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Sunday, December 25, 2016

314th post

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.


CHRISTMAS FACTS

http://www.factretriever.com/

"1. Norwegian scientists have hypothesized that Rudolph’s red nose is probably

the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system.

2. The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose

feathers.

3. Each year more than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. alone.

4. All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts.

5. The “true love” mentioned in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas” does not

refer to a romantic couple, but the Catholic Church’s code for God. The person

who receives the gifts represents someone who has accepted that code. For

example, the “partridge in a pear tree” represents Christ. The “two turtledoves” 

represent the Old and New Testaments.

6. Two weeks before Christmas is a popular time for breakups. According to

data analyzed from Facebook posts, two weeks before Christmas is one of the

two most popular times for couples to break up. However, Christmas Day is

the least favorite day for breakups.

7. Most of Santa’s reindeer have male-sounding names, such as Blitzen, Comet,

and Cupid. However, male reindeers shed their antlers around Christmas, so

the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh are likely not male, but female or castrated.

8. In A.D. 350, Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the

official celebration date for the birthday of Christ.

9. According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut

was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping

Center in Seattle, Washington.

10. The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green

has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ,

and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty."

Note: The 10 festive facts from above are only 10 of 53 at http://www.factretriever.

com.

QUOTE (S) FOR THIS POST

"Sometimes when you need assistance, a parent, although they are in Heaven,

may come to your rescue."

Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 18,600,000 results (1.45 seconds)

No results found for "Sometimes when you need assistance, a parent, although

they are in Heaven, may come to your rescue."


MY STAY AT THE SENTARA ROCKINGHAM MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY.... "Well, I had to make a decision knowing that

I could not make it back to Mother's house. And I'll tell you about the decision

that I made that day when tomorrow comes...." My decision was to try to make it

to the local hospital (Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital) about 3 miles

away. I figured that the city snow plow crews would clear the streets to the

hospital first for emergency vehicles.

I had to rock the car back and forth until I got it out from the parking space at

Walmart. I turned the Honda around pulled out into the high snow trying to

keep it going and not let the car stop. I turned to right and found myself just back

of the city bus stop. I believe that there was a concrete abutment and a

sidewalk here there but I didn't hit anything. I backed up the Honda to near the 

southend of the eastern end of the stores that lined the street from north to south

and vice-versa.

I was then able to turn the Honda to the left and then to the right, driving by the

Walmart gas station and then turning left to face a stoplight in a short distance.

At the stoplight I paused only briefly and then turned the Honda to the left, the

rear wheels slightly sliding to the right.

I believe Mother and/or Father was sitting in the passenger seat that day

because I was pretty much the only one on the road and I still do not know how

I missed that concrete abutment....

TO BE CONTINUED....


QUOTE (S) FOR THIS POST

"It's difficult to have a total Merry Christmas when you think of children who are

injured, killed or scarred by war."

Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 1,470,000 results (1.45 seconds)

No results found for "It's difficult to have a total Merry Christmas when you think

of children who are injured, killed or scarred by war."


WORLD

*Pope Francis said to his faithful to pray for those children scarred by war and

and terrorism.

*A Russian military aircraft (a Russian manufactured Tu-154) crashed into the

Black Sea with all 92 on board feared dead. Members of the famous Russian

military choir where also on board. The choir was tasked to entertain Russian

soldiers in Syria on New Year's eve. Several Russian journalists where also

on board.

President Putin expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and

declared a national day of mourning on Monday. As of now, authorities

consider the crash to be a result of a technical problem and not one of

terrorism.


QUOTE (S) FOR THIS POST

"One part of being healthy is to have a good poop that looks like a 6 inch or

more long, soft sausage."

Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 65,300,000 results (1.07 seconds)

No results found for "One part of being healthy is to have a good poop that

looks like a 6 inch or more long, soft sausage."


HEALTH

I told you about not moving around on this past Friday and feeling awful

physically because of that. Yesterday I moved around more or stood at this

computer like I'm doing now and I feel much better. It looks like a senior

citizen like myself should have learned from the past. But I ain't perfect and

I'm a failure to myself once in a while.

I have not pooped for 2 days and I know the reason. I have not been drinking

enough water. I surely ought to know that I need to do that by now.


QUOTE (S) FOR THIS POST

"I believe that some fans of football enjoy drinking beer and acting out and not the

football game itself."

Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 458,000 results (1.28 seconds)

No results found for "I believe that some fans of football enjoy drinking beer

and acting out and not the football game itself."


SPORTS

The Cleveland Browns professional football team finally won their 1st game of

the season. They beat the San Diego Chargers 20-17. The San Francisco 49ers

also won their 2nd game of the season so the Browns still have the first choice in

the college draft. The Browns are 1-14 and the 49ers are 2-13. So, now, the

Browns have lost their perfect and winless record.


QUOTE (S) FOR THIS POST

"Christmas Day is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus and not a day to collect

materialistic possessions."

Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 243,000 results (1.08 seconds)

No results found for "Christmas Day is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus

and not a day to collect materialistic possessions."


MY OPINION

I see that saying Merry Christmas is no longer as much of an issue as it once was.

Several years ago there was a movement to say "Happy Holidays" instead of

"Merry Christmas", in part due, to a small minority of people who were offended,

atheists, non-Christians, etc. and a lot of businesses did the same.

Because early Christians believed that Jesus is the light of the world, they chose

December 25 to celebrate the birth of Christ (Jesus) and included other things

that are associated with the winter solitice like Holly, Mistletoe and Christmas

carols.

I don't know why the early Christians chose the 25th of December because the

winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere occured just 4 days ago on the 21st

of December at 5:44 AM (EDT) which is also the shortest day of the year.

Other countries in the world celebrate Christmas on a different day. Russia, for

example, celebrates Christmas on January 7.

What would happen if we returned to the old days of celebrating Christmas?

One gift that was needed, not wanted.

A lot of businesses would go out of business.


QUOTE (S) FOR THIS POST

"The President-elect is not acting like past or the present President and I believe

that most people, who are afraid of change, will remain opposed to the next

administration."

Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 8,110,000 results (1.44 seconds)

No results found for "The President-elect is not acting like past or the present

President and I believe that most people, who are afraid of change, will remain

opposed to the next administration."


POLITICS

*Trump tells Israel that he'll work toward peace. 

*The President-elect, unlike some other Presidents who welcome the media, is

avoiding news conferences.

*Trump continues to seek ways of building the Mexico Wall.

*Florida wants the federal government to pay for the cost of security at Trump's

estate at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach.

*Trump and his wife, Melania, attended midnight services at the Episcopal

Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea near his estate in Palm Beach. He and his wife

were married at this same church in 2005.


QUOTE (S) FOR THIS POST

"Maybe Monday's weather will set a precedent for the months of January

through March of this coming year."

Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 7,350,000 results (1.61 seconds)

No results found for "Maybe Monday's weather will set a precedent for the

months of January through March of this coming year."


WEATHER

Weather for Smithville, Ohio

Today    FOG                               36° 33°

Mon       RAIN                             55° 35°

Tue         MOSTLY_SUNNY      35° 25°

Wed        MOSTLY_SUNNY      38° 32°

The Weather Channel - Weather Underground - AccuWeather

I told you the other day that I bought a Farmer's Almanac. Their weather shows

the weather forecast for the winter of 2017 and for the months of January

through March. The states that are represented in this forecast are Michigan,

Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. The forecast: "numbing cold and snowy."

Went outside (8:08 AM 12/25/2016 EDT) to the Honda to get a Christmas gift

from the trunk. The temperature is 34°, the humidity is 80% and the wind is

blowing silently in from the east at about 3 mph. Using the online calculators at:

http://www.dpcalc.org and http://www.onlineconversion.com., I get a wind chill

of 31.58° and a dew point of 28%. I am also fixing my breakfast sandwich of the

day and having bought about 8 cans of Orleans sardines at Rite Aid yesterday,

that's just what I'll have this morning.

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