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BBHQ Newsletter Archive: 05/23/16

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May 23, 2016

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Men always say women are complicated. But we aren't, if you use a thermodynamic formula quantifying the free energy change of each reaction.

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The Upper and the Real Deal

The BBHQ Monday Morning Upper

You've Got a Friend in Me

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Morning Upper.

Today’s Upper combines a little nostalgia, some high school reunion memories, and just plain good times. It really is an "upper."

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"A newsletter so nice, we sent it twice." Opps... we donno' exactly what happened. But some of you got 2 copies of our newsletter last Monday. Oura culpa. We'll try not to let that happen again.

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This Week with the Chicowitz

The Last Swimming Pool



In 2005, the Barclays moved to central Florida and invested their life’s savings in a La Quinta motel. They worked harder than ever before. Business was good. In the next five years, they were able to purchase five more motels in the franchise.

In 2010, regulations by the Obama administration required “at least two accessible means of entry” provided for swimming pools. The standards say, “accessible means of entry shall be swimming pool lifts” that comply with rule 1009.2; “sloped entries complying with 1009.3; transfer walls complying with 1009.4; transfer systems complying with 1009.5; and pool stairs complying with 1009.6. At least one accessible means of entry provided shall comply with 1009.2 or 1009.3.”

The Barclays tried to get estimates on how much it would cost to comply with the regulations. Several vendors said the cost might be as much as $40,000 per installation. More than one construction company was unwilling to submit a bid, having determined that the specifications are too vague and too impractical.

Mark and Claudia can afford neither the cost to comply with the regulations nor the penalty for non-compliance.

Rather than attempting to absorb the expense, the Barclays decided to close all of their swimming pools and hot tubs. If their guests are looking to cool off, they’ll just have to turn down the thermostat in their room and remember the good old days. The swimming pool goes the way of the washboard, though for an entirely different reason.



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We have posted some comments from satisfied customers, below, as our Joke of the Week.

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A Few of Our Favorite Things

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I Remember... May 23...:

I remember May 23... mostly because it was so quiet. Not a whole lot happened on May 23 in our youth. 'Course it would be tough to top the ambush of Bonnie & Clyde, which took place on May 23, 1934.

But Lauren Chapin (Kathy on Father Knows Best), Marvelous Marvin Hagler, and Drew Carey celebrate birthdays on May 23. And on May 23, 1969, the Who released the rock-opera Tommy.

Whew... our little Kitten is 71 today!






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The BBHQ Trivia Teaser
 
Here are three questions from the BBHQ cloud:


1. First, our current events question:
The IRS Inspector General reported last week that 25% of the earned-income tax credit payments that it makes each year -- amounting to over $15 billion -- is frudulent, but that it has neither the ability nor the authority to do anything about it.
True or False?

      Yep; that's our reliable IRS
      No; not a smidgen, not an ounce of fraud, waste or abuse in the IRS, especially not to the tune of $15 billion a year!

2. Every boomer in good standing knows that "Kitten" was the pet name for Kathy in Father Knows Best -- referenced above. The older daughter... what was her nickname?

3. We normally do not get into death notices here in our newsletter. This week we make an exception. Alan Young, the TV star who talked to a horse, died last week. Alan was 96.
One web smart-alec commented on his death by offering, RIP, Alan Young. You talked to one end of a horse, we've been dealing with the other end of one for almost eight years now.

Hardie-har-har!

We all remember Mr. Ed, don't we? Betcha' don't remember the last name of the character that Alan Young played. Nope; we're not gonna ask you that. It was Post. But we are going to ask you his first name. (Hint: Mister Ed's favorite phrase: "Oh _______"
Now, what was it?

Grade our Newsletter. How did we do this week?
      A: Great! Lottsa' fun.

      B: Pretty good.

      C: So-so.

      D: Eh... not so good.

      F: A swing and a miss.


What say you? Comments for the good of the order:




Though some e-mail software does not allow it, you can (try to) submit your answers to our online grading system here, and see how close you came. There are no prizes here... it's just for fun.

If the submit button does not work for you, you can take the quiz online by clicking here.

Members can play all of our trivia games in The BBHQ Trivia Library.

The BBHQ Joke of the Week

The Yodeling Pickle -- Comments from Satisfied Buyers:



My twelve year-old niece asked for the Justin Bieber CD for Christmas, so I bought her this yodeling pickle. Nobody so far can tell the difference.

My mother-in-law is a champion yodeler. She yodels every minute of the day when she is happy, nervous or even sad. She said it is great for the heart. I can't forget the most touching moment when she was at hospital hall yodeling to the tune of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" when my wife was in labor. Unfortunately, she decided to go home after a household dispute about food. I don't miss her, but I miss her yodeling.

I strongly disagree with the reviewers who say the yodeling pickle has inferior quality. Yes, I would prefer a little less vibrato and a little more twang, but really, folks, to accomplish this would require a significantly larger speaker, and certainly, bigger batteries. Perhaps, someday, someone will produce a yodeling pear; but until then, STOP COMPLAINING!

BTW, my son has discovered that a mellow harmonic tone can be simulated merely by putting some humming beans in your ears while listening to the yodeling pickle.

If you've ever sat at home on a Sunday night wondering what the meaning of life is, why the earth rotates at the rate it does, or if pickles can yodel...One of your answers has now been answered. Pickles, can now yodel.

The yodelling pickle in my house appears to be possessed. Whenever I put it away in the kitchen cupboard it mysteriously appears in the top drawer of my wife's bedside table.



Honest, we didn't make these up. They're out there at Amazon.com!


Have a great week. We'll share the fun again next Monday!

- the Boomer Crew at BBHQ


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