Hello Friends. Hope you are making it through this very cold spell. I do not like cold weather. I particularly do not like the big heat bills. Living in a 15 room house with very large rooms and high ceilings really adds to the heat bills. The front half of the house is heated by natural gas and the back half by central electric. That gives me two good size bills. Oh how I yearn for spring and that is about 10 weeks away. The house stays cool in the spring, summer and fall so little air conditioning is used. Its’ just the three cold months in the winter when I wish I lived in Florida.
Can you believe that had he lived Elvis Presley would have been 80 years old last week. When I was in high school I was dating a lovely young lady named Donna Sue Hall. That was when Elvis came out with his hit song “Donna.” Both Donna Sue and I loved that song. Sometime later someone else recorded a song called “Donna Sue” and that song was also a big hit.
When I was in college I was invited to a party at Elvis’ home, Graceland, in Memphis. I was able to attend the party but the folks there were not the type people I would have ever picked as friends. Many were drunk and I did not drink. Elvis came down from his rooms upstairs, greeted everyone, had a coke to drink, sat down next to me and chatted for a few minutes and then went back upstairs.
Years later I was working in Atlanta and was able to obtain 10 tickets for “The Kings” big concert. The tickets were front and center. (I was very popular with my friends when they found out I had the great seats.) It was the best concert I ever attended. I never realized how great Elvis’ voice was until that concert. He had range, volume and such a beautiful voice. I also thought he was basically a good person.
I have heard it said that people who were alive at the time remember where they were when Elvis died. I know my family and I were in Daytona Beach, Florida at the time. We had been out on the beach and were just getting back to our motel. There in the newspaper rack was the evening paper with huge headlines declaring “Elvis Is Dead!” I bought a copy of that paper and have it to this day.
Thank you for your nice comments regarding last weeks’ article carrying the results of my 2015 predictions. I have one slight correction. I wrote that President Obama had made more executive decrees than any other President. Not true. I guess I was believing what some of the Republican candidates said in the recent debates. I should have known better. It turns out that about ten other Presidents made many more executive decrees than President Obama. This includes both Democrats and Republicans.
Now for my 2016 predictions:
1) Hilary Clinton will be the ultimate Democratic nominee for President. She will consider the current Vice President, Joe Biden, as her running mate but will probably select a younger person.
2) Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee for President. As for his running mate he will consider two of the current candidates running against him for the nomination. In the end he might strongly consider a woman as his running mate.
3) Many prominent Republicans, including several current candidates for the Republican nomination will not support Trump.
4) In and extremely close race Hilary Clinton will win the Presidency.
5) The Republicans will retain both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate.
6) Oil prices will remain low for much if not all of the year. 7) The US employment will increase but the economy will falter.
8) The national debt will continue to increase until the next President is elected.
9) Terrorism will increase worldwide including the USA.
10) More US troops will be sent to the Middle East. The President will take his generals advice and set up a no fly zone in northern Syria.
11) There will be major assassination attempts against two world leaders. One or both will be successful. I see one of these wearing an Arab head dress.
12) Logan County’s unemployment rate will remain low and more jobs will be available even with a national slowdown.
All for now. Best regards to all of you. Good night Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.
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