Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Through the Keyhole - December 2016

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Through the Keyhole

Informative & Interesting... not your everyday company newsletter.
Festive Season is HERE!
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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... Everywhere you go!

People are decorating their homes, businesses and cities with cheerful lights and garland for the Season.  If you get a chance to see the corner of Dundee and Milwaukee in Wheeling (just two blocks north of TURNkey), you will see a magnificent display that is new this year. 

There are so many places to go and so many things to do, I have compiled a list of my favorites:

1) The Goodman Theater for A Christmas Carol (with dinner preceding at Petterino's)
2) Shopping at Nordstrom (with dinner afterwards at Joe's Stone Crab)
3) Visiting the Bean and people watching
4) Buying Pierogi at Alexandra's on North Central Avenue for Christmas Eve
5) Bowling at an old fashioned bowling alley (like Diversey River Bowl)
6) Visiting as many Dive Bars as you can (Augie's, Friar Tuck's, Jake's, Save More, Kilcoyne's etc.)
7) Visit the Christmas Market outside on Daley Plaza
8) The TURNkey Company Christmas Party
9) Christmas Eve at my Mom's house with the family - kids put on a variety show after dinner
10) Christmas morning at home with coffee cake and presents


And now for a new picture above- Can you guess where it is by looking through the keyhole?  "Made famous by it's many landmarks, this City is really the gateway to Europe and a gem to visit any time of the year.  Christmas shopping is always an adventure at Harrod's." 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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1060 Project Wrigley Field - Keyhole Answer

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"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."
Last month, Bruce Frystak won the location by guessing "the new plaza just outside of Wrigley Field".  Bruce attended game 2 of the NLCS and brought home an L.  He was not allowed to go to any more playoff games...but he did get to see this plaza under construction and it looks like it will be a wonderful upgrade for Wrigleyville.
The 1060 Project, which started at the conclusion of the 2014 baseball season, includes structural upgrades, improved player facilities, new fan amenities, outfield signage, including two video boards, new premier clubs, expanded concessions, new and improved restroom facilities, and much more.

Great ballpark tradition

The restoration and expansion will ensure Wrigley Field remains the most treasured ballpark in America. Open concourses, expanded concession and dining options and better restroom facilities will appeal to fans, reduce lines and ensure fans can enjoy more baseball from their seats. Replaced and renovated concrete and steel, new roofs and other structural repairs will keep the Friendly Confines alive and thriving for another generation.

Great baseball tradition

From Tinker, Evers and Chance, to Phil Cavarretta, to Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant, the Chicago Cubs have enjoyed a great tradition of baseball talent. Developing a winning tradition includes having best-in-class facilities for our players. The improvements for Wrigley Field include a better clubhouse, strength and conditioning facilities and training and practice areas. These upgraded player facilities will put the Cubs in a better position for sustained on-field success.

Great neighborhood tradition

A renewed Wrigley Field will help maintain the neighborhood's great character and enhance the quality of life in the Lakeview community. Neighbors, visitors and fans will have an opportunity to experience the excitement of Wrigley Field in an open, fun and entertaining atmosphere. These additions will help support local businesses and keep Wrigley Field a thriving contributor to the local economy.

Great business tradition

Wrigley Field's neighborhood location supports local business. Every home game, Cubs fans shop, dine and stay in locally owned bars, restaurants, hotels and stores in unprecedented numbers. A recent report indicated fans spend, on average, $104 per visit, bringing hundreds of thousands of dollars to local businesses during every home game. Making sure Wrigley Field continues to provide a great fan experience is vital to the thriving Lakeview neighborhood.

11 things you might not know about Wrigley

1. Wrigley Field was not built for the Chicago Cubs but rather for the Chicago Federals (known as the “Chi-Feds”) of the short-lived Federal League. The Chi-Feds changed their name to the Chicago Whales in 1915, and are the last professional baseball team to call the ballpark at Clark and Addison their home field and win a respective league championship. When the Federal League folded at the end of 1915, Whales owner Charles Weeghman and a consortium of men including J. Ogden Armour and William Wrigley were allowed to purchase the Chicago Cubs and move them from the West Side Grounds in today’s Little Italy to the North Side.
2. Before Wrigley was built, the site was home to a Lutheran seminary. The Lutheran seminary moved to nearby Maywood as a result of the noise coming from the local elevated train. DePaul University’s athletic director, who was familiar with the site, advised Charles Weeghman to build his Federal League park at that location. “Weeghman Park” opened in 1914.
3. The famous ivy in the outfield was planted by former Chicago White Sox owner Bill Veeck in 1937. Veeck, the son of former Cubs president Bill Veeck, Sr., would later own the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns, and the Chicago White Sox. Veeck is also credited with the modernization of the concessions, as well as overseeing the 1937 bleacher and scoreboard construction. That said, the ivy, while planted by Veeck, was the brainchild of P. K. Wrigley, then owner of the club.
4. No baseball has ever hit the Wrigley Field scoreboard (installed, like the ivy, in 1937). The only ball of any kind to hit the scoreboard was a golf ball struck by Hall of Fame golfer Sam Sneed. Sneed teed off from home plate and hit the scoreboard in 1951. The scoreboard is still manually operated. However, the batter number, balls, and strikes are operated electronically. The controls are located in the press box.
5. There’s a big gate in right field. It’s commonly called the “elephant’s gate,” because it was built to bring elephants into the field for the circus. Beside circuses, Wrigley has held a number of events which necessitate those large doors. Today, fans can look through those doors all year round to see what is happening on the field; they’re kept open for viewing.

6. Wrigley was the first park that allowed fans to keep foul balls. Back in 1915, owner Charlie Weeghman announced that the team’s fans would be allowed to keep balls hit into the stands. This was really an effort to show he was a man of means and could afford this “luxury.” Prior to Weeghman’s decision, baseball fans were forced to give the ball back to an usher.
7. The entire idea of having a benefit game or a day honoring an individual/organization also started at Wrigley Field in 1914. The Federal League honored a number of different organizations; the schedule included a Flag Day, a Newsboy Day, a Booster Day, and even a day mourning the lives lost due to the sinking of the SS Eastland on the Chicago River. Weeghman was an expert marketer; he also created the practice of ball clubs giving away an item like a bat or a cap, giving out thousands of team caps and pennants when the team debuted in 1914.
8. The Cubs played a World Series in 1918 during Charles Weeghman’s third season of ownership, but actually played at Comiskey Park, home of the Chicago White Sox, instead of Weeghman Park. While both Comiskey Park and Wrigley Field were designed by architect Zachary Taylor Davis, Comiskey was larger at the time. Weeghman, wanting more profits from more fans, had the games played at Comiskey. This gave the Boston Red Sox de facto home field advantage, as the Red Sox were much more familiar with Comiskey than the hometown Cubs were. The Red Sox were led by future Hall of Famer Babe Ruth, who would later play a major role in the 1932 World Series between the Cubs and the New York Yankees with his so-called “Called Shot.” Today, Wrigley Field has a larger capacity than the current home of the White Sox, Guaranteed Rate Field.(Stupidest name in the world).
9. There were actually two Wrigley Fields for some time. In 1925, in Los Angeles, William Wrigley built a ballpark named Wrigley Field for his minor league team. If you can’t make it to Wrigley Field in Chicago, you can play in Little Wrigley Field, a tee-ball field in Freeport, Illinois. “Little Wrigley Field” is a scale replica of the Friendly Confines, including a brick wall.
10. Wrigley Field has long been a multi-sport facility. While it has long housed baseball, the NFL and the Chicago Bears also called Wrigley home from 1921 to 1970. Beyond that, professional wrestling, boxing, all-American girls baseball, the first international competition in softball, soccer, college football, professional basketball, concerts, religious revivals, a hippodrome, major motion pictures, and even rodeos have used Wrigley Field. The most unusual non-baseball event was probably a competition of the Norge Ski Club, in which Sgt. Alvin Torkle made a jump from where today’s press box currently stands to short center field.
11. I wouldn’t park a car next to the ballpark on a game day. In a true oddity, on June 13, 1956 a fan’s car was hit by not one but by two home run balls as he had left his car parked outside the ballpark on Waveland Avenue. Cubs Eddie Miksis and Giants Willie Mays both hit the parked car—while the fan was inside watching the game!

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Hipster Nativity Scene

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A “Hipster Nativity” set being peddled by a group of friends features Joseph sporting a lumberjack beard and a man bun while he uses his iPhone to selfie the moment as the Segway-riding wise men present baby Jesus with amazon.com boxes.

Space Pen
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When NASA started sending astronauts into space they quickly discovered that ball-point would not work in zero gravity.

To combat this problem, Congress approved a program and NASA scientists spent a decade and over $165 million developing a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, on almost any surface and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300 C. 

The Russians used a pencil...

In case you missed the Super Moon
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You can easily recreate it with a tortilla on your window...

Electionwear...(all available on Amazon) REALLY
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What things used to look like

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1964 Supermarket
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Phone from Car 1959
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Hot Dog Stand 1947
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Orange Bowl 1955
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Sales Pitch 1953
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1960s classic lunch counter
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Bellflower, CA 1953 - MOVE IN DAY
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Central Park NY 1900

Using Vinegar for lots of things

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Vinegar is a common ingredient in countless homemade cleaners and is especially helpful for cleaning household appliances.

    Bring a solution of one-cup vinegar and four tablespoons baking soda to a boil in teapots and coffeepots to rid them of mineral deposits.

    A solution of vinegar and baking soda will easily remove cooking oil from your stovetop.

    Clean the filter on your humidifier by removing it and soaking it in a pan of white vinegar until all the sediment is off.

    Saturate a cloth with vinegar and sprinkle with baking soda, and then use it to clean fiberglass tubs and showers. Rinse well and rub dry for a spotless shine.

    For a clean oven, combine vinegar and baking soda, then scrub.

    Clean and deodorize your toilet bowl by pouring undiluted white vinegar into it. Let stand for five minutes, then flush. Spray stubborn stains with white vinegar, then scrub vigorously.

    Clean windows with a cloth dipped in a solution of one part white vinegar and 10 parts warm water. This works for dirty TV screens, too!

    To clean drip coffeemakers, fill the reservoir with white vinegar and run it through a brewing cycle. Rinse thoroughly by brewing two cycles with water before using.

    To remove bumper stickers from car chrome, paint on vinegar and let it soak in. Next, scrape off the stickers. Decals can be removed similarly.

    Rid your refrigerator and freezer of bad odors by cleaning the insides with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water, then wiping dry.

    To remove smoke odors on clothes, hang them above a steaming bathtub filled with hot water and a cup of white vinegar.

    To prevent mildew, wipe down surfaces with vinegar.

    Use a sponge dampened with vinegar to clean shower curtains.

    To loosen a stuck jar lid, hold the jar upside down and pour warm vinegar around the neck at the joint between the glass and the top.

Go Cubs Go - Pennant WIN 1 mile away (video)
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video here

Daylight Savings (why?)


Joke of the Day
A woman gets on a bus with her baby. The bus driver says: ''Ugh, that's the ugliest baby I've ever seen!'' The woman walks to the rear of the bus and sits down, fuming. She says to a man next to her: ''The driver just insulted me!'' The man says: ''You go up there and tell him off. Go on, I'll hold your monkey for you.''

Neighbors that don't agree
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These are real notes written by parents in the Middletown school district.
Spellings have been left intact.

1. My son is under a doctor's care and should not take PE today. Please
execute him.

2. Please exkuce lisa for being absent she was sick and I had her shot.

3. Dear school: please ecsc's john being absent on jan . 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 and also 33.

4. Please excuse gloria from jim today. She is administrating.

5. Please excuse roland from p.e. For a few days. Yesterday he fell out of a tree and misplaced his hip..

6. John has been absent because he had two teeth taken out of his face.

7. Carlos was absent yesterday because he was playing football. He was hurt  in the growing part.

8. Megan could not come to school today because she has been bothered by very close veins.

9. Chris will not be in school cus he has an acre in his side.

10. Please excuse ray Friday from school.. He has very loose vowels.

11. Please excuse Lesli from being absent yesterday. She had  the shits.

12. Please excuse tommy for being absent yesterday. He had diarrhea, and his boots leak.

13.. Irving was absent yesterday because he missed his bust.

14. Please excuse jimmy for being. It was his father's fault.

15. I kept Billie home because she had to go Christmas shopping because I don't know what size she wear.

16. Please excuse Jennifer for missing school yesterday. We forgot to get the Sunday paper off the porch, and when we found it Monday. We thought it was Sunday.

17. Sally won't be in school a week from Friday We have to attend her funeral.

18. My daughter was absent yesterday because she was tired. She spent a weekend with the marines.

19. Please excuse Jason for being absent yesterday. He had a cold and could not breed well.

20. Please excuse Mary for being absent yesterday. She was in bed with  gramps.

21. Gloria was absent yesterday as she was having a hangover...

22. Please excuse Brenda . She has been sick and under the doctor.

23. Maryann was absent December 11-16, because she had a fever, sorethroat, headache and upset stomach. Her sister was also sick, fever an sore  throat, her brother had a low grade fever and ached all over. I wasn't the best either, sore throat and fever. There must be something going around, her father even got hot last night.


"You're my boy, Blue."

- Will Ferrell "Old School"

Thanksgiving FAIL.

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For the record, this is NOT my turkey.  Ugh.

Twix Pound Cake

Twix Pound Cake

•    1 (16oz) Frozen Pound Cake, thawed (or homemade)
•    8oz. soft caramels (such as Kraft), unwrapped
•    2 tbsp evaporated milk
•    6oz. chocolate almond bark (found in the baking isle)

1.    Place the pound cake on a sheet of parchment paper.
2.    Melt the caramel and evaporated milk in a double boiler, stirring until soft and smooth. Remove bowl from heat and let cool completely. Spread/pour the caramel over the pound cake, try to not let it drizzle over the sides. Chill in fridge for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
3.    Melt the chocolate almond bark according to package instructions and spread over the top of the pound cake, spreading it on the sides as much as possible. Let the chocolate harden, slice and enjoy!

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