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Through the Keyhole - November 2016

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Through the Keyhole

Informative & Interesting... not your everyday company newsletter.
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And now for a new picture above- Can you guess where it is by looking through the keyhole?  "This gathering place will be completed next year and will be a welcome addition to the city and neighborhood.  Think Cubdom as we are still in it for game 6." 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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Munich, Germany - Keyhole Answer

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"This one is so easy, I cannot give you a clue that would be more obvious.  Think of the month and look at the picture of this famous city..."
No one guessed this location correctly and that really disappoints me.  Is it the the location was too easy, or are my readers becoming complacent.  Guesses motivate me to continue putting this labor of love together... SO KEEP GUESSING.

Munich is the capital city of Bavaria. Within the city limits, Munich has a population of more than 1.4 million, making it the third-most populous city in Germany. The Munich metropolitan region which extends to cities like Augsburg or Ingolstadt had a population of more than 5.6 million in 2008.

Munich, located at the river Isar in the south of Bavaria, is famous for its beautiful architecture, fine culture, and the annual Oktoberfest beer celebration.

Munich's cultural scene is second to none in Germany, with the museums even considered by some to outrank Berlin in quality. Many travelers to Munich are absolutely stunned by the quality of the architecture. Although it was heavily damaged by allied bombing during World War II, many of its historic buildings have been rebuilt and the city center appears mostly as it did in the late 1800s including its largest church, the Frauenkirche, and the famous city hall (Neues Rathaus).

Munich is a major international center of business, engineering, research and medicine exemplified by the presence of two research universities, a multitude of smaller colleges, headquarters of several multinational companies and world-class technology and science museums like the Deutsches Museum and BMW Museum. It is Germany's most prosperous city and makes it repeatedly into the top 10 of global quality-of-life rankings. Munich's ability to stay at the forefront of technological developments and maintain its cultural heritage is often summarized in the characterization as a city of "laptop and lederhosen".

Top 10 (fun) facts about Munich

1. Munich is located further North than any other major city in the United States

2. Beer is not considered an alcoholic beverage but food in Bavaria

3. The Bayerische Biergartenverordnung (former Bayerisches Biergartengesetz) allows you to bring your own food to a beer garden and of course also eat it there.

4. The world famous Oktoberfest actually starts in mid-September, not in Oktober as it did until 1871. The reason is easy: the weather is just better in September!

5. Europe’s biggest film studios, the Bavaria Filmstudios, are in Munich.

6. Munich is also called “Minga” instead of M√ľnchen – but mostly not by people who live in Munich but people from the villages and cities around.

7. The Underground of Munich was built for the Olympic Games 1972.

8. Never order anything but a Bavarian beer in Bavaria.

9. With over 1.5 million inhabitants, Munich is the 3rd biggest city of Germany.

10. Bavaria is just the most beautiful German state.

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TURNkey Chili Cook Off - October 15th Results

1. Melissa "It's always perfect" (40 votes)
2. Ilya "XXX" (30 votes)
3. David "I wish I made that one" (28 votes)
4. Bruce "Cat meat fever" (25 votes)
5. Jennifer "Creeper" (20 votes)
6. Lauren "The great pumpking" (16 votes)
7. Phil "Truth or dare" (12 votes)
7. Kurt "Vamplifier" (12 votes)
9. Derek "Moo & oink" (10 votes)
10. Bob "Buffalo Bob's" (6 votes)

Although my wife won the competition and received the coveted trophy, monetary prizes went to Ilya, Bruce and Jennifer for placing 2nd, 4th and 5th respectively. 

It was a great day of fun and a lot of good chilies were made (maybe not Bob's)...

Winning recipe published below (at the very bottom)

Microsoft Surface Studio
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Turn your desk into a Studio.  Look out Apple - this is COOL.

Surface Studio is designed for the creative process. The 28” PixelSense™ Display gives you a huge canvas for all kinds of work. Use it upright, or draw on it like a drafting table.
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  • Adjustable height from 7 ft. to 10 ft. with a click of a button
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  • Features a mix of PE and PVC branches for a realistic look
$549.00 /each
home depot buy here  (There is a cool video too on their page demonstrating the tree growing)

Microsoft Big Reveals

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Surface Studio, Surface Book and new Windows 10 features

This is a direct attack on Apple's desktop offerings with its focus on CREATIVE OUTPUT.  Apple's products are aging and Microsoft is going to battle. 

Windows 10 Creator's Update
While the Surface Studio emphasizes creative output of PCs, the Windows 10 Creators Update is supposed to bring creation capabilities to the masses.  The update will be available this spring for Windows 10 users everywhere and will bring a ton of new capabilities.

One of the major emphases of the new release is a focus on creating 3D content. MS Paint is getting a refresh that adds support for creating and manipulating 3D models. Those models can be shared with the world using Microsoft's new Remix 3D community, which will host models shared from Paint 3D, Minecraft and Trimble's SketchUp.

On top of that, the Creators Update also includes some new sharing features that are designed to make it easier for people to share content with people close to them. Portraits of users' close friends will show up in the Windows taskbar. Dragging files onto those portraits will open up a dialog that lets users quickly share those files.

complete article here

12 Habits that are RUDE in other countries
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Giving the Thumbs Up

In Greece, giving the thumbs up sign is the same as giving the middle finger. So instead of saying "great" or "a-okay" like you intended to, you might be saying something much more insulting.

Tipping After Dinner

In Japan, tipping after dinner insinuates people need an incentive to do a good job and wouldn't do their best without the tip. Yikes.

Blowing Your Nose

In China, blowing your nose is regarded as a repulsive act — yes, even if you're sick with a cold. So if you're visiting this country, do this act in the bathroom and not in public.

Sitting in the Back

Going straight to the back seat of a cab is considered egalitarian in counties like Australia, New Zealand, parts of Ireland, Scotland, and the Netherlands. Instead you should ride shot gun if it's available.

Eating Your Entire Meal

In Russia, eating your entire meal signifies you're still hungry and the hosts didn't provide enough food. Funnily enough, in the United States this act shows your host you loved your meal.

Opening a Gift Immediately

If you don't want to look greedy when you receive a gift in China or India, you should wait to open it until you're not with the giver anymore.

Laughing With Your Mouth Open

In Japan, laughing to the point of exposing your teeth is impolite. Instead, you should use your hand to cover your mouth when you can't resist the urge to chuckle when you laugh.

Using Your Left Hand

Since some cultures in Africa, India, Sri Lanka, and the Middle East don't use toilet paper, and use their left hand instead, it's frowned upon to use those five fingers for just about anything else.

Being on Time

Showing up to a party on time in Latin American cultures is basically the equivalent of arriving an hour early in the United States. In this case, being fashionably late is basically required.

Putting Your Hand in Your Pocket

In Turkey and South Korea, it's a sign of arrogance if you put your hand in your pocket. So if you don't want locals to think you have an attitude, keep your mitts out.

Salting Your Food

Sure, it might add a blast of flavor to a bland dish, but in France adding salt to your meal is considered rude to the chef. After all, in this person's mind, they spiced the dish to perfection.

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In the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a  glass of whiskey. If a cowhand was low on cash he would often give the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink.  This became known as a"shot" of whiskey.

American fighter planes in WW2 had machine guns that were fed by a belt of cartridges.  The average plane held belts that were 27 feet (9 yards) long.  If the pilot used up all his ammo he was said to have given it the whole nine yards.

This is synonymous with dying. During WW1 soldiers were given life insurance policies worth $5,000.  This was about the price of an average farm, so if you died you "bought the farm" for your survivors.

This came about from the ironclad ships of the Civil War.  It meant something so strong it could not be broken.

Most men in the early west carried a jack knife made by the Buck knife company.  When playing poker it as common to place one of these Buck knives in front of the dealer so that everyone knew who he was.  When it was time for a new dealer the deck of cards and the knife were given to the new dealer.  If this person didn't want to deal he would "pass the buck" to the next player.  If that player accepted then "the buck stopped there".

The Mississippi River was the main way of traveling from north to south. Riverboats carried passengers and freight but they were expensive so most people used rafts.  Everything had the right of way over rafts which were considered cheap. The steering oar on the rafts was called a "riff" and this transposed into riff-raff, meaning low class.

The Old English word for "spider" was "cob".

Traveling by steamboat was considered the height of comfort.  Passenger cabins on the boats were not numbered.  Instead they were named after states.  To this day cabins on ships are called staterooms.

Early beds were made with a wooden frame. Ropes were tied across the frame in a crisscross pattern. A straw mattress was then put on top of the ropes. Over time the ropes stretched, causing the bed to sag.  The owner would then tighten the ropes to get a better night's sleep.

These were floating theaters built on a barge that was pushed by a steamboat.
These played small town along the Mississippi River.  Unlike the boat shown in the movie "Showboat" these did not have an engine.  They were gaudy and attention grabbing which is why we say someone who is being the life of the party is "showboating".

In the days before CPR a drowning victim would be placed face down over a barrel and the barrel would be rolled back and forth in an effort to empty the lungs of water.  It was rarely effective.  If you are over a barrel you are in deep trouble.

Heavy freight was moved along the Mississippi in large barges pushed by steamboats.  These were hard to control and would sometimes swing into piers or other boats.  People would say they "barged in".

Steamboats carried both people and animals.  Since pigs smelled so bad that they would be washed before being put on board. The mud and other filth that was washed off was considered useless "hog wash".

The word "curfew" comes from the French phrase "couvre-feu", which means "cover the fire".  It was used to describe the time of blowing out all lamps and candles. It was later adopted into Middle English as "curfeu", which later became the modern "curfew". In the early American colonies homes had no real fireplaces so a fire was built in the center of the room.  In order to make
sure a fire did not get out of control during the night it was required that, by an agreed upon time, all fires would be covered with a clay pot called a "curfew".

When the first oil wells were drilled they had made no provision for storing the liquid so they used water barrels.  That is why, to this day, we speak of barrels of oil rather than gallons.

As the paper goes through the rotary printing press friction causes it to heat up.
Therefore, if you grab the paper right off the press it's hot.  The expression means to get immediate information.

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Joke of the Day

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Top Earners with something in common 2016
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1. Elizabeth Taylor - $8M
2. David Bowie - $10.8M
3. Albert Einstein - $11.5M
4. John Lennon - $12M
5. Dr. Seuss - $20M
6. Bob Marley - $21 M
7. Prince - $25M
8. Elvis - $27M
9. Arnold Palmer - $40M
10. Charles Shulz - $48M
11. Michael Jackson - $825M

Three Dogs

Three handsome male dogs were walking down the street when they saw a beautiful, enticing, female poodle. The three male dogs fell over themselves in an effort to be the one to reach her first, but ended up arriving in front of her at the same time.

The males were speechless before her beauty, slobbering all over themselves and hoping for just a glance from her in return. Aware of her charms and her obvious effect on the three suitors, she decided to be kind and tell them:

“The first one who can use the words “liver” and “cheese” together in an imaginative, intelligent sentence can go out with me.”

The sturdy, muscular black lab speaks up quickly and says “I love liver and cheese.”

“Oh, how childish,” said the poodle. “That shows no imagination or intelligence whatsoever.”

She turned to the tall, shiny Golden Retriever and said “How well can you do?”

“Ummmm...I HATE liver and cheese,” blurted the Golden Retriever.

“My, my,” said the Poodle. “I guess it’s hopeless. That’s just as dumb as the lab’s sentence.”

She then turned to the final dog and said, “How about you, little guy?”

The last of the three, tiny in stature but big in fame and finesse, was the Taco Bell chihuahua. He gave her a smile, a sly wink, turned to the Golden Retriever and the lab and said....

“Liver alone, cheese mine."

Bruce is this you?


"Don't ever permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure."

- Joe Maddon

Kid vs. Barber

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A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer. ‘This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it you.’ The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, ‘Which do you want, son?’ The boy takes the quarters and leaves. ‘What did I tell you?’ said the barber. ‘That kid never learns!’ Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store. ‘Hey, son! May I ask you a question? Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?’ The boy licked his cone and replied, ‘Because the day I take the dollar, the game is over!

"It's Always Perfect" Chil
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1 Pkg. Ground Turkey
1 Pkg. Ground Chicken
1 Onion – chopped
1 Green Pepper – chopped
2 cans of Stewed Tomatoes (chili seasoned)
1 large can (28 oz.) Crushed Tomatoes
1 can Chili Beans (medium spicy)
1 pkg. Chili Seasoning
Brown Sugar
Cayenne Pepper (dried seasoning)
Chipotle Chili Pepper (bottled)
Garlic Salt

1.     Brown ground turkey in skillet.  While cooking, season with garlic salt. Finish when turkey is “crumbly” and all pink color is gone.  Drain and put in chili pot.
2.    Brown ground chicken in same skillet (with the residue from the cooked turkey still in pan).  While cooking, season with the liquid Chipotle Chili Pepper flavor.  Finish when chicken is “crumbly” and all pink color is gone.  Drain and add to chili pot.
3.    In same skillet, add some olive oil to the residue from the cooked chicken and turkey.
4.    Add 2/3 of the chopped onion and all of the chopped green pepper to skillet. Saute the vegetables until the onions are clear and peppers a little softened.  While cooking, sprinkle the mixture with Cayenne Pepper (seasoned to liking).
5.    Once cooked, add to chili pot and mix.
6.    Add all the cans of tomatoes and chili beans to chili pot (DO NOT DRAIN cans before adding them).
7.    Mix well
8.    Turn on heat low to medium
9.    Add entire package of Chili Seasoning & mix well
10.    Add about (I usually eye it, but approx.) ½ cup packed brown sugar, ½ cup of sugar
11.    Season with additional Cayenne pepper and liquid Chipotle Chili Pepper to liking
12.    Mix well and bring up to a slow boil.
13.    Once boiling, lower heat to low or extra low.  I don’t totally cover pot with lid, but leave the lid a little off-center so the pot can “breathe”.
14.    Cook super low and slow, mixing occasionally.  I’ve let this chili simmer for an hour up to 4 hours.  Whatever fits your “dining” schedule.
15.    When ready to eat, use rest of chopped onion for topping.  Add shredded cheese, oyster crackers and sour cream as desired.
A nice addition to this meal is a double-box of cornbread cooked and served hot with some honey.
A cold beer is also quite tasty as well!

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