Sunday, January 8, 2017

328th post


"Some old people act older than they are just to try and gain your sympathy."
Forrest Caricofe

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The old vagabond parked his old beat up truck several parking spaces from me

in the parking lot of Walmart in Las Vegas. I'd been there several days, sleeping

in Mother's Honda, before I met him. He told me many times about his misspent 

youth, saying that now he suffered various ailments because of that. He was about

ten years younger than me but acted like a man of 80 or more. He would, like me,

go in to the Walmart to pee, both of us walking in, separately usually, but I walked

back and he on an electric scooter. When he did have to shop, he used the 

shopping cart as a walker like some other old folks do leaning over the hand helds

of the cart and pushing.

He had a small Social Security check as a monthly income, but needed to supple-

ment that with some work income. He had a job working 1 or 2 days as a driver at

a auto auction, driving the vehicle onto a platform where those wanting cars bid 

for them. The other job he had had and wanted to do again was in straightening 

studs in construction. That's the only job he wanted to do. Straighten studs. He 

surely was not an all around carpenter like there is in my Caricofe family tree.

He would always invite me to go along to see a "copy band" perform, but I 

declined because I do not like acid rock and such, I prefer down home 

country music.

I believe he wanted me to be his friend, but I have no friends, all my friends are 

strangers and he was not a stranger any more.

I guess I should have felt sorrow for him, but I didn't because he couldn't pick 

himself up and move on just like my Uncle Paul.

I helped him several times. Once I took him to a repair shop to get a part for his 

old truck and he asked me several other times to look on the computer for 

construction jobs in either Oregon or Colorado. He said he had friends there

and he would phone the construction company if I found available jobs.

I'm assuming he only asked for stud straightening jobs.

He did help me once. I had a bowel exam schedule and their requirement is that

you must be driven to and from the surgery site. I believe I either paid him $5 

or $10 to drive me.

I guess in the end I didn't feel sorry for him. He made his own bed, let him lie in


He phoned me maybe 10 times after I left Las Vegas and I just let it ring without

answering. Will God have questions for me for doing that? Probably.


"How long do we have to wait before there is no evil among us?"
Forrest Caricofe

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*Nearly 50 people were killed when a car bomb exploded in a Syrian town, 

held by rebels, along the Turkish-Syrian border.

*The springs that supply Damascus, Syria's main water supply to 4 million people

is held by the rebels and was knocked out of service recently. The Syrian 

government has supposedly sent repair teams to to the site, but have been 

prevented from entering because of the fighting. 

The Syrian government' s main support comes from continued Russian air strikes 

and Iranian ground forces.

*In a suicide bomb attack, at least 7 are dead in Baghdad, Iraq.

*In a Palestinian truck-ramming attack at least four Israelis are killed.

*President Obama will send 300 Marines to Afghanistan to logistically assist 

Afghan security forces fighting the Taliban.


Let's bring all our soldiers home. Let the Arabic and/or the Muslim world settle

their own differences. We no longer have to consider oil as a reason for being 

there so let's just bring our soldiers home. 


"Because of a new discovery related to the body, all of the medical books will 

have to be rewritten."
Forrest Caricofe

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medical books will have to be rewritten."


*The Kentucky state legislature passed a bill outlawing abortions after 20 weeks.

The only exception is if the mother's life is in danger. There is no provision for 

incest or rape. Republican Governor Matt Bevin said that he will sign the bill.

* Doctors at the University Hospital Limerick in Ireland have discovered a new 

organ in the body. Since an organ must perform a vital function, "a swath of tissue"

named the mesentery does just that. In order for the the pancreas, small intestine

and colon to do their jobs they need something to hold them in place and the 

mesentery performs this vital function. 

*Queen Elizabeth II, 90 years old, who has been the reigning monarch of Great 

Britain for nearly 65 years, went to church Sunday after recovering from a nasty



"All records are made to be broken."
Forrest Caricofe

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Note: I was almost sure that this quote had been said before and I was right. You

just can't win them all.


*Manchester United's soccer team's coach,Wayne Rooney, tied Sir Bobby 

Charlton's record of 249 goals and needs 1 more goal to hold the record.

*Both American college and professional football teams are holding playoffs.

Alabama will play Clemson tomorrow at 9:00 PM EDT to decide the champion

of college football. Last year the same two teams met and Alabama won 45-40.

It ought to be a good game, but I go to bed at 8:30 PM so I'll just check the score

the next morning on the computer.

Last evening, Houston beat Oakland 27-14 and Seattle beat Detroit 26-6 to 

advance in the professional football playoffs.

*The owner of the Oakland Raiders professional football stands firm in wanting 

to move the team to Las Vegas.


"Some people mourn the death of a celebrity like they would of a family 

Forrest Caricofe

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would of a family member."


*One of India's most famous actors, Om Puri, has died of a heart attack at age 66.

Bollywood and the world are now mourning the death of the man who appeared 

in films all over the world.  

*Debbie Reynolds and her daughter, Carrie Fisher, have been buried side-by-

side in Hollywood Hills Cemetery.


"Are some economists false prophets?"
Forrest Caricofe

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*Several well known economists said that Trump's economic plans will fail and

could lead to a deep economic depression.

*Wall Street is starting to get concerned about the large increase of purchases

of U.S. stocks.


"A politicians views should match that of their constituency."
Forrest Caricofe

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*Trump has chosen former Senator Dan Coats (R.-Ind.) to be Director of National 


*The New York Post has endorsed Hillary Clinton for mayor of New York City.

Update: (4:31 PM 1/8/2017 EDT). Clinton says she will not run for anything 


*Senate Republicans are becoming increasingly wary of stripping Obama Care

(Affordable Care Act) completely.

*Trump has been told that ethics reviews must be completed before cabinet

confirmations can begin.

*The Navy and Trump are planning to build the biggest fleet since the Cold War.

*Trump will not make any changes to Americans receiving Social Security and



"The weather is dependent on God's desires for us today."
Forrest Caricofe

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Weather for Smithville, Ohio

Today   PARTLY_CLOUDY                15°   7°

Mon      PARTLY_CLOUDY                29° 25°

Tue        RAIN_AND_SNOW                40° 37°

Wed       SCATTERED_SHOWERS    44° 40°

The Weather Channel - Weather Underground - AccuWeather

The security box just inside the back door displays exactly the highs and lows of

today as seen above. Now I'm going outside (7:54 AM 1/8/2017 EDT) to check 

the 2 gauges on the deck and the American flag on the border corner pole for 

speed and wind direction.

Just got back. The temperature is 6°, the humidity is 72%, the wind is blowing in

from the west and slightly north at about 5 mph and the sun is beginning to show 

itself in the eastern sky.

I usually do everything for myself not wanting to rely on anyone. I'm now  

washing and drying my one pillow case, bed cover that I sleep on, my sleeping

bag which I use as a top cover and some various clothing made of polyester.

I'm also going to have my first sandwich of today (9:19 AM 1/8/2017 EDT). I 

might as well forget about that "intermittent fasting" I told you about. Just like 

I typed yesterday "maybe tomorrow." I'm going to have one of my favorites, a 

Orleans sardine sandwich and I'm going to make my 2nd pot of coffee.

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