May 2013 - Monthly PrimeTime of Your Life brings interesting, relevant stories and information to seniors. PrimeTime of Your Life is a monthly publication that is distributed in the Coachella Valley. Cover Photo credit: Photos: Stockbyte/Comstock images/bananastock/timestock What’s Inside 4 A Pie With A Punch 14 Health : Strength Training 6 Golf Gadgets 16 10 Ways to Slow the Effects of Ageing 7 Intergenerational 18 Travel Off the Beaten Path 8 Think Back 40 Years 19 Staying Cool In The Summer 10 Movie Review ‘42’; Robinson’s Story 20Crossword 12 Bethany Owens 21 Gnocchi Know-How 13 Stay in Great Shape Long After 65! 22Jokes Deb Geissler General Manager Tanya Miller Editorial Layout [email protected] [email protected] Judy Telander Marketing Executive Kimberly Brucks Marketing Executive Gary Linders Marketing Executive Jose De La Cruz Graphic Designer [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] (760) 776-5181 | 41-995 Boardwalk Suite L2 | Palm Desert CA 92211 A Product of the Desert Mobile Home News Titles registered and all contents copyright 2013 by Hi-Desert Publishing Co. All Rights reserved. May 2013 PRIMETIME • 3 Recipe By Jean Kressy A Pie with a Punch Brandy Alexander Pie Recipe B randy Alexander Pie is a dessert that never lets you down. The soup may not be piping hot, the roast overcooked, and the salad dressing heavy on Dijon, but when everyone gets up from the table, the only thing they remember is the pie. You’ll be asked how you got the filling so billowy, the crust so crisp, and the chocolate curls so perfect. It’s that kind of recipe. The pie is named for Brandy Alexander, a cocktail with a fuzzy history, which was created almost a hundred years ago. In 1930, the drink made its debut in print in a book by Harry Craddock, a bartender at the Savoy Hotel in London who was a master at mixing cocktails. Originally made with gin and called an Alexander, this sweet and creamy concoction was popular with women. Some people called it a “girl drink.” Possibly because it tasted more like a milkshake than a real drink, it was listed as one of the 10 worst cocktails by Esquire magazine in 1934. But Brandy Alexander Pie is another story. It was prob- 4 • PRIMETIME May 2013 ably first made in the early 1930s when Prohibition was lifted and people could resume adding liqueurs to their cooking. Although the ingredients in the cocktail and the pie are similar—brandy, creme de cacao and cream— the end products are completely different. In the hands of even a novice pie maker, they are transformed into a mousse-like filling lightened with whipped cream and flavored with exactly the right amount of liqueur. We have seen versions with everything from Irish whisky to creme de banana, but the one with creme de cacao and brandy is the pie we love. Brandy Alexander Pie Recipe A few things to keep in mind when making the filling: cook the egg yolk mixture slowly over low heat. It can take as long as 10 minutes and should thicken without coming to a boil. When the gelatin custard cools and starts to thicken and before the mixture sets, work quickly to fold in the beaten whites and whipped cream. A Pie with a punch Crumb Crust: 1 1/3 cups graham cracker crumbs 2 tablespoons sugar 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted Filling: 3 2/3 1/2 1 1/3 3 1 eggs, separated cup sugar, divided cup cold water envelope unflavored gelatin cup creme de cacao tablespoons cognac cup heavy cream, whipped Chocolate curls, optional, for garnish 1. To prepare crust, preheat oven to 375F. 2. Combine all crust ingredients in a 9-inch pie plate. Press evenly on bottom and sides of pan. Bake 8 minutes or until edge is lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. 3. To prepare filling, in a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks and 1/3 cup sugar until thick. 4. Pour water in a heavy saucepan; sprinkle gelatin over top. Add yolk mixture. Cook over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, 10 minutes, or until mixture is slightly thickened and coats a spoon. Do not boil. Remove from heat, stir in creme de cocoa and brandy and pour into a very large bowl. Let cool 10 minutes, whisking occasionally, until mixture starts to mound slightly. 5. Beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually beat in remaining 1/3 cup sugar and beat until stiff but not dry. Fold egg whites and whipped cream into custard and turn into crust. Refrigerate 6 hours to overnight. If desired, decorate pie with chocolate curls. Serves 8. May 2013 PRIMETIME • 5 golf: By Jim Miller golf gadgets that can help older golfers D o you know of any golfing gadgets or equipment that can help senior golfers? My 78-year-old dad loves to play golf, but arthritis in his hands makes griping the club difficult. He also has a hard time bending over to tee up or retrieve the ball. Is there anything out there that can help? Helpful Son Dear Helpful, There are actually a number of golfing gadgets and accessories on the market today that can help older golfers who struggle with arthritis, injuries or loss of mobility. Here are some possible solutions that can help keep your dad on the golf course. Gripping Helpers: Gripping a golf club is a very common problem for seniors with arthritis or those who have hand or elbow injuries, or any condition that affects their hand strength. To help alleviate this problem there are specially designed golf gloves and grips that can make a big difference. Depending on the severity of your dad’s problem, an inexpensive option to check out is the Bionic Golf Gloves (bionicgloves.com, 877-524-6642) which are ergonomically designed to improve grip with less effort. Or the Power Glove (powerglove.com, 800-836-3760) that uses a Velcro strap to secure the club to your hand. These gloves run between $20 and $30. Another option to consider is to get oversized grips installed on your dad’s clubs. These can make gripping the club easier and more comfortable, and are also very good at absorbing shock. Oversized grips are usually either one-sixteenth-inch or one-eighth-inch larger in diameter than a standard grip, and cost around $5 to $10 per grip. Your local golf pro can help with this. Or, for a grip-and-glove combination fix, check out the new Quantum Grip (quantumgrip.com, 855-692-3784) that incorporates hook Velcro golf grips and companion golf gloves that have mating loop Velcro material in the palm. This insures gripping power and prevents the club from slipping in your hand. The price: $30 per grip or $189 for a set of seven, plus $40 per glove. Bending Solutions: If back, hip or knee problems or lack of flexibility is also hampering your dad on the golf course, there are a number of innovative gadgets that can eliminate the bending and stooping that comes with teeing up the ball, repairing divots, marking the ball on the green, retrieving a ball or tee on the ground, and picking a club, sand rake or flag stick up off the ground. These stoop-proof devices run anywhere from a few dollars up to $70 and can be found at sites like Kool Tee (kool- 6 • PRIMETIME May 2013 tee.com, 800-324-6205), Tee Pal (teepalpro.com), and the Uprightgolf company (uprightgolf.com, 319-268-0939). Ergonomic Golf Carts: There are also a number of great ergonomic golf carts that can help older golfers who still like to walk the course. These are three or four-wheeled, light-weight push carts that provide great stability, can be adjusted to fit your body size, and fold into a compact size in a matter of seconds for easy transport. Sun Mountain Sports (sunmountain.com), Bag Boy (bagboycompany.com) and Caddytek (caddytek.com) are three companies that make these type of carts at prices ranging anywhere from $130 to around $200. Or, for seniors with severe mobility loss or who are disabled, there’s the SoloRider golf cart (solorider.com, 800-898-3353) that provides the ability to play from a seated position. Retailing for $9,450, this cart is lightweight and precisely balanced so it can be driven on tee boxes and greens without causing any damage. And federal ADA laws require that all publically owned golf courses allow them. boomers holding back the years Intergenerational cooperation in every way O n one side of the scale, we have baby boomers approaching the end of their working lives, with lots of free time and few commitments. On the other side, we have a younger generation, too busy trying to stay afloat to be able to devote a lot of time to their children. Intergenerational cooperation is one obvious solution to this problem that is so typical of our times. Helping each other out has many advantages. For young people, spending time with seniors can bring a feeling of reassurance and comfort. They can learn more about where they come from, which can help them better discern which direction to take in life. For the baby boomers, this is the ideal occasion to pass on a rich and diverse heritage and to feel useful and young at heart. Here are a few suggestions for intergenerational projects that benefit both young and old folks. They might already exist in your community, and if they don’t, you could start a new project yourself. Community gardens: teach the younger generation how to grow vegetables and they’ll help you with the weeding. Help with homework: many ex-teachers see this as an opportunity to renew ties with their vocation on a part-time basis. Read stories to children: reading aloud is proven to build brain power in children, and it will bring you into contact with some very interesting young personalities! Arts and crafts workshops: help children discover their creativity all while exploring your own. Their pride in their work is sure to inspire you. Invite your grandchildren or some young friends to your home for some intergenerational activities: prepare a meal together, build a birdhouse, or play board games. Perhaps, in return, these youngsters will show you how to use the Internet or plug into a social network. May 2013 PRIMETIME • 7 The Wine guys: by tom marquardt and patrick darr Think back 40 years.... Schlitz, Gallo, Velvetta? T hink back about 40 years - if you are able - and try to recall what beverage and food was available to you. Stop at the cheese counter and you’re likely to find Velveeta. Grab a beer and it’s likely to be Schlitz or Budweiser. Wine? Gallo, Charles Krug and - a campus favorite - Boones Farm. My, how far we have come. Goat-milk cheese, aged cheese, buffalo mozzarella and a variety of blue cheeses are more than a person can taste in a lifetime. Craft beers from Maine, Washington and just about every state. Wine? Name a country that’s not represented in the market today. Winemakers, brewers and marketing specialists heralded the variety of their products in an interesting conversation during a recent wine symposium. The event encouraged beer and winemakers to share their challenges. Among the comparisons: beer makers don’t have to worry about terroir, winemakers are less concerned about shelf life, brewers have more control and can easily make what they want. “My wine is often mistaken as beer,” said Abe Schoener of the Scholium Project. Schoener, who was recently the subject of an indepth story in the New York Times, is known for making wines over the top. The audience laughed but it’s not as odd as it sounds. Claus Hagelman, who has had considerable marketing experience in beer and wine, recalled a study in which blindfolded people were asked to identify a beverage as beer or wine. All of the beverages were beer, but the tasters thought half of them were wine. Hugh Sisson, a brewer with Heavy Seas Brewing, traced better variety to improved transportation. “During post-Prohibition, refrigeration came into the market,” he said. “You could finally ship product (without spoilage). Combine that with substantial radio adver- 8 • PRIMETIME May 2013 tising and post-Prohibition began to take over the market.” He said that during World War II beer makers were making a light style to appeal to women who were stationed at home. But the interests of consumers changed dramatically after the war and when transportation to Europe improved. As people traveled to foreign countries, they developed a taste for European wines, beer and cheeses. As air travel improved, those products became more available on the American market. Hagelman said salsa is a good example. When people first taste it, they thought it pleasant but hot. Eventually they taste enough of it that they can distinguish a mass produced salsa from one that is homemade. The demand for craft beer and high-quality wine followed the same path. But the big development in beer came in 1979 when President Carter deregulated the beer industry and allowed the return of small, even homemade, breweries. That opened the door to craft brewers. “That’s what ignited the industry,” Sisson said. The Wine guys Large brewers, like Anheuser Busch, still dominate the market, but the craft beer industry has grown. Volume was up about 15 percent last year and today craft beers represent nearly 7 percent of the market. Wine, too, became more specialized. Consumers were no longer satisfied with generic wine made from a variety of grapes. They wanted a chardonnay, merlot or cabernet sauvignon from a particular country - even a particular region. “Americans eventually changed the industry by focusing on varietal wines instead of house wines,” Hagelman said. “They changed the industry.” August Deimel of Keuka Spring Vineyards said the “buy local” movement helped both beer and wine producers. This rush to satisfy a thirst for specialized beverage muddled the definition of micro-brewed beers. Jason Oliver of Devil’s Backbone Brewing Co. called the knock-offs “faux brands.” “I’m concerned that the average consumer doesn’t know some of these beers are not craft beers,” he said. Sierra Nevada, for instance, started as a small brewer in 1980 but today its annual production is 25 million gallons. “If they get too big, are they no longer a craft beer?” wondered Oliver. Nonetheless, Sisson and others applauded the efforts of the large producers who paved the way for them. “Thank God they were there,” Sisson said. WINE RECOMMENDATIONS Von Siebenthal Parcela #7 2009 ($17). We liked this nicely priced red blend from Chile. It is made up of cabernet sauvignon (40 percent), merlot, petit verdot and cabernet franc. Floral aromas with sweet berry and plum flavors and a good dose of oak and a dash of olives and rosemary. Bodegas Y Vinedos Fournier Urban 2009 ($12). Aged in oak for four months, this delightful gem is made from tinta del pais grapes. Ripe, blackberry flavors with distinctive style. Val Sacro Dioro Rioja 2005 ($22). Imported by Kysela, this tempranillo had generous aromas of truffles and blackberries with a ripe black fruit flavor. We loved this wine for the value. Buy it. Franciscan Magnificat 2008 ($50). In the premium category, this blend of Bordeaux grape varieties is actually a good deal. It has complexity, dense dark berry fruit, rich texture and a long finish. May 2013 PRIMETIME • 9 movie review: neil pond ‘42’ Robinson’s story is rousing true tale of baseball’s first black superstar Starring Chadwick Boseman & Harrison Ford Directed by Brian Helgeland PG-13, 128 min. Released April 12, 2013 T ruth, we’ve always heard, is stranger than fiction. Sometimes truth is better than fiction, too. That’s certainly the case with it comes to the story of Jackie Robinson, the first black player to break Major League Baseball’s color barrier in the 1940s. What Robinson did was so revolutionary, the resistance he faced was so formidable, and the character he demonstrated was so upstanding…well, it’s a tale that Hollywood couldn’t much improve by adding any shine to it, because everything’s already there. That’s why director and screenwriter Brian Helgeland’s new Robinson biopic, “42,” dramatizes the baseball icon and his achievements but hews closely to the facts, sometime even down to a specific game’s pitches, hits and plays. Not to say it’s a dry, drab, droning history lesson, because it’s anything but. “42” is an uplifting, rousing crowd-pleaser, and a powerful, moving tribute to a Baseball Hall of Famer who, especially for a lot of younger viewers, today might not be much more than the subject of a Black History Month school paper. This movie brings Robinson (who died in 1972) to life in a vibrant, electrifying new light, both for those who remember as well as those who have little or no idea. Taking its title from his Brooklyn Dodgers jersey number, “42” begins in 1945, when Robinson, fresh out of WWII and playing baseball in the segregated Negro leagues, is plucked by Dodgers president and general manager Branch Rickey to try out for Brooklyn’s farm team, the Montreal Royals. Rickey (Harrison Ford) knows the risks of bringing a black player into the lily-white Major Leagues. He knows that player will be booed, baited with slurs, targeted by opposing pitchers with viciously hurled speed balls aimed at his head, and threatened by racist baseball fans. But he also knows the upside: Good black players will help ball teams win games, and boost attendance by black fans. Rickey also knows that integrating baseball is simply the right thing to do. Chadwick Boseman, after numerous appearances on several TV shows, steps into his first big leading role with a remarkable resemblance to the character he’s playing. He looks a lot like Robinson, and he does a great job expressing No. 10 • PRIMETIME May 2013 Chadwick Boseman & Harrison Ford 42’s formidable skills on the field, his remarkable restraint as opposing players and coaches assail him with taunts, and the powerful inner strength that guided Robison to become America’s first black baseball superstar that fateful season in 1947, opening the door once and for all to other players of color. The movie is filled with actors playing real-life players and other figures who factored into Robinson’s story, including Dodgers manager Leo Durocher (Christopher Meloni), Brooklyn fielders Pee Wee Reece (Lucas Black) and Ralph Branca (Hamish Linklater), sportscaster Red Barber (John C. McGinley), black journalist Wendell Smith (Andre Holland), and Philadelphia Phillies coach Ben Chapman (Alan Tuydk), whose merciless hail of the n-word and other racist insults from the dugout during one game pushes Robinson as close as he ever comes to the breaking point. Robinson’s religious faith is a subtle thread woven throughout much of the plot, which should help “42” find a wider audience among faith-based audiences who often feel Hollywood ignores them. Rickey, his manager and mentor, uses Biblical metaphors in business negotiations and chastises his philandering team manager, Durocher, with a Scriptural admonition about adultery. Robinson encouragingly tells his wife (Nicole Beharie), “God built me to last,” a line that Rickey later proudly echoes. And here’s another movie where you need to stay for the credits. As they scroll, you’ll better understand the significance of “42” as one of the most powerful numbers in all of baseball and how it’s uniquely honored today. Neil Pond, American Profile theater BETHANY OWEN “THE WOMAN OF 1001 VOICES AND FACES” And THE MAGIC OF ROB WATKINS drive at night, an opportunity as well to come out during the day to see a live stage show in the East valley”. Owen is well known in the Coachella Valley after running her variety onewoman show throughout many local valley venues over the years and she’s excited and looking forward to 2014 to call the valley home for the run of the show. Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Beginning January 15th through March 28th, 2014 All SHOWS: 2 PM Matinee BETHANY OWEN in “ONE VOICE” JANUARY 15th – FEBRUARY 14th ROB WATKINS in “JUST LET ME VENT” FEBRUARY 19th – 21st BETHANY OWEN in “COUNTRY QUEENS” FEBRUARY 26th – MARCH 28th Indio Performing Arts Center / 45-175 Fargo St., Indio CA 92201 TICKETS: General Admission: $26, Buy Tickets before Sept. 1st and SAVE $5 off the normal GA price. *Social Groups and Bus Tour Rates Available J RW Group Entertainment, Jim Whirlow Director / Producer, announces that Las Vegas headliner and singing voice impressionist, BETHANY OWEN is preparing to set-up shop on an extended monthly run in Indio, CA at the INDIO PERFORMING ARTS CENTER for the 2014 winter season. The schedule is set to begin on January 15th and end March 28th with a rotation of both of her one-woman production shows “ONE VOICE” a variety Comedy, Jazz, Pop and Country voice impressions show which has been touring nationally since 2002; and “COUNTRY QUEENS” an all country themed impressions show paying tribute to legendary women of country music from Kitty Well to Shania Twain and Martina McBride to Gretchen Wilson with a splash of Minnie Pearl to mix in some fun. There will also be one week between “One Voice” and the “Country Queens” show to present the Magic and Ventriloquism of a ROB WATKINS a local Palm Springs favorite and winner of the Grand Prize and Audience Favorite Award at the 2011 McCallum Theater Institute open call. This is a first for the Indio Performing Arts Center in scheduling a week day matinee show running at 2 p.m in the afternoon. JRW Group Entertainment Director / Producer Jim Whirlow notes that, “The shows are being produced this way to give those in the senior community, who may not like to 12 • PRIMETIME May 2013 TICKET INFORMATION: (760)775-5200 / www.IndioPerformingArtsCenter.org Short Artist Info – During the past year, Bethany Owen has been headlining her one-woman show in major entertainment cities and venues for weekly and monthly resident run contract tours in Las Vegas, Laughlin, Albuquerque, Phoenix and Lake Tahoe. Owen has also been working in LA voice recording studios on projects for companies like IGT Gaming where Owen mimicked the voice of legendary actress Audrey Hepburn for the new IGT themed slot machine titled “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” modeled after the movie of the same name. She is a consecutive two-time international winner in Las Vegas, Nevada for “Best Female Voice Impressionist”, an award never given twice to the same person two years in a row. A few abbreviated credits include starring on the Las Vegas strip as the female headline voice for a two-year run of “Comedy Kings” for the Sid and Marty Krofft Puppets. She appeared on Larry King Live, MADtv, and Jimmy Kimel. Brian DiPalma cast Owen in his movie “Body Double” as Norma Desmond and a “Frankie Goes to Hollywood” music video. Lorenzo Doumani cast her as Marilyn Monroe in two of his films and she portrayed Marilyn, as well, in the “Alvin and the Chipmunks” music video titled “The Macarena.” Boomers holding back the years Stay in great shape long after 65! D o you dream of slowing down the effects of ageing? If so, you’d better get moving. No matter how old you are it is always possible to maintain or improve your health by adding some sort of physical activity to your routine. Better balance and a higher degree of independence are among the many benefits that seniors gain from exercise. Physical activity also tends to reduce the risk of falls and injury and helps prevent heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, type-two diabetes, and some forms of cancer. Best of all, it just makes people feel better! Start gradually but aim to do at least two and a half hours of moderate or intense physical activity every week. Any exercise that lasts longer than ten minutes counts. Biking and brisk walking are considered to be moderate activities if your heart rate increases and you are capable of talking but not singing while you are moving. Intense physical exercise includes jogging and cross country skiing. During this kind of activity, you need to catch your breath after a few words because of an increased heart rate. Don’t forget to strengthen your muscles and your bones with twice weekly sessions of an activity such as stretching, yoga, walking, weights, climbing stairs, and sit-ups or pushups. These will invigorate your heart and mind. The first step is always the most difficult where physical activity is concerned. After that it’s pure enjoyment! May 2013 PRIMETIME • 13 health: By Jim Miller strength training Tips for Seniors D ear Savvy Senior, Can lifting weights help with age-related health problems? At age 70, I have diabetes, arthritis and osteoporosis and recently read that strength training could improve my conditions. What can you tell me? Looking for Help Dear Looking, A growing body of research shows that strength training exercises can have a profound impact on a person’s health as they age – and you’re never too old to start. Regular strength training, done at least two nonconsecutive days a week, helps you build muscle strength, increases your bone density and improves your balance, coordination and stamina. It can also help reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic conditions like arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, back pain, depression and obesity. And some studies even show that it helps improve cognitive function too. 14 • PRIMETIME May 2013 Safety First: For the most part, strength training exercises – especially if you start conservatively and progress slowly – are safe for most seniors, even those with serious health conditions. But, if you have health concerns or if you are currently inactive, you should talk to your doctor about what may be appropriate for you. A good self-help resource to help you find an appropriate, safe exercise program is the “Exercise and Screening for You” tool at easyforyou.info. Getting Started: If you’ve never done strength training exercises before, you may want to work with a personal trainer for a few sessions to help you develop a safe and effective routine you can continue on your own. They cost anywhere from $20 to $100 per hour. To find one, ask your health care provider or contact a good health club or fitness facility in your area. You can also search for one online at reputable sites like acefitness.org or ideafit.com. May 2013 PRIMETIME • 15 Boomers holding back the years 10 ways to slow the effects of ageing W e all age a little bit every day and like it or not, we can’t do anything about it. How-ever, several lifestyle choices can help to slow down the effects of ageing. Here are ten examples: 1. Stop smoking: cigarettes reduce a smoker’s life expectancy by about four years, not to mention the ageing effects on skin, hair, and teeth. 2. Get sufficient sleep: aim to sleep eight hours a day. Not getting enough sleep is harmful to the skin and can cause unhealthy weight gain and a grim outlook. 3. Use your memory: don’t forget that the brain is a muscle. Give it some exercise with word games, puzzles, and stimulating discussion and readings. 4. Stay active: it’s proven that exercising for 30 minutes a day improves health. Do it every day, if possible. 16 • PRIMETIME may 2013 5. Fill up on antioxidants: colourful fruits and vegetables are full of these compounds that protect the body’s cells and help boost the immune system. 6. Reduce your sugar intake: sugars promote weight gain and accelerate the ageing of the skin. There is also some evidence that they compromise the immune system. 7. Increase your calcium intake: calcium is essential for healthy skin and bones. 8. Manage your stress: stress makes you look older, so aim for a balanced lifestyle through yoga, meditation, exercise, and rest. 9. Protect yourself from the sun: sun is the most important factor in ageing skin and one of the main causes of skin cancer. 10. Drink a lot: good hydration is vital for the body’s organs and for healthy looking skin. Boomers holding back the years Baby Boomers Travel off the beaten path V ictor Hugo once wrote that 40 is the old age of youth but that 50 is the youth of old age. And because travelling is such a formative experience for the young, it’s not surprising that baby boomers are in the process of redefining the tourism industry by imposing their own vision. Travelling might have been considered a luxury by their parents, but baby boomers make travel a central part of their yearly schedule. And they are ready to pay the price for it, as long as they get their money’s worth! Most baby boomers feel younger than their chronological age, and they are compelled to live life to the fullest and realize their dreams while they still enjoy good health. They might have grown up with mass tourism, but they are now in search of a more personalized travel experience. They prefer to travel along their own paths, rather than with tourist groups, and they want fresh itineraries that will lead them to new discoveries. Indian Canyon Trails Directions; to get to the Indian Canyons hiking trails in Palm Springs, take South Palm Canyon from Highway 111 and drive about two miles to the Indian Canyons tollgate. There are signs posted to help you find your way. While seniors aged 65 or older generally opt for more traditional and contemplative activities, baby boomers seem determined to be much more active. One 2008 survey showed that in North America, 56 percent of adventure tourists were baby boomers! Indeed, when they pack their bags, baby boomers are in search of unique sensations. They want personalized planning, pleasure, excitement, and new experiences. 18 • PRIMETIME may 2013 Check out these Local Hiking Trails: Murray Canyon Trail Directions; After entering the Indian Canyons, take the road to the right up to the parking area. After parking, follow the signs to the trailhead. Andreas Canyon Trail Directions; After entering the Indian Canyons, take the road to the right up to the parking area. After parking, follow the signs to the trailhead. The Andreas Canyon Trail is an easy trail that takes the hiker up the right side of the canyon, following a stream that wanders through groves of California fan palms. outdoor Modern Misting systems staying cool in the summer H ere in the desert during the peak of summer months, people avoid staying outdoors as the heat is oppressive. And levels of humidity can make things worse! Home misting systems can help you substantially overcome this problem and make your outdoor life more comfortable. Your pool, patio or garden space can be cooled quickly by as much as 35 degrees thanks to home misting systems. Buying a home misting system can be very effective for people wishing to spend long hours outside their homes and have fun. There are available in the market a wide range of misting systems and misting fans to meet the outdoor cooling needs of homeowners. These misting systems and misting fans are capable of reducing outdoor temperatures by as much as 25, even 30 degrees. Through the use of different levels of technology, these systems can provide outdoor cooling to meet all types of needs. The Low and Mid-Pressure Misting Systems available on the market can convert a low-pressure system into a mid-pres- sure system. Simply place a mid-pressure pump between the water source and the supply line, provide electricity, and the pump will appreciably increase the water pressure. This system produces smaller droplets which provide a finer mist that evaporates quickly. The pump works in conjunction with either low-pressure misting systems or our misting fans. Why Choose High Pressure? High Pressure misting systems are chosen for applications where maximum cooling is needed. These applications would include not only residential places but other commercial establishments like restaurants, amusement parks, sports stadium, hotels and resorts. High Pressure misting systems can also control odors and dust that contaminate the environments. Give us a call today to set up a free estimate (760) 251-9911 or visit our new website at www.ModernMistingSystems.com may 2013 PRIMETIME • 19 crossword on the lighter side puzzles and jokes to brighten your day 20 • PRIMETIME may 2013 recipe by robin mather Gnocchi know-how C ommercial gnocchi is readily available, but it’s worth the effort to make your own. Essentially, you mix cooked, riced potatoes with egg, then knead in some flour. There’s no special equipment required; the familiar grooved pattern is made with a table fork. Gnocchi’s delicate flavor pairs well with robust sauces, from tomato to pesto to pungent gorgonzola. Fresh Peas with Lettuce and Gnocchi: The cooked lettuce adds a touch of sweetness to the starchy peas, and a little reduced heavy cream makes an appealing sauce. 1 (16-ounce) package frozen potato gnocchi, such as DeLallo 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter 2 tablespoons minced onion 1 head Boston or any loose-leaf lettuce 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided 4 cups fresh, shelled English peas or frozen peas, thawed 1/2 cup heavy cream Freshly ground black pepper 1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook gnocchi according to package directions; drain and keep warm. 2. Place butter in a large, heavy pan; heat over medium heat until melted. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. 3. Wash lettuce and trim away the stalk end. Shake water off lettuce (it’s OK if some water remains) and add to pan. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and peas. Cook until peas are tender, about 5 minutes. 4. Remove pea mixture from pan and keep warm. Add cream to pan and cook over medium heat until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Return pea mixture to pan, add gnocchi and cook, stirring occasionally, until peas are hot, 2 to 3 minutes. Add remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Serves 6. May 2013 PRIMETIME • 21 Laugh out loud Potential and Reality One day during the family lunch the youngest son Paul asks his father: - Daddy, what is the difference between potential and reality? Daddy turns to his wife and gives her a question: - Would you sleep with George Clooney for 1 million $? - Certainly, I would never waste such opportunity, - tells the wife Daddy turns to his teenage daughter: - Maria, would you sleep with Brad Pitt for 1 million $? - Surely! He is my fantasy, his posters are all over the walls of my room. Daddy turns to his eldest son Raul and asks: - Would you sleep with Tom Cruise for 1 million $! Eldest son thinks a little and replies: - Why not? Imagine what I could do with all that money. So yes, I would sleep. Then daddy turns back to his youngest son Paul and explains him: - You see, Paul, potentially we are sitting with multi millionaires but in reality we are sitting with two prostitutes and one gay… Mathematics A young man tutored his sweetheart maths, he thought of it as his mission, he kissed her once then once again and said “There, that’s addition!” She took it upon herself to return the pleasant action, she kissed once and once again, smiled and said “and that’s subtraction!” Now she’d learned the basics without too much complication, they kissed each other once, then twice, and said “that must be multiplication!” Meanwhile the young lady’s father had this ‘lesson’ in his vision, he kicked that boy ten foot out the door and said “Then that is long division!” Swimmers Three young boys were boasting about their grandpas. The first boy said: “My grandpa is a great swimmer. He can swim for hours before getting out of the water!” The second boy said, “That’s nothing. My grandpa always goes swimming at 6:00 in the morning every day, and only comes back at 9:00 pm because my mom says he has to!” The third boy says, “Your grandpas are both bad at swimming! My grandpa started swimming in this pond 20 years ago, and he hasn’t come out since!!!” 22 • PRIMETIME may 2013 Run in with the Law This police officer sees an old lady driving and knitting at the same time so after driving next to her for awhile he yells to her,”PULLOVER”. She replies,”No a pair of socks”.
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