Thursday, February 2, 2017

353rd post

Guess what? Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. 6 more weeks of winter weather.

Yes, I know, I ain't happy either.


"I could never understand why what some people might say or eat would cause

another person to almost puke or throw up."
Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 19,000,000 results (1.61 seconds) 

No results found for "I could never understand why what some people might say 

or eat would cause another person to almost puke or throw up."


4:50 AM 2/2/2017 EST. I'm just standing here this morning typing on my computer

that sets on my dresser trying to figure out what I'll type about today. Because of 

all my life experiences I'll think of something, I always do.

Well it's 6:59 AM 2/2/2017 EST and I think I've thought of something to type about:

Sometimes people's descriptions of things make other people almost want to 

puke like:

My sputum has changed from a sticky clear oyster-like substance to a sticky

vanilla pudding (yellow) oyster-like substance which might indicate a chest 

infection or 

My bowel movement is in first place in the standings because it looks like a 

soft brown footlong hotdog with tapered ends.......and if you had a bun and 

some mustard. No, forget I said that last part or 

for people that don't like sardines which is a majority of people. I just made for

myself a Orleans sardine sandwich with 2 slices of 100% whole wheat bread 

and a hint of mustard. The sardines are young, silver looking besides their tails

which are almost black and to my dissapointment they are beheaded. Looks

like the mouth eyes would be good for you and, sadly

those little baby squid, sardines, salmon eggs and the like that were taken to

make my sandwich from a maybe dying Mother.


"What is the difference between a groundhog and a politician? The groundhog

predicts the weather, but the politician doesn't know weather to tell a lie or tell

the truth."
Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 168,000 results (1.84 seconds) 

No results found for "What is the difference between a groundhog and a 

politician?  The groundhog predicts the weather, but the politician doesn't know 

weather to tell a lie or tell the truth."


*Groundhog Day - Is an American tradition dating back to 1887 in Pennslyvania

were the editor of a local newspaper, Punxsutawney Spirit, named the town's 

groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, as the official Groundhog Day meteorologist. 

Each year, Punxsutawney Phil, has given his forecast from the nearby town of 

Gobbler's Knob. The tradition says that if Phil comes out of his burrow and the 

weather is cloudy spring will come early. The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club

tells the world about Phil's prediction and claim that a certain miracle liquid 

medication has kept Phil alive since 1886 and then go on to say they are just


Phil has a huge fan base were tens of thousands watch on site and many more are

glued to their TVs with anticipation.

When Phil scurries from his den, he speaks "Groundhogese" to the Groundhog 

Club president.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, Punxsutawney Phil. 

6:14 AM 2/2/2017 EST. I just saw on TV that fans are still awaiting Phil's 

appearance. He is probably concerned about his looks so he is continuing to

groom himself.

*Candlemas Day – Is a Christian holiday celebrated on this day each year and

celebrates 3 events in Christian history.

1.   Presentation of Jesus as a child.

2.   Jesus's first walk into the temple.

3.   The Virgin Mary's purification.

The symbol representing hope on this day are the Candlemas Bells, also known 

as Snowdrops. 

Some Christians also observe this celebration by leaving Christmas decorations

and not packing them away until after Candlemas.

*World Wetlands Day – "Are a natural safeguard against disasters. Disasters 

doubled in the last 35 years because of "climate- and weatherrelated hazards 

like flooding, tropical cyclones and droughts. (Wetlands) are defined as land 

areas that are flooded with water, either seasonally or permanently, wetlands 

are a natural buffer against disasters. Along the coastline, wetlands act as a 

natural protective buffer. Inland, wetlands act as a natural sponge, absorbing 

and storing excess rainfall and reducing flooding. During the dry season, they 

release the stored water, delaying the onset of droughts and reducing water 


From The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It is an agency of 

United Nations and coordinates its environmental activities, assisting 

developing countries in implementing environmentally sound policies and 



*I received a phone call from PNC (Pittsburgh National Corporation) Bank last 

evening saying my credit card had a charge of $800 + for a ticket on Turkish

Airlanes. There is a lot of fighting and killing going on near there in mostly Syria

and that would be the last place I fly to with the exception of the Arctic or


*I received this email message just minutes ago after I registered a postcard

I received as a member of

Hello Forrest!

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

RU-5168937 from spring_deep, in Russia. Use it for archiving/tracking purposes.

You wrote:


Thank you for the postcard of Saint Petersburg and its' beautiful artwork. 

I will mention you (not your name) and your city in my story of today 

(February 2) on my web site: Google 

Forrest Caricofe. 

Thanks again, 


Saint Petersburg

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

City in Russia

"St. Petersburg is a Russian port city on the Baltic Sea. It was the imperial capital 

for 2 centuries, having been founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, subject of the 

city's iconic “Bronze Horseman” statue. It remains Russia's cultural center, with 

venues like the ultramodern Mariinsky Theatre hosting opera and ballet, and 

the State Russian Museum showcasing Russian art, from Orthodox icon paintings 

to Kandinsky works.

Founded: May 27, 1703

Area: 556 mi²

Weather: 28°F (-2°C), Wind S at 5 mph (8 km/h), 87% Humidity

Local time: Thursday 10:00 PM

Population: 4.991 million (2012) UNdata"

*I heard a bit of a program on TV the other night about the tunnels in China, so

I searched the internet and thanks mostly to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, 

I was able to get some surprising information.

Often referred to as the "Underground Great Wall of China," the tunnels run for

more than 3,000 miles and are used to store and transport 3,000 or more mobile 

intercontinental ballistic missiles. The report goes on to say that the tunnels are

deep enough to avoid penetration from foreign enemy nuclear missiles such as

the B61-11 (Jul 21, 2016 - The Pentagon completed tests of its newest B61-12 

atomic bomb in October ... Its most recent modification, the B61-11, was 

introduced in 1997 and this source does not say if the new B61-12 has the 

capability to penetrate China's tunnel system.

I wonder,also, if the tunnels can protect 1.357 billion (2013) of China's total 


"It looks like to me, because of some studies that have been done, that modern 

devices are the reason for some ailments that we've got."

Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 65,700,000 results (1.52 seconds) 

No results found for "It looks like to me, because of some studies that have been 

done, that modern devices are the reason for some ailments that we've got."


*5:57 AM 2/2/2017 EST. I'm now eating an Orleans sardine sandwich with a slice

of tomato on top of those beautiful shiny little fish and I'll make my 2nd pot of 


*6:24 AM 2/2/2017 EST. On TV a question was asked. Does using laptops cause 

infertility in men?

*I had an upset stomach last night as well as a slight fever. I took a swig of Pepto

Bismal for nausau and two Tylenol gell caps for my fever. So far, I feel pretty 

good this morning even though I ate 3 chicken soft tacos on top of the Pepto 

Bismal and it looks like to me that I've cured myself.

*I'm a little nausated again today. No, I ain't pregnant. I'm the wrong sex and 

much too old for that. It might be my gall bladder or another ailment.

*11:23 AM 2/2/2017 EST. I just phoned Dr. Kwok's office and got an appointment

for 3:00 PM EST.


*Lebron James received the Jackie Robinson award yesterday. James grew up 

just 25 miles northeast of here in Akron, Ohio and plays for the professional

basketball team, the Cleveland Caveliers.


*Just 2 hours before Breitbart News editor, Milo Yiannopoulos, was to speak at 

the University of California at Berkeley campus, university police had to 

cancel because once peaceful demonstrations, both anti-Yiannopoulos and anti-

Trump, turned violent. Protesters moved to Berkeley's streets smashing store 

windows. setting fires, fighting and hassaling motorists.

Yiannopoulos is a prominent gay conservative traveling college campuses 

expounded his right-wing views and insulting and demeaning anyone who 

opposes his political philosophy. His speeches are referred to as 

“Dangerous Faggot”talks and he says that "The Left is absolutely terrified of 

free speech."

*8:44 AM 2/2/2017 EST. From my computer screen and the Washington Post.

A corrections officer is killed at a daylong demonstration and standoff at a 

Delaware prison.


*Trump told Addison Mitchell "Mitch" McConnell, Jr. (born February 20, 1942 and 

is older than me by 7 months) who is the senior United States Senator from Kentucky 

and a member of the Republican Party, and has been the Majority Leader of the 

Senate since January 3, 2015. He is the 15th Republican and the second Kentuckian 

to lead his party in the Senate). 'Go Nuclear' if Democrats Block Gorsuch.

*Democratic Senator from New York, Chuck Schumer, says that Supreme Court

nominee, Neil Gorsuchn, needs 60 Senate votes for conformation saying that was

the rule of Obama's adminstration. There are a hundred senators, two from each

state, and  Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Jeff 

Merkley of Oregon have already said they would oppose the nomination so 

that leaves 98 of which Gorsuchn needs 60 for confirmation.

As of November 2016, U.S. Senate partisan breakdown is 54 Republicans, 44 

Democrats and 2 Independents. The Republicans in mass should all vote for 

Gorsuchn's confirmation with a total of 54 votes needing 6 more from the 

Independent or Democrat side.

*President Trump started out as America's new president talking to Taiwan and

other countries that a sitting president had not phoned in years. Now he seems 

to have reversed that philosophy and is breaking down the relationships that

we've had with countries for decades. Maybe Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

can repair some of the damage that President Trump has caused or Nikki 

Halley, the ambassador to the UN (United Nations). Trump has called "dumb"

a proposed resettlement of refugees from Australia, accused Japan and Germay

with manipulating of their currencies and ties with Mexico in his insistence that

Mexico pay for the Border Wall and has threatened to send U.S. troops to the


Trump, in response to his critics at a National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, 

D.C., said “When you hear about the tough phone calls I have, don’t worry about 

it,” Trump said “The world is in trouble -- but we’re going to straighten it out, 

ok? That’s what I do.”

“For those of us like Australia, Japan or Korea, who have been dependent on that 

continuity, we have got to start thinking about a situation where the U.S. is much 

more self interested, and more more capricious on what it might do,” said Nick 

Bisley, a professor of international relations at La Trobe University in Melbourne. 

“Countries in the region have got to sit down and say those old arrangements 

can’t last forever.”

Trump’s willingness to publicly attack America’s friends in Asia marks a sharp 

contrast from the Obama administration, which sought to build a united front 

against China’s military and economic clout. Trump instead has suggested 

Asian nations should pay more for U.S. security and pulled out of a 12-nation 

Pacific trade deal.

Along with Tillerson and Haley Secretary of Defense may help repair any damage 

that is made by the President. He is visiting South Korea and Japan to confirm the

the U.S.'s support in the region.

The President has also angered Iran when he Twittered warning the Muslim 

country that they have been "put on notice" for testing ballistic missiles and

“Iran was on its last legs and ready to collapse until the U.S. came along and 

gave it a life-line in the form of the Iran Deal: $150 billion.”

As for China, they will either benefit or not depending on what Trump does.

With a stroke of the pen he has cancel the Asian Trade Pact and withdrawing 

may mean that China can gain leadership in the region, but with one lone 

aircraft carrier they certainly will not rule the seas.

I wonder if our Founding Fathers were alive today, what decisions would they

make for the good of Amrticans?


"Where're in a lot of trouble when an unpaid groundhog can tell the weather

better than a paid meteorologist."

Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 28,300 results (1.49 seconds) 

No results found for "Where're in a lot of trouble when an unpaid groundhog 

can tell the weather better than a paid meteorologist."


TodayPARTLY_CLOUDY     28° 16°

FriPARTLY_CLOUDY          25° 13°

SatMOSTLY_SUNNY            30° 23°

SunSHOWERS_SNOW         40° 24°

The Weather Channel - Weather Underground - AccuWeather

*According to, sunrise will be at 7:37 AM this morning and

sunset will be at 5:45 PM this evening. It's only 6:46 AM 2/2/2017 EST right now 

so I'll have to wait about 45 minutes until I go outside to see the American flag 

for wind conditions and will grabbed the weather gauge on my way inside the 


*7:42 AM 2/2/2017 EST. Only 5 minutes after sunrise and guess what? No sun.

The sun is behind the clouds of black and grey, a light dusting of snow on the 

ground and driveway, the temperature is 33°, the humidity is 71% and the wind

is blowing in from the north and slightly west at about 5 mph more or less. If this 

is the same weather they are having in Gobbler's Knob, Pennsylvania, 

Punxsutawney Phil will announce to the world that spring will come early.

*8:27 AM 2/2/2017 EST. I just looked out my small window that looks east of my

small room in the basement. The sun is up and I hope Punxsutawney Phil don't 

see it or else where're in for a long cold winter. 

9:31 AM 2/2/2017 EST. Inside temperature is 72° and the humidity is 46%.

9:45 AM 2/2/2017 EST. I took 2 outgoing letters to the mailbox. The wind has 

picked up a lot blowing from the west at maybe 15 mph. The sun is shinning 

brightly with just a few white puffy clouds. The weather here normally heads

straight east into Pennsylvania and I hope that Punxsutawney Phil is not a late 

sleeper and is up and out before this sunny weather gets to him.

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