Friday, June 3, 2016

Through the Keyhole - June 2016

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Through the Keyhole

Informative & Interesting... not your everyday company newsletter.
Welcome Summer (it is about time)!

I 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.

There are 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.

Last month's 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.

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Holland, Michigan - Keyhole Answer

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"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."

Holland 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.

This 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.

Holland 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. 

7 Common Stereotypes about Dutch people

Stuff Dutch People Like

How to deal with Dutch People

Trip Advisor

Tulip Time (video)

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This is what kids look like when they are forced to don Dutch clothing and wooden shoes!

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No matter where you stand on TRUMP,
This is FUNNY
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This book was written by some people at Jimmy Kimmel Live and it KILLS IT.  Really funny, really clean and very clever.


What is BEME?
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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.

The 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 commentary.

It is fun and a great way to document a trip in 8 second clips that are totally real.

Available for iPhones and Droid devices


This happened at Chicago Executive Airport (PWK)
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Donnie Wahlberg kissed his second wife Jenny McCarthy at the launch for private jet app JetSmarter at Chicago Executive Airport.

The 46-year-old actor and his 43-year-old ladylove put on their usual romantic display at the ribbon-cutting event in Wheeling, IL.

The loved-up reality duo - who are both previously divorced - will celebrate their second wedding anniversary this year.

Jet Smarter is a new private jet charter service that will try to defy gravity and all laws of business to make it... Don't bet on it.

Mummified Sea Captain


Mummified 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 the Philippines.
American 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

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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.

With 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.

He 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)
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Election Play on Words...
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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.
  • Closet Overhaul. Spring is a great time to do a wardrobe edit. Here are some tips to get your closet in order.
  • Divvy Up. Don't go it alone. If you share your space, share the jobs. Make a plan and include willing participants. 

Facebook Owns You.  No Doubt about it.
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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.

SysAdmin Song

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Funny 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 all.


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“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’.”

Casey Neistat

There is no answer to this conundrum...

And Speaking of Gender Specific Bathrooms...
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Mexican Corn on the Cob - perfect for summer
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The 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 personal preferences.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

This 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.

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