We’re already into the third day of August, 2016, and it’s Esther Day, commemorating the death of blogger and author Esther Earl, who succumbed to cancer at age 16 on this day in 2010. Earl was the inspiration for the bestselling book and movie The Fault In Our Stars, a movie that’s available on every flight I take, but which I can’t bear to watch.
Also on this day in 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail with his three ships from Spain, ultimately arriving in the Caribbean islands and Cuba (he did not land in North America). In 1811, this day marked the first ascent of the Jungfrau by the Meyer brothers, and, in 1936, Jesse Owens won the 100-meter dash at the Berlin Olympics, upsetting Hitler.
Notables born on this day include Rupert Brooke (1887), Tony Bennett (1926; he’s 90 today, and still singing!), and Martin Sheen (1940). Those who died on this day include Joseph Conrad (1924), Colette (1954), Lenny Bruce (1966), Henri Cartier-Bresson (2004), and Bobby Hebb (2010). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is making jokes about my book:
Jerry: And what are we going to talk about?Hili: Facts; there is no use talking about faith.
Jerry: I o czym będziemy rozmawiać?
Hili: O faktach, nie ma co mówić o wierze.
In Wroclawek, Leon is complaining that his specially ordered treats haven’t arrived. What a spoiled cat!
Leon: Oh, no! They didn’t deliver my treats from Ontario* again.
And special lagniappe today: readers Gethyn and Laurie in London have named the visiting next-door cat “Jerry Coyne.” Jerry sometimes comes over to visit their own cat, the famous espresso-drinking Theo (more about Theo on August 8). Here’s Jerry showing typical cat behavior “Follow me and pet me. . . wait, no, don’t. Rub my belly. . . no, don’t!”