Thursday, November 30, 2017

Through the Keyhole - November 2017

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guess the location (be specific)
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Through the Keyhole

Informative & Interesting... not your everyday company newsletter.
And the winner is....
The 7th Annual Chili Cookoff is in the Books!
This year we had 10 chili entrants.  The event was held last Saturday afternoon where attendees and participants stayed warm eating spicy chili.  The kids jumped in the bouncy house and DJ Dave kicked out some tunes.  There were hot, mild, atomic, sweet and spicy entries.  All were given equal footing but only the top 3 were awarded prizes and first place was handed this lovely trophy.  For the second year in a row, Melissa Kolssak won with a sweet turkey / chicken entry (recipe at the end of this newsletter).  Congrats Melissa!
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Voting Results:
52 votes - Chili Vanilli (Melissa Kolssak)
29 votes - Bambili 2 (Derek Eskew)
25 votes - Megabite (Ryan Erklin)
18 votes - Chilicarnation (Tom Bednarczyk)
17 votes - Smack my ass and call me Sally (Bob Briggs)
15 votes - I got 99 poblanos but winning ain't one (Lauren Cortes)
14 votes - Zing! (Jennifer Winikates)
10 votes (tie) - It only hurts a little (Sergio Selles) / Just Right (Shawn LeMere)
8 votes - Sunrise Surprise (Phil Zavataro)

Here are some more pictures of the event. Great job and thank you everyone who came and especially those who took the time to make a chili.  In my book, you are all winners!

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And now for a new picture above- Can you guess where it is by looking "through the keyhole"? 
"This place is home to so many hotel rooms that it would take 288 years for one person to spend a night in every room.  Famously home to entertainers, magicians, musicians and singers - the city never sleeps.  And you can still go downtown and get a shrimp cocktail for 99 cents."  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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Austin, TX - Keyhole Answer

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"This progressive city in an otherwise gun toting, conservative state is really 'batty'.  A capital city, almost the size of NYC, was home to Matthew McConaughey's naked bongos in the park incident."
Last month, Mark Herr won the location by guessing correctly.  He correctly answered Austin, TX.  Thanks for playing and well done.  Hey Mark, isn't it about time we came back out there for a visit?  It's been a while...I think over a year.

Located in Central Texas on the eastern edge of the American Southwest, Austin is the capital of the state of Texas, the Lone Star State. The city dates back to the 1830s, when the first Anglo-American settlers arrived in the area, then part of Mexico. In 1837, settlers founded the village of Waterloo on the banks of the Colorado River, the first permanent settlement in the area. By 1839, Waterloo would adopt the name Austin and the frontier town would become the capital of the Republic of Texas. The City is named for Stephen F. Austin, the “Father of Texas.”

Austin claims to be the BBQ capital of the world.  That may be the case.

Austin is in Travis, Hays and Williamson counties. With a population of 820,611 (2011 U.S. Census), it's the 13th most populous city in the United States; the fourth most populous city in Texas.

Austin’s mild climate allows you to enjoy outdoor activities virtually year round. Austin has 300 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature of 71 degrees in November.

From March to October (typically), 1.5 million bats emerge nightly from narrow but deep crevices in the underside of the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. They usually start to emerge from the bridge around 20 minutes before sundown.

The live music and nightlife in this town is world renown...
See the pictures below.
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Top things to do (video)
How to do Austin in 3 minutes (video) THIS IS A REALLY GOOD VIDEO

YouTube now offers TV - CUT THAT CORD!
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Watch LIVE TV from 40+ networks.
This is NOT an ENDORSEMENT for the service but rather an informative note so that you know what is available.  We are very close to getting rid of our cable boxes and this service along with SlingTV, Hulu and Vue.

The $35-per-month streaming bundle is only available in markets where YouTube TV can carry at least three live local broadcast channels, which right now covers about half of U.S. homes. And to watch YouTube TV on a television, you need a Chromecast dongle, a Chromecast-enabled Android TV device, or an Apple TV for AirPlay.

YouTube TV is a one-size-fits-all bundle, with nearly 50 channels for $35 per month. The lineup includes the major broadcast networks, ESPN channels, regional sports from Fox and Comcast, cable news from MSNBC and Fox News, and a slew of entertainment channels such as FX, AMC, SyFy, and Disney Junior. Access to YouTube Red originals are thrown in at no extra charge, and you can add Showtime for $11 per month and Fox Soccer Plus for $15 per month.

Reviews are pretty good right out of the gates and it is available in Chicago NOW.

Check it out here

Kids and Tests...
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"Mad Dog" Mattis REAL Quote of the month

"Always carry a knife with you.  Just in case there's a cheesecake, or you need to stab someone in the throat."

Your FitBit and KeyFob could be a Snitch
Commit a crime and your fitness device could tell the cops on you...

full article here

Do you know what this is?
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When I was young in the 70s, we never took a road trip without getting a "TripTik".  My father would go to AAA and sit down with someone about an upcoming trip.  The rep would create a route from here to wherever we were going.  Then they would create a series of maps that you would flip through every so many miles.  The maps were filled with interesting stops, restaurants and rest stops.

Who would have thought that was a business then or that our phones would replace all of this now?

check out this video of this old school way of navigation.

A $21K First Class Seat33
This famous Vlogger (Casey Neistat) documents his trip from Dubai in First Class.
This includes getting to take a shower at 43 thousand feet in the air...
video here

If "Real People" were Real Life - CHEVY
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This guy (who resembles Matt Damon's character from Good Will Hunting) inserts himself into a real Chevy commercial and adds all kinds of commentary.  Funny video here.

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This happened.
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Turkey Fryer Fails (don't do this at home)
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video here

Halloween was fun...
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Too Soon?
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MK Chili17


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, reduce 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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