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Through the Keyhole - October 2021


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OCT 2021
Through the Keyhole
Take a break from your day...

Not your typical company OR newsletter
"This group of islands has no coal mines but it does have a pretty hot island where some of the palm trees are literally on fire.  It is a popular destination for tourists but with the threat of one of the islands splitting apart, it may be wise to stay away for now..." 

Can you guess the location?

October brings Pumpkin drinks...

Welcome to October.  This is the beginning of the last quarter of the year and when people really start to think about getting end of year things in order.  From finishing the final quarter of business to getting ready for the Holidays to enjoying the fall as we move into winter.  October really may hold in it the last gasp of warm weather as we move into November and December.  

Oh and yeah...The pumpkin spice drinks, snacks, pies, sweets, bars, etc.

The name October has been derived from the Latin “Octo” which means eight because October was the eighth month of the year, according to the Roman calendar. 

Columbus Day, the second Monday of October, is a national holiday and celebrated in many countries of the Americas as the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in America in 1492.

Halloween, the spookiest night of the year, is celebrated in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of All Hallows’ Day. It is believed that on this day the spirits can wander the earth freely and children can hop for treats in the neighbourhood in the guise of various costumes. Interestingly, in terms of expenditure, Halloween is second only to the Christmas.  That really says something about how far the world has moved since 50 years ago when we first saw, "It's the great pumpkin Charlie Brown."  Unfortunately, I will not be surprised if cancel culture removes that from our TV sets soon for being too something....

A fun fact about October cites that the winter is hard if the deer have a grey coat in this month. The color of the coat depends on the severity of winters.  Look out for those dark coated deer this month! 

Shakespeare, the famous English poet, playwright and actor, has never mentioned October in any of his works. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer and dramatist in the English language.  I never really liked Bill Spear or really anything he wrote in that funny tongue.

Ok. Let's go.

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This picture is such a good one of Dr. Zost that I had to leave it in for another month.  Such a great guy and runs one of the best Eye Care Practices ever (just try to get an appointment).

Thanks Dr. Zost.


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Guess the Location Game

Last month the winner of the guess the location game was Bob Conway who guessed the right answer.  I appreciate all of the participation.  THANKS FOR PLAYING!
ANSWER: Cape Town, South Africa
"You can set the table on the mountain located here.  Weather is like California with winter arriving in May and summer from November to March. Approximately 3.5 million people live here and if you like to surf, you will love visiting this location." 
Can you guess the location?

Cape Town, originally known as the Cape of Storms, this tumultuous corner of Southern Africa has a history that will leave you feeling moved and enriched.

Communities of people had lived in the Cape region long before the beginning of the Christian era, surviving by hunting, fishing and gathering edible plants and roots. They were the ancestors of the Khoisan people of the modern time - the Bushmen - known as the San the Khoikhoi. They were hunter-gatherers who lived in small, loosely knit groups, highly mobile on account of their dependence on game, therefore also widely dispersed.

Before the Dutch came to the Cape the Bushmen conducted trade with their Bantu-speaking neighbours in cattle and, to a lesser extent, iron and copper. After the arrival of men from Europe, they traded their cattle for tobacco and began to act as brokers in developing trade between the Europeans and the Xhosa tribes to the east.

In 1487, the Portuguese sailor Bartholomeus Dias set out to find a sea route to the East. Sailing along the west coast of Africa, his ships encountered a terrible storm, which drove them out to sea and away from the coast. Once the storm had passed they resumed their journey in an easterly direction, expecting to reach the coast. After a number of days' sailing without any sign of land, they changed direction and headed north, eventually landing at the mouth of the Gouritz River on the east coast of Africa on 3 February 1488. Dias and his crew were the first Europeans on record to round the Cape, albeit unwittingly.

From there, head to the Company Gardens, where the original storehouse was built in the late 1600s to house fruit and water for passing ships, it was later converted into a home and is known as Groote Schuur (translated from Afrikaans to mean Big Shed). It was also the site for the signing of the historic "Groote Schuur Minute" between Nelson Mandela and F.W. De Klerk, the then President of South Africa, on 4 May 1990.

In this area you can also explore the cobbled Government Avenue, where you will see historic buildings such as Tuynhuys, the Cape residence of the State President and the South African Museum.

In keeping with this type of atmosphere, the Dutch East India Company built a slave lodge next door to the gardens. The former Slave Lodge on Church Square was built in 1679 to house thousands of slaves. This museum is open to the public for a minimal fee. Many of the slaves were from Malaya and settled in Bo-Kaap. Today you can visit the colourful terraced homes in the area, taste the local food, and listen to the fascinating stories. As Malay people are Muslim, the call to prayer can be heard at sunrise and sunset.Within the city, you will often see areas that look like scars – empty blocks between big buildings. Forced removals during Apartheid affected local communities. To understand the devastation behind the removals, the District Six Museum traces the journey – and tries to make sense of what is happening now as Cape Town becomes gentrified once again.

For a taste of today’s vibrant culture and to see how communities have readjusted since 1994, tours to the townships take you to see history in the making. Originally areas that people were sent to, the townships are now home for hundreds of thousands. While there, visit arts and crafts centres, see how sustainable development is changing lives, and enjoy a traditional street braai (barbeque). 

No trip to Cape Town is complete without a visit to Robben Island,  one of the most famous prisons in the world. During Apartheid, many of South Africa’s freedom fighters were sent here, including Nelson Mandela. The island has an eerie quality with its wheeling gulls, limestone pits, belching seals and scrubby flora. The museum tour is presented by ex-inmates, making this World Heritage Site one of the most affecting you will ever experience.

Where to Eat in Cape Town LOOKS FUN! ~8 minutes
This is Cape Town ~ 2 min.
Climbing Table Mountain ~5 min.
Feeling old?  Let me help.
Trailer Racing...
Racing with TRAILERS! Must watch ~11 minutes
Barbie Jeep Racing..

Shocking. ~ 14 minutes

Maximum Destruction
5 minutes that I laughed all the way through
Honeymoon Pants.

Mike was going to be married to Jane, so his father sat him down for a little chat. He said, 'Mike, let me tell you something. On my wedding night in our honeymoon suite, I took off my pants, handed them to your mother, and said, 'Here, try these on!'

She did and said, 'These are too big, I can't wear them.' I replied, 'Exactly, I wear the pants in this family and I always will. Ever since that night we have never had any problems.'

''Hmmm,' said Mike. He thought that might be good thing to try.

On his honeymoon, Mike took off his pants and said to Jane, 'Here try these on.' She tried them on and said, 'These are too large, they don't fit me.'

Mike said, 'Exactly, I wear the pants in this family, and I always will. I don't want you to ever forget that.'

Then Jane took off her pants, and handed them to Mike. She said, 'Here, you try on mine.' He did and said, 'I can't get into your pants.'

Jane said, 'Exactly. And if you don't change your smart ass attitude, you never will.'

And they lived happily ever after!

Think about it...
Stealth Sonic Boom
Stealth Huh? ~1 minutes
These people are nuts.
Hold onto your hats (and clothes)  ~ 3 minutes
3 minutes of Aviation...
~3 minutes that you will enjoy
Just in time for Trick or Treat? (not kidding)
Too Far?
Send it.
Daredevils.  Sending it. ~ 15 minutes

Kids say the darndest things...

Corn Pudding


3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus
more for the casserole dish
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
One 15-ounce can creamed corn
3/4 cup frozen corn, thawed
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 onion, chopped
2/3 cup milk
1 large egg, beaten 
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
    Grease a 1-quart casserole dish with
  2. Beat the cream cheese, creamed corn,
    corn, cornmeal and chopped onion in
    the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle
    attachment until combined.
  3. Remove the bowl from the mixer and
    add the milk, 3 tablespoons melted
    butter, beaten egg, sugar and Cheddar.
    Season with the salt and pepper and stir
    with a rubber spatula until combined. 
  4. Spread the mixture in the casserole
    dish and bake for 50 minutes. Let
    stand 10 minutes before serving
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