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Through the Keyhole - December 2021


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

Not your typical company OR newsletter
"For some reason this city is synonymous with steak. It also "ignored" Prohibition in the 1920s leading to an abundance of jazz clubs, brothels and gambling halls. Called the "Paris of the Plains", after one journalist wrote, "If you want to see some sin, forget Paris and head here."" 

Can you guess the location?

Christmastime is here...

Welcome to the last month of 2021. My how time has flown.  It seems like just yesterday that we were dealing with a new variant and booster. Oh wait.  We officially have 24 days of shopping until the big day. 

This year my family is trying to be practical in our gift giving efforts.  That means buying things that are useful, sentimental or just plain boring.  You may laugh at a few of these things but the idea here is to give gifts that will be used all year long (and appreciated). 

Here are some ideas:
1) Clothing (including shoes and boots)
2) Prime Beef 
3) Board Games / Puzzles / Card Games
4) A Cooler
5) Bluetooth Speaker
6) Vacuum Cleaner
7) Indoor Herb Garden
8) Reusable Lunch / Snack Containers
9) Charcuterie Board
10) Chef's Knife (a good one)
11) Car Cleaning Tool Kit
12) Emergency Battery Jumper
13) Bulk Toilet Paper
14) Compact Power Strip / USB outlets
15) Laundry Hamper
16) Treadmill / Exercise Equipment
17) Warm, comfy socks
18) Pajamas
19) Throw Blanket / Weighted Blanket
20) Personalized Tumbler
21) Luggage
22) Personalized Wine / Old Fashioned Glasses
23) Ammo
24) Cordless Drill Kit
25) Drill Bits
26) Kitchen Measuring Cups
27) Coffee Machine / K-Cups
28) Sentimental Art / Photographs
29) Light Therapy Lamp
30) Luxury Candle
31) High Thread Count Sheets
32) Sunglasses
33) Watch / Timepiece
34) Ring Doorbell
35) Kitchen Shears

That is all I can think of right now but you are all welcome for this list of practical items that are not the latest gadget or toy.

For those who choose to go flashy, try touchofmodern.com.  

Now let's get crackin'.

On Christmas Eve, my family usually has an gift exchange (like most people). The rule is that if you come with a gift, you go home with a gift. There is a monetary limit placed as well as a rule for NO GIFT CARDS.  Simply buy something that you would like to take home yourself.  No White Elephants.

Everyone places their wrapped gifts under the tree as they arrive.  As the evening progresses, we all draw numbers to set the order of selection. Number one gets to choose a wrapped gift first.  This person then unwraps the gift for all to see.  Number 2 now gets to 'steal' number 1's gift or select an unopened one.  From there, number 3 gets to 'steal' either unopened 1 or 2 or go to the tree for an unwrapped one. This process goes until the last person has a gift.  We usually give a couple 'immunity numbers' that prevent others from 'stealing' their gift.  It is great fun.

Another thing that we do is Christmas Trivia. No matter how good you are, the trivia list that we have built over the years is impossible.  Here are some of the questions and answers...

What is the name of the rabbit in the magic hat in Frosty the Snowman?                        
Hocus Pocus

How many reindeer are featured in the poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas?”                
Eight (no Rudolph)

What beverage company has been using Santa Claus in its advertising since 1931?                
Coca Cola

What's the reason The Grinch hates Christmas?                                    
His heart is two sizes too small

In the Christmas Classic, It's a Wonderful Life, what happened every time a bell rang?                
An angel got his wings

In Polar Express, what word does the conductor punch into the ticket of the 'young man with all the questions'?

What 1983 movie is about a boy who wanted a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas?                    
A Christmas Story

Ernest made a Christmas movie, in 1988, where he helped Santa find a successor.  What is that movie called?    
Ernest Saves Christmas

This 1990 Christmas movie is about a boy named Kevin who is left behind when his family goes on vacation.    
Home Alone

In what modern-day country was Saint Nicholas born?            

In 2000, Jim Carrey starred in a live action film, which was first a cartoon made in 1966. What is the movie?    
How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Name the animatronic cassette-playing bear toy that every kid wanted for Christmas in the mid 80s.        
Teddy Ruxpin

In this movie, Buddy was raised by elves at the North Pole, and doesn't realize he is a human and not an elf.    

This movie, made in 1947 and 1994, is about a girl names Susan who doesn't believe in Santa Claus        
Miracle on 34th Street

In the movie “A Christmas Story,” what was the name of the next door neighbors whose dogs ate the Christmas turkey?    
The Bumpuses

What is the name of the sidekick of Turboman in the movie Jingle All the Way?                    

In the 1964 classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” what was the name of Rudolph’s faithful elf companion?        

How many percentage points does Hans Gruber intend to make while sitting on a bench?            

What American City does the character Colin from Love Actually visit in the movie?                

Bonus: How did he pay for his trip to America?                                    
Rented out his flat

What Christmas carol does the Peanuts gang sing at the end of “A Charlie Brown Christmas?”        
Hark the Herald Angels Sing

What holiday movie sequel includes a cameo by Donald Trump?                        
Home Alone 2

In A Christmas Carol, When Mrs. Cratchit asks Bob how Tiny Tim behaved in church, Bob replies that Tim was as good as ________.         

Name the department store in Miracle on 34th street.                                

Start your own traditions.  Enjoy the time together and HAVE FUN WITH EACH OTHER.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Guess the Location Game

Last month the winner of the guess the location game was Mark Herr who guessed the right answer.  I appreciate all of the participation.  THANKS FOR PLAYING!
ANSWER: Dallas, TX
"This landscape was made famous by something that changed the world this month in 1963.  It is a bustling city with great people, big attitudes and cowboys.  And if you like BBQ, then this city is for you." 

Can you guess the location?


Dallas is the 9th largest city in the US and the third largest in Texas with a population of 1,281,047.


The Dallas-Fort Worth Arlington MSA consists of 12 counties: Collin, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant and Wise and has a population of 6,954,330. The Dallas-Plano-Irving MD (metropolitan division) is slightly smaller with a population of 4,604,097and is composed of 8 counties: Collin, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Kaufman and Rockwall.


Dallas is located in the Central Time Zone in North Central Texas, 35 miles east of Fort Worth, 245 miles north, northwest of Houston and 300 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico.


450-750 feet


Sales - 8.25%; Hotel Occupancy - 13%


24.9 million annual visitors to the City of Dallas, with 48.9 million visiting the Metro area


There are more than 30,000 hotel rooms in the city of Dallas; with over 78,000 available throughout the area.


  • The frozen margarita machine was invented in Dallas
  • The integrated circuit computer chip (which became the microchip) was invented in Dallas in 1958
  • The 52 foot 'Big Tex' statue that greets visitors at the annual State Fair of Texas is the tallest cowboy in Texas.
  • With the roof enclosed, the entire Statue of Liberty could fit into the Cowboys Stadium.
  • During the winter holiday season, the Galleria Dallas is home to the country's tallest indoor Christmas tree.
  • The largest permanent model train exhibit in the country is on display in the lobby of Dallas Children's Medical Center.
  • The Dallas Arts District is the largest urban arts district in the United States.
  • The Trinity River Corridor Project, when completed, will be more than 10 times the size of New York's Central Park.
  • Highland Park Village Shopping Center, developed in 1931 has the distinction of being the first planned shopping center in America.
  • The first convenience store, 7-eleven, got its start in Dallas and the corporation is headquartered there today.
  • Lamar Hunt, founder of the American Football League and son of oil tycoon H.L. Hunt, was a noted Dallas resident when he coined the phrase 'Super Bowl'.
  • A few celebrities from the area: Angie Harmon, Luke and Owen Wilson, Nastia Luikin, Lee Trevino, Norah Jones, Erykah Badu, Jessica Simpson
  • A few of the movies/TV series filmed in the area: Dallas; Silkwood; Places in the Heart; RoboCop; Born on the Fourth of July; Walker, Texas Ranger; Prison Break (more listed at http://www.dallasfilmcommission.com/)
  • The Dallas area is the largest metropolitan area in the nation not on a navigable body of water.
  • The Dallas-Fort Worth Arlington Metroplex is the No. 1 visitor and leisure destination in Texas.
  • The Dallas Public Library permanently displays one of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence, printed on July 4, 1776, and the First Folio of William Shakespeare's "Comedies, Histories & Tragedies."
  • The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is home to 23 of the richest Americans.
  • The phrase 'conspiracy theorist' was a term made popular by the CIA to stop critical thinkers from asking questions about the JFK assassination. So many questions about this remain today...
Bucket List of things to do in Dallas ~6 min.
This cute couple talks pros and cons of living in Dallas ~ 9 min.
 Cool Tour of Top Attractions ~13 min.
Christmas FAILS
Funny Christmas Moments
Cute Kids ~ 3 minutes
Jetson One

Cool Dangerous Toy ~ 3 minutes

Car of the Year
One cool electric car from Lucid. Review here ~ 10 minutes
Joe Rogan Speaks
41 seconds and worth a listen (language)

I went into the confessional box after many years of being away from the Catholic Church.

Inside I found a fully equipped bar with Guinness on tap. On one wall, there was a row of decanters with fine Irish whiskey and Waterford crystal glasses.

On the other wall was a dazzling array of the finest cigars and chocolates.

When the priest came in, I said to him,"Father, forgive me, for it's been a very long time since I've been to confession, but I must first admit that the confessional box is much more inviting than it used to be."


He replied, "You moron, you're on my side."

Brutally Honest Reviews
Double Knockout
Rare but they happen... ~1 minute
Reunited and it feels so good...
10 minutes of animals and humans reuniting - heart warming.

That's Random...

Soft Christmas Cookies


Ingredient Checklist
  • 3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Instructions Checklist
  • Step 1

    Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together, set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Gradually blend in the sifted ingredients until fully absorbed. Cover dough, and chill for 2 hours.

  • Step 2

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. On a clean floured surface, roll out small portions of chilled dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters.

  • Step 3

    Bake 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are barely brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.

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