Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Through the Keyhole - July 2017

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guess the location
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Through the Keyhole

Informative & Interesting... not your everyday company newsletter.
Hello Midwest Summer!
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I hope your 4th of July was GREAT!  This is being sent to you on the 5th as there is no way I was going to allow it to get lost in your email after a long Holiday weekend. I hope all of your digits are securely on your fingers and no one was injured while lighting and watching things being blown up...

I also hope you had a chance to take in some good BBQ and participate in some good old Americana.

I have a couple of personal recommendations for places you can visit this summer that are within driving distance...

#1 The EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI
July 24 - 30 - The biggest and best air show you will ever see.  A great static display of everything from little go carts with wings, to experimental helicopters and amphibious planes and magnificent jets.  Air Shows every day and even one or two at night.  Over 10,000 planes fly in every year and people come from all over the world to see something that is just 2 hours away from us.
Watch video here.  Buy tickets here.

#2 Milwaukee Summerfest 50th year - everyone from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Luke Bryan, Steve MIller, Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow, The Moody Blues and Peter Frampton will be there.  Don't forget Huey Lewis and The News on July 7th.  See lineup here.

#3 Ann Arbor Summer Festival - Today, the Festival produces two concurrent programs, one indoor and one outdoor, at various venues and spaces across the University of Michigan campus and in downtown Ann Arbor. The indoor Mainstage series includes ticketed performances of world-class music, dance, theater, and comedy. The outdoor program, Top of the Park, is held along a beautiful campus green and offers admission-free concerts, movies under the stars, open-air spectacles, and unique family attractions.  This is a cool, college town with lots to see.  Check it out here.

#4 Tour of Champions Drum Corps International DeKalb, IL July 15th - Full disclosure - I was in marching band in high school and was in awe of these musicians... Amazing Drum Corps like The Cadets, Cavaliers, Crossmen, Phantom Regiment and Santa Clara Vanguard will be there.  This is a marching band competition on steroids.  Check out a video here.  Buy tickets here.

And now for a new picture above- Can you guess where it is by looking "through the keyhole"? 
"This City is home to a large hadron collider and has a convention named after it.  You also can find many towns in the United States that share the name. " 
Can you guess the location? Also, you get extra special points and a Lamborghini if you can name the movie pictured in the clue (a 1980 classic).

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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As always, send any items you think are newsworthy, interesting or just plain odd to

Lincoln Park Lagoon-Chicago, IL - Keyhole Answer


"This City is home to one of the world's last free zoos and the river actually flows backwards.  It's also home to one of the largest collections of Impressionist paintings and was the site of the first blood bank."
Last month, Ralph Grande won the location by guessing correctly.  He correctly said "Lincoln Park Lagoon, view from the north, looking south."  Special props go out to Bob Conway who named the movie "My Bodyguard" as the source of the picture above.  Great work - Bob your Lamborghini has been ordered and will be here tomorrow (along with the free beer)...

If you have never seen it, the movie is available on Amazon Prime movies.  They don't make movies like that one anymore... It is a heartfelt story of a kid who gets bullied and finds an unlikely bodyguard to protect him.  Matt Dillon is the antagonist and there are appearances by Joan Cusack and Adam Baldwin (of Full Metal Jacket fame).

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See official trailer here. It's worth the $3.99 to rent this Chicago based classic.

Chicago in photos...

Since we all live here and probably know a thing or two about the City we live in and around, I have decided to simply show some photos.
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Email Spoofing - LOOK OUT!6

Email spoofing is the FORGERY of an email header so that the message appears to have originated from someone other than the actual source.  For instance, you get an email from what appears to be FedEx or PayPal asking you to verify your information.  However, when you hover over the address you may see some other address.  Additionally, this has happened several times as controllers and CFO's are tricked into wiring money as they receive explicit instructions from (what looks like) their boss.

BE CAREFUL.  And the best news of all is that we still have other ways to communicate rather than just email.  Pick up the phone or better yet visit with someone in person if you get the chance.  Don't blindly send money or give ANY INFORMATION that is not necessary. If it looks suspicious IT IS.  DELETE IT!

There are other options today...
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This looks like a new European trend based on the plates.

Poorly Timed Selfies (or good photoshopping)
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22 Celebrities Who Changed Their Names Once They Became Famous
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1. Jamie Foxx
Real Name: Eric Marlon Bishop

2. Katy Perry
Real Name: Katy Hudson

3. Louis C.K.
Real Name: Louis Szekely

4. Olivia Wilde
Real Name: Olivia Jane Cockburn

5. Bruno Mars
Real Name: Peter Gene Hernandez

6. Stevie Wonder
Real Name: Steveland Judkins

7. Natalie Portman
Real Name: Natalie Herschlag

8. Ben Kingsley
Real Name: Krishna Pandit Bhanji

9. Tina Fey
Real Name: Elizabeth Fey

10. Albert Brooks
Real Name: Albert Einstein

11. Helen Mirren
Real Name: Ilyena Lydia Vasilievna Mironov

12. Faith Hill
Real Name: Audrey Faith Perry

13. Alicia Keys
Real Name: Alicia Augello Cook

14. Vin Diesel
Real Name: Mark Sinclair Vincent

15. Calvin Harris
Real Name: Adam Richard Wiles

16. Elton John
Real Name: Reginald Kenneth Dwight

17. John Legend
Real Name: John Rogers Stephens

18. Jack Black
Real Name: Thomas Jacob Black

19. Miley Cyrus
Real Name: Destiny Hope Cyrus

20. Michael Caine
Real Name: Maurice Joseph Micklewite

21. Frank Ocean
Real Name: Christopher Edwin Breau

22. Diplo
Real Name: Thomas Wesley Pentz

"Mad Dog" Mattis REAL Quote of the month

"PowerPoint makes us stupid."

Rules to live by (rumored to be said by Bill Gates)
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Rule 1 : Life is not fair - get used to it!

Rule 2 : The world doesn't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something
BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3 : You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4 : If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5 : Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: They called it opportunity.

Rule 6 : If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7 : Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were:
So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8 : Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer.
*This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9 : Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers
are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. *Do that on your own time.

Rule 10 : Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11 : Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one..

The Airhook.
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A revolutionary all-in-one cup and electronics holder that gives you additional legroom.  Very ingenious.

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This video was sent to me by my Aunt Connie and it really is a refreshing look around the world in a short period of time.  Enjoy the view.

It is about 13 minutes but a good watch and break from politics...

Click here.

More Tree Cutting FAILS

Last month people really enjoyed watching stupid people cut down trees.  Here is some more of the same...

Watch here.

Every Garden Needs a Trampoline.
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How Led Zeppelin Got Its Name
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Weirdly, Led Zeppelin wasn't named by anyone in Led Zeppelin. Rather, the band's name was inspired by a crack made by Keith Moon, drummer of The Who. In a recording studio, Moon and several other musicians who went on to great things, like Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, laid down a new song. Moon remarked:"Yeah. We’ll call it Lead Zeppelin. Because it will go over like a f***ing lead balloon.” Two years later, when naming a new band, Jimmy Page remembered that story and spiced it up a little bit, changing the spelling to Led so people wouldn't be confused and pronounce it Leed Zeppelin.

For the record, I have no idea if any of this is true or not.

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Shawshank Redemption Facts
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Crispy Meatballs
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Everyone has their favorite meatball recipe.  This one incorporates Alton Brown's idea of baking them in a cardboard egg carton.  Make your recipe the way you always do and then put the meatballs in an egg carton.  Bake them as you normally would in the oven.

The cardboard will wick away some of the grease all while crisping up the meatballs.

Give it a try.


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