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Through the Keyhole - October 2018

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Through the Keyhole
Take a break from your day...

Not your typical company OR newsletter
Can you guess the location?
"This city can get pretty cold, eh?  They have a complete underground 'city' where you can spend all of winter in short sleeves..."

Here Comes Fall...
Fall is upon us and Halloween is just around the corner.  As the weather turns from warm to cold and the leaves fall on the ground, we are all reminded that another year is coming to an end (and that there are only 75 shopping days left until Christmas)...

Check out what happened this month in History

October 1, 1908 - Henry Ford's Model T, a "universal car" designed for the masses, went on sale for the first time.

October 3, 1863 - President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation designating the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.

October 8, 1871 - The Great Fire of Chicago erupted. According to legend, it started when Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern in her barn on DeKoven Street. Over 300 persons were killed and 90,000 were left homeless as the fire leveled 3.5 square miles, destroying 17,450 buildings. Financial losses totaled over $200 million.

October 11, 1939 - Albert Einstein warned President Franklin D. Roosevelt that his theories could lead to Nazi Germany's development of an atomic bomb. Einstein suggested the U.S. develop its own bomb. This resulted in the top secret "Manhattan Project."

October 13, 1884 - Greenwich was established as the universal time from which standard times throughout the world are calculated.

October 24, 1931 - Chicago gangster "Scarface" Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in jail for Federal income tax evasion. In 1934, he was transferred to Alcatraz prison near San Francisco. He was paroled in 1939, suffering from syphilis. He retired to his mansion in Miami Beach where he died in 1947.

October 30, 1990 - For the first time since the Ice Age, Great Britain was connected with the European continent, via a new rail tunnel under the English Channel.
It's Chili Cook-off Time!
8th Annual TURNkey Chili Cook-off

Saturday October 13th
Noon - 5 pm ish
10 Chilis to be judged by attendees
Top 3 win cash prizes and bragging rights

Come join us for chili, beer, refreshments and a bouncy house...

Kolssak Residence
213 S. Milwaukee Ave.
Wheeling, IL
(across the street from TURNkey IT)
Guess the Location Game

Last month the winner of the guess the location game was Will Danner who got the right answer of Nashville, TN.  I appreciate all of the good guesses and participation.  THANKS FOR PLAYING!



Nashville, TN - Keyhole Answer
"This musical city lives up to its reputation particularly well in the fall when it host the Independent Music Festival and the American Festival.  Oh, and you had better like good food and country music."

Nashville is a really cool town that is growing rapidly.  People find Nashville appealing for a lot of reasons - less real estate tax, lower cost of living in general, the friendly people, a good airport hub and Midwest weather that isn't as brutal as Chicago or the rest of the cities located above the Mason Dixon Line... to name a few.  Nashville is the second largest city (next to Memphis) but it does not deserve a silver metal...

Let’s just get this one out of the way -- like flannel to Seattle, and po' boys to New Orleans, music is almost synonymous with this town. And it’s no longer just for the cowboys, but hit-makers of all genres. Where else could you wait in the same Starbucks line alongside Keith Urban and Justin Timberlake? Not only is it made here, it’s not uncommon for an artist to record here, fall in love, and instantly hit the real estate market. Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, Ben Folds, Jack White, and Elvis Costello are just some of the non-country crooners that reside here.
Although music is what we’re known for, healthcare is the region’s leading industry with more than 250 companies headquartered here; six of the nation’s top 10 for-profit hospitals are located in Nashville and it represents one in eight Nashville jobs.
Business leaders and investors have been working for the past several years in a common goal of making the city a music AND technology destination. Companies like WorkIT Nashville are busy recruiting talented, techy transplants, while Google is making Nashville one of seven cities to participate in their Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hubs (and bringing Fiber with it). In fact, this place is filling up so fast with keyboard talent, that it's becoming known as a tech transplant city.
Yes, Kentucky lays sole claim to bourbon -- but Middle Tennessee produces some of the country’s best whiskey. Just South of Nashville, you can tour the distilleries of the most recognizable names, Jack Daniel's and George Dickel, but within the city limits are some fine contenders hot on their heels like Corsair, Collier and McKeel, Nelson’s Greenbrier Distillery, Prichard’s, Speakeasy Spirits, and many others you can find along the Whiskey Trail.
Nashville is commonly referred to as the "Athens of the South", and not just for having the only full-sized replica of The Parthenon in the world, but for all the colleges and bleeding-edge learning facilities here. There are 24 post-secondary institutions in the area and with a central location and lower cost of living compared to cities of comparable size -- no wonder an average of 60% of graduates choose to remain here.
Thanks to the show Nashville and their weekly aerial views, everyone can see how lush and green the city really is. With over 90 parks, 75 miles of greenways, and 190 miles of trails throughout Davidson County, the campaign, Greenways for Nashville, is 90% completed in its goal for a greenway trail within two miles of every Nashvillian.
Famously (or infamously?) beloved for its hot chicken and meat & threes, Nashville excels in all things Southern and fried. From hole-in-the-wall hot spots to five-star dining, there’s no dish too casual or fancy for good ol’ Southern ingredients like okra and black-eyed peas. After taking the Best BBQ crown from Memphis this year, it's sealed the deal as the best destination for Southern fare.
Summer humidity is stifling. It rarely even snows in the winter. But the fall? Well, no one does it better than the South. Trees in shades of orange, yellow, and red blanket the city, and the aforementioned urban greenways mean you can enjoy it.
Is Nashville Hot Chicken the Best in the World? (15 min.)
What to Do in Nashville: The 6 Hottest Spots!
Best of Nashville with Jesse James
24 hours in Nashville (in 25 minutes)
Teeth-chattering' winter with plenty of snow, Farmers' Almanac predicts
You like selfies?  Check this drone out...
DUCKS on the Golf Course
Three golfing partners died in a car wreck and went to heaven. Upon arrival, they discover the most beautiful golf course they have ever seen. St. Peter tells them that they are all welcome to play the course, but he cautions them that there is only one rule: "Don't hit the ducks during your first three months here."

The men all have blank expressions, and finally one of them asks, "The ducks?"

"Yes", St. Peter replies, "There are thousands of ducks walking around the course, and if one gets hit, he quacks, then the one next to him quacks and soon they're all quacking to beat the band. It really breaks the tranquility, and if you hit one of the ducks, you'll be punished. Otherwise everything is yours to enjoy.”

Upon entering the course, the men noted that there were indeed large numbers of ducks everywhere. Within fifteen minutes, one of the guys hit a duck. The duck quacks, the one next to it quacked and soon here was a deafening roar of duck quacks.

St. Peter walked up with an extremely homely woman in tow and asks, "Who hit the duck?” The guy who had done it admitted, "I did.” St. Peter immediately pulled out a pair of handcuffs and cuffed the man's right hand to the homely woman's left hand. "I told you not to hit the ducks" he said. "Now you'll be handcuffed together for eternity.”

The other two men were very cautious not to hit any ducks, but a couple of weeks later, one of them accidentally did. The quacks were as deafening as before, and within minutes St. Peter walked up with an even uglier woman. He cuffed the man's right hand to the homely woman's left hand. "I told you not to hit the ducks," he said; "Now you'll be handcuffed together for eternity.”

The third man was extremely careful. Some days he wouldn't even play for fear of even nudging a duck. After three months, he still hadn't hit a duck.

St. Peter walked up to the man at the end of the three months, and had with him a knock-out, gorgeous woman - the most beautiful woman the man had ever seen. St. Peter smiled at the man and then, without a word, handcuffed him to the beautiful woman and walked off.

The man, knowing that he would be handcuffed to this woman for eternity, let out a contented sigh and said aloud, "I wonder what I did to deserve this?"

The woman responds, "I don't know about you, but I hit a duck.
Facial Recognition to board a plane?
Dulles Airport Demos Facial Biometric Boarding (this could save time)
5th Wheel Parallel Parking
Innovation did not only exist today.  Look at this from the 50s!
The Jewish Bookie and the Priest
A Jewish bookie was at the races playing the ponies and losing his shirt.

He noticed a Priest step out onto the track and blessed the forehead of one of the horses lining up for the 4th race. Lo and behold, that horse - a long shot won the race.

Next race, as the horses lined up, the Priest stepped onto the track.

Sure enough, he blessed one of the horses.

The bookie made a beeline for a betting window and placed a small bet on the horse.

Again, even though it was another long shot, the horse won the race.

He collected his winnings, and anxiously waited to see which horse the Priest would bless next.

He bet big on it, and it won.

As the races continued the Priest kept blessing horses, and each one ended up winning.

The bookie was elated. He made a quick dash to the ATM, withdrew all his savings, and waited for the Priest's blessing that would tell him which horse to bet on.

True to his pattern, the Priest stepped onto the track for the last race and blessed the forehead of an old nag that was 100/1.

This time the priest blessed the eyes, ears, and hooves of the old nag.

The bookie knew he had a winner and bet every cent he owned on the old nag.

He watched dumbfounded as the old nag pulled up and couldn't even finish the race.

In a state of shock, the bookie went to the track area where the Priest was.

Confronting him, he demanded, 'Father! What happened?

All day long you blessed horses and they all won.

Then in the last race, the horse you blessed never even had a chance.

Now, thanks to you, I've lost every cent of my savings!'

The Priest nodded wisely and with sympathy.

"You are not Catholic are you my son?"

"No, I'm Jewish"

"That's the problem", said the Priest, "you couldn't tell the difference between a blessing, and last rites"
Amazon going after the Christmas Tree Lots...
Amazon wants to sell everything for Christmas -- right down to a giant, live tree.
This year the online retailer will sell a wide selection of living Christmas trees ranging from two to seven feet tall. The collection includes Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir, Black Hills Spruce, and Norfolk Island Pines.
An Amazon spokesperson said that some of trees will be eligible for Prime shipping, meaning members of its $119-yearly subscription program will get two-day shipping. More details about the tree selection will be available closer to the holidays.
The company said it has also increased its selection of holiday decor to include wreaths, garland and flowers because of their popularity.
Last year Amazon sold a selection of trees under three feet and offered larger trees from third party vendors on its site. Amazon also sells artificial trees.
Despite its reputation for crushing smaller retailers, the National Christmas Tree Association said it welcomes Amazon to the Christmas party.
"We see their entry into the market as offering consumers another option to purchase a real tree to make their Christmas special, better for the environment and support local Christmas tree growers," Tim O'Connor, the group's executive director told CNN. "More options for consumers to purchase a real tree are better for everyone."
According to a recent survey from the National Christmas Tree Association, customers spent an average $74.70 on a tree.
Norway Death Diving Competition
This should be added as an Olympic sport...
Log JAMS are BACK...
This compilation will make you cringe (and laugh)
This Camper fits in your Van.  Amazing.
This is an unbelievable.  Article here.
THIS is what the Queen Mary 2 would look like if it could have sailed behind the Titanic
Law of Mechanical Repair
- After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to pee.

Law of Gravity
Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible place in the universe.

Law of Probability
The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

Law of Random Numbers
- If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal; someone always answers.

Variation Law
If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now.

Law of the Bath
When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone will ring.

Law of Close Encounters
The probability of meeting someone you know INCREASES dramatically when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.

Law of the Result
When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, IT WILL!!!

Law of Biomechanics
 The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

Law of the Theaters & Sports Arenas - At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle, always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk.
The Coffee Law
- As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

Murphy's Law of Lockers
- If there are only 2 people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

Law of Physical Surfaces
The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.

Law of Logical Argument
Anything is possible IF you don't know what you are talking about.

Law of Physical Appearance
If the clothes fit, they're ugly.

Law of Public Speaking

Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy-
As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it OR the store will stop selling it!

Doctors' Law
If you don't feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there, you'll feel better. But don't make an appointment and you'll stay sick.
Pumpkin Cobbler
Try this for Halloween...

½ cup white sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
1 (15 ounce) can pure pumpkin (such as Libby's®)
¾ cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon orange extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon salt
1 (9 ounce) package yellow cake mix (such as Jiffy® Golden Yellow cake mix)
¼ cup butter (melted)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.

Whisk sugar and eggs together in a bowl until light; stir pumpkin, evaporated milk, orange extract, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt into egg mixture. Pour pumpkin mixture into the prepared baking dish. Lightly sprinkle cake mix over the top, covering pumpkin mixture completely. Slowly drizzle melted butter over the cake mix so it doesn't puddle.

Bake in the preheated oven until the pumpkin mixture is set and topping is golden brown, 50 minutes to 1 hour.
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