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Live Broadcast, Jackpot Machine, and YOUR health?

The first Spring Health Fair from Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital starts at 7:00am this Saturday morning at Ironstone Vineyards. Til Noon you can have a free health screening, get a blood analysis, look into senior services, get bone density screenings, nutrition information, fitness information, food, music, and FUN with our Jackpot machine, dolling out prizes from 8 to 10 with a live broadcast. Hope you take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and thanks to Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital for their effort in providing this valuable service to the motherlode.

Justin Flores


Today (Monday, February 22) is George Washington’s birthday. 

Did George Washington have wooden teeth? 

He had false teeth, but they were not made of wood. As a matter of fact, the materials used in his false teeth were probably more uncomfortable than wood. In one set of teeth, his dentist, Dr. John Greenwood, used a cow’s tooth, one of Washington’s teeth, hippopotamus ivory, metal and springs. They fit poorly and distorted the shape of his mouth. 

Did George Washington chop down a cherry tree? 

Probably not. The story was invented by Parson Mason Weems who wrote a biography of George Washington shortly after Washington’s death. Since so little is known about Washington’s childhood, Weems invented several anecdotes about Washington’s early life to illustrate the origins of the heroic qualities Washington exhibited as an adult. 

Did George Washington wear a wig? 

No. Even though wigs were fashionable, Washington kept his own hair, which he wore long and tied back in a queue, or ponytail. He did, however, powder his hair as was the custom of the time. 

Is George Washington buried under the U.S. Capitol? 

No, although Congress built a vault under the Capitol building for this purpose. In his will, Washington specified that he wished to be buried at Mount Vernon and that a new tomb should be constructed. His heirs honored his wish, and the vault at the U.S. Capitol remains empty to this day. 

Other than General, what job did George Washington’s hold before he was president? 

Farmer. Washington, who believed that America should become a “granary to the world”, sought to improve many aspects of farming. His advanced crop rotations, use of fertilizers, experimentation with crops, and innovative farm equipment made him one of the “pioneers” of modern agriculture. 

Did George Washington free his slaves? 

Yes. In his will, he freed those slaves belonging to him (about 124) and his estate paid for the care of former Mount Vernon slaves for decades after his death. At least nine early presidents owned slaves, but only one – Washington – freed all of his slaves. 

Did George Washington live in the White House? 

No. George Washington was the only U.S. President who did not live in the White House, which was not completed until after his death. During his two terms as president, the capital of the United States was located first in New York and then in Philadelphia. George Washington played a large role, however, in the development of the new Federal City named after him, and in overseeing the design of both the Capitol Building and the White House.


The winter Olypmics haved arrived. Here’s some insightful info and some reasons to watch the games.

The Olympic Rings
Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympic Games, designed the Olympic Rings as a symbol to encourage world unity. The five rings represent the five continents, however the colors do not correspond to specific continents. The rings are interlaced to show the university of Olympism and the meeting of the athletes of the world during the Olympic Games.
Coubertin first presented the rings in a flag in June 1914 in Paris at the Olympic Congress. Due to the First World War, the flag and its five rings were not displayed in an Olympic stadium until 1920 in Antwerp, Belgium.

The Medals
The medals — gold, silver, and bronze — represent the highest levels of athletic achievement at the Games. The design of the medal varies with each Olympic Games and they are the responsibility of the host city’s organizing committee. Olympic medals must be at least 60 millimeters in diameter and at least three millimeters thick. Gold and silver medals must be made of 92.5 percent pure silver; the gold medal must be gilded with at least six grams of gold.

Torch & Flame
One of the most enduring symbols of the Olympic Games is the Olympic flame. The flame made its first appearance at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games and since then the lighting of the flame has become a major focal point of every Opening Ceremonies. The concept of lighting a flame for the duration of the Games comes from the ancient Greeks, who used a flame lit by the sun’s rays at Olympia – the site of the original Olympic Games.


Yahoo Sports has some pretty compelling reasons…

• Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong, or as you can call him, the Snow Leopard. Kwame is Ghana’s first Winter Olympian, and will be competing in Alpine skiing. How easy is he to love? “No problem. Choo, choo, I’m the train which never stops,” he was quoted as saying. How did he get his nickname? Kwame is being sponsored by an online poker site, and any extra money he makes will be donated to save endangered snow leopards from extinction.

• Go to Sports Illustrated, find pictures of Lindsey Vonn, and smile. She’s the world’s best Alpine skier, she is American and she is absolutely beautiful, and not in that “she’s an athlete so she is pretty for an athlete” kind of way. Nope, this is “she walks in a bar and your buddy is going to nudge you” hot. But it isn’t her looks that might make her a star. Vonn could win four gold medals in Vancouver. Now that’s hot.

• You think NASCAR is fast? Take one night to watch skeleton. Seriously. For all the talk about obscure sports in the Olympics, the fact that people actually practice (and become good) at skeleton is insane. It’s like how Jerry Seinfeld used to joke about the luge, only tougher, faster and with more risk.

• He was the face of American sports in Turin, and Apolo Ohno will again be competing for medals in speedskating with the flash that has made him a face to remember. He might be 27, but he is still skating well, and needs one more medal to beat Eric Heiden for most by an American man. How is the outlook? In trials, Ohno won the finals in the 500 meter, the 1000 meter and the 1,500 meter, although he came in second in time trails to J.R. Celski in the 1,000 meter.

• For Shaun White and his continued dominance in snowboarding. If you didn’t watch the X-Games, you missed White’s brutal practice crash that even left White in awe after watching his face catch the edge of the halfpipe. White will have tricks in his bag for this event, and anytime he’s in the air, your television should be tuned in.

• For the curling. Did you know it’s becoming more popular? There are 154 curling clubs in the United States, and like adult kickball, it’ll be gaining popularity. Also, like modern art, curling is one of the few sports people at home on their couch can look at and think to themselves, “Heck, I could do this.” That is, until you try and play it.

• To actually utter these words for the first time in years: “I’m watching NBC, and I like it!”

• To watch Roberto Carcelén, the first Winter Olympian from Peru. He will be competing in cross-country skiing, but his story on how it all worked out is probably the best you’ll hear from Vancouver. Carcelén was planning on running a marathon in the United States, and decided to get online to meet some people before heading to America. Instantly, he met Kate, and the marathon was history. They met in March of 2003, were married in July, and Kate introduced Roberto to skiing. After watching the ’06 Winter Olympics, Carcelén vowed to become the first Peruvian in the Winter Games.

• Talk about pride… India’s Shiva Keshavan is the only Olympian from the populous country, but wasn’t going to be able to compete because his sled broke and he didn’t have the scratch to fix it. No worries. Five Indian businessmen heard about the luger’s troubles, tossed in $10,000 each and now he is in the field in Vancouver.

• To see Bode Miller drop the crazy act and just ski. Miller is competing in all five Alpine events in Vancouver, even though, you know, he hasn’t even trained for two of them. Call him what you will, Miller will be a big draw at Vancouver.

• To see Canada  win gold in hockey.

• To make fun of the American’s outfits for the Opening Ceremony


If you’re tired of counting calories and measuring everything you eat, don’t despair. Here are some simple, easy-to-remember diet tips from doctors, chefs, and the general public. They’ve been compiled by award-winning author, Michael Pollan in his latest book, Food Rules:

• Rule #1: If it grew on a plant, eat it. If it was made in a manufacturing plant, skip it.

• Rule #2: Avoid foods with ingredients you wouldn’t buy for your pantry, like celluose, ammonium sulfate and xanthan gum. They’re simply additives created to extend shelf life, make old food look more appetizing than it really is, and get you to eat more.

• Rule #3: Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of your milk. Cereals like that are highly processed, and full of refined carbs, sugars, and chemical additives.

• Rule #4: Do all your eating at a table. Your desk is not a table. Pollan points out that if you eat while you’re working, watching TV or driving, you’re eating mindlessly, which means you’re eating a lot more than if you were at a table, and paying attention to what you’re doing.

• Rule #5: You can eat all the junk food you want – as long as you make it yourself. After all, it’s a lot of work to make French fries, cakes and ice cream. If you had to make them yourself, you’d eat a lot less.

• Rule #6: Eat when you’re hungry, not when you’re bored, or need comfort, a reward or entertainment. Try this test: Reach for an apple. If you’re not hungry enough to eat it, then you’re not really hungry.

Friday Fun

So I found this website where you can add text to a Batman comic. Stupid and fun at the same time. Here’s my attempts. Click here to make your own. – Justin Flores

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Spray-on liquid glass is coming, and could improve our lives in a number of ways. The invention is transparent, non-toxic, and can protect virtually any surface against almost any damage from hazards such as water, UV radiation, dirt, heat, and bacterial infections. The coating is also flexible and breathable, which makes it suitable for use on an enormous array of products. The liquid glass spray (technically termed “SiO2 ultra-thin layering”) consists of almost pure silicon dioxide (silica, the normal compound in glass) extracted from quartz sand. Water or ethanol is added, depending on the type of surface to be coated. There are no additives, and the nano-scale glass coating bonds to the surface because of the quantum forces involved. According to the manufacturers, liquid glass has a long-lasting antibacterial effect because microbes landing on the surface cannot divide or replicate easily.

… Food processing companies in Germany have already carried out trials of the spray, and found sterile surfaces that usually needed to be cleaned with strong bleach to keep them sterile needed only a hot water rinse if they were coated with liquid glass. The levels of sterility were higher for the glass-coated surfaces, and the surfaces remained sterile for months.

Motherlode Wildlife!

My facebook friend and sista, Connie, posted this photo of a bull in her back yard. It got me thinking, we see so much “awesome” wildlife and spectacular views, I would like your photos to post here as well. We’ll have our own “Motherlode Wildlife Photo Gallery”. What do you say? send me your jpeg photos to justin.flores@mlode.com and I will begin to archive them here at the site. Thanks in advance.

Justin Flores

Photo by Connie McCamey

Photo by Connie McCamey