Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Through the Keyhole - January 2018

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Through the Keyhole

Informative & Interesting... not your everyday company newsletter.
2018 Already? Seems like BUCK ROGERS
SHOULD BE HERE (or at least his girl).
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The above TV show ran from 1979 - 1981 and was a weird interpretation of the comic strip created in the 1920's.  However, they predicted some pretty amusing things:

1)  All EVIL people will wear helmets (just like in Spaceballs)
2)  CapITAL LETters ARe nO LoNGer ReLAVanT (anyone use text today? LOL)
3)  All thinking will be done by computers carried around by odd looking robots
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All kidding aside, technology has been pretty amazing to watch accelerate over time.  We went from cassette tapes and VCRs to Netflix, streaming music and access to just about any bit of information in seconds.  Do you remember encyclopedias?  I did just about every report throughout my early years from those books...

Some of the advances are scary and it's worth noting them.  Is Google spying on us?  We now have face recognition to unlock phones, smart devices that listen to our every word, search engines that seemingly know what we're thinking before we ask the questions...  I hate to be a conspiracy theorist but the database Amazon, Google, Apple, etc. are building is pretty scary.  They know who we are, what we buy, where we go, what we are interested in, who we socialize with, who we don't socialize with, and the list goes on and on. 

I am certain there is no way to stop this information from being gathered but I really wish they'd stop asking me to post pictures or reviews when I go to just about any place.  My son and his friends post pictures of things like toilets and salt shakers when asked by google to post. 

Just be aware that EVERYTHING you do is being scored somewhere...kind of scary and something Buck Rogers didn't see as a side effect.

For the New Year, may what you see in the mirror delight you, and what others see in you delight them.  May someone love you enough to forgive your faults, be blind to your blemishes and tell the world about your virtues...

Enough of the sappiness.  Let's get this year off to a bright beginning!

And now for a new picture above- Can you guess where it is by looking "through the keyhole"?  "This ominous 'castillo' protecting the port has been here for centuries and was commissioned by the Spaniards in 1539.  Home to 5 Miss Universe winners, you won't need your passport to visit this island."  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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Vienna, Austria - Keyhole Answer

"4 of the top 10 classical composers in history were born here.  PEZ candy was invented here (incidentally to look like a cigarette lighter), and so was the snow globe.  This city was divided into four parts after WWII.  There is also a very famous Chicago company named for it (I think)." 
Last month, Mark Herr won the location by guessing correctly.  His answer - "Rathaus in Vienna." GREAT WORK (once again)!  He is right as the picture is of the Weiner Rathaus, the city hall of Vienna.

I was in Vienna only once in my lifetime and I remember being struck by the architecture and the music.  The people of Austria (Salzburg too of Sound of Music fame) genuinely love music.  They appreciate it more than anyplace I have ever been.  I played the string bass in an orchestra that travelled Europe when I was 17 years old.  Every concert we scheduled was full and the people asked for encore after encore by clapping in unison.  See what I am talking about here in this video clip (emergence at :56).  Concerts there are amazing and will take your breath away (even if you don't like classical music). 

Vienna is often called The City of Music, or the World’s Capital of Music, as more famous composers have lived here than in any other city in the world. And 4 of the top 10 classical composers in history worked in Vienna between 1750 and 1825. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, Johann Straus and Johannes Brahms are just a few who called Vienna home.
Vienna is also called the city of dreams. Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, lived and worked in Vienna for much of his career. During this time, he had a significant impact on the city, causing it to be known as the birthplace of psychotherapy.

I remember the big ferris wheel with train cars for passengers. The Wiener Riesenrad, constructed in 1897, is the oldest still operating ferris wheel in the world. Located in the Wurstelprater amusement park, this is one of Vienna’s most popular tourist attractions. For many, it is also a symbol of the city. It is perhaps most famous for its part in the 1949 film The Third Man, considered one of the greatest films of all time.

Pez, the fun little tablet candies that we all know and love, were invented in Vienna in 1927. The name Pez is an abbreviation on the German word “pfefferminz”, meaning peppermint. Because the original PEZ candies only came in that one flavor! The dispenser was invented in 1949, designed to look like a lighter. Smoking was prohibited at that time, so the Pez slogan was “No Smoking – PEZing Allowed.”

The snow globe was also invented in Vienna. In 1900, Erwin Perzy, a fine instruments mechanic, was trying to improve the brightness of lightbulbs for a surgical lamp. But instead, he accidentally invented a snow globe. This first snow globe featured The Basilica of Mariazell, and was the catalyst for Perzy and his brother to open The Original Vienna Snow Globe shop.

The city was divided into 4 parts after WWII.  This division ended officially in 1995.  

Vienna has been voted the world’s most livable city for the last 7 years in a row. Taking into account such factors as political, social and economic climate, medical care, education, recreational opportunities, environmental conditions, infrastructural conditions, Vienna consistently comes out on top!

And lastly, in 1893 over 27 million people flocked to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago to witness the latest inventions, including the Vienna Beef hot dog, created by Austrian-Hungarian immigrants Emil Reichel and Sam Ladany.  Now that is some Viennese legacy...

These happened this Christmas...
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How to win the war on drugs...
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Watson, I beg your pardon...


"Mad Dog" Mattis REAL Quote of the month

"I think the way you maintain credibility is when you give your word on something, you live up to it."

Two boys (ages 5 and 7)...

Two little boys, ages 5 and 7, are excessively mischievous. 

They are always getting into trouble and their parents know if any mischief occurs in their town, the two boys are probably involved.  

The boys' mother heard that a preacher in town had been successful in disciplining children, so she asked if he would speak with her boys.
The preacher agreed, but he asked to see them individually.
The mother sent the 5 year old in the morning, with the older boy to see the preacher in the afternoon.   The preacher, a huge man with a deep booming voice, sat the younger boy down and asked him sternly,   "Do you know where God is, son?"
The boy's mouth dropped open, but he made no response, sitting there wide-eyed with his mouth hanging open. 

So the preacher repeated the question in an even sterner tone,   "Where is God?! 
Again, the boy made no attempt to answer.

The preacher raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy's face and bellowed,

The boy screamed & bolted from the room, ran directly home & dove into his closet, slamming the door behind him. 

When his older brother found him in the closet, he asked,
"What happened?"
The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied, 
"We are in BIG trouble this time!"      "GOD is missing, and they think WE did it!" 

Game of Clones



Swiss woman angry over champagne refusal EJECTED from plane
BERLIN (AP) - German police say the pilot of a passenger jet destined for Zurich made an unscheduled stop at Stuttgart airport because a Swiss passenger become aggressive after being denied champagne.

Reutlingen police say crew members were unable to calm the 44-year-old business class passenger, who was angered by their refusal to serve her more sparkling wine on the flight from Moscow late Saturday.

Police said in a statement Sunday that the woman, who wasn't named, was escorted off the Airbus A320 and ordered to pay a security of 5,000 euros ($5,871).  They said the 43 passengers on board were never in danger, but the total cost involved in the unplanned stopover likely amounted to several tens of thousands of euros. article here

Now THIS is Funny.

Job Interview
I was in a job interview today when the manager handed me his laptop and said, "I want you to try to sell me this laptop."

So I put it under my arm, walked out of the building and went home.

Eventually, he called my mobile and said "BRING IT BACK HERE RIGHT NOW!"

I said, "$200, and it's yours."

Needless to say, I didn't get the job.


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See more amazing animated examples here

Baked Teriyaki Chicken
    1 tablespoon cornstarch
    1 tablespoon cold water
    1/2 cup white sugar
    1/2 cup soy sauce
    1/4 cup cider vinegar
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    12 skinless chicken thighs
    In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the cornstarch, cold water, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger and ground black pepper. Let simmer, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens and bubbles.
    Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
    Place chicken pieces in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Brush chicken with the sauce. Turn pieces over, and brush again.
    Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Turn pieces over, and bake for another 30 minutes, until no longer pink and juices run clear. Brush with sauce every 10 minutes during cooking.

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