Monday, September 5, 2016

198th post

What I've been doing is telling stories of my life from the beginning and

in the past (blog # 1) and just doing that ain't going to work because I believe

you would like to hear about the present, too.

You see, I've completed over 198 stories (blogs), and do two blogs a day.

You can get to the remainder of my stories thru, Facebook 

and Twitter.


Forrest Caricofe

Today is Labor Day.

United States Department of Labor

"History of Labor Day

Labor Day: What it Means

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor

movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements

of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the

contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and

well-being of our country.

Labor Day Legislation

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day.

The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances

passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to

secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New

York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on

February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado,

Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day

holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut,

Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other

states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28

of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in

September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and

the territories.

Founder of Labor Day

The father of labor day

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still

some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the

Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American

Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those "who from

rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold."

But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged.

Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire,

founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that

Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International

Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882

while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.

What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day

proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

Who do you think is the real Father of Labor Day?

"The Real Maguire - Who Actually Invented Labor Day?"



Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

"One variation of identifying the calling party on direct dialed long distance

calls is a party code, usually a single digit inside a circle displayed on the

phone's number tag. The dialing sequence for such calls is "1" (access number

for DDD), the party code, the area code, and the desired number (1 + party

code + area code + number).

Systems which identify the caller's name and address to emergency telephone

numbers (such as Enhanced 9-1-1 in North America) may be unable to

identify which of multiple parties on a shared line placed a distress call; this

is aggravated by the use of old mechanical switching equipment for party

lines as this obsolete apparatus consistently provides no caller ID and often

also lacks automatic number identification


When the party line was already in use, if any of the other subscribers to

that line picked up the phone, they could hear and participate in the


Eavesdropping opportunities abounded. If one of the parties used the

hone heavily, then the inconvenience for the others was more than

occasional, as depicted in the 1959 comedy film Pillow Talk....

Mischievous teens soon discovered[when?] that calling their own number

and hanging up would make all phones on the network ring, and many

of the residents on the

system (sometimes a half a dozen or more) would answer the phone at

the same time. Party lines were typically operated using mechanical

switching systems which recognized certain codes for revertive calls;

these no longer work on modern electronic or digital switchgear.

Party lines are not suitable for Internet access. If one customer is using

dial-up, it will jam the line for all other customers of the same party line.

Bridge taps made party lines unsuitable for DSL, even in the few areas

where distance from the central office did not already preclude its use.

Telephone companies typically do not allow client-owned equipment to

be directly connected to party lines, posing an additional obstacle to

their use for data."



Mother Teresa

"She was one with us,” said Sister Mary Prema Pierick, the superior general

of the Missionaries of Charity, the religious order founded by Mother Teresa

6in 1950, at Vatican news conference on Friday. “She never wanted or accepted

anything not common with all the sisters.”

The order that Mother Teresa started with 12 nuns now numbers more than

5,800 people in 139 countries, including two orders of brothers and one

of priests. The congregation continues her work of ministering to the world’s

least privileged, those she called “the poorest of the poor"....”



Hurricane Hermine

"Hermine Drifts Past Northeast, Threatening Storm Surge and 70 MPH Winds


 Storm warnings were in effect Monday from Long Island to Nantucket as post-

Tropical Cyclone Hermine drifted slowly up the Atlantic, promising near

hurricane-strength winds, floods and beach erosion.

The National Weather Service said large waves will pound the East Coast

from the mid-Atlantic states to southern New England through the end of

Labor Day. Life-threatening rip currents are expected at least into the

middle of the week, it added.

At 5 a.m. ET, Hermine was about 305 miles southeast of the eastern tip

of Long Island, N.Y. The storm was "drifting northward" at 3 mph and

"expected to meander off the mid-Atlantic coast during the next day or

two," according to the National Weather Service.

It said a storm surge of up to two feet was expected around the time of

high tide late Monday along the coast of Long Island.

"The combination of a storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry

areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from

the shoreline," the NWS said in an advisory. "Along the immediate coastline,

the surge will be accompanied by large and dangerous waves."

Connecticut's Gov. Dannel Malloy partially activated the state's

Emergency Operation Center at the Hartford Armory at 6 p.m. Sunday

to monitor conditions as Hermine churned to the south.

"We must keep our guard up," he said, according to NBC Connecticut.

"I want to caution residents that weather conditions can change quickly.

Especially with a slow-moving storm."

Tropical storm warnings were in effect Monday for the eastern seaboard

from New Haven, Connecticut to Massachusetts's Sagamore Beach,

Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Warnings were also in effect for

Block Island and Long Island — from Fire Island Inlet to Port Jefferson.

Hermine was packing maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, just short of

hurricane strength — and expected to remain near hurricane strength

through Monday evening.

Boaters, meanwhile, were busy retrieving their vessels or making sure t

hey were secure for Monday's holiday.

"This is the calm before the storm," said Christopher Leonard, director of

marine services at Westport Marina on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Hermine has been moving east since it battered Florida and the Carolinas

on its way up the coast beginning Friday. But updated NWS projections

indicated that its eastward motion is ending and that Hermine is likely

to slowly veer northwestward through Tuesday back toward the Northeast


Steve Penny, who'd hoped to spend the holiday in Chatham on Cape Cod,

quickly reversed course Sunday.

"I think it's pretty nuts," Penny said. "I want to get out of here before it hits,

you know?"

Farther south, vacationers who fled the beaches Friday and Saturday

kept business owners busy figuring out just how much revenue they'd lost.

"We live by the weather and we die by the weather," said Louis Gouvas,

who's owned Louie's Pizza in Rehoboth Beach, Del., for almost 60 years.

Just north of Tampa in Florida's Pasco County, the local sheriff's office said

run-off from flooded northern parts of the state washed over roads and

through houses.

Lenny Panzitta joined friends and neighbors who spent Sunday sawing

up downed trees that were blocking the roads on Whitemarsh Island, off

the Georgia coast.

Then "the electricity went off, and I said I hope another tree didn't come

down where they were clearing, and it did," Panzitta told NBC station

WSAV of Savannah.

"It knocked the transformer down," he said. "Nobody was hit, but now we

have wires hanging over the road so you can't get through."

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and other state officials spent the day

touring farm damage in the eastern part of his state, where thousands of

​acres of crops remained under water.

Farms adjacent to federal fish and wildlife refuges flood frequently, even though those

lands aren't equipped to handle heavy rain. So the runoff runs onto their land, drowning

their crops, several farmers said.

​"This farm can't drain, so not only am I holding my 5 inches, I'm holding a good portion

of that refuge water on my land," Tyrell County soybean farmer Jett Ferebee told NBC

station WRAL of Raleigh.

]McCrory told the farmers he's working with the federal government to protect farmers

from similar problems in future storms. 

Alex Johnson


NEXT STORY 'Far From Over': Hermine to Batter Northeast Coast With High Winds,

Storm Surges


SEP 4 2016, 7:48 PM ET

'Far From Over': Hermine to Batter Northeast Coast With High Winds, Storm Surges


 "The event is far from over," said Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist for the National

Hurricane Center.

Hermine was the first hurricane to strike Florida in more than a decade, and two deaths

— one in Florida and one in North Carolina — have been blamed on the storm.

On Sunday, Hermine was technically a post-tropical cyclone off the shores of Long

Island, New York, and Ocean City, Maryland, according to the National Weather


The storm had moved farther out to sea than expected, which meant it would bring a

negligible amount of rain. But Hermine could still pack a destructive punch: On Sunday

night, the National Weather Service extended a Tropical Storm Warning from Long

Island to all of New York City.

Sustained winds of 20 mph to 30 mph and gusts of 50 mph were expected to begin as

early as Sunday night and last through Tuesday, a 7 p.m. ET bulletin said.

Related: Hermine to Deliver 'Life-Threatening' Surf, Winds From North Carolina to

New England

"Hermine has a large wind field. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205

miles from the center," the NWS said, adding that the storm could reach hurricane

strength again within the next two days.

Feltgen said heavy winds, triggering large waves and swells, would affect coastal

areas from New Jersey to New York on Sunday and then bring the same to New England

through Monday.

"These waves are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions and

significant beach erosion," Feltgen told NBC News.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said at a news briefing Sunday afternoon that he didn't

see the need for evacuations from the shore yet, but "we are prepared if things wobble

west." He said 90,000 extra visitors, in addition to residents, were staying on the coast

during the holiday weekend, making emergency evacuations, if they become necessary,

"a little trickier."

Christie and other authorities warned people to stay away from the water, and beaches

in New York City and on Long Island — which would have been full of Labor Day

weekend revelers — were closed to swimmers Sunday. New York City beaches will

remain closed to swimmers on Labor Day and possibly Tuesday, the city said.

Coast Guard crews were searching off the coast of Long Island for two fishermen who

slipped into choppy waters off the coast of Wading River, on the eastern part of the


The Coast Guard also rescued a kite surfer from the waters off Fire Island, New York, on

Saturday. The island, a narrow barrier island off Long Island's southern coast, which fills

with beach house owners and renters on weekends — especially long ones — was under

a voluntary evacuation warning Sunday.

"Moderate to locally major coastal flooding" is also expected along the East Coast,

according to The Weather Channel. "While this storm will likely not be nearly as large

as Superstorm Sandy, you don't need a storm as large as Sandy to be destructive."

The winds, of up to 70 mph, could also cause power outages, according to the NWS.

The Weather Channel also warned that because Hermine was a slow-moving storm, it

has more of an opportunity to change course and cause more of a threat than originally


Hermine had already struck Florida, North Carolina and Virginia hard during its journey

to the Northeast, which began Friday.

Hundreds of thousands of residents in Florida lost power when the storm made landfall,

and Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 51 counties, which were cleaning

up after thrashing winds and up to nearly 2 feet of rain in some areas.

A homeless man in Marion County, in the northern part of the state, died when a tree was ripped from

the ground by high winds and fell on him.

Pasco County, just north of Tampa, was still dealing with effects Sunday as run-off from flooded northern

parts of the state washed over roads and through houses, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Residents in the county were being urged to evacuate their homes Sunday afternoon as high tide

threatened to bring even more water. Another man died in North Carolina when his 

tractor-trailer overturned Saturday morning amid strong winds on a bridge near Dare 

County, the Tyrrell County Sheriff's Office said. Three more people were

injured in the county when a tornado touched down and damaged trailer homes, 

according to the NWS." 

Elisha Fieldstadt



I forgot to look at the Meals on Wheels schedule and spaghetti is the main

course of today and Mother just don't like spaghetti. I'd eat it, but I'm allergic

to Tetracycline. Dawn, the young woman who is in charge of delivers said 

that the meat is either chicken or turkey, but I have to be very careful 

because Tetracycline will stop my heart in a minute. I just put it in the 

refrigerator and my sister, Nancy, will eat it when she stops by.

So, I'll just quick fix something else before she goes back to sleep again....


I'm going to stay out of Cleveland today (only about 1 hours drive north of here). 

Both Hillary Clinton/ Thomas Kaine and Donald Trump/Mike Pence are going 

to be there this afternoon at Luke Easter Park and you know that the 

requirements for security highly disrupt people's lives.

"Donald Trump is for the people and ruled by no one, Congress is not for 

the people and ruled by lobbyists."

Forrest Caricofe

"No results found for "Donald Trump is for the people and ruled by no one, 

Congress is not for the people and ruled by lobbyists."


I'm loyally taking my prescriptions for that allergic dermatitis, but I'm still

having trouble. The itching seems to originate from the bottom left wrist 

near the hand and I don't know what to make of it. I thought maybe I had 

developed an allergy to canned fish (sardines (Pacific wild caught, cherry 

smoked with cottenseed oil, King Oscar - double layer in extra virgin olive

oil (my favorite), smoked oysters, smoked squid (large and small), smoked 

trout (for first time - I did'nt know they exsited before this) that I have for 

breakfast everyday, but I went without eating canned fish yesterday and 

nothings worse or better. I thank God for that.

I went barefooted to the back south east garden this morning and everything

is looking good. I should be able to finish replanting today and have time left 

over to do the scores of other things I need to do....

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