Friday, November 25, 2016

284th post



"We're getting awful close to OUR HOUSE ON OTTOBINE ROAD....

And after the straight-a-way a park, not then but now, just off the curve and dip 

to the left and up and a slight curve to the right and up and then leveling out.

Farmers fields to the right and left, and lot of new homes, not then but now to 

the right. The Shank house to the left and guess what? Our house next to the 

left. Father turns left into the gravel drive just a half stone's throw from west of 

our house. I don't remember where Father parked the car. It might have parked

in the building in the back. It was certainly big enough as I remember. Maybe

about 3 times bigger than our little one-story house that was about 100 feet from

the big building which was south of the house. Father used the building mostly for 

planing, sawing and preparing lumber for use in his construction business for 

the next day or so and I was required to help him. After all, I was the oldest kid. 

I don't remember liking it, but it was one of my chores just the same....



*I receive this email yesterday from

Good news, Forrest!

Your postcard US-4298628 to __________in Belarus has arrived! It reached its 

destination in 38 days after traveling 4,714 miles!

__________wrote you a message:

“Wow, Man! Thank you for an awesome mail! May Luck bless you and your 

nearest and dearest.

Do not reply to this email! To reply go to __________ 's profile.

Now YOU will receive a postcard from another random member... keep an eye 

on your mailbox!

I received another email just this morning:

Good news, Forrest!

Your postcard US-4338070 to __________ in the United Kingdom has arrived! It 

reached its destination in 16 days after traveling 3,555 miles!

__________ wrote you a message:

“Thanks for the lovely cardinal card and the great stamp. Also for the cent and 

dime. All the best from __________ in Glasgow who is listening to Let Me Grow Old 

With You by Tom McRae & The Standing Band while waiting for his curry dinner.”

Do not reply to this email! To reply go to __________ 's profile.

Now YOU will receive a postcard from another random member... keep an eye 

on your mailbox!

Note: both of the above postcards have been uploaded to Facebook.

*The French presidential election to me seems almost like a soap opera. You 

already know that the US and Russia (Putin) are on the opposite sides of the fence in 

Syria. Russia fighting the rebels with Assad and the US fighting with the rebels 

against Assad. Since President Obama refuses to side with Russia, Putin is courting

both Presidential-elect Donald Trump and former French Prime Minister Francois 

Fillon who is a candidate in the 2017 French presidential election and who advocates 

the lifting of sanctions placed on Russia because of their attempt to take back part of 

the Ukraine. 

French presidential election, 2017

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

'The first round of the 2017 French presidential election will be held on 23 

April 2017. Should no candidate win an outright majority, a run-off between 

the top two will be held on 7 May 2017.

Incumbent president François Hollande of the Socialist Party is eligible to run 

for a second term. However, the Socialist Party will organise a presidential 

primary in January 2017.

François Fillon and Alain Juppé are the two candidates who reached the 

second round of The Republicans presidential primary. The winner of the 

second round will be the nominee of The Republicans.

Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National Front, is the third 

significant frontrunner in the presidential race."

To futher complicate everything in the French presidential race, the 

candidates refuse to denonunce Islamophobia or Muslimophobia which means 

to fear, prejudice, hatred or dislike directed against Islam or Muslims, 

or towards Islamic.  

What did we talk about the other day? Yes, you right. There are good Muslims

and bad Muslims just like there are good Christians and bad Christians and good

Buddhists and bad Buddhists and so on and so on. Why fear, be prejudice against, 

hate or dislike good Muslims? No, let's be like that against bad Muslims. And we

know who they are don't we? Yes. (Note: I got this exactly arse-backwards 

several days ago in a story. The Shias are the good Muslims and the Sunnis are the 

bad Muslims. I know you're perfect but I ain't. Give me a break). 

So, fear, be prejudice against, hate or dislike the Sunnis, France and everyone else, 

and not our Muslim friends, the Shias.

"ISIS believes that the Shias are apostates (a person who renounces a religious or 

political belief or principle).

synonyms: dissenter, defector, deserter, traitor, backslider, turncoat; and must 

die in order to forge a pure form of Islam. The two main branches of Islam 

diverge in their beliefs over who is the true inheritor of the mantle of the Prophet 

Muhammad. The Shias believe that Islam was transmitted through the household 

of the Prophet Muhammad. Sunnis believe that it comes down through followers 

of the Prophet Muhammad who, they say, are his chosen people."


I guess you're wondering why I've been talking so much about the Muslims.

I am not a Muslim, I am a Christian. 

I believe that the more you know about your enemies (Islamic State and Iran as

examples) the more advantage you have in defeating them.


"If the Gods intended for us to stand why do we choose to sit?"
Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 67,900,000 results (1.40 seconds) 

No results found for "If the Gods intended for us to stand why do we choose 

to sit?"


If you are observant of human behavior you will see that when most people 

enter a room that will immediately look for a place to sit and they usually

try to find the closes seat.

Why? Don't we respect our descendants. Homo erectus is widely regarded as an 

ancestor of Homo sapiens. So, they did live about 100,000 years ago and they had 

a smaller brain. I know a lot of people with smaller brains because of the way 

they act. Homo erectus means sit straight up or stand up. Most people who 

sit don't sit straight up. They slouch. 

I've been standing almost all my life. I stand to eat, talk to people, and mostly

everything else. I'm standing right now typing on my computer which is on top 

of my dresser.

Except to poop. When I was in the military I stood to pooped in the woods a few 

times and I could probably just go out and poop in the yard. It would be a good 

fertilizer for the plants and the grass. But I hadn't thought about it until now. 

And while we're on the subject of pooping, I need to tell you another thing. I 

discovered a few days ago that I could wipe my butt much better with my left 

arm and hand and I'm right-handed. It took me over 74 years to figure that out. 

In reality,  I guess I'm one of those people with a smaller brain.


"If you want to do some wrestling, fist fighting or like car accidents, participate in 

the day they call Black Friday." 
Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 104,000 results (1.26 seconds) 

No results found for "If you want to do some wrestling, fist fighting or like car 

accidents, participate in the day they call Black Friday."


Black Friday

I placed Black Friday under SPORTS because it is a sporting event. It requires

a lot of athleticism to wrestle and fight everyone else for advertised store 

specials before they run out and are gone forever. And you and I both know 

that stores advertised specials just to get you in their store and you'll end up

buying a lot of other things that you thought you didn't need.

Since 1932, it has been regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping 

season in the U.S. The name was first recorded in 1966 and is always the day 

after Thanksgiving Day.  Canada and the US participate other countries 

throughout the world are beginning to observe a day like Black Friday.

It was named Black Friday because of car accidents that Black Friday caused 

and because of conflicts and some violence when shoppers fought for limited 

store specials.

By Kimberly Amadeo

November 24, 2016

Statistics provided by the above although I have rounded off the numbers.

Black Friday:

1. Thirty five percent (35%) will shop on Thanksgiving Day. US population is 

around 320,000,000 so that means that 10,500,000 will shop on this day.

2. One hundred and thirty five million (135,000,000) will shop on the 3-day 

Black Friday weekend and will spend about $300 per person.

3. From Black Friday until Christmas merchants will realize 30% of their annual


4. Shoppers have lowered their credit card debt and are now using their debit

cards (42%), cash (24%), check (2%) and the lowered their credit card percentage 

to 32%.


I'm planning to go shopping the last day of Black Friday. Sunday. But I'm refusing

to call it Black Friday. I'm using cash and I'm calling it Green Friday because 

that is the color of my money.


"To computer nerds a snippet is a piece of code, but to me it's just a brief extract."
Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 129,000 results (1.22 seconds) 

No results found for "To computer nerds a snippet is a piece of code, but to me 

it's just a brief extract."


*Trump chooses another billionaire. Wilbur Ross is the President-elect's 

pick for Secretary of Commerce.

*New Jersey Governor Chris Christy is being consider for Secretary of 

Homeland Security and Secretary of Energy.

*Dr. Ben Carson is still undecided about whether he can help the new 

administration better inside or outside of the new government. He has considered

heading the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

*A Mexican cement maker has offered to help the President-elect build the 

border wall. Enrique Escalante, Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Cementos de 

Chihuahua (GCC) said that we are neighbors and I need to work with those 

on both sides of the border.

*There seems to be some inside haggling over the appointment of Mitt 

Romney as Secretary of State. New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former 

House Speaker Newt Gingrich and others want the Presidential-elect to keep

searching for candidates. We'll see what happens.


The President-elect is choosing very wealthy people for his cabinet, I expect, 

so they can spend full time working for the American people and not seeking, like 

other elected or appointed leaders, to spend time becoming wealthy.

The only non-billionaire so far is the 116th South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley, 

who Trump picked for US ambassador to the United Nations.


"Instead of barefoot and pregnant, I just barefoot and free."
Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 255,000,000 results (1.08 seconds) 

No results found for "Instead of barefoot and pregnant, I just barefoot and free. "


Weather for Smithville, Ohio

Today                CLOUDY                 41° 32°

Sat                      CLOUDY                42° 31°

Sun                     SUNNY                   49° 30°

Mon                    CLOUDY                48° 40°

The Weather Channel - Weather Underground - AccuWeather

Yesterday was a good for just walking around the yard a looking at the flower 

beds. So, that's what I did for a while. Barefoot and in shorts. I have not changed 

into long pants or socks and shoes yet. It has not got cold enough. I enjoy the 

freedom of no long pants and shoes just like when I was a kid. It was about 28°

the other day when I was bringing that load of dirt up from the back southwest

corner. No socks or shoes and only shorts. If you keep all your body parts moving

you don't get cold. Try it.

Out the garage (3:05 AM 11/25/2016 EDT) to make my 1st pot of coffee. 

About 39° and no rain, no wind. 

Out to the garage (4:49 AM 11/25/2016 EDT) again for my 2nd pot of coffee and 

my breakfast fish sandwich of the morning. Double-layer wild caught King Oscar.

Oh, what a delight. Weather is much the same except for a slight wind from the 

west for a guesstimated wind chill of 38°. 

Talking about food, I almost forgot to tell you something. We had a baked stuffed 

chicken, sweet potatoes, mixed fruit and pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dinner.

I ate too much and later after lying on my bed to sleep, I set up and puked out

a small portion of the dinner. It looks like with all my years of life I would have 

learned not to overeat by now, but my will power is still not exactly perfect. I

usually go outdoors to puke, (my thought here is that anything grown in the earth 

should be returned to the earth), but I don't believe I would have made it out the

door. So, this very minute, I'm washing, now drying: my clothes, pillow case 

and comforter that I puked on last night.

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