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Through the Keyhole - July 2018


guess the location

JULY 2018
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Through the Keyhole
Take a break from your day...Not your typical
company or newsletter.
Summer is HERE and so is the 4th!

My Dad used to say that July 4th is the mid-point of summer and that it is "all downhill from here".  What a bummer.  I look at it this way- My kids got out of school on the 6th and they go back on August 22nd.  That is 77 days or exactly 11 weeks.  The 4th of July is 28 days or 4 weeks after school let out.  That is exactly 35.4% and NOT 50% (sorry Dad).  

So you legitimately have about  2/3rds of summer left!

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  • There were 56 signers on the Declaration of Independence.
  • Benjamin Franklin was the oldest signer at 70.
  • 13 of the signers were 35 or younger, while 7 were 60 or older.
  • 1 signer later recanted after being held prisoner by the British. His name was Richard Stockton.
  • 8 of the signers were born in Britain or Ireland.
  • Two and a half years had passed after the Boston Tea Party when the Declaration of Independence was signed.
  • On July 4th, 1778, George Washington celebrated the anniversary by giving his soldiers double rations of rum.
  • Massachusetts became the first state to make July 4th a national holiday in 1781.
  • On July 4th, 1826, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died, 50 years after the signing.
  • In 1941, Congress declared Independence Day a federal legal holiday.
  • 63% of Americans attend a fireworks display today.
  • 80% attend a barbecue, picnic or cookout.
  • 66% display an American flag
  • 76% get together with family.
  • 26% set off their own fireworks, which is illegal in 4 states.
  • Americans eat 150 million hot dogs on the 4th of July, which is enough to stretch from DC to LA more than 5 times.
  • 1/3 of all hot dogs in the US come from Iowa.

And now for a new picture above- Can you guess where it is by looking "through the keyhole"?   Can you guess the location?

"Tommy Bartlett started a water show here in 1952 that is still going strong.  You will also find go carts, amusement parks and plenty of places to stay.  You can eat junk food all day long here but NEVER waste your money on the upside down White House - It is a JOKE."

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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Potala Palace, Tibet -Keyhole Answer


"Built in the 7th century, at an altitude of 12,000 ft., this artistic and architectural marvel used to be the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until 1959."

Last month, Ryan Erklin won the location by guessing correctly.  Great job!

This amazing palace has the honor of being the highest ancient palace in the world, with its highest point reaching 3,750 meters (12,300 feet) above sea level, towering 100 meters (300 feet) above the city of Lhasa.  It was built as the center of Tibetan government by the fifth Dalai Lama in 1645.
Potala Palace is a museum. It served as the residence of Dalai Lama, until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India. The palace is now a museum, with a rich collection of art and an enduring beauty that is difficult to match. The art here includes gold, silver, and jade relics and structures. Scriptures and paintings, some dating back to over several thousand years, can be found at the Palace. 

This 13-stories-high palace has over 1,000 rooms, and covers over 13 hectares (32 acres). The stone walls measure 3 meters (10 feet) thick on average.
Interesting and Fun Facts about Potala Palace:

In Zang Language, "Potala" means "the sacred place of Buddhism".

Potala Palace consists of White Palace and Red Palace. The Dalai lama lived in the White Palace. The Red Palace consists of temples.

The Potala Palace was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994. In 2000 and 2001, Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka were added to the list as extensions to the sites.

The palace was recently named one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World" by the American television show Good Morning America and the newspaper USA Today.

The site was used as a meditation retreat by King Songtsen Gampo, prior to his marriage.

The Potala Palace was chief residence of the Dalai Lama till 1959, when the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala, India after an invasion and failed uprising. 

Found on a LAKE near YOU...


So you want to live in Silicon Valley???

Summer Biscuit FAIL...


That is how I roll.  (get it?)






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"Mad Dog" Mattis REAL Quote of the month



Ride in a FLYING CAR (video)
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This is more like a drone with a pilot but still pretty cool and seemingly easy to fly technology.

A little PIG humor

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Father O'Malley rose from his bed one morning.

It was a fine spring day in his new parish.

He walked to the window of his bedroom to get a deep breath of the beautiful day outside.

He then noticed there was . . . a pig lying dead in the middle of his front lawn.
He promptly called the local  police station.

The conversation went like this:

"Good morning. This is Sergeant Jones. How might I help you?"

 “And the best of the day te yerself. This is Father O'Malley at St. Ann's Catholic Church. There's a pig lying dead in me front lawn and would ye be so kind as to send a couple o'yer lads to take care of the matter?"

Sergeant Jones, considering himself to be quite a wit and recognizing the Irish accent, thought he would have a little fun with the good father, replied, "Well now Father, it was always my impression that you people took care of the last rites!"

There was dead silence on the line for a moment.....................................

Father O'Malley then replied:

"Aye,' tis certainly true; but we are also obliged to notify the next of kin first, which is the reason for me call."


Swingers (classic movie) FACTS...

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This is one of the most classic movies of GenX.  It is the tale of fledgling actors living their lives in Los Angeles and their dreams of Hollywood fame.  If you have not seen it.  Please do so.  You will get a kick out of the young, skinny Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn.  Such great fun-

Much of the film was shot without permission, including the scene where Mike and Trent pull over just outside Vegas. LVPD officers showed up and demanded to see a permit, a permit director Doug Liman didn’t have. While the assistant director stalled the police, the scene was shot while everyone involved pretended not to be filming and the actor’s not acting.


Jon Favreau wrote the script in just 10 days; ‘comedic therapy’, as he called it, after breaking up with his girlfriend. 
To get permission to use the Jaws theme, Doug Liman sent a copy of the film to director Steven Spielberg. The legendary director cast Vince Vaughan for The Lost World: Jurassic Park after viewing the film, having never heard of him before.

Jon Favreau’s grandmother cameos in the film as the $5 Winner in Las Vegas. Vince Vaughan’s father, Vernon, also appears as the ‘$100 Gambler’.

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The answering machine scene, where Mike leaves a long rambling message on a woman’s answer machine he has just met at a bar, is based on a similar story told by Curb Your Enthusiasm star Jeff Garlin during his one-man show I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With. In Jeff’s (original) version, he tells of leaving a declaration of love on a woman’s answer machine, only for her to play it in the company of 12 other people (including Garlin). The movie adaptation of I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With was made in 2006, with the answering machine story left out.

The iconic line ‘you’re so money’ comes from a Spike Lee Air Jordan commercial. The bombastic director refers to Michael Jordan as ‘money’ throughout the TV spot, and Favreau incorporated it into his script.


F*&k – 95 times.
Bi*{h – 31 times.
A**hole – 13 times.


The film is based on Jon Favreau’s experiences when he first moved to LA. Ron Livingston and Vince Vaughan play exaggerated versions of themselves.

The house party scene was shot at an actual house party, and two of the locations then residence were Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, producers of the of the Twilight films.
The interior and exterior shots of Mike’s apartment are of the actual building Jon Favreau was living in at the time. Adam Scott, from Parks and Recreation, lived below Favreau.


The five members of the group (Trent, Mikey, Sue, Rob, and Charles) represent the members of the original Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, and Sammy Davis Jr.)


Many of the bars the film shot in were open for normal business, and a sign had to be put during filming, warning bar patrons that if they wandered into a shot they would be considered as unpaid extras.

Jon and Vince today.  No longer as svelte but that's what happens when you get old and have boat loads of cash.  Good for you guys!  I sure enjoy your movies.

True?  Nah.

It takes your food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach.

One human hair can support 6.6 pounds.

The average man's penis is two times the length of his thumb.

Human thighbones are stronger than concrete.

A woman's heart beats faster than a man's.

There are about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet.

Women blink twice as often as men.

The average person's skin weighs twice as much as the brain.

Your body uses 300 muscles to balance itself when you are standing still.

If saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it.

Women :
will be finished reading this by now.

are still busy checking their thumbs.

Finding a place for Family of 14
A lawyer, who had a wife and 12 children, needed his rental agreement renewed as it was terminated by the owner who wanted to reoccupy the home. But he was having a lot of difficulty finding a new house. When he said that he had 12 children, no one would rent a home to him because they felt that the children would destroy the place.

He couldn't say he had no children, because he couldn't lie, we all know lawyers cannot and do not lie. So he sent his wife for a walk to the cemetery with 11 of their kids. He took the remaining one with him to see rental homes with the real estate agent.

He loved one of the homes and the price was right -- the agent asked, "How many children do you have?" He answered, "Twelve." The agent asked, "Where are the others?"

The lawyer, with his best courtroom sad look answered, “They're in the cemetery with their mother."

It's not necessary to lie, one only has to choose the right words. And don't forget, most politicians are lawyers.

Danny DeVito is alright

2/3rds of Summer Left - ENJOY IT

The Grill is NOT just for MEATS!
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IF YOU ARE A BLUE CHEESE HATER JUST WAIT! Wait ooone second.  The truth of the matter is that even people who hate blue cheese will love it with BACON.  
You might be sitting here thinking, are we not going to address the fact that you are telling us to grill a salad?
You have not lived until you’ve tried a grilled Romaine salad, people…mark my words!!
Everything about this salad is pure  deliciousness perfection.
The slightly charred, smoky leaves of Romaine, the creamy blue cheese paired with the crispy, salty bacon, and the tangy, herb-y, flavor packed balsamic dressing. Oh man…it is seriously AMAZING!
Speaking of the dressing…this dressing basically takes a plain balsamic vinaigrette and slaps it in the face. You start with a base of balsamic vinaigrette and then add three different kinds of dried herbs and a touch of Dijon mustard.
Goodbye old balsamic dressing. Hello best dressing ever.
Definitely, hands down, no argument my favorite salad ever.
Can you tell I’m excited about this recipe? Because…I am…big time. 
Grilled Romaine Salad with Bacon and Blue Cheese

Serves: 6 servings

3 Romaine hearts
12 pieces of thick cut bacon
5 oz blue cheese crumbles

For the dressing:
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup light olive oil
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
¼ teaspoon dried parsley
½ teaspoon dried oregano
A little salt and pepper
¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard

Fry bacon in a large skillet - reserve the bacon fat.
Slice each Romaine heart in half and set aside.
Heat your grill up over high heat - you want very hot grates so you get a quick char without cooking the lettuce too much or wilting it.
Using a basting brush, lightly brush a little bacon fat onto the flat side of each Romaine half
When you are ready to grill, place the Romaine halves flat side down on the grill and just keep them on there until they have light char marks - it shouldn't take more than 30 seconds.
Remove the Romaine halves to a plate and turn off your grill.
For the dressing, add all ingredients into a bowl and whisk together, or add to a jar and shake.
To assemble the salad, top each Romaine half with bacon and blue cheese crumbles, and drizzle on the balsamic dressing.

*This recipe is gluten free*

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