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Through the Keyhole - November 2018

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Through the Keyhole
Take a break from your day...

Not your typical company OR newsletter
Can you guess the location?
"This beautiful city is located within one of the world's largest bays at 22 miles across.  Famous for its hospitality and friendly people, this popular destination is on the same latitude as the Hawaiian Islands and sees the annual migration of humpback whales in the winter months. Over 1.5 million foreign visitors visit this area each year."

55 Shopping Days Left...
November is officially here and the local radio station has already begun their relentless purge of Holiday tunes.  From Bing Crosby to Frank Sinatra, Elvis and Miley Cyrus - you'll soon be blasted with all kinds of festive melodies to get you in the mood for Christmas and all that the season has to offer.

When I was in high school, the day after Thanksgiving used to be a HUGE shopping day.  This was before they called it "Black Friday" and well before there was a "Cyber Monday".  People used to make annual pilgrimages to the likes of Michigan Avenue and Woodfield Mall.  For many people, it was a time to visit family on Turkey Day and have some quality time away from them the following day.

I remember my cousins coming in and absolutely being out of their minds excited to go shopping on that day every year.  I stayed home and probably played wholesome games, wrote poetry, practiced my instrument and cleaned the house.  I was an angel :)

A couple of things to think about:

1) The Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel have already begun running some of the cheesiest original movies.  This year, there are 22 new movies airing.  They have an app to remind you of when new movies are premiering and if you enjoy Christmas, you will enjoy the classic Hallmark formula - girl meets boy (or vice versa), some sort of Christmas themed problem arises (like no snow, health crisis, stolen ornaments, missing cookie recipes, etc.), then boy loses girl, then Christmas problem solved, a reunion of the couple, a quick kiss and roll credits.  Seriously, it is cheesy, good ole fashioned fun to have on during this time of year.

2) There are alternatives to Amazon when shopping online:
  • Walmart
  • Target
  • Ebay
  • Zappos
  • Best Buy
  • Etsy
  • Overstock
Perhaps you would like to try some different online retailers to find better deals on your purchases.  I have found that Walmart and Target are really good alternatives to Amazon.  Don't get me wrong, I love the convenience of Amazon but I am afraid I have started paying dearly for the ease of use.

Important Dates this month:

November 11th - Veteran's Day
November 14th - World Diabetes Day
November 22nd - Thanksgiving Day

It is also American Indian Heritage month, Aviation month, American Diabetes month, National Stamp Collecting Month and National Peanut Butter Lover's month.

How 'bout them apples? 
Watch how some apple orchards harvest their apples. Makes a lot of sense.
Guess the Location Game

Last month the winner of the guess the location game was Charlie Montauk who guessed the right answer.  I appreciate all of the participation.  THANKS FOR PLAYING!
Montreal, Canada - Keyhole Answer
"This city can get pretty cold, eh?  They have a complete underground 'city' where you can spend all of winter in short sleeves..."

Montreal is the largest city in the province of Quebec and one of the world's five largest French-speaking cities.  Most residents speak French and English and many speak a third.  This city is built on a 30 mile long island along the convergence of two rivers.  Montreal is named after a hill in the middle of the city named, get this - Mount Royal.  Clever.

The City of Montreal hosted the 1976 Olympics where Nadia Comanici scored a perfect "10" and captured the all around gold medal.  Montreal used to have a Major League Baseball team that used the Olympic dome which has now been transformed into ghost town where special events are held (not really a ghost town literally but rather figuratively).  There is also a bio dome that is a museum dedicated to the environment called the Biosphere (pictured above).

Montreal’s Underground City is a labyrinth of tunnels beneath the city connecting 20 miles of shopping malls, museums, universities, hotels, banks, offices and seven metro stations. The underground tunnels help Montreal residents and visitors escape the city’s winter chill and snow, as well as the summer heat.
Some random facts:
Poutine is a famous food in Montreal - French Fries topped with cheese curds and gravy.  Looks bad, tastes good...

Celine Dion wed her husband Rene Angelil in the Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal. 
A popular video game developer, Ubisoft, is located there and was the author of "Assassin's Creed".  

Any way you look at it, Montreal is a very cosmopolitan city with lots to do all year round, eh?

This may have happened to you or someone you know.  It is a scam but seems real. 

Recipients receive an email with a familiar password in the subject line along with a username.  It catches the attention of the user for a couple of reasons - 1) someone has my username (no big deal) 2) someone has MY PASSWORD OMG!

Then the email goes on to say something like the following:

I kno‌w grandmaZ128 is your pa‌ssword. L‌ets g‌et di‌r‌ectly to the po‌i‌nt. Not o‌n‌e p‌erso‌n ha‌s pa‌i‌d m‌e to‌ i‌nv‌esti‌ga‌te abo‌ut yo‌u. Yo‌u do no‌t know m‌e and yo‌u a‌r‌e mo‌st li‌k‌ely wondering why you'r‌e g‌etti‌ng thi‌s ma‌i‌l?

i‌n fa‌ct, i‌ placed a so‌ftwa‌re o‌n th‌e X vi‌deos (a‌dult porn) w‌eb-si‌t‌e a‌nd gu‌ess wha‌t, you vi‌si‌t‌ed thi‌s w‌eb site to‌ have fun (you know wha‌t i‌ m‌ea‌n). Whi‌l‌e you w‌er‌e watchi‌ng vi‌deo‌ cli‌ps, your i‌nt‌ern‌et bro‌ws‌er sta‌rt‌ed o‌ut o‌p‌era‌ting a‌s a‌ Remo‌t‌e co‌ntrol Desktop wi‌th a‌ k‌ey lo‌gger whi‌ch provided m‌e acc‌essibili‌ty to yo‌ur di‌splay scr‌e‌en a‌s well a‌s ca‌m. Just a‌ft‌er that, my so‌ftwar‌e pro‌gra‌m ga‌th‌er‌ed all of yo‌ur co‌nta‌cts fro‌m your M‌esseng‌er, Fa‌c‌ebo‌o‌k, a‌s w‌ell a‌s ‌ema‌i‌la‌cco‌unt. aft‌er that i‌ cr‌ea‌ted a‌ do‌ubl‌e-scr‌e‌en vid‌eo. First pa‌rt sho‌ws th‌e vi‌d‌eo yo‌u w‌ere vi‌‌ewi‌ng (yo‌u have a‌ ni‌c‌e ta‌st‌e ha‌ha‌ . . .), a‌nd n‌ext pa‌rt di‌splays th‌e vi‌‌ew o‌f yo‌ur ca‌m, y‌ea‌h it i‌s u.

Ther‌e are just two‌ alterna‌tiv‌es. We will ‌explo‌re th‌es‌e cho‌i‌ces i‌n parti‌cula‌rs:

Fi‌rst so‌luti‌on i‌s to i‌gno‌r‌e this e-ma‌i‌l. i‌n that ca‌s‌e, i‌ am go‌i‌ng to‌ s‌end out yo‌ur vid‌eo‌ r‌ecordi‌ng to‌ ‌every o‌ne o‌f yo‌ur perso‌nal contacts a‌nd thi‌nk rega‌rdi‌ng th‌e emba‌rra‌ssm‌ent tha‌t yo‌u recei‌v‌e. i‌n a‌dditi‌on sho‌uld yo‌u be i‌n a‌ co‌mmi‌tt‌ed r‌ela‌ti‌onshi‌p, pr‌ecisely ho‌w it wi‌ll a‌ff‌ect?

Numb‌er two‌ cho‌i‌ce wi‌ll be to‌ gi‌ve me $7000. L‌ets d‌escribe i‌t a‌s a do‌na‌tio‌n. Subs‌equently, i‌ will wi‌tho‌ut dela‌y r‌emo‌v‌e yo‌ur vi‌d‌eo‌ta‌pe. You co‌uld k‌e‌ep yo‌ur dai‌ly life like thi‌s n‌ev‌er too‌k pla‌c‌e and yo‌u sur‌ely will n‌ev‌er h‌ear ba‌ck a‌ga‌i‌n from m‌e.

Yo‌u wi‌ll mak‌e th‌e pa‌yment vi‌a Bi‌tcoi‌n (if yo‌u do‌ no‌t kno‌w thi‌s, sea‌rch 'ho‌w to‌ buy bi‌t‌co‌in' i‌n Go‌o‌gle s‌ea‌rch ‌engi‌n‌e).

B‌T‌C‌ a‌ddr‌ess to‌ s‌end to: 1Na9FUoFeQ86Yx3GbgY9Kkmtg5Qua2Pk6h
[CaS‌e-S‌eNSi‌TiVe so‌ co‌py & past‌e i‌t]

i‌f yo‌u ha‌v‌e b‌e‌en wond‌eri‌ng a‌bo‌ut go‌i‌ng to‌ the po‌li‌c‌e, v‌ery w‌ell, thi‌s ‌e ma‌il ca‌n not b‌e tra‌ced ba‌ck to m‌e. I‌ ha‌ve co‌v‌er‌ed my mo‌v‌es. i‌ am no‌t tryi‌ng to‌ cha‌rge a‌ fe‌e a‌ lo‌t, i just wa‌nt to‌ be rewa‌rd‌ed. Yo‌u no‌w ha‌ve 4‌8 hou‌rs to‌ pa‌y. i'v‌e a‌ specifi‌c pi‌x‌el withi‌n this ‌ema‌i‌l messa‌g‌e, and ri‌ght no‌w i‌ kno‌w tha‌t you hav‌e r‌ead thi‌s m‌essa‌g‌e. i‌f i‌ do‌ not g‌et th‌e Bi‌tCo‌ins, i‌ will d‌efi‌ni‌t‌ely s‌end yo‌ur video‌ to‌ all o‌f yo‌ur co‌nta‌cts i‌ncludi‌ng clo‌s‌e rela‌ti‌ves, co‌wo‌rk‌ers, a‌nd ma‌ny o‌th‌ers. Nev‌erth‌el‌ess, if i‌ r‌ec‌eiv‌e th‌e pa‌yment, i‌'ll ‌era‌se th‌e reco‌rdi‌ng ri‌ght a‌wa‌y. if yo‌u want pro‌o‌f, reply Yea‌h! then i‌ will c‌ertai‌nly s‌end o‌ut yo‌ur vid‌eo‌ r‌eco‌rdi‌ng to‌ yo‌ur 5 fri‌‌ends. i‌t i‌s a‌ no‌n:n‌egoti‌a‌bl‌e o‌ff‌er, a‌nd thus pl‌ea‌s‌e do no‌t wast‌e mi‌ne ti‌m‌e and yours by respo‌nding to‌ thi‌s ma‌i‌l.


How did they get my password?  The short answer is that there have been many publicly reported security breeches like Target, Home Depot, etc. and these hackers are smart to do some cross checking and investigation to find their targets.

Lesson: Make your passwords complex and change them frequently (I know it is a PITA) and DON'T WATCH PORN

You may wish to download a password manager like  That is what we use here...

Full article here
Using your THOUGHTS as a PASSWORD?

Your THOUGHTS could be your next password, researchers say

  • A brain password is a digital reading of brain activity while looking at images
  • Study found every person's brain responds differently to external stimulus
  • Even if two people look at the same photograph, brain activity will be different
full article here
These people WON Halloween...
Hipster Food
Listen, I have no problem embracing change when it makes sense. This may be completely out of hand though. Most of this could barely be considered “edible,” let alone food. For reference, in case you’ve forgotten what real food looks like, I have included what you might call, before and after shots. Before hipsters started taking things too far...
Time Change THIS SUNDAY 2 a.m.  FALL BACK!
Hallmark Channel's Lineup
(I told you I was serious)
If you need help seeing the list click here.
Things you have been doing wrong your
whole life...
Where's my ball?
Just USE an OVEN for your TURKEY...
This compilation will make you cringe (and laugh)
IDIOT Supercar FAILS...
This is an unbelievable.  And these people are IDIOTS.
US States People are FLEEING
Article HERE
50 Words that AGE you INSTANTLY
Words like "Classy, Dope, Necking, Pocketbook"...

See the article here.  I am old.
A Great Attorney Story...
A New Orleans lawyer sought an FHA loan for a client. He was told the loan would be granted if he could prove satisfactory title to a parcel of property being offered as collateral. The title to the property dated back to 1803, which took the lawyer three months to track down. After sending the information to the FHA, he received the following reply.

(Actual reply from FHA):

"Upon review of your letter adjoining your client's loan application, we note that the request is supported by an Abstract of Title. While we compliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presented the application, we must point out that you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral property back to 1803. Before final approval can be accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin."

 Annoyed, the lawyer responded as follows: (Actual response):

"Your letter regarding title in Case No.189156 has been received. I note that you wish to have title extended further than the 206 years covered by the present application. I was unaware that any educated person in this country, particularly those working in the property area, would not know that Louisiana was purchased by the United States from France in 1803, the year of origin identified in our application.  For the edification of uninformed FHA bureaucrats, the title to the land prior to U.S. ownership was obtained from France ,
which had acquired it by Right of Conquest from Spain . The land came into the possession of Spain by Right of Discovery made in the year 1492 by a sea captain named Christopher Columbus, who had been granted the privilege of seeking a new route to India by the Spanish monarch, Queen Isabella. The good Queen Isabella, being a pious woman and almost as careful about titles as the FHA, took the precaution of securing the blessing of the Pope before she sold her jewels to finance Columbus 's expedition.  Now the Pope, as I'm sure you may know, is the emissary of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and God, it is commonly accepted, created this world. Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume that God also made that part of the world called Louisiana . God, therefore, would be the owner of origin and His origins date back to before the beginning of time, the world as we know it, and the FHA. I hope you find God's original claim to be satisfactory. Now, may we have our damn loan?"

The loan was immediately approved
Cornbread Stuffing for Thanksgiving (Yum>)
Try this...


  • 5 cups Cornbread or Jalepeno Cornbread cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 5 cups 1-inch toasted sourdough cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups finely chopped yellow onion
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1½ cups cubanelle peppers, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 lightly beaten eggs
  • 1 cup chicken, turkey or vegetable stock


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine the cornbread and bread cubes in a large bowl. Set aside.
3. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onions and sauté over a medium heat until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for another 5 minutes.
4. Add the peppers and celery and cook stirring, until they are tender but still crisp. Season with salt and pepper and set aside to cool slightly.
5. Add the onion mixture to the cornbread and mix well. Add the eggs and enough stock to lightly moisten the stuffing.
6. Lightly press the stuffing into a greased 10×15-inch baking pan. Cover with foil. Put the stuffing pan into a larger high-sided pan to make a bain-marie. Fill the larger pan halfway with boiling water and bake for 50 minutes.
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