Monday, February 6, 2017

357th post




"If you ride a bus and you're old, prepare for your feet and ankles to be swolled."
Forrest Caricofe

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You crack me up, Google. You ought to be a comedian.  I can't swallow my feet and 




"I waited for the bus driver or intercom to announce our departure and I picked 

both nostrils for more buggers...."

I remember just getting on a Greyhound Bus getting ready for departure and 

when I noticed this old black and blind man with a white cane and hair to match

who was trying to feel with hands to find an empty seat. There was a seat just 

behind the driver with a few small items on it, so I took the few items from the

seat and placed them elsewhere and guided the old man with my hands to that 

seat and he said, thank you, which I always want to hear.  That was a mistake

to say the least. The driver upon boarding saw that the items belonging to him

were moved and you talk about getting mad, he ask who moved his things and

I said "I did." That's when he threatened to throw me off the bus. I didn't say 

anything as he continued his tirade against me, but a little later he settled down 

and I was able to keep my seat on the bus.

Wytheville, Virginia is a major transfer point within its' region for Greyhound Bus

Lines. There is a McDonalds open all night for the locals and bus riders who 

provide fast food and restrooms. There is a very small waiting and customer 

service building about 100 feet south and slightly west of McDonalds paralleling

Interstate 81. I met a young man dressed in simple clothing who had a sad story

to tell. He said he did something foolish as a young man and had served 25 years

in prison. He was humble, quite talking and showed not anger, just remorse.

And I wondered why the prison system had incarcerated him so long?

I was waiting at the terminal in Omaha, Nebraska for my bus's departure were I

sat down with two other people who had the same story to tell. Both the woman

and the man said their spouses had met someone online and had left them forever.

I was on the bus headed west for Omaha were my son, Michael, lives on on about

4 inches of hard-packed snow. The bus driver was confident and was driving 

no more than 35 mph, I knowing that for about 400 miles it would takes us twice 

longer to get to Omaha.

The last or next to last trip I made on a Greyhound was from Wooster, Ohio to

Ashland, Kentucky were I waited and got aboard Amtrak going to Staunton,

Virginia. I do not remember if this was the time my sister Nancy picked me up

or the time that I walked from the terminal in Staunton planning to walk to U. S.

Route 11 and then walk or hitchhike to Mount Crawford, Virginia and then walk

to Bridgewater and on to Mother's home just 1 mile south of Dayton. Well, a 

neighbor who just lives at the next house north on Herring Lane from Mother,

Mr. Logan, saw me and offered me a ride Mothers. You sure do get lucky once 

in a while.

I've traveled a lot more times on the bus that I've not told you about, but those 

that I have told are the ones that are most interesting to me that I can remember.

So, my story of "Thank God and Greyhound you're gone" is over for now, but 

who knows, I might have some more interesting tails to tell?


"If you're alive today, you'd better celebrate, because you might not be on the

top of the ground tomorrow."
Forrest Caricofe

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might not be on the top of the ground tomorrow."


Black History Month - February 1 through February 28....


"The Black History Month exhibits and events will be held throughout the month 

of February and are free and open to the public."

"Black History Month Cultural Expo and Vendor Fair will  be held on Wednesday, 

February 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the expo and fair will be held on the Empire 

State Plaza’s south concourse, closest to the Madison Avenue entrance, and 

feature a replica of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation provided by 

the New York State Library, an exhibit on the Schuyler Flatts Burial Ground 

Project, which offers a unique view of slavery in the Capital Region, craft 

vendors, Jamaican soul food, community organizations, as well as performances 

from various groups."


Emancipation document part of Black History Month

By Rick Karlin, Capitol bureau on February 2, 2017 at 1:31 PM


*Sami National Day – February 6

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Also called - 'Sámi National Day', 'Sixth of February'

Observed by - Sámi

Type - Ethnic

Significance - Celebrating the first international Sámi conference in Trondheim, 

Norway, February 6, 1917.

Celebrations - Wearing national garment, attending concerts and culture 

events, eating national food, displaying flags

Date - February 6

Next time - 6 February 2018

Frequency - annual

Related to - Sápmi

The Sami people (also Sámi or Saami, traditionally known in English as Lapps 

or Laplanders) are an indigenous Finno-Ugric people inhabiting the Arctic 

area of Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of far northern Norway, Sweden, 

Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of Russia.

*International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

Date - 6 February

Next time - 6 February 2018

Frequency - annual

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation is a 

UN-sponsored awareness day that takes place February 6 each year since 2003. 

*Waitangi Day (New Zealand) – February 6

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Traditional Maori Waitangi Day celebrations at Waitangi, Bay of Islands.

Official name - Waitangi Day

Observed by - New Zealanders

Type - Nationwide

Observances - Family meetings, hui, parades, citizenship ceremonies, Order 

of New Zealand honours.

Date - 6 February

Next time - 6 February 2018

Frequency - annual

*I always donate to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, every time they ask for a

donation, usually about $30 by credit card. They encourage you to copy and 

paste their information like some of the government web sites. The Associated 

Press, CNN and others threaten you with hanging if you copy, rewrite, et cetera

from their web site.


"I have always admired the Asian peoples because they have always taken care 

of their own family members."
Forrest Caricofe

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have always taken care of their own family members."


*Received the following email message from

Hello Forrest!

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

JP-913453 from __________ , in Japan. Use it for archiving/tracking purposes.

You wrote:

“Hello, is it __________ ? Sorry if I've got it wrong. 

Thank you for the postcard of the beautiful flowers and the verse "Grace and 

peace be yours in abundance." 

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

(February 6) by 6:00 PM EST on my web site: 

or Google- Forrest Caricofe. 

Thanks again, 


Kanagawa Prefecture

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Japanese prefecture

"Kanagawa is a coastal prefecture just south of Tokyo. To the east is the capital 

city, Yokohama, home to a large Chinatown lined with food stalls and 

restaurants. Also in Yokohama are the traditional, landscaped Sankei-en 

Garden and the Landmark Tower skyscraper with its rooftop garden. 

Ōsanbashi Pier features waterside paths and shops. Northeast is the city of 

Kawasaki and its Buddhist Kawasaki Daishi temple.

Area: 933 mi²

Weather: 45°F (7°C), Wind W at 27 mph (43 km/h), 49% Humidity

Population: 9.072 million (Oct 1, 2012)

Capital: Yokohama

Destinations: Hakone, Kamakura, Yokohama, Odawara, Yokosuka

Clubs and Teams: Yokohama DeNA BayStars, Kawasaki Frontale."

*NATO announced last summer it would hold its annual summit at its new 

Brussels headquarters sometime in 2017, though the specific date has not 

been announced. Trump's likely to meet NATO leaders then, if not before.


"Your health ain't what others think it is, it is you that have to decide on that."
Forrest Caricofe

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No results found for "Your health ain't what others think it is, it is you that have 

to decide on that."


*I'm driving Bill to see Dr. Kwok this morning so that he can get a testosterone and

a B-12 shot. 

*5:53 AM 2/6/2017 EST. I'm having an Orleans sardine sandwich with one slice

of 100% whole wheat bread and one slice of gluten-free multi-grain Shar bread.

I don't know why I just have 1 slice of wheat because the label reads 22 slices and I 

don't remember using 1 slice for anything?

*10:20 AM 2/6/2017 EST. I'm having another Orleans sardine sandwich with two

slices of Shar gluten-free bread (about $5.48 at Walmart in the gluten-free aisle).

I was going to add some branches of Thyme, but I would have to have my false 

teeth installed for that. 

I was also able to find Olde Thompson (since 1944, I was 2 years old then) Fine 

Himalayan Pink Salt. If you remember I told you that this salt contains 81 

minerals that are in the human body.

*10:31 AM 2/6/2017 EST. I just got word that Bill has an appointment at 4:00 PM 

instead of this morning. So I need to drive Ryan and Carolyn first to Wooster

and then drive them back to the house were I'll pick Bill up and drive back to 

Wooster for his appointment to see Dr. Kwok. Sounds doable to me.

*2:55 PM 2/6/2017 EST. I just got from driving Ryan and Carolyn to Wooster and

back. One down and one to go. I leave the house about 1/2 hour from now and

drive Bill to Wooster to see Dr. Kwok.

*6:12 PM 2/6/2017 EST. I just got back from driving Bill to see Dr. Kwok and I'm

going to be late (after 6:00 PM) with the posting of this story. Sorry.


"If you get further and further behind, don't worry, remain calm, most times

everything works out for the best in the end."
Forrest Caricofe

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calm, most times everything works out for the best in the end."


*I went to bed at my usual time when the Falcons were leading the Patriots, 21-3.

Boring game and boring coach (Bill Belichick). I somehow missed the opening 

ceremonies were country star, Luke Bryan, sang Star Spangled Banner to rave 

reviews. I usually stand with my right hand over my heart at military attention

with tears rolling done from my eyes. I saw most of Lady Gaga's performance 

that she thrilled the crowded stadium with song and energy.

I should have watched the second half and slept through the first, but I'm older 

now and more prone to a heart attack at all the excitement that happened.  

Coach, Bill Belichick, at halftime gave a boring speech to his Patriot players 

with words of assurance and calmness, telling the team that we have practiced 

for this before. It worked. Coach Belichick is calm, team is calm. 

Final score in overtime, Patriots 34, Falcons 28. 

My prediction, Patriots 35, Falcons 31. Only 4 points off. Not bad for an old age 


*Canada lost their Davis Cup tie to Great Britain after teenager, Denis 

Shapovalov, was judged default after angrily hitting umpire, Arnaud Gabas, in 

the eye with a ball. Shapovalov later apologized to Gabas saying he was 

“incredibly ashamed and embarrassed.” Gabas was taken to an Ottawa hospital

to check on his left eye as a precaution.

The U. S. team won their match over the Czech Republic and are awaiting for a 

booked date to play Australia.


*New Yorkers team up to clean swastika-covered subway car.


"Some leaders use their acting talents to get what they want."
Forrest Caricofe

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No results found for "Some leaders use their acting talents to get what they want."


*6:18 PM 2/6/2017 EST. From my computer screen and the Washington Post.

"Federal appeals court decides to schedule a hearing on Trump travel order."

*The highest court in the U. S., the Supreme Court, may ultimately decide the 

fate of Trump's executive refugee ban order.

*If nothing unusual happens, the senate is expected to vote 50 to 50 for Betsy

DeVos's nomination for Secretary of Education. If that happens Vice-President

will make the tie-breaking vote which has never occurred to confirm a cabinet 

nominee. And you know how the Vice-President will vote. 

 *President Trump has assigned his Vice-President, Mike Pence, to lead the 

suspected voter fraud saying "People Say I'm Right."

*Republican Senate Majority leader, Mitch McConnell from Kentucky , says the 

voter fraud investigation is not using taxpayer dollars.

*Paul Davis Ryan, Jr., age 47, the 54th and current Speaker of the United States 

House of Representatives states that the U. S. is not ruling out sending soldiers to


*The phrase "killer Putin" has been around for a few days and Trump's reaction,

"You Think Our Country So Innocent?"

*President Trump calls the leak of his transcripted phone calls to Mexico and 

Australia "Disgraceful." 

*Trump Tweets:

Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump

Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something 

happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!

3:39 PM - 5 Feb 2017

24,204 24,204 Retweets   107,593 107,593 likes


Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump

I have instructed Homeland Security to check people coming into our country 

VERY CAREFULLY. The courts are making the job very difficult!

3:42 PM - 5 Feb 2017

23,158 23,158 Retweets   114,104 114,104 likes

*U.S. District Court Judge James Robart ruled Friday that the states that filed the 

lawsuit - Washington and Minnesota - had "met their burden of demonstrating 

that they face immediate and irreparable injury as a result of the signing and 

implementation of the executive order."

*Commander-in-Chief Trump to Troops: We Back Military and 'Strongly Support 


*Apple, Google, Uber Join Fight Against Trump Travel Ban.

*Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged other countries to follow

U. S. lead against Iran.

*60% of IRS Employees Caught Cheating on Taxes Keep Jobs


I don't believe President Trump has a hateful bone in his body. Trump's bones are

let's get down to business bones. He makes temporary enemies by calling people 

names who do not agree with his agenda and then before long, after the dust has 

settled, there's handshakes and hugs all around. You have to remember, he is also

an actor too, he starred in "The Apprentice." Maybe you'll see what I mean from


*Elliott Abrams has "connections to the political establishment that has criticized 

the president, including many who said they would never work with Trump, 

according to Politico" and Abrams will now meet with President Trump to talk 

about the number 2 position in the State Department under Secretary of State, 

Rex Tillerson.


"Some times the frost of the early morning is as stubborn as a floppy eared mule."
Forrest Caricofe

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floppy eared mule."


Weather for Smithville, Ohio

Today   SUNNY                        49° 40°

Tue       THUNDERSTORM    57° 37°

Wed      SHOWERS_SNOW    37° 21°

Thu       CLOUDY                     24° 15°

The Weather Channel - Weather Underground - AccuWeather

*4:22 AM 2/6/2017 EST. Went outdoors to get a coffee mug I left in the Honda 

and everything was eerily silent. No wind, a few stars, and frost covered 

Mother's. The gauge that I've brought indoors displayed a temperature of  30°

and the humidity is 70%. I have to drive a few people today, but I should have

enough time to finish this story of today on time because I've gotten up a little 

bit early.

*8:44 AM 2/6/2017 EST. I just came in from taking all the trash out of the house to 

one of the containers beside the the garage. I also took the trash of what I could 

see out of the garage and Mother's Honda. I then took the containers to the front 

for Waste Management to pick up. I cleaned the Honda out to make for more than 

two people since I needed room for 3 people today and now I have room for

four people. I had not cleaned the Honda this good since I left Las Vegas in the 

last of May, 2016. About time, don't you think?

The sun is in all its' brilliance today, I cannot look at it directly for fear of blinding

me. The temperature is about 35° up 5° from earlier this morning and still some 

frost remains on the Honda and the ground.

*11:25 AM 2/6/2017 EST. I found the weather gauge I had brought indoors. The 

temperature is 69° and the humidity is 50%. I see the sun from my small window

pane and almost don't have the will power to go outdoors barefoot once again, 

but I must stay indoors, reluctantly to finish this, my 357th story of my life.

*12:23 PM 2/6/2017 EST. I went outdoors to bring the 2 trash containers that

Waste Management had emptied to the east side of the garage and to check 

the mail. No mail yet. It is about 58° so I took off my shoes and walked 

barefooted for about 20 seconds until I got to the graveled driveway. Ain't that

something, in the dead of winter.

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