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Through the Keyhole - August 2022


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AUG 2022
Through the Keyhole
Take a break from your day...

Not your typical company OR newsletter
"Ashton Kutcher was born here.  Ronald Reagan held one of his first entertainment jobs for the minor league baseball team here.  Hint: the team has a connection to Chicago... and there's lots of corn."

Can you guess the location?

August has arrived.
Well Summer is just about over but it does not have to dampen the rest of the season.  There are plenty of afternoons and evenings outside on the patio, friends in the backyard grilling and the occasional trip to the pool.  Baseball season has a long ways to go and college football is just around the corner.  One of my most unfavorite events, reminding us that school is starting again is the Bud Billiken parade that happens this month.  I don't know anyone who ever looks forward to celebrating back to school.  However, the Air and Water Show is this month along with Ribfest.  The lake is at its warmest during this month so going to some Chicago beaches might not be a bad thing to do...  Some other things to think about doing while we are still in full summer mode:

1. Navy Pier Fireworks on Wednesdays and Saturdays

2. Grant Park Music Festival - classical music until August 20

3. Movies in the parks - 8:30 pm each evening

4.  Art on the Merchandise Mart - 9pm each evening

5.  Jazz at the Shedd Aquarium

6.  Millennium Park Summer Music Series

7. Movies at Gallagher Way (Wrigley)

8.  Rockin in the park (Rosemont) - Thursday nights thru August

9. Windy City Smokeout (United Center) - August 4-7 Country music festival

10. Prince: The Immersive Experience - Michigan Ave. at North Bridge shops

11. Ribfest Chicago August 19-21

12. Air and Water Show August 20-21

13. Taste of Greektown - August 26-28

14. Edison Park Fest - August 12-14


We surveyed last month and compiled this report for you to share and enjoy.

We will be sending out 2 sets of gourmet burgers lucky participants as a thank you for participating.

Thank you to everyone who helped us draw some conclusions.

DOWNLOAD Report here.

Guess the Location Game

Last month the winner of the guess the location game was Mark Smith who guessed the right answer.  I appreciate all of the participation.  THANKS FOR PLAYING!
ANSWER: Beijing, China
"One of the oldest cities in the world, this historic place has been the capital of its country for over 700 years.  Oddly enough, it is the second most populated city in the country."

Beijing, China is second in population to Shanghai at 21.5 million. Shanghai has nearly 30 million residents.  Beijing, previously known as Peking is the capital of the People's Republic of China.  There is a lot going on in this city and here are a couple of things for you to know.

Beijing is old.  3000 years old,  That means it is about as old as London and has much preserved history.  These include the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.

This city has been the capital of 6 different governments.  Notable are the Yuan and Ming Dynasties...

Beijing's long and rich history has left behind an abundant historic and cultural heritage, including seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Ming Tombs, Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian, and the Grand Canal.


Thanks to its long history and deep cultural roots, Beijing has a unique collection of architecture, arts, cuisine, and other cultural facets.

A Beijing culture tour is not complete without imperial architecture, like the Forbidden City, and the narrow hutong lanes lined with traditional courtyard houses; performing arts like Beijing opera; and Beijing cuisine like roast duck. Glimpse the magnificence of Chinese culture through the lens of its capital.

Beijing Capital International Airport is the world's second-busiest airport, and it is most often used as the airport of entry to and exit from China.

I would wait a little longer before going to China to avoid getting put in a covid camp.  But that's just me...

~15 minutes
~ 3 minutes
Street food ~3 minutes
Old School.
Rube Goldberg
~2 minutes
Welcome Home Soldiers

 Ready to Cry? ~ 15 minutes

 ~ 9 minutes

Stewardesses' is the longest word
typed with only the left hand. 
And 'lollipop' is the longest word typed 
with your right hand. 
(Bet you tried this out mentally, didn't you?) 

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple. 

'Dreamt' is the only English word that ends in the letters 'mt'.   
(Are you doubting this?) 
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, 
but our nose  and ears never stop growing. 
The sentence: 'The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog' 
uses every letter of the alphabet.  
(Now, you KNOW you're going to try this out for accuracy, right?) 
The words 'racecar''kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right 
or right to left (palindromes).   
(Yep, I knew you were going to 'do' this one.) 

There are only four words in the English language which end in 'dous': tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous. 
(You're not possibly doubting this, are you ?) 
There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: 'abstemious' and 'facetious.' 
(Yes, admit it, you are going to say, a e i o u) 

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.   
(All you typists are going to test this out) 

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds . 
(Some days that's about what my memory span is.) 
A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second. 
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes. 
A snail can sleep for three years.   
(I know some people that could do this too.!) 

Almonds are a member of the peach family. 

An ostrich's eye  is bigger than its brain. 
(I know some people like that also .  Actually I know A LOT of people like this!) 

Babies  are born without kneecaps. 
They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age. 

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.  
In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated. 
If the population of China walked past you, 8 abreast, 
the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction. 
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors 
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite!   

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated. 

The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.  
The cruise liner, QE 2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.   
(Good thing he did that.) 

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls      
froze completely solid . 

There are more chickens than people in the world. 

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance. 

Women blink nearly twice as much as men. 


More Randomness...
Family Feud Fails
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More Stuff...

Bacon Macaroni Salad

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 large tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 5 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1-1/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 5 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in tomato, celery and green onions.

2. In a small bowl, whisk mayonnaise, vinegar, salt and pepper. Pour over macaroni mixture and toss to coat. Refrigerate, covered, at least 2 hours. Just before serving, stir in bacon.
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