Thursday, May 30, 2019

Through the Keyhole - June 2019

JUNE 2019
Through the Keyhole
Take a break from your day...

Not your typical company OR newsletter

Can you guess the location?
"This famous National Park was once named for a President of the United States and is now known as its proper Indian name.  At just over 20,000 feet above sea level, it is the 3rd highest peak on the planet.  You would have to be a very accomplished climber to summit this famous peak(s)."

Send your guess HERE

Happy Days are Here Again!

Welcome to June.  Lots of things happening this month.

It is time to officially begin the Summer officially on June 21st.  Pictured above are pictures of what I like to call 'why don't you just go jump in a  lake.'  Kids and adults alike will be found all over the Midwest jumping off of piers into the relatively cold waters that are found this month.

Last weekend, the temperature of Green Lake (where my family has had the privilege of having a lake house since the mid 70s) was a balmy 51 degrees.  That still did not stop my kids from jumping in and many of us caught dangling our toes in the frigid waters.

Best things about the month of June:

1) Summer Vacation - many of us travel during the summer.  Whether it is to the lake, to Europe or to many other locations in the world.  Now is the most free time of the year for families to travel.

2) Summer officially begins

3) The weather gets HOT


5) Father's Day (I know it's not nearly as important as Mother's Day but still - Dads are important)

6) Traveling *see number 1*

7)  Flowers and Trees in full bloom

8)  Animals of all kinds return...  We can do without mosquitos, gnats, flies and wasps.

9) Swimming in lakes and pools

10)  Air Conditioning - Just like the good Lord intended...

Things that Happened 50 years ago.

First man to the moon.

Sesame Street Premieres

Monty Python's Flying Circus

The Internet was born.

On January 30, 1969, right around lunchtime, The Beatles made their way to the rooftop of the Apple Corps building, their record label’s headquarters, for an unannounced performance.

The Brady Bunch made its television debut.

Drowning in Chappaquiddick


And last but not least, I was born on June 21st, 1969.
Here is my family - Chase 11, David 15 and Melissa (younger than I).
Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating birthdays this summer. 

Fresh Looks for Summer 2019

Guess the Location Game

Last month the winner of the guess the location game was Gary Blaha who guessed the right answer.  I appreciate all of the participation.  THANKS FOR PLAYING!

Air Force Academy Chapel -
Colorado Springs, Colorado

"No this is not part of the new STAR WARS LAND in Orlando. However, it is located at one of the most prestigious learning / training institutions in the United States. In this place, freshmen are only allowed to walk on narrow walkways and cannot avert their eyes from looking forward. After a grueling 4 years the graduates often take flight in soaring careers."

I remember visiting the Air Force Academy circa 1982 when a friend of the family (Greg Russo) matriculated.  He was just a freshman at that time, a few years older than me and Greg was my older brother's good friend.

I remember that it was cold when we visited and I was struck by the cleanliness and grandeur of the place.  Everything was orderly including the way that the freshman were addressed by seemingly everyone who was an upper classman.  There were a lot of 'yes sirs' that were heard and I remember thinking that I wouldn't last a day there.

Regardless of my impressions, this place is an amazing learning institution that should be revered by all citizens of the United States.
The U.S Air Force Academy was established April 1, 1954, the culmination of an idea years in the making. Airpower leaders, long before the Air Force was a separate service, argued that they needed a school dedicated to war in the air, to train Airmen. After September 1947, when the Air Force was established as a separate service, this idea finally had the legitimacy of the new service behind it.
In 1948, the Air Force appointed a board, later named the Stearns-Eisenhower Board for its chairmen, to study existing military academies and the options for an Air Force academy. Their conclusions were strongly put: the Air Force needed its own school; they additionally recommended at least 40 percent of future officers be service academy graduates.
After Congress passed a bill establishing the Air Force Academy, the secretary of the Air Force appointed a commission to recommend a location. After traveling 21,000 miles and considering hundreds of sites, the commission recommended Colorado Springs as its first choice. The secretary agreed and the purchasing of the thousands of acres began. The state of Colorado contributed $1 million to the purchase of the land.
On July 11, 1955, the same year construction on the Academy began in Colorado Springs, the first class of 306 men was sworn-in at a temporary site, Lowry Air Force Base in Denver. Lieutenant Gen. Hubert R. Harmon, a key figure in the development of early plans for an Academy, was recalled from retirement by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to become the first Academy superintendent.
Two years later, Maj. Gen. James Briggs took over as the Academy's second superintendent. On Aug. 29, 1958, 1,145 cadets moved to the Academy's permanent site from Denver. Less than a year later, the Academy received academic accreditation and graduated its first class of 207 June 3, 1959. In 1964, the authorized strength of the Cadet Wing increased to 4,417. The present authorized strength is approximately 4,000.
Perhaps the most controversial event in the Academy's history was the admission of women. President Gerald R. Ford signed legislation Oct. 7, 1975, permitting women to enter the military academies. Women first entered the Air Force Academy June 28, 1976. The first class including women graduated in 1980 and included the Academy's first woman to be superintendent, retired Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson.
The Academy celebrated the 50th anniversary of its inception April 1, 2004. Three noteworthy events occurred in connection with the celebration: a 37-cent commemorative stamp was issued honoring the Academy with the Cadet Chapel strikingly portrayed; the Academy was declared a national historic landmark with a plaque installed on the Honor Court to mark the occasion; and Harmon was officially named as the "Father of the Air Force Academy," honoring the pivotal role he played in its planning and establishment. Further anniversaries were marked during the next four years, culminating with the 50th anniversary of the first commencement at the Academy in 2009.
The Academy provides the Air Force with a corps of officers dedicated to upholding the high standards of their profession. The Air Force in turn provides a proving ground for these officers, and sent back to its Academy dedicated staff members to educate and train future leaders. Fifty years after the first class entered, the Academy has graduated more than 50,000 officers intent on serving their country.

Freshman arriving for their first day at the Air Force Academy.  Bye MOM and DAD!! 

Freshman "Recognition".  These guys and girls are tough.

A day in life at the AFA

Watch out for the Ferrari...

This is a hilarious video.  Enjoy.

Jif or Gif? Problem Solved.

This Girl Can Really Play the Bass...

This little girl has some chops.  Amazing player.

Gorillas are just like you and me...

They don't like the rain either...

Gen Z Slang List

A High School Teacher Just Went Viral.

Parents: You may want to bookmark this page.

A Massachusetts high school teacher recently became "Internet famous" after his impressive comprehensive running list of slang terms went viral.

James Callahan, 43, teaches sociology at Lowell High School, and throughout his 15 years teaching, he has overheard plenty of words he didn't understand being uttered by the so-called Gen Z students at school.

So Callahan started compiling a running list of what can be considered African-American Vernacular English phrases and he recently shared the impressive list with his students, BuzzFeed News reported.

Complete Article HERE

What's in a Meme?

The Puzzle

A little silver-haired lady calls her neighbor and says, "Please come over here and help me. I have a killer jigsaw puzzle, and I can't figure out how to get started."
Her neighbor asks, "What is it supposed to be when it's finished?"
The little silver haired lady says, "According to the picture on the box, it's a rooster."

Her neighbor decides to go over and help with the puzzle.
She lets him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table.

He studies the pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns to her and says, "First of all, no matter what we do, we're not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a rooster."
He takes her hand and says, "Secondly, I want you to relax. Let's have a nice cup of tea, and then..." he said with a deep sigh ............

"Let's put all the Corn Flakes back in the box."

Remember them?

Just for FUN


Oven Roasted Corn 

So easy, no mess and lots of flavor.  Give it a try this summer!
Clean, husked Corn on the Cob (as many as you like)
Unsalted, good butter (not the cheap kind)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Butter corn generously and wrap each cob in tin foil.  Place in shallow pan and roast for 25 minutes.  Remove and season to taste using your favorite seasonings.  Top with chives if desired.


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