Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Through the Keyhole - July 2015

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Through the Keyhole

Informative & Interesting... not your everyday company newsletter.
Happy Birthday AMERICA!
Probably the biggest American Holiday is the 4th of July.  We look forward to fireworks, hot dogs, baseball, apple pie and Chevrolet... It is perhaps the week that defines our national pride and gives reason to celebrate our freedom as Americans. 

Things I remember about the 4th of July as a kid:
1) Flag T-shirts
2) Sparklers
3) Snakes (those ash things that grew when you lit them)
4) M-80s
5) Parades in the extreme heat waving tiny paper flags
6) The song, "Proud to be an American"
7) Popsicles that melt all over your flag t-shirt
8) Red, White and Blue EVERYTHING

And now for a new keyhole picture above- Can you guess where it is by looking through the keyhole? "This place will change your life, said a friend of mine some 8 years ago. Located on a "point", this location was once a bustling fishing village that was moved to create this world class resort."

Last month, NOBODY guessed correctly. 

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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Petra, Jordan - Keyhole Answer

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"Indiana Jones filmed in this wonder of the world that rarely sees tourists any longer.  It is dangerous and there are many reasons to stay away.  However, this place is mysterious and petrified."

Pictured here is one of the many amazing structures of the ancient city of Petra (aka the Rose City) famous for its rock architecture and water conduit system.  Established around 300 BC, this place is the most visited tourist attraction in Jordan (I wonder if anyone visits anyplace in Jordan at all?).  Petra was named amongst the New 7 wonders of the world and chosen by Smithsonian magazine as one of the "28 places to see before you die".  The population was said to be about 30,000 when it was inhabited.
The site is featured in films such as: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Arabian Nights, Passion in the Desert, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, The Mummy Returns and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Petra is the treasure of ancient world, hidden behind an almost impenetrable barrier of rugged mountains, boasting incomparable scenes that make it the most majestic and imposing ancient site still-standing nowadays.. It has been said "perhaps there is nothing in the world that resembles it", actually, for sure, there is nothing in the world that resembles it. The rock-carved rose-red city of Petra is full of mysterious charm, it was "designed to strike wonder into all who entered it".

It is a little daunting to get there so maybe these videos will suffice...

Indiana Jones Clip

HD Video (25 min.)

Petra Story (the city was built by really smart people - VERY INTERESTING)


1. When was the last time you used it?
If you can’t even remember, let it go. If you’ve used it recently, obviously it’s a keeper. The more infrequently used, the more to consider letting go.

2. If you were planning to move next month, would you bring it along?
Imagine moving soon. What would you pack up and bring? If you wouldn’t move it, no sense in keeping it now.

3. What’s it worth?
Nobody wants to just toss something of value. But beware that reselling means letting it go on the cheap and it takes a lot to manage. Also remember, keeping many lower value items will not help the clutter problem!

4. What is it costing you to keep?
Even if you’re not paying for storage, you pay for living space. If you want to free up the valuable space in your home, consider letting go of items you don’t love.

5. Do you know someone else who would like to have it?
Knowing someone who would enjoy an item that you don’t use can be great motivation for elimination. Consider friends and family when you’re on the decision making fence.

6. What is its sentimental value?
Do you save every piece of artwork your 5 year old created? What about all the boxes from Grandmother’s house? Keeping a few precious items as memories may be important, but beware—if you keep too much, you can’t find what’s truly important!

A new way to stream TV - SLING TV
Sling TV is an American over-the-top internet protocol television service that is owned by the Sling TV LLC subsidiary of Dish Network. Unveiled on January 5, 2015 at the Consumer Electronics Show, the service aims to complement subscription video on demand services for cord cutters, offering a selection of major cable channels that can be streamed through smart TVs, digital media players and apps.

It runs on just about any device, starts at $20/mo. and is the first real entrant to getting your tv without a set top box...

Check it out here

Life 360

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Life 360 is an app that allows groups of people (mainly families) to know the location of each other at all times.  It puts an icon on a map for each family member and shows popular check in points like school, work, gym, grandma's house.  Using GPS technology and your cell phone, it's easier than ever to know where everyone is at and have private chat sessions within the group or with just one person in that group.

What people are saying:

“We use Life360 to let each other know where we are and that we are safe, especially when we go into the backcountry.”

“It’s so easy to use for my family! When any or all of us go away on adventures, my family can still stay connected and safe.”

“My little brother loves riding his scooter around the neighborhood. While riding one day, he dropped his phone and didn’t realize it was missing until much later that night. As soon as I found out, I checked Life360 and found that it had been at a local residence since 7:23 pm. I was able go directly to the house, ask for the phone and it was back in my possession within 30 minutes. The look on their faces when I came directly to the house where the phone was at was priceless!!!”

Check it out here

Confessions of a Cruise Ship Chef - Jorg Becker, Oceania Cruises
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It’s hard to be away at sea.
My least favorite thing about my job is being away from my family. Three years ago, I became a dad. I took a year and a half off to focus on diapers and formula. On ships, you get two months a year of vacation, which gives you some quality time. But for the majority of the year you are separated from your family. The usual operational challenges I can deal with — but compared to being away from loved ones for a long time, it’s minor.

Working on a cruise ship is an addiction.
I started in the hotel industry when I was 18. In the hotel industry, you’re like a tramp, everybody is moving. I started working on ships when I was 30. I have taken some breaks, but it is an addiction. You get around; the people you work with have the same craziness.

But I’d never take my own family on vacation on a cruise.
No, never. Anything but cruising, if you spend the majority of your time on a ship to make your living. I don’t even like to see open kitchens. If I go to a restaurant and they have one, I face the other way. I like little resorts where the beach is 10 meters from the hut and I can have peace and quiet. No noise, no big crowds.

So True.

hahaha, so true!

July is Redneck month...

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George Clooney Age 15
Helen Mirren Age 25
Martha Stewart Age 20

Ryan Seacrest Age 13

How is this possible?

Aphorisms for the times...

 It's not whether you win or lose, But how you place the blame.

We have enough "youth".
How about a fountain of smart"?
A Fool and his
money can throw one heck of a party.
When blondes have
more fun
do they know it?

Money isn't everything,
But it sure keeps the kids in touch.
If at first you don't succeed,
Skydiving is not for you.
We are born naked, wet and hungry.
Then things get worse.
Red meat is not bad for you 
Fuzzy green meat is bad for you.
Ninety-nine percent of all lawyers
Give the rest a bad name.
Xerox and Wurlitzer will merge
To produce reproductive organs.
Alabama state motto: 
At least we're not Mississippi
The latest survey shows that
three out of four people make up 75% of the population.

People Hate Humble Braggers        

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A team of Harvard Business School professors have scientifically proven what you probably already knew: People loathe and despise the humblebrag.

The humblebrag is a self-compliment wrapped in a complaint, the authors say in their new Harvard Business School paper.

In the humblebragger’s attempt to come off as sincere and authentic, they appear immodest and frankly, less attractive, the authors suggest in their report.

In the paper, Harvard Business School professors Francesca Gino, Michael I. Norton and Ovul Sezer, performed a series of experiments to test people’s perceptions of the humblebrag.

In one test they asked their subjects to imagine the person who said one of three statements. One statement was a flat out boast (People mistake me for a model.) One was a whiney complaint (I’m so bored.) And the last was the hybrid humblebrag (I’m so bored of people mistaking me for a model.)
When the team asked more than 300 subjects to judge a person based on each statement, they liked the complainers the best and the humblebraggers the least. Complainers were also perceived as the most sincere, while humblebraggers as inauthentic and obnoxious.

In another experiment, people either read a brag (“I get hit on all the time”) or a humblebrag (“Just rolled out of bed and still get hit on all the time, so annoying.”) More than 200 subjects rated the humblebraggers as less attractive than the braggarts -- 4.34 on a scale of 7 compared to 4.91.

The act of humblebragging has undoubtedly been with us since the dawn of time but the term was only coined in 2012 by "Parks and Recreation" writer Harris Wittles who died earlier this year. Wittles’ @humblebrag Twitter account lives on with 245,000 followers.

It’s loaded with gems like this classic from actress Olivia Munn: “Why can't I look cool when I meet @TomHanks & he hands me his Emmy? Instead I get so excited & look like a goober…”

And this one from country singer Cody Alan: "I just won an ACM, but don't worry I'm still stuck like everyone else in a Taco Bell drive-thru right now. @ACMAwards #ACMs”

The moral? If you’re fishing for a compliment, trying to disguise it will only backfire, the Harvard paper concluded. Let your swagger shine though.

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Hey Gordon, what do you say?

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YELP Threatening Customers Publicly SHAMED

Boston Restaurant Publicly Shames Horrible Yelp-Threatening Customers

A pair of horror show customers showed up at Michael Scelfo's restaurant Alden & Harlow recently with no reservation, sat themselves, "insulted and berated" the staff, and then refused to leave (one eyewitness also claims that before they sat themselves, they loudly told a bartender they weren't tipping because they couldn't get a table quickly enough), all while threatening to leave Alden & Harlow a bad Yelp review.

So far, this sounds pretty normal — restaurants have to deal with self-aggrandizing jackasses like these all the time.

Where it gets fun is Scelfo's response: he posted a picture of the customers on Instagram, along with a description of their terrible behavior that included the hashtag #wedontnegotiatewithyelpers.

So much for getting a free meal for being a jerk. Good for that guy.


"A politician will do anything to keep his job - even become a patriot."

-William Randolph Hearst

How to Dry-Age Beef at Home

One: Buy a prime or choice boneless beef rib or loin roast from the best meat source in your area.

Two: Unwrap the beef, rinse it well, and pat it dry with paper towels. Do not trim. Wrap the roast loosely in a triple layer of cheesecloth and set it on a rack over a rimmed baking sheet or other tray.

Three: Refrigerate for three to seven days; the longer the beef ages, the tastier it gets. After the first day, carefully unwrap and then rewrap with the same cheesecloth to keep the cloth fibers from sticking to the meat.

Four: When ready to roast, unwrap the meat and, with a sharp knife, shave off and discard the hard, dried outer layer of the meat. Shave away any dried areas of fat, too, but leave behind as much of the good fat as possible. Roast whole or cut into steaks.

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