Saturday, December 10, 2016

299th post


"If you are in a position to "sink or swim" always choose to swim."

Forrest Caricofe

Google search: 2 results (1.01 seconds) 

No results found for "If you are in a position to "sink or swim" always choose 

to swim."

Google. You're getting lazy. You checked only 2 sources?

I always remember Mother reading to me "The Little Engine that Could" and 

that has always influenced me to have a positive attitude and never give up and:


"I believe that if you have negative attitudes you're always walking backwards."

Forrest Caricofe

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No results found for "I believe that if you have negative attitudes you're always 

walking backwards."



"My next job was full time and involved...." placing caps on bottles of water that

the business owner sold to the public. I'll always remember him saying that he 

wished for a major catastrophe like a hurricane or a tornado so that he could sell

more water. Looking back now on what he said at the time I should have said 

something to that cruel and greedy son of a b&$%#, but I didn't and I regret that 


I remember taking a day or a few hours off to watch a parade of President 

Kennedy, his wife and Vice President Johnson and his wife in Houston.

The President went to Dallas the next day and you know what happened there. 

The President, his wife and Texas Governor Connally and his wife where in that 

parade and that's were President Kennedy was assassinated from shots from the 

bank and not the Book Depository Building. The "American Sniper" could not 

have made those shots. 

I believe that Vice President Johnson and maybe "Lady Bird" wanted the 

him to be the President and her to be the First Lady and they conspired with a 

paid assassin to assassinated President Kennedy. 

I, along with most Americans, mourned our loss. I went into a bar that night 

thinking a few beers would settle me down some. A woman was setting beside

me when Ricky Nelson's hit song 'Baby Face' started to play on the jukebox.

The woman turned around to me and said "hey, baby face, and I went after

her and....



"If all countries where as peaceful as France, Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, 

Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg, Monaco, Wales and Northern Ireland in 

Western Europe the entire world would be a much better place in which to live."
Forrest Caricofe

Google search: "in" (and any subsequent words) was ignored because we limit 

queries to 32 words. 

Your search - "If all countries where as peaceful as France, Netherlands, Austria, 

Belgium, Republic of ... - did not match any documents. 


I registered a postcard I received from someone in The Netherlands and sent to me an email message:

Hello Forrest!

This is a copy of the message you wrote when you registered postcard 

NL-3645274 from _________ in The Netherlands. Use it for archiving/tracking 


You wrote:

“Hi, __________

Thank you for the postcard of your National Tulip Day and the stamp with the 

tulip and the miffy. 

It's a beautiful postcard. 

I will mention you (not your name) and your country in my story of  on my web 


Thanks again, 


The sender lives in the Northern part of Holland in the city Alkmaar (60 KM 

above Amsterdam).

(The sender's) job is working in a psychiatric health hospital. After work (the 

sender likes) to design cards.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Municipality in the Netherlands

Alkmaar is a municipality and a city in the Netherlands, in the province of 

North Holland. Alkmaar is well known for its traditional cheese market. For 

tourists, it is a popular cultural destination.

Location in North Holland

Coordinates: 52°38′N 4°45′ECoordinates: 52°38′N 4°45′E

Country Netherlands

Province North Holland


 • Body Municipal council

 • Mayor Piet Bruinooge (CDA)


 • Total 31.20 km2 (12.05 sq mi)

 • Land 29.26 km2 (11.30 sq mi)

 • Water 1.94 km2 (0.75 sq mi)

Elevation[3] 1 m (3 ft)

Population (May 2014)[4]

 • Total 95,076

 • Density 3,249/km2 (8,410/sq mi)

Demonym(s) Alkmaarder

Time zone CET (UTC+1)

 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Postcode 1800–1831

Area code 072



"Two or more doctor's opinion are always better than the opinion of one."

 Forrest Caricofe

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No results found for "Two or more doctor's opinion are always better than the 

opinion of one."


I know a man who will not go to the doctor. Why? I'm not quite sure but he is 

either afraid or he thinks he knows more than the doctor. A hundred years ago 

he might have known more than the doctor, but not today. And, unlike in the 

old days, where there was only one doctor for a large area, today there are 

many more doctors and you can get 2nd and 3rd opinions from different doctors 

like I did for Mother and myself.


"American football games are almost always won by the team that commit

less turnovers."

Forrest Caricofe

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No results found for "American football games are almost always won by the 

team that commit less turnovers."


I'm watching, listening to the Army-Navy college football game on TV (3:42 PM 

12/10/2016 EDT) in Baltimore. This game is played each year and has lost 14 

straight. Army is leading 7-0 and has just fumbled. Navy's ball. President-elect 

Donald Trump entered the stadium several minutes ago. All of the military brass 

of the Obama administration are here: general of the joint chiefs of staff, 

Department of the Navy and Department of the Army. They move the camera to 

soldiers in Kuwait for us to see their reactions. I assume they are Army soldiers

because I don't see any ships or Navy aircraft around.

Fourth down, Navy. The punter punts for 15 yards (3:53 PM 12/10/2016 EDT).

Army on the 18th yard line of Navy. 4th and 2.  Run. First down. Run. Touchdown.  

Extra point good. Army 14-Navy 0. Hurrah!! You know I was in the Army, don't 

you? (4:04 PM 12/10/2016 EDT). Navy's ball the quarterback throws a pass. 

Intercepted. Army has the football. The first half expires (4:24 PM 12/10/2016 

EDT). Half time score remains Army 14, Navy 0.  

The President-elect is just now talking to the games commentators (4:48 PM 

12/10/2016 EDT). 

Army has the ball and fumbles. Navy's ball. 

The President-elect leaves the booth after shaking hands with the 


Navy passes and gets to the Army 10 yard line. Two running plays. Touchdown.

Boo. Extra point good. Boo. Army 14, Navy 7.  (4:59 PM 12/10/2016 EDT).

Field goal attempt by Navy. Good. Boo. Army 14, Navy 10.

I have to go and post this story. You watch it.


"This President-elect may listen to the advice from his advisers, but he is the 

only one who will make the final decision."
Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 8,910,000 results (1.48 seconds) 

No results found for "This President-elect may listen to the advice from his 

advisers, but he is the only one who will make the final decision."


In my 294th story I gave you my odds on potential picks by Trump to become his

Secretary of State. Things have changed so I'll do it again:

Huntsman           2-1  scratched   (see below)   

Corker                2-1      Will be easily confirmed and I like him because he's a

                                           southerner from Tennessee. 

Stavridis             5-1       No news either way so far on the retired Navy Admiral.

Tillerson             8-1       International business ties.

Petraeus             9-1       Scandal and classified documents leaked.

Rohrabacher   10-1       She has to be almost a liberal to get elected in California.

Romney            12-1       No one likes him except Trump.

Giuliani            15-1   scratched

Bolton                20-1       Too out spoken.

Gore      no chance in hell - scratched 

Update: Trump chooses Tillerson as Secretary of State (2:30 PM 12/10/2016 EDT - 

my time, not the source's). With Huntsman scratched I do not get the win or place

money, but I do get the show money.

New faces added to the above are Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson,

California Republican Representative Dana Rohrabacher and retired Navy 

Admiral James Stavridis.

Huntsman, my first pick is not talked about here and an internet search 

indicated that he was still in the running, but those sources were 4 to 6 days 

old and for now, until I hear different we'll considered him scratched.

The President-elect will make choices that are good for America, not based 

on loyalty, friendship or sucking up.


Weather for Smithville, Ohio

Today           PARTLY_CLOUDY       27° 20°

Sun               SHOWERS_SNOW        34° 33°

Mon              CLOUDY                         37° 22°

Tue                MOSTLY_CLOUDY      29°   9°

The Weather Channel - Weather Underground - AccuWeather

Tuesday don't look good at all. 9°? I really prefer a 3-digit temperature over 

a 1-digit temperature. But I guess you can't have everything you want.

Like I told you yesterday, I have moved the coffee pot, filters and the Folgers

into the house because it was frozen because of the below freezing temperature.

But I still need to go out (5:07 AM 12/10/2016 EDT) for the fresh air of the 

morning. The temperature is 28°, humidity is 72% and the wind is blowing in 

from the west at about 10 mph for an estimated wind chill of 25°. Using the dew

point calculator at, I get a reading of 37%. Have I been

wrong about the wind chill. I went onto the and found a wind chill calculator at I entered the temperature (28°) and my 

estimated wind speed (10 mph) and the calculator came up with a wind chill

of 18.77°. A little over 6° chillier than I thought. 

wind speed. 

Outside again for some fresh cold air (7:33 AM 12/10/2016 EDT) and then back

in the house for may breakfast and you know what that is? Sure you do. Yes 

you're right. A sardine sandwich. I can't find the Orleans sardines I bought at 

Rite Aid yesterday, but I'm sure there somewhere in  the house. So, I had Ocean

Prince, in soybean oil, lightly smoked and a product of China. Only 3 sardines 

so that means more mercury in this bigger sardine, but I'll enjoy it just the same.

The writing on the can goes on to say "from the sea to your table." The sardines 

didn't have enough salt for my taste, so I got out my sea salt grinder and gave it

a heavy dose. I figure that the sardines and the salt coming from the same place

would make this the better than average sandwich. 

Out side again (8:35 AM 12/10/2016 EDT) to take the out-going mail to the 

mailbox on the other side of the road (Smucker Road) and north of the house. 

I then went to the Honda again to look for those Orleans Sardines that I bought 

yesterday at Rite Aid that I was so happy with. And there they were. It gets light 

here about 7:30 AM and what I couldn't see in the dark earlier this morning, 

I found in the light just now.

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