Saturday, February 4, 2017

355th post


"Thank God and Greyhound you're gone."
Forrest Caricofe

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I know that some people said when I left on a Greyhound Bus, "thank God and 

Greyhound you're gone" because I, like my Uncle Paul, were sometimes 

considered to be the "black sheep" of the family although he died during the last

hundred years and I will die in this hundred years.

I've probably traveled by some kind of bus over 100 times to include the yellow 

buses to school and other events. I was on a charter at least 3 times with 5th 

graders once to Washington, D. C. and with Mother to Tennessee to see the Oak

Ridge Boys and others, also once again to D. C. on a barge on the Potomac River

with Aunt Ruth, Uncle Lester, Aunt Bea and Mother and I.

Mother and I traveled by Greyhound at least twice. One time we left Virginia when

Greyhound had a terminal at either the truck stop south of Harrisonburg, Virginia

on U.S. Route 11 or on U. S. Route 33 about 1/4 west of Interstate 81 on the right if

you're going west. We traveled to the nearest Greyhound stop in Ohio were Uncle 

Lester and Aunt Bea picked her up and I continued to my home in Ohio or to my 

son Michael's home in Omaha, Nebraska. The second trip was to Florida were 

her sister, my Aunt Ruth and her husband Uncle E. C., last name Showalter, had 

a summer place at a gated community in Lake Wales. I'll always remember this 

trip, sadly, Dale Earnhardt on February 18, 2001 was killed when his car wrecked 

at the Daytona 500. We had just passed some miles distance from Daytona when 

we heard the news. I also remember that Mother slept almost all the way there, 

unless we were eating or she had to go to the restroom, and I, had to stay awake 

almost the whole time to make sure we transferred ourselves and our luggage to 

the correct bus.  

The rest of this story of Greyhound and I will be told by me tomorrow....



"I sincerely pray and hope to see an end to cancer in my lifetime."
Forrest Caricofe

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Black History Month - February 1 through February 28.

On with the story. The Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation or draft was given

to President Lincoln's cabinet on September 22, 1862 before his final writing of the

Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1 1863. 

President Lincoln's Secretary of State, William H. Seward, had a son that was a 

friend of the family of Albany Evening Journal publisher Thurlow Reed. They 

requested that the President donate his Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation 

to the Albany Army Relief Bazaar for a fundraising raffle in February 1864 to bring 

in money for the U.S. Sanitary Commission, which provided medicine and 

supplies to sick and wounded Civil War soldiers.

A wealthy abolitionist, Gerrit Smith, bought 1,000 of the 1,100 $1 raffle tickets sold

and, of course with those odds, he won the raffle, donating the Preliminary 

Emancipation Proclamation to the United States Sanitary Commission. 

Where President Lincoln's funeral cortege stopped after his assassination, the 

state library paid $1,000 to buy the draft in 1865.

*World Cancer Day 

About everyone I know has cancer, has had cancer or has had cancer and died.

Those who I remember who have died of cancer are my first cousin Debbie who

died of stomach cancer, my Grandmother Caricofe who died of ovarian cancer 

and Mother who had several bouts of skin cancer, but finally died of preleukemia, 

a blood cancer and my Aunt May who died of leukemia, pretty much the same 

cancer as  Mother. Three of my wife's girl cousins died of lung cancer and 3 of 

her uncles died of prostrate cancer.

I cannot recall anyone who has cancer now but cancer is a dirty word and is 

sleeping in your body to awaken at any moment.

Those that have had cancer, besides the above, are all my siblings and I because 

of our inherited gene for skin cancer. My Father might have had skin cancer or

other but I do not remember. My wife has had breast cancer. 

"Cancer kills more than 8 million people a year, and the number of new cases is 

on the rise, according to the World Health Organization. The most common 

cancers include breast, lung, prostate and colon. People who use tobacco, have 

unhealthy diets, breathe in air pollution or don't exercise can be especially 

susceptible to succumbing to the disease.

As of 2014, the number of people surviving their cancer diagnosis exceeded 14 

million, according to By 2026, the number of survivors could 

surpass 20 million.

Some inspirational quotes, collected from Michigan Medicine, BeSeenGet- 

Screened and Goodreads:

"Cancer is a word, not a sentence." — John Diamond.

"Cancer didn't bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet." — Michael 


"You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you 

have." — Cayla Mills

"We have two options, medically and emotionally: Give up or fight like hell."  

— Lance Armstrong

"Optimism is the foundation of courage." — Nicholas Murray Butler

"If I could be anything, I would have wanted to be the president that ended 

cancer, because it’s possible." — Joe Biden

"The only way to make sense of change is to plunge into it, flow with it ... and 

join the dance." — Alan Watts


"What should we do with evil drug dealers and murderous criminals?

Electrocute them immediately or have them spend the rest of their earthly days

in a lonely and solitary prison cell before they go on home to hell?"

Forrest Caricofe

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*10:35 AM 2/4/2017 EST. From my computer screen and the Washington Post.

The White House reverses its' order on visas allowing those with proper visas 

to enter the U. S.

*I typed this on my post of yesterday:  "he (Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmam) is in 

solitary confinement for 23 hours per day with 1 hour for exercise in the prison 


An update says that his common-law wife cannot visit him, he is denied water 

at and the only ones he can call are his lawyers. All requests by his lawyers for 

leniency were denied the the judge saying that security measures might not be 


"El Chapo"will be back in court on May 5 unless he escapes for the 3rd time 

from prison.

*State Department Reinstates 60K Visas.

* Iran Carries Out New Missile Tests After Trump Imposes Sanctions.


"This is good for you, this is bad for you, this is good for you, this is bad for you,

"what's a body to do?""
Forrest Caricofe

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*Foods that cause inflammation in your body:

1.   Hydrogenated and trans fats. Yesterday they tell you that old-fashion lard is

good for you and now there telling you it's bad. I wish they'd make up their minds.

Vegetable oil still remains the worse, but olive oil remains the favorite, but they

say that if you get it too hot while cooking the nutrients disappear.

2.   Fried foods.

3.   White sugar.  Raw and brown sugar both are just a little less harmful, but not

by much.

4.   Processed foods which include the use of sugar and food additives.

5.   The only meat that is not inflammatory is wild caught fish. 

I told you my Orleans wild caught sardine sandwiches are good for you, didn't I?

6.   Choose Olde Thompson Himalayan Pink Salt Adjustable Grinder, 10 oz, that 

contains 84 elements found in the body and found at almost everyone's favorite 

shopping place, Walmart. $4.98.

7.   All dairy products. 

8.   Alcohol.

9.   Synthetic sweeteners.

10. Food additives. Just look under ingredients on the label.

11. Wheat products. So, I guess I'm not to old to change. I've been using %100

whole wheat bread for my sardine and other sandwiches and I will change to:

Canyon Bakehouse which is offered in your local Target store, is gluten free 

and they offer 7 different varieties. They are all dairy free, casein free, nut free, 

and soy free. The only thing they contain are eggs so they aren’t vegan. 

Canyon Bakehouse is one of several bakeries of bread that offer gluten free

bread, just look for gluten free on the label.

12. Grains that contain gluten. Choose buckwheat, quinoa, or millet instead.

*Foods that do not cause inflammation in your body:

13. Peanuts, almonds, pecans, macadamia nuts, walnuts, pine nuts, pistachios, 

cashews, Brazil nuts and all other natural nuts are gluten-free. Sesame seeds 

and sunflower seeds are also gluten-free. The thing you have to watch out for 

with nuts is packaged nuts that have flavors added.

14. All dried fruits are gluten free unless they've been contaminated. 

15. Produce. Fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables are naturally gluten-free. 

However, it is important to read labels on any processed fruits and veggies, as 

well as dried fruit and pre-prepared smoothies.

With a lot of help from Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD. Thanks Michelle.

*2:22 PM 2/4/2017 EST. I just got back from going to Orrville to the General 

Dollar and the other grocery store I won't mention because of the rat-fink who 

told on me that I have mentioned before. Neither place had gluten-free bread

or the "Olde Thompson Himalayan Pink Salt Adjustable Grinder, 10 oz, that 

contains 84 elements found in the body and found at almost everyone's favorite 

shopping place, Walmart. $4.98." I'm going to Walmart tomorrow and I'll 

hopefully find these two items there. Cross your fingers.


"Can a football team with an old man (age 39) at quarterback win against another 

team with a young man (age 31) at quarterback?
Forrest Caricofe

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*I told you yesterday that "Vice-President Mike Pence has announced his intention 

to attend Super Bowl LI" tomorrow evening at 6:30 PM on FOX at NRG Stadium, 

Houston, Texas. I'm sure that you'll see his face at least once on camera. 

Of course, I have a prediction, the New England Patriots led by 39 year old 

(August 3, 1977,1 day short of my Mother's birthday on August 4) quarterback 

Tom Brady will win Super Bowl LI over the Atlanta Falcons by the score of 35-31.


"Politics seems more and more to me to be a soap opera or a 3-ringed circus."
Forrest Caricofe

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or a 3-ringed circus."


*President Trump's January 27 executive order banning refugees from Iran, Iraq, 

Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the U. S. for 90 days has 

been overruled Judge James Robart, a George W. Bush appointee, and takes 

effect yesterday, February 3. Judge Robart cited the "litany of harms" that 

effected Washington state's universities and was not satisfied with the Trump

administration's excuse that the ban would prevent those events that happened

on September 11, 2001. 

The challenge was first issued by Washington state with Minnesota later joining in.

*Trump Tweet-Slams 'So-Called' Judge, Promises Ruling Reversal.

*Pence: Gorsuch Will Join Supreme Court "One Way or the Other."

*Trump Tweets: 'The Fake News NY Times Is Still Lost."

*Ivanka Trump Playing Key Role in WH Without Formal Title.


"If you ain't satisfied with the weather, stay in the house."
Forrest Caricofe

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Weather for Smithville, Ohio

Today   PARTLY_CLOUDY     31° 26°

Sun       MOSTLY_CLOUDY    40° 25°

Mon      PARTLY_CLOUDY     43° 37°

Tue       THUNDERSTORM      56° 35°

The Weather Channel - Weather Underground - AccuWeather

*7:45 AM 2/4/2017 EST. Went outside to take 1 outgoing letter to the mailbox.

I left the gauge that tells both temperature and humidity in the house so I read

the temperature only gauge that read 14°. The sun is coming up over the far 

horizon in all of its' orange glory, there's a light frost on the ground from last 

night and the wind is slowly moving in from the west and slightly south at about 5

mph. I read the other gauge after I found it in the furnace room and it displayed 

a temperature of  68° and a humidity of 40%. I can see now that the dehumidifier 

is drawing water mostly from the air in the furnace room and not in from the other

rooms in the basement. There is probably a difference of + 20% or more in the

room that I'm in than in the furnace room.

I went down to Orrville to get somethings I needed for the house and me.

When I got back the weather gauge displayed a temperature of 34° and the lowest

humidity I've seen for a while at 51%. Long thin clouds with streaks of grey and

black covered the skies with the sun peeking through the clouds and it looked to 

be looking straight into my eyes.

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