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Friday, June 3, 2016
Through the Keyhole - June 2016
JUNE 2016 Through the Keyhole
Informative & Interesting... not your everyday company newsletter.
Welcome Summer (it is about time)!
was born on the first official day of summer (June 21st) so I have
naturally enjoyed this time of year throughout my life. It is a time
when baseball is in full swing, the kids are out of school for the
summer, and generally people are in good moods. This is also the time
when families spend time together in the backyard, on vacation, on road
trips, at parades and enjoying Americana. My hope for all of you is
that you get out there and enjoy yourself and your friends and family.
As Chicagoans (or suburban Chicagoans) there aren't many times that you
can really enjoy being a tourist in your own city. There's millennium
park, the zoo(s), museums, ballparks, Michigan Avenue, architectural
boat tours, walking tours, segway tours, beer tours, historic tours and
just plain walking around. Get out there and enjoy it.
also tons of attractions throughout the Midwest that you can explore.
Off the top of my head, I can think of the Wisconsin Dells, Mackinac
Island, Milwaukeefest, St. Louis, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and
even Cleveland. All you need is a car and a little creativity and this
summer can be one of the best summers of your life. Life is what you
make of it and something as simple as a little road trip to Indianapolis
could actually change your life... in a good way.
winner of the "guess the location" game
was Mark Echales with the correct response of Holland, MI. Mark will
be taking one of those trips I mentioned above later this month by
visiting Saugatuck, MI (which isn't too far from Holland, MI). There's
another option to see some great culture, have some great food and wine
and take in the sunset just a short hop across the lake. Great guess
Mark and thanks for playing. More about
the location below... And
now for a new picture above- Can you
guess where it is by looking through the keyhole? "You have to cover
your legs and women their heads before entering this blue place. Six
Minarets decorate this building and can be heard for miles around. " 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.
As always, send any items you think are newsworthy, interesting or just plain
odd to firstname.lastname@example.org
Holland, Michigan - Keyhole Answer
"My Dad took my family here one year for
the most boring day ever. We clogged around and counted windmills and
tulips. Fun stuff for kids."
is in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan state and
near both Lake Michigan and Grand Rapids. As one would guess, there are
plenty of Dutch folks that live around here. Originally, the area was
full of Ottawa Indians but eventually was settled by a group of Dutch
Calvinist separatists who fled the Netherlands for economic reasons.
is a great place for adults but really, really boring if you are a kid
without an electronic device to play with. Trust me, I know. There is a
picture below of a couple of kids who were forced to wear Dutch
clothing and you can see what the town does to kids... Hilarious find.
is home to about 170 churches all of which are a form of reformed
Christian. One of the churches here is famous for coining the phrase
"What would Jesus Do?" Holland is also home to a young mayor-elect who
was still attending Hope College there when taking office.
The city is perhaps best known for its Dutch heritage, which serves not
only as a part of the city's cultural identity, but the local economy as
well. The Tulip Time Festival in May and various Dutch-themed
attractions augment the nearby Lake Michigan shoreline in attracting
thousands of tourists annually.
Anyways, just a short drive away
is this lovely replica of Holland. You can buy some wooden shoes there
and enjoy many Dutch traditions.
What is BEME? I
am not much for social media and don't have a facebook, snapchat or
instagram account personally. However, I do have a Beme account. This
one actually interests me and may interest you.
YouTube star Casey Neistat wants us all to get real.
filmmaker's new app, Beme, is his attempt to create a social media
platform that allows users to share moments in real time, without
fixating on their phones and editing posts to death. Beme essentially
takes the core values of Snapchat and presents a bare-bones version of
it, stripping away the ability to review your posts or add filters and
It is fun and a great way to document a trip in 8 second clips that are totally real.
mariner Manfred Bajorat's ghost boat was discovered at sea nearly four
weeks before he was found dead on board as it drifted off the coast of
coastguard officials were first informed after crew members of a
racing yacht first saw the mast-less vessel January 31.
By that time, Bajorat had drifted more than 1,000 nautical miles with him becoming increasingly mummified by warm salty air.
Don't Drive Under the Influence - A Lesson
This actually happened to an Englishman in France who was totally drunk.
A French policeman stops the Englishman's car and asks if he has been drinking.
great difficulty, the Englishman admits that he has been drinking all
day, that his daughter got married that morning, and that he drank
champagne and a few bottles of wine at the reception, and many single
malts scotches thereafter.
Quite upset, the policeman proceeds to alcohol-test (breath test) the Englishman and verifies that he is indeed totally sloshed.
asks the Englishman if he knows why, under French Law, he is going to
be arrested. The Englishman answers with a bit of humour, "No sir, I do
not! But while we're asking questions, do you realize that this is a
British car and that my wife is driving on the other side?"
Reverse Bucket List (things I will NOT do)
Election Play on Words...
A peek of spring
after a long winter is motivation to let the sun in and refresh your space.
Here are some simple tips to organize your space for spring:
Clean one room at a
time. Doing a little in each room
will leave you frustrated and feeling unaccomplished. Start in one room
and finish it, even if you have the urge to move around.
Don't overdo it. When you're motivated, don't
pull everything out of the closet. Work in one small area at a time.
Divvy Up. Don't go it alone. If you
share your space, share the jobs. Make a plan and include willing
Facebook Owns You. No Doubt about it.
If you bothered to read the fine print when you created your Facebook
account, you would have noticed just how much of yourself you were
giving over to Mark Zuckerberg and his $340 billion social network.
In exchange for an admittedly magical level of connectivity, you were giving them your life as content — the right
to run ads around video from your daughter’s basketball game; pictures
from your off-the-chain birthday party, or an emotional note about your
return to health after serious illness. You also gave them the right to
use your information to help advertisers market to you, based on your
likely state of pregnancy or new place among the consciously uncoupled.
Think twice about being part of this social media company and read on.
especially if you know and like IT Guys... And this is from 2005 so you
can see how little the things we deal with really haven't changed at
“I don’t know where we are. I don’t know where we’re going.
And I don’t know where we are in the process of going from where we were to
where we’re going. I got nothin’.”
There is no answer to this conundrum...
And Speaking of Gender Specific Bathrooms...
Mexican Corn on the Cob - perfect for summer
best part about this is that it is unbelievably easy to make. It’s
practically foolproof! Just simply throw it in the oven, roast it for
about 45 min-1 hour in their husks, and then slather on that butter
before sprinkling on the rest of the toppings. Easy. And if you’re not
keen on some of the toppings, this is completely customizable to your
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
is the best way to serve corn on the cob, brushed with melted butter
and sprinkled with chili powder, cotija cheese and lime juice!
6 ears corn, unhusked
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/4 cup grated Cotija cheese
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro leaves
Juice of 2 limes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place corn, in its husks, directly on the oven rack. Roast until tender and cooked through, about 40-45 minutes.
Peel down the husks. Rub each ear of corn with 1 tablespoon of butter.
Serve immediately, sprinkled with chili powder, Cotija, cilantro, and lime juice.