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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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Through the Keyhole - First Edition

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January 2014 turnkey-color-logo-white 7
Through the Keyhole
Informative & interesting... not your everyday company newsletter.
face2 2 We're doing something new.
My name is David Kolssak and I am the President of TURNkey IT.  Over the last 18 years I have had the pleasure to be a part of this organization.  For those of you who know me, it will come as no surprise that we are going to attempt to do something new, fresh and fun with something that is typically mundane, boring and monotonous.  I proudly introduce "Through the Keyhole."
This electronic publication will come to you as often as we can produce it with interesting, informative stuff for you to read and digest.  We will introduce topics that we find interesting and human.  This may include re-printed articles, recipes, gadgets, jokes, travel tips, parenting advice (maybe), human interest stories and general information to hopefully make you smile and keep the family of TURNkey on your mind.  If you would like to subscribe to "Through the keyhole" click here.

It is my sincere hope to continue to grow TURNkey IT into a company that really matters to our customers, friends and the small world we touch every day. 

We also invite your input for things to share with others.  Send any items you think are newsworthy, interesting or just plain odd to

I welcome you to the first issue of Through the Keyhole.  And away we go...


The-Pen-Project-982-2 5Gadget of the month - The Pen. 
That's right. Handwritten notes are almost a thing of the past and you'll be surprised at the reaction you get when penning a thank you.  Try it this week.

Wireless HDMI

index 4Introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show this year is a gadget that allows you to easily transmit HDMI signal from your PC/tablet through your wireless network and onto your TV.  Find out more here.

Huh.  Interesting...

BeiFfR-CAAENrYB 4The Olympics are almost here.  Waddya think about the Norway curling team's eye-catching Olympic uniform?

Wall Street Journal Article

Word of the Day

DSE0698 4Hawsehole - nautical  Often shortened to: hawse.  One of the holes in the upper part of the bows of a vessel through which the anchor ropes pass.

Who knew?


Penny_bigbangtheory 3Pennies are not legal tender in amounts over twenty-five, unless the recipient agrees to accept them. In other words, if a debtor owes you more than twenty-five cents and spitefully tries to pay you in pennies, you can legally refuse to accept them, without affecting  the debt.

Watch the Big Bang Theory.  It's on just about every channel (and the main character pictured here is named Penny).

Where's Channel 1?

TV-shutterstock_23301313 4 In the 1940s, the FCC assigned television's Channel 1 to mobile services (two-way radios in taxicabs, for instance) but did not re-number the other channel assignments. That is why TV sets had channels 2 and up, but no channel 1.  Now channel 1, of course, is for Pay Per View (or On Demand).


An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You should never see an Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order sign, just Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience.
-Mitch Hedberg


2103 4Converting from Celsius to Fahrenheit is easy.  Simply multiply the Celsius temperature by 2 and add 30.  It's not exact but really close. So the next time you're in Turkey and you see a high of 29 C you'll know that to you it's 88 F ((29X2)+30).
Today's forecast (for practice):
Los Angeles     22 C
Madrid                8 C
Chicago           -11 C
Dallas               13 C
London               8 C
Sochi                  9 C

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Do you replace your server or go to the cloud?
The answer may surprise you.  Forbes article
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cruise 4Selecting a Cabin When selecting a cabin on a cruise ship (and especially if you are worried about being seasick), choose a cabin low and as close to the center as possible.  It is merely a question of physics.  Also, it is important to note the if there is smoking on board, it is almost always on the port side of the ship.

Try something new

SUP-Surf-Beach-front-Accommodations-Punta-Mita 4Paddle Surfing is becoming quite popular here there and everywhere.  Once you get the hang of it, it's a great way to strengthen your core, get some good exercise and have fun.  Try it sometime in the ocean or in a lake. It's great on almost any body of water.

Recipe to try (no kidding)In this section we will select a meal that has been tested by the folks here at TURNkey.  The one thing we will do here is give you a suggested recipe that is easy to make and REALLY GOOD.  We will also try to include only recipes that are seasonal.  This one is ingenious using ready to bake Grand Biscuits as dumplings and a roasted chicken from your grocery store.  - David


1 store-bought roasted whole chicken (chop meat into large pieces and set aside)
3 tablespoons good olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 32 oz. containers of chicken broth
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
5 medium carrots, chopped
5 stalks celery, chopped
1 (16 1/3 ounce) cans ready-to-bake refrigerated buttermilk flaky biscuits (Grands)
1 (12 ounce) jars chicken gravy


  1. In a Dutch oven, add olive oil and heat over medium heat; add chopped onions, carrots and celery and saute until soft.
  2. Add broth (both containers), poultry seasoning, salt, pepper to the carrots, celery and sauteed onion. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to simmer for about 10 minutes to soften vegetables and then add shredded chicken. Continue to simmer while preparing dumplings.
  3. Open can and remove biscuits. On a lightly floured surface, roll each biscuit to about 1/4-inch thick. Cut each biscuit into 4 wedges. Set aside.
  4. Skim surface of stew for any scum that has risen to top. Stir in chicken gravy.
  5. With the stew simmering over low heat, stir in dumplings a few at a time. Once all dumplings are in the pot, cover with a tight fitting lid and cook for 10 minutes.

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