cups shredded cooked chicken (canned or cut off a rotisserie chicken)
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese or your favorite shredded cheese


PREHEAT oven to 350°F.
COMBINE all ingredients in a 1-quart baking dish.
BAKE 20 min. or until mixture is heated through; stir. Serve with triscuit crackers and vegetables.

Which side is my exit on?

When traveling on roads in the US that aren't familiar, here is a tip to finding out which side of the road your exit is on.  Look at the placement of exit number.  One of the best and most useful, but little known, things about signage on Interstate highways is that the positioning of the Exit Number sign over the Route sign
is an indication of whether the exit location is to the right, left, or straight. Don't miss your exit again.

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No Ice, No Problem

air 6Did you know that you don't need ice or water to get your drink cold quickly?  Use compressed air upside-down moving the straw in a vertical motion until you have slowly moved around the container.  Next time you see that package of compressed air know that it has more uses than blowing out the dust from your keyboard or computer.  It can make a beer cold on a hot day.

Just Released

justin 4First Photo of Justin Beiber Arrested  Sadly, this young pop star is caught in this photo when officers first caught him drag racing in Miami last week.

Way to go Justin!

Word of the Day

mondegreen 2Mondegreen - noun A misunderstood or misinterpreted word or phrase resulting from a mishearing of the lyrics of a song.

“Hold me closer, tiny dancer” is often misheard as “Hold me closer, Tony Danza”.

“Excuse me while I kiss the sky,” is most commonly misheard as “Excuse me while I kiss this guy"

The girl with kaleidoscope eyes is often confused with “The girl with colitis goes by“.

The Bee Gees “More than a woman!” do you hear, “Bald headed woman?”


x 2The rise of Tesla Motors is as much about tech innovation as it is about manufacturing excellence, something that Tesla is trying to improve and serves as a good case study for other green tech businesses. Tesla is seeing more demand than it could handle partly because its suppliers haven’t been able to fill Tesla’s orders...

Forbes Article

Tesla's Innovative Manufacturing process VIDEO

The iconic Mac turns 30

apple_1984_ad_5 4 It was 30 super bowls ago that we first saw the famously Orwellian "1984" commercial introducing a new era in computing highlighted by the Macintosh computer.  The commercial was directed by Ridley Scott (Alien) and almost didn't air.  However, the ad company stuck to its guns and the ensuing conversation and ad replay on news programs and talk shows resulted in what Apple estimated as more than $150 million of free airtime.

The commercial is also credited with ushering in more than just a new era for Apple. Some say it brought about the modern era of Super Bowl advertising, in which the commercials are as much a spectator sport as the game.


Individual commitment to a group effort- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work or a civilization work. - Vince Lombardi


deckle 2Who ever heard of a Deckle? The deckle is one of the two parts in a rib eye steak or roast.  There's the rib and the cap, which is also known as the deckle.  The deckle is frequently overlooked by diners and chefs alike because the cut contains a thick strip of fat and some connective tissue.  Sound yummy? 

NY Times article about deckle

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Facial Recognition - Say goodbye to anonymity
Facial recognition is being put to use in so many different ways it is scary. Take a look at this 60 Minutes clip...

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spanish 2Spanish language tip
Most people who speak English often overlook the notion that they already know a lot of words in Spanish.  It just so happens that just about every word ending in -tion in English can be translated to -cion in Spanish.  Pictured to the right is a map where the blue shaded areas represent Spanish speaking areas.  Leading with Spanish over English can be a great way to visit even non Spanish speaking countries. See below some examples of the -tion rule.  Most of all, language can be fun!

Construction - Construcion (con-struck-see-own)
Libation - Libacion (Lie-bay-see-own)
Action - Accion (ack-see-own)
Education - Educacion (edu-ka-see-own)
Emotion - Emocion (ee-moe-see-own)
Competition - Competicion (comp-eh-ti-see own)

Exercise at work?

exercise 2Exercise comes from the Latin word exercere, meaning to keep busy or at work.  But what a typical adult does at work is sit in a desk chair for eight hours plus sitting down commuting both ways and spending an evening in front of the TV.

This is a recipe for ruin. Sitting all day increases our risk for obesity and puts us at risk for back pain, poor posture, leg cramps...

Forbes article

Best Burritos Ever.This recipe was given to me in Punta Mita, Mexico at a place called Cielo.  The restaurant was located at the top of a small hotel in the sleepy little surfing town.  The place which is long gone was mostly about cocktails and sunsets but they served an amazing burrito that was unconventional and lighter than what you'd normally think of.  I watched the chef prepare the burritos and have captured the recipe below.  Either way, if you want to try something new, here is your chance.  Buena Suerte y Empience una revolucion de burritos!  (Good luck and start a burrito revolution!)
Punta Mita Burritos
1)     Prepare the following sauce in a blender (you will have lots of this left over):
¾ pint Half and Half cream
10 Fresh Basil Leaves
1 ½ cup Mayo
8 oz. bar of Cream Cheese
3 - 5 canned chipotle peppers depending on your spice tolerance (drained)
1 - 2 TBSP minced garlic (to taste)
Salt and Pepper to taste
2)    Shred Iceberg Lettuce (1 head)
You will also need ketchup and mayonnaise in a bottles where you can regulate the
                amount that is dispensed and burrito sized flour tortillas.

3)    In a skillet, place a little olive oil in the bottom and get medium hot. Saute the following ingredients:
Sliced Green Pepper
Sliced Onion
Julienned carrots
Salt and pepper
Chicken or Shrimp or Steak (added last to absorb seasoning)

Get Burrito Sized tortillas and heat up a big skillet (no oil).  Place tortilla on hot skillet for 5 seconds to warm, then place ingredients cooked above in the middle of the tortilla.  Cover with shredded Chihuahua cheese (place this right on top of hot ingredients to melt).  Place shredded iceberg lettuce on top of that and a line of mayonnaise and ketchup.  Fold the burrito like they do at Chipotle and then toast the completed item back on the hot skillet to complete.  Serve with a small dipping cup of the sauce you prepared above. 

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